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BIOS does not recognize primary or secondary HD.

by gklein / September 17, 2004 6:40 AM PDT

Pent4; 80 gig HD: 512 RAM; WinXP Pro;
Could not bootup with 6 XP floppies. Got to A prompt = no C drive. Thought I had a virus. Reformated HD & reinstalled WinXP Pro. Entering BIOS shows "0" HD & "0" secondary. Bootup very long; says no hard drive found; click F2 to continue, then boots up O.K.
BIOS = Phoenix ROM Plus Version 1.10 A3.
Where could I get the BIOS to flash - if that is required ???

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Is this that same machine?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2004 6:43 AM PDT

You've posted many times about this machine.

Is it time for it to hit a repair shop?


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Re: BIOS does not recognize primary or secondary HD.
by kjleitch / September 17, 2004 6:55 AM PDT

Check the jumpers located on your hard drive, usually located next to the ribbon cable connector. Put the jumper on (ma)which stands for master (sl) stands for slave, and (cs) stands for cable select. If you are running two drives off of one cable (ie) primary or secondary then the drive which is to be the boot drive should be placed at the end of the cable that is connected to the primary connector on the mother board and this same drive shoud have the jumper placed at (ma). Then hold down the delete key or press the f2 key when you restart the computer to go into the bios mode to set the perimeters for your hard drive to auto detect. remember each drive at the end of the primary and secondary or 0 an 1 cables should be the master (ma)drive set by your jumper on the drive itself and any other drive would be set to slave which would be placed at the middle connector on each cable.

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One drive at end of cable; jumper set at cable select;
by gklein / September 17, 2004 7:09 AM PDT

Primary and secondary hard drive set to auto detect.
During bootup (after long period), message is NO primary HD found; No secondary HD found; Press F1 to continue, then XP bootups ?

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Re: BIOS does not recognize primary or secondary HD.
by aussiejock / September 17, 2004 11:38 AM PDT

G'day Mate, I feel for ya loosin you HD.
I did a reload of WinXP and Service pack 2
and when I rebooted I had lost my 80Gb HD
and all my backup info which was on that drive.
How do we get the Drive Back.
Jock Melbourne. Australia

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For aussiejock...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2004 11:50 AM PDT
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update: removed MB battery - 5min, then rebooted O.K.
by gklein / September 18, 2004 12:34 AM PDT

on reboot, first window said it was reconfiguring IDE - then boot right up to XP. Got lucky this time.
Read where removing battery 5 min. looses CMOS setting and reinstalling battery - then reboot configures orginial default setting.
Thank all for helping me.

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