PC won't start

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My folks PC seems to have given up the ghost and upon starting it takes ages to go through the POST but then I get a message about not properly finding a boot drive or something.

I guessed HDD problems so I stuck it in an enclosure and loaded to my windows box. The drive only appears up in disk management but the status is not initialised. Is this likely to be a drive knackered or should I be able to fix it my looking towards MBR issues? I put the drive into my own PC and it doesn't appear to even show in BIOS.

Any suggestions? Lovely way to spend easter weekend.
 
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You could try a MBR repair by going into command promt on boot and typing

"fixmbr" with the "" marks and that will sort out the MBR repair.

But i have a feeling that if the disk is no initiated and stuff then chance's are its on its
way out and you will need a new HDD
 
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How can I get into the cmd prompt on boot? I will give that a try. Could it possibly be the sata connector on the drive? No other types of connector I can try?
 
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The rule of thumb, if it doesn't show in bios it's goosed :)

New hard drive time, unless your current one is still in warranty.
 
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I'm just going to run it through the warranty checker now - not showing anything in BIOS. Very annoying. Maybe a necessary lesson to teach my folks to do backups like I always told them.
 
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