I attempted the format command with different parameters but it says "unable to format"]
EDIT I was able to find the problem by using microsoft and searching. Here's what I ended up with.
Error Message When You Run ScanDisk or Fdisk: No Fixed Disks Present
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Article ID : 309459
Last Review : January 31, 2007
Revision : 1.3
This article was previously published under Q309459
When you attempt to run the MS-DOS command-line utility fdisk.exe, or when you run ScanDisk from within Windows, you may receive an error message similar to the following:
No fixed disks present.
NOTE: This error message may occur intermittently, and you may receive this error message even though your computer's hard disk is detected in the computer Power On Self Test (POST).
This behavior can occur because of any of the following hardware issues:
• The hard disk is defective or too hot.
• The jumper settings on the hard disk are incorrectly configured.
• The hard disk data cable is defective or too long.
• The hard disk controller is defective or incorrectly configured in the computer BIOS.
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To resolve this issue, contact your computer manufacturer to obtain a computer diagnostic program or further troubleshooting information.
For information about how to contact computer hardware manufacturers, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
) Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K
) Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P
) Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
• Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
• Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
• Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
• Microsoft Windows 95
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Edited by ussr1943, 24 June 2007 - 10:21 AM.