I was sort of hoping that Whiskeyman's suggestion would solve it, but could not see why a jumper would need to be changed
The drive works connected through a USB connection, it doesn't work as the main drive. I don't think the format style (NTFS
or FAT32) would have any influence. When I worked on my friend's machine, the HDD
diagnostics in the BIOS
also said that there were no IDE
devices attached, then I Exited and when it went to a blank screen with the flashing cursor, pressed the F1 key. What happens if you try to boot through to the HDD
do you get a blank screen (or flashing cursor)?
I can only think that it may be a problem with the IDE
controller. Off chance, look at upgrading the BIOS
I went to the Toshiba website (my friend's also had a Toshiba drive), there was no specific HDD
diagnostic software available, they referred you to the BIOS
diagnostic menu. If you get to a blank screen, try F1 (F2 or any other key for that matter).
I can't think of many other avenues. Maybe look up the local Compaq repairer (you will find them from the support website www.hp.com/support
), drop around and show it to them. They might have a "quick fix", but might also say it needs a new motherboard.