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unable to access hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MASQUERADEMA, Oct 5, 2003.

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  1. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    hello

    i formatted my hard drive and tried to install winows xp. after the set up process the comp reboots and says

    unable to access hard drive

    operating systems not found on any devices. press any key to try again.


    please help
     
  2. zeddy

    zeddy

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    When you formatted did you fdisk and set up the partitions and make the primary one active (so the OS is recognised for bootup)?
     
  3. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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  4. zeddy

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    its not a RAID board is it?
     
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  6. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    i'm not sure if it's raid

    i tried to used fdisk again and it said

    error reading fixed disk
     
  7. zeddy

    zeddy

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    try running fdisk /mbr just in case the partition table has become corrupt or there is a propriety loader causing problems.
     
  8. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    the screen says

    the master boot code has not been updated
     
  9. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Go back to basics. Can you see the drive being detected in the BIOS startup? Can you boot an MS-DOS disk and do an FDISK /STATUS and see the hard drive partitions displayed?
     
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