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No fixed disks present at FDISK command.

By life_is_2_short_f ·
I am trying to install a new Toshiba hard drive in a Compaq presario notebook. When I try and run FDISK I get the error message "no fixed disks present". I have reinstalled it, to make sure it is connected properly.

I was also getting this error message with the old hard drive, so I bought a new one.

Any and all suggestions are much appreciated...MB

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by life_is_2_short_f In reply to No fixed disks present at ...

As a further note...
My BIOS reads as follows:
Primary Master = None

Primary Slave = None

Secondary Master = TOSHIBA CR-ROM XM-1902B-(SM)

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by dmiles In reply to No fixed disks present at ...

Receiving the error from within FDISK
If you get a No Fixed Disk Present message when booting from floppy, first consider what operation was being performed when the error message appeared. There?s a big difference between receiving the error when running FDISK and receiving the error when issuing the C: command.

When FDISK reports that there was No Fixed Disk Present, the problem is often of a more physical nature. For example, a cable may be loose or disconnected from the hard drive. If the machine is several years old, there?s a chance that its BIOS may not support larger hard drive sizes, which could also cause this error message.

Check for SCSI drives or disk array
One final possibility is that the system could be using a SCSI drive or a disk array.

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by life_is_2_short_f In reply to No fixed disks present at ...

I found out that the notebook does not support a hard drive larger than 10GB. Mine is 12 GB, which was recommended by the website I bought it from for my model of computer....
Is there any way to make the BIOS accept the 12Gig hard drive?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to No fixed disks present at ...

Well as even the BIOS is not seeing the HDD I would first start looking at the connector to the Drive. If it one that bolts into a caddy and then slots in it may not be plugging in correctly or if it is of the type where you have to plug on the lead you may have plugged it in wrong with one set of pins not connected or something else like that.

As far as the drive size goes a 12 GIG drive should be seen even if all of it isn't available but I would try a BIOS update if there is one available if the drive is plugging in correctly.

There are several things that could be happening here but as the old drive was doing exactly the same thing the most likely answer is that it isn't the drive but the connector or controller which is at fault. Pull the battery out and look very carefully to see if it has leaked at all if it has you'll need to pull the thing apart to see just how much damage has been done and if it is repairable.

The other thing to look at is with both drives removed is the power requirements of the old Drive compared to the new drive if the new one is vastly different that could be your problem as the drive isn't being powered up and running. I suppose if it was a second hand HDD that you bought it could always be faulty as well. There is an adapter available to plug these drives into a standard IDE interface so it just might be worthwhile buying one and actually testing both HDD to see if they are actually working if they are you'll have to start looking elsewhere and if they aren't the replacement drive that you have brought is faulty as well.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Did you look up the Web Site of the maker of the replacement HDD to see if there is a size limit available on a jumper option on the Drive? That would be the only possibility if it isn't being seen by BIOS. Generally the bigger drives will be seen but not their full size only the upper limit of what BIOS can read.

If in doubt you can always Flash the BIOS to a newer version if there is one available this generally cures most problems.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to No fixed disks present at ...

did you try using fdisk to create a 10 gb partition. just not use the other space...?

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by llcrizav In reply to No fixed disks present at ...

Dear friend , if you has a new Toshiba hard drive , you don't need to use Fdisk. You have to installed and install the operating system(windows). I don't know why you try to use Fdik for a new hard drive.


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