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"Hard Drive Parameter error. Please set up the CMOS."

By JB0707 ·
"Hard Drive Parameter error. Please setup the CMOS."

My Pc has Windows XP had initially had 2 internal HDDs but I removed one as it was corrupted with a "Tojan Virus" which JUSTED COULDN'T GET REMOVED regardless of whatever I tried!! I left one HDD but every time I try to boot on, I get that error message above "Hard Drive Parameter error. Please set up the CMOS."

And my system just stops. I tried to use a different HDD but still get the same message.

I have tried making various sets of changes in the system "BIOS" setup but still in vain.

Please, Can any one out there offer me some help!! what am I doing wrong?

I also tried to use the System recovery CDrom but failed to bootup. Error Msg says "Hard Drive failure"

How can I Bootup from a WINDOW XP operating system CD-rom? How??

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Were these 2 HDDs set in a RAID configuration ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to "Hard Drive Parameter err ...

In a RAID setup, BOTH hard drives operate as if they were ONE unit.

Probably better if you tell us the make and model of your computer.

Also what were you using to try and remove the infection?

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If not you may have removed the Boot hard drive ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Were these 2 HDDs set in ...

In which case, what you've got left cannot boot.

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That would be my guess.

by seanferd In reply to If not you may have remov ...

As the infected drive is likely the system drive.

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"Hard Drive Parameter error. Please set up the CMOS."

by JB0707 In reply to If not you may have remov ...

I guess you are right. The HDD I removed could have been the Boot HDD... but then, what can I do with this 2nd HDD??? Can I just "clear" it by Re format it and then use it as a added HDD in another PC? Is using "our beloved older functioned" Ms-DOS still possible with PC on Windows XP?? Please, how is it done? Esp. the DOS command to format HDD on a PC with fails to finish the bootup process in Win XP?? Is "SAFE MODE" possible? Whaat "tricks" should I apply? Any advice is apprecited!!! Thanks Guys!!!

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Re-formatting HDD may be a solution? How? Please Help!

by JB0707 In reply to If not you may have remov ...

I guess you are right. The HDD I removed could have been the Boot HDD... but then, what can I do with this 2nd HDD??? Can I just "clear" it by Re format it and then use it as a added HDD in another PC? Is using "our beloved older functioned" Ms-DOS still possible with PC on Windows XP?? Please, how is it done? Esp. the DOS command to format HDD on a PC with fails to finish the bootup process in Win XP?? Is "SAFE MODE" possible? Whaat "tricks" should I apply? Any advice is apprecited!!! Thanks Guys!!!

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Make and model of your computer would help us ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Re-formatting HDD may be ...

As I previously posted above, it would help us to know what we are talking about here.

What is the make and model of this computer, so we can have an idea what it looks like and also what it contains. If it is a self-built 'white box' then we'd need to know the make of the motherboard and preferably the models of hard drives.

Usually, when a virus refuses to be removed despite your best efforts, the best course of action is to WIPE the entire drive. This can be done by using Darik's Boot&Nuke.

http://www.dban.org/

This will make multiple passes across the entire hard drive, destroying anything that exists there.

Ever since the adoption of NT-based systems (including Windows XP) MS-DOS no longer exists.

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my PC is an older machine, I built in 2004

by JB0707 In reply to Make and model of your co ...

Hey "Brave-Heart" buddy!!! my PC is an older machine which as a ICT student, I built way back in 2004 using different parts bought from scrap bits bought from Computer Fares/ Summer markets....{yup, student's credit crunch then!!} HDD is only 30GB compared to the current 500GB or 1 TB plus ....I have seen in PC shops. But still I just want to give it a go instead of throwing it to the Recycle Men. Thanx or should I just let go of the old HDD as bigger HDD have become much cheaper these day!!???

But I love CHALLEGES AT TIMES, KEEPS YOUR BRAIN CELLS KICKING....!!!

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Yeah, but what is the motherboard model?

by seanferd In reply to my PC is an older machine ...

And BIOS vendor and version? That way, you can check what drive is supported, if necessary.

Otherwise, re-install XP on some drive, after installing it (physically connecting it) as the primary.

If it is the infected one, get DBAN as Mycroft suggested, which will wipe the drive nicely, so no trace of the malware exists. That way, you don't just re-install the OS to find that it is still infected.

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Well without knowing the system here it gets hard

by OH Smeg In reply to "Hard Drive Parameter err ...

But generally speaking with new systems that Auto Detect the HDD/s present all that should be required is to enter the BIOS go tot he General Setup Screen which shows the Time & Date and see that the HDD are correctly identified.

If your M'Board doesn't Auto Detect the HDD/s present then you'll need to set this under the reverent Page in the BIOS and save the changes as you exit the BIOS.

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I have done that many times already but still in vain!!!

by JB0707 In reply to Well without knowing the ...

Hey OZ buddy, I have done that many times already but still in vain!!! my PC is an older machine which as a ICT student, I built way back in 2004 using different parts bought from a Computer Fares/ Summer markets....{yup, student's credit crunch then!!} HDD is only 30GB compared to the current 500GB or 1 TB plus ....I have seen in PC shops. But still I just want to give it a go instead of throwing it to the Recycle Men. Thanx!

I guess you are right. The HDD I removed could have been the Boot HDD... but then, what can I do with this 2nd HDD??? Can I just "clear" it by Re format it and then use it as a added HDD in another PC? Is using "our beloved older functioned" Ms-DOS still possible with PC on Windows XP?? Please, how is it done? Esp. the DOS command to format HDD on a PC with fails to finish the bootup process in Win XP?? Is "SAFE MODE" possible? Whaat "tricks" should I apply? Any advice is apprecited!!! Thanks Guys!!!

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