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Dell Dimension wont find hard disks anymore?

\015 My Dimension 3100 wont find hard disks, when entering Bios they are there. Once I exit the BIOS Windows boots ok? why is this happening from power up? Thanks in advance\015

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If you're comfortable poking around in the BIOS settings, look for a setting related to Hard Disk warm up delay, power up delay, or something similar. If it's there, this is a setting to tell the PC not to try to recognize the drive until it is spinning at a proper rate. Usually it can be set to 1-8 seconds. If it's there, whatever it is now, try adding a few seconds.

If your PC boots fine AFTER you've been through BIOS, but not from a cold boot, this is not a good sign for the drive. If it's a few years old, it could mean that the bearings on the drive are aging and slowing the spinup to the point of not being recognized as quickly as before. Make sure you have your priceless data backed up while the drive is still functioning.
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