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I turned on my computer and got a message state that I had an HDC failure.  When I ran the automatic IDE detection from my AMBIOS it could not find the C: drive.

I had to boot off a DOS disk to start my computer.  Then I would get a message that there was no hard drive to load DOS onto.  The same thing happened when I tried to reload Windows 3.1.

I would appreciate any help.
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Question by:ecohouse
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Otta earned 40 total points
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Your hard-drive is either:
 - not electrically-connected,
   i.e., the electrical-cable is either
   an incomplete circuit, or the plug into
   the hard-drive is loose,
 - not electronically-connected,
   i.e., the ribbon-cable between the drive
   and the motherboard is loose (at either end),
 - neither of the above, and your disk is "internally" dead.

I hope that you have good backups,
or your original software.

There do exist "Disk Rescue" companies,
which, for a large fee, can repair your drive,
or at least "rescue" most of the data.
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by:drydem
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if the only hard disk connect has its jumpers are set for slave then the Hd controller
will fail to signal the IDE controller. Check the polarity of the IDE cable make sure
that the red side of the cable is connect to the "2" side.


 
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