my HDD won't boot up. I tried the drive in an external caddy and I can read the files on another pc, i can write to and from it. So I thought maybe its time for a clean re-install, backed up all the files I needed then formated the drive. Tried to reinstall xp but on pressing enter to set up windows i get a message telling me there isn' a hard drive installed. tried it again in the caddy and can still write to and from it. still can't get windows to install. Any suggestions? while i wait for a reply, I'm going to try a replacement ribbon cable if I have one.
Go into BIOS set first boot option to CD and boot with XP cd in drive and go to recovery consul click here
To start the computer and use the Recovery Console
From the Setup CD-ROM
Insert the Setup compact disc (CD) and restart the computer. If prompted, select any options required to boot from the CD. When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts; choose the repair or recover option by pressing R. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access from the Recovery Console. When prompted, type the Administrator password. At the system prompt, type Recovery Console commands; type help for a list of commands, or help commandname for help on a specific command.
To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit.
At the system prompt type chkdsk /r
let windows attempt to repair the drive on completion type exit and see if the drive will boot up
I think I may have found the problem or part of it. Fruitbat, thanks I can't get as far as the rext based options, On the 1st blue screen of windows set up I get "\i386\ntkrnlmp.exe error code is 7" so I am unable to try your suggestions.
Had a look in the BIOS (award Pheonix) and in the standard cmos settings it doesn't show the HD in the master option and won't detect it either. Is this due to damaged boot files? Can I restore the boot sector using software on another pc using xp if i mount it as an external drive in a caddy, If so any reccomendations.