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dagarrett

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I have a windows ME OS on a compaq. When I turn it on I get the message, unable to access hard drive. Operating system not found on any devices. Press any key to try again. I checked and reseated the cables and looked to make sure everything was connected properly. I believe the hard drive is gone but want to get another opinion because the computer is not mine. Could someone please help me?
 

~Candy~

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Hi and welcome. Can you access the bios setup (F10) and see if the hard drive appears?
 

dagarrett

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HI, I tried to access the bios, but I couldn't get any other message or screen to appear. I tried using a boot disk to see if something would come up, but still the same message. Any other ideas? Thanks!
 

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You should still be able to access the bios setup, you hit F10 while the computer is starting up. That should come up before this error message.
 
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And even with a hard drive failure, you should be able to boot from floppy as well as get into BIOS setup. Try again to access the BIOS (guide here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm ), and once you get in, check to see if the drive is recognized, as AcaCandy suggested, and also look to be sure that the boot order allows for a floppy boot before a hd boot.
 
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