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Hard Disk not getting detected

My dell inspiron laptop running windows vista seems to have crashed yesterday. It ran out of battery and went into hibernation mode.
Later on when I rebooted the PC it gives me the error "No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility".
To see if the harddisk is getting detected or not I removed the hard disk and started my laptop and I get the message "Internal hard disk drive not found.
To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.
No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to set up utility.
Press F5 to run on board diagnostics."
On resinserting the hard disk it gives me the error "No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility".
What might be the problem and how to resolve it?

The hardrive is first in the list in boot sequence.
I have already remove the hardrive and reinserted it again with no benefit.
I do not sense the normal vibration which is sensed in normal disks.
I guess I will have to get the media player replaced and then recover the data if possible.

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Did you

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Did you try that hard drive in some USB case or another PC?

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It did not got detected on other PCs.

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There may be more ideas but

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The make and model would help as members could check out the drive and see if there are options.

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HD gone bad?

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If you have tried in another USB ext. case or use of an adapter and it still isn't seen, then the HD has gone bad. For whatever reason, it is corrupted or has a h/w fault that for now isn't recoverable. I suggest you look into any recovery s/w to see what if anything can be recovered or at least be seen. if they too give the same results then the HD is bad. In such cases the best act to do is buy a new one or repair if possible. It seems that the old HD is not recoverable at least for what you gave accounts of. I hope you have your reocvery/restore discs to install on any new or repaired HD.

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