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My baby has broken my PC!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Becciboo, Apr 7, 2008.

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  1. Becciboo

    Becciboo Thread Starter

    Apr 7, 2008
    My beloved was trying to fix a harddrive problem on his PC and took mine out to use in his etc. Anyway my 7 month old son:confused: switched my PC on while the harddrive was removed and when I replaced it, the computer can no longer 'read' it. I just get a system boot failure message and when I go through BIOS, it tells me that it's there and how much memory it has but as I say it won't boot. If anyone knows how to help me out I'd reallllllly appreciate it.
  2. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    If you plugged an ide drive into a live power plug, it is toast and there is no way out of this, you need to buy a new hard drive and install fresh Windows.
  3. kfinpgh


    Oct 1, 2005
    You may be in luck. Install the hard drive and boot to the BIOS set up screen. Press the key combo as shown on the screen to get into setup. (Delete for some BIOS, Alt-S for others, depending on whose BIOS you have).

    Scroll through the screens until you see entries for IDE drive. It's usually in the basic settings screen. Tell BIOS to auto ID the hard drive. Follow the instructions on the screen. Most BIOS use the Enter key as the command to AutoID the drive.

    BIOS was booted without the drive and thinks there isn't one. You can also try using the optimum or default settings, but try the Auto ID steps first. If you need to reset BIOS, find the manual and follow the directions. Some allow you to reset from the setup screen and others require you to pull a jumper.
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