New cable or drive?
I repair computers for senior citizens - no charge - but I get a lot of home-made sweets!
Once in a while someone donates a unit - I get it running and pass it on to someone in need.
I have an E Machines T3882, running XP. I got it thru a 3rd party so I cannot contact the orginal owner. I was told the unit had a "virus". Rather then check for myself (an error) I turned it on, loaded Malwarebytes from CD and ran a full scan. Somewhere during the process, it hung up and I found the hour glass and nothing happening. I powered down and rebooted - it never booted up again. I get the big "E" logo - and several minutes later a message saying no hard drive was found.