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My HP Pavilion dv8000 laptop won't read the hard drive

By kronzee21
Jan 8, 2010
  1. My hp pavilion dv8000 laptop wont read the hard drive?
    its the weirdest thing, one day it was fine and the next its not. when i try to start up windows it says a file is missing so i though maybe its time to reinstall the operating system, its XP home edition. i went ahead and started it up but it eventually it said something like it didn't read any hard drives on the computer and said to make sure there installed properly, so i eventually did that and still nothing. my question is, could there be something wrong with the hard drive itself? or something not right with the computer? please explain



    just to clarify, all it did was boot from the xp cd and when it came to the part were it has to load from the hard drive that's when the message poped up.
     
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    You could try checking the connections, but I would say your Hdd needs replacing.
    If I recall, this model is about 3-4 years old?
     
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,398   +169

    The "No hard drive" found problem upon a reinstall if often a problem when you have a SATA drive (which aren't included on the XP disk). So Windows can't talk to the disk controllers

    YOu can:
    > Check BIOS. You can sometimes out the SATA drive into IDE mode

    Though in the long run you'll want to get the SATA drivers installed on your machine. try looking at How Do I Install Windows XP On A SATA Hard Drive
     
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Hmm, good call LookinAround. I overlooked that one, I figured the Windows XP restore disk shipped with the PC would have the proper drivers on it... But then the problem did start before re-installing Windows.
     
  5. kronzee21

    kronzee21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

     
  6. kronzee21

    kronzee21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks, that makes alot of sense, only problem is I dont have a floppy drive, can i use a usb instead?
     
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,398   +169

  8. kronzee21

    kronzee21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks!
     
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