As 123Runner posted you do not need the HDD to get into BIOS
it is in a chip on the mainboard, if the HDD is not showing in
the BIOS it is not being detected, is it set to autodetect in
Glad to hear the board is still under warranty.
NB: For future reference;
Apart from removing the CR2032 battery (for how long varies)
this is the method from your MB manual to clear the CMOS, note
you do not start the computer with the jumper cap in place,
• Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
clearing the CMOS values.
• After clearing the CMOS values and before turning on your computer, be sure to remove
the jumper cap from the jumper. Failure to do so may cause damage to the motherboard.
• After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized
Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," for
Edited by phillpower2, 24 July 2010 - 08:45 AM.