20gb hard drive no longer found

  belcanto 17:05 06 Aug 2007

Hi there-my sister has a 2nd hand p4 emachine, with xp prof on it with 512 mb, an nvidea agp card and 20gb hd. She brought it over the w/e from a pc fair It was working for a few hours, then all of a sudden it froze.

She didnt panic and thought that a reset would sort it. When it restarted however, all that came up on the bios was f1 error system disk, or something like that.

Anyway, the bio can see the dvd-rom and the cd writer but not the hard drive. Is therd anything that she can do to sort it apart from getting a new hd. I should say, that the had is screwed into a cage, and she is not sure how to remove it.


  brundle 17:46 06 Aug 2007

Check cabling is intact and firmly plugged in.
Find out manufacturer of drive, run manufacturer's diagnostic; click here

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