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Old 12-16-2004, 07:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a dell dimension 8400, I booted to the win xp cd to format the hd. After a few steps it told me that it couldnt find a hard drive, to make sure the hd was connected and whatnot, well I know that hard drive is there and working. What can I do?
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Old 12-16-2004, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Hdd is shown in the BIOS... rite?? Okay, try this. Boot with Windows cd , press 'R' and then use the 'format' command and see if it works.
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ok...when I press 'R' I get the same message, that it cant find the hard drive.
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okay, so the format command didn't work in recovery console? Is it detected in the BIOS? What happens when you start normal or safe mode ,does it boot in?
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yes the hd is detected in bios the pc boots up fine in normal and in safe mode...I will say this but not sure if it makes a difference...the hd is 160 gb I tried to partition it using partition magic but made a mistake, I created a small partition on the hd that is undetected by the os....not sure if that makes a difference
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