Unable to reformat properly.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:51 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:46 PM
Because the computer is old it may not auto detect the hard drive.
Start the computer and look on the screen for which key to press for setup - Del or f1 etc.
Enter setup is the hard drive listed ? You could have a flat cmos battery. one way to tell is when you enter the bios have a look at the date and time if it is not current then we have to replace the battery.
Also when you are in the bios at the top it should say if it is Award or phoneix. let me know which one.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:51 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 08:00 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:47 PM
An IDE drive looks like this.
IDE Drive click on me
A Sata drive looks like this.
Sata drive click on me.
My guess is you have an ide drive. I would undo the box and check which drive.
Make sure you touch some metal to earth yourself before touching anything inside the box.
It may help to take the drive out so you can get make, model number and size of the drive. Make sure you notice how the cables go.
Or if you are worried about that then just look for the cmos battery and click it out. Use something wooden
Like a cooking skewer or pencil - Just not metal. Go buy a new cmos battery and put it in (take the old to get same size).
Reboot and see if your computer picks up auto detect.
When you boot the computer NOW does it have on the black screen that starts Auto detecting hard drives?
Edited by peterm, 22 April 2008 - 09:48 PM.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:27 PM
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