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I have a HD that comes up in my comps bios (HP presario) but will not boot or allow an OS to be setup on it.
After setup begins a message comes up saying that no HD can be detected. like I said, it shows up on BIOS.
I've tried the jumpers in every concievable setting witht the same result????
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That's because the hard drive has not been initialized yet. some computers are picky that way. what you need to do is run the software on the cd or floppy that came with the hard drive, or you need to download and install the hard drive utility for your specific hard drive manufacturer.
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Also check the jumpers and see what it's set on. Some presarios only like the 'Cable Select' option, which I despise myself.
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thanks for the quick reply...
the HD is actually one i've used in the past numerous times on numerous machines. is it possible it may need to be initialized again?
already tried the CS as well as every other one...
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Is the hard drive empty? aka is it formatted or does it have an old OS on it like windows 98 or something. If its a hard drive formatted in fat, then that could be a problem. But I really can't say for sure since I have never come across that problem which didn't get resolved with my previous ideas.

I still say that you should use the hard drive utility from the hard drives manufacturer and completely zero out the machine.

Another thing you could try, is do you have an old windows 98 or 2000 cd laying around? If so try sticking those in and see if the setup for those OS's recognizes the hard drive.
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I'll try the initialization. the drive was running W2K before...

thanks a lot for the help. even if it doesn't work i learned something really important to know!

i'll let you know how it goes...
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