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Brand New Harddrive not being recognized in BIOS.

Q: Brand New Harddrive not being recognized in BIOS.


My HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop failed on me last summer, well.. the HDD failed, I was unable to access the computer at all, black screen saying failure.

Anyways, I want to use my laptop again so I purchased a brand new Western Digital Blue HDD 320GB from Tigerdirect this afternoon.
I got home, took out the old one, popped the new one in expecting everything to go smoothly.

I plugged in my USB to install Windows 7 on, I get to the page where you choose the partition to install Windows 7 and to come to my surprise, there was nothing there. Instantly my heart fell, I'm like you've gotta be kidding me.. Drove an hour and a half through busy humid traffic to get this...?

I checked the BIOS and it doesn't appear to be there.. I looked at HP's website and I can't find any new BIOS updates.. I'm trying to use "Mini-Tool Partition Wizard" but it's giving me some stupid error saying "ERROR: This bootable CD does not support Windows Server." I have no clue what that means... I've already tried reburning it a few times. I'm ****ing frustrated.

I don't know what to do..

A: Brand New Harddrive not being recognized in BIOS.

Can you try the hard disk on another PC? desktops can use them as well. You can connect it without rebooting too. First data cable then power cable.

Also check that the BIOS didn't disable sata (some do have the option of disabling the SATA controller and/or sata port, some don't, look in the page about hard drive info and try to change the "not installed" field if possible).

For a bootable partition manager I use a trusty linux USB drive, the tools are all packed in PartedMagic bootable disk.

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Hi everyone,
I have a seagate hd, it's set to single/master, it's the only harddrive in the machine, but my bios doesn't seem to see it.
I'm totaly stuck! if anyone every had this problem, i'd appreciat any help!


A:Harddrive not recognized by bios

First thing to do check to see is the ide cable is bad try another if so, make sure your hard drive is attached to the master not the slave end of the cable, also if you have another hard drive swap that out to see if your seagate HD is good. be patient more is on the way.

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I recently installed an old 10GB harddrive that I got from a friend with nothing on it. It is recognized in the BIOS and in Device Manager but not in My Computer. I installed redhat 9 on it but now I want to reformat it and turn it into a storage drive because I'm about to reformat my 120GB so instead of backing up on lots of cd's, i would like to back up on that 10gig. HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!

A:Harddrive Is Recognized In BIOS But Not In My Computer

Hum, I take it you created a partition & formated it in FAT32 or NTFS before looking for it in "My Computer", right ?

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I haven't had these SSD's very long, maybe a year. I have a 60gb ssd as the master and a slower 120gb ssd as the slave, Windows 7. I left my pc idle for around 15 minutes or so, only to return and find that "A disk read error occurred". Upon restarting it said the same thing again. I've had this problem with past pc's (xp, first time for 7) and usually running repair with the OS disk fixed it.

However this time even with the disc in it gave me the same message. Going in the BIOS I noticed that the master SSD did not show up in the boot order, but it still shows up as being connected. There was an option to "override" the boot order for the master, doing that I can get across the message and actually boot up the OS. After having done so I ran chkdsk but it came up clean.

I'm no computer expert and know just enough to try and keep everything working to the best of my knowledge but this has me a little confused.

If someone could help me set it back up to where I don't have to override my main harddrive on startup every time I want to get on the pc I would really appreciate it.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option 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 setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I was asked by a friend to install a brand new harddrive on his computer. His old one is completely burned up and will not work at all. He sent me the computer with no hard drive and the new one still in the box. I formatted the harddrive using external enclosure and my computer. Now I'm stuck. How do you install windows on the harddrive. I put the cd in the drive and turn on the computer. All I get is a message: NTLDR is missing. Hit cntl+alt+del to restart.

How do I Install windows xp onto this harddrive when I can't get past this message?

A:Solved: How do I install XP on brand new Harddrive?

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I have a strange problem with my Asus P8P67 MB (rev B3) this is already the third ODD I'm testing and I keep getting the same problem; as soon as I want to access the DVD drive in W7 x64, Windows Explorer freezes. I'm also not able to read any kind disc (and I've tried many - which btw work fine on my laptop).

I've tried switching SATA cables and SATA ports, but no luck.
I had a Samsung drive which worked fine for a while (since I've installed Windows from it as well as some games from DVD). I thought the drive was defective and I bought a brand new Asus DRW-24B3LT (ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Optical Storage- ASUS DRW-24B3LT), but as soon as I plugged it in, the same problem occurred and I've not been able to do anything with it.

Somehow I believe that the problem is due to my SATA config.
At the moment I have the following setup :

- 1 SDD connect to one gray Intel 6gb/s port
- 2 standard 1Tb HDD in RAID 1 (connected to 2 blue Intel 3gb/s ports)
- 1 USB 3.0 extension (at the back of the case) (connected to 1 blue Intel 3gb/s ports)
- 1 DVDRW (the Asus now) connected to 1 blue Intel 3gb/s ports

In the BIOS the SATA mode is set in RAID mode, and I have the impression that this may cause some issue with the ODD? Shouldn't it be in AHCI mode ? Does it make a difference? Problem is thazt according to the documentation, the only way to make a RAID is to set the entire controller in RAID mode. Don't know if this can play somehow in my problem.

I've already use t... Read more

A:Brand new Asus DVDRW not recognized

Does your board have a second array of SATA headers (as mine does) which run from a second controller, so you can have raid on one set and standard on the other?

If not then does it have a legacy IDE header for ODD/HDD's?

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Hi guys,

Just got a new laptop today. Alienware 17 r3. Booted it up, seemed to be working alright. Was updating everything as recommended by windows and updated nvidia driver through the nvidia control panel and then the gpu stopped working. Everything got messed up, my keyboard stopped working to.

I reset win 10. Keyboard works, but gpu isn't recognized. I can't even get GEforce or update drivers because it doesn't recognized hardware.

It doesn't display on device manager.

Tried everything i know how to do...any help? I'm not excellent with computers. I just know the basics

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Hello. I recently set up a second Harddrive on my PC. Pentium 4 running XP Pro Media Player. When I set it up the second Harddrive open and I was saving files to it for about a week without any problems. Today I attempted to save a file to the second Harddrive and I received a message "do you want to reformat G Drive?" Can someone tell me what has happened to my PC that it will not open my second Harddrive? Thank you.

A:Second Harddrive Not Recognized

Go to Start...Run...and type in "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Let us know what it says there about your hard drive (you can post a screen shot if you'd like).

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I have a Dell Dimension desktop 8200 running XP.

I just reformatted the hard drive using recovery console and now the computer says there is no harddrive installed and I can't get it to boot from the install CDROM. I am sure that I screwed up somewhere...any ideas on how to fix this??


A:Harddrive not recognized

To get it to boot from the CD, try this:


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Hi folks,

I bought a new WD scorpio blue for my hp laptop. backed up all the data on my old hard drive, removed it, and put the new hard drive in. windows is not seeing it, and i'm not sure the bios is either. please help! i'd like to use the new harddrive (bigger capacity) instead of the old, but i don't understand how to have the system know the harddrive is there.

the laptop is an hp compaq 8510w. i had win7 running it on for about 4 months. the new harddrive is the western digital blue scorpio 500gb.

Thanks for any help,

A:New harddrive not recognized - help!

First, is it the same drive type (SATA or IDE)? Then assuming it is compatible, do you have the appropriate ports enabled in the BIOS? Can you tell if the drive is powering up? Do you have the latest BIOS installed on the laptop?

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I am trying to setup a new copy of Win XP on a 6yr. old Toshiba Laptop.
After booting from the Setup disk, the Setup files are loaded, then the Setup disk returns "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer".
I can't continue.

The machine is working perfectly (although slow).
The C: drive shows up in Explorer.
The BIOS recognizes the Drive.

Any thoughts?

A:HardDrive not Recognized


The C: drive shows up in Explorer.

If the C: drive is showing up in Explorer, why are you trying to install new copy of XP?
Boot into Bios, look to HDD Mode, or SATA, change the HDD mode from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility mode to have XP setup recognize the HDD.

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Hello this is my first post. And i could REALLY use some help.

I have a western digital 640 gig hard drive that is SATA. My motherboard does have SATA sockets in it but they seem to be bad so i have been using a SATA to USB converter to plug it into my usb port and still be able to use it. Recently i had to switch it out for and 80gig SATA to format it for a friend. Well now when i plug the 640 gig back up it only recognizes it as an 80 gig. I've never had this problem before and i am at a complete loss as what to do. I use an 80 gig IDE hard drive for my OS, which is Windows 7 Ultimate.

My hardware specs are
AMD 6000 3.0ghz dual core
9500GT Nvidia GPU
MSI motherboard (not sure on the exact kind, though i can find out when i get home)
and 3 gigs of DDR2 ram.

Also ever since i've switched those hard drives my computer has also been freezing on me, usually either at start up or a couple minutes after i've logged onto windos. Sometimes it will turn on but not boot up. Although everything works fine in safe mode except for the hard drive. Although when i plug in my portable 100 gig hard drive it is recognized right away.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as the 640 gig hard drive has my entire life on it just about. I've even tried pluggin it into a laptop and it is still showing that it is 80 gig.

thank you for any help.

P.S. yes i've made sure i have the 640 gig plugged in.

A:640 gig harddrive only being recognized as an 80 gig

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I ordered a new (used) motherboard socket 7 from to repair a burned out board from a power surge that we had.Many things got burned up and i replaced them all (power supply,graphics card even the keyboard. Heres my problem. On the boot up the bios does not recognize my hardware on the ide primary or the ide secondary.I literally think i have tried everything.......Different ide cables,checked and checked the bios and made sure that the hd detect was on auto.changed hard drivesand still i canot get the bios to detect ANY thing on either primaryi de or secondary ide. I checked the jumpers on all the hardware for master and slave sttings again and again. The mptherboard is a EPOX ep51mvp3e-m. Does any body have any suggestions.......Maybe i got a bad motherboard i know but i need to exhaust every possibility first

A:Harddrive not recognized

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This is in continuation of another thread I have here:
My pc is with no harddrive, so I went to my other pc with two harddrives. In Windows, it shows my C drive working (obviously), and my D drive as an extra, where I've put some music and other stuff in. So it should work right?

Well, I took that drive out, and put it into my pc with no harddrive in it, and wanted to install Windows on it. But for some reason the installation does not even show the drive as attached.

In command prompt, I tried CHKDSKing it by running this command: chkdsk c: /f
and it gives me this error:
Cannot open volume for direct access.

Whats wrong? :O

also if I try to go into the drive just by writing c: it says: The device is not ready.

I've tried every chkdsk command with a lot of attributes too, none of them give me access :/

A:Harddrive not recognized?

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I formatted my hard drive and now I donít show my 2nd hard drive that I installed about six months ago. I have unplugged it and restarted the computer and then plugged it back in and restarted again but to no avail. I ran the Add Hardware Wizard but it did not find the hard drive

I am running Windows XP. I have a Gigabyte Tech Motherboard running an AMD
Athlon Processor.

old ray

A:Solved: Harddrive not recognized

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I have an older external harddrive (Maxtor) and I just recently bought a new cable to plug it into my computer since I lost my old one. It's one of those cables with a usb at one end (for the computer) and the square-with-two-slanted-corners for the end that plugs into the harddrive. I plug in the AC power adapter into the harddrive and the light on the front goes green. Then, I plug in the USB into my computer (I tried on all 3 usb slots on the front of my comp -- same results every time).

Every single time, I get the little 'do-do' noise that Windows XP makes when connecting a usb device, but the computer doesn't recognize it at all. Nothing shows up under 'My Computer', nothing shows up in the system tray, not even 'Unrecognized usb device'. I'm not really sure what to do because I kind of need this harddrive.

Thanks for any help.


A:External Harddrive not recognized

The electronics in the case may have failed.
Remove the drive and attach it via adapter or directly to the computer.
Never trust a single HD with your data.

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I have an 80gb Acomdata external harddrive. It has been working fine up until yesterday. Now whenever I turn it on, a message pops up saying windows doesn't recognize it. Any suggestions?

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A:[SOLVED] Harddrive Not Recognized

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A:secondary harddrive not recognized

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A:External Harddrive not recognized?

I have simlar problem with external harddrive not being recognized. Any solutions?

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A:Primary harddrive not recognized

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A:[SOLVED] can't get new harddrive to get recognized as primary

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I'm running almost all of my programs out of Program Files folder located on my E drive which is SEVERELY limiting my workflow as I'm sure you can imagine...can someone shed some light on this for me?


Brandon Morris

A:Intermittant secondary Harddrive not being recognized

check the data cable is securely plugged in

try a new data cable

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Im not sure if this should be in the XP forum or the hardware forum but i figured this was a good place to start and if not someone could point me in the right direction, im trying to do a clean install of XP pro on My HP M7463W, but at the select the harddrive/partition screen, my HD doesnt show up and i know its a SATA hd, but i cant seem to find the drivers to go with that so that i can slipstream them into the XP install disc and run the install smoothly, could anyone help me out? I think the relevant information is My HD is a 300gb western digital, WDC WD3000JS-60PD80, my processor is a Pentium D 930 3ghz, Intel Lakeport i945P, Intel 82801GB ICH7..If any more information is needed id be glad to provide it. Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Clean Install No Harddrive Recognized

Can you run us through the steps you have taken thus far?

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A:Solved: External Harddrive not recognized

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I am ready to pull my hair out!! Can anyone please help me?!!!?

A:HD recognized by scandisk but HD not recognized by BIOS

probably the booting sequence is wrong due to the fact that you told the BIOS to load the preferred defaults. If you have a standard BIOS:

*go to advanced BIOS settings.... your going to see a big list of options .

<< check this picture for visual example>>
*take a look at the first , second and third boot device and change them to:

1- HDD - 0
2- HDD - 1
3- HDD - 2

Alternate them accordingly.

**probably the reason why your pc booted up at 16 bit the first time , may be
because you haven't installed the drivers for your video card yet.

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I am trying to access a USB 2.0 HDD on WinXP SP2

It is an IDE Maxtor 300GB PATA133 (EIDE) housed in a Cintre Zdisc Storage Case.

I can see the HDD in Device manager. Which says it is working properly.

However, I cannot see it in Explorer or diskmgmt.msc (i.e. Computer Manatement -> Disk Management).
I expect that I need to format the HDD, however, I can't see it to format it.

Can you Help?

A:My USB2.0 harddrive is NOT recognized in Explorer or Disk Manager

Use Disk Management to format it...


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The equipment is good. Seagate 250gb SATA.

External Enclosure from Newegg:

It works flawlessly with any Vista computer. But on XP computers I get the same result; it is not recognized in my computer or disk management. If I fiddle with it enough I can get it to be recognized; uninstall drivers, reinstall them. restart, replug it in. Nothing is consistent, but sometimes it does indeed get recognized. But it's hard.

What happened originally was I bought it. Put it together. Installed the guy. And then I went to disk management and formatted it. I copied files to it. but when I turned it on and off it wouldn't be recognized! I plugged it into my roomates vista comp and it instantly came up and he copied files off of it.

Now I can't get it to come up in disk management or my computer EVEN though it is installed in the device manager and the safely remove hardware box comes up.

I've searched google for hours and no solutions. Please help me

also, when it is plugged in it takes my computer a really long time to boot.

A:XPSP2 External Harddrive not recognized in my computer or disk mgmt.

no one =\

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HelloI have a big problem.I purchased online a T440s brand new. I opened the box for the first time myself. When I enter BIOS it asks for password and I just hit enter without entering any password. I can enter the BIOS but i can not change any settings.What can I do? Can a brand new thinkpad come with a BIOS password out the box?I get conflicting information regarding the type of password. First image says it's power on which can be removed but bios says its supervisor. 

Go to Solution.

A:Brand New T440s with BIOS password

Indeed, it may happen. Sometimes large customers request preconfigured laptops which may include customized supervisor passwords. Of course, you should have not received one of these units. Ask the seller for a replacement unit, as there is no easy way to remove an unknown supervisor password without replacing the laptop mainboard.

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SO just received my new Gigabyte X38-DQ6, laid everything out (just like every other MB install), pulled out the old / put in the new, installed the new INTEL core2 duo 2.4 (using stock CPU Fan for now), installed the new OCX (MB Compliant) MEM (2 one gig chips), installed the ATI Radeon 850 PCI Express card and connected up the new 650W Thermaltake Powersupply. Connected Keyboard and MB and after flipping the switch the Motherboard and fans start.
SO the CPU Fan spins for about 4-5 seconds and stops, I get no beeps (indicating what might be wrong), no video and since I don't have a classic keyboard I'm not able to see if any of the lights are coming on.

ANYONE with any ideas, please share... I've reseated the CPU Fan, MB and removed all peripherals and even stepped back to a single Gig Mem Chip and same results. After holding the power button I get the MB to shut off. Upon trying to power up again the MB responds exactly the same except it powers itself off about 3 seconds after the CPU Fan stops.


A:GigabyteX38-DQ6-brand new and never reaches BIOS, Anyone?

Reset the bios to failsafe settings. Make sure your power supply's 4-pin 12volt Molex connector is attached to the motherboard. Try a better, stronger power supply. If all this fails, replace the motherboard

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Does anyone know or ever had at start up after the POST the system just hangs on "detecting harddrives..." Now the fun part, it does this on all the reboots (Installing any OS)
But not all the time on complete shut downs maybe 50%
Tried the following
1. Manual set up the HD's in the BIOS ...nope
2. Took off the "Search for floppy" at start up.
3. Was going to try flashing the BIOS with an upgrade but cant find anything from Awards site. They want you to pay for upgrades... and I dont see any patches.

Is this a BIOS/Motherboard Problem or the Harddrive its self?
system is 3 weeks old and when i took it back to place I got it from it didn't do it ...worked fine... got it back home and worse than before.

Pentium3 866
Apollo Pro133a Motherbaord
30 GB hard drive maxtor
512MB ram
Gforce 32MB Vid Card
Sound Blaster Live
I am at wits my wits end ...any help would be appriciated


A:BIOS or Harddrive

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AMD 64bit dual core 2.01ghz each

1gb corsair ram, 512 x 2

Sapphire ATi Crossfire xpress 3200 A9RD580ADV

160gb Hatchi Sata HDD (sp?)

Nvidia 7600gs PCi-E, SLi Ready, 256mb

I've plugged everything in, and i'm quite sure it's all been plugged in correctly.

On the motherboard is 3 little lights. Saying:


The top 2 lights are red, and the bottom light is green. I'm guessing that is symbolising that i have a problem.

When i turn on the computer, my moniter stays on stand by. All the fan's and lights show up, even the LED's on the fans, but i get no action from my moniter.

shouldn't i see the bois information?


on to my dvd drive. i've plugged it in, with the 4 pin power bit, and an IDE cable which goes into my primary IDE slot.

I get power, but when i press the "eject" button nada happens. When i take OUT the ide cable, the disc tray does actually eject.

i've stuck in an old CD drive and it does the exact same. any reason why?


I got this PC off a friend for free. He said it was all working before hand and so on.

The graphics card AND HDD are brand spanking new and have never been used.

A:No Bios Showing. No Display. Brand new computer

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The laptop is a n HP dv7. It was factory installed with Win8. The factory insrtalled Hard drive failed. The warranty expired last month. Today, I install a brand new solid state Hard Drive. 1. First I selected F2 at boot to do diagnostics. The HP diagnostic "pass"ed on the new harddrive. It's there and recognised. 2. Upon boot, I selected F9 to set the boot sequence to the CD/DVD. The error message I get is "Detected boot image did not authenticate", press <enter> to continue. When I press enter, the laptop turns itself off. 3.  Apparently the 'secure boot' in UEFI in BIOS8 will not allow for the laptop being booted from a CD/DVD ( 4. Back at the boot manager, I had only 2 options: "Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive" and "Boot from EFI File". Weither I select the CD/DVD or EFI file, the next window is the same: "Detected boot image did not authenticate" 5. If I start the ENVY,a. With the OS (full install) disc in the CD/DVD drive: The screen reads: "Detected boot image did not authenticate".b. Without the disc in the drive: The screen reads: ""Boot device not found. Please install an operating system on your hard drive." 6. The BIOS does not allow for a 'secure boot' over-ride.  Here is the question:  7. How can I install a new OS (I'nm trying to install Win7) if 'secure boot' will not allow the OS Install disc to be read.

A:HP ENVY dv7, BIOS will not allow fresh OS install on brand n...

 1-Are you sure the Win 7 disc is good? Is this from an ISO you burned or retail? Will it boot on another machine? 2-Have you followed the steps closely to Disable Secure Boot:  

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here lately my new dell insprion 1501 notebook will sometimes lock up in at bios i shut it down hard ( i really hate doing that) and take the battery out and press the power button to reset the notebook, after doing so it works fine, it is still under warranty, but before sending it back to dell id like to see if i can fix it myself, i use this notebook for my everyday work life so i can really bear without it. heres my specs:

Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Turion 64 x2 2.0GHZ (800MHZ FSB)
2GB DDR2 Ram
15.4" Widescreen Glossy screen
ATI Xpress 1150 Video Card
53wrh battery (6 cell)
windows vista home premium

anyone comes up with anything to save me lost time, let me know

A:brand new dell locks up sometimes at bios screen

Return it while you can thats what the warranty is for. Or at least give Dell a call and see what they can recommend.

I've also removed your email address, posting it in an open forum is just asking for Spam.

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I am trying to upgrade my hard drive in an old AMD K6-2/450 system. I have a PC100 M599LMR Socket 7 motherboard and the BIOS is AMI Release 07/02/1999S.

I installed a Hitachi 80 GB drive. My old drive was a Maxtor 10 GB (it was making a lot of noise and driving me crazy). The CMOS was set to autodetect the primary master IDE device, however when it reached this part of boot up the system would hang and not go any further. I then tried to update the CMOS myself. It asks for Cyl, Heads and Sectors as input. I couldn't find these values for my new drive so I used the F3 to command detection while inside CMOS and the system locked up. I then reattached my old drive to see what settings it detected. It had 19382 Cyl, 16 Heads and 63 Sectors. I tried multiples of the 19382 Cyl to arrive at the correct 80 GB drive size but my CMOS doesn't have enough data fields to enter this value.

What can be done to get this drive setup?


A:BIOS Issues with New Harddrive

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Can anyone elaborate on the HDD SMART feature? Such as can it cause any problems being enabled or does it cause more cpu usage. And why is it disabled by default? Just wondering.

A:BIOS HardDrive & SMART

Hello Airbot,

This link will give you a lot more details about HDD Smart. I have not had any problems with it enabled in the BIOS. In fact I would recommend it to be enabled in Vista to help warn you of a possible hard drive failure since Vista is capable of using this if enabled.

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I received my new AIO 700-27ISH All-in-One (ideacentre) first week of August and have been having a few issues with stability every since I began using it.  In my event log I find this error has persisted since the computer was brand new which means it must have shipped to me with this problem. Even 4, ACPIAMLI: ACPI BIOS is attempting to read from an illegal IO port address (0x70), which lies in the 0x70 - 0x71 protected address range. This could lead to system instability. Please contact your system vendor for technical assistance.  I have checked the Lenovo support site and  confirmed the installed BIOS version is the current offered from lenovo.  I even reflashed it from Lenovo site just to make sure and still same error.  Anyone familiar with this issue and how to get it resolved? Here is some addition system info:OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 HomeVersion 10.0.10586 Build 10586Other OS Description Not AvailableOS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Name DESKTOP-1UPOOTLSystem Manufacturer LENOVOSystem Model F0BD002JUSSystem Type x64-based PCSystem SKU LENOVO_MT_F0BD_BU_LENOVO_FM_ideacentre AIO 700-27ISHProcessor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3408 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date LENOVO O1KKT35AUS, 3/12/2016SMBIOS Version 3.0Embedded Controller Version 1.20BIOS Mode UEFIBaseBoard Manufacturer LENOVOBaseBoard Model Not AvailableBaseBoard Name Base BoardPlatform Role DesktopSecure Boot St... Read more

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I'm building my first computer and I'm having a hard time. My bios won't recognize my harddrive, everything is brand new meaning mother board harddrive processor graphics card and ram.

Mobo: ECS A960M-M3 AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU: AMD FX-4130 Zambezi 3.8GHz Socket AM3+ Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Ram: CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Ultra Stable Desktop
Graphics card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11202-00-20G)
Power supply: 430w
Harddrive: seagate 500gb 7200rpm

A:Bios won't recognize harddrive on new build

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hi i just bought a brand new 60gb harddrive to install xp on my Toshiba Laptop - Satellite SA40-702 but the bios does not even detect it .any idea how i can fix it ?

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Hey all! Thanks in advance for any help for a new Windows 7 user.

Yesterday I ran into the 'Installing Step 3 of 3' reboot loop of death on my Dell XPS Windows Vista machine and I had to take the plunge and get some professional help to (hopefully - it was $80 at CompUSA and they did it in about 6 hours) backup all my documents and pictures on that drive to an old, internal drive, that I had sitting in the machine from when I upgraded to a bigger better harddrive last fall in preparation for a new MMO release ( I know.. I know... ).

I was never able to get the two harddrives working in Vista together, but I had hopes with a new OEM Windows 7 Home Premium install that perhaps I would get lucky enough to plug both in and BAM, Windows 7 would see the old Vista drive and I'd happily copy over ITUNES, pictures, Word documents etc.

In BIOS the machine sees the drive in SATA 1 (the bigger, newer, Western Digital drive is in SATA 0).

I've come in Windows 7, did the right click Computer->Manage->Storage->Disk Management look and I don't see it listed as per one forum posting to 'enable' it.

In System Tools->Device Manager->Disk Drives it doesn't show up either.

Am I missing something in BIOS?

Sorry if I'm missing any information, I'll try to fill in anything I can. Thanks!

A:New Windows 7 install, cannot detect my 2nd harddrive (except in BIOS)

I'm sure you thought of this, but just in case, are you sure the drive in question is working? The BIOS may see it, but if it can still be bad. I've had that with some old IDE drives that died, they couldn't be formatted, they were just shot.

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I've got a problem.
I recently bought a MyBook 1TB Home Edition by Western Digital.
This is an external hard-drive on USB.
I was so stupid a while ago to go mess around in the 'msconfig' screen from run..
In that screen i started to delete a couple of files that seemed unnecessary to me, but now every time I start up my pc says: invalid BIOS, starting up from C:/windows.. That is problem 1.
Problem two is that I can't start up my pc with my harddrive plugged in. I've been having this problem for a while now and it's getting really annoying right now. I think it's a problem with the bios settings (as in problem 1) because it stops the starting up process when the motherboard-screen shows on my monitor. The light on my pc shows that it's really busy but nothing happens and it just stays on the motherboard-screen.
Once I've plugged out my harddrive, I restart it and then it does work.
I'm sorry for my bad english, I'm dutch..

Please help!



A:BIOS, startup and external harddrive-problem

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hello everyone, i have been issues for the past couple of days after blowing parts of my computer up ( PSU and MOTHERBOARD ) after replacing them i have been trying to install XP and vista and no look on my SAMSUNG HD321KJ. I insert the motherboard disk and it says not the in ATA support list .When i try installing any OS it says cannot install as cannot find any harddrives. What am i doing wrong ?

A:cannot find SATA harddrive in bios or XP install

and welcome to the Forum

If the drive is not seen in BIOS, change the cables ( power and data ) and see if that fixes it.

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Hi all,

I resntly bought myself a new harddrive for my PC. Nothing special, its a 40 Gig Seagate Barracuda 7200. When i tried to install it it didnt work. The PC just cant see it. A mate sugested a bios update but ive heard they can ruin the PC if they go wrong. Can someone explain exactly what a bios update does and how to do it. Ive got the update just deciding whether to get someone to do it or not. Or if someone has some other sugestions as to getting the new harddrive working...



A:New Harddrive doesnt work... Bios update???

it's pretty unlikely that you're going to need a bios update to use a second harddrive. it's far more likely that the cabling and jumper scheme is flawed, check that out first.

a bios update (aka 'flashing' the bios) is the process of changing the bios code stored on a special chip onboard (aka cmos chip) to a different version. it is performed by executing a program supplied by your motherboard maker, and may or may not require the use of floppies. running an update program designed for another motherboard can easily cause fatal errors that make the board unbootable. losing power during the bios upgrading process can corrupt the cmos code and render the system unbootable. should a board become unbootable, it will not be able to execute the correct update program and cannot be fixed.

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Apologies, I'm not very good with tech speak.

I had a single OEM Seagate Barracuda SATA harddrive that failed while playing Skyrim. I ran checkdisk and it reported 5 bad clusters. It said it couldn't repair an active partition unless I rebooted, which I did. The damage apparently kept the drive from booting.

Next I tried some things with Startup Repair, none of which were succesful as it reported that repair wasn't possible and system restore bluescreened after circumventing the American Megatrends BIOS screen(no idea what the error message said).

Then I purchased a new Western Digital drive and installed Windows on it. I then used the application GetDataBack to extract all my old files to my new drive...then I formatted the damaged drive, elliminating the Dell recovery partition but leaving the OEM system partition, and ran checkdisk in full repair mode on the large main partition(it excluded 260 bad clusters from Windows).

Then I used Diskpart.exe in DOS to remove the OEM partition as I was prohibited from doing it in Administrative tools>Disk Management(after all this is Dell's computer, not mine, I guess). This seemed to remove a repetitious popup in Windows that kept warning me to backup this disk because it had errors.

Now the only problem I have left is that every time I boot I get the Dell BIOS American Megatrends nag screen. The only workaround I've found is to F2 into BIOS setup and exit...then it boots into windows. Although everything works properly if I ... Read more

A:Dell BIOS nag screens after harddrive failure

Bad clusters, bad sectors can sometimes be fixed by a paid for program called Hard Drive Regenerator as long as the damage is fixable by software means. The removable of the hidden recovery partition from the first drive wasn't a good idea however.

The first best thing once you knew the drive was failing would be trying to snap an image of the entire drive to restore onto the replacement. Seagate offers their form of free version of the Acronis True Image Disk Director suite free of charge for customers. WD does the same.

As far as keeping the old drive plugged in if that is in the exact same sata port on the board it will continue to be seen as the Disk 0 in the DM as well as any other partitioning program. It will be seen as Disk 0 in the DiskPart tool as well. The Dell nag screen is likely due to something Dell placed in the recovery partition on the Seagate you didn't preserve for the new WD drive. Dell has their gimics as far as any hardware changes to contend with.

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Okay, first let me mark down my system:
AMD64 3000+
Crosair 512 MB DDR PC3200
Sapphire Radeon 9800xt
Asus K8V deluxe
HDD1: Hitachi 120gb S-ata
HDD2: Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 9 (80gb) IDE <= trouble maker!.

Okay, here is the problem. I just bought a new system and want to move all my files from the old on to the new one. The old one will still be used so it cannot be formatted. I plug it in (jumper still set to master) and it boots from the IDE disk (winxp pro), now I don't want this, I want it to boot from the s-ata disk, on which my configured Windows XP pro is installed.

So I change the settings of the IDE disk to slave. It boots from the S-ATA disk (whoohoo) but fails to see it in windows/bios (DOH!). What am I doing wrong and what can fix it.

Confused? So am I.



A:HDD not recognized (not even in BIOS)

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Hello all,

I had two machines. A dell and an Hp which I received from an office. The hp was more up to date. The dell had my software on it. I am fairly facile with hardware so I opened the case and tried to add the dell HD to a what appeared to be an extra bay below the Hp Hard drive.

I adjusted the jumpers to CS and poof, nothing. So, I took out (disconnected) the dell drive. Then I had the Hp drive up and running in windows internet ready etc...Well, so I figure time to try the other hard drive again.

No dice. It won't boot and seems only to want to recognize the older HD as Primary master. I tried switching the cable order -- nada. I tried changin the jumpers to master/slave appropriately. Nothing. So, I decided to just go back to barebones.

Well, now, it's not even recognizing the HP drive. "There is no boot drive present...please insert boot disk or drive..." It is not recognized in BIOS at all. Even with P/P OS turned off. If I disconnect the harddrive, I can get the windows repair CD to boot, but since it doesn't recognize the harddrive that's somewhat moot.

My next attempt will be to download maxtor's diagnostic test and see if it will find and test the drive. If not, maybe somehow it got screwed up. Otherwise I am out of options besides, replace that drive.

Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated. B/C as of now I have 2 machines that both worked in front of me, however both of the are just glorified paper weig... Read more

A:HD Not being Recognized by BIOS

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Didn't see my issue covered in the forums.

I recently built a new machine, installed a new SATA HDD with windows and everything runs great. Tried to connect my old IDE E drive after installation to avoid any unnecessary formating. BIOS does not even recognize the drive. Checked cables, tried every possible jumper combo (see

I originally had this connected through an IDE to SATA converter but it was not recognized then. Tried the alternate jumper adaptations and the only one that showed up was a slave drive on IDE that had zero space and no name, still did not boot or show up in windows.

Any suggestions?
Old IDE hard drive is not being recognized in bios


A:IDE HDD not recognized in BIOS

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I am unsure if this is the right board to post in, but:
Last night I accidentally dropped my Dell XPS L401x (oops). It has had worse falls, but now when I try to boot it up there is a whirring/beeping noise as the machine tries to load, and it shows an error message:

"Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.35 (06/14/10)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable"
and later
"Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

When I enter the BIOS I notice the Fixed HDD says (0.0GB).
I've already tried to disassemble the machine but I do not have much experience and have no idea what might have gone wrong, so I put it back together.

What should I do?

A:HDD not recognized in BIOS?

Welcome bootwes

It could be this fall actually damaged the HD making it unreadable.

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After leaving my comp. on, I came home to a blank screen with a message that comp.was shutdown because of heat issues, (I use 3 working fans)
Well, XP is not seen and comp.tries and tries to reboot. Cant safe boot. Cant even boot to bios. Am about to install Windows 7RC to 2nd drive (only one of two recognized). Cable connections seem to be good on both.
Whats going on here people? Is this MOBO fried?
Asus P5B-E
Intel E6600
XP Home

A:BIOS not recognized

If the other drive is not recognized,that hard drive may have failed.
Disconnect it and try your install on the detected drive.
It may be that the fail drive is also hanging the bios.

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Back to the table of knowledge again! Think I have two problems, maybe one is causing the other? Hard drive is not being recognized...on startup I get "inaccessible boot device". I go into bios and see there is nothing listed for a primary HD and also note that it also says "CMOS battery low" and "CMOS memory size wrong". The PC has been sitting in the attic for about three months since my son gave up on the HD issue but ol' computer impaired here thought I would give it a try. Would sitting with no power cause the battery to drain off?

MOBO is an ECS(?) K7S5A
HD is one that was left over from some other unit. My son said I had to change HD's so's not to loose his info on the original. HD is good cause I put it as slave in my PC and it worked fine. Not sure how much memory installed but the stick is in the DDR slot.

I know..kinda sporadic info but maybe can give someone as idea of whats wrong?

Thanks for viewing this thread!

A:HD not recognized in bios

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I was restarting a computer and when it booted up it said to put in a bootable disk. So I tried a 160 gig hd with xp on it and it found it.
But when I tried not 1 but 2 new 500 gig WD hd it does not see them in the bios.
This is a windows 7 home premium computer. I am not sure what to do to get the laptop to recognize the hds.

Also I put the 2 wd harddrive one at a time as a secondary hd in the desktop computer I had and it would not recognize them either

I am not sure how to fix this

A:New HD not recognized in Bios

Hi! What do you see in Disk Management? You may have to assign it a drive letter.

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On an Asus Desktop M32AD. At boot, the F1, CPU fan error screen. I threw a new power supply and a gtx 950 in there. No problem. But I reconnected the hdd and DVD drive backwards in the 3/6GBS ports or whatever and my only hdd was showing up as removable media in the notification area. So I fixed that and now I get a CPU fan error at boot and my BIOS doesn't recognize the cpu fan even though it runs and everything is connected properly. I can just disable the CPU fan monitoring in the BIOS, but that's pretty weak. Any idea of what's going on here? Tons of threads, but nothing of value to me.This is a new computer, all new parts, putting the GPU and Power supply was easy, and there has been no issue with those and I've connected everything properly. I keep checking and trying to find out what the deal is. Really don't feel like sending my computer in. I'd buy another fan if any of you think that would work.

A:CPU Fan not recognized by BIOS.

I recently had a similar problem with a Compaq Desktop running Vista that had a noisy CPU fan. I found out that the computer required the 4-pin [conductor] fan, wouldn't work properly with a 3-pin fan although the fan did operate. Apparently it's all about the signals back to the motherboard about the fan being at the right speed, the CPU is properly cooled, etc.

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I am having trouble trying to figure out why this is happening to my system. I have four HDs connected to my machine. I have two of them connected to a Promise ATA100 PCI card, and the other two are connected to the Primary and Secondary IDE controller connections on my MB. When I boot up my system, all four drives are detected by BIOS. When I get into Windows XP Pro (SP2), only three of the drives show up under the My Computer screen. I have rebooted several times, and sometimes, the fourth drive does show up in WinXP. I have run chkdsk /f on the problem drive, and it comes back as clean.

Can anyone speculate as to why the HD is not detected correctly every time?

Thanks in advance.

A:HD recognized by BIOS, not by Win XP

Thats a tricky one. Maybe you should try a raid format.

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So, my computer had been getting the blue screen a few times a day and I was trying to look up how to fix it. But now it won't even start up.

I am using a friend's computer right now. The hard drive that is broken is a Seagate 7200.9 Barracuda ST3160812AS. It shows up in BIOS but when I try to start the computer it gets to the windows loading screen and then I get the blue screen code of : 0x0000007B (0x80599BB0, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

This is my mother's hard drive and she didn't back it up , I know we learned our lesson. Is there any way to fix this without going to someone and paying hundreds of dollars to get the files off?



It is working now but getting two blue screens:

BAD_POOL_CALLER ***STOP: 0x000000C2 (0x000000007, 0x0000110b, 0x000000000, 0x8393BA90)


IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ***STOP: 0x000000D1 (0x18A8237C, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x8CEFC1C4)

A:BIOS Sees Harddrive but Blue Screen on Start Up

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I have an Asus k52j laptop and when I boot I can't get past BIOS logo but if I remove the harddrive I can access the BIOS and access any utilites on DVD. My laptop was really slow to boot and to access desktop and suddently I could not access anymore login screen and I had a black screen. Now I can't get past BIOS logo... so does it mean that I must change the HD? or it could be something else?

A:Can't get past BIOS logo when laptop harddrive is plugged

Quote: Originally Posted by MaxS5


I have an Asus k52j laptop and when I boot I can't get past BIOS logo but if I remove the harddrive I can access the BIOS and access any utilites on DVD. My laptop was really slow to boot and to access desktop and suddently I could not access anymore login screen and I had a black screen. Now I can't get past BIOS logo... so does it mean that I must change the HD? or it could be something else?

It sounds like you hard drive is failing. Do you have an adapter where you can connect that hard drive to another laptop via USB?

If you have this adapter, you can run tests on the now "external hard-drive". If you have another hard drive lying around and you know it is good, reinstall windows on it and see if it runs.

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I have a dell latitude C800 that I got from a friend, It came with no HDD... so I slapped one in(That I know works!) and It will not detect the HDD or The cdrom drive. could It be the hard drive connector? any help would be appreciated.

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my computer has been acting up for awhile but now if i lose power my computer will not go past the post screen it just stops. if i run the bios memory harddreive test it will then start up. Why does this happen?

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I have Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 GB, it's maybe about 6 months old. It was working fine this morning, but after a power outage (behind surge protector) and a reboot, I got an error "hal.dll" is missing. So I went to work and looked it up and saw that IE 8 might be the culprit. So when I got home, I started to go through the process of recreating the boot.ini file that I thought was destroyed by IE 8.

Well come to look closer, I couldn't even find the drive in the BIOS. My secondary HDD was there, but not the one I was looking for. I tried in 3 other comps, and no dice, nothing shows up. The platters were spinning, but it's almost as if the firmware isn't responding or the driver for the drive, or something.

The data isn't so important that I'm willing to pay $1000's of dollars to get it back, but I would like to know if this is something anyone has experienced, a HDD to just die with no wawrning or anything. Also, if I get a HDD witht he same firmware etc, is it possible to just switch the electronic part, my pc board part, and possible have it work, just throwing out ideas.

Any comments or thoughts appreciated, thanks!

A:Solved: HDD not recognized in BIOS

If it is only 6 months old it should still be under warranty

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I recently installed Windows 7 onto my computer and one of the hard drives is not displayed in Windows.

It is listed in the boot sequence and in BIOS.

Does anyone have an idea as to why it would be in the BIOS but not available through Windows 7?


A:HD Not recognized in Windows 7 but in BIOS

- by a process of elimination - and starting with basic principles..
- firstly,
- have you checked that all the drives are properly connected?
- press each connection firmly into it's slot on the HD and on the motherboard, as well..

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I have 500gig seagate drive that will not show up in BIOS
Tried on 3 different motherboards
Its a SATA drive

Does anyone know of any good utility programs that will scan the SATA controllers in an attempt to locate this drive
the drive was working yesterday without issue
no power surges etc..... just decided to not work during a update/reboot of system.

I have tried some utilities but without it appearing in BIOS, I guess there is not a whole lot I can do
Was hoping someone may know of a utility that will search the SATA controller for anything connected to it etc..


A:500gig HDD not recognized by BIOS

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Okay at first it could sound very simple on how to fix it but it's a bit more complicated than that so please hear me out
First of all im very new to this so forgive me if I posted this in the wrong section.
Okay so went shopping and asked some computer technicians to build me a computer and all now that I'm trying to install windows 7 32 bit ( or 64 bit) when i get to the part " where do you want to install windows 7 "
i see this : Disk 0 unallocated space 3.9 GB
okay now the thing is there are 10000 of threads like mine but the difference here is that i have a 500gb hardrive , why on earth is only showing this one with only 3.9 GB ?!?!?
there are no more partitions and all the options such as " delete , format , etend and so on are disabled ,
only " New" is available which whatever i try prompts with an error and cant change anything,
i checked my BIOS ( now im a bit noob ) and on SATA settings the only thing i could find was my Optical Drive i couldn't find my hardrive listed there
now i've tried IDE, ACHI as well same thing.
Please help me out here
here is some spec details on what I'm using :
Motherboard : Asus Mainboard INTEL S1155 H61 P8H61 B3
Memory : 2x 4GB Ram DDR3 PC1333
> HARD DRIVE > : Seagate HDD Desktop SATA III SV35 500GB 7200RPM 32MB
Graphic Card: SAPPHIRE VGA PCIE ATI 7850 2GB DDR5 256BIT
CPU: Intel processor S115 CORE i5 2500k 3.30ghz
Any help would be appreciated
UPDATE: This is an absolute raw harddrive installin... Read more

A:HDD is not recognized by Bios and Windows

Hello Raeion. Welcome to the forum.

When the hard drive is not recognized in the BIOS it means that either the drive is defective or there is a connectivity problem.

The first thing to double check is connectivity. This is how I would proceed:
(Please use proper static precautions!)
Disconnect the hard drive (I assume there is just one) - power and data cables.
Boot the machine and go into the BIOS settings > set SATA mode to AHCI and leave it there.
Reboot the machine, check the BIOS again. Should be in AHCI mode and you should see the DVD drive listed on it's port.
Shut down and carefully connect the hard drive again. Recheck the data cable connection to the motherboard.
Start up, go into BIOS settings and see if the hard drive is listed (when you start up, listen for the drive to spin up)
If not listed, shut down and try a different SATA port on the motherboard
If still not recognized, try a different data cable (the one on the DVD drive is known good).
Let us know what you find.

If you had this machine built for you then you may want to just take it back and get the technicians to fix the issue. Don't leave the store until you can see the drive recognized in BIOS.
If you were to damage something doing your own work you might void any warranty.

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hello, i got a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 mainboard some time ago i noticed by accident that my windows only showed 2 gb instead of 4gb i dont know exactly what caused it anyway. i tried putting in each of the 4x1 GB ram modules by one and tried every slot by one, too every stick worked and also every slot, however, then i tried adding one more at a time and it kept showing 1gb - until i put in all 4.. then it only showed 2 GB instead of 4 (in BIOS and windows 7 64bit) i tried buying a new battery since ive read that a low battery could cause it. didnt help though also bought 4GB new ram (yes its supported, checked it). and its still the same, it only shows 2gb ( or 3gb when i put in 4 of the new and 2 of the old) i also did the latest bios update, and used default bios settings nothing of that helped in bios when my pc boots it also shows "ram modules used 2 and 3" when 4 sticks are in - or " 0 and 1" when only 2 are in.. id really appreciate help

A:Only half of RAM is recognized by BIOS

Most common cause would be unsupported RAM. Aside from that motherboard fault or BIOS issue.

I assume you've check the RAM support list here:

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The title says it all. Why is this. (Windows XP)

A:CD drive not recognized by bios

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This question is for "JIMBEAN & CRJDRIVER" on your thread for HDD recognized by BIOS but not Windows.

You mentioned that you used O&O Disk Recovery if the HDD do not get recognized by Windows how will the O&O Disk Recovery recover the data??

Your help in this matter is much appreciated

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So I unplugged the Drive to spot out some problem with windows not installing correctly and now the Drive isn't being show in the Bios or on boot, it has power cause it opens the tray correctly and I tried resetting the bios to defaults.

How do I fix this. And I'm in the process of reinstalling Windows so I'm limited in what things I can do.

Thanks For Reading.

A:DVD Drive not Recognized in Bios

It would seem to be a connection issue. If necessary, try a different connector. A Guy

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Have XP v. 5.1 build 2600 running on P IV 2.53 with 2GB ram on Intel D845PEBT2, 80 GB HHD IDE, 500 GB SATA and 400 GB Firewire External. I am trying to install a new Seagate Barracuda 1TB Internal and it is not recognized by the bios. I have tried multiple SATA cables and tried downgrading with the HDD jumper. My SATA ports are onboard the MB. Have tried removing all drives and trying only the new drive and it's still is not recognized. Any Suggestions?

A:1TB Barracuda not recognized by BIOS

The typical solution is to update the BIOS if a new version is available. Until the BIOS can recognize the HDD, Windows cannot access it. The Seagate tools disc may have a software workaround. Have you tried running the Seatools application? It may work from within Windows, if not, you could boot from the CD.

And this post should likely be in the hard drive forum.

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We have a model HP z820, very powerful machine, with the basic hp image we have on there, win7 32, windows recognizes the DVD in windows but in the Bios it does not recognize it.

Note, this is SATA and the bios was already updated.

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I have a Dell Demension 8300 (Windows XP). I was getting an error that the battery was low. I replaced it and now my DVD drives are not being recognized in either BIOS or in the OS at all. The drives have power and open and close and seem to be spinning but the computer is not recognizing them.

I am wondering if this is a problem in BIOS since i replaced the battery, or maybe if the cable needs replacing. The DVD drives worked fine before I replaced the battery. Could this just be coincidence that the cable went bad too?

I would appreciate any help with this.

A:My DVD drives are not being recognized by BIOS or OS

Just to cover this base, make sure the data cable didn't come loose while you were changing the battery.

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Hello All You Brilliant Brainiacs. My son is a budding brainiac and he's driving me bananas with his half knowledge. He installed a 40g hard drive into our computer and it refuses to recognize it. I can't do much on the computer since it keeps telling me it's low on disk space. Even simple printing is asking it too much.
So after reading on the forums a bit I realized perhaps we need a bios upgrade. My computer is a Pentium II.
We have no sound now, and for 3 days the colors were all goofy. We're fixing one problem at a time, but I'm wondering about what I need to do to get the pc to recognize the HDD we just installed. THank you!!!!!!!!!


A:HDD not recognized, new bios upgrade?

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Since I got my Inspiron 1525 with Windows vista from Dell, it has never worked without the power cord. The battery is not recognized by the system and has never worked.

A:Battery not recognized by BIOS or OS

Hi and welcome to TSG.

I would have been contacting Dell technical support as soon as I noticed the problem.

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I am trying to upgrade a hard drive on a desktop pc (Advent T9306 - Motherboard: MS 7091 Ver:2). The problem is the drive is recognized in BIOS, but not when trying to perform a fresh install of either Windows 7, or XP. Both programmes tell me no HDD is detected.

So basically, the computer works no problem at all until I try to plug in one of my sata 1tb HDD's. One of them is Hitachi, the other is made by Samsung. Both 1tb, both sata. The Samsung is brand new out of the box.

These 1tb drives work in my other desktop pc no problem.

Now, when I plug one of my many old sata 40/60gb HDD's into the machine it recognizes them completely!?

Could this be that the computer does not recognize drives of this size as it is old? I have tried changing all settings in BIOS with no joy. I have even installed XP on one of the drives using another PC, then plugging it into the problem computer. It starts to load XP then restarts, and continues in a loop.

Please help as I have wasted my weekend off work on this!

Many thanks.

A:HDD not recognized by windows, but OK in BIOS?

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Recently whenever I go to start my computer the bios will get to the screen that reads "Dell" and says f10 for setup, and so forth. It gets half way loaded and just stops. When I let it sit for around 15 or so minutes it says "Cannot find bootable drive." or something like that. What is odd though is that the first time it happened I just restarted my computer and it let it go. The next time it took four reboots to load, then six, and so on. I reset the bios by shorting the jumpers and it fixed the problem for a bit, but it is back now. Any ideas?

A:Solved: SSD not being recognized in bios

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Hi, Ive got a customer that is using a lenovo basic + ultra with model t440s + t430s. Both models are experience problem where the laptop dosent recognize the lenovo usb keyboard and a lenovo usbdongle keyboard at uefi/boot.Customer is using Bitlocker for Windows10 and need to input a post password before windows is booting.On the specific model "T440s Laptop (ThinkPad) - Machine Type 20AQ, Model 0069MS" i have the newest firmware installed and it sometimes requires shutdown and starting again for the usb keyboard to start working... any ideas?

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So after reinstalling my windows on a SSD, i cannot see my other HDD drive that I haven't even touched, It only shows up in device management in the disk drives, not in the disk management. It also shows up as dynamic. Tried using Partition wizard, but it shows that the disk is bad, so i tried converting it from dynamic to basic, but it fails to do so. I have files on it that I cannot lose, any suggestions?

EDIT: Fixed by itself, it now appears in the disk management.

A:HDD gets recognized by BIOS but I can't see it at Disk Management.

Quote: Originally Posted by aiceo

So after reinstalling my windows on a SSD, i cannot see my other HDD drive that I haven't even touched, It only shows up in device management in the disk drives, not in the disk management. It also shows up as dynamic. Tried using Partition wizard, but it shows that the disk is bad, so i tried converting it from dynamic to basic, but it fails to do so. I have files on it that I cannot lose, any suggestions?

EDIT: Fixed by itself, it now appears in the disk management.

I have files on it that I cannot lose, any suggestions?

You can use Macrium ( free) to create the image.
Be careful when downloading to always click "custom" and decline any of the crap it wants to add - i.e. changing search engines, home page, etc.

Make a boot cd( instructions on main page) and also after creating the image, do a Verify.

I do this by clicking Restore and browsing for the created image and you will see a link to Verify.

Put the image on a different internal hdd and if you have an external hdd, put one there as well.

Do an image backup periodically, (I do it once a week or after any major changes).

This will prevent loss of your files if you have a virus,corruption, etc.

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Just picked up an Asus BC-1205PT Blu-Ray drive and it isn't being recognized in BIOS. Ended up having to install Windows using an old IDE drive. Can't figure out why in the world the new drive won't show up.

Installed newest BIOS version on my Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe, as well as all new drivers.

Drive: Asus BC-1250PT
Motherboard: M3A32-MVP Deluxe
Processor: AMD Phenom 9850
OS: XP Pro SP2

Anyone had similar issues/know what the problem could be? =(

A:Asus BC-1205PT not recognized in BIOS.

Some new updates...

There are 3 other SATA Hard Drives also plugged in (That work fine). I've tried switching around where they are plugged in (1, 2, 3, 4) but nothing happens. It just gets stuck up in POST when it gets to the Optical Drive.
So if it's plugged into SATA 2, it will see the drive in SATA 1, etc. BUT if the drive is plugged into SATA 1 it finds nothing.
Hope all of that made sense.
EDIT: SATA is setup as follows;
OnChiP SATA Channel - Enabled
OnChip SATA Type - IDE (With options for RAID and AHCI)
Also forgot to mention there is another Hard Drive plugged in through IDE. Not sure if that would matter. (unplugged IDE HD and still nothing)

And the Blu-Ray drive is plugged into.

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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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Hello,We own a pavilion p7-1074be desktop.We had set the power-on (BIOS) password to be empty.On turning on the computer however it says the password is incorrect.After three attempts, it shows a star symbol *, but does not give any code.Rebooting the computer re-allows three attempts. We tried the following:Previous passwords, with and without caps lock, num lock, ...Resetting the BIOS using the CMOS jumper.Resetting the BIOS by removing, waiting, and replacing the CMOS battery.but none of this works, the computer still asks for a power-on password and still refuses the one we had set.Is there another way to bypass this problem?Thank you for your help.

A:BIOS power on password not recognized

Hi: Please read the info at the link below under Clearing the Password Settings...Last item listed. There is a password jumper and a cmos jumper.  You need to move the password jumper.

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A friend of mine's computer stopped working a few days ago. When turned on they only get a message to change the boot sequence or insert boot media.

I took out their HDD and attached it as a external to my computer. I then backed up all their files (the drive appears to be working fine.) not being sure what the issue was I decided to reformat the drive and re install a clean version of win 7.

After finally getting the drive completely erased I reformatted as NTFS and installed it back into the computer. At this point The bios did not recognize any HDDs or optical drives (I had the win 7 disk in the DVD drive).

I created a bootable USB win 7 disk which the computer did recognize and initiated set up. At this point the set up process does not recognize any drives.

Not sure what to do to get it to recognize the drive. Any advise is appreciate. My initial thoughts are formatted incorrectly.


A:reformatted HDD not recognized in Bios or win 7 Install

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

In BIOS setup see if HD is detected and how it is set to boot. If not detected check the cabling which may have caused the original error message if the HD was still accessible when moved to copy out data.

Next test the HD using maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check run from installer command line accessed by Shift + F10 at first screen after booting. Then use diagnostics CD Quick Wipe function to run Diskpart Clean Command, or run it from installer Command Line.

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Received a BIOS update message and accepted.  Once update was complete the laptop could not recognize me Iris, nor original 4 digit pin.  Kept telling me to use original Pin, which I did, but to no avail.  Please help.  Because of where I work, I have to connect to internet manually after start-up, not accesible automatically. Please help!

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If this question has already been addressed, I apologize and would appreciate being pointed in the direction of the solution. I searched a bit before posting this, but I may have overlooked something.

I had an 80gb maxtor IDE hard drive hooked up as the slave on a friend's system. I guess the power supply's fan went out when I was away and caused the system to overheat and shut down. When I restarted (after a couple of hours), everything loaded up fine (BIOS recognized all drives and whatnot), except that windows (xp home, sp2) took about 3 times as long to load, and the maxtor doesn't show up in 'My Computer' or in 'Disk Management.'

I tried moving it to my system (xp pro, sp2) and again the BIOS recognized the drive as being the slave, but windows took about 3 times as long as normal to load, and then there was no slave drive in 'My Computer' or 'Disk Management' (note: I did check all the jumper settings before doing this).

I am just about resigned to getting data recovery software, but I don't understand why the BIOS would be able to see the drive when windows cannot, or why it would cause windows to load so much more slowly. Any help or guidance that could be provided would be most appreciated. Also, if I can provide any more information, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks.


A:Solved: HDD recognized by BIOS but not Windows

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This has me stumped. I have a old dell box for the kids (4300) with bios flashed to A06. I just added a second 40 gig Maxtor hdd for them as a slave on the primary controller (hooked up with 80 pin IDE cables). When I do this, in the bios under primary controller device 1 it reads the size of the hdd but not the model. Same for device 2 on primary controller--size with no model. If I try to install windows xp it gives me an error that windows can't find any hdds on the computer.

Here is where it gets weird. I have an old 30 gig samsung drive I can hook up as slave or master on the primary controller in conjunction with either maxtor and they work fine--Bios and windows xp detects them at correct size and correct drive. If I hook either maxtor up alone as master on the primary controller or secondary controller, they work fine. If I hook each maxtor 40 gig hdd up as master on primary controller and secondary controller with cdrom and dvdrom slaved to each, they work.

So what the hell? Has anyone ever had anything happen like this before? I can think of no reason why 2 hdds by the same manufacture shouldn't work together on the same controller when they work with a hdd from a different manufacture or with different devices.

In other words I'm saying:

Primary controller
Master--Maxtor hdd-1
Slave--Maxtor hdd-2
Secondary controller

This setup doesn't work

Primary controller
Master--Maxtor hdd-2
Slave--Maxtor hdd-1
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A:2x Maxtor Hdds not recognized in bios

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I have a AK75-EC DFI mobo, Duron 1.4Ghz cpu, PC-100 128MB RAM. Installing new os but can't get my new GeForce2 MX400 AGP card to work. I'm booting with Win98 boot disk and PCI video works fine. I've had other OS's installed before with PCI video card. In bios, I changed int video seek to AGP, AGP driving controller is set to auto (also tried manual driving control set to EA), apature is set to 64 (half of ram).
I suspect a bios upgrade for this AK75-ec board but can't find one. Any ideas or suggestions?

A:GeForce2 MX400 AGP not recognized by bios

Have you tried flashing your BIOS with a bootable flash disk? You can usually get these from your system manufacturer or mobo manufacturer's website.

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Hi, I have two front usb 3.0 ports that used to work, but now it doesn't. I've already installed the correct drivers from the manufacturer's site and two of the same type shows up in device manager(ASMedia XHCI Controller). When I plug in my usb 3.0 flash drive, nothing happens, but it would read in a usb 2.0 port. i also have also tried the latest BIOS update. motherboard is M5A97 R2.0.

A:USB 3.0 not recognized even with drivers and updated bios

I had USB 3.0 problems on my custom built (by me) Recording Studio PC. The front panel USB 3.0 ports stopped working. I tried many things, including reseating the USB 3.0 connector on the motherboard and trying all USB 3.0 ports on the motherboard (it has 3 separate front panel USB 3.0 connections) and finally gave up. USB 3.0 wasn't a major issue for me but after the motherboard developed another problem I decided to send it back for warranty repair. The repaired board, which looks like a new board as there is no visible traces of any repair, now has working USB 3.0.

Check the connection to the motherboard, in case it has come loose (I've had that one time). If that is not the problem, the motherboard will have to be repaired/replaced.

Removing and reinstalling the motherboard is a hassle, but if USB 3.0 is something you need and the board is still under warranty, consider this option. Contact the motherboard vendor.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite a85-s107 running Windows XP Pro, I have no floppy either

I cannot get the cd/dvd to be recognized even after reinstalling all of the drivers from the rescue cd using an external cd/dvd drive

If I could just get this dinosaur to boot to the external CD/DVD I'd be golden

My only choices in the bios are;

Any ideas??

A:CD/DVD not recognized BIOS wont boot from USB

I don't seem to understand your problem.

You say your Windows doesn't recognize the DVD drive, right? Why do you need to boot off the DVD drive, then?

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Last night I plugged into my computer my USB storage device to access some files and up came:


The computer had been on standby for an hour so I reckon this could be the problem but I tried all the remedies I could find: unplugged, switched off, leave for 5 minutes, reboot, etc. It did not work.

I've tried almost everything. So I went to bed and 8 hours later rebooted and plugged in my USB storage device and lo ah behold! "USB NOT RECOGNIZED"

So I phoned my dad and he said that I had to reinstall the chipset drivers and update the BIOS.

I don't like messing with the BIOS and I know nothing about installing any "chipset drivers".

What should I do?

A:USB device not recognized. Update BIOS?

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The problem is pretty much sum'd up in the title. I have a 1TB Western Digital Blue Caviar sata HDD hooked up to the motherboard. A while back, when I went to go boot up the PC, the HDD busy light just stayed solid, and windows 7 took a lot longer than usual to load. When it does, I can't use the hard drive. I have tried to rescan for it in disk management and exhausted all most all the fixes I can find in threads on the net.

I know it's not a totally dead disk, because a couple times the C: drive (boot drive) automatically ran CHKDSK, it seemed to repair 1 or 2 small files, a file structure, or something, and then the D drive would return for a couple days before the problem returned.

I replaced the Sata cable with a new one, it started working again, but only for a few days. I'm kind of baffled on this one. Usually I figure these things out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a good day.
AMD FX(tm)-8320 Eight-Core - Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-DS3P - AMD Radeon R9 200 Series -
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

A:2nd HDD (1TB) is recognized in bios, not in Win 7 disk management

Are C and D both partitions on this single WD Blue?

Or do you have 2 distinct drives?

Not sure what you've tried, but have you run any Western Digital drive diagnostic utilities?

Have you connected the problem drive to several different motherboard ports?

Please tell us about your "Pennsylvania" operating system.

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I have a user with Windows XP and a Dell Dimension 2400. Recently, her power supply died on her system so I replaced the power supply with another one from another 2400 machines. Now her CD-ROM drive is no longer recognized. It gets power as we can open and close it and I see the green light on it but the system does not recognize the drive anywhere. In BIOS it shows it as uninstalled. I unplugged and reseated the data cable but it is still not being recognized.

Any other ideas or suggestions?

A:CD-ROM not recognized in BIOS or Device Manager

Replace the drive. Be sure no pins are bent. Be sure the jumper is correct.

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The subject says it all

Dell sys maximum RAM for this All In One Inspiron 24 - 3455 is 4G but Crucial says 16 so I went for it.
two 8s show up in bios.
I ran Dell analysis but it wouldn't complete
MDSCHED found no problems

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