By David Rowe, Techability.com.auLEARN HOW TO RESOLVE ANUNDETECTABLE C: DRIVE
WHY IS C: DRIVE SO IMPORTANT? Your computer needs to access the C drive of the hard disk while it boots (or when it is starting ) in order to load the operating system (e.g. Win 7, Win XP etc) which is located on the C Drive So if the operating system is inaccessible, you won’t be able to use your computer. The operating system acts as an interpreter between you, the user and the computer hardware.
COMMON REASONS WHY C DRIVE REMAINSUNDETECTED One of the probable causes of getting an undetectable C drive is when the boot sequence is incorrectly configured in the BIOS. BIOS (Basic Input Output System), is a program accessed by the Microprocessor of your computer, which manages all the peripheral devices of your computer. Another big reason for this problem is a virus attack.
COMMON REASONS WHY C DRIVE REMAINSUNDETECTED If the master boot record area or the boot sector is corrupted by a virus infection, the C drive remains hidden. If C drive is inaccessible, then the operating system won’t load rendering the computer useless. It may also happen that your computer’s operating system itself has got corrupted by a virus, making the C drive inaccessible.
COMMON REASONS WHY C DRIVE REMAINSUNDETECTED Due to lack of proper maintenance of the computer, the communication between the mother board and the hard disk can get disconnected due to dust or other dirt particles, which can also make the C drive inaccessible. If your computer is poorly ventilated, the components will get worn out over a period of time due to the high heat developed in the CPU cabinet, making the C drive unapproachable.
COMMON REASONS WHY C DRIVE REMAINSUNDETECTED If you have not protected your computer with conditioned power supply using a stabilizer or power back up, the hard disk may get damaged due to a sudden voltage fluctuation or power outage making the C drive inaccessible. Unstable voltage is a primary cause for corrupting the operating system or other important system files making the C drive undetectable.
HOW TO RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM? As the first troubleshooting step, you can go to the BIOS configuration to ensure that your computer can access the C drive while booting. In order to go to the BIOS, press the F2 or Delete button as soon as you switch on the computer i.e. before the windows starts. Once you are in the BIOS, ensure that the boot order is set correctly. The first boot device must be set to CD-ROM drive and the 2nd should be the C Drive.
HOW TO RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM? Then try removing the dust that’s deposited in the CPU cabinet by blowing it gently. Now turn it on again to see whether the problem is resolved. If it’s still unresolved, chances are that the connection cable (or data bus) interlinking the hard drive and the motherboard is faulty or the hard disk itself is damaged.
HOW TO RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM? So try replacing the cable first and turn it on again, if it is still remains undetected replace the hard disk with a new one. If your computer is detecting the hard drive but not the C drive then it may be due to a corrupted operating system. The operating system can get damaged due to a sudden power failure or a virus attack. If you have the operating system CD or DVD, try repairing it or do a complete reinstall.
SOME NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS THAT YOU CANTAKE.. It is highly recommended that you always install a licensed copy of the operating system and Anti-Virus software on your computer to keep it updated with the latest security updates and patches, so that it stays shielded from majority of the virus attacks and security vulnerabilities. It is also good to have an uninterrupted power source or UPS for your computer so that your computer is always protected from sudden power failures and dangerous voltage fluctuations.
SOME NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS THAT YOU CANTAKE.. It is very important to carry out periodic maintenance and dust removal in order to keep your computer running at top notch condition without any break downs. The above points will definitely help you take the appropriate precautionary measures as well as help you adopt the right troubleshooting steps in case you ever encounter an inaccessible C drive.
CONCLUSIONIf you think this presentation would help you resolve anundetectable C: drive on your computer, then please doshare it on the internet. And also please don’t forget to leaveyour valuable feedback.Thanks,-David Rowe About the author: This presentation is from David Rowe, the owner of Techability.com.au, that offers a range of IT services like computer and laptop repairs, virus removal and data recovery.