A friend's computer died recently and she asked me to take a look. It's an older PC running Windows 98 SE. Basically, she turned it on one day and just got a disk error.
I brought over a Windows 98 Boot Disk and the computer booted up properly with that. I then thought I'd check the hard drive with the FDISK utility (she had nothing on the drive that wasn't already backed up). FDISK said that there was no hard drive installed, so I thought the problem was with the hard drive.
I brought over another hard drive which I know works, and installed it as the master (and only) hard drive. I double checked all the connections, then I booted up with the Win 98 Boot Disk again. Once I got to FDISK, I was once again told that there was no hard drive installed.
So my question now is - where do I go from here? What could be causing the hard drive to be not seen by FDISK? One person I know suggested downloading the updated BIOS from the motherboard's web site - but I can't get anything to work on this machine as it doesn't recognize the hard drive.
Thanks very much!