HD Vanished?

By tilly
Mar 9, 2005
  1. Hi Folks!
    New to this forum & not yet found any clues to help with my problem so thought I'd ask for some advice!
    My brother's computer was working fine then next thing the HD has vanished, I've looked in the BIOS & it's not there only the floppy & CD drive are there. I've tried booting from an old start up disk & trying to reinstall Windows XP but obviously if the HD is not being seen that's not going to work!
    Is there anything else I should try before I go out & buy a new drive?
    Tilly :giddy:
  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    try disconnecting and reconnecting your drive.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    If after checking the connections you are still having problems,then maybe a new ide cable will fix it.

    Also check to see if the jumper on the back of the HDD has worked loose or fallen off.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  4. tilly

    tilly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Checked all that out & still no joy so looks like I get a new HD & try that.
    One more thing, could it be possible that a virus has done this?
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Does sound like a new HDD may be in order.

    As to whether a virus can kill a HDD I`m not to sure. I seem to remember an article that said it could but I can`t find it.

    I did however find this that may be of interest.,,377504,00.asp

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  6. tilly

    tilly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    New HD did the trick
    Thanks for your help! :giddy:
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