"Primary hard drive 0 not found"--- but comp works?
I have a 2001 Dell computer with Windows XP Professional. It has worked fine for the last five years, but recently my friend reformatted it and took the tower apart. He hooked everything back up and it worked fine for about 2 weeks.
Recently, my computer froze on me. The harddrive sounded like it 'died'-- stopped humming, then everything froze. I restarted, and it said "primary drive 0 not found." I reconnected the cables and got everything to start humming again, but that message keeps popping up.
It gives me the choice of 1)restarting, or 2) going to the boot/help menu. If I choose restart, it gives the same error message and won't start windows. However, if I go to the help/boot menu, and then ESC out of it, windows loads fine.
Any clue as to what might be causing this? The computer seems to be working fine... it's just a nuisance having to esc out of the help/boot menu every time I boot up.
Thanks a lot--
I've tried searching a bit on this forum but can't seem to find anything-- if anyone knows a good search topic, that would work too!