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If it is not identifying the hard drive then honestly no need to go farther. The hd has failed and a new hd is required.
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if this will help me

When I press F2 for set up and go into bios ..then 'Boot'

I have the following:
Boot priority order:
1. IDE (HDD)
2.IDE (SATA) HTS721080G9Sa000TBD
3.IDE (ODD) HL-DT-ST- DVDRAM GMA4082N
4. USB FDC
5. PCI LAN BO2 DOO YUKO PXE

Then:
Excluded from Boot order:
1.USB HDD
2.USB CDROM

any use?
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If this is your main drive 1. IDE (HDD) then it knows it is there but can't identify it.
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Which presumably means it is dead!!??
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Yep you could try the hd diagnostic I suggested but I believe it will error out saying no hd is identified or present.
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OK thanks everyone for help

Presumably fit a new HD and re-install win programme disk?
Is it as simple as that?
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You have a OS installation disk or is it a brand name disk?
Do you know what capacity the drive is and if it is IDE or SATA? I can look up some drives to give you some ideal what they run.
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It is an OE disk but have the code.

Unfortunately the Bios set up as I reported above states in order 1. IDE HDD
2.IDE (SATA) so that is confusing.

I have n't the instruction book with me (I'm in UK book in Spain!)

However I might be able to find out from a company called Golden StarComputer Ltd in Reading as I had to buy a new power unit .

Otherwise will take out existing HD and it should? state what capacity etc on the cover (I Hope)

Thanks again for help.
Will report on progress.
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Otherwise will take out existing HD and it should? state what capacity etc on the cover (I Hope)


Yes the make and model is what you need. If you get the model number then I can find a exact replacement or something a little larger. Just as a example a 160 gig I'm finding for about $70.00 online.
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sorry for late reply..Clevo M560a is the Laptop model

It states on underside : Model Clevo M56a but als product code M560a
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The user manual is located HERE

Page 44 states its a 2.5 inch SATA
Page D-4 states it can use a PATA or a SATA. Isuspect it's a sata drive. There are good instructions on opening the laptop up and gaining access to the drive.
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You should have to remove a small screw on the bottom of the laptop on a door marked with HDD or HD.
Then you would be able to see the make and model of the HD.
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Thanks for that will download and read
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Thanks will read users manual first ...
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Reply disappeared!!

However I plucked up enough courage after reading the Users instructions to Find that I have a Clevo M56a Model A

I have taken out the battery as per instructions and removed HD but not removed connection yet.
HD is as follows: HITACHI Travelstar Model: HTS721080G9SA00 7200RPM 5V 1.1A DC 80GB SATA
P/N 0A25026 MLC DA1373 (16383CYL. 16HEADS. 63SEC/T)

Can I have this tested or take it that it is kaput?
shall I go ahead and complete disconnection, which I will have to do to replace?

Thanks for help
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