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Will not read hard drive

By Sainfate
Oct 2, 2010
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  1. the battery holder on my motherboard went out,so i fixed it. After i started it up and made sure it worked, i put another harddrive in it and now it does want to read anything and it wont read my cd burner either...
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,874

    When you remove the battery, the CMOS resets to default configuration. You might try checking if the BIOS is set to the correct drive mode. (IDE or SATA/AHCI)
     
  3. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do i check to see what it is?
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,874

    Do you know how to get into your machine's BIOS...?
     
  5. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    not exactly
     
  6. MIXEDD

    MIXEDD TS Member Posts: 38

    It depends on your MoBo. Try pressing F2,DEL,Esc when your computer is booting Up. If no one of these keys won't work you might wanna to check out your Mobo on the web and find out which key is correct.

    If you don't know you MoBo's model you can go to dxdiag by pressing start>run>dxdiag or start>dxdiag for vista/7. There is also a software called 'SPECCY' you can download it easily it's free. It will let you see all your hardware.

    Good luck.
     
  7. zennix

    zennix TS Rookie

    Remove the battery, the CMOS resets to default configuration. You might try checking if the BIOS is set to the correct drive mode. This depends on your MOBO. Press f2, del and esc when your computing is booting up.
     
  8. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i got into the bios, and everthing looks right...it says my hard drive and cd-rom drives are not installed
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    Reset the CMOS with the jumper on the motherboard. Or, if you can't find it/don't want to do that then just pull the battery again, unplug from the wall, and press the power button (perhaps a couple times for good measure). Then put the battery back in and plug it in and start up.

    Also go through and see that everything is set properly in the BIOS so it does see the drives (example - turn off RAID if you aren't using the drives in RAID).

    My post seems redundant in part, because the dude double posted and I replied to the 'other' one before seeing the one with replies. I've merged the threads now.
     
  10. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The holder fell off again....let me put the thing on once and for all and ill try what you said...
     
  11. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it said invalid configuration information - please run setup program
    performing automatic ide config
    primary master: ide disk drfived
    strike f1 to continue, f2 to run setup utility
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The battery holder has 2 metal contacts. These contacts are soldered to the motherboard. Are these contacts broken?
     
  13. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    they were, so i replaced it a few minnutes ago and ended up with this message:

    invalid configuration information - please run setup program
    performing automatic ide config
    primary master: ide disk drfived
    strike f1 to continue, f2 to run setup utility
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You will need to press F2 and make sure the time, date and year are correct, The check the boot order for CDROM first, hard drive second boot device
     
  15. Sainfate

    Sainfate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you all very much!!!it works now
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Thanks for the update. Good work!
     

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