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Computer will not Boot

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I have a Dell Dimension running Windows XP. Was working fine until couple days ago, when I turned it on I heard two sharp beeps then the error messages "Diskette drive 0 seek failure" and "No boot device available"

In setup, date and time are correct. Boot sequence says "hard disk drive (not installed). When SATA primary drive is set to AUTO it says primary drive 0 not found.
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I don't have another computer, but I had a different hard drive that I tried and nothing happened. Both hard drives are Seagate Barracuda, just that the 2nd one which doesn't do anything is an ATA IV (dont know what that means). The drive that shows the F1, F2 error is Barracuda 7200.7 and 80 Gig.

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Ata 4 just means the  maximum theoretical bandwidth that it can function with. As long as it is ata anything it should work if it is good and is jumpered correctly. I assume that you connected it with the jumpers set to master no slave. Also  have you tried cable select. Do you hear the second drive spin up when you turn on the machine. No bad clicking grinding noises etc? Also since your board was using SATA perhaps you should disable sata in the bios and make sure that the ide channel is set to auto detect.
Also there is no chance you have a floppy drive stuck in your A Drive is there. also maybe try moving the boot order so that the Floppy disk is at the bottom of the Disk

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Check the hard disk connections to the motherboard and load the BIOS defaults

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Thanks for the assistance, both drives were dead. I took them to the local electronic shop. Will have to purchase a hard drive.
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