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internal hard disk drive not found

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  1. Aya964

    Aya964 Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista. it's 3 years old and out of warranty.

    There was no problem with this computer before but it crashed today. When I tried to start my laptop, I receive a 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 for setup utility. “Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.”

    I took out hard disk and put it back but it didn't work


    I have not backed up anything from this computer and I really needit fixed asap
    please help me!
     
  2. Hughv

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    I assume this drive doesn't appear in the BIOS?
    It might be easiest to burn a Linux Live CD (Ubuntu will work) and see if it can access the files.
    You could also remove the drive and connect via USB adapter.
    Insert usual comment about backups here.
     
  3. Aya964

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    Thank you for reply. I can go to BIOS but I don't know what to do. Is this problem hard to solve if I don't know anything about computer?
     
  4. Hughv

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    The hard drive is usually shown in the first screen of the BIOS (Setup).
    If it's not there, you're going to have try another method, as suggested above.
     
  5. Aya964

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    Is it a blue screen with bunch of categories?
     
  6. Tanis

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    Normally yes, press F2 for Setup when it prompts to.

    Usually use the arrow keys to navigate around the BIOS screens (something like the ones here.)

    Under the System area (top of the list on the left) it should list attached devices, you should see a hard drive of some kind and probably a CD/DVD drive of some kind.
     
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