No fixed disk present

Computer hard driveHard drive not connected properly

If the computer has been recently moved or serviced the cables for the hard drive may have become loose or are not connected properly. Open the computer and verify that the hard drive cables are connected and connected properly to the hard drive and the motherboard.

Jumpers not set properly

If a new IDE device has been recently added to the computer and the jumpers are not set properly it can cause a no fixed disk error message. Verify that the jumpers on the hard drive or other IDE devices are set properly to Master or Slave.

CMOS not setup properly

Today, most computers will auto detect the hard drive in CMOS but some computers may need for the hard drive to be defined in CMOS. If a hard drive is not defined in CMOS this issue will occur.

If CMOS has the availability for Auto Detect, CMOS values should not need to be entered.

Hardware is bad

If all of the above have been checked and the issue persists it is likely that the computer may have bad hardware. Below is a short listing of hardware that can cause this issue if bad. We suggest replacing the hardware in the below order.

Additional information

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