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External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Q: External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

A: External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

A:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.

A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.


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Yesterday, I started a download and kept the pc on with my Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex External HDD 1TB plugged in. After I woke up I realized that there was a power cut and the computer went off unexpectadly (I had no UPS or any backup system).And, I found that my Ext HDD was not seen in my computer anymore (It was working perfectly until before I went to bed).
In device manager, under 'Disks' it shows 'GoFlex Hard Disk', but in BIOS or Disk Manager there is no sign of this HDD.

I really need the data in the HDD badly. Please help me recover it.
P.S. I read somewhere that keeping the HDD in freezer might help and give a little more time. Is that true? Worth the risk?

A:External HDD gets detected in Device Manager but not Disk Manager or seen in 'My Computer'

Power outage probably killed something in the enclosure or its PSU. The drive in the enclosure is probably fine. I would remove the drive from the enclosure and put it in a dock or install it in a desktop computer before considering freezing it. Freezing is usually reserved for click of death drives, and a last ditch effort.

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Well, i'm getting riiiigggghhhhh at the end of my tether here

I'm running a Toshiba Laptop 2.8ghz
512 mb of ram
BIOS: Toshiba version 1.8 (updated)
Windows XP professional SP2

Right, so i purchased a Western Digital 200gb hard drive and mounted it onto an external case with USB 2.0. This external case has a 12+ volt adapter with 1.5am (max 18W) . The hard drive is set on Master.

(note: i have anoter USB 2.0 80gb seagate drive that works like a charm, connected to same computer)

Here is the problem, i connect up the 200gb HD to one of my ports. THe computer happily runs that new USB mass storage device says hello. Then everything goes to hell. I opened up explorer expecting my lovely new HD to appear. Uh oh, this is goign to be one of those long days (week really).

I opened up disk management expecting to find it there and only needing a new drive letter assigned, but nope the new HD is not there, just the two i already have (internal, and external 80gb). Its as if my computer refuses to acknowledge it

Next i go to device manager and lo and behold there is a new entry under disk drives that says "Disk Drive" So here i'm thinking what the heck is going on?

I contact Western Digital demanding nicely for an explanation. We go through all the usual basics and crap ie viruses, spyware and drivers.
All drivers are up to spec USB 2.0, Xp SP2, and as far as i know there are no specific drivers for Western Digital hard disks, only the... Read more

A:200gb hard drive visible in Device manager, not disk management.

take it easy, there's nothing wrong with your computer. the hard drive case needs it's own drivers or you'll have to return it and get a different (and possibly better) one.

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Hello All,

I have a 250 GB external hard disk. I copied some movies onto it from a friend who now says that his drives were affected.

The hard disk ran but after I removed it and plugged it in again, it is not being detected by any computer. The blue color light glows and I can feel the motor running but it is simply not being read by any computer.

Can you please help me with some suggestion ?

I thank you in advance,


A:External hard disk not detected

I tried to plug it in again, now it makes some strange noise as if some things it stuck and its scratching against something, its a start stop kind of noise. And then it makes the sound, which a USB device makes when it is plugged out !!!

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I brought a Seagate Expansion Hard Disk about six months ago and have never had problem with it till now....
The problem is that my HD does not get detected if its plugged in after the windows startup.... In most cases it hangs my PC. The green light blinks so I'm positive that it's not a problem of the HD. The safely remove hardware icon also comes up. But the Autoplay menu doesn't show up and its icon wont be there in My Computer (that is, if I'm able to open My Computer. As I already stated, in most cases, the PC gets stuck).
I discovered that there are no issues if I keep it plugged in the USB port before the startup, but that is an inconvenience since I only have one free port . Ive tested with other pen drives and they work just fine. I even tried plugging it to a different port, but to no avail. It would really nice if you could help me with this....
Thnx in advance.....

A:External Hard Disk not being detected...

Try it on another machine. It sounds like the drive is having some problem. Run chkdsk /r on it in the other machine and check for bad sectors.

Hopefully, the data was backed up recently. External drives are the most unreliable of all storage media. If not, you better make a fresh backup in case something is wrong with the drive.

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I joined the forum as the activity seemed high and knowledgeable . Here is my problem.

I have an 500 Gb external hard drive (one of those slimeline jobs) and use it for backup and external storage fvrom my personal laptop.
It worked fine for ages and for a while I didn't use it (didn't need it).

When I went back to use it recently it wasn't detected by my laptop (Win 7) anymore. I can feel and hear it spinning but it is not being detected. Being somewhat technical I tried the following

- I went to my local PC hardware store and bought a new cable. They helpfully plugged it in there and it showed up straight away there.
- When I got home I plugged it into laptop and again not detected.
- I trawled around disk management and no luck in it being seen.
- We have a desktop PC in the house (running Vista) and when I plugged it in there it was seen find there as well.
- My other USB devices are not having any problem so as far as I know the ports are fine.

Any ideas as I am tearing the hair out of my head

A:External Hard Disk not being Detected (only on my machine)

Have you tried plugging it into a different usb port on your laptop? When it's plugged in, what does your device manager show...any yellow triangles or question marks? Is there any software/firmware to download?

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I had my external hard disk connected to my laptop, and the wire accidentally came out for a second. But right away, it reconnected to my laptop. However, rather than working normally, my computer detected it as a new drive. And then I don't know what happened but it wouldn't be detected at all.
The light on the hard disk is on, so I know it's not an issue with the power. But I don't think it's being detected anywhere on my computer because no pop-up or anything appears to install a new hardware. Nor is the drive visible in My Computer.
I tried reinstalling but to no avail. I also tried disconnecting and reconnecting the hard disk a number of times. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Solved: External hard disk not detected

Actually I've got it to work. So kindly remove this thread.

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I am having a 650GB Samsung Hard Disk. Once I was transferring files from the hard disk to my PC and lights went out. Now when I connect my hard disk it is not being detected though it shows up in the Disk Management menu. I have tried formatting the HDD but it shows time remaining as 300 hours so I had to stop it midway. Is any other solution available for it...??? Please help...!!!

A:Samsung 650GB External Hard Disk Not Being Detected

If you feel confident enough, Open it up and remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and fit it directly in to your pc.

This will help determine if the hard drive or enclosure is to blame.

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I m using Windows 8.1 when i plug in external hard disk which is a 3.0 USB it doesn't read n it says not driver found ,can someone help me thanks

A:My usb3.0 external hard disk is not detected by windows8.1

My usb3.0 external hard disk is not detected by windows8.1
I m using Windows 8.1 when i plug in external hard disk which is a 3.0 USB it doesn't read n it says not driver found ,can someone help me thanks

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I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

Checked with the fresh install, that my two external hard drives, had there drivers and were present. They were ... Read more

A:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive


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I have found the solution, it is standardly unmounted (but i made it mount with ''partition found and mount, but now im dependable on that program for the hard drive to be mounted, so how do i make it like a normal hard drive?? and how do i format it so that its like a normal hard drive)now so the pc sees only that black space, but how do i make it so that its standardly mounted again?

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I have had the same Toshiba external hard drive for years and have never had any problems plugging and using from any machine, mac or pc. I recently had to reformat my hard drives and re-install windows 7, and ever since I have been unable to access my external from this machine. It still works fine on my laptop, and when I plug it in to my tower, it still recognizes that "External USB 3.0" has been plugged in and downloads the drivers. However, the drive appears neither under my computer nor disk management, nor diskpart -> list volume. It does show up in my device manager as USB mass storage but uninstalling the drivers and plugging it back in does nothing. Is there anything I can try before moving all my files off and formatting the drive, and will that even help? Thanks for reading.

A:Solved: External hard drive detected but not under my computer or disk management

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Hello, i am using a seagate 1TB harddisk. When i connect it to usb port in front panel of my CPU, the computer is not detecting it.

But When i connect it to usb port in back panel of my cpu, It works fine. My system detects the hard disk and and everything is fine. How to correct this strange problem

Note : my Pen drive and other USB things works fine in all the ports in both front panel and back panel.
Please help me.each and Every time when i want to connect my hard disk, I have to take my CPU out from its shelf and connect it in the back usb port. Its tideous for me.

A:Seagate external hard disk not detected in front panel USB port

Well not exactly knowing what type of a computer we are talking about here, I can only say, that what your are reporting is completely normal. Most computers I've ever touched have passive styled USB ports on the front of the computer, and aggressive USB ports off the back that can handle just about anything you can hook up to it.

So stop trying to connect that external hard drive off the front, not enough power and not enough data exchange rates. I would recommend that if you have all your USB ports off the back of the computer taken, I would start thinking seriously about an "amplified" 4 port USB HUB. Remember the HUB your looking for has it's own power source, and does not relying on the computer at all for it's power.

The following one is a good one, a friend of mine got her's about a month ago and has not yet reported any problems.

Hope this all helps....

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Everything was working fine for a week but now my external hard drive has disappeared. It's visible in hardware devices but it's not visible in MyComputer. Any ideas ? ( I tried right clicking in the device manager and selecting "fix problem" ( my version is in spanish so please forgive me if the translation isn't exact ) and it said it found and fixed the problem but I still cant see the device. Curiously, I can see other things that I plug in like pendrives, but just not this particular disk.

A:external disk not visible in My Computer

Have you examined the drive in disk management (WinKey|type diskmgmt.msc|enter)?


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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 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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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

A:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition -
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] -
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I have a SATA Hard Disk, it was working ok then I stopped using the computer for about 3 months and when I turned it back on the Hard Disk is not showing in the BIOS or in the Disk Manager, what could have happend and is there ANY way it can be fixed?


A:Hard Disk not showing in BIOS or Disk Manager

Did you reset CMOS? check in BIOS what method your HDD is using.

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,


A:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?


A:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

A:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.

A:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.

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I have installed win xp on E: (sata hd) and C: (IDE hd). I boot from ide hd. The E: partition, (it has win xp installed on it) on the sata hd is 20 gb, and the sata hd has 160 gb in total. Except for win xp in E: partition, there are no other files on sata hd. But when I look in win xp, I can see the E: partition only from the sata hd. How is this possible, where is the other 140 gb?

A:hard disk not visible

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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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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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Hi. I tryed to make a system back up but it keeps failing with error code0x80070002) (windows cant find a backup devise) went into disk manager and found that my external hard drive that I had plugged in to make the backup on was present and working fine, the strange thing was that i couldnt see my internal hard drive, I did the command promt "devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1" this enabled me to see the disk in devise maneger but windows was telling me that the disk was not connected to the system? system restore wont work and like a fool i deleated my previous backup image to make room for the new one. I also tryed startup repair and this failed to find any errors, I should point out though that windows explorer shows my internal hard drive, which is the drive my OS is running from but disk manager refuses to show it and i dont get a "show hidden devices" in the view tab either. I also have XP installed on a different partition to run some old stuff i like to use and the disk manager in xp is also hiding my hard drive. any ideas??

A:Cant find my hard disk in disk manager

How much space do you have and have free on the back up partition?
Did it ever work?

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I have a 2,5" 500GB external hard-drive with a single partition (NTFS).
I can see it in the disk management utility (see attached screenshot) but it doesn't have a drive letter nor can't I assign one.

Attached to another PC running Windows XP it says "unknown partition" but also error-free and NTFS.

The problem could have been triggered by unplugging the harddrive without securely removing it.

A:Doesn't show external drive anymore but visible in the disk management

is it have files on that external hdd??

on Disk Mgmt, right click the offending disk.
Select Change drive letters and path.
Assign a drive letter.

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The folders on my external hard disk are not visible. I followed Cottonball's suggestion from one of the threads on using Roguekiller to eliminate the virus. I downloaded RogueKiller and scanned my disk. After that i deleted the malware it detected.

Subsequently, I also tried the following command:

attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d F:\*.*

After doing all of this still i am unable to access system volume information. I guess The virus persists. any help to fix this issue will be highly appreciated.

A:External disk -folders not visible -access denied system volume info

Hello zoyana Welcome to the Seven Forums!

If you had a spare hard drive to back files upto the live and harder manual method would allow you to use a live Linux disk in order to copy and paste files over to the second drive and then simply nuke the external to insure it was totally bug free seeing an entirely new volume created in it's place. That would still require tunning a thorough bug sweep over the rescues files to insure none had been recoded by the malware however.

For using the other guy's OS for a project like this I can point you to an older thread showing to make a live data recovery flash drive with ubuntu at the time seen at Using the "Other OS" For a USB Rescue Device?

Presently Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian would the slightly larger but preferred distro. Knoppix Live on dvd only is also one of the others for this providing the partition information is intact. If the partition table is toast due to corruption then other options like disk recovery program would then be needed to restore the partition(s) on the drive itself.

A fast test would be going into the Disk Management tool however found under Adminstrative tools/Computer management/Storage and right clicking on the effected volume to use the change drive letter option. That will show if the volume is able to be remounted in Windows without problems.

If that fails then the live method for data recovery would be an option to consider since the distro is not able to be infected by the ma... Read more

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I have a bit of a problem where one of my hard drives can not be seen in My Computer or in Disk Management. Firstly I thought the drive had died on me, but then I noticed I can still see the drive in Device Manager and I can still disconnect it using "Safely Remove Hardware".

I removed it, then rebooted the machine and it still could not be seen in My Computer".

In Device Manager and "Safely Remove Hardware", I have noticed that my other drives are labelled in the following format;


The one that doesnt work is labelled;

WDC WD2500

It has the 2nd part of the identifier missing, they are all Western Digital drives.

Does anyone know what has happened to this drive and if there is any way to recover it without loosing the data?

Cheers in advance

A:Hard disk drive not visible in My Computer

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Two of my USB external Hard drives, a Fantom 600 GB and a Western Digital My Book 500GB cannot be seen in My Computer. I can see them in Device Manager and that says that they are working properly and the drivers are up to Date. In Disk Manager the 2 external drives had a black bar unlike the other drives which had blue bars. The 2 external disks had a number assigned to them but no letter.

I have tried diskpart in the command prompt, was able to assign a letter, then had to format the drives and they did show up in My computer as valid empty external hard drives with the correct amount of space on them. But when I tried to recover the backed up data for one of the disks (less than a third of the capacity of either drive) they went back to not being recognized by My Computer ans in disk manager had a black line with no letter again.

I just went through that process again, got both drives back and tried to recover the backed up files to my Fantom drive and lost the Fantom drive once again.

I am attaching screen shots of my current My Computer (Computer in 7) Device Manager and Disk Manager. In Device Manager you can see the Fantom. The My Book is the WD 5000AAV. In Disk Manager the My Book shows healthy with Disk 1 and the letter L. The Fantom is Disk 2 with no letter and a black bar. In My computer, the My Book is there but not the Fantom.

Any ideas for this. I am about to just recover my computer to factory setup and start new. I have sa... Read more

A:External drives show in Device Manager & Disk Manager but not Computer

Hi Dick1030,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Please do as follows:

1. It is unusual for the System Reserved Partition to have a drive letter. Please remove the drive letter.

2. Please remove (always Safely Remove) all the external drives including any card reader and do a drive cleanup as indicated here. It will clean your system of all non-present devices and you will be starting with a clean slate.(Incidentally this can resolve many drive letter assignment confusion of Windows OS, as you can see in the referenced thread.)

3. After you reboot on completion of the drive cleanup, plugin only your WD My Book and the Fantom drive. As you plug-in the driver for each device will be installed ab-initio. You can watch it.

4. Now take a screenshot of the Disk Management and post. While taking the screenshot, click on "Show/Hide Console Tree” and “Show/Hide Action Pane” buttons on the toolbar on top to hide those and also pull up the center partition line up as much as possible so that we get a clear and full view.

5. Also tell us whether you are sure that you had formatted the Fantom drive and it contains data and whether you want to recover the data..

(Your statements and the screenshots are so confusing - atleast to me - it is necessary that you do the above and restate the problem.)

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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.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

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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on my pc i have 4 HDD + external DAS storage and DVD player... till yesterday all was fine...
yesterday i made short-circut with my washing machine, and fuse fall...
after that all returned to normal, just not my pc

for some "strange" reason now one of hard drives, and DVD player is no longer available in windows.

in bios all looks fine... strange thing is that in sata configuration now all hdds and dvd are visable. even so i see 6 HDD (not 5) one is copy.
so it goes like this...

HDD 5 WD 3
HDD 6 WD1 (same code as HDD 2)

i tried to see can i locate "lost" drive in windows disk manager but no luck...
in your opinion what went wrong, and how to fix problem? (hope that hdd is not burned in short-circut )

big thanks..

A:hdd issue (sata drive not detected in disk manager)

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I've got 600GB HD (Rock mobile disk) that goes without saying need to be recuperated. It was working fine earlier this summer when I last accessed it. A few weeks ago, I plugged it in again and it gave me an I/O Device Error, read and unspecified error.

I have been researching a solution non stop and today when i plugged it in once again something worst happened, this time I see a External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized in Disk Management.

Can someone please help?

The irony... we get an external drive to protect our data and not loose it and then this happens

A:External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized

Try this to salvage what you can from it: Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition - MajorGeeks
Do that before any attempts to repair.
If nothing, portable drives are even less reliable than stationary ones and it's interfaces are prone to malfunction.

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Well, I have a problem with my WD external disk P/N WDBAAUA0010HBK-01 (1TB)

The drive is detected as H Drive, but it said "H drive not accessible. The Parameter is incorrect."
I checked on MyComputer>Manage and I formatted disk as I read on other forums as a solution.
After formatting I didn't recognize any aprovements. As recommended I did a CHECKDISK, which I used TESTDISK.exe file from downloaded Zip File and here is what is says... Please check the attachment.

If you might help with any suggestions, PLEASE do.

The drive is still uder the goes very slow...

Thank you in advance

A:WD external disk problems, error detected

I added Computer Management opened file to see what it shows.

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I don't know what is my problem because is not the first time that usb external hard drive is working fine until get damage and said " it need to be formatted " and lost all the INFO because I have to format again the disk to be usefull. Also it is not the same hard disk.

A:Why USB external hard disk show now " The disk need to be formatted"

Hi Elnene,

I am actually having the same issue regarding a spare external drive and Windows 7. The drive works perfectly on XP and Wii but the second I plug it into my laptop (windows 7) **YOU NEED TO FORMAT......** This is not an option! I have searched the internet far and wide - there are a few fixes that have worked for some but unfortunately not me. I also noticed that NONE / NO ONE / NOT ONE Windows 7 'Help sites' that have Windows 7 'gurus' have bothered to EVER answer this rather common problem. There are threads older than 4 years that have never been answered and I see your thread is already 4 weeks old... Sad really.

I CAN'T BELIEVE MicroSoft can't help regarding this issue???????????????????

In this time I hope you have come right!!!
Kind regards
Eldin Mc

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WD 250GB MyBook External Disk Drive can be detected but cannot be explored

I neeeeed your help on this. I have been --up and down looking around for a solution. Many did came through-- but I don't know which is which.

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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I bought a hard disk around 3 months ago. While watching a video today, it stopped working. It is not neing shown in My Computer or in Disk Management. But it appears in Devices and Printers.
Please help as there was some important stuff in it.

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I needed help badly!

A computer here in the office suddenly cannot boot. Error shows that Boot disk failed. At first I thought the hard disk crashed. So I take out the hard disk and put it in my cpu as slave just to make sure the hard disk really crashed. But it works. The hard disk is fine.

So I take it back to its cpu but the error still shows. I take out the IDE Cable connected in the CD Rom but the problem still remains. It says there are no Primary Master and Slave. I check the CMOS but it was configured to automatically detect the hard disk.

What shall I do?

A:Hard disk not detected

It's the IDE Cable

Your right the culprit is the IDE Cable. I just bought a new one and it works. Thanks for the help!

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I have a 250GB Toshiba laptop hard disk that is not being detected by anything. Toshiba shipped my laptop with two partitions; the first is 1.5GB primary partition, and the other is just a logical one. I inadvertently deleted (not formatted, deleted!) the primary partition while trying to install Windows 7, and now whenever the computer starts up, the hard disk's light is constantly on, but nothing else happens on screen (just blank). Setup for Windows 98SE, 2000, XP and 7 can't see it. Also, I tried HDD Regenerator, but nothing happens at startup even though the light is constantly on.

If I try to simply connect that drive (as an external USB one), then Windows 7 detects that something is connected, but hangs up on trying to install its drivers.

I know that I messed up the hard drive because of a stupid mistake, but is there anyway to retrieve the info from the logical partition? Is there anything that can recreate a primary partition?


A:Hard Disk is not detected

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I own a HP Pavilion dv1000, the problem is the hard disk is getting detected in the BIOS but at the boot menu screen fades blank and also the hard disk activity led is not glowing there after(the hard disk activity led flashes when only when power is turned on/off and not at any other instance.).

Its a SATA disc drive.
I bought a SATA BOX and tried connecting it to my other laptop but the drive is not getting detected , though the LED on the SATA BOX connected to hard disk is green (assuming green signifies working).

I also used USBDeview to see if it can detect the drive connected on the USB but it wasn't detected .

If it can be of any help here are few specifications:

Capacity : 80GB
Model : ST98823AS
PN : 9W3183-021
FW : 3.05

Vol : +5v , 0.48 A

I have some very important data which wasn't backed up on it , any comments would be of immense help.

A:Hard disk not getting detected

Determine the brand name of the drive. Download the drive manufacturer's testing utility, preferably a utility that runs from a bootable CD. Place the drive back into its original computer. Turn the computer on and place the bootable test CD into the computer's CD drive and restart the computer again. Run the tests and let us know your result.

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When I fix the Hard disk and the dvd rom, they are not detected my the laptop. I have tried everything I can but still they are not showing up. Please help me.

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My laptop came with Vista Basic..

i shrink-ed my c drive from the memory management into three drives (112 gb, 20 gb & 90gb) and installed windows 7 on 112gb drive successfully ..

now when i am installing Xp on 20gb drive, during the installation process i get an error "No hard disk detected"

I tried installing XP mode but my processor doesnt support the virtual technology...
Can you guys please suggest me a way out of this problem (with no the RECOVERY disk option) ???
I will be happy if my system has only XP installed !!!
Thank u !!!

A:No hard disk detected

Have you also made all your partitions active ?


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when i am installing window xp on computer it shows hard disk not detected

A:hard disk not detected


Can you detect it through the BIOS? If not then it could either not be connected properly inside or is faulty. Has the drive worked before previously?


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I'm using a system with specifications : 3GHZ Processor, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 120GB IDE Hard Disk, Asrock Motherboard, DVD Writer, Windows XP Professional. My Hard Disk is connected as Primary Master & DVD Writer as Secondary Master. My Problem is when I try to connect another 120GB IDE Hard Disk (without an OS) as Primary Slave the system hangs on boot screen and has to be restarted. Sometimes it boots but does not detect the 120GB Disk.The case is the same even if it is connected as Secondary slave.I have checked all jumper settings. I also tried connecting the disk to an external USB casing, the problem persists. If the same disk is connected as Primary Master (after installing Windows XP on it), it works fine. How do I solve this problem?? Please Help

Sonny guy...

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I have a 500GB Hard Disk. When i formatted it once, I got a warning telling that do not install the OS in this drive or you might loose data. But I had to install it there. No problem occurred after that for a few days, but one day the computer just hanged at start up.


First time when I power on the system and start the computer, the hard disk is read in the boot menu but it hangs at Starting Windows. Without switching off main supply, when I restart the computer, the hard disk is not read under the boot menu.

When I plug the same hard disk in a later version of mother board i.e in another computer, each time on Starting Windows I get a Blue Screen. The problem is corrupt OS according to the code that appeared on the Blue Screen.

How to retrieve the data from the hard disk?
Please HELP !

A:Hard Disk not detected

First, you cant install the problem hard drive in another computer and expect it to start Windows. The Windows installation is customized to the PC it was installed on.

You can, however, connect the hard drive as a second drive on another PC already running Windows (or other OS) and look at the files inside. If you can see the files you can copy them to a backup disk to recover them.

As for the original problem, is the problem hard disk recognized as a boot device in BIOS when you start the computer from the OFF condition?

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Hi! I am new to Techspot and this is my first post.
I have a PC which has stopped detecting the hard drive and will not even boot. The dard disk is Seagate ST340810A 40GB. I have tried swapping cables and power supplies but to no avail. Earlier it was occasionally giving similar problem but used to work fine when the cable connections were re made. I have data on the drive which needs to be recovered.
The local vendor tells me that a new 'logic card' will need to be put in as the old one has gone kaput. He also says that the data can be recovered but is charging a fortune, and that some of the data may be lost or corrupt. He is not ready to sell the 'logic card' to me.
Being not so knowledgable in this area, please advise how should I proceed to make the drive back into working status.

A:Hard disk not being detected

You will not be able to recover ANY data if you have a hardware malfunction without replacing the faulty part. Even so, your data still may be non-recoverable. ALWAYS backup important data to more than one device.
You can try using an IDE to USB adapter, but if the controller board on the hard drive is toast, it's dead.

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I have a Simple Tech 320 GB external HDD.I have it for over an year now and it functioned pretty well uptill now.However today it suddenly stopped working at all.
I was using it yesterday and today the laptop just refuses to detect it.The Laptop is HP Pavillion dv6700 series laptop.
Whenever i connect th external HDD through the USB port only the red LED on the HDD lights up but the computer doesn't detect the drive itself.
Whenver I run command prompt and try finding one of the partitioned spaces of the drive say I: the following is displayed:
"The system cannot find the specified drive"

There is a huge amount of data on this HDD which I just cant afford to lose and I dont even have any kind of copy of this data also.

Please help...ASAP

A:Hard Disk not being detected

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hi guys...i put u b4 a strange problem...i hav a 40GB IDE hard disk which was working fine for past couple of yrs, i use to carry it n put in my frndz pc to copy data, due to frequent removel n connection d socket n pins in my hdd may got damaged but it wasnt happen its physically good but the problem is its not getting detected. it get power supply n d motor is up n running when i touch it i can feel d rotation so i suspect tht d problem is in data card, i tried changein new IDE cable it doesn't help me actually, so u guys gemme some solutions for diz problem, i need d data in tht hard disk i hav got a new hard disk of 160GB so i dont need d old one but i need to get d data in it...pls help

A:Hard disk not detected! pls help

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Hello everyone,

A friend of mine bought a 3TB Seagate SATA drive off eBay about a week ago. He has been having trouble with it since. He said at first the disk showed up in disk management but after a while stopped showing up all together. It wont show up in the BIOS, device manager, etc. His brother took it to the IT faculty at school and they said that it was marked as a server/RAID drive but didnt know how to change this or reset it.

Should this effect whether the disk is seen by the BIOS/Disk Management?
Is there any way to fix this or is this disk shot?

He contacted the seller on eBay and has yet to hear back.

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My computer suddenly doesn't show my D: hard drive. It has 1.3TB. It happened once before, and I rebooted and it showed up again. Now no matter how many times I shut down, wait and boot up, it doesn't show. I've been doing some research to fix it, so I tried using tesk disk to see if that will help.
This is what it shows

then I Continue and this is what I get.

I'm not sure what to do at this point....

The following 3 screens show what happens when i key in "p" to list the files of each one respectively
Check out the weird dates on this one .

I don't know why this one has things in red..
I really don't know what to do now. Do I just set the second one to Primary and then continue and write? Please if someone can give me some advice that'd be really great.

A:Hard Disk suddenly not detected

Open the case [system OFF] reseat both the data and pw connectors ie pull them OFF then reinstall. Next if that does not fix the problem, try another data cable and or another sata port.

Post back with results.

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I did a clean install of Windows 7 on my father's PC. Before we had Vista working on it fine.

Problem is that after reinstalling Windows when I opened My Computer now, I cann't see Disk 1 partitions.

Please help me locate it. Thanks.
Attached is the pic of Disk Management windows when before I installed new OS.

A:One hard disk not detected after re-installing Win

right click on the partitions and set them as active

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after i put my cd-rom and logon to install windows 7,the process run smoothly UNTIL after i choose custom(advance) option/installation, there is no hard disk detected. so i cannot install windows 7. any idea??

A:no hard disk detected when trying to install win 7

We need more info man like do u have a RAID setup?, you need to fill out your system specs here is the link on how to do it: and why are you installing windows 7 when you allready have it installed?

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Hello Guys,
I was traveling home from school, about a week ago, so I detached my 40G Seagate hard disk from my desktop system,

The hard disk contained some movies which i wanted my brothers to see.
On getting home, my brother connected the hard disk to his PC and to my surprise, the hard disk was not detected by the BIOS, thought the harddisk was spinning all jumper settings possible was tried, and the situation was still the same.
We even removed all other IDE hard drives, and left this hard disk as the only disk connected to the system, event at thsi point, the BIOS did not recognise it, so also did the OS.
I thought it was a Board compatibility issue, so I decided to keep the disk until I returned to school. Now I'm in school, and I've returned the disk to it's normal position on my PC, even at that, my BIOS is no longer detecting it.
I though it was a problem with the electronic interface of the Hard disk, so I got a similar harddisk, and switched their electronic boards, yet the situation was still the same. To make matters worse, my electronic board worked with the other hard disk.

I have gone a step further by opening the disk compartment and switching their read heads, but now I even caused more problem because both hard drives are now in the same state - bad!

Please is there hope of still recovering my data from the disk?
I have over 13G of music, over 3.6G of eBooks and over 10G of Softwares!
Someone please help me.

A:Hard disk is not detected, even in BIOS

"opening the disk compartment and switching their read heads"...

You have to be kidding, right?? Changing outer control boards is one thing, but you need a clean room to open the disc compartment in. Both drives a paper weights now. When you get a chance, go out and buy an external USB hard drive to travel with in the future

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Put in a new power supply unit in a booted the pcComes straight up with no boot disk detected or has failed, how can I fix this problem?Do I have to go out and buy a new OS for example Windows 8 to fix this problem or has the problem worse than thatIf I have missed any information you need to help I can provide itThanks

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A:No hard disk detected or has failed

Howdy @Fraser11?, Welcome to the HP Support Forums.   I gather that since replacing the power supply in your Pavilion 500-076ea that your hard disk is no longer detected.   I am confident that I will be able to help you work towards a solution, and I ask only that you pay it forward. When we resolve the issue, I'd like for you to kindly mark the applicable post as Accept as Solution so that others experiencing the same or similar issue can find what worked for you. Please use the Replacing the Power Supply in HP and Compaq Desktop PCs document as a checklist to ensure that nothing was missed when you replaced the power supply.  In my experience, most of the time when this error occurs after replacing the power supply there is a cable that is not connected securely.  Please let me know the results.

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I'm trying to install win xp home edition service pack 2 on a dell dimension 4400. The install says it can't detect a hard disk.
What should I do?

A:hard disk not detected when installing os

Is the hard drive partitioned and formatted or not?

Is the OS the recovery disk from Dell or an OEM/retail disk from MS? I trust this is XP Home with SP2 and not a disk of SP2 (without the OS)?

Who made the drive? Did it come with the PC? IDE?

It should be relatively simple to diagnose. Be sure the error message you are conveying to us is exact!

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Help !!! You all have been so great in the past, need some help again

Noticed my computer was acting funny today and while on internet IE suddenly closed and i got the "system error - hard disk failure detected" followed by those boxes opening with "system message -write fault error." One of my coworkers had this too and i think i got a trojan/virus from some files

Now it looks like some files are missing, and my antivirus software is not starting, amongst a myriad of other problems

A:Help - hard disk failure detected

DownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan resultsDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here.If you get crashes in normal mode,run it in safemode with networkingDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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Hi..I have made an image of my OS using Macrium software and saved it in external hard disk. Now I'm not able to access the hard disk. The system is reading (not by its regular name) it however it just does not open and asks me to format the disk.

I think its happening because of that image.

Can any one please help I do not want to format the disk as it has lot of imp data.

Thanks in anticipation

A:Hard disk not detected properly

Quote: Originally Posted by shraymunjal

Hi..I have made an image of my OS using Macrium software and saved it in external hard disk. Now I'm not able to access the hard disk. The system is reading (not by its regular name) it however it just does not open and asks me to format the disk.

I think its happening because of that image.

Can any one please help I do not want to format the disk as it has lot of imp data.

Thanks in anticipation

Have you been able to access the data before or is this the first time you tried? What name is the system providing and what is the actual name of the disk? Did you create a boot disk and have you tried to use it?

You may want to try posting on the Macrium forum;

Macrium Support Forum


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My Secondary Hard Disk is detected somethimes and other time when i use normally my pc it disappear! And i have to reboot my pc to see it again.. other time i can't see even if i reboot the pc.. Two minutes ago i have open EasyBcd to change the boot configuration 'cause i've installed xp in this secondary hard disk and the drive is disappear... Indeed I can't use xp probably for this inconvenient... In the boot option when i boot my computer there's only windows 7...

Any Suggestion?
And sorry for my bad english..


A:The Second Hard Disk Drive isn't Detected

If i'm not mistaken XP has to be installed first, then Win 7

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I tried to serach my problem on the forum but couln't find a solution.So request you all to help please.

My laptop was working fine until last night.But when i switched it on this morning i got "operating system not found error message".
I tried to fix the problem by using windows recovery tools but wasn't successfull.Then i noticed that BIOS is not detecting my hard drive.
Everytime i boot i am getting "operating system not found message".

Can anyone suggest how to get my system working.I have a sony vaio FZ series laptop.


A:Hard disk not detected by BIOS

deepakgera1, follow this tutorial (made by Brink):
Startup Repair

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I have installed a new Hard Disk in My PC last week as the old one failed. The Hard Disk is a Wester Digital 7200RPM 40GB. The disk installed ok, Windows 98 installed ok and backed up data restored ok and the computer has worked happerley since this time last week. Today the computer was started up ok, and worked for a few hour then the screen went black and I had to restart the Computer.

Now when it starts up it will not detect the Hard Disk. And the screen goes to a DOS promt asking for a bootable disk in drive A:

I have checked the settings in the BIOS and I have tried changing the Primary master from Auto to User but the system will not detect it, and chages to Not installed. I have also restored the default settings to the BIOS but this has not worked. I'm sure the jumpers are correct as the computer has been working ok all last week and yesterday.

Has any one got any ideas?

A:Hard disk is not now being detected by the BIOS

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Hi everyone, i am using Win XP Pro and everytime i load my computer, the following message appears:

"A Problem with the hard disk has been detected. Press any key to continue"

i press any key and the system loads as normal. I am wondering is there anything wrong with the computer? And could this be linked to my Internet problem when everytime i go online, the Internet will hang after a while thus affecting all other programs and causing them to hang too...

Please help me out here. Thanks...

A:Problem with Hard Disk detected

How long has it been since you last did a defrag ? ..................

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My IDE harddisk is not getting detected in the bios.
when i boot my cumputer
The boot screen is getting paused.

But when i unplug the IDE cable or the MOLEX power
connecter & immediately connecte it back again.
the system boots normly and shows the
following error

" Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"
When i try to install windows XP SP2 from the bootable cd
it sys "windows cannot accses the disk "

I have tried the following steps:

1 I have repalced IDE cable with the new one

2 I have restored BIOS settings to factory defaults.

3 I have checked the MOLEX connector by pluging
it in my DVD drive, I works fine(DVD drive).

4 Plugged the harddisk in the Secondery IDE cable.

5 Tried all the Jumper settings.

6 I even tried it by connecting it to the IDE to USB
cable, in my friends system.

But no result.

IS there any way of getting my harddisk get detected &
recover the data.
Please Help me.

A:Hard Disk not detected in BIOS

The final step would be to take it to another computer and try it there. After that, it's off to a data recovery service where costs could run from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Back up, back up, back up.

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A few days ago I was watching a DVD, and all of a sudden my system restarted.

Since then I have been suffering from two issues, first being one of hard disks is no longer detected on startup, not in BIOS nor in Windows.

The Second Issue is Windows loading up, once it hits the Xp splash screen (Where it fades into the splash screen) It freezes (half way thru fading in) for about 2 Minutes, then continues to load normally.

Other than these 2 issues everything is working fine. I am confident these 2 issues are connected. This is the error report of the origional incident:

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Ftdisk
Event Category: Disk
Event ID: 57
Date: 25/04/2009
Time: 23:19:40
User: N/A
Computer: J1
The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 be 00 .......
0008: 02 00 00 00 39 00 04 80 ....9..€
0010: 00 00 00 00 0e 00 00 c0 .......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

Any help is greatly appriciated.


A:Hard Disk no Longer Detected

It sounds like the drive that isn't being seen by windows or bios, is dead. You can try reseating it, or removing it and placing it as a slave in another computer to see if you can access your information.

As for the other one, I would suggest running Chkdsk /r. Start > Run > type "CMD" (without quotes), press enter. In the command prompt type "Chkdsk /r" (without quotes and take notice of the space between the "k" and the "/"). Press enter. Then when it tells you the drive is in use, press "Y" then enter. Then reboot the machine, then let it run the disk check (in other words, "don't" press any key to cancel when it asks you to).

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I can't find the ISO image of recovery to download from the site htt://
so I can burn it on a CD


A:Hard Disk Manager 6.0


I'm not sure I understand what you want, or why you think it should be available as a download from the site you provided. It appears that the site is for a DEMO/Trial Version only,with these stated restrictions:
Restrictions: All operations are available in virtual mode only - so you can evaluate how the program looks like and how it represents your partition configuration, try to perform operations virtually and feel how you can change partition configuration with Partition Manager. Also, following components are not included to reduce demo version size:
- Partition Explorer
- ISO Burner
- Bootable Recovery CD

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I got a new laptop a few hours ago and this is all I've done with it since then:

1) Made back up disks
2) Installed Firefox
3) Installed Adblock
4) Installed avast anti-virus free
5) Restarted
6) Messed around on facebook and checked my e-mail
7) Played solitaire/hearts
8) Uninstalled Norton internet security 2009 using control panel (I know it doesn't delete everything)
9) Restarted computer
10) Played Solitaire

Five minutes after playing solitaire it froze and a black screen came up saying boot 030 'please install operating system'. I did a diagnostic on start-up and run-in, both turned out fine. When I ran a diagnostic on the hard disk it said there was no hard disk detected. I didn't know what else to do so I restarted it. Everything restarted fine, I logged in and went to the internet to see if I could find out what had happened. Five minutes in same thing happened. I restarted again and checked avast. It said that my antivirus software was out of date so I tried updating but it didn't want to update, said that the package was broken. It was suggested that avast was the problem so I uninstalled and restarted, same problem.

I'm currently at a loss on what else to do short of using my back up disks to restore my laptop.

It's an hp dv6-2066dx, 6gb ram, 320 gb harddrive, duel-core amd, running on windows 7.

A:Operating System/hard disk not detected

Take it back...with a pc you have a few days to return...10 or 15{dis satisfaction}
Try another one

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First,I'm on this form from my cell phone because right now i don't have internet access to my computer. Please keep that in mind. Anyway, i just got given to me (free) this Gateway laptop that had Windows 7 put in it and extra memory. I guess it was working for a while and then started messing up. The kid that had it knew nothing about of course it was never fixed. I an willing to delete everything i don't care to save any files.i wanted to know if i could take it back to factory? Or what will save thus laptop? Can it be saved at all? What can i do? The message on it is saying "Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contract the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk" it runs very very slow btw.

A:windows detected a hard disk problem? HELP PLEASE?

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i got a message today that said "windows has detected a hard disk problem and that i should immediately back my files and replace my hard drive"
my compute is an hp pavilion dv6. its just over one year old. i did a hddscan on my laptop and i came up with the following result:
005 Reallocation Sector Count 010 010 0000000000-0740 010
196 Reallocation Event Count 100 100 0000000000-010B 000

the rest are green

what do you recommend?

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem, please help

Hi damien1234,

Depending on how many sectors has been damaged, your drive might be very near failing or is starting to fail. Either way, when a harddrive starts to get damaged sectors/clusters, you should always back up your files and get a new HDD. Because when it's started, it will fail, sooner rather than later.

A harddrive isn't very expensive these days, you can get a 250gb harddrive for ?15!

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Hello -
I just installed Windows 7 unto my 2-yr old laptop. I'm getting an error message stating: WINDOWS DETECTED A HARD DISK PROBLEM.

My options are: Start the backup process
Ask me again later
Don't ask me about this problem again.

I ran the check disk tool - it said everything is ok. Can you please advise what I need to do to fix this error?


A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem

Hi and welcome.

some more info on how you installed it to laptop will be handy.

laptop system/ mobo etc. info.

it may something else at fault, incompatible...etc.


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I am running a AMD 64, 1 GIG memory, Asus motherboard, real nice computer.

Everything has been working fine until last night. I received the BLUE SCREEN and now when I try to re-boot I get a message which reads



I dont want to lose all the family photos and such that I have loaded up on this machine.

ANY suggestions?

A:No Hard Disk Detected- Following a Blue Screen

Take the lid off the pc Ron and make sure all connections are secure, ie; power supply to hard drive, IDE connectors etc.
Make sure the pc is switched off, I'm not trying to be funny but it has happened.
Get back with what occurs.


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see title^.

Pretty much what happened is I turned on my computer and I got smacked in the face with this. So far I've run five antivirus and malware programs to no avail and chkdsk says no bad sectors to top it off this drive is less than four months old. My specs are on my profile.


A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem

You may try to download the diagnostic program from the HD manuf. If it is Western Digital, you can find the diagnostic program here.If it is a seagate HD you can find Seatools here. If you think it is a virus or spyware I suggest Malwarebytes.

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Alright, so I have a Dell Latitude D630 laptop that's rather old and has several major problems, including never charging, overheating without a small fan next to it, and the occasional key falling off. Well, I was using it a few nights ago and it was working better than usual. Eventually, I turned it off and went to bed. Nothing unusual happened then, but the next day, when I booted it up, it told me the internal hard drive was missing and suggested I reseat it. I ran a diagnostic and it told me basically the same thing but this time it was accompanied by a happy little tune composed of loud beeps, as if to say: "Ha ha, I have found yet another way to ruin your life by becoming even more of an ungrateful mule than I already am, a feat which you thought was impossible but apparently isn't." As of today, when I try to boot it up, it doesn't even show the Dell logo before turning off. This is naturally a tad miffing, but I hope reseating the hard drive will help. Thing is, I don't know how. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am currently having problems with my home computer when an error message comes up

Windows detected a hard disk problem

Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.

It then later says...
The following hard disks are reporting failure
Disk name: SAMSUNG HD502IJ ATA Device
Volume: D:\;C:\

When rebooting the computer it then goes to a startup screen saying 'American Megatrends, press F1 to boot' and f2 for setup. F1 does not work and F2 doesnt really do anything, i then just go round and round n circles trying to get it to work, then i pressed random buttons and finally got it to work (no idea what i did)
I dont really want to take it into the shop for repairs if i can get it done at home if thats possible.
Would be grateful for any help, baring in mind i know little about computers.
Thanks for your help.

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

Go buy a new set of hard drives install them then install your OS and programs. Install the old ones then get as much data off of them as possible.

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When i connect a sata hard disk which is loaded with windows 7 as a secondary to another windows 7 system to take the data backup it is not showing the drives but i can see it in the device management in windows 7.

Could anyone please help me.

Awaiting for your reply.

A:windows 7 secondary hard disk not getting detected

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the warning is obvious, drive nearing it's end. this pc is just one we do random things on, kiddos with games, youtube, non important things. there's really nothing I need backed up, I have the reinstall media on hand, as well as another drive. its WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM. ill change out the drive when it's completely dead, no big deal. for now, I'd like to just disable the error or warning message. gpedit is not available in this version of windows. how do I go about doing this? Like I stated, it's a non important pc, and i'll change the drive when it goes out for good. plus, I get to learn something new. thanks for looking.

A:windows detected a hard disk problem


Have you tried this:
Disk Check


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Recently put together a new PC and the hard drive in it is a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black and I'm getting this error message in Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) saying "Windows detected a hard disk problem". It asks me to back up all my files then repair or replace the disk. I don't have anything worth backing up on it yet, so I ran chkdsk which took a while but once it booted up again it gave me the same error message.

So has the drive gone bad already? Should I just replace it as I assume it's still under warranty? Or is there a way to fix this?

Thanks in advance. Let me know of any more information you need...

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

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I keep getting this message and it tells me to follow the directions but there aren't any directions to follow other than back up your system and contact technical support to determine if the disk with errors needs to be repaired or replaced.
It says that SMART event has taken place and gives disk name.
What do I need to do?
Everything has slowed down and I'm not sure where to go from here.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5500 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6108 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset, -1265 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 703044 MB, Free - 647104 MB; I: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 847325 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0K83V0, A00 , ..CN7509303T08CE.
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

A:RED X Windows detected Hard Disk Error Need HELP

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SeaTools Enterprise diagnostic log file

03-Oct-2016 17:57:53 SeaTools Enterprise diagnostic 03-Oct-2016 17:57:57 Device(s) found during bus scan: 03-Oct-2016 17:57:57 No HBA has been detected 03-Oct-2016 17:58:02 Device(s) found during bus scan: 03-Oct-2016 17:58:02 No HBA has been detected 03-Oct-2016 17:58:12 Entering Advanced diagnostic section 03-Oct-2016 17:58:26 Device(s) found during bus scan: 03-Oct-2016 17:58:26 No HBA has been detected
Instructions For Fixing Hard Disk Errors:
We strongly recommend that you backup your computer to avoid potential data loss.
After you have backed up your computer, you should contact your computer manufacturer or other hardware technical support to determine if the disk with errors needs to be repaired or replaced.
We recommend that you store these printed instructions together with the media used to back up your data (for example, the CDs or USB flash drive used to store your backup), so that everything you need to fix your computer is in one place.
The following information is provided to help the hardware technical support person diagnose the hard disk with errors.
Disk Name: ST9320325AS ATA Device Volume: C:\
Please advise!

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SeaTools Enterprise diagnostic log file

03-Oct-2016 17:57:53 SeaTools Enterprise diagnostic 03-Oct-2016 17:57:57 Device(s) found during bus scan: 03-Oct-2016 17:57:57 No HBA has been detected 03-Oct-2016 17:58:02 Device(s) found during bus scan: 03-Oct-2016 17:58:02 No HBA has been detected 03-Oct-2016 17:58:12 Entering Advanced diagnostic section 03-Oct-2016 17:58:26 Device(s) found during bus scan: 03-Oct-2016 17:58:26 No HBA has been detected
Instructions For Fixing Hard Disk Errors:
We strongly recommend that you backup your computer to avoid potential data loss.
After you have backed up your computer, you should contact your computer manufacturer or other hardware technical support to determine if the disk with errors needs to be repaired or replaced.
We recommend that you store these printed instructions together with the media used to back up your data (for example, the CDs or USB flash drive used to store your backup), so that everything you need to fix your computer is in one place.
The following information is provided to help the hardware technical support person diagnose the hard disk with errors.
Disk Name: ST9320325AS ATA Device Volume: C:\
Please advise!

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I have facing problem that hard disk not find during Windows 7 or XP installation while shows in bios . I tried many solotions but don't got the success. Solutions which I tried are as :
1. Wipe hard drive from DBAN and wipe completed successfully but after this I am not able to see HDD during Windows installation
Second solution : scan HDD from segate seatools (dos version) , Acoustic and Advanced test completed successfully but basic test stuck at 10% (tried 2-3 times) and don't ahead after 10%. But till now HDD shown in bios. But not find on windows installation.

3. Reading similar problem article on seven forums, link is
Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

Find some commands in post that need to executed so attaching my HDD in another working computer. All the command executed successfully which capture I attached. So check this and tell me where I am wrong.

System Spec : mainboard is Mercury PIG31U
Product link :

Hard drive : Segate ST3250310AS 250GB

A:Hard disk not detected during Windows 7 installation.

I would usually never create a partition for windows to be installed and use this,

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active (assuming you want to install an OS)

If i wanted to reduce the size of the disk I would use mini tool after the install
The objective is to Not have a 100mb system reserved partition and keep the disk as mbr especially on a small ssd or hdd like you have 250gb
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I get this warning constantly all of the sudden about my secondary HDD that I store files on. I ran CHKDSK /f F: and came up with no errors found, yet I still get the warning everytime I start up and periodically during operating. Suggestions needed.

Also, ran the TSG sys utility that was sugessted here before posting and it reports Defender is disabled, yet Windows tells me its not. ???
I will run some various Malware scans but wondered if this is just an error with TSG and Win8.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16344 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, 2047 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 237945 MB, Free - 145456 MB; F: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 321938 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., Z77X-UD5H
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

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Just bought new computer with Windows 7 home edition installed . Computer works fine, but every so often I getan error message thats says:
"Windows detected a hard disk problem"
then asks you to back up your files immediately.... and gives you 2 options :
- Start the backup process
- Ask me again later

I have performed the back up. then I have tested the hardisk for errors and no errors are found.

Also at start of booting up , before windows begin to load, and error also comes out saying something about hard disk Bad.
press F1 to resume... when I press F1 , the boot up resuems ok and loads ok.

Can anyone help me out on this one..

Thanks and Happy xmas


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get this error often

i dont have spare hard disk to take 500gb back up

suggest me to get sort this error!!!

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

backup! if u can afford to loose ur data dont worry then. and of course u wont need 500gb, unless it is full. and event viewer will tell you what is wrong. usually a chkdsk will resolve some/most issues from error msgs like that in windows.

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Alright, before I explain my problem, I have to give you a background story.

My friend did drugs, so I told his parents about it, and he got pissed off so he hacked my World of Warcraft account. I learned he was the one who hacked it about 3-4 months later.

So I decided to get back at him. I downloaded a virus (I didn't run it, it was in .rar format) called 'Sp0rkeh' and I sent it to him. He ran it and it messed up his computer, and he found out it was me. So, he told me his parents would sue us if i didnt fix his pc, and it would get over complicated

So I decided to attempt to fix it. I took his Hard drive out and connected it as a secondary slave into my PC.

*Note: for those of you don't know whaqt Sp0rkeh is, it acts as a hack for a game and deletes your entire HD, and messed up your PC.

What was supposed to happen:

I was going to put his PC into a secondary slave and start up from my HD, and use a program to undelete all the files that it deleted, then hand him the disc and be happy and skippy.

What actually happened:

I put the disc into my secondary slave slot, and I turned my computer on. Then my computer made a beep and it has an error message that says:

NO Hard Disk Drive detected
Press F1 to resume

I press F1 and it leads me to tell me to select a proper boot device.

I turned my computer off, unplugged his pc and put in my HD as start.

But the same thing is happening, it won't detect it.

The strange thing is, when I go into ... Read more

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Dear guys,

I'm having a seriouse stressful problem !
Today i decided to reinstall my Sony Vaio laptop, so i put in the windows 7 cd ( Format all drives ) And install windows 7 on C partition. Everything goes well and smooth. Up untill the pc reboots. Eversince it gives me a blue screen of death :/ . I've red some stuff about dissabling SATA or from SATA To IDE or ACHSI to IDE. But in bios there is no such option for me. I;ve tried running a intell f6 installer or something but none seems to reenable my harddisk ! Please someone help me out im desperate !

I found out what my harddrive model number is : Western Digital WD5000BPVT

regards & thanks in advance!!

A:VPCF24L1E - Laptop ( Hard disk not detected )

Senz some system specs would be good mate and I would suggest taking one of the drives out and starting again.
System Info - See Your System Specs

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Hey everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Here's my problem. I'm trying to boot up my computer, but when I do, I get this error saying
"NO Hard Disk Drive Detected!
Press F1 to resume"
and when I press F1 it gives me another screen telling me to reboot and select a proper boot device, and then the screen goes black after a second.

So, my first thought was that my hard drive must be shot. But when I tried to swap it with a different drive, it gave me the same message. I tried to unplug the hard drive from my computer and put it in the other one, and it was detected, but still failed to boot completely, although I'm fairly certain that it's an unrelated problem. That drive was always a little quirky.
So then I think, maybe it's the cable. Luckily, I had an extra cable that came with my motherboard, but unfortunately it didn't resolve my problem at all when I switched it with my old cable.

Finally, I checked out my bios to see if it had any hints to a solution, and I saw that my hard drives were listed as "[Not Detected]". And on the screen to change boot order, the only 2 options were the floppy drive and my cd/dvd drive.

I'm starting to think that I may have to replace my motherboard. But before spending money I should probably be saving, I thought I'd do some research online, which is when I stumbled upon these forums. Hopefully you can offer a better alternative.

And if it helps in y... Read more

A:No hard disk drive detected, any help appreciated

I would assume that it is the motherboard that is the problem here. If it's not the cable and not the drive itself, then unfortunately it probably is the motherboard. Is this drive IDE or SATA? If it is SATA and you can get your hands on an IDE hard drive, try it and see if it detects the IDE drive. If it is an IDE drive, try a SATA drive and post the result.

Try clearing your CMOS as well by using the jumper option (if available with your mainboard). IF NOT, then try removing the battery for a short while with the power unplugged and hit the power on switch to dissipate any retained current.

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Hi, my Lenovo g505s is not detecting it's own hard drive. I have already tried reseating the hard drive and that did not seem to work. Is there something else I can try?

A:Lenovo g505s hard disk not detected

Hi NeddyNelson , 
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
You can try to reset the BIOS default and check if BIOS will detect the harddrive. 
It may be the the harddrive itself is bad , so if you have another harddrive to test it with just to islate if BIOS would detect another harddrive. 
Hope you manage to abck up your data , you may slave the harddrive in an enclosure and test it on another pc to diagnose its integrity . 
reference for review
Update us how it goes.

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Have been on my PC for a few hours today and i got a windows message saying 'windows detected a hard disk problem'.

I am in the process of backing up my hard drive now.

Do i need to replace my hard drive straight away or do i have a while to gather funds?

Also this is my hard drive with Windows Vista on.

If i were to change the hard drive, can i go ahead and put the disk image onto the new hard drive and just boot up vista again? Or will vista be lost forever?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.


A:Windows detected a hard disk problem. help!

Hi Rossy,

You would need to clone Vista to the new HD. The program you used to make the backup image will probably have a clone/disk copy feature.

If you don' have the new hd yet, you can clone it to whatever hd you are currently backing up to, then clone it to the new hd when you get it - takes space, obviously.

After you have done that:
try running checkdisk:

Rt click the drive>Properties>Tools>Check Now>find and fix errors - it will need you to reboot.

Also many drive mfrs have a bootable .iso you can d/l free and it will check and attempt to fix hd errors.

Here's one for Seagate/Maxtor :

SeaTools Desktop Usage Instructions | Seagate

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