How to fix a no fixed disk present error

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope

Hard drive not connected properly

Computer hard drive

If the computer was recently moved or serviced, the cables for the hard drive may have become loose or are not connected properly. Open the computer and verify 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 was 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 primary or secondary.

CMOS not set up properly

Today, most computers 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 error occurs.

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

Hardware is bad

If you checked everything above and the issue persists, the computer likely has bad hardware. Below is a short listing of hardware that causes this issue if bad. We suggest replacing the hardware in the order listed.

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