Hello all, I'm at my wits end so I'm hoping someone here can help me, if only to confirm my worst fears, at least then I'll know.
I have a Packard Bell laptop, coming up to 2 yrs old. Basically he won't recognise his primary hard drive. He can recognise the external HD, but not his internal. I am hugely confused and praying that it's not a case of Hard Drive Death. I've tried numerous things, messed around with the BIOS settings, tried an XP repair, but XP just informed me that there was no HD to repair! It won't even install on my ext. (not that I really want to install XP on my ext. HD, but I would just to have a working laptop again. I'm having to use my parents desktop at the mo which is a lovely machine but no substitute for having your own).
Now for the details:-
My laptop froze out of the blue, no response to any key press so I had to perform a manual shutdown. When he rebooted a screen came up saying, "Non-system disk detected. Press any key...". This led to it saying, "Intel 2.0" and some other stuff, which I should've taken more notice of. I've managed to get various screens up. One that appears when I don't have the ext. HD plugged in is a Blue Screen Of Death informing me that there's a problem with the file, "partmngr.sys". What the hell does THAT mean?? Surely if it can't read the HD then how does it read partmngr.sys?? I'm so frustrated. I'm desperately hoping that it's something incredibly simple like a loose wire connecting to the HD and I've got a sneaky feeling that it's so much worse than that.
Any help would be greatly appreciated because I hate not having my laptop. Thanks in advance :)