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Reformat Of Xp Pro - System Can't Find Any Hard Disk Drives


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Posted 19 May 2007 - 01:06 PM

I have a system that was custom built about 3 years ago - Guy put XP pro on it, but wasn't a "valid key". I just purchased a full version of XP Pro, and am trying to reformat my hard drive with this (I was told on a forum about 9 mos ago that my registry was seriously screwed and this was the only option). Got it to boot from the new XP CD - but then says cannot find any hard disk drives installed in computer. I have 2 hard drives - one removable (hoping to save some pics on this and not have to reformat this). Thanks for your help - Moe

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 05:17 PM

What kind of hard drive is it? IDE, SATA or SCSI? Is the drive recognized by the bios?
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 07:51 AM

What kind of hard drive is it? IDE, SATA or SCSI? Is the drive recognized by the bios?


SATA I believe (that's what it says on the manual)- How do I tell if it's recognized by the bios? Here's what's listed:

SATA/RAID/SCSI Boot order....RAID
First Boot DEvice....CDRom
Second Boot Device....USB-CDRom
Third Boot Device...HDD-0
Boot up Floppy Seek....Disabled
Password Check....Setup
Flexible AGP8X.....Auto
Init Display First.....AGP

My knowledge is limited - so any help is appreciated.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 08:08 AM

What kind of hard drive is it? IDE, SATA or SCSI? Is the drive recognized by the bios?

After looking at my paperwork - It's IDE NOT SATA...sorry

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:29 AM

Download a free diagnostic from the manufacturer of the hard drive and see if it notes any problems with the drive.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:46 AM

Download a free diagnostic from the manufacturer of the hard drive and see if it notes any problems with the drive.


Computer won't run any programs - all program were changed to .inf. Now on bootup it tells me NTLDR is missing - can't get windows to even come up.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:31 AM

Check the website of your HDD manufacturer. Often they will have a free diagnostic tool that is a bootable CD. That way it doesn't matter if Windows won't boot.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 03:01 PM

Segate and maxtor drive tools are here http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/d...ols/seatooldreg

Western Digital tools http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?swid=1

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 04:27 PM

Segate and maxtor drive tools are here http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/d...ols/seatooldreg

Western Digital tools http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?swid=1


Thanks - found the website and downloaded seatools for DOS. It's a maxtor - can't get it to boot from the CD though. NTLDR is missing (if that means anything) - did I mention I don't have much experience at this

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 05:03 PM

You downloaded the ISO did you use Nero or an ISO burning program to burn the program to CD?

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 07:06 PM

You downloaded the ISO did you use Nero or an ISO burning program to burn the program to CD?


I just downloaded an ISO burner and got the disc to work - it didn't recognize EITHER hard drive...Now what?

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:21 AM

Did the test not recognize the drive - or was it just the ntldr is missing error? If it was the ntldr error, then it appears the system isn't booting from the CD. If there isn't a way to access the mobo's boot menu (F8 in Asus mobos), then go into the BIOS and disable everything booting but the CD, then try it (don't forget to re-enable it afterwards). I had to do this yesterday with an older Asus board that refused to boot from the CD (it had an unformatted drive installed).
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:34 AM

Did the test not recognize the drive - or was it just the ntldr is missing error? If it was the ntldr error, then it appears the system isn't booting from the CD. If there isn't a way to access the mobo's boot menu (F8 in Asus mobos), then go into the BIOS and disable everything booting but the CD, then try it (don't forget to re-enable it afterwards). I had to do this yesterday with an older Asus board that refused to boot from the CD (it had an unformatted drive installed).


The test did run and did not recognize the drive. I also checked all the cable connections

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:59 AM

If the manufacturer's test didn't find the drive (and presuming that it's properly connected and powered up) then it's likely that you're in the market for a new hard drive.

You can slave the drive to another computer and try this free program to see if you can recover anything from it (doubtful, but worth a try): http://www.pcinspector.de
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