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Solved: Hard disk not recognized?

Q: Solved: Hard disk not recognized?

I have a hard disk that I want to clone my C drive to, and I connected it via USB external; it showed up fine, I formatted it. However, since XP doesn't recognize boot drives through USB I wanted to attach it internally before I cloned my system drive over for when I do a boot test.

However, the drive that showed up just fine through USB isn't showing up when I plug it into the MB. It is recognized and is powering up, because when the system posts, the initial screen shows it is connected, and it gets warm after a few minutes, so it's working and the system can detect it, it is just not showing up in Windows.

I checked, and it's set to Slave.

What's the problem?

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i have a 20 gig hd (maxtor) that is not showing in windows xp. the drive is NTFS and is fine and does show in cmos but once loaded into windows it is not there. i had the drive previously in another system as a slave only for mp3's. It was formatted NTFS prior to transferring mp3's to it. Now i've tried it as both master and slave to get the files off but am now having this problem of windows not seeing it when i go into windows explorer. any suggestions as to getting the files safely transferred. Thanks.

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I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

A:hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL

I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
Hpe it helps!


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I have two hard disks, one Seagate 120 GB one and another Maxtor d540x-4d
5400 rpm 40 GB UATA/100 drive. My problem is that the maxtor drive used to
work fine, but recently, it is recognized by BIOS and Device Manager in
Windows, but it is not shown by either the logical disk manager in disk
management or My computer. What is the problem? Any remedies? THanking you

A:Hard Disk recognized by bios, but not by My computer/Disk Manager

You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.

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i accidentally wiped my hard drive and recovery partion on an HP Pavillion G6 laptop running a 500 Gig seagate hard drive and now it will not recognize the drive.i can not format it or do anything please help.

A:Hard disk not recognized

Try checking your hard drive connection power and IDA or SATA.

Shut down your computer, Take the cover off now find your hard drive and check to see if the power,IDE,or SATA connection are good and snug.

If the problem still exists then repair MBR
Repairing the Master Boot Record
If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command in CMD:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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Hi All
I have a pentium3 500mhz pc, that had win98 on a 20gb hard drive (64mb ram). I added another hard drive (xp) as the 98 was not booting.. I was able to boot from the xp disk (8gb) and retrieve the data from the 98 disk.
I then removed the modem...added a network card...and another 128mb ram...My problem now is neither of the hard drives are working!!! only the cd rom drive is detected...I have changed the jumper settings...removed the memory and network card....even tried booting with no cd rom..only h/disk (checked bios settings)...and still nothing

If anyone can shed any light on this problem...or let me know if there is anything else i can try....i would be really grateful!!

A:hard disk no recognized

ukgerry said:

Hi All
I have a pentium3 500mhz pc, that had win98 on a 20gb hard drive (64mb ram). I added another hard drive (xp) as the 98 was not booting.. I was able to boot from the xp disk (8gb) and retrieve the data from the 98 disk.
I then removed the modem...added a network card...and another 128mb ram...My problem now is neither of the hard drives are working!!! only the cd rom drive is detected...I have changed the jumper settings...removed the memory and network card....even tried booting with no cd rom..only h/disk (checked bios settings)...and still nothing

If anyone can shed any light on this problem...or let me know if there is anything else i can try....i would be really grateful!!
GerryClick to expand...

At a guess, if you've checked all the jumpers etc etc, IMo it might be the second stick of ram, try removing it and see what happens


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I have a hard disk that I want to clone my C drive to, and I connected it via USB external; it showed up fine, I formatted it. However, since XP doesn't recognize boot drives through USB I wanted to attach it internally before I cloned my system drive over for when I do a boot test.

However, the drive that showed up just fine through USB isn't showing up when I plug it into the MB. It is recognized and is powering up, because when the system posts, the initial screen shows it is connected, and it gets warm after a few minutes, so it's working and the system can detect it, it is just not showing up in Windows.

I checked, and it's set to Slave.

What's the problem?

A:Hard disk not recognized?

When you say windows doesn't see it, do you just mean it does not show up in My Computer or does it not show up in Disk Management either?

If it is just My Computer that you have checked, this could be because it is not formatted, or not formatted properly, or has no Drive Letter assigned to it.

To check Disk Management, go to Start > right click my computer > Manage. In the left hand side go to Disk Management. See if the hard drive shows up in there.

If it is there, but has no drive letter, right click it and assign one, or just do another quick format since it has already been formatted.

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I replaced the sound card in my HP Vectra VL series 8. The computer will not now recognize the single internal hard drive. I replaced the original card and it still says that there is no hard drive. I have checked all the cables and reseated the card. I used the Windows 98 start-up disk and it writes to the virtual disk, but still says there is no hard drive. In Setup it says, "None" following the "IDE Primary Master Device" heading.

Any help would be appreciated.


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I got a virus, had to reinstall OS. Turn everything back on and one of my drives doesn't show up. I find it in disk management but it's only a 1tera and it's showing up as 80gb unallocated, 23gb unallocated, 811gb healthy (primary Partition) but that one has no file system listed, nor does it give me any other options than properties and help. A second primary 260 gb healthy primary partition that is the same as the former, then another 16gb unallocated. It's only a 1 tera drive so something is wrong here. I suck at backup and have some important stuff on there. Anybody know what I am looking at here? Thank you.

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I currently have 2 SATA hard disks connected, then 1IDE hard disk on blue IDE slot and 2 IDE cdroms on the other IDE slot. I also have two other external drives each connected to a USB port.

The problem is that the IDE hard disk is not being recognised in BIOS, when I try to switch some settings in the BIOS IDE configuration I have managed to get it recognised but then the cdroms are not recognised, how can I get them all recognised?

Another problem I have is with the external drives. If I switch them on before the computer boots up the POST will hang, so I have to leave them off until the POST ends and switch them on while windows loads so they get recognised by windows with all their sharing settings intact. Is there a way to eliminate this annoying problem?


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HI. i am new here and this is my first message here. can anybody please help me?

my computer problem started when i turned it on and it said that due to some blah blahs that windows didn't started successfully. i was made to chose with safe mode, last known good condition (sort of) along with other things. first i picked safe mode and it just hanged. then i rebooted and choosed last known good con.. all it does was hang.

i borrowed my friends good hd and after setting my friend's hd to master and mine to slave, i accessed my files nad saw that nothing was wrong. i even scanned my hd for viruses and found none.

then i connected my cd drive to my computer (i have only one ide cable) and removed my hd. but my cd cant be recognized. then i returned my hd, make it master, added my cd drive, made it slave. nothing happens.

i returned my friend's hd set to master, mine to slave again. formatted my hd (formerly win xp, fat32) to ntfs. then i ghosted my friend's hd to my hd.
then i used my hd without cd drive.. i mean alone, and it booted up.

my problem is even if i connected my cd drive as slave, the cd drive is turned on and even can take in cd and eject it. but it cannot read any cd, saying there are no cd in it when i insert one.

after that frustating 9pm to 5 in the morning battle with my pc, i turned it off. it snoozed and then when i opened it again, same prob. after rebooting, the ram check is through, i get a message that i there are no... Read more

A:hard disk and cd drive not recognized

Try resetting bios buy using the jummpers or removing the battery (cmos battery) on the board that looks like quarter.

It always works for me

Best of Luck...

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hi guys,

I have been using this WD external hard disc from last one year. all of a sudden its not getting recognised in my computer. below are some details...

- I am using windows XP.
- tried restarting the laptop, no luck.
- change the USB cable that woks with another external HD.
- It is identified at the USB icon on the desktop as USB Mass storage device, but my computer will not recognise.
- In th disc management its not getting recognised.
- my laptop is recognising different hard disc drive and able to see the contents in it.

A:My external hard disk is not getting recognized

It's possible that the disk has gone bad or the controller inside the external enclosure has gone bad. One option would be to remove the drive from the external case and either install it in the PC or put it into another external enclosure and see if it works.

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Hi guys,
I will try to explain this.First i have Asus laptop N75sf and it comes with two hard disks Seagate ST 9500423AS each 500 gb.The one i use for storing documents movies etc. it is not recognized.But i can use the laptop because the other one is good and there is my windows installed.When i turn on my laptop the hard disk makes some noise more than usual but after a while it stops.Sometimes my laptop freezes completly and i cant move my mouse nothing.So what are your suggestions ? Did the hard disk stoped working ?or something else is the problem? My laptop is only 4 months old and it hadnt got any crashes like fell on ground or something like that, that can damage the HD.
Thanks in advance

A:hard disk not recognized on laptop

It could be one of your hard drives is failing and that is the noise you are hearing. It's only 4 months old so if it was mine I would take it to the place I bought it from.

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I just recently bought a Samsung 3.5 500GB HD (HD502IJ) and I've already detected it using on my mobo Bios as a slave and is connected via SATA. I have another 160 HD installed via SATA and that is also being detected. My OS is WinXP SP2 and it is installed on a 160gb via IDE.

When I installed the 500GB HD I cannot see it under Disk Management nor under my computer but it appears on the task bar where it says I can safely remove the hardware, kinda like being recognized as a flash drive or something.

How can I make my computer recognize the new HDD.


A:Hard Disk not being recognized in My computer

Format it, create at least one partition.Disk Management In Windows XP - \Disk Management - Louis

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Hello, can anyone help me with these:

I have bought new Verbatim Store N Go external hard drive (500 GB) for my HP laptop, which only supports USB 2.0.

Windows XP PS3 cannot recognize the device, once connected with 2.0 USB. If I try to connect it at friends laptop, it works instantly in 3.0 hub but also doesnt work with the 2.0 hub on the same computer, which runs Vista (it says USB device is not recognized)

I have followed the recomendations about disabling infcache.1 in c:\windows\inf\, still no success.

Thanks for any useful advice.

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Hello everyone. As of last night my HP dv6000 with Windows 7 won't start. At boot, it gives the message:

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent

I researched this problem and found that this message appears when there is no apparent source for booting an OS. This is commonly either because the hard drive isn't connected properly, or the boot order is disorganized in the BIOS, but neither are the case here.

When I run a boot disk, my hard drive is recognized and passes every integrity test. However, the Windows 7 install disk does not show any storage locations (neither my internal hard drive or any external ones I have connected to test) - except, for some reason, when I choose to browse for a driver for hardware, and then my internal hard drive (and external devices I plug in) appear intact and fully navigable. Again, that's only in the submenu of browsing for drivers that is an option after the Windows installation process fails to recognize any storage media.

Any ideas why my computer doesn't notice the hard drive when booting, but seems to in every other scenario I can test?

A:Hard Disk Not Recognized at Boot

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I brought a new 1 TB seagate free-agent external hard drive. I connected it to my laptop which runs windows VISTA.
when i connected it for the first time, there was no problem in my laptop recognizing it or its ( wotever installation if you call it so ). so I transfered all my data as a back from my laptop ( aprx abt 100gb) to the new hard drive, and even double checked it on the new hard drive and everything was fine. later i disconnected the hard drive via the SAFELY remobe hardware. Later after abt half an hour I tried connecting back the hard drive to my same laptop, but it would not just show up. i tried everything liek trying to restart my system, connecting and disconnecting my external hard drive, changing the connecting USB cable, tried on different systems ( vista, XP) but the it would just not work( but the light on the hard drive does glow up). I ve noticed that for teh first few mintues( say 5-10 mins) there is some kind of slight sound from the hard drive Now all the data is on this hard drive and i am lost. I cannot affrord a data recovery options as its very expensive.
so i was just praying and hoping that someone could please help me out of this mess. Can someone out there please help me .

A:My external hard disk would not be recognized

My external is not always recognized. What I do and it seems to work is to power it up for a min. or two before plugging it into a usb port.

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Sorry to join the group and start with a problem!

It all started a few weeks ago, my computer started to have problem to boot I used to receive a message "K BOOT FAILURE INSERT DISK AND PRESS ENTER", I had to turn the computer off and on and once every 20 or 30 attempts I was lucky to start Windows XP. I contacted HP and they asked me to disconnect the HD and reconnect it, did not work.
HP suggested to try recovering Windows XP, but didn't work either.

I assumed the problem was the hard drive, so I bought a new Seagate 200 GB and intalled it as master and the old as a slave, to do that I had the problem of booting it, I discovered that pressing F8 (safe mode) my computer started correctly.

So installed the new disk, re-installed Windows XP, installed SP2 yesterday and today I have the same problem, but the message is different "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT DISK AND PRESS ENTER". I have not been able to boot even with F8.

While enetring BIOS it does not recognize the HD's, and yesteday while installing Windows XP it recognized both perferctly!

Can somebody help me??????

A:Hard Disk Drives not recognized

go back to bios
make sure you have the boot order correct
remove the old drive make sure new one is ide channel 1 or sata channel 1
boot again if it boots yer ok
add the old drive boot again
depending on how you loaded OS
you may have kept the old drive as active boot and it is going bad
the above will check to see if you install the new drive right
no boot install again without old drive in machine
is this ide or sata or both??

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I bought a new external hard disk box, and put my old hard disk in it. The old hard disk was formatted with a c: and d: drive, but my soft and windows only recognizes the c: drive, the other d: drive is ignored. Weird. Any suggestions?

A:External hard disk, only c: drive recognized

Even disk management ( if you're using XP ) doesn't "see" it?

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hi there,

recently had a crash and i could not install windows as the harddisk was not detecting. I attached another harddisk and after the installation blue screen it says "windows does not recognize hardware...etc..etc"

however after installing Linux (Ubuntu) it works the OS loads, but when windows is installed again i get the same message.

what might be the problem (i have tried different jumper settings as well)???

A:Hard Disk not recognized on Windows but does on Linux

What is the model and type of the hard drive?

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Hi all,

I know this is similar to at least one recent thread, but different enough to post.
I am upgrading my sister's machine from a 3.2Gb WD Caviar to a 40Gb Seagate U Series 5 drive, ST348023 from memory, ATA100.
The machine is running a K62 266, not sure of the Mobo, but obviously supports the AMD chip.
From what I have been able to glean from the Seagate site, this drive should be backwards compatible with any IDE connector, but when I stick it in, with the BIOS set to auto-detect all drives, the machine halts trying to detect the Seagate drive, although it will let me Ctrl-Alt-Del and also press Del to get into CMOS setup.
I have tried it as Primary Master, and as Primary Slave, both with the other HD on the same cable, and without it in at all.
Seagate's disk tools are able to detect that it is there, even when not setup in the BIOS. Seagate's disk wizard, which is an excellent tool for installing a new drive, told me that all I had to do was set BIOS settings to auto for that drive, and all would be rosy. It looks at what drive you have, what BIOS you have, and gives you instructions to suit. The documentation tells me that if the BIOS supports LBA and Large disk types, then all should be fine - it does.

Can anyone give me any ideas on what's going on? I have installed quite a number of hard drives in the past, but never come across anything like this.


A:Hard Disk not being auto-recognized by BIOS

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Yesterday while watching movie on my PC it appeared as black on the screen and stopped working. After restarting the PC it was not responding as the BIOS was unable to recognize the hard disk. It creates an unusual sound while BIOS searches drives.

1. I tried by bootting the PC using another hard disk but this HD does not appear in the windows.
2. I also tried to boot using Ubuntu live CD but failed to find my HD on it.

As it is not recognized by BIOS, I cann't use data recovery software to recover the data. I'm badly in need of all data in it.

Please someone help me in this regard to recover the data.

Model: HD252HJ
Capacity : 250 GB
Interface : Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps
Buffer memory : 16MB

A:My Samsung Hard Disk is not being recognized by BIOS

Try the freezer trick. Place your hard drive in zip lock freezer bag to protect it from moisture and freeze it overnight (or a few hours at least). Quickly hook up the frozen hard drive and try to boot from it. If it works, be prepared to copy your important data as soon as possible before the hard drive warms up too much. This is not a permanent fix but it may work long enough to save your data.

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I have a brand new Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 motherboad which seems to be unable to recognize my two SATA hard disks. I have ensured that the power connectors and SATA cables are snug, and have tried each pair of the six SATA slots on the motherboard. I also don't hear either hard disk powering up upon boot.

This board is a replacement for my older motherboard, which died rather suddenly. Both hard disks were connected to the old motherboard at the time of its failure, which leads me to wonder if the disks are damaged beyond repair. Do motherboard failures generally affect connected hard disks? Or is my new motherboard defective?

CPU = AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e
Motherboard = Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 (BIOS version 8.00.14)
RAM = 2 x 2 GB GSkill DDR2-6400
HDD1 = Seagate Barracuda (160 GB)
HDD2 = Western Digital Caviar (80 GB)

A:SATA hard disk not recognized in BIOS

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Windows 2000,
Toshiba HDD2934/MK1814GAV
Apricorn EZ-GIG PCMCIA card

I used to use the above configuration as an external hrad disk on my Dell laptop, but then it suddenly stopped working. One day I plugged the external drive into the PCMCIA slot of my laptop and, although the disk spun up as expected, the drive letter (E didn't appear in Windows Explorer, My Computer and was inaccessible at the Command prompt. According to Windows, the drive is working properly and it always spins up when plugged in or activated/enabled. I have even tried to install the configuration on other laptop computers running Win2K, including my latest machine (IBM ThinkPad.)

I'm running out of ideas and I don't want to just replace the drive because it contains some important data. Can anybody give me advice? I have even tried some utility software (such as Norton), but the partition doesn't seem to be recognized at all.

Can anybody help, please?
Many thanks,

A:External hard disk no longer recognized

a couple thing you can do first is to test hd in another notebook,

also what you have is basiclly a harddrive in a pcmia card so all you have to do in theory is to take apart and if your notebook can take two hardrives install it (which i doubt it can) or buy an adapter and hook it up to a desktop computer ide cable the adapter cost around 5$ and i bought 1 from ebay for that porpose

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Hello all,

I own a Portege 7010ct, which I want to use for driving my modeltrain, because it has a RS232 connection. The problem is however it doesnot recognise the harddisk anymore. I have bought another one which works perfectly in another laptop but when I put it in the Portege It says with the Windows installation that no harddrive is detected.

Looking in the Bios it also says that no harddisk is configured. I can't get however into the Bios to change that. Is it self detecting? What can I do to make the Portege recognize the harddisk? Thanks for helping.

Greetings Willem

A:Portege 7010CT - No Hard disk recognized

Hey Willem,

As far as I know this old notebook uses HDDs with IDE interface. Normally on all HDDs with this interface you have a jumper where you can switch between Master, Slave and Cable Select.

I would recommend checking this. Set the switch to Master and try it again.

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Hi everyone
I'm new here and even though i have been reading a lot of usueful threads , i couldn't solve my problem at all.

Well i have an external HDD Iomega 2Tb , that after a while stopped to work entirely.
At first i would get "corrupted data " messages on windows 7, but now i can't access any of its content, even though as soon as i connect it to my pc it DOES get recognized and has a letter assigned, but i just can't do anything on it.

I tried formatting it via windows but the proccess fails before even starting( it looks like any pc i connect it to, detect it at first(like a couple of seconds) but then its connection goes off even though its usb cable is perfect and i also tried connecting with several different cables just to be sure.

Then i used several programs, like "hard disk low level format tool" which as soon as i start the formatting process gives error strings and doesn't even start the process at all( remains stuck at 0%)

I also tried to use "Hard disk sentinel" program which gives it a status of 0% health and suggests me to back its data up. Too bad i just can't access it at all. it also states "REALLOCATED SECTORS COUNT"

I tried booting my pc with gparted and seeing if it could somehow formatting it and assign a new partition but it's like each program can access for a very short amount of time( the hdd led blinks as well) then it can't be accessed anymore and "gets lost" (its led stops b... Read more

A:External Hard disk Iomega 2 Tb recognized by pc but can't be formatted

Welcome to SF gabriel,

I would double check the connection by trying another USB port and changing the cable and let us know if that helps.

Sorry you tried different cables I see, does the drive show up in the bios? Does the drive have an alternate connection like esata or firewire you could try?

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I want to report a very unusual virus, I think.

Dispite all attempts to clean the virus using traditional methods recommended on this site, CCLEANER, AVG, trojan removers, Spybot, on line scans, panda, HijackThis...etc...I just couldnt rid my computer of this virus.

My computer kept showing repeated disk activity which woudlnt stop - even in SAFE MODE. The activity slowed my computer down to a slow crawl, which prevented any use at all.

I rebooted with a BART'S BOOT disk, and ALL my hard drives were reported as not installed. YEOW! My main c drive was reported as empty. I went into the bios screen, and my hard drives werent detected.

So - I couldnt even REFORMAT - heaven forbid...because no matter what I did, the hard drives werent even seen by my compiuter. That was my first clue. Second clue, was that while even running BARTS BOOT disk, the repeated disk activity didnt stop.

Humm...I stopped to think...ok...shut down computer - unplug it - that worked once before - maybe it will work again. NO!
So...I opened the case, removed the BIOS BATTERY - restarted and VIOLA it worked...a quick ccleaner just to be sure and I was back!

Hope this helps someone.

A:Hard drive not recognized Boot Disk virus

One assumes you replaced the battery ?lets just make sure you ARE clean?Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your Desktop.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.

The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show ... Read more

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I have a Simple Tech Pininfarina 320 GB external hard drive that is no longer recognized by two different PCs, even under disk management. When plugged into the USB, the PCs do try to install the driver, but fails. It is recognized under Devices and Printers as Unspecified and with the information Model-Simple Drive, Category - Unknown, and Status-Software is installing for this drive. The troubleshooter searches for a driver, but does not find one. Basically I get the information that "There is a problem wiht the driver for USB Mass Storage Device. Reinstalling the driver might fix this problem." But I cannot find a driver for this hard drive.

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance!

A:External hard drive not recognized in Disk Management

The system is telling you that there is a problem with a USB driver, check in the Device Manager for any yellow warnings. Under Universal Serial Bus Controllers you will see a driver for USB Mass Storage Devices, right click and uninstall it then reboot, Windows should reinstall it, or go to the motherboard's manufacturer's site and download and install the latest chipset drivers..

There are two other possibilities, the hard drive has failed or the circuitry in the enclosure has develpoed a fault.

Remove the hard drive from the enclosure and (if you have access to one) hook it up to the internal connections of a dektop PC. Or, purchase a USB Hard Drive Adapter (about ?10) from a computer store or eBay and then plug it into the USB connection on any computer and see if you can then access the drive.

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I've been having this problem for a few months now. I recently built my own computer, having been on a lap top for a couple of years, and found my old external hard drive. I plugged it in to the new computer, and it said something about needing to be formatted, which I promptly did due to nothing of importance being on it. I went to sleep, and woke up to see that it couldn't be formatted.

This is where my issue begins. It no longer appears in Computer, or Disk Management. Disk Management won't even load if I have the drive plugged in. There seems to be no way at all to format the drive, since Computer, and Disk Management both don't load when the drive is plugged in. Any help?

A:External Hard Drive is Not Recognized in Computer or Disk Management

I have a similar problem. I have an old external hard drive and it wont showed up or open under my computer or disk management. I tried to open it under disk management but there is no way to be found. The files F, G, H, etc are empty. I really appreciate an extra help here since I am not a computer expert. Thank you!!!!

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I have a compaq CQ60 104TU laptop, my previous harddrive crashed and i has an external 500GB hardrive lying around. So, I opened it up and took the Harddrive out and inserted into my laptop.

When I am trying to load windows into it I get the error

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu

The Hard disk has no data, and i don't have a CD-Rom, have made my USB bootable manually using DISKPART (this method of installation has worked for me before)

I have a InsydeH2O Setup Utility
Inside the BIOS the options available to me are:-

->System Time
->System Date
->Diagonistic Log

->Administrator Password <clear>
->Power-On Password <clear>

->Primary Hard Disk Self Test
->Memory Test

**System Configuration**
->language <English>
->Processor C6 states <Enabled>
->Fan always on <enabled>
->Boot Options->


**No other options other than this are available to me in the bios**
Note:- In the BIOS Reverting back to Defaults did not work. I have already tried that

Please could you help me repair my laptop.

A:New Hard disk recognized by Windows7 but not by BIOS, install failed

8+ hrs and lots of viewers, but no answers...

giving it a bump here

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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I got new Desktop recently, Lenovo K450e, and when I went to plug in my external HD, Seagate 500GB, it didn't show up in either My Computer or Disk Management and there are no exclamation points next to the drivers suggesting that I would need a driver update. I plugged it into other ports on my computer with no luck but when I plug it into my laptop it works fine. I have read so many different forums with no luck. My computer is a Windows 8.1 intel core I7 processer.

Thank you

A:External Hard drive not recognized in My Computer or Disk Managment but it is on my laptop

Make sure you update and apply all the Windows updates before trying to use this new computer. You can run Windows Update manually for this

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2issues: 1.PC stuck up and hard disk not recognized, account not workingIssue 1 : * I have bought the current hard disk one month back due to failure of the previous one. Both are of Seagate. * My PC stuck up suddenly while working with the noise from hard disk ( clicking noise ) * When I restarts the PC the PC stops booting after the BIOS screen with the error messages like "unable to load OS" or "disk not found". * If I remove and replace the hard disk connection, it works normally. But, the PC stuck up after 1 day or after few hours. * I have performed the hard disk self tests with Seatools software from Seagate. It has passed all the steps. * Why this is happening with a new hard disk? * Is the issue is with the hard disk or hard disk controller?OS : XP SP3Mother Board : Intel ICH7 familyThis is the event viewer report when the PC stuck up :Error code 0000007a, parameter1 c07bba20, parameter2 c0000185, parameter3 f7744e4b, parameter4 25c2a860C:\DOCUME~1\2\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER756f.dir00\Mini102809-01.dmpC:\DOCUME~1\2\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER756f.dir00\sysdata.xmlEvent Type: ErrorEvent Source: System ErrorEvent Category: (102)Event ID: 1003Date: 10/28/2009Time: 3:37:55 PMUser: N/AComputer: BSP-B58189993BCDescription:Error code 0000007a, parameter1 c07bba20, parameter2 c0000185, parameter3 f7744e4b, parameter4 25c2a860.For more information... Read more

A:2issues: 1.PC stuck up and hard disk not recognized, account not working

Looking at what's posted...I would uninstall the NIC and reinstall it, using Device Manager.7A STOP errors...seem to be fairly nondefinitive.You can take that .dmp file and see if it yields any useful data, Help Diagnosing BSODs And Crashes (BC) - error noting Acronis...may be fixed by uninstalling/reinstalling it and updating same.You say that you ran you have a Seagate hard drive installed? If so, did you run the long/extended test or the short one? The long test is better.I don't know anything about limited accounts...but you can create another if you think it's damaged.How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile - Louis

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Issue 1 :
I have bought the current hard disk one month back due to failure of the previous one. Both are of Seagate.
My PC stuck up suddenly while working with the noise from hard disk ( clicking noise )
When I restarts the PC the PC stops booting after the BIOS screen with the error messages like "unable to load OS" or "disk not found".
If I remove and replace the hard disk connection, it works normally. But, the PC stuck up after 1 day or after few hours.
I have performed the hard disk self tests with Seatools software from Seagate. It has passed all the steps.
Why this is happening with a new hard disk?
Is the issue is with the hard disk or hard disk controller?

Mother Board : Intel ICH7 family

This is the event viewer report when the PC stuck up :

Error code 0000007a, parameter1 c07bba20, parameter2 c0000185, parameter3 f7744e4b, parameter4 25c2a860

Event Type: Error
Event Source: System Error
Event Category: (102)
Event ID: 1003
Date: 10/28/2009
Time: 3:37:55 PM
User: N/A
Computer: BSP-B58189993BC
Error code 0000007a, parameter1 c07bba20, parameter2 c0000185, parameter3 f7744e4b, parameter4 25c2a860.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
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A:2issues: 1.PC stuck up and hard disk not recognized, account not working

I've experienced another BSOD error today. I have scanned with Norton Internet Security, Spybot, and Malwarebytes and deleted one Trojan.

Do clicking sound from the hard disk means hard disk is going to fail?It has passed all the tests of Seatools.
Is there any possibility with virus or a bad RAM can cause these clicking sounds from hard disk?

Here is the error report :

KERNEL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR: 0x00000077 ( 0xc000000E, 0xc000000E,
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7
Date: 10/29/2009
Time: 11:33:35 AM
User: N/A
Computer: BSP-B58189993BC
The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.

For more information, see Help and

Support Center at
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0008: 00 00 00 00 07 00 04 c0 .......
0010: 00 01 00 00 9c 00 00 c0 ....?..
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 4e b3 3f 05 00 00 00 .N?....
0028: e0 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 .......
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0038: 40 00 00 84 02 00 00 00 @..?....
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I'm running Windows XP and the disk drive seems to have been disabled and is no longer being recognized. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] disk drive not being recognized

Please close.

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Hello to all,
I have an HP pavilion dv7, windows 7 OS, SP1, and recently I tried to defragment my hard drive, but it doesn't come up as an option. (see attached img) It does, however, show up in disk management. I have read some forums, but I can't find the answer to my specific problem. Since this is the first time I tried to defragment it, I cannot tell you if it's related to anything I have done in the past, such as disk partitioning, or anything weird like that. I think there's a possibility that a friend partitioned my disk back in the day, but I don't remember exactly. I would really appreciate any feedback.



A:[SOLVED] C drive not recognized by Disk Defrag

Run chkdsk. After this, if nothing is found it should show up after reboot. Problem is usually caused by a crash and restart.

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Hi there

Just bought a 2TB Samsung Story Plus external disk for backups. It was working just fine
For security reasons I formatted the disk from FAT32 to NTSF and now the disk is not recognized at all!!

Using Windows 7 pro 64-bit

Any ideas?

Thank you in advance

A:Solved: NTSF external disk not recognized

Don't know what I did with all the fiddling around, but it's come back to life!!


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Hi guys,

I've been using a 300GB Internal Laptop HD in my desktop for about a year (laptop screen got crushed, so just built a desktop with the HD). Just bought an SSD. Installed today with a fresh install of Windows 8.

I can't get Windows to recognize the old HD. I loaded BIOS, it is recognized there. I booted the old drive and the new SSD is recognized when I do that (on Windows 7). However, the SSD Windows 8 won't show the laptop drive -- not showing in Disk Management.

Any ideas?

I have a P8P67 motherboard, the drives are Intel SSDSA2M16O626N (SSD) and an Hitachi HTS545O32B9A300 (Laptop).

A:Solved: Secondary HD not recognized under Disk Management

Does the drive show up in Device Manager under Disk Drives? Are there any errors or unknown devices in Device Manager?

Also, you need to post the exact details of your computer especially the motherboard.

The missing hard drive could be connected to a SATA controller that Windows 8 has not installed drivers for and requires manually installation of those drivers.

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I just received my new Seagate ST3400832A internal hdd in the mail today and i got everything set up correctly. It says its there in my BIOS and in Device Manager, but when I go to follow the last instructions, nothing shows up in Disk Management. Not even my C drive.

My C drive shows up in MY Computer so I don't know whats wrong with it...

Any help would be much appreciated! I talked to Seagate customer service and he said it was an OS problem...

Thanks in advance!

A:Solved: New Internal HDD not recognized in Disk Management

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I will try to keep this as brief as possible and yet give you wise and wonderful tech persons all the information you need to help me out. I am intelligent, but NOT a super-user.

I have an e-machines desktop computer. It is old. A Cyrix MII 266 processor with upgraded memory. I have a 10gb Maxtor hard drive which is the issue at hand. I am running Win2000. My home computer (the e-machine desktop) is networked through a router with my printer and my business laptop.

The problem: Win2000 loads and boots. It LOOKS like it's functioning properly. However, it cannot read any of the files on the disk. When I try, it tells me C: is inaccessible. I can't search, explore, etc. The files are "non-existent."

I managed to get Windows to create a backup of it and saved that file to my Laptop. I can only "assume" that it actually backed up ALL the files on the drive so they are safe.

One really ODD thing you should know is that I cannot get into the BIOS. When it boots and usually gives you that second or two to hit [F2] and enter setup ... doesn't do that any more. I sit and hold the F2 key. Nope. I've second-guessed myself and tried the ESC key and the F1 key. I've tried it with and without the CTRL key. Nothing. So I can't even tell the silly thing to boot from the CD instead, load onto my D: backup drive and then kill the C: drive. It's like it's possessed.

Things I've already tried (not necessarily in this order):
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A:Solved: Hard Disk issue similar to "Help! Broken Hard disk" Thread

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Disk Drive E doesn't work -- not recognized.

Recently I went to a repair shop had a new hard drive put in my five-year old DELL desktop. When I got home and powered up, I noticed that nothing happened when I inserted a CD into my Disk Drive E. (The disk drive right above it, Drive D, works fine.)

Also, Disk Drive E does not appear in My Computer under Devices with Removeable Storage.

Next I went in to Device Manager and saw that Disk Drive E is listed under DVD/CD-ROM drives, but that there was a red "X" next to it, apparently indicating that the drive has been disabled. I attempted to update the driver but was unable to locate my disc.

I called the repair shop and was told by the tech that there are no drivers for Disk Drive E, that there is nothing to update. When I told him about the red "X" he told me that the drive had been disabled. He said I could try enabling it, but he added that it might have been disabled for a reason. I tried to enable it but got a message stating that Windows was unable to enable the device. The tech then told me I could bring my PC back in and he would install a new drive for approximately $100, including labor.

Is there anything else I can try at home to get my Disk Drive E working again? Would it possibly help if I were to use my DELL installation CD? It should be fairly easy to find. Or should I follow the tech's advice and just buy a new disk drive?

Thank you.

A:Solved: Disk Drive E doesn't work -- not recognized

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Yesterday i was surfing net when suddenly my system stopped responding. I waited for 5-10 mins but it dint come back so i pressed the reset button and that's where i guess i made a mistake. Since then whenever i try to start my pc a black screen appears saying "Select a proper boot device to boot".

I checked the boot device priority in the BIOS and found out that HDD is missing from there. However sometimes it shows itself there but still the system comes up with the same message. Someday's back i faced the same problem but that time the problem was solved when i unpluged my HDD and plugged it back. But now it is not working at all.

Can someone please tell me what is the problem with it? Is there any problem with my HDD or motherboard??

A:Hard Disk Problem. problem in booting. HDD not recognized

Most likely the hard drive. If it won't appear in BIOS, there is nothing you can do. You can't even test it. You'll have to take it out and connect it to another machine for testing.

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I had 2 hard drives installed. Several months later Windows XP was perfectly riddled with bugs. Windows was re-installed with a newer version, with the result that I have no less than 4 versions on my computer, the newest version and the oldest version being the 2 working version. Anyway, the newer version of Windows does not recognize the fact that I have another hard disk drive. The older version does, but is so beset by bugs that I can do nothing but transfer files between drives.

I have changed jumpers on the older drive, which did absolutely bugger all, and each hard drive has a different type of cable, so it is impossible to slave the two together. Not even partitioning tools recognize the damned older hard drive. Only the Setup and the older, buggy version of Windows does.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Not Recognized

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I have a 250 gig Maxtor External HD.

I believe my friend used it and formatted it for a Mac. Now on my XP PC, I can't get it to recognize. It loaded and installed the drivers just fine, but I can't see anything in My Computer.

I'm fine with formatting over whatever is on there, but I just can't see it / use it to even try!


A:Solved: Hard Drive Not Recognized

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Hello everyone,
Sorry if this is a rehash of something that was already discussed. I did a search and came up with nothing.
In advance for having such an informative website. A friend showed me the link today after I discussed what was going on with my computer with him. I will start from the beginning.

Everything was fine up to Tuesday, July 21st. I was on my computer and doing nothing out of the ordinary. I eventually went to take a nap and woke up to get back on the internet but my monitor wouldn't turn on. So I decided to reset the computer ( which turned out to be a bad idea ?) which caused it to power cycle to the windows loading screen and throw errors and crash. I started to freak out and decided to try to recover/ roll back, but none of it worked which brings me to where I am now. I ended up reformatting ( I'm not really computer savvy ) and I just finished the install of everything and I'm back online but now my 2nd hard drive which is basically used for media and gaming isn't being recognized by my computer. I can visibly see it on the BIOS and even Disk Management, but not under MY Computer.
Obvious questions I've got are can I fix it so that my computer recognizes this hard drive, is this even fixable or do I have to take it to someone to have it restored?

Here are some details on my comp.

* Vista 64 bit OS
* Seagate 700gig ( HDD 1)
* WD Velociraptor ( HDD 2)

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A:Solved: ** HELP! Second hard drive not being recognized

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I am repairing my fiance's computer and I've got everything up and running . . . so it seems.

The only problem I am having is the Operating System (Windows XP Pro SP3) is not recognizing the 2nd Hard Drive. When I go into the boot menu it is recognized. When i started the computer it says found new hardware and finds the hard drive. In the Device Manager it recognizes both hard drives. When I open My Computer, I only see the "c" drive.

Any ideas why this is the case?

When i boot up, i get asked which Operating System I want to use. It seems there used to be dual OS installed. I would like to format the second drive and use it for storage.

As always, any and all help is greatly appreciate.

A:Solved: 2nd Hard Drive Not Recognized by OS

Could be there isn't a partition on the drive, Try right clicking My Computer and choose Manage. Go to Disk Management and see if the hard drive is shown there. You might have to create a partition on the drive or assign it a drive letter.

Another thing could be the jumper setting, although i don't think it would show up in the BIOS if the jumper was set incorrectly.

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I built a trial server with Windows Home Server software on an old Shuttle SK43G pc. I started the build on a 300GB IDE drive. Since I liked what I saw, I purchased two 1TB SATA drives to replace the 300GB. I cloned the 300Gb drive to a TB drive and installed it on the PC's onboard SATA connection.

Unfortunately the new drives aren't recognized in BIOS. I played with all the settings and it still won't recognize the drive. I updated the BIOS, still the same results. I removed the 1TB drives and installed a 320GB SATA drive. This time, the PC recognized the SATA drive.

Should I assume that my old PC won't support a TB drive. Is my only option to install a PCI SATA card?

A:Solved: 1TB Hard drive not recognized

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My computer is not recognizing my hard drive. I have even tried another know good hard drive and it doesn't recognize it either. This hard drive is fine and works on my other pc. This happened a couple of weeks ago and I just let it sit a couple of days and it booted right up without doing anything to my pc. This time it's not booting even after a couple of days sitting idle.

This seems rather strange at best but a problem regardless. Anyone know what the problem might be.

I have win98 se
60 gig drive
512 ram
950 mhz



A:[SOLVED] Hard drive not recognized by pc.

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Hi, I'm having a couple hard drive problems. My computer recently wasn't able to turn on. I pressed the power button and was greeting with DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER in the boot screen that lists all the PCI stuff. I shut it off and turned it on again, receiving the same message. I waited a while and the computer worked for about five minutes, booting to windows before turning itself back off. From then on every time I've turned on the computer the same error message comes up. I checked BIOS and all that BIOS was recognizing was the dvd drive in its master slot. No matter if I inserted the system repair disk, the windows disk, or even the hard drive disk, no hard drives are detected. The hard drive is SATA, by the way. I bought a new SATA hard drive to see if the hard drive had broken, but this new hard drive wasn't recognized either. I bought a new SATA connection cable, and still no detection for either hard drives. Is it a problem with my SATA controller? A problem with BIOS?


Ok so it turns out my SATA controller was what was the problem and I bought a PCI SATA Controller and BIOS under boot is detecting the hard drive. However, when I boot from the hard drive I get to the Windows did not turn off properly screen: start windows normally, start windows from safe mode, so on. When I try the various options the computer just reboots, however when I set my boot order to my optical drive first and put the driver cd... Read more

A:Solved: No Hard Drives Being Recognized

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I bought an SATA 2.5 hard drive housed in an external case powered by USB, on ebay:

Win 7 can't find a driver and it didn't come packaged with one. How can I get Win 7 to recognized the drive?

Thanks much,

A:Solved: USB Hard Drive Not Recognized in Win 7

No drivers are necessary for a usb drive with win7, xp, vista, or win2k. All of those os have native drivers for an usb external drive.

Post a screenshot of device manager.

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While trying to help a friend fdisk and format his hard drive, one restart posted "drive not recognized". In fact, it cant recognize the CD rom, only the floppy drive is recognizable. All connections are is the drive dead? Any comments?

A:[SOLVED] hard drive not recognized

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Hello everbody, a reluctant famliy computer fixer here,
so here's the story-
we have a Gateway GM 5474 desktop computer that had the hard drive fail,
here are the computer specs that I started out with:

ProcessorAMD Athlon64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor

Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1024 KB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE
MemoryInstalled: 2048 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB DIMMs)

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive

Optical Drive: DVD RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive

Write max: 16X DVDR, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256 MB

DirectX 10 and Blu-ray / HD DVD capable
One DVI-I port with HDCP
One HDMI port
One S-Video port (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
AudioIntegrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition AudioNetwork SupportIntegrated MARVELL 88E8056 10/100 Ethernet

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
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Having a problem with a LaCie 160GB FireWire hard drive I just bought. I have Windows 98SE, and I don't think it can be the FireWire card, because my iPod is detected immediately when I plug it in.

However, when I plug in the hard drive to the same port (I've tried all 3 ports on the card) Windows doesn't detect it.

I called LaCie's tech support, the only suggestion they had was to try it on another machine, but I don't have access to any other computers with FireWire. So short of returning the stupid thing, I have no clue what to do. Any thoughts? Thanks!!

A:[SOLVED] FireWire hard drive not recognized

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I have had this iomega 500gb external hardrive for about 5 months and it has been working fine, untill this morning. For some reason my computer cant find the hard drive now. There is a blue light indicating that the hard drive has power running to it (it has a seperate power source to the computer) but there is no flikering light wich usually comes on when the computer is reading it. I have made sure all the cables are in properly but the hard drive can't be found in either my computer or device manager. I tried the hard drive on another computer and it worked but it still wont work on my computer.
Im using windows vista ultimate on an "s-series mother board".
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
RAM: 2.00GB
System type: 32-bit opperating system

A:Solved: Iomega Hard Drive not Recognized

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AMD Athlon 2200+ with 256MB of DDR Ram.
Biostar M7VIQ motherboard
60GB hard drive

Computer has been starting erratically for awhile. Sometimes it will start., other times it fails and says "HARD DISK NOT FOUND..."

I think the hard drive it finished. With power on I do not feel that 'gyro' effect you normally feel from spinning platters in a good drive.

So I tried a brand new 80GB hard drive. After numerous reboots the BIOS finally recognized it. I was then able to install WinXP. When installation was complete, I did a few Windows updates. Now I'm getting "HARD DISK NOT FOUND..." message again.

Thinking the motherboard battery could be failing, I tried a new one. Made no difference.

I tried new IDE cables. Made no difference.

I set BIOS settings all to default settings. Made no difference. Tried optimized settings. Same thing.

I'm running out of ideas. Anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

PS: Bootup each time is EXTREMELY slow.

A:Solved: Hard drive not recognized by BIOS


I'm an idiot. I removed the jumper from the new drive (not listed in jumper options) and it is seen every time by the BIOS.

Boots normal speed also...

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Recently, my computer has stopped recognizing my western digital drive. The strange thing is, my PS3 reads it just fine, to the point where I can play movies and what not off of it just fine.

When I plug it in, the lights on the drive light up, and I can hear/feel it working, yet under 'my computer', there's nothing.

I also tried it in another computer, and again, it didn't show up.



A:Solved: External Hard Drive Not Recognized...

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Hi all,

I recently purchased a Adaptec USB 2.0 drive enclosure, and popped in a Western Digital drive. Problem is that the PC does not mount the drive. The 'Safely remove device' icon comes up, but XP Pro won't stop the drive so it can be unplugged. I tried this in my backup unit with Win98SE , installed the drivers there before plugging in the machine (these drivers were not installed in XP, as it's supposed to automatically recognize it), and essentially get the same problem. The hard drive is already partitioned and formatted, and if I install it in a PC, the drive otherwise works perfectly. According to manufacturer's directions, it supposedly needs to be done again. It shouldn't.

My old USB 1.1 external drive that I had used drivers for xp and 98, worked fine before I broke it. I am totally at a loss as to why the hard drive is not recognized in XP or 98SE.

Mike T.

A:Solved: External USB hard drive not recognized

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I have a USB 2.0 Notebook enclosure that I have been using. It worked great with this old 10 gig hard drive I was using. I purchased a new 40 Gig drive and I cannot get it to be recognized in "My Computer" It shows up in device manager as soon as it's plugged in. I also get the balloon pop up saying it's installed and ready to use. Is there something I have to do to make it recognizable.


A:Solved: Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized

Yes, Partition and Format it.

Right Click on My Computer and Select Manage. Then select Disk Management and you shoudl see the new drive. Right click on the name of the drive and Initialize it. Then right click anywhere on the drive space and choose to Partition it. You'll also be given the option to format it and assign a drive letter.

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Answer Match 53.34% heres my curently defragmenting my HD...i have two C: drive and my D:drive.....i have my OS installed in my C: drive and alot of other things.....

So when i first started defragmenting my C:drive....i had 34.0 GB of free space..and i left to go eat taco bell..XD..and when i came was around 70% done but the free space was down to ONLY 2 GB.....

so iv looked evrywhere and foun lots of people had this problem..didnt quite find a solution though....and stil defragmenting *** im writing this...but i might just end it becouse it started going really assuing becouse i have no free space left on that partition....

Another important thing is that im NOT using the disk defragmentor that comes with the OS....

im using one called "Piriform Defraggler"....and before that i used the default one that came with the os...and it said that it was 0% defragmented..but when i analyzed it with the other said it was like 64% fragmented......

So if theres ny more info u guys need ...just let me know...and i dont know if my HD space will come back after i close the program..but let u guys know..becouse i might just close it out now..becouse i dont think it will finish any time soon....

so plz help me out with this problem.....and thanx in advance.......

A:Solved: Lost Hard Disk Space After Disk Defragment sry guys....i was just doing sum "reasearch"..and found out how to fix turns out i had to resize the maximun ammount or shadow copy space..or sumthing like that....i had to do it in the cmd ya...


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I just built my first computer (specs in signature) with a SATA hard drive. I put the windows XP Pro CD and it formatted my Hard drive the it installed windows, but it says that windows could not start due to a hardware configuration problem. Is there some special thing I need to set to get it to boot from the drive or what? Any help would be greatly apreciated, thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Windows XP is not recognized on SATA Hard drive

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I've searched through the forums and have found similar topics, but none that describe exactly what I've got going on.

Last night, my Western Digital external hard drive disconnected from my HP Pavilion laptop. I wasn't home when it happened, but I believe it fell from the USB cable and onto our (carpeted) floor. Not sure if the computer was on or off when it happened (my wife was using it), but I believe it was restarted at some point without the drive in.

I then tried turning off the laptop and re-plugging the drive, and while the drive still lights up and hums, the computer only sees it as an "unknown device." It doesn't seem to be as active inside as it usually is, but I can still detect some movement when the computer first starts up. The drive has disconnected before while the computer has been on, but normally I've been able to plug it back in just fine.

It doesn't show up in My Computer, nor is there any "Safely Disconnect" icon in the tray. It's not in "disk management" in My Computer either. It doesn't work in any of the other USB ports, nor did it show up while plugged into another laptop. I switched USB cables (no go there either), and also tried hooking up my printer to the laptop--that did work. So, it's something with the drive itself, not the USB port.

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A:Solved: External hard drive took a dive, not recognized now

You might try taking the drive enclosure apart and using
a usb adapter to connect it,or hook it up directly in a desktop
if you have one.
Sound like the enclosures controller got messed up and the drive
may be ok.
Here is a possible adapter type to use.

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I'm having a similar problem to the one posted here.
I've added a second HD as the master drive on my secondary IDE cable. It is recognized under BIOS and Device Manager, but not under Windows Explorer.
I went to Disk Management and the drive is listed as "Healthy (Active) status. It does not have a drive letter and the file system is blank.

I'm hesitant to partition the disk though, as it is my backup disk, with all of my documents and other files on it. (This makes me extra concerned as I just noticed it also lists the drive as 100% free.) The drive was working fine on the same hardware setup a week ago. I formatted to unclutter my XP, and I'm putting all the goodies back in the case now.

What can I do here? Is my data in fact gone? Or do I have options still? I'm getting more confused the more I figure out on this one...never a good sign, *sigh*...


A:Solved: Second hard drive not recognized in Windows Explorer

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Hi -
I'm having a problem installing XP Pro SP2 on my new WD hard drive. The new HD is a SATA 6 Gps jumpered for 3 Gps. My problem is almost exactly like the one described here:

[SOLVED] Unable to install XP...Harddrive Error...

The solution provided there is exactly what i've found in other forums and blogs. Once I got past a floppy drive problem that prevented me from loading the SATA drivers using the F6 key solution, I finally was able to load the drivers from the floppy that came with my m/b.

However, after Windows setup started, it got to the point after loading some drivers where it showed me the blue screen giving me 3 choices - I chose to begin installing Windows XP. So I clicked Enter, and the next blue screen gave me the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer."

I've tried several different configurations in the BIOS, but none worked. Right now, its at the default settings. SATA is configured for RAID since my m/b floppy contains RAID Drivers.

Man, I am at a loss. I have no idea why I can't get XP installed. Thank you for any help.

A:[SOLVED] SATA hard drive not recognized after F6 during XP Pro install

You want to set the SATA to work as IDE . . not RAID, unless you have a RAID array. . . and you want the SATA drivers, not RAID drivers.

If you set the SATA controller to work as IDE you do not need the drivers on the floppy

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I have a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200 GB External Hard Drive which has been working fine until yesterday when all of a sudden the drive became unreadable. This has happened before, some time ago and I ended up loosing all my data as the only way out was a format. I formated the drive again last night to get it up and running again but after booting up my computer today the external drive is no longer showing up in 'My Computer'. It is recognized in Device Manager but I cannot find it anywhere else. Can anyone help me out please?

Best wishes Anais

A:Solved: External Hard drive not recognized in 'my computer'

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I have a SeaGate external drive and for some reason my computer will not recognize it. It makes the noise that it knows something has been plugged in, but I never get the icon in the tray and I never get a drive letter. I've tried plugging it into another computer and it works fine there. That computer recognized it and all of my files are still on the drive. I can plug an iPod in and it recognizes that just fine. Can someone please help me??

A:Solved: SeaGate External Hard Drive Not Recognized

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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HP Pavilion zv5348rs (zv5000 series) had/has 60gb (original) hard drive in it. Running Windows XP SP-3 I want to change it out as there are bad sectors on it and it's making some strange noises

I tried replacing the HD with an HP (Seagate) 100 gb hard drive. Using the same Jumper Pin Settings as on the 60 gb

The hard drive is NOT recognized by the bios.

I can boot from cd rom, or USB but no way can I find a HD (other than the generic USB)

I put the 60gb back in and it is detected and will boot back up.

Any help appreciated.

A:Solved: HP Pavilion zv5348rs new hard drive not recognized by BIOS

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I unplugged the external hard drive while working on some networking setups, and then plugged it back in to my pc.

Now the pc doesn't recognize the F:\ drive where it was previously.
I searched for new hardware and it doesn't recognize the hard drive.

A:Solved: Western Digital External Hard drive - not recognized

As a quick test have you plugged the drive into another system?

Have you tried another usb port on your system?

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I got a Nexxtech 3.5 Enclosure with "Maxtor DiamondMax 21 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, ATA-100, EIDE, OEM". My computer is a Dell, Win XP SP 3.

It has been working for a year but something happen to my computer this pass week that caused me to reboot the computer. Now the Computer will not recognized the External Hard Drive. The Enclosure has a Power-Data Light indicator and is showing Red instead of Blue. Never did figure out what that means. When plugged in, the computer will do the "ding dong" sound (as if it connected the hard drive) after a few minutes then another "ding dong" sound but different tone (as if it disconnected) after a few more minutes. Problem is that it is not showing on my taskbar for "New Hardware Detected" or "Removable Hard Drive"

I have tried Disk Management and It is NOT showing up on there. I have also tried the hard drive on other computers and getting same results.

A:Solved: Computer will not recognized External Hard Drive anymore

You need to remove the hard drive from the enclosure and either slave it to a desktop machine, and see if that machine can read it, or try the drive in another enclosure.

You have to determine if the drive is the problem, or is the enclosure the problem.

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my old toshiba ATA 6 hard drive failed. so i purchased a seagate ata-100 hard drive from new egg. i installed the new hard drive and loaded the windows recovery cd. when in windows XP home edition setup it says,

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or set up program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3.

also in BIOS it says primary hard drive source: none

any ideas on how to get the hard drive working

A:Solved: Dell 600m laptop new hard drive not recognized

What were the symptoms of the previous drive failure?
Can you see this drive in the BIOS or the splash screen?
Can you hear the drive spin up?
Double check your installation.
It's possible some other component has failed.

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My system, an IBM PC315, has been working fine
for a year. Suddenly, the hard drive is no
longer recognized at boot time. This did not
happen in a hard way, but intermittently. That
is, for a period of about 2 weeks, the hard
drive would be seen OK sometimes, but not seen
other times.

The system has two hard drives, actually, both
SCSI. Both are still seen by the Adaptec SCSI
utility at boot time. However, when I boot from
a DOS diskette, only the second (non-boot)
hard drive is seen by FDISK.

It feels like the main hard drive has just gone
kaput. Are there any other possibilities? Could
the power supply be having a problem with the
+12 volts used by the drives? (Then why is the
2nd drive OK?)

If the drive is dead, how can I recover the data?
A lot of stuff important to me is in there.

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive no longer recognized at boot time.

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After calls to support and getting nowhere, I remembered that this model had a supplemental cache on the Motherboard which is a small circuit board held on by two small screws. Basically this is a type of SSD disk drive. It is designed to speed up access but many hybrid disk drives now include the same type of function directily on the disk. I removed the small circuit board and the problem went away. It made no difference in performance.

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Please help. I start back to university the day after tomorrow and will then have vastly less time to devote to figuring this out, in addition to being unable to use it for schoolwork.

My PC was acting extremely unstable with multiple BSODs for no apparent reason, despite having up-to-date drivers and a clean scan for viruses. WhoCrashed was pointing at outdated or faulty drivers or else some sort of memory problem. I decided that since all of my important files were also on my laptop, and I therefore would lose little, I would simply reformat. I had done this before with my previous computer, which was pre-built. This one is custom-built. I was intending to do it myself, but some overly bored friends who had better knowledge of hardware than I did insisted on doing it, so I let them.

I tell you this so that you have a bit of background when I explain my problem. Since reformatting, the only video card the PC is recognizing is something called "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter". This is obviously not what I have installed. What should I do to allow the PC to recognize the video card?

The specifications of my current computer that are provided are the specifications of the computer that is having problems, from before the reformat.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 ... Read more

A:Solved: Reformatted hard drive; Video Card no longer recognized

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

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A:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

A:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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So I was trying to put a Win 7 installation onto a partition of an external hard drive using WinToFlash (WTF), but after WTF unable to lock down the specific partition I backed out of it by forcing log out, but now I can only see one of the many partitions on the hard drive. How do I find the other ones?

A:Disk not recognized in Disk Management

Have you tried rebooting yet?

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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Answer Match 47.88% new on this forum and i have a problem with my old hard disk..every time i turn up my pc, windows pop out message ""Windows detected a hard disk problem" ,"Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss". So i decided to replace my old hard disk, but problem is that i have vista preinstalled on my old hard disk. So my question is how can i install vista from my old hard disk into my new one?..please help me and thank u for your reply

A:how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

hi check out this first just in case and if you do need to read this

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

A:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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I was looking about an old PC of my friend today. He told me the computer was broken. Here the situation. It seems the computer desn't find the hard disk, during the boot it says also something like "...array...." , if I go on the bios software in the boot section under Ide hard drive it is set on "None" and the only other option available is "disabled". The problem should be the harddisk, it should be on the computer, could it be damaged? Or, maybe will it need only to be installed again on the bios after a virus or something like that ?


A:Solved: Hard disk on a old PC

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About a month ago I did a complete format and recovery of my os (see info following this msg please). At the time some things were corrupted, like I couldn't get the address bar to appear in the taskbar; some icons needed repaired; browsers were slow to load. Anyway, I thought it was time for an f&r. Since then I have been getting some of the same problems, but have dealt with them by trial and error and removing and replacing certain third party software. Currently, two problems are showing up that I don't know how to deal with and can't find any archive here to use. Number 1: Using I get a C:\ hd low performance warning. I followed some tips and tweaked the registry. While this seems to have increased my internet capabilities it has not affected the problems I am having with the computer, e.g., very slow boot up; email client corruption; DSL modem settings disapear if modem is shutoff; large cpu usage if I use certain security software such as Comodo anitvirus/spyware protection. There are others but I think you get the picture. Also, using third party software, I get warnings that my hd is overheating. It is currently at 34C/98F degrees. Is that too hot? Should I look at replacing fans? The fans seems to be blowing just fine and I have cleaned all before the f&r. Secondly, this morning I got a ".NET performance contents are corrupted. Run Exctrlst from MS Windows Resource Kit. I don't have a clue what that means. Any advise an... Read more

A:Solved: Hard disk on its way out?

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Need advice !!

I have just replaced my 8.4 gb( seagate )hdd with a 40 gb (samsung) hdd. The replacement was due to bad sectors on my old drive.
Now when I installed the new 40 gb drive the computer wouldn't detect it , I did jumper changes on the hdd and finally with a setting I got 32 gb. I have partitioned my hdd equally into c ' and d' respectively.

The manufacturers website gives me information ,about how on some motherboards the hdd doesn't detect more than 32 gb and they have also given a downloadable program with the help of which I can use the full 40 gb.

Now I have installed all my programs and software on my present 32 gb config and to be honest 32 gb is more than enough for my work and I am not in a frame of mind to format and reinstall everything all over again .

Now my question is that , Is there a possibility of some damage or bad sectors creeping into the balance (40 -32 ) 8 gb area which the computer doesn't detect? Since scan disk will only scan the 32 gb capacity and leave the 8 gb unattended.

Kindly elaborate and give me a detailed reply.
my congig is

Amd k6/2 450
asus p5ab mb
256 mb sd ram
hp cd writer 9700 series
asus 50 x cd rom drive
40 gb hdd ( oops 32 gb to be precise)

A:[SOLVED] Hard Disk won't detect 40 gb

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The computer won't run my internal CD-ROM or my external CDRW. When I look at the System Properties, Device Manager I see:

Hard disk controllers
! (with yellow circle) Primary IDE Controller (dual fifo)
! (with yellow circle) Secondary IDE Controller (dual fifo)
VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller.

I deleted the VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller and it got rid of the exclamation marks. Then I restarted. It ran through the "new hardware" stuff and when I checked the System Properties the exclamation marks and the yellow circles were back.

(It is not this computer that is the problem. I have three computers that I have to keep running and it is a different one that is the problem.)

How do I fix this problem?

A:[SOLVED] Hard Disk Controllers

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im not really hardware savvy so i just wanted to know whether it is possible to remove the hard disk of a PC and then use it as a portable one, where the usb cable is used as the mode of connection?

A:Solved: hard disk portability

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I should give you a background on this:
OS: Windows XP Pro

Hard drive is from another system with the same OS which I installed via the system management tools.

Motherboard fried (power outage) on my one system and I am trying to use the D drive from that system on my main system as it has 120mg storage which I need for some projects.

I installed the drive as the Master on the Secondary IDE channel and it shows up in the Bios correctly and also shows up in the system management tools (administrative tools in the control panel) under
Computer management/Storage/Disk management. It shows up as Disk 2 out of 3 (disk 0, disk1, disk2) and it has a drive letter assigned and is active.

I can also access the files that are on that drive via those tools....

However my issue is that I cant seem to get the drive to show up in My Computer.

What is wrong here?

A:Solved: Hard Disk Installation

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I was wondering if there is a realtively straightforward way to format a second hard disk drive that currently has windows XP on it.

I have a new hard disk installed and running XP at the moment and would like to use the older disk drive purely for storage.

Thanks for your help in advance!


A:Solved: Using an old hard disk for storage

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Can someone help me to solve this problem:
Recently I replaced the SYSTEMBOARD on my HP ELITEBOOK 6930 p, and I did it successfully!! The problem is that now it&#8217;s not possible to have access to the hard disk and always a BLUE SCREENpups up as you can see in the pic. attached. I removed the HD and placed in different laptop (Laptop HP 6910p) with the same results! When I tried the HD from the HP 6910p in the HP ELITEBOOK 6930 p it works GREAT! I hope I made this clear. I think that FORMATTING that HD will be the solution but, I CAN NOT HAVE ACCESS TO IT FROM BOTH LAPTOPS!!!
Is not possible to run CHKDSK cause I can NOT have access to the computer itselk!!!
Please help me to solve this problem or tell me IF I have to buy a NEW HARD DISK.

Your help will be greatly appreciated!!


A:Solved: Hard disk locked?

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Toshiba Satellite P15-S420. Need to replace the hard disk.

It isn't obvious where the hard disk is located in this laptop and it would make my job much easier if I had some help on where it is and how to get it out.

A:Solved: Where is the hard disk in this laptop?

Never mind. I found it (as lying up-side-down) under the DVD drive.

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