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Computer boots but does not detect my hard drive


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anthony0261

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My computer starts up but does not detect the Primary IDE master.
The boot screen says Auto-Detecting Pri Master .. Not Detected.
My DVD drive is detected in BIOS but it says my Primary IDE master is 'not installed'

I am running Windows XP pro with Ubuntu 7.10 and my computer has AMIBIOS.
I do not know whats wrong as the computer was working fine a few hours earlier.
Any help would be much appreciated thanks
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Hi anthony0261,

If the PC was working fine, and now it doesn't, something must have happened. Either the drive jumpers were changed or the drive might have failed all together... Could be a possibility. The cable could have also come loose from a slight knock or something... If you know how to open up the case and check, then that would be my first guess.
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Hey Adrenaline, I have opened it up and made sure all cables are secure but the computer still won't start properly.
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Hmmm,

I see you dual booting with Windows and Linux, people that can do that normally are not new people to w PC so I am going to do something dangerous, assume... I am going to assume you have tried another IDE/SATA cable? Other than that, i am all out of ideas...

Here's a few ideas from google,
  • The drive is not configured / plugged in properly.
  • The BIOS needs to be adjusted to detect the drive.
  • A cable connecting the drive to the rest of the computer may be damaged.
  • The hard drive controller on your motherboard may be damaged.
  • The master boot record on the drive is damaged / the head has crashed on the drive.
  • The drive might be dead.
Let me know maybe we can just try to eliminate one probability at a time and work from there
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I haven't opened the computer before it stopped working so I don't think it's a physical problem, thanks for the list of possibilities, I've tried to detect the drive in BIOS but it doesn't seem to work, is there a way to fix the master boot record?
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Um,

yeah there is, but I wouldn't be the one to give you that kind of advice. I stay well away from my MBR most times. Tampering with that if you don't know what you doing could cause MAJOR problems...
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Well, I found out that the hard drive had died, its pretty old so I'm going to get it replaced.
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