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System cannot see hard drive - sometimes

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by datarunner, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. datarunner

    datarunner Byte Poster

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    hi all

    got a weird one here

    a system with xp 3000+ sempron, 512 mb ram, 40 gb ide drive. now on power up the system sometimes see's the hard drive and sometimes it doesnt. its very random.

    any ideas on what would cos this?
     
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  2. marcin_rys

    marcin_rys Nibble Poster

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    try to reconnect all cables (change IDE data cable if you have spare one)
    make sure that HDD is recognised correctly in BIOS
    try to connect your HDD to CD/DvD IDE cable and Power cable
    run Check Disk

    if all this will don't resolve problem
    looks like HDD is faulty rather then MB.

    Good Luck anyway
     
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  3. Sparky
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    HD might be on the way out. Replace the IDE cable if you can and perhaps look for a BIOS update for the mobo.
     
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  4. datarunner

    datarunner Byte Poster

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    hi there

    sorry buddy i forgot to say that i had done all that AND tried different drives

    regards
     
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  5. marcin_rys

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    if you tried with different drivers (HDD) and have same problem that's mean MB is causing a problem
    (need to be changed)
    but if other hdd are recognised correctly by Bios (all the time) that mean you HDD is faulty
     
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  6. UKDarkstar
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    Sounds like motherboard controller issue - how old is the motherboard ?
     
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  7. Theprof

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    Also maybe you power supply is not providing enough juice. If the above steps you tried and did not help, try a different power suppply, preferably a more powerful one.
     
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