1.) Make sure that the hard drive is recognized in BIOS setup:
Turn on the computer and immediately press either
key or the F2
key at one-second intervals to enter the BIOS setup utility. See here
. Arrow down to Check hard drive settings in BIOS
; especially step #5.
If the hard drive is not
recognized, let us know; otherwise, progress to Step #2.
2.) Test the hard drive:
It is always best to use the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics; however, under your circumstances, I think that SeaTools for DOS should work. You will need to create the following bootable DOS diagnostic disk on a different computer.
- Download the Seatools for DOS version by clicking the "Downloads" tab, selecting operating system, then "Download - accept license agreement. Burn the "SeaToolsDOS223ALL.Iso" image to a CD so it is bootable.
Here is a good reference: Seatools for DOS tutorial.
- If you don't have software burn an "Iso" image or if you don't now how to then:
- Download ImgBurn from here.
- Install the software then start ImgBurn.
- Select "Write Image file to disk" then under "Source" click on the "folder icon" to the right and select the "iso" file location.
- Click on this icon to "Start."
- Restart your computer with the Diagnostic Disk. (For how to set CDROM drive to boot first, go here)
- Your hard drive(s) should be listed in the Drives List box.
- If you have more than one drive, test them both, starting with the system drive first.
- Highlight your system drive within the Drive List.
- From the top menu, click on Basic Tests and run the Short test first and then the Long test. The long test may take several hours.
- If given the option to repair the drive, allow it but ONLY if you have backed up all important data on the drive.
- Any reported errors in either test should make you suspect a failing hard drive.
Let us know the results.