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Old 11-03-2005, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default Windows ME - "Insert Boot Diskette in A:\"

I am working on a PC, that can not find the hard drive. When I insert a boot disk I can not access the hard drive. i.e, c:\ = invalid drive spec. I want to get my files off of this hard drive if possible. Is there any way to find out if the hard drive is toast?
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Windows ME - "Insert Boot Diskette in A:\"

first thing i would do is chek if the hd is connected to the pc properly... u cant belive the amount of problems i had with a bad cable...

u could type in the name of your hd but without the slash ie. c:, and u could try using the recover command though im not sure if it will work
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:44 PM   #3
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try using the fdisk program... It will show you info about the HD and its partitions
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:13 PM   #4
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When I run Fdisk it says "no fixed disk present". Is there anything else I can try.
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Old 11-05-2005, 10:43 AM   #5
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Are you sure that everything is connected proprely, meaning Power cable, IDE cable, Jumper settings?
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Old 11-05-2005, 05:35 PM   #6
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Yes. I checked all the connections on the drive. It all looks good. Maybe I have a bad cable.
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possibly...just curious, what happened just before the system stopped detecting the hd?
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:48 PM   #8
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It is not my pc, but she told me that it had a lot of "errors and stuff" that would pop up all the time. I wouldn't doubt if it got infected or was just dying slowly. She is careless about maintenance, protection, and prevention.
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