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Problem replacing hard disk on IBM NetVista A21 desktop

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I had purchased two IBM NetVista A21 desktops (model 2276-1873767) for a church a few years ago and they were running fine until recently.  The 10GB Fujitsu drive on one quit completely and would not boot anymore, reporting a SMART error.  I tried a few of the utilities that are on CrazyOne's list, like GetDataBack and Restore2000, but they were unable to access the data.  I gave the disk to someone in the data restoration business to look at and to try to recover the data.  In the meantime, I Ghost'ed the second machine's drive (they had been set up identically for backup purposes) to an IBM Deskstar 34GB and tried to install it.  The NetVista would not recognize it; in fact, this machine doesn't even display a normal BIOS screen at bootup, and there are no options to change settings.  I am a little puzzled as to what I can do at this point, since it seems the simple task of installing a new hard disk is not so simple anymore.
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hi Callandor,

did you put on the HD jumper correct? that is on iether on calble select mode or master mode.

to get in to the bios for the IBM netvista , just click ' F1 ' just like any other pc when it boot up. i don't think they will be any problem to get into the BIOS setting.
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I am pretty sure that I had the jumper set correctly, and since it is the only device on the cable, booting from a floppy should let me see it, regardless of the setting.  I could not detect ANY hard disks after booting from a floppy, using fdisk.

I had tried F1 through F8 while it was booting and it didn't get me to a BIOS screen.  It does have a big blue "IBM" logo that comes up initially, so I don't think it behaves like your typical pc.  I'll try F1 again when I get home, just to be sure.
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The problem is solved - F1 does indeed get you into the BIOS, and from there I saw that the Primary Master and Primary Slave were set to not present.  I hit enter while it was selected and it properly detected my disk, and I was able to boot the system.  I had tried F1 before, but this machine does not present you with a BIOS screen and boots so fast that I had always missed the time when F1 would be accepted.  I also realized it was actually an IBM NetVista A20, not A21, because it had a Celeron 700.
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