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Why won't my computer detect my hard drive?

Question

My computer will not detect my hard drive. It loads to a point, then it stops with the message: "disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter." I tried restarting the system a few times. I tried inserting the windows and motherboard disks, but both setup programs said they could not detect the hard disk. Under primary slave, it says none. Do I need a new hard drive or can I fix the problem myself? If I do need a new hard drive, is there any way to retrieve the data on the old hard drive?

Answer

This question was answered on May 2, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

In order for your computer to detect your hard drive you must configure it as a master. To do this check the jumper settings on the hard drive itself it should show how to configure your hard drive as master.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 2, 2003

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