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Please help, my hard drive has disappeared !!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema, Hi-Fi and Gadgets' started by sidicks, Jan 16, 2003.

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    [Jan 16, 2003]
    Tried to turn my hone PC on yesterday and it doesn't work - seems to suggest that it couldn't boot up windows 98 as it 'could not be found'.

    I tried to reinstall it but it is teling me that there isn't a c: drive anymore.

    We do have a virus detector, so I'm hoping it's not a virus.

    I tempted to open up the case and check all the connectors to ensure the c: drive is connected properly, and if that doesn't work, bash it with a hammer (at least that will make me feel better !)

    Anyone know of any viruses 'dong the rounds' that would cause this to happen ?

    Anyone got any suggestions as to what to try next?

    Cheers

    sidicks
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    [Jan 16, 2003]
    I'm not sure what I did but it seems to have worked - something to do with BIOS settings - it seemed that somehow the hard drive was disabled, so I enabled it !

    Anyway thanks for the help...

    I'm off to by a CDRW to back-up the PC in case this happens again - anyone recommend a good one ?

    Thanks

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    [Jan 17, 2003]
    Before you spend lots of money on something like that, check it's not something as simple as the battery on your motherboard running flat and losing the settings - that could explain why the hard disk was 'lost'.

    Does the machine lose time at all?

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    Agree with Alex, sounds like a BIOS battery to me. If it does it again next time you power the machine down then change the battery and see if that fixes it.

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