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removed hard disk and replaced now wont boot up

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hi ther i am a newbie,
so please bear with me as i am not a tech head either so i really do need your help. my husband in his wisdom decided to remove the hard disk from my pc. he then replace it back in the machine and now it wont boot up it gets to the black screen and the bit that says detectingIDE drives and then stops nothing happens after that. can someone please tell me what to do to resolve this issue as i need to get to my work. any help would be much appreciated thank you madmaria. ps it is windows xp on a custom build computer.
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Hi, welcome to GeeksToGo.

Why did he remove the drive and what did he do to it while it was removed?

If it's a IDE drive and it's the only one then make sure it's connected to the last connector on the IDE cable, the one furthest from the system board.

Also check the jumpers on the drive. It should be jumpered for Master, Master or Single.


The Master/Slave/Cable Select (CS) markers will be on the bootom of the drive next to the jumper pins like this:


or a picture will be on the drive label, like this:


If it's a SATA drive
then there are no jumpers required, just make sure the SATA cables are connected firmly at both ends.
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