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hard disk and cd drive not recognized

Q: hard disk and cd drive not recognized

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

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

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

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

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

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

after that frustating 9pm to 5 in the morning battle with my pc, i turned it off. it snoozed and then when i opened it again, same prob. after rebooting, the ram check is through, i get a message that i there are no master (my hd) or slave (my cd drdive) present.

even if i entered in my ami bios' config, and press f3, not installed ( my hd and cd drive) master and slave wud appear..

help me please asap. i have all my deadlines coming up and i need my computer very much oh please help me.i would really really appreciate it a lot.. thanks and more power

A: hard disk and cd drive not recognized

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

It always works for me

Best of Luck...

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

Thank you

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

Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL

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

Thank you

Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

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

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


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

A:External hard disk, only c: drive recognized

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this helps someone.

A:Hard drive not recognized Boot Disk virus

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

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

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

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance!

A:External hard drive not recognized in Disk Management

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

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

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

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

My computer specs are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

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

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

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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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A:Hard disk not recognized

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

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

I checked, and it's set to Slave.

What's the problem?

A:Hard disk not recognized?

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

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

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

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

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

A:Hard disk not recognized

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

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

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

bootrec /fixmbr

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

bootrec /fixboot

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

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

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

A:hard disk no recognized

ukgerry said:

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

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

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


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Any help would be appreciated.


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

A:hard disk not recognized on laptop

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

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

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

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

Thanks for any useful advice.

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I brought a new 1 TB seagate free-agent external hard drive. I connected it to my laptop which runs windows VISTA.
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A:My external hard disk would not be recognized

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

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

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

How can I make my computer recognize the new HDD.


A:Hard Disk not being recognized in My computer

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

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Sorry to join the group and start with a problem!

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

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

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

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

Can somebody help me??????

A:Hard Disk Drives not recognized

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

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

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

I checked, and it's set to Slave.

What's the problem?

A:Solved: Hard disk not recognized?

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hi guys,

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

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

A:My external hard disk is not getting recognized

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

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

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
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I researched this problem and found that this message appears when there is no apparent source for booting an OS. This is commonly either because the hard drive isn't connected properly, or the boot order is disorganized in the BIOS, but neither are the case here.

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

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

A:Hard Disk Not Recognized at Boot

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Windows 2000,
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Apricorn EZ-GIG PCMCIA card

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

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

Can anybody help, please?
Many thanks,

A:External hard disk no longer recognized

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

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

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

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

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

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

Model: HD252HJ
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Try the freezer trick. Place your hard drive in zip lock freezer bag to protect it from moisture and freeze it overnight (or a few hours at least). Quickly hook up the frozen hard drive and try to boot from it. If it works, be prepared to copy your important data as soon as possible before the hard drive warms up too much. This is not a permanent fix but it may work long enough to save your data.

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

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

A:SATA hard disk not recognized in BIOS

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

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Hi all,

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

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


A:Hard Disk not being auto-recognized by BIOS

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Hello all,

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

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

Greetings Willem

A:Portege 7010CT - No Hard disk recognized

Hey Willem,

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

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

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hi there,

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

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

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

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

What is the model and type of the hard drive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to SF gabriel,

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

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

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I have a Sony Vaio VGC-LT25E with Vista Home premium. I had installed Fedora 13 and lost Vista. Now I have no operating system.
I have no C: drive, instead I have an X: drive
I can't reinstall Vista from recovery disks. I've tried everything.
I can only access the command prompt which reads: X:\Windows\system32>
chkdsk does not work.
FixBoot does not work.
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Partition 1, Primary, size 29GB, offset 1024 KB
Partition 2, Primary, size 4000MB, offset 29GB
Volume 0, Ltr C, label - none, FS - RAW, Type - partition, size 4000mb, status healthy
Volume 1, ltr D, label - nong, FS - none, Type DVD-ROM, size, 0B, Status - no media (this is the Recovery Disk)
Partition 1
type: 83
Hidden: yes
active: no
Partition 2
type: 07 (was 82, I changed it)
Hidden: mo
active: yes

I need this to boot both Windows and Fedora as I am an online student. Please help. I am getting very behind in classes. Help is appreciated.

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After installing a new harddrive and hooking up my old hardrive as a slave I could not access the slave. I had GoBack installed on the slave and I think that is my problem. From what I've read I need to disable this utility. To do so I need a file called Gb_prog.exe. How can I get this file? I don't have the installation disk for GoBack.

A:Disk drive not recognized

Hook up your old drive as master again and uninstall GoBack?

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Hi TSG(s) -

Newbie, first post.

Firstly, I have read all similar posts. My USB port is working, my cable is working, all drive letters are visible, uninstalling and reinstalling the driver does not help, ..., all suggestions from the posts do not apply however my disk drive (Maxtor One Touch II 250GB) is not recognized. It is not recognized in either the One Touch enclosure or a third party enclosure. It is not recognized when attached directly to the computer. It does not work when jumpered as either CS or Slave. Etc, etc.

When I activate the drive (either by plugging in the USB cable or powering on the drive) I get the bubble "Device can perform faster ...); I click on the bubble and I see the "Select a better port" stuff. The "Remove Hardware" shows the drive. In all these cases a drive letter is not assigned and Windows Explorer, My Computer, etc does not see the drive. Disk Management does not see the drive.

"Drive fried throw it away" is unacceptable. I have critical unbacked up data (I know, I know but I can't back up every nanosecond or afford RAID 1-5) so maybe the answer I'm looking for is pointers to some good data recovery software. I could send the drive to a data recoverey outfit but living in Costa Rica I might never see the drive again (upon return, customs is notorious for enjoying early Christmas at the expense of the addressee) and these guys charge an arm and a leg which I will pay if necessary but only as ... Read more

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Hi. I am running Windows XP and have a Liteon 32x12x40 CD-RW drive that will not write to RW disks.

When I do a "Send to RW" for a file to the Liteon drive, the files appear as ready to write to the drive but when I try to use the explorer option "Write these files to disk" the wizard tells me that the disk is write protected or not an CD-RW disk.

I am sure that I am using a blank RW disk in the drive and that the disk is fully erased.

I can use Nero to write files to the RW but the Windows RW writing; as above, will not work.

Please help!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

->Primary Hard Disk Self Test
->Memory Test

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


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

Please could you help me repair my laptop.

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

giving it a bump here

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

A:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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I'm running Windows XP and the disk drive seems to have been disabled and is no longer being recognized. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] disk drive not being recognized

Please close.

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

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

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

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

Mother Board : Intel ICH7 family

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

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

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

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
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0008: 72 72 6f 72 20 20 45 72 rror Er
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A:2issues: 1.PC stuck up and hard disk not recognized, account not working

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

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

Here is the error report :

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

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A few weeks ago, I replaced the motherboard on my notebook due to a faulty graphics card. Since replacing it, the computer has not recognized my DVD-R drive. I had tried installing the GEAR drivers, which has not changed anything. The computer does not show any disk drive is present. My system information is below:

Computer: HP dv9000 Series Notebook
Disk Drive: Pioneer DR-KD08HB

How do I get the computer to recognize the drive?

A:Pioneer DR-KD08HB Disk Drive Not Recognized?

Is your drive showing in BIOS?

Try this:
Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs
Your CD or DVD drive can&#39;t read or write media
The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that you upgraded to Windows Vista

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BIOS does not recognize the FDD. Have tried 4 different drives and different cables, no go. Could the mainboard be the culprit?

Any words of wisdom?

Appreciate your help.


A:Floppy Disk Drive not recognized in BIOS?

This one takes the cake. Was waiting for it to auto-detect!!! Christmas is also coming.

The old brain is fried, been looking at this thing too long.


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



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

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

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

A:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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I used to have a cd rom and a cd burner master/slaved to my motherboard. a while ago that ide slot died, so i master/slaved my hard drive and my burner to the working ide slot.

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my brother has another dell dimension so i opened his up, removed his hard drive and replaced it with the questionable hard drive. i booted it and got Boot Failure : System Halted.

is this enough evidence of a hard drive failure? ive come to terms with it being time for a new computer but im still hoping everything on the hard drive can be recovered.

any opinions/suggestions?

A:Dell Dimension Hard Drive and CD Drive not recognized

Did you check that the Master/Slave jumpers were set correctly?
Moving a HD to another PC normally does NOT work, unless both PCs are identical in hardware. Put your 'old' HD as a slave in your brother's PC, boot up and see if you can access your old drive. Save whatever you can and burn onto CD/DVD.
Then go buy another PC, anything but Dell or eMachines!
Or better, if you have the know-how, build your own from components.

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I have a 2TB Seagate GoFlex Desk external hard drive that works fine on my previous Windows XP computer (I know, very old) but is not recognized at all on my less-than-a-year old Toshiba laptop (S55-C5274) running Windows 10. I have been through support with Seagate, Microsoft, and Toshiba, with each of them point the finger at the other with no resolution. According to Seagate, the drive is compatible with Windows 10 and should work.
Unlike other users' problems I've read, my Windows 10 PC does not recognize the external hard drive anywhere - no sound recognizing something is there when plugging in, nothing in This PC/My Computer, and nothing shows in Disk Management or Device Manager. So unlike many others, I am unable to just do a partitioning to assign a letter via Disk Management - the computer doesn't even recognize it's there. The Seagate drive, however, does light up when plugged into the Windows 10 computer, and as I mentioned, still works perfectly on the Windows XP machine, where it is accessible via My Computer.
I have tested every USB port on the Windows 10 machine, and all work fine with other drives and peripherals, so it's not a hardware issue. Also, I have moved all my data from the Seagate drive onto a 2nd external drive, so losing data is not an issue. I even reformatted the Seagate drive (NTFS) via the Windows XP machine, but that did not change anything. Also, I have never used the Seagate software to manage the drive (which is not compatible with Wi... Read more

A:2TB Seagate drive not recognized Windows 10 (no Disk Management)

my first suggestion to you is the test that our disk drive in another PC and see if it recognizes it

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

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My Western Digital USB hard drive was recently connected to a MAC to transfer some files. When I connected it back to my windows PC, it does not recognize the drive.

Help please!!!!

A:USB Hard Drive not recognized

Quote: Originally Posted by SomanS

My Western Digital USB hard drive was recently connected to a MAC to transfer some files. When I connected it back to my windows PC, it does not recognize the drive.

Help please!!!!

Is it recognized in BIOS? what format is it? Does it have a drive letter?

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I recently purchased a new IBM 20.5 GB hard drive for my PC. I want to add it to my current hard drive. I connected to my IDE cable that holds the slave drive and then booted. The BIOS does not recognize it.(I have an Ultra ATA66 Card installed currently where the slave is connected to). What should I do? Thanks for all help.

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I was posting in another thread and realized I shouldn't hijack his/her thread. I also tried looking around the forums for a resolution to my problem and either 1) can't find it or 2) probably didn't look hard enough.

Before I get into the problem, here's my HD configuration:

1 x 500GB SATA HD (2 partitions) -- Master Drive -- Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed in one of the partitions (150GB partition)
1 x 250GB IDE HD (no partitions) -- Slave Drive -- just for file dump.

Here's my problem:

I installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on one of the partitions of the SATA HD. It works great and recognizes both partitions of this drive. However, I cannot "see" my IDE HD. I went through to disk management and I can see the drive there with no drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter via right clicking, but all options were grayed out (meaning, not clickable). I read other posts but they either have the same solution (assigning drive letter) or the problem is slightly different from mine. I've had this HD configuration before and had Windows XP Pro 64-bit on it too.

Anyways, I'm not sure what to do and I don't want to delete the files on that HD. Anyone have a solution to this problem? Thanks!

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I should also add that the two partitions have drive letters of C: and D: (Windows installed on C: ). Also, I'm not dual-booting (as I see that question being asked in other threads).

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I was given an old p133 with an 400mb hard drive and a 850 mb slave. A friend gave me a 2.1 gb hd so i wanted to make that my master. I tried to set it up with the Maxtor setup disk but my machine either won't recognize it saying its not dos or ntsf. Also when trying to set it up in fdisk it won't recognize the full capacity. Anyway I got fed up with that (also tried getting advice from luck) and decided to make it my slave. It set up fine using the Maxtor software but then I decided to reformat my drive to clean up an old problem and when I reinstalled win98se the drive wasn't there anymore. After playing around a bit, re-installing 98 and re-doing the drive with Maxtor I created a dynamic drive overlay boot disk from the maxtor software and up it came. Only problem is is that I need that boot disk to run first for the drive to show up otherwise it's gone. Any suggestions on problem one or two? I would rather have this drive as my master but will sttle as a slave if I have to.

A:hard drive not recognized

Hi mfreamon,

I got a similar problem in the past when I wanted to add a 20 Gb hard drive to a computer Pentium II 450 Mhz / MoBo AsusP2B. The mother board didn't recognize hard drive with a size above 8 Gb. I had to flash the BIOS.

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Hi all

I have noticed a number of requests to solve this issue, all without any real resolution. One person was lucky enough for his system to suddenly find the offending item. The operating system may identify the new drive in System Properties but not in Windows Explorer.

However, it should be noted, that any Hard Drive whether it is internal or extenal has to be prepared by the system itself, in order to be able to use that hard drive. Back in the good old days of DOS, this would have meant using the FDISK utility to prepare and setup the drive.
If you are still in possession of a floppy drive attached to you system, then it is a simple matter of using any of the rescue disks that could have been created during the installation of the OS (you can find such disks available online as well, somewhere). Using FDISK you can access the new drive by choosing option 5 in the FDIDK menu to change to the desired Hard Drive you want to setup. Naturally enough, if you already have 2 Hard Drives on your system, and you want to install a 3rd external one, the the drive you want to work on will be drive 3. It does not matter how many partitions are on the othere drives, FDISK is only interested in the physical aspect of the drives. Once you have access, you should check to see if you need to delete any partitions already on that drive. Once you are sure you have a completely empty drive, you can then simply create a Primary Partition on that drive. It is not necessa... Read more

A:Hard Drive not Recognized

Why not just use Disk Manager and avoid the need for any additional software?
I have yet to see a salvageable disk I couldn't cure with a Linux disk and disk manager.

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I have an iomega hard drive that worked fine for a few months but is no longer recognized by any computer. I store movies on it and my television still recognizes it but my Macbook does not nor does my friends PC. I am very much a computer novice. Thanks to anyone who can help.

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see if it is on tv mode. if so switch it.

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Well I am back again sooner than I expected. I am running Win XP Home (upgraded Win98). I currently have two hard drives-14gig with the OS on it and a 60gig for everything else. Both are IDE.

I purchased a Maxtor 120gig sata hard drive and my intentions were to eliminate the 14gig as the boot drive by replacing it with the new one. I didn't have an onboard connection so I installed a PCI controller which the device manager says is working properly.

I figured no sweat, just install the new drive, format, partition and copy the boot drive to the new one using MaxBlast3. The problem is I can't get the computer to recognize the new hard drive when it is hooked up so I cannot do squat.

Anyone got any input that might help me?

It doesn't show up in the bios or My Computer.

Thanks in advance!

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Hopefully someone has some ideas for me on this...I picked up an old system for my wife to use (Compaq Deskpro, P2, 350 mzh). It only had a 3 GB hard drive so I decided to switch it with a 30 GB drive I had. When I made the switch, the system would not recognize the drive. After the POST, it would default to a flashing cursor. I tried to reinstall the original 3 GB drive and it did the same thing. I tried setting the jumper to Master, and to Cable Select. The IDE cable and controller seem to be functioning, since installing each drive promted the system to recognize a new drive size. Nothing in the BIOS seems unusual. I tried wiping the 3 GB drive clean and reinstalling W2k from the boot disks. The install completes, then when it does its reboot, the flashing cursor returns. I don't think the CMOS battery is at fault, and I know the system did boot at one point since I booted it up before I bought it. It seems as though it starts to recognize the drive and then hangs up. I do not receive any error messages. Anyone have any ideas on this? Thanks!

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change the cmos battery
try another eide cable

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Well, my Windows 7 laptop has been dead for a while, but now I want to see if it can be fixed.
The laptop no longer recognizes the hard drive. I checked in the BIOS settings, and it shows there being no hard drive whatsoever. I opened the laptop up and made sure nothing was broken; nothing was. I pulled the hard drive out, and neither the hard drive or the connectors are showing any external damage.

My theory is that it's suffered some sort of internal damage. It was already giving me bad sector warnings and BSODs before the incident happened.

Another theory popped into my head. The motherboard might be going out, as one of the RAM chips that came default with it started causing it to freeze, but removing it would allow the computer to run properly. But one thing that goes against this idea is that I can still run Linux distros off of my USB drive.

Do you think either of these are the cause? Or do you all have any other ideas that might explain it and/or make it run off the hard drive again?

Oh yea. Specs:
Dell Latitude D600.
Hitachi Travelstar 40GB 5400rpm HDD

I'll look for the motherboard sometime soon.

Thanks for your support in advance.

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You could have bad memory and you could have a bad drive. Do you have an optical drive? If yes, boot your notebook up with a "live" version of Ubuntu, Knoppix or similar program.

Knoppix Linux Boot CD, Download Disk and Documents, Discuss, Get Help

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Test your computer. If is seems okay, then it's time to test your other memory module out. If it's good fine. Otherwise order another memory module.

My sister-in-law's notebook had a bad drive. It's still sitting on my desk. I replaced it and she's good to go.

It's just a process of elimination. First make sure your notebook works. Buy your memory from Hard drive from

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Well I have a dell desktop (not sure of the exact type) and I have Windows Xp Home edition. My computer suddenly stopped working saying that my hard drives were not found. I'm at a loss here and I have no idea.

Any help is appreciated.



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Does Windows still work in any shape or form? Can you give details of what happens when you switch on - any fan or drive noises, any lights, any beeps? Anything on the screen ? If so, what does it say - exact wording please.

It will speed things up if you also tell me what model your PC is, it's age, and any other details that you can. At this moment, anything might turn out to be relevant. Do you have a floppy disc drive, do you have any original install CD for Windows, if so exactly what? From Dell likely nothing at all.....

We are looking here at failed Hard drive, power supply or motherboard, which is as wide a choice as you can get....

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Hey guys, I have a problem; I'm repairing a gateway emachines T6420 with xp, media center pc. When it tries to boot it comes up with disk boot failure, insert boot disk (no change after inserting disk)! I went into bios and of course it's not recognizing any drives, not even the cd/dvd. I replaced the hard drive and cd; the connections are good. Is ther anything I can check other than what I've already done; any suggestions at all!! Please help! Is there a setting in bios I should be looking at? Any help would be deeply appreciated

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I have hard drive connected with a USB to my Windows 7 computer.
I got a message Scan and Fix (recommended) or Continue. I selected the Scan and Fix. Now I cannot access the drive.

Below is what I've tried so far. Any help will surely be appreciated.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

'g' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk /f g
The drive, the path, or the file name is not valid.

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk /f g:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted.


A:Hard drive not recognized

Are you able to see the drive in Computer? Are you able to see the drive in the BIOS, Disk Management? Is it in an enclosure or does it just use a USB adapter/connector.

Try and program like Recuva or GetDataBack to see if those applications can access the drive.

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Appreciate some assistance.

Have an AZZa mainboard, 5VMX, with an AMD K6-2/550 CPU and an AWARD BIOS 07/04/2000-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEP8AC-00.

Trying to install a hard drive, and it will not recognize it. Keep getting "Primary Master hard disk failure" over and over.

This computer was infected by a virus a while back. It was never quite right, so decided to clear out the hard drive, and start from scratch. However, the BIOS will not auto detect the hard drive that was on it, nor any other hard drive. Have tried 3 different ones.

The cables are tight, and connected correctly.

Any ideas on what to do?

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I"m running a home-built computer with a mach-speed MB, a Celeron 2.0G processor,256Mb DDR RAM, a DVD-Rom, CD/RW,and I'm running Win 98 SE. I was doing a little experimenting with a couple of old hard drives I aquired (they're both about 3Gig). I put them both in my machine and loaded my OS (Windows 98 SE).I formatted and partitioned both drives. One I jumpered as "primary-master" and the other I jumpered as "primary-slave". Everything worked fine. I drag/dropped some files onto the slave drive .

I switched my "primary-master" to a larger hard drive and reloaded my OS (formatting before loading my Windows 98SE OS). this time when I went to Windows explorer to move the files to the larger drive, the smaller one was not shown. I re-booted the machine and in the start-up, I see the drive listed , but I can't find it in My Computer or Windows Explorer. I've double, triple and quadruple checked my jumper positions and cable positions and everything is as it should be. I hear and feel the drive respond when I boot the machine and the indicator light comes on while the machine is booting.

The files aren't "that" important that I can't reformat the drive or even chuck it; however, I did put some music files on it that I'd like to "try" to get back. I'm more interested in the learning end of this dilemma. I could probably take it to a shop and see if they can get my files back, but I ... Read more

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I would try connecting just the drive your having a problem with by itself as master or slave just to see if it is recognized. Then at least you know the drive didn't die and its just a configuration problem.

Also I think I have seen on some drives there is jumper setting for "master" and another setting for "master w/slave present" You may want to check that on the new drive you installed.

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Hey can anyone please help me out with this problem. I got a new ADATA Nobility NH03 1TB 3.0 External HDD and it works on the USB 2.0 ports but it is not recognized at all on the 3.0 ports, the device still lights up when I plug it into the port but nothing happens on the pc. The USB 3.0 port can see my other USB 2.0 devices though. My motherboard is an ASRock 870 Extreme3. I have the USB 3.0 enabled in my BIOS.

Please help me out and thank you.

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nevermind i fixed it

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Hi there everyone,

I recently got a blue screen (not my first), but this time my neither of my hard drives are recognized in my BIOS. I run Windows XP off of my master, and use my slave for backup and for my personal data. While I do work on computers rather frequently, most of it is virus problems and stuff like that. I do have a boot cd that I created and neither hard drive shows up using that either. I would assume that this is a motherboard problem, but like I said, my knowledge with troubleshooting this type of problem is virtually non-existent. Any help would be appreciated. I know that I have not given much information in this post, but honestly, I don't know what needs to be known in order to help troubleshoot this. I am happy to provide any more information that is needed. Thanks again!

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My WinXP Pro crashed today, and I had to reset the PC. After reset, the screen stopped at the "Finding IDE devices page" for a long time. After a long time, it found my primary HD and my CD-ROM, but didn't find my secondary HD. The whole initial loading process is taking forever. I can't even get pass DOS mode. Is my HD broken? If it is not recognized, I can't even format it then. Please help. Thanks.

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Oh, After I removed the HD, the system runs smoothly like before.

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Help me. i have a Compaq presario that came with Vista(unfortuneately). I purchased an IDE to SATA adaptor so I could install a new 200GB HD I got..I want to install XP on it and dump the Vista (but keep the HD with all my stuff on it). Probllem is, my computer will not recognize the hard drive. it gets to the point where it says click "enter" to start XP installation, but then get the error message. I know the HD works as I have tried to install on 2 different computers and it works great.
I know I could do a dual-boot option, but I want to also use this 200gb HD that is just sitting here. Any suggestions?

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My Western Digital MyBook 1.5 GB has recently stopped working. I spins for about 20 seconds, then stops. It is not recognized in windows explorer, but it is recognized in device manager and disk management.

Under disk management it says that it has 2047.35 GB unallocated space.
It also says the disk is unknown and not intitalized. When trying
to intitalize the drive, it says "The media is write protected".

I have tried swapping usb cables, running safe mode, and freezing it.

Any help would be amazing! Thanks!

Picture of Disk Management

Picture of Windows Explorer and drive properties

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When a drive/parttition can be seen in the Device Manager and Disk Management, but does not show up in My Computer, most of the time it is only the partition table that is either missing or corrupt.

In such a situation my advice will be to try and fix it with the freeware Test Disk. The program runs in a command window and may be a little daunting to a new user but if one diligently goes through the step by step procedure given in the online documentation, it shouldn't be difficult. Download and documentation: TestDisk - CGSecurity.

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I have WD passport 500 GB. but now it can not recognized in my computer. The light is on and there is thicking too but the drive not shown in computer and the disk management. Please help me how to recovery my data ?

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If its not showing up anywhere and i guess you mean its ticking it sounds like the hard drive is dying or has died. you might try a usb sata/ide connector and see if you can recover anything.

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I have a non-branded box running Windows XP. All of a sudden my SATA hard drive is not being recognized. I have taken the hard drive out and it is being recognized in another computer. I put in another working SATA hard drive and it was not recognized.

I have a msi k8n nero 4h motherboard.

There is a SATA cable from one of four mobo sata connections. All four of them are enabled. The SATA hd is connected using a standalone 4-pin connector converter cable similar to the following:
I have taken both standalone cables and tested them on another computer and they both work.

Any suggestions on why the hard drive is not being recognized will be appreciated.

When I hook up an IDE drive the computer recognizes it and it boots up perfectly.

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Have you tried connecting the hard drive to one of the other Sata ports?

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I have been running 2 hard drives for about a year.All the sudden my second Hard drive that contains all my pictures from the last eight years can not be found!!! Can anyone help???? Is there some way to get the Data off there?

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Hey I have a new Western Digital 500GB Caviar Green Hard Drive, and it is recognized in my computer, it is formatted and I have marked the partition as active. Yet it will not show up in my Windows 7 installation. How do I make it show up in the installation screen?

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Did you assign it a drive letter by right clicking on it ?

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Hi everyone,
I have a new computer & put my old 120 gig hard drive on this system.....I formatted it by right clicking on the drive & when it finished formatting....all that was seen was 31.4 master hard drive is 120 gig as well....can some one tell me what I may did wrong please..Or what I can do to correct this problem..any help n this matter would be greaqtly be appreciated..? My system is a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz 512 Megs of ram,Asus motherboard P4S800.

*Thanks Bobbylee

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I've got a Dell Dimension 4600. I think the hard drive is failing so I took an old hard drive that I had (western digital caviar wd600) and replaced the one that came with the dell with the western digital one. I booted with the xp cd in and ran an install formatting the drive , but now when I try to boot I get a message saying

Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found

Anyone know what I've done wrong?



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I have an old computer, used to be my Father's. When he past away a nephew of mine thought he was helping, trying to protect the stored information, so he said he didn't open the case or change anything physicaly. He said all he did was reformat the HDD then deleat the partisions. Now I can't get the partisions replaced. The computer shows that it can't initialize the drive controller. The computer is a AST Bravo 386sx with a Seagate 40MB Seagate HDD model ST.157A with Bravo/386SX Rel. 1. 01.
When trying to start FDISK the main screen, nor any other for that matter, will come up on the screen when I load a disk from Windows 95 with the FDISK on it. After trying to replace the partitions using the code; fdisk 1/pri:43 , the system only shows a flashing "-" on the screen for a long time. Better than an hour, and then displays an error [80.18] Error initializing hard disk controller 0. sometimes it displays an error, [82.02] Error encountered initializing hard drive 0.
Part of the problem is I think dad was using Windows 3.0 but I'm not sure. I don't have a copy of that version of windows. The only commands of fdisk I can get to work, is the one from above and the fdisk/status commands. No others seem to work and I get no screens at all with it. The floppy I'm using is a windows 95 created disk with fdisk on it.

Please help.

A:Can't get hard drive recognized, help

I guess you are trying to boot from a floppy, but I'm not sure what's happening. If you are using a Win95 boot disk what is happening?

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I'm not new to computers by any means (Bachelors Degree) but very rusty on troubleshooting hardware issues.

I have Win XP Professional Edition on an AMD motherboard with Athlon Processor and 2GB RAM. Everything seemed fine until recently. I have noticed that out of the blue, my hard drive will disappear and the screen goes to a black screen with white lettering saying something about no hard drive found. I will reboot and go into bios settings and set it to boot from my SATA drive, however sometimes it does not show my hard drive there. I have to completely shut down the pc and wait an hour or so then turn back on and it boots Windows just fine. This is aggravating. I have purchased a new Power Supply (850w), I have replaced the thermal paste on the CPU due to a vibration and extreme heat coming from back of tower (this did reduce the heat issue). It almost seems like the pc is overheating or something and shutting down the hard drive. Is this possible or just me over thinking? I use canned air frequently on all my pc's to keep them dust free and clean.

I hope this wasn't just babble but if you need further info to assist in troubleshooting, please let me know.


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I would test the hard drive with a bootable CD version (ie DOS version) of drive makers' diagnostic software. I'm not saying the drive is failing, just that it can't be ruled out without testing it. You can use SeaTools for DOS:

or Hitachi Drive Fitness Test:

In either case the download is an ISO CD-image. Create a CD from this with IMGBurn:

Boot your PC from that CD and the testing software will open.

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I installed a 200GB hard drive a while back and it was fine,.. computer recognized it as 200 etc, I had a problem and had to reformat the drive and I reinstalled windows XP home edition, but now the drive is only recognized as 127GB, I download the service pack from Msft, but no joy.

I also flashed the bio's

I also ran search and searched for Atapi.sys and found two in my system one was in the service pack it was 5.1.2600.1106
Other was in system 32 drivers and it was 5.1.2600.1135.

Also the file system on the hard drive is NFTS.
Any ideas how to fix this so I get the full potential from the drive.


Intel Pentium 4, 1900MHz
Memory 384MB RAM
Disk Drives C, E
C drive 200 GB.
E drive (slave) 40GB (both run at 7200)
Video NVIDIA GeForce2 MX
Internet MSIE 6.0
Windows Windows XP home SP1
Intel 850 Chipset
Graphics card nVidia GeForce 3
Amt of video RAM 64 MB
Sound card Sound Blaster Live
Speakers Harmon Kardon HK-695
Interface Ultra ATA
Other drives included 10/16/40 Internal CD-RW

Modem 56K/V.90 PCI Fax/Data
Networking 10/100 Network Card
Ports 4 USB, 1 serial, 1 parallel

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Please don't duplicate post.

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Ok, I am not too sure what happened to my hard drive. I had gone downstairs to help my parents out with there computer, and when I returned, I had a black screen with the sentence, "Press F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter setup". It turns out that for some reason, my hard drive is not being recognized anymore by the BIOS and it won't boot. I tried automatically finding my HArd Drive in BIOS, but it says nothing is found. I hear that there is a virus that can prevent the hard drive from being found. I cannot run FDISK, Windows setup, or just plain Format because it says a hard disk was not found. Can somebody please help me figure out what the probem is, because I am realy not in the mood to buy a new hard drive. Thanks for all your help.

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Download a bootdisk from here

that will get you to an A:\ prompt for commands.
Probalby wont help much until you get the bios to find your hd.

open up your case, blow the dust out of it and reseat all your HD cables(power and ide) then reboot.

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After removing a virus, my 3rd hard drive is no longer being recognize. My apologies if this should be in hardware, but I didn't know if it was something that had to do with windows 7
The virus was anti-virus protection 2011.I used antizeroaccess, stopzilla,avg(which is my normal antivirus), malwarebytes, and kapersky
Yes all of them. It was a nasty virus.
My main hard drive c: shows up as well as my second drive. e:. My other drive used to show up as well as f: but since all of this it hasn't. Nothing else was changed besides resetting the cmos battery and a couple of disconnect reconnections, becasue the drive wasn't showing up.
Ide channel 0 master and Ide channel 0 slave (set to cable select). are the 2 hd's
Ide channel 4 is a disk drive.

The 3rd HD is also set to cable select. but that shouldn't matter cause that's what it was set to before.

I also tried another spare hard drive I had with the same connections as the 3rd hard drive ( marked as slave and cable select). It was not found either.not in my computer or in bios

Not sure what happened. No other hardware was removed or inserted.
If someone could help me out I'd greatly appreciate it. I have a lot of stuff on there.

Running windows 7
Mobo gigabyte ep43-ud3l

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One additional piece of info. the disk is cycling with power and I've tried another sata cable and sata port

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I am building a computer from scratch and I've run into one problem.

I have installed a Hitachi 80GB SATA hard drive, and it is recognized by the BIOS and motherboard, but when I try to install WinXP Pro it tells me I have no hard drive installed and therefore can't format/partition/install windows.
Because it's a SATA drive, it has no jumpers and is set to master by default, so that's not the problem. It's a completely new drive, so it shouldn't have anything on it at all.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model HDS722580VLSA80
ASUS A7V880 Motherboard with VIA KT880 Chipset

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Hello. A month ago I was instructed here on Bleeping Computer that my HD is failing. As it was still under warranty, luckily I got the new HD for free. Now I decided to install Windows 8 on it, and I did so using a bootable USB. I partitioned my disk (system reserved
 + 100GB primary drive + 500 GB secondary drive). I went through the steps until it got to personalizing my settings (finalizing and personalizing my settings took a while to finish). Then the laptop restarted, however, as my boot order was set to USB, it went to Windows installation again. I closed that, restarted the laptop and wanted to change boot order, however there was no hard disk listed or available to choose. I only get the DVD as a boot option. What should I do? Thank you.

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Is the HDD is detected in BIOS ?. Some systems do have an option to disable some boot device by adding to an exclusion list. You should check if the HDD is accidentally moved to the "Excluded from boot order" list.
Some system BIOS uses a HDD emulation mode to boot from USB. If that is the case, USB Pen drive may be treated as the first hard disk and hence your HDD may be omitted from the boot list. Remove the USB stick and try to boot. 

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Hard Drive Not Recognized i followed this tutorial but i obviously done it wrong and wiped my hard drive and had to buy a new one. I still have the old one what i am wondering is can i take the hard drive out when my system is running and put the old one in and fix it with drivers. It's a Western digital hard drive if that makes any difference.
Thank you in advance.

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hi there

well on the motherboard you should have a few sata connectors so why don't you plug the drive(leave the new drive in you don't need to take it out) that you replaced back in(WARNING please unplug the pc from the mains lead pull the cable from the pc and press the on/off button for 5-10 seconds to discharge any power in the machine, and touch a piece of clear metal on the pc case to earth yourself to rid any harmful static before doing any work on your pc) and we will go from there ok. i take it its a internal drive? could you post your machine specs to help with diagnosing problems in the forums please.

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I just built a system using an SSD as the main drive. Everything is humming along just fine except that a second 1Tb Seagate Hard Drive is not being recognized by the system. I had to use a Molex to Sata converter to connect it because the SATA Drive coming off the power supply only reaches the SSD and Optical.

I'm rather new at this and so................


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Is it detected in the BIOS? Is it detected in Device Manager as a drive? If yes then you likely just need to initialize, partition, format, and assign it a drive letter through Disk Management:

Also, your power supply should have more than one SATA power cable. What power supply do you have?
I'd use the adapter on the optical drive and give the hard drive the SATA connector from the PSU instead.

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I bought a new hard drive and formatted it etc, then installed or tried to install windows XP home edition after the initial install
I get a message telling me windows does not recognize the drive. ??? How do I fix this

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My computer is a Dell XPS ONE with a samsung hard drive running Vista. I have had nothing but problems with the hard drive on it. Changed it 3 times going on 4. I tried to run repair but it froze and I shut down the computer and now I can't boot from it. Presently I am using ubuntu (from a cd) on it so I can access the internet. Ubuntu doesn't recognize my hard drive either, it just shows a drive "mass storage" but can't mount it. I do have a backup but it is a couple of weeks old and I wanted to get the most recent files which are also important to me. Is there anything I can do? The last time this happened I was able to access my OS through Ubuntu but that is not the case this time. Also, when I was trying to boot up I kept getting an error message..something about PXE??..

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The 1st thing to do is figure out what is killing your HDD's. You could try installing the drive as a second drive in another computer or into an External Enclosure to see if the drive it self is readable, and if it is you can copy data off it that way.

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My harddrive works great apart from the fact it has to be plugged in twice in order to be recognised by my PC/PS3, for example, i turn my PS3/PC on with the device connected via USB and it wont be recognised, i unplug the USB then plug it back in and it is recognised straight away, it seems to only happen when the device has been left turned off for any great length of time, when i turn my PS3/PC off and back on again (within 5 mins) the device is recognised no problems. any idea what could be causing this problem and how i can fix it???

A:Hard drive not being recognized

You could try:

Go to Device Manager:

Click Start, then right click My Computer, select Manage. Go to Device Manager, then under Disk Drives, right click the External Hard Drive and go to Properties, go to the Power Management tab, then uncheck the option to "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"

However, the computer may turn back on from standby/sleep if the hard drive requires any power at all..

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

40GB USB 2.0 External Portable 2.5" w/ OEM Hard Drive - eBay (item 200389641931 end time Dec-29-09 13:26:13 PST)

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

Thanks much,

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Hello Harold,
Is the drive listed in Device Manager?

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I can't seem to get my SATA drive working after reformatting. I ran disk cleanup and had to wipe my hard drive after I accidentally deleted some system files. Then when I went to reload everything, my computer doesn't see the hard drive. I don't believe there is a problem with the drive, I think I'm just not sure how to set it up properly. I'm using an IDE hard drive now with XP just to have something, but I need to get the sata working. I was able to recognize it on XP (from the ide drive) and recover some files before reformatting. But since I can't recognize the drive

any help is GREATLY appreciated



ABIT AV8 Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard -

SAPPHIRE 1024-TC13-05-SAL Radeon 9250 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

Track 1 NEC DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3540A - OEM

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1.8GHz Socket 939

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You need to install the SATA drivers during the WIN XP installation from floppy disk or CD.

Press F6 when asked about installing other drivers and have the disk ready.

The XP installation will then install the SATA drivers and continues with th einstallation.

Look on your motherboard manufacturers web site or CD's supplied with motherboard for the drivers.



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I just bought a new drive ( for a case I've had for about two years ( Windows is not recognizing the drive at all and I've tried the standard fixes. First and foremost, is the drive compatiable with the case? What else can I do to get Windows to recognize the new hardware?

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I can't seem to get my SATA drive after reformatting. I botched up my file system and had to wipe my hard drive. Then when I went to reload everything, my computer doesn't see the hard drive. I don't believe there is a problem with the drive, I think I'm just not sure how to set it up properly. I'm using an IDE hard drive now with XP just to have something, but I need to get the sata working...

any help is GREATLY appreciated



A:Hard drive not recognized

Is the SATA drive to be the drive that you want Windows to be installed on or is it a secondary drive?

You probably need to install the SATA drivers for the drive to show up or if its a secondary drive you need to repartition/reformat the drive thru Disk Management.

Latest VIA drivers here:
Guide on how to make a driver disk to install XP on a RAID enable SATA drive:

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