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Q: Bios unable to find Hard Disk

Hello all,

Here is my problem. I have mainboard Asus P3b-F with 500mhz Intel proc. Because computer is planed for routing I use adapter IDE_to_Compact Flash, and CF 256MB card. I must mention that CF is working on every other comp (even on P1).
On this computer in BIOS it physically sees Card (when I switch from auto to Manualy configure). Also other test programs from BootCD does see CF card as a regular 256 disk.
Every time I start computer if BIOS is switched to Auto find ( no matter if it is on Ide1 or Ide2) comp cant find CF card ( Detecting Primary Master - None .. etc). If it is switched to manualy it cant boot system from it (cant find system).
Other "regular" Hard disks are working on this comp, and as I said this CF is working on other comps.
Does somebody know how to solve this problem.
I have 128mb SDRAM PC133 ( motherboard supports PC100 memory), but it still works with regular hrad disk.

Thanx in andvance

A: Bios unable to find Hard Disk

In such an case I would forgo the cf stuff and just use an old smaller ide drive. Cf may not live long as an os drive anyway, due to the nature of flash ram.

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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 showing in BIOS or Disk Manager

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

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Hi!Recently I have update my laptop bios from F.21 to F.24 A. After updating bios my laptop battery shuts down within 1.5 hour while before updating bios I use my laptop for 4 hours. Now I cannot recover or rollback the bios to F.21 it says (Unable to find bios signature file) when I rollback or update to F.21. When I update it to F.24 A again while it is installed already it doesn not ask that (unable to find bios signature file). So, Please HP Experts help me my laptop is dying.   Thanks In Advance.

A:Unable To Find Bios Signature File.

Hello @AbdulRaheem25, Welcome back to the HP Support Forums! I read your post about the BIOS issue, and wanted to assist you! Have you tried restoring the BIOS to its default settings?  You can use the following document to help.  Please post back with the results: HP Notebook PCs - Restoring the BIOS Please let me know if this information helps you resolve the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution", this will help others easily find the information they may be looking for.  Also, clicking the Thumbs up below is a great way to say thanks! Have a great day!

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A:Cant find my hard disk in disk manager

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

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I can't boot my Laptop from USB, CD-ROM, USB FLASH DRIVE nor External disk drive. I checked BIOS. I set the boot order like I'm supposed to, DISK > USB > HDD. Nothing happens.
I hit f10 for BIOS setup... or ESC for Boot order and I only see Hard Drive as boot option. No CD, USB... I tried to "repair computer" (F8) and I get no repair option, only restore option with restore points.
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A:Unable to boot my laptop from DISK, USB, ANYTHING but Hard [email protected]#%

There has to be a setting in the BIOS that is stopping you from booting from the USB or CD/DVD drive. That is IF those to thing actually work.

Have you checked to see if the USB and CD/DVD drive work?

As to the memory dump when trying to update the BIOS. You are doing this from inside Windows? I would suspect that because of the memory dump error.

99% of the time the computer/OS BSODs from memory errors. Memory errors come from bad memory.
If the notebook has 2 sticks of memory remove one of them then try the BIOS update. If it still BSODs put that stick back in and remove the other.
If it still BSODs then try it from a Safe Mode boot or from a Command line boot.

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sorry for my bad English. :P

A:unable to find my all local disk partition?

Hi, Welcome to Seven forums.

First thing, why were you installing Win XP from your hard drive? And what changes did you do in BIOS?

You might have removed the drive letters. Follow this link and perform the steps. Change, add, or remove a drive letter - Microsoft Windows Help

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A:Cannot find USB hard disk

Was this a brand new drive with no data? If so, you need to initialize the drive in Disk Management then partition and format it. To initialize the drive right click it in disk management and select Initialize. Then you can create a new volume on the drive and format it.

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I just finished this computer, it has nothing installed on it yet.

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Thanks a lot

A:Cannot find Hard Disk

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I had an HP Pavilion dv9000t with window vista, and I tried to add window 2000 on it as a dual boot machine. After I did all the disk management, and download all the driver for window 2000, I did a reboot using window 2000 CD trying to install 2000 on drive E:. In the process of installation, it says it cannot find any hard disk. My guess is due to the SATA hard drive, but cannot figure out a way to solve the problem.

Just wonder if anyone has the same problem.

I talked with HP and they suggest to me to change the BIOS setting and to disable the SATA native support, and then I was able to see the drive. However, all the three NTFS partitions on the drive are listed as unformatted or bad file systems. Further, only the first partition has a drive letter C: and the two other partitions with drive letter D: and E: in window vista are not showed.

Further more, when I continued and selected the third partition for the window 2000 operating system, it asked to reformat the C: drive, and I was not sure if the operating system will reformatted the whole disk drive with three partitions on it or just the third partition which I selected for installation.

Need help!

A:cannot find any hard disk

VISTA is known to have issues with SATA drivers.... I can't imagine why anyone would install two OSes on a system unless one is linux and the other is windows. I know people do it, but I can forsee problems like this.

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the installation didnt find any drive
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i need some sata/raid contraller that support windows seven...
can anyone help me pplz?

A:cant find the hard disk

You may have a problem.

That motherboard uses an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset. There may be no Windows 7 support for that.

(That was probably ATI?AMD's choice, not Microsoft's. MS distributes drivers, but they don't usually create them.)

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Hey guys!

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Before I began the install, I went to windows disk manager and deleted then extended the partition that had Linux on it. When I went to install Win10, it keeps giving me errors that it could not create a partition and upon further inspection, the specific error is that it could not find the boot drive.

I've been at this for quite a while now, and any help would be appreciated!

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Hey guys!

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but I'm currently trying out Windows 10, but I'm getting an error which I believe is due to my previous dual-boot consisting of Windows 7 + Antergos w/ Grub. (My friend installed this for me, so I'm not very familiar with this stuff.

Before I began the install, I went to windows disk manager and deleted then extended the partition that had Linux on it. When I went to install Win10, it keeps giving me errors that it could not create a partition and upon further inspection, the specific error is that it could not find the boot drive.

I've been at this for quite a while now, and any help would be appreciated!

A:Unable to install windows 10 - couldnt find boot disk

If you deleted the Linux partition w/ Grub, then you can't boot. May have to clean install, or maybe if in Windows, EasyBCD can re-create the boot for you.

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My issue is this: If I disconnect one of the drives (either one), I get an error after BIOS that it cannot find the system disk. I know which drive is C: vs. X: while looking inside my case.

My goal is to remove the drive with Vista on it to use in another PC (given drive prices are through the roof today). I just want to keep my drive with Windows 7 on it (currently labeled in the system as drive X).

Is there a way around this without having to format my drive (X) with Windows 7 on it AFTER I remove the C: drive with Vista on it?

Sorry if this all sounds confusing. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Dual Boot Question/Unable To Find System Disk

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

A screenshot of your disk management layout would be a big help.

In the meantime I would have thought that carrying out a startup repair would sort out your boot problems.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

In my humble opinion you probably have the boot files on the Vista drive so that when you disconnect it the computer is looking for your C drive - it can't find Windows 7 because you have it on the X drive.

When you've removed the Vista drive and got Windows 7 booting correctly, you need to change its drive letter to C.

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I was try to find some photos but every photos are showing invalid image.

Please can any one help me on this to find out my photos.

Thanks in advance


Vinoth S

A:Cannot able to find my photos in my hard disk

Thanks for your reply. I am using i care recovery software. Just now i check my recovered files except mp4 all other files are working perfectly.

Can you please help me how i can recover my photos.

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I had set this computer up in the past with a different SATA drive using Windows 98 and had no problems with the drive being found. No driver floppy came with the Abit motherboard.

I have checked the bios and SATA RAID ROM and boot from SATA drive are enabled. Is there some SATA driver I need to install? If so where would I find it. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

A:XP setup cannot find hard disk

You need to install the sata drivers. If you don't have floppy, see this:

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Now. I installed XP onto a second hard-disk, boot up then switch on the external hd. Literally nothing happens. No "New Hardware Found" or anything. I tried Device Manager but there was no indication that something was attached.

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When I was at the disk's blue screen, I hit enter to install XP (to reformat the drive). However, it says there are no Hard Disk Drives installed, and I can't do anything.

Now, I don't know what to do... any help is, well, helpful.


A:Can't Find Hard Disk Drives

You probably have a recovery partition on the hard drive.
Since you tried to load windows off of the wrong disc can you still load windows and get to your desktop?
At the bottom is the link to a post in which I helped Jendra find here partition, and then get her system reloaded/reinstalled, Please read through it until you get to the recovery part and see if that helps you and post any questions you have here

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What could be causing my system to lose communication with my hard disk?
Thanx in advance for your thoughts.

A:System cannot find hard disk

I would do a system file check and a malwarebytes scan.

System Files - SFC Command

Tutorial:Thanks to Brink


EDIT:Schedule a disc check for next start up as well.

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Any ideas???

Hope someone can help.

A:Cannot find/see files on hard disk

I am also having problems copying/writing to the hard disk now. I extract files to it, but they do not appear there.

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Hi guys

After few issues with Vista, I decided to install XP from boot CD. I got error message of "could not find hard drive"

I completely wiped off hard drive with all data and whilst running XP installation CD, I am STILL getting error message which says "could not find hard drive"

Can someone help?

Do I need to make any changes in BIOS?

Right now my laptop is without any operating system.

A:Installation CD unable to find hard drive ??

Hi -

Re-format the HDD with KillDisk then try XP or Vista install again. Which do you want?

KillDisk -

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn -

KillDisk will find some areas on the HDD that "regular" formatting does not.

Regards. . .



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A:unable to find hard drive while installing XP

Hi syr1dad and welcome to TSF !

Make sure the IDE cable is connected to the primary IDE controller (refer to the motherboard's manual), set the jumper as master (look on the sticker that's on the back of the drive) and hook the hard drive to the end of the cable. Hook the CD-rom drive to the middle of the cable and if it also has a jumper set it as slave. Unhook all your other IDE drives for the time of the installation.

Make sure you're using an 80 wires IDE cable. Read this for more information.

What CD are you using to reinstall ? Is it a retail XP CD ? If it doesn't have SP2 on it then create a new XP SP2 CD.

What's the exact model of your drive (look on the sticker) and what's your motherboard's brand and model ?

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Hi, can someone please help me?
After leaving my com for around 3 days i opened up mutiple programs and in the mean time was unrar-ing a file, in the middle of the process my computer freezed and i had to manual press the reset button on the computer, after i restart windows XP when to a grey progress bar something like scandisk i guessed but i am not sure since it has no writing and i naver seen it b4 on XP, but it got stuck so i pressed restart again, this time it went to the grey progress bar too and then start to load windows up normally but then u took ages and nothing was moving so i restarted my computer once more in the middle of loading and then my bios just got stuck at decting my drive, so i restarted it and then same thing happens so i waited this time and after around 5 mins or so there was none dected and the message "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" F1 to continue I pressed F1 and it loads up my on board network and restarts the computer after a few times it no longer shows "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" just a 5 min wait and said none detected and restarts the computer, with out letting me boot with cd or a drive. and the hard drive can be detected. when i took my harddrive off it would let me boot with cd / a drive without it auto restarting.

my hard drive is SATA Barracuda 7200.7 200 Gbytes model ST3200822AS
my mother board is MSI K8N Neo2 Ms-7025 (v1.X) ATX Mainboard
NVIDIA nForce 3 Ultra Chipset
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A:Bios cant find hard drive SATA after computer crash

Could you clear up a couple of things. Your title implies that BIOS does not see the SATA drive, but later you say it can be detected (typo?). Is the SATA drive plugged into the motherboard or into a connector card? You reset CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Your system may have crashed for a reason. If the drive is not detected in BIOS and connections and cables are OK it could be the drive.

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how can i fix this problem without a floppy disk or using anything long and confusing?

A:Windows XP cannot find hard disk drives

If this happened suddenly after your PC had been working fine all this time, I would suspect a bad hard drive.

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Hi all,
Recently my comp refused booting up and I found out that its the hard disk. Tried to get it back to work but no help. (Read this thread for more info

Now I have attached the hard drive as the secondary one but I can not find any of the files that I saved on the desktop. Usualy I save files on the desktop. But I can not see any of the them.

Please help me to recover my files.

Thanks in Advance.

A:Help me to find my files - Hard disk Failiure

You should be looking under:

[drive letter]:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Desktop

You should also be able to use the Windows search utility to search for a file name you know is there on the drive.

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i got new notebook HP dv6670ej.
i have vista on it and problems with it, i tried to format and
install windows XP but in the begin after the computer loads the files,
it shows me error: setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed in your computer.
i searched for ways to fix it, one way is to disable SATA in bios, but i dont have the option in there. other way is to make a windows installation with nLite,
but i have no idea what drivers i need for it and where to download them.
maybe there is another easier way?
can someone help me please?

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drivers

in most of the links you gave i saw that i need a floopy drive that i dont have.
and i still cannot understand what drivers i need and where to get them from.

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I'm trying to format and install Windows XP pro on an old laptop (HP Compaq nc6400) but when I boot from the DVD after it loads all the files it tells me that the install cant find the hard disk and I have to cancel the install. The laptop boots up just fine so I know the HDD is still working. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows XP Pro Cant Find Hard Disk On Install

If you can boot successfully...why do you want to install XP?

Please boot the system...and then Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - .

What is the origin of the are trying to use to install XP?

Since you want to reinstall...why aren't you doing a clean install...or using the HP restore-to-factory defaults option?


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Just installed XP Pro last week.... no problems . Last night, my computer will not work . I try to Repair from the CD, but the I get the same error over and over. I get the same error even if I try to run set from scratch. What to do??

A:Setup did not find hard disk driver.....

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I am trying to install a new harddrive on a amd sempron 2500+

amd sempron 2500+
windows xp home edition

this is what shows up on the install

set up did not find any hard disk drives installed

A:set up did not find any hard disk drives installed

Enter the BIOS at startup and set the drive controller mode to IDE or ATA instead of SATA, turn AHCI or native command queuing off if there are such settings, save the settings and retry.

Else you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD :
Get the sata drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's website.

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I have a HP DV6400 notebook running MS XP PRO. Keyboard driver appears corrupt. Keyboard works in BOIS screens but not at login window. BT wireless mouse works so all I can do is shutdown, cannot type with mouse. Called HP support and they were useless. Read through all your threads, great info but none of the suggestions worked (use USB keyboard, etc). Concluded I need to repair the OS.

Booted from XP disk in CD/DVD drive, hit ?R? for repair (keyboard worked) and then received error; ?Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.? The only fix I found on line was to use a bootable floppy to install hdd drivers, see http://www.windowsxphome.windowsrein...exfullpage.htm.

I will need to go buy a USB floppy drive and floppies (in 2008 ? really?) in order to follow their solution.

Do you have a better suggestion?

A:Setup did not find any hard disk installed - Why?

Is your hard drive SATA?

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Windows will not start for me in any mode. I have a a Dell Dimension E510 and Windows XP Media Center and this is the message I get when I try to boot from my Windows install disc. I have a floppy disk drive and have downloaded several different SATA and SCSI drivers? And none of them worked. When I hit F6 and put in the floppy disk with these drivers I would either get "cannot find txtsetup.oem" or it would try to run the driver and then it would start right back over trying to load Windows and I would end up back at the same "cannot find any hard disk drives" screen. I ran a hard drive diagnostic test and I passed everything. If this is just as simple as downloading the correct drivers onto my floppy disk, I would be GREATLY appreciative if someone could direct me to the correct download link.

As you can see, I'm not the most tech savvy guy in the world, but I feel like I'm one download away. Someone PLEASE help me out! Thanks.

A:Set up did not find any hard disk drives on your computer

Hi m8008m and welcome to TSF

Go into your BIOS and see if your harddrive can be seen there.

Try booting in the Safe mode.

Tell what you find,

Best regards,

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

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

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


A:Hard disk not detected by BIOS

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

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Correct title (mods pls fix if possible): BIOS/PC Doesn't detects hard disk

Hi all,

I have a seagate 160gb hdd .. 2 years old.. was working perfectly fine till an hour ago.

I suddenly thought my computer was slow .. kinda laggy.. and i also started to hear some voice (weird voice .. like tak-tak-tak .. as if some thing was knocking on one of the components) from inside my cabinet.

So i switched off my comp ..

I restarted .. the sound again came .. very loud and apparent.

I then realised that at the first screen, one of my hard disk (160 gb seagate) was not detected.

I then took it out (of the cabinet) .. this time i made the hdd stand on the floor, attached the power and ide cable .. turned on the comp .. and NOW i realized the sound was coming from this hdd itself. The sound goes like something spinning inside the hdd .. then it would stop .. then again spins .. then again stops .. then again spins, and so on. This (spinning) sound would also continue even when i turn off the comp (although it then gradually decreases and then goes off, and no i'm not talking about the sound fans make). I'm sure i never heard such sound from my hdd.

Nevertheless .. i kept my comp off for like 30 mins .. and then i re-tested it .. and the hard disk still wouldn't detect.

I tested it on my brother's comp .. and it won't work there too.

I then tried to put it as master (jumper) .. but then it would just stick on the first screen (witho... Read more

A:BIOS cannot detect hard disk

Sorry, but your drive is dead.

Other than spending a lot of money on data recovery, I don`t think there`s much you can do.

Now you know why backups are so important. The only thing certain about a hard drive, is that sooner or later it will fail.

Regards Howard

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My problem started two days ago, as I turned on my computer, it was slow going through the usual BIOS checks, and when it went to boot Windows XP, it could not boot.

I restarted and the problem occurred several times. I looked in the BIOS setup, and found that neither of my hard drives were detected. I tried the hard drive with my OS installation, in another computer which works, and this hard drive was recognized by the system, and I could access the files on it.

I placed this back into my system, and found that the BIOS recognized it, but not my other hard drive. I could boot into Windows, and everything was fine, apart from my second hard drive. So I took out the second hard drive, and placed that into another system, and it was not recognized by the BIOS or OS. I double checked the connections, and they were fine.

When I placed this drive back into my system, it would not read this drive either.

Today, as I turned on my system, it only got as far as the BIOS logo screen, and would not progress further. When I tried Tab and Delete to move into Setup, or Post screen, nothing happened.

I am now stumped as to what the problem could be. I tried taking out both hard drives and booting from a Linux disc, as this worked before, but this did not have any result.

Any Suggestions?
My system specs:
CPU: Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3GHZ
HDD: 120GB Western Digital ('working' drive with OS installation, manufactured 2005)
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A:BIOS and Hard Disk Issues

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When computer boots it gives me a boot disk failure and wen I check the bios I find that the biso hasn'f ound the hard disks. Sometimes it finds them sometimes not. Coulld anyone please tell me how the problem can be solved?

Thank you

A:bios isn't finding hard disk

take the motherboard out of the computer with the hard drive power supply and RAM. See if it recreates the issue outside the box. Sounds like bad ground or bad mobo if this really is an intermittent issue.

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

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

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

I have tried the following steps:

1 I have repalced IDE cable with the new one

2 I have restored BIOS settings to factory defaults.

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

4 Plugged the harddisk in the Secondery IDE cable.

5 Tried all the Jumper settings.

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

But no result.

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

A:Hard Disk not detected in BIOS

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

Back up, back up, back up.

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I often install windows.yesterday,I installed windows XP to install MatLab(my RAM is 1GB) but incomplete.while I was installing,the screen displayed "no hard disk found",in BIOS too.Then I had to install windows 7 by USB and complete

A:No hard disk found in BIOS

So what exactly then is your issue or question ?

And Welcome to the Forums

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

A:Hard disk is not detected, even in BIOS

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

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

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

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

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

Has any one got any ideas?

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

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My windows 7 ruuning on 2.1GHz , 3 GB RAM used to show blue screen while tryingt o watch any movies. It used to get stuck.

Also in Bios it occasionally stopped detecting the hard disk. also system time used to get slower time to time. after 2-3 weeks, now the hard disk completely stopped detecting and only DVD drive is showing in boot option. earlier I could get it detected after rebooting it copuple of times. Now it comepletely stopped detecting

Is it a hard disk failure issue ? or Bios battery becomes too low ? can someone guide me on same ?

A:Hard disk not detecting in BIOS

Hello and welcome tomcatic fist of all mate how old is the machine and some more specs would be real handy.

Find these with Speccy - Download < from piriform

send some screen shots if possible as it would be good to see what the temps are doing too.

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Hi guys, I have a problem. My laptop motherboard fried, so I removed the hard drive and purchased a caddy. When I plug the hard drive in to my new desktop PC I am able to see that only 4GB of the 100 GB capacity is available (as should be the case). However, I cannot see any of my files on there (folders I had created on the desktop etc.). The only folders I can see are PerfLogs, Program Files, SwSetup, Users, Windows and two of my personal folders (both containing some photos).

I really need to find the rest of my files as I have 12GBs of photos and videos of my baby boy on there, and would be gutted if I cannot access them again (for obvious reasons). Nothing else is important. Please help me if you can. Thanks.

P.S. Both my laptop and my PC are Vista. If I need to provide any other info please ask. Thanks again. My personal email is smarty_j_shields AT

A:Unable to find files on removed hard drive

did you had password security on your profile..?? Try treesize to explore the files or scan the folders
JAM Software - Windows Freeware

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Hey, Im new here its my first time post.

I have an old vpr matrix 253R desktop with the integrated fasttrak raid controller in the intel mother board model D845FBT.

It was set up as a raid 0 strip array with two 80 gigabyte Western Digital IDE/PATA hard drives
they are set to cable select on two different ide cables to the motherboard
It had a nasty virus so i tried to restore it with windows professional Except it gave me this error

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

It wont recognize the hard drives. (Shows in fasttrak utility but not even in the bios) I tried to download the fasttrak raid drivers from intel website for the mother board, loaded on a floppy, pressed F6 to load them ect..and it began to work i formatted the drives and then it began to load windows until it said "fasttrak.sys could not be found" press enter to retry, esc to skip, and F3 to quit, I pressed retry first, then i tried skipping, it finished loading but but then gave me blue screen of death... then i formatted the floppy disk tried it again and it gave me an error txtsetup.oem could not be found...

so i am completely stumped here, i dont know much about raid, i tried everything from disableing the raid in the bios, to switching up the hard drives, cables, jumper settings ect.. nothing seems to work, i dont need a raid just want to reload my computer, any ideas would be great thanks.

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed

I have an idea, but it's an ugly, lose all your data, all or nothing sort of affair. Wipe one drive, then try to install it separately. If that works, install the second drive after the system is up and running as a "volume" (storage drive). You did say you didn't need RAID.
If there's malware involved, sometimes a repair install of XP isn't enough to restore the system to it's former glory.

Plan "B" would be to attempt an install on a brand new, or clean drive. This is best applied if you can borrow a spare drive, at least pricewise.

Keep in mind that there may be bits and broken pieces of the original RAID software thwarting your efforts. You should download the manual for this board before diving into the project full bore, as the book will explain the proper boot sequence and drive mode settings in BIOS

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I have a system that was custom built about 3 years ago - Guy put XP pro on it, but wasn't a "valid key". I just purchased a full version of XP Pro, and am trying to reformat my hard drive with this (I was told on a forum about 9 mos ago that my registry was seriously screwed and this was the only option). Got it to boot from the new XP CD - but then says cannot find any hard disk drives installed in computer. I have 2 hard drives - one removable (hoping to save some pics on this and not have to reformat this). Thanks for your help - Moe

A:Reformat Of Xp Pro - System Can't Find Any Hard Disk Drives

What kind of hard drive is it? IDE, SATA or SCSI? Is the drive recognized by the bios?

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I have a gx280 system, It won't boot up about 1 out of 3 times. The reason is not to find a hard disk. The messege shows me " No SATA hard drive". Whenever the computer failed to be booted up, I opened the case and replug the HDD cable in. It clears the problem so far. Also I replaced the HDD cable either but it still has the problem. The dell assistance in online say that the problem could be the cable or mothboard. I don't know what I should do now. Should I buy a new board or throw this Dell away? Or anyone has a solution for this?


A:Dell GX280: Won't find the primary hard disk?

That motherboard has a lot of trouble with bad capacitors which render the system to be now workable. If your capacitors (little barrel-like components about 1 to 1 2/4 inches high) are puffy, have rounded tops, or are leaking brown, black, or rust colored powered, the board is dead unless you have a tech nearby who knows how to replace them cheaply... about $60.

Otherwise, replace the cables with the SATA cables with the locking plugs and sockets... very cheap...

So again Dell is right, but not helpful.

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For some reason, the free space on my hard disk drive has been decreasing from 200/222GB down to a measly 50/222GB.

So I want to find out which folder has been responsible for this but Windows itself won't let me so I'm trying to get an outside program.

When I installed Ubuntu, it had a program in it that let me see the sizes of my folders on my hard disk. It was a really useful one so if someone can remind me what it is, that would be great

I tried this program called moleskin directory but it was only for a trial period of 10-30 days or so and I've used it all up.

So if anyone can suggest to me that program on ubuntu or another outside program that I can install which will let me view the various sizes of folders on my hard disk?

A:How can I find out which folder takes up the most space in my hard disk?

This free program (Sequoia View):
Or this one (WinDirStat):

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O.K. This should not be too much of a problem and one that occurs regularly, but - I have created NTFS partitions on two hard drives installed in my computer. So, Partition Magic knows the two disks are there.

Why then do I get the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer" when I boot up with the Windows XP setup disk?

When I boot up disk references are briefly displayed. When I go into setup, the disks are listed under "hard disk drives" as "1st drive VIA VT6420 1st HDD" and "2nd drive VIA VT6420 2nd HDD".

What do I need to do to fix this?

I thought a clean Windows XP install would be straightforward.

A:Solved: Setup did not find any hard disk drives

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i have an hp pavilion dv5000 and at first i had a "blue screen" problem so my friend thought reformatting my hard drive will help but no i have no OS and when i try to put one in it says like "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system" please help i dont know what to do

A:HP Pavilion dv5000 cant find a hard disk installed

How did you friend reformat the HDD?

1. Under Windows
2. Under Windows Setup

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I'm trying to reinstall windows xp on a dell xps 400 desktop. When I put the cd in I press any key to boot from cd windows loads and then when I hit enter to enter installtion, it says "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer". I don't know what to do. Anybody know how I can install windows? Usually its simple and I delete the old partition and create new but this doesn't seem to be the case this time.

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed

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Hi people, been a while since I posted here, since had my forum name changed to nebulus. Anyway, to the question...

I bought a hard disk from someone on ebay and it is supposed to have an 8mb buffer. One of the main reasons I made the buy was on the assurance that it was this version of the drive. I now have the drive installed and have ghosted over my old disk image and am using it to type this post.
I would now like to check the cache size to make sure I have got what I paid for, but I tried SiSoft Sandra and a few other methods and cannot find the info out. Can you recommend any utils or methods that may give me the nfo?

Thanks for reading

A:How do I find out Hard Disk Cache/Buffer Size?

What's the brand of you HDD? Most manufacturers assign their model numbers according to the specification of the HDD. In the case of Western Digital, WD800JB, where WD is WesternDigital and 800 shows that the disk contains 80.0GB and JB refers to the cache memory which is 8MB in this case and BB referst to 2MB of Cache memory.

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Using a X240 upgraded to Windows 10. Lenovo's Fingerprint Manager is now replaced with Windows Hello.  I used to be able to scan my fingerprint at boot-up - it would pass-thru my HDD bios password and also my Windows logon.  All with 1 fingerprint swipe at boot-up! Now I need to enter the HDD BIOS manually then scan my fingerprint at the Windows logo.  No fingerprint request is popping up at boot-up. Any ideas?

A:Using Windows Hello with Hard Disk BIOS password

This should work with Windows Hello if you are using the Win10 version of the fingerprint driver.  What we have found, is that sometimes Microsoft doesn't upgrade your fingerprint driver to the Win10 version at the same time they are upgrading OS to Win10.  Please try this:

Open Device Manager
Expand the category "Biometric Devices"
Right-click on "Synaptics FP Sensor..."
Choose "Update Driver Software"
Select the option "Search Automatically..."   (make sure you are connected to internet first)

This should download and install the Win10 driver, version 4.5.507 (or later).
If this still doesn't work, you may need to remove and then re-enroll your fingerprint in Windows Hello.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:SATA hard disk not recognized in BIOS

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Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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couple of weeks ago my NAS drive stop working, i try to SSH it but did not work, so i use the Diagnostics tool from WD to check whether its ok or not but the HDD pass all the test. then finally i decided to take the HDD out of the enclosure and attached
it to Desktop running win 7 Pro. the BIOS detect the drive as 0.0GB, when i check it in Disk management it showed as unknown and not initialized. i tried to initialized it but keep getting I/O error. then i used DISKPART tried to use clean all command and
getting same I/O error. 
is there a way to recover data and make use of HDD or is it fried HDD now.

please help thanks.

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Heys guys,

Firstly sorry if this is in the wrong section, but as i have Windows Vista as my operating system i quess this will do, i should also mention that my computer is a Packard Bell iMedia 2422.

Now my problem is this, i recently bought a 'Seagate OEM 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 Internal Hard Disk Drive' that i would like to use for storing files only. But when i installed the hard drive i wasn't able to find it in my BIOS. Obviously the first thing i did was check all the connections but they all turned out to be fine.

Then i read that if your computer is of a certain age you may need to limit the hard drive from 3.0gb/s to 1.5gb/s, so i bought myself the correct size jumper and set it up to 1.5gb/s. After doing this the BIOS was still not able to find my new hard drive.

The next thing i read was that i may need to update my BIOS to the newest version, so i found out the make of my motherboard and discovered that i needed the new Reno Bios update which i promptly downloaded the file i aquired is 'Reno_bios_v18.exe'. I read that when i double click this file the 'BIOS update disk creator' should start and walk me through creating a bootable BIOS disk, unfortunately this seems to keep crashing and so i cant create the disk and update my BIOS.

So i would like to ask for any help on this matter, whether that be advice on why my new hard drive isn't showing up on my existing BIOS. Or if someone can give me a guide on how to create... Read more

A:New hard drive not found & unable to update BIOS

You have a pretty new computer the BIOS isn't your issue with the drive. Most likely it's DOA, your cables are bad or even your mobo has issues. Swap out the new drive with your main drive and check that the BIOS to be sure the drive can be seen and there aren't any issues with it.

The program probley doesn't work correctly in Vista so try an XP PC. Manufacturers are prettty poor on updating utility programs.

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hi all,

i was watching my TV Series as usual and suddenly my PC suddenly powered off, and restarted.

However, its stuck at the 2nd BIOS Page and wont boot anymore.

So, i panicked and wanted to backup my data before anything goes wrong, and i took my laptop out.

and when i power on my laptop, the laptop also stuck at the BIOS page! i was using the laptop 2 hours ago and

it was completely fine. So i tried to reformat my laptop as i dont have important data and after booting from the CD.

It prompt saying it cannot detect hard disk and leave me only 1 option to press f3 to quit the XP Setup.

Im thinking both my PC and Laptop have gotten some sort of virus or something but i cant load into windows at all.

Simply stuck at the BIOS screen, no option to go into safe mode or anything.

Any gurus can help me on this please?? Many thanks in advance!!

A:Hard Restart And Stuck At Bios, Unable To Reformat

Do you have another hdd cable to try on the desktop? If so then try it.

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Originally Posted by AxeOfRedemption

ok this is the problem i have winxp and i get the blue screen of death and i try to format the harddrive but when i go to delete the partition i see five partitions all say unknown partition and when i try to delete that it goes back to the blue screen and i dont know what to do anymore really so if anyone knows anything that would be great help and i really dont want to get a new harddrive so if its fixable help would be great

I'm having the same problem as AxeOfRedemption and I can't see the solution, anybody to assist us???

A:Unable to Format Hard Disk

This behavior may occur if one of the following conditions is true:
• One or more of the random access memory (RAM) modules that are installed on your computer are faulty.
• The RAM configuration is incompatible with Windows XP."

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I have bought a new laptop (DOS installed) and trying to install windows7
After i installed windows 7, i can see only 30 gb drive in "My computer" (500 gb hard disk)
When iam trying to create new volume in disk management on unallocated space
iam getting a prompt that "this action will convert the disk to dynamic disk"
when i proceeded with clicking ok i get an error message saying "Not enough space on the disk to perform the operation"
Even in the windows installation screen iam unable to select the unallocated space and format.
I can see the options "format", "delete" disabled for the partitions
I can see the options enabled for only few partitions.
This is a brand new laptop with DOS installed and iam installing the windows for first time.
can anyone tell me what might be the problem for this and how can i partition the hard disk and format ?

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to format hard disk

The make and model of this laptop that came with DOS installed?

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I have one of those external sata/IDE cables that i connected to my hard drive and then connect it to my pc through the USB cable

This Hard Drive has windows vista 64bit on it and abunch of files. When i connect it to a PC with Windows XP it is fine shows up everything is great.

When i connect it to my PC which has a new hard drive just formatted Vista 64bit it does not show up

So i went into Disk Management and it shows it needs to be initialized so i try to initialize it but says disk is not ready.

Does it want me to Format it first?

Is there any way i could get it to show up without formatting the drive?


A:Unable to initialize Hard Disk


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My sister recently tried to restore her laptop to factory settings, and failed with miserable consequences. Windows 98 has been installed but when trying to boot up the error message "Insufficient memory to initialize Windows." appears. When trying to run Windows XP setup, the error message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer."
The laptop is a:- Gateway MX6932b
The HD is a Toshiba MK1246GSX
Any help would be MUCH appreciated.

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

it sounds like it did a partial wipe or partial format and the current layout of the drive is completely invalid. That or somehow the hard drive actually got unplugged. Unfortunately, if the windows XP installation utility itself can't recognize the hard drive, you may have to take it out in order to re-format it.
One thing you can try however is to download and create an image of Bart PE and burn it to a CD then boot into it on that computer via the boot menu which you access by pressing a whatever key the initial screen says when you turn your computer on. Usually it's F10,11,or 12. Then open the command prompt from bart pe's start menu and type chkdsk C: /r /v
that will check for any messed up and scrambled parts of the hard drive's various parts including the data itself and the indexes of the data and possibly even the MBR. That may make it recognizable but likely not bootable.
Otherwise, you can get a SATA/IDE to USB combo adapter for quite cheap online or at a local computer store and plug the hard drive into another computer then use disk management to see if it's initialized, how it's partitioned, and format it however you want.

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Compaq Presario C350EA
It has NO floppy disk drive

The problem - I installed Fedora 8 (linux) about a week ago, after trying to get my wireless to work, i decided to go back to windows.
I booted from the CD and installed XP. When i started the computer, it would not go past the XP loading screen instead it flashed blue screen and reseted and kept looping.
So, i booted from Darik's Boot and Nuke and did the automatic wipe.
Now the problem is that whenever i insert the XP CD i get the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system" and therefore can't install.

I have been reading up on this topic and it seems that to get the XP CD to install you have to install some sort of driver from a floppy disk during the XP installation... The fact of the matter is, im out of my comfort zone!

Any help would be appreciated

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system

The doesnt appear to be an option to do this in the bios

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Heres my problem , so my computer dvd and cd drives failed i kept getting mssg select boot device and reboot. then i used a cd drive fromanother computer connected it with xp windows cd and now im getting error in setup"setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" please help this computer used to work fine before and was xp before..thankyou in advance!

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

Check you bios settings if it is detecting your HDD.


Check also the jumper settings of the CD drive

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Hi, I have a 1 year old NEC versa P8310 and on a reboot it came up with the vista repair tool that fixes boot problems so the user can reboot successfully. It attempts to check the HD but then aborts with a message saying it is unavailable to find a soilution. I automatically attempted to use the sys restore facility, which... came up with an error message. So i used the cmd prompt to use chkdsk, which im confused to whether the HD is corrupted or not, which... is what the vista repair tool is trying to convey through its very many error message logs which are frankly lost on me.

So i stuck in an XP install Cd and tried to use the repair tool....but this came up with the OP thread title message.
I want to try and avoid a complete reinstall.... so any thoughts here please?? =S

edit1: also, it does not allow me to boot in any form of safe mode.

A:"setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer..."

What syntax did you use for chkdsk? Is there more than one hard drive in your system?
Have you used a bootable hard disk diagnostic (available from the manufacturer of your hard drive)?

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I could use some expert help.

I have a Gateway M255-E laptop that all of the sudden just won't boot up. This laptop has all of its original equipment and has never been opened up or upgraded. I have XP OEM Operating CD that came with the laptop, so I inserted it and got the dreaded "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" message. After doing a lot of reading it appears I might need to install the SATA driver. This is what I have done so far, and I am stuck on step 3.

1. Downloaded the Hitachi HD utility from their website. Ran it, found bad sectors, fixed that and
then erased the drive. Reran the utility and all is ok with the drive
2. Put in new Ram
3. ATTEMPTED to integrate SATA drive into installation process using nLite because this laptop has no floppy drive. I am failing miserably at this. I downloaded the SATA driver from Gateways website.
image 1 Inside of the SATA_Intel_5 folder is all of this... image 2

I followed the directions on how to do this here... Got the ISO file made and burnt it to disk and inserted it into laptop, rebooted and nothing. Blinking cursor. I do not know if I did this process correctly. I inserted the XP OEM cd and used the cd drive destination as the location for the Windows installation package. I made a new folder for the installation files to be saved to and nLite copied these image 3 installation files... Read more

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


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Ok, I'll try to explain as much as I can.

I have a computer with a Asus A8V Deluxe motherboard with a AMD 64 processor.
I have two hard drives one is a WD740 and one is WD3000 they are both SATA drives (connected with the thin red wire, I think they are SATA)
I wanted to format both drives so I put in the windows XP installation CD (which came with the computer) it seemed to start running fine. But when it gets to the option of "installing a new copy press enter, to repair press R etc." I press enter and then I get the message "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" press F3 to quit.

I took out both drives and connected them to my other computer and formatted both drives, so now they are both clean.

I connected them to the other computer but it keeps telling me that there is NO DRIVE CONNECTED.

Right now I cant get the computer running, the installation fails because no drive detected, I made sure to check the cables are connected properly (not lose) and I doubt the drive went bad because they are practically brand new and until 2 days ago before I decided to reformat the drives they were both working fine.

I do not have a floppy drive in case it?s a BIOS problem, but if that is the problem I will purchase a Floppy drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

C. Weber
Miami, FL

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


It tells you how to set up your bios to recognize/run Sata drives as IDE. In your case, unless running Vista, you would want to operate as IDE mode.

Conversely, the manual also covers how to configure your Sata drives for operation as AHCI or in Raid mode.

The manual, should you have lost it or whatever, is freely available at Asus.

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Hi, I was getting an msg upon bootup that said DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER.

I was afraid my DVD drive was not going to open by the way. It took several pushes of the button til it did. I insertd my Windows XP system disk closed it and hit enter.

Now it is saying Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. I am not that hardware savvy these days. Any suggestions on what to do next?


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

Boot into Setup (Bios) and see if your HDD is listed there. If not, then it has either become unplugged or it has failed.

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Hello all ,,

I have that problem when I tried to install win xp sp 2

what I have is sp1 ,,

my MB is :


VIA P4M800 chipset

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 80GB Hard Drive
6V080E0, Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s, 7200 RPM, OEM

I think there is something to do with the BIOS

But I'm not quit sure what to change

plz help how to let the win cd installation can be able to see
the HD ????

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drivrs installed in your system!

Firstly you need to check on the initial boot screen or in the bios to make sure bios sees your drives, but I think the problem is that you have a sata hard drive and some boards will not see these drives unless you install drivers.

What you need to do is go onto the site that made your mobo, or use your setup cd (from another computer) And find the sata drivers - they will not be the windows drivers but a small driver utility that you can extract to a floppy disk - when you extract the drivers you should have several files, one of them will be called something like textsetup.oem or something similar, then you know you have the right one, once you have extracted these to floppy you can run the windows cd again from the computer your uinstalling windows to (If you dont have a floppy you need to attach one temporarily) and as XP is loading, insert the floppy).

Now at the first blue screen of XP setup it will be loading drivers at the bottom of the screen, and it will say press F6 or F* (one of the two) to install aditional drivers, press this key, then it will read the floppy and give you the option to install your boards sata drivers - if there are several drivers install them all one by one.

After you have done this setup will continue and it will find your drive.

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i have a lenovo that is fairly new. My computer was working fine and then all of a sudden i'm getting several error messages. A box is coming up that is called a disk optimizer activation. Another message box i receive says "hard drive not found. Missing hard drive". Another error message box i get says " ram usage5 is critically high". I don't have that much on my hard drive and have 2 gb of ram. something is messed up here and i don't have a clue. Please help if possible. This computer has windows vista business, NOT xp. Sorry

A:critical error windows can't find hard disk space

If you can, restore to factory default using the Recovery media.

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I have a major problem with my Packard Bell iMedia D815AW home desktop. Ever since I installed a Lite-On DVD-RW into it, it started making a lot of noise (a bit like the sound of a typewriter tapping) and started crashing. I removed the DVD-RW drive, only for the problem to continue. The computer kept crashing (often showing the blue crash screen, other times showing a black 'insert floppy disk' screen, sometimes just restarting itself). Running the Windows disk check utility at start-up would not work - the computer would freeze while the disk scan occured (I tried many times). I ran disk registery programs (ie- Registry Mechanic, etc), anti-virus software, defragmentation, etc. etc. but the problem remained. Yesterday, I decided I would try reinstalling (or restoring?) Windows XP again (with the intention of fixing the problem without deleting my personal files on the computer). However, upon instertion of the disk, Windows XP claimed it could not reinstall, as the Windows version on my computer was too recent. I assumed that the reason for this was that I had installed Windows XP Serice Pack 2 and so the version was too recent for the installation disk. So, I thought I would uninstall service pack 2 and then try to reinstall Windows XP. However, while uninstalling service pack 2, the computer crashed. Since then, whenever I try to startup Windows, the computer restarts after about 30 seconds of loading. I can enter the startup screen which gives you access to ent... Read more

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

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I have a major problem here. Could someone help me out.

My laptop:

T60 IBM LENOVO Thinkpad (no biometrics)
CPU type Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 cpu T7200
CPU speed 2.00GHz
serial ATA (SATA) AHCI mode

I tried to reformat my XP Home sp3 to XP PRO sp2. So obviously I cant not back track from sp3 to sp2 because windows wont let you. I tried formatting through the OS itself didnt work, tried from the boot up didnt work.

so I thought i was smart, let me deleted the partition and erase everything on it with a DBAN CD i have
to clean out the Harddrive completely so i could install my windows.

but i got this boot msg show up: "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"

so i went on a forum and tried " " their method.

I tried to make a boot ISO CD for my laptop with another computer(Win 7 home i5 (dad's comp)). but i'm stuck. I couldn't find a 64-bit driver XP driver for my computers specs. the intel website and manufacture don't have it on their website. and I dont have a the backup CD for XP home.

what should i do. please help. Thanks a-million.

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

You have no XP CD? How did you plan to reinstall Windows? (Wiping is only a good idea if you don't plan to use the drive again. It has destroyed some drives before so they couldn't be used.) Do you have XP or not? It's not too clear from your post.

If you have a SATA drive, you need to use a workaround. XP is too old to support a lot of modern hardware.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy
Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation
"Many newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the BIOS and check the 'Sata Operation' setting, change it to 'Raid Autodetect/ATA' if it is not already. Now try to install XP (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

BIOS settings to try:
Claymore said:

you can change the controller settings in the BIOS.

Restart the computer and enter the BIOS.
The location and type of setting will vary with the make and model of the motherboard.
Here are some:

MAIN menu
Select IDE Mode instead of AHCI Mode


SATA Drive Configuration
Select Compatibility (Mode) instead of AHCI (Mode)


Disable Auto
Enable Combination


Set to PATA mode

IDE Function Setup
OnChip IDE => Disabled
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Ive got a Portege M400 to which im wanting to start a fresh, I never had the tablet XP CD so im trying to install using a XP Pro disc but everytime I get no hard drive can be detected and I tried a another Home edition disc also.

Ive searched for SCSI/ SATA drivers but can only find RAID drivers to which are no good for me,

Hopefully someone can help me out


A:Portege M400 - Windows XP cannot find the hard disk drive

Hi wacksonjackson,

Why these RAID drivers are not good for you? Windows XP requires RAID drivers if your notebook has RAID controller and there is no other option to install XP from a normal Windows XP disk. So download the RAID drivers on official Toshiba website. Either you create a new installation disk with RAID drivers using freeware tool nLite or you copy the drivers on an external USB FDD and load them during XP setup.

Also check similar threads here in forum. You will find hundreds of similar threads about SATA and RAID drivers.

Check this!!!

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I bought a used laptop and the guy I bought it from told me he formatted the HD to get rid of his stuff. I was fine with that. Now, when I put my XP Pro in to install I get that message when I click to install the disk (on the screen where it asks to install, repair, or exit). I have had this before. I went to BIOS and I could not find a place to change the HD type. I plugged the HD into my desktop external enclosure and it assigned to J: and I was able to see it. It was in FAT32 format and I changed it to NTFS just to see, but it is giving the same error.

A:setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

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I started getting this pop up message all the sudden today about Windows not being able to find hard-disk space. It told me I had errors and advised me to restart my computer. I did, only to find on restart that all my desktop icons were gone and none of my programs were showing in the start menu anymore. In addition I was still getting the error message. I rebooted into safe mode and had the same issue with my programs. The computer will not let me do a system restore, the option simply is not there. I do not know what else to do! I have Windows XP, I believe svc pack 2 but I am not positive. Here is the requested log. It will not let me post this from my computer so I am using my phone and can't attach the other file.


DDS (Ver_11-05-19.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13* BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_19
Run by Amy at 21:16:20 on 2011-05-19
Microsoft Windows XP Professional* 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1022.717 [GMT -4:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
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If there is anything you don't understand, please ask BEFORE proceeding with the fixes.

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Recently bought Athlon64 3200+, Gigabyte K8NF-9 F11, 1GB RAM & 250GB SATA seagate hard disk. The problem here is that the BIOS (Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG) recognizes the harddisk to be only 130GB. Does Gigabyte K8NF-9 supports SATA 250GB hard disk or its's something I've done wrong? Pls help me out here. Thanks.

A:BIOS can't recognize 250GB SATA hard disk

I had a similar problem, I thought it may apply to you.

When I first installed my XP Pro on my system with a new Seagate 250 GB HDD, XP created the C: drive at 125 GB, basically cutting the disc space in half. The rest was just unformatted.

Go to "disc management", and you might find your missing 120 GB in unformatted space.

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I was scanning for virus this morning, and in middle of the scan, the computer suddenly had a BSOD of UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. Even when I boot in safe mode, it still wouldn't boot. Yet worse, after a while, the computer wouldn't even boot up since if only has my CD-ROM in BIOS, and it'd only boot from the CD-ROM. Can somebody please help me?

A:Hard Disk Dissapears in BIOS after Virus Scan?

Sounds like the hard drive may have failed. Can you hear it spin up, can you try reseating the data and power cables on it?

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Hello Everyone,

Over the last couple days, I built a new PC and installed windows 8.1. Initially I had some issues installing windows, so I unplugged all my drives except the SSD and DVD. I installed windows to my SSD.

Everything works great!

Now I started adding my drives back in 1 at a time. When I plugged my 2nd SSD in, it showed up in BIOS, but not in Disk Management or Device Manager. So I booted back into the install CD, it showed up in the disk manager there. Since this was also a blank SSD, I partitioned and formated the drive from the install CD, then exited the installer and booted back to my windows drive.

I have 2 SSD drives working great!

Now to add my 2TB HDD... Same issue, it shows up in BIOS and the install disc, but not in Disk Management or Device Manager. This drive does not have a boot partition on it, however, it does have two existing data partitions. They were made from my previous windows 7 system and the option to delete these partitions is grayed out in the install disc menu. I also have some data that I would like to keep on it. I have a USB dock that I can use to read the contents of the disk just fine. Everything is there and in working order.

Can anyone help me out here? What is different about Windows 8.1 that is preventing my hard drives from showing up in windows proper? I am reading things about UEFI online, but nothing seems to fit my exact scenario. I will try and post some screen shots when I get back at it.

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A:2nd hard drive shows in BIOS but not Disk Management

Check if your sata drivers are the latest here : ASRock > Fatal1ty Z87 Killer

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History: P11 266 using 40gig Maxtor hd that was partitioned
with partion magic 5 into 3 partions (c:6gig D:8gig E:25gig)
running win98se for a year or so.
upgraded to win 2000 installed on C: drive changing
files system for c to ntf. left d and e the way they were.
got virus!... lots of trouble! Crashed hard!
would not reboot. could not boot up on startup disk..
said disk io error... all versions of boot disk gave me
disk io error.
so put partion magic emergency boot disk worked allowing
me to put C: back to fat32 the same as it was... seemed to work.
But boot up to hard drive failed but
thats when bios stopped seeing hard drive.
I have now used all diagnostics available to me to no avail.
updated bios to make sure.
put in another hard drive and it booted perfectly.
Got new ribbons, rechecked jumpers and pins.
used maxtor hard drive utilities to boot up computer
.. it found the hard drive and brought up these errors.
smart enable command failure,
bios extension support failed,
partition information read failure,
drive recal test failed
smart disable function failed
Bios does not see hard drive, cannot use Fdisk or
Fdisk /mbr cannot put sys files onto hard drisk.
used debug to remove all hard drive info..
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After Bios update failed my hard disk looks like below Is it possible to combine 8 mb unallocated,980 mb and HP_tools to combine with C?

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I have a SATA hard disk drive in two partitions!
.. and one CD-RW and one DVD-ROM in Primary IDE...

I found an ATA hard disk and I pluged it in the secondary IDE as an Single/Master..

BIOS DoEs see it normally... However WinXP, Device Manager, my Computer.. does not..

Does anybody knows what am I doing wrong?
Is it the order of the IDE devices? (Hard Disk to Primary IDE and CD/DVD to Secondary??)
Any idea? Thx!

A:BIOS sees my Hard Disk || WinXP doesn't

I've just noticed that BIOS does not recognizes my HD!!

Primary IDE Master : CD-RW
Primary IDE Slave : DVD-Rom
Secondary IDE Master : Seagate 80GB (<--My S-ATA HD with the OS!!)
Secondary IDE Slave : Not Detected

My ATA Seagate 40GB pluged into secondary IDE is nowhere!! (jumper set to Single/Master)
My S-ATA Seagate 80GB looks like it is connected to an IDE port...
And I'm f***ing confused!!!!!!!!!

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i have a SATA hard disk on my laptop with 3 partitions first being active system partition and xp home on it.

now i want to install xp on my usb 160gb hard disk,
when i boot from cd i can only see 4 partitions of my usb hard disk.fine.
i installed xp on one of its partition then booted from usb hard drive but when ever it boots it start my original xp home from inbuilt hard drive..
i checked boot.ini on usb harddisk and its path was


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

and original was


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

when i just tried to change path on usb to include disk(1) just because it was only showing one harddisk at installation time it said path not valid.
i am unable to boot from usb hard drive although insallation went ok and i can access it when i boot from normal hard drive.
any suggestion whether it is SATA something that cause no internal hard drive to show up.?please suggest.

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Hi, I try to access folders under C: but the system refuses although I'm Admin.I went to C: / Properties/Security to check Admin rights and all is OK.I added a new user account under Properties/Security and tried to change the settings but the system refuses.Thanks for your help

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Recently my system has got error about system hive error
"C:\windows\system32\config\sysem file missing"

So when I tried to reinstall the system the winxp setup says
unable to format my hard drive after I choose C Drive to Quick Format(NTFS) and install option,this note appears

"setup was unable to format drive c:the hard disk may be damaged

make sure the disk is on and properly connected to the computer .If the disk is a SCSI disk,make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated.See your computer or SCSI adapter documentation for more info"

Thinking that the hard disk(Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA) might have corrupted I used Seagate seatools to check for error and the test failed. So I replaced the hard disk with brand new WD 160GB SATA hard disk and started installing the winxp. Again I'm facing the same problem. Even I checked with the new connection port.

I'm using AMD Sempron Processor. MSI K9MM-V Motherboard. dynet 512MB RAM.
As the problem is existing even with the new hard disk I think there is no problem with the hard disk or cable. the problem must be something else.
Please help me find the problem and rectify it.
(My hard disk is SATA and No-RAID, No-SCSI, BIOS detects my hard disk and I'm able to create partitions but unable to format and install WinXP)

A:Win XP Unable to format hard disk and install

what are your hard drive settings in bios

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I've Windows XP home edition installed on my machine in NTFS Format.
I'm trying to copy my data on external harddisks (160 GB Transcend, Kingston 2 GB Thumb drive, Kingston 2 GB SD Card etc) but I'm getting error message as "Access Denied! Disk is write protected."

I've verified all disks but there is no such lock enabled on any of the disk.

Please help me if there is any OS level setting for this.


A:Unable to write on any external hard disk.

Hello & Welcome to TSF

this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

now what i you need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now scroll down to your (USB Device Tree) and uninstall all that it is shown / then shut your sysem down compleatly then unplug all (USB Devices) then rebot your system 2 to 3 times

this will cause Windows to rebuild the (USB Device Treee & Drivers)

now try hooking up your (USB Devices) and see if they work properly

then get back to us

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