I dont know what you mean I cant see my hard drive in BIOS. What does AHCI stand for? Are you talking about the C prompt?
When I on my computer I get the Intel logo and then it says BIOS something, then I get a black screen and it says the following...
0 bootable device-insert bootdisk & press any key
Before my harddrive crashed I was told by BC to use SPECCY here is the link to everything about my computer will this help?
BIOS = Basic Input Output System
AHCI = Advanced Host Controller Interface
I use Speccy too... I keep it on my flash drive...
Reboot your computer and repeatedly tap F2 as it first starts, to enter the bios.
Once in the bios settings, you want to look for the hard drive settings and see if your hard drive shows up in the list of installed drives.
You will be looking for an entry that says: WDC WD2500KS
(bios navigation tips should be listed to somewhere around the edge of the screen - Usually to the right or at the bottom) (make no changes to the bios, we just want to look around)
For your motherboard, it may be under "PCI IDE Support" or something like that.
(Look for words like "ATA" or "SATA" or "IDE" or better yet "WDC"
If AHCI is enabled, your hard drive will probably not show up in the bios at all.
Next you will want to check the "Boot Options" settings and see if there is anything listed there under the hard disk drive group.
If you find no refference to any hard drives in the bios, exit the bios, discarding any changes.
Reboot the machine again tapping F10 as it starts up, to get to your boot selection menu, and look for a hard drive there. If you see a hard drive listed there, select it using the arrow keys and press enter on the keyboard. If nothing is listed there, we are out of easy options, but if you have access to a working machine and a blank cd, there is more we can do.
If you have access to a working machine you could download the UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) from
and burn it to a cd (as an ISO image) using something like imgburn from
or any other cd burning software capable of burning an ISO image.
(if you use imgburn use the top left option = "write image file to disk")
After the disk burning is complete, stick the cd in the unbootable machine and restart it again.
Start tapping F10 once again as it starts and choose your CD drive as the boot device.
Once booted into the UBCD go to "HDD" then "Diagnosis" then choose "DLG Diagnostic v4.15"
Let it boot with the default options and choose the "Extended Test."
If that doesn't work try running the "Drive Fitness Test v4.16"
(from the previous menu = HDD > Diagnosis > Drive Fitness Test)
and let it boot with the default options, then select your hard drive if listed and run the "Advanced Test"
Please keep us informed, and I hope for the best for ya.
These are not all the options we have, but that should be enough to get you started.
I also noticed your hard drive temp was almost 144 degrees Fahrenheit.
That is way too hot.
Can you do something to improve the ventilation inside the PC case?
(Like remove the side and point a fan into it)
btw, I should have mentioned this sooner, and it is an extremely slim chance of being the problem, but if you have a floppy drive with a floppy disk in it, eject the floppy before continuing.
Edited by ATGUNWAT, 09 February 2011 - 02:11 AM.