Toshiba Laptop hard drive problem.

  Kemson 07:41 01 Jan 08
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I acquired a Toshiba Satellite M40 laptop which isn't working.When turned on it shows "Operating System not found." The Bios doesn't detect the hard drive.
Using the original recovery disk I can get it to boot
to the recovery utility, but whatever I try it returns "No disk drives were detected".
When I leave the recovery it goes into Dos mode, defaulting to x:\> (I assume this is Toshiba cd drive) I can then go to c:\>.. Doing a directory search it shows
"Volume in drive C is MS-RAMDRIVE
Directory of C:\
COMMAND.COM AUTOEXEC.BAT CONFIG.SYS RECOVERY.BAT
[DOS] [TOOLS] [BMP] SPAN.BMP
Does anyone have any idea where I start????

  Diemmess 09:22 01 Jan 08

I think you are right and that the MS-RAMDRIVE is a virtual drive taking its instructions from the CD.

To my mind this is the result of a truly failed hard drive, unless there is a failed connection which is unlikely since laptops don't have the space for disturbed plugs and cables.

Sorry not to be more positive.

  Kemson 10:28 01 Jan 08

Thanks for the reply......I think it's time to find a new one

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:43 01 Jan 08

If you are lucky a simple rmove and refit of he drive(to remake the connections) may work, otherwis you will need a new laptop drive.

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