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Bios Startup Does Not See Hard Drive Disk I\0 Error

Q: Bios Startup Does Not See Hard Drive Disk I\0 Error

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..
used debug to remove all dos partitions
used debug to remove all non dos partitions and clean
hard drive completely.
I am determined but as you can tell I really do not
know what to do...
ANY help would be so appreciated...
It would seem that the actual drive is fine, but the
io or start up disk info is gone and cannot get it
back on.
Thankyou for any advise you can give me..

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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

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Sometimes, when I startup my laptop, it gives the error: Primary hard drive disk 0 not found. It does this on both a cold boot, and when coming out of hibernation. The laptop is an Aspire 5630 running vista 32-bit SP3. I've updated the BIOS, and reset it to the default, to no avail. It doesn't have any viruses. It's a WD Caviar Blue sata drive, thought I don't remember the exact model number. All of the SMART data shows up normally, with nothing out of the ordinary. I'm out of ideas for what to try. It's had this issue for a while, but trying everything imaginable, and then ignoring it doesn't seem to have helped.

*the catch with all of this, is that if I shutdown, and restart again, it works just fine. It's an intermittent problem.

A:Hard disk drive not found on startup...sometimes.

Run hard drive diagnostics: (or sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here: : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps HERE

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Today when I started up my computer it would not start up.

It will always give the error. DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I open the bios and it reads neither my SATA 500GB seagate hard drive or my IDE DVD Drive. I'm pretty sure my hard drive is not dead because the computer was custom built about 6 months ago and the harddrive is pretty new.

The only thing that was done before the computer stopped working was my friend tried to put in his external hard drive (no idea what kind) and it wouldn't install via plug n play so we gave up. Could his external really have messed my bios and/or hard drive up?

Main thing I did to try and fix this was remove the CMOS battery to reset the bios but that didnt help either.
Specs for my computer are.

Core Duo Processor 2.66GHz, 6AMB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz

4gb of ram

Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 Motherboard.
PLZ help

A:Bios won't read Hard Drive. DISK BOOT FAILURE.

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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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Gentlemen, thanks for your help.

Long story short:

1) One random day, computer would not boot and I reformatted and re-installed Windows 7
2) My primary SATA hard drive with Windows 7 is working fine
3) My secondary SATA hard drive (my pictures!) is detected in BIOS but not in Disk Management. It used to work fine.
4) I've tried refreshing Disk Management, but no "unnamed drive" or anything shows up
5) I've tried moving the missing hard drive's SATA connection on the motherboard
6) I've tried downloading the latest motherboard RAID drivers and BIOS version from my motherboard's manufacturer

Now I'm thinking about buying an external USB enclosure for the SATA hard drive to get my pictures. I'd be out $20 and no longer have the drive directly connected to my motherboard, which I believe is a much faster connection.

Would you guys have any advice?

Thanks a lot and happy new year!

A:Hard Drive found in BIOS but not in Windows 7 Disk Management

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Sorry, I think I posted this in the wrong place. It should be here in Hardware.

Long story short:

1) One random day, computer would not boot and I reformatted and re-installed Windows 7
2) My primary SATA hard drive with Windows 7 is working fine
3) My secondary SATA hard drive (my pictures!) is detected in BIOS but not in Disk Management. It used to work fine.
4) I've tried refreshing Disk Management, but no "unnamed drive" or anything shows up
5) I've tried moving the missing hard drive's SATA connection on the motherboard
6) I've tried downloading the latest motherboard RAID drivers and BIOS version from my motherboard's manufacturer

Now I'm thinking about buying an external USB enclosure for the SATA hard drive to get my pictures. I'd be out $20 and no longer have the drive directly connected to my motherboard, which I believe is a much faster connection.

Would you guys have any advice?

Thanks a lot and happy new year!

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My mother gave me her HP ENVY dv6-7213nr Notebook PC when she got a new pc. When I startup, I get a black screen and an error message that tells me to Please run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics, Hard Disk 1 (3F1). After, this is the following: Quick Check:SMART Chech: PASSEDShort DST: FAILEDFAILURE ID: RGE091-70S87M-QFPKOK-61sW03PRODUCT ID: C2M18UA#ABAHard Disk 1 Extensive Check:SMART Chech: PASSEDLong DST: FAILEDFAILURE ID: RGE091-70S87M-QFPKOK-61A603PRODUCT ID: C2M18UA#ABAHard Disk 1 I tried navigating through HP Support, but only found out that my warranty expired before I even got the dang thing. And I did upgrade to Windows 10 (from Windows 8) when the free upgrade was offered. Can anyone help me?   

A:Startup Hard Disk Error

Purchase a new sata notebook hard drive and install it. The Windows 10 digital license entitlement for the notebook should be on the Microsoft licensing server. That means that when you reinstall Windows 10 all you have to do is click on the I don't have product key link in the install and continue with the install. As soon as the notebook goes online it will validate. I can verify that it works because I have done that serveral times recently while upgrading my new motherboard to an M.2 NVMe SSD.  It took time and was not a simple upgrade. In your case it should be simple.  You can download a Windows 10 ISO from the following link and create a USB flashdrive installer. I recommend using RUFUS to create the usb flashdrive installer.   

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I started with a 40 gig for my primary drive
When I install the new western digital WD2500BB 250 gig hard drive I first I get:

CD-rom : Sony DVD-Rom DDU1615
no IDE fixed disk present
press F1 to save

Disk: 40.0 GB [email protected]@[email protected]
CD-rom : Sony DVD-Rom DDU1615
press F1 to save

Disk: 250 GB WDC WD2500BB-14RDA0
CD-rom : Sony DVD-Rom DDU1615
press F1 to save

Then I get the error message:
non system disk or disk error
replace and strike any key when ready

I think I need to format my new hard drive but I can't figure out how to get that far.
Any help will be greatly appreciated I'm trying to upgrade this PC for my kids.


A:new hard drive causing nonsystem disk or disk error

If you would provide the make and modle of the machine to be upgraded, I will try to assist. It could be as easy as configuring a BIOS setting.


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Hi there,
My sister just bought a new desktop. It was working fine and all. But this morning, she forced shut down a windows update. The next thing happen once it gets past through BIOS is
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
So I told her to look at the BIOS setting and it only recognise the Optical Disc Drive of
as shown in the picture below

Is there anything I can do? I tried opening the desktop case and see everything is loose, but everything was still in tact.
Any suggestion would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

A:Hard Disk Drive not found in ASUS UEFI BIOS Utility - EZ Mode

Try reinstalling the driver, changing cables. If it can't be recognized then boot the maker's diagnostics DOS CD scan to test it - Seatools if there isn't one - or Partition Wizard bootable CD surface scan. If these won't see it you can slave it to another PC to try Disk Check or see if it will see it. If not then I'd replace it.

Do a Clean Reinstall on the replacement drive from tutorial in my signature below if you want it perfect.

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I'm trying to put an old hard drive into my PC as a slave but i can't find it in disk management. It is installed via IDE and BIOS recognises it as a hard drive but i can't find it when i login to my PC.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: hard drive recognised in BIOS but doesn't show in Disk Management

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My Hp pavillion pc started crashing a lot recently and recovery didn't work so I told was advised to get a new hard disk which I did but now I keep getting the above error. I've been into the bios and all seems to be booting from the correct drive
The first time I tried the hp recovery disk it started to work but when it came to reinstalling the software it stayed on 0% for long so I switched off. Maybe that was a mistake. I've run a diagnostics test all passed the test but at the end it said testing: Boot path, error code BIOHD-3.

I tried putting the old drive back in and it was the same as before. But I was still able to go online, albeit until it crashed again.
HP want more money to help even though I brought the recovery discs they suggested.

I really hope someone can help, I've been told there needs be A partition before the software can be installed.

Sorry if the wording is a bit messed up, I am writting this from a mobile.

Thanks in advance,


A:Non-system disk or disk error with new hard drive

Have you tried to run the recovery disks again? They should automatically put a partition on the hard drive.

If it still doesn't work then there's usually one of two different possibilities:
- bad recovery disks
- other bad hardware in the system

I'd suggest running these free bootable diagnostics first: Initial Hardware Diagnostics
Then, if those tests pass, contact HP to return the defective recovery disks and get a new set.

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I was advised by a computer tech to buy a new hard drive because of issues I had with my HP pavillion s3330.
After installing I got a non-system disk error message.
After going into the BIOS to make sure it was booting my HP recovery cd from the the right drive, I ran a diagnostics test and after finding no problems an error message came up at the bottom saying - Testing: BOOT PATH, Error code: BIOHD-3.

I consulted HP who said I need to create a partition for the software to be installed to.
If that is the problem then can anybody assist me with this as I have no clue.

By the way, I'm using Vista home premium.



A:non-system disk or disk error - new hard drive

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The whole internet is void of information on this specific error code, so here it is, lo and behold, the ONLY English-language Google result for this error message: Hard Disk ErrorPlease run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.Error code:Hard Disk 1 (3F1)F2 System DiagnosticsFor more information, please visit: (illegible due to colored text) Specifically, the "Hard Disk 1 (3F1)" part, that's nowhere to be found online. Tons of pages about 3F0, apparently the primary hard disk. No, this is an error regarding the secondary hard disk, attached via eSATA. Problem is, there's NOTHING wrong with the attached drive, other than this error on startup. No SMART failures. Comes up and works fine in Windows. Scanned 100% OK. It'd be nice if there were a way to bypass this error automatically, but I always have to hit F2, then Esc to abort its forced diagnostic routine. It's a WD My Book Studio, 750gb, attached via eSATA. Doesn't happen if I leave it unplugged during startup... but SATA is a connection that likes to be present on startup. The system, as in the title, is a dv4-1225dx laptop, running Windows Home Server (Server 2003), but previously running Windows 7 Home Premium. Vista is evil. It's also my home server, as of about yesterday (when I set it up and started getting this message). The system seems to crash pretty routinely over the past few days and every time it reboots, it hangs at that stupid "Hard Disk Error" message. Not a pretty sight when I... Read more

A:HP dv4-1225dx "Hard Disk Error" 3F1 on startup with eSATA HD...

Almost any hard disk error code during a test means the drive is defective and needs replaced. I would back up your data and prepare of a hard disk replacement. Here is the error code table for HP, scroll down the page .

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I recently added a SSD to my desktop setup. After setting up the drive and installing Windows on my SSD, I receive this prompt on every boot-up. (File: IMG_1430)

I've made sure to set the boot priority in the BIOS to the SSD instead of the default drive as well.

I'm currently running Windows 7 Professional 64bit (An upgrade key version used after installing Windows Home Premium 64bit)

My system specs from my profile are listed below...

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Intel (R) Core (TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07 GHz


24.0 GB

Graphics Card(s)
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

Sound Card
(1) AMD High Definition Audio Device (2) Realtek High Defi

Hard Drives
Samsung 128gb SSD, WDC 1TB HDD, Hitachi 1TB HDD,
Any help and time you can lend me on how I can get this figured out would be greatly appreciated.

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Any suggestions?

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My computer is about 2 months old, I just recently built it. It's a relatively high end gaming machine. Out of no where in the middle of my game it freezes. It had done something similar on my previous system and I'm not sure why. So I had to manually shut it off with the power button to get any response. When I went to reboot it doesn't POST test and just stays at my Bios screen. Bios menu is fully functional. If I go and view the POST test message I have a disk error and it has me restart the system. On my previous system something similar happened, but not with this bios etc.. then again my system has completely different hardware. I'm running XP Professional 64-bit. I left it off all day and when I came home it loaded to desktop, didn't POST test at all, then froze pretty much instantly. I would really rather not format my HD, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I take good care of my systems, clean them regularly, don't leave them on for extended periods of time. So its crazy to me that it did this soon. It also gave me a strange error on the POST message of something along lines of 'NTDRL Error'. But that only happened one time. I'm not sure of the exact letter order but it was very very close to those I put. I had never seen it before.

A:Hard Drive Disk Error Help

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Hello there.

Recently my computer has been displaying a message whenever i turn it on. It shows a black screen which says:
"S.M.A.R.T Hard drive detects Error.
Please consider to back up hard drive"
Then i press escape and it logs me on and a window comes up which says: 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem" and some other things i can remember.

I tried to back up my files like it suggested but i need 'Removable media' so i guess that means i need to put in a CD to back up my files on to. Please can someone give me a simple guide on how to go about trying to fix my hard drive and backup my files.

Some information on my computer.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II P320 Dual-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2810 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 294967 MB, Free - 244807 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus 2011, Updated and Enabled

Also, my computer sometimes freezes for 5-30 seconds.

Thank you.

A:Hard disk/drive error

If the harddrive is truly failing not much can be done to fix it. It has to be replaced.However before it goes completely if you can remove the harddrive and using a usb sata/ide connector hook it to another computer and you should be able to save what you dont want to lose forever.Its have been a lifesaver many times for me.

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when i start my computer i have to hit esc esc then it goes to a screen where i hit F-9 and then enter enter to start windows. every time i have to do this if i don't hit the esc esc fast enough i have to turn it off and back on or the right screen won't come up where F-9 is an option. Do you know why this is or what i need to do to correct the problem?

A:hard drive disk error

What is the message displayed on the screen when you are hitting these two options?  Can you take a picture of it with a smartphone and upload it here?  Hitting ESC sounds like it is trying to boot to something that is higher on the boot order than your hard drive and can't find anything so it is alerting you of this and wanting you to hit ESC to confirm you understand this and continue to try to boot other options.  As for F9, I am not sure on that one without more information on what is says for stopping and why you have to hit F9 to continue.

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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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Hey all. I'm really new to this site so I'm sorry if I posted this in the completely wrong section lol..I have this problem on my laptop (windows 7).

Virus on my to stop/attack it?
My background screen is black and all the icons on the background are gone. My data (as in word documents) is gone all that's left is the 'C' drive with the programe files on it. I also keep getting numerous Hard Drive Failure notifications. They say 'this system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE/SATA hard disks. It is recommended that you restart the system'. These come up whenever I turn the computer on...What kinda virus is this? How do I get rid of it ?? Any good free anti virus things out there on the net?

Thanks in advance

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Hi douglass.beck, to BleepingComputer. Sorry for the delay. My name is Jason and I'll be helping you. You can call me by my screename jntkwx or Jason is fine. Let's reboot into Safe Mode.This can be done tapping the F8 key as soon as you start your computerYou will be brought to a menu with several options. Press the arrow keys until Safe Mode with Networking is selected. Press Enter. Please see here for additional details. Once in Safe Mode with Networking, download Rkill Run Rkill (iExplore.exe) If you cannot find the iExplore.exe icon that you downloaded, you can also execute the program by clicking on the Start menu and then in the search field type in: %userprofile%\desktop\iexplore.exe and then press the Enter key on your keyboard. If Windows prompts you to allow it to run, please allow it to do so.Please be patient while the Rkill looks for various malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If it appears like Rkill did not stop the malware from running, please try running RKill again until the malware is no longer running. If you continue having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions of RKill from the rkill download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser window or tab.Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malwar... Read more

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Hi, I am wondering if anyone has had the same happening to them or even better if anyone knows how to save my hard drive!

The external HDD is an 1,5 month old Western Digital hard drive 2 TB, was working perfectly fine before this incident.

I had some jpg files that I accidentally deleted from my ext. HDD so I used disk drill in order to try to recover the files, disk drill estimated the process to app. 4 hours and during this time I could hear the hard drive making some noises, usually it is very quiet. When the process was done I saved the recovered images to my mac hard drive and saved the session. All seemed fine so I dismounted the WD HDD, the image disappeared but when I unplugged the USB an error message showed up saying I hadn't disconnected it properly.

Now when I try to connect the WD HDD it makes heaps of noises and clicking sounds and it doesn't show up as a device on mac.

I tried to open the saved session when WD HDD was connected but a message that I needed to connect the device showed up in disk drill.

I restarted mac plugged in the HDD and opened disk drill once again and now I get this message:

"Dead disk detected
The disk "WD My Passport 0748 Media" seems to be non-responsive (dead). Unfortunately, you won't be able to recover any data from it without hardware intrusion. As a quick recommendation, please try to reconnect it to your Mac."

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A:Hard Drive Error After using Disk Drill

I only use WD drives here. WD Passports sometimes they don't work. What I do is this.
Place one in a ziplock bag and stick it into the freezer for 3 hrs or longer.
Thaw-it or use-it while it comes to life while you connect to a USB source like a PC
Most of the time the Passport will continue to work again. It all depends on the condition of it.

Clicking or clunking means the HDD is going bad.
In the pass others would say to use a screw driver handle and hit the drive.
But I always use the freezing method and it works enough to recover the data.
If the HDD is too far gone then nope not going to work.

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I really have no idea how to even begin to try to fix this, so I figured I'd come here, hoping to find some help.

Okay, so I was online, doing my own thing, when this thing popped up saying "Hard Drive Failure: The system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE/SATA hard disks. It is recommended that you restart the system." So I restarted my computer, and when it booted up, my desktop was all black, and basically everything (including my emulator, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Security Essentials, etc.) was gone. Whenever I go into all programs on Start; gone. My internet is working fine, but all of my bookmarks are gone as well. Every single document has been erased.

And I keep getting this Windows Recovery thing too: "Windows Recovery detected a bad sector on your hard disk drive. This error may cause the following problems:

-Data corruption and loss
-Hard drive inaccessibility
-System errors and failures"


I let it do a scan, but it wasn't really any help, and I really don't know what else to do.

Is there a chance that I could get all of my original programs and documents back? Or, at least, fix this problem somehow? I'm not an expert at computers, really, so I don't know how to handle this. I hope this wasn't too ignorant or confusing.

Any help or advice on this would be AWESOME.

A:Critical Hard Disk Drive Error?

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I'm using a HP pavilion DV7-3120ed laptop running fully updated and genuine x64 Windows 7.
Last time I used it, it worked like a charm. When I tried to turn on the computer the next day, it said "Starting windows" but didn't show the logo splash and then went to startup repair but never made it past 'attempting repair'. I am able to access the BIOS, and the diagnostic log shows error codes 0303 and 0305.
Google told me these codes mean the hard drive needs to be replaced. However, when I booted Ubuntu from a usb stick, I was able to access the hard drive and the files on the computer. Therefore, the hard drive is working.
I tried booting in Safe Mode, which results in an on-screen list of processes being started. It gets up to Amdide.sys, hangs for a while and shuts down, only to reboot and start the whole process again.
I suspect there may be a registry error, but wouldn't know where to start looking for one. ClamTK (open source antivirus/antimalware app for ubuntu) didn't find any infections or corrupt files. a
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't locate any logs or I'd have posted them, and obviously taking screen caps isn't an option when Windows doesn't boot. I will try to answer any questions to the best of my abilities.
UPDATE: just tried booting to safe mode with command prompt, the screen paused at Amdide.sys again, went back to the windows splash (but still didn't show the logo, just the "copyright Microsoft"  lin... Read more

A:Error BIOS 0303 and 0305 but hard drive is fine

I'm using a HP pavilion DV7-3120ed laptop running fully updated and genuine x64 Windows 7.
Last time I used it, it worked like a charm. When I tried to turn on the computer the next day, it said "Starting windows" but didn't show the logo splash and then went to startup repair but never made it past 'attempting repair'. I am able to access the BIOS, and the diagnostic log shows error codes 0303 and 0305.
Google told me these codes mean the hard drive needs to be replaced. However, when I booted Ubuntu from a usb stick, I was able to access the hard drive and the files on the computer. Therefore, the hard drive is working.
I tried booting in Safe Mode, which results in an on-screen list of processes being started. It gets up to Amdide.sys, hangs for a while and shuts down, only to reboot and start the whole process again.
I suspect there may be a registry error, but wouldn't know where to start looking for one. ClamTK (open source antivirus/antimalware app for ubuntu) didn't find any infections or corrupt files. a
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't locate any logs or I'd have posted them, and obviously taking screen caps isn't an option when Windows doesn't boot. I will try to answer any questions to the best of my abilities.
edit: corrected laptop model
I am suspecting that you may have a bad Master Boot Record on that hard drive.
You may have to reformat the hard drive and put in a fresh ... Read more

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I am having a problem with my Hard Disk Drive & it seems to be very hard to be fixed as I have tried using Windows Disk Check "CHKDSK Command & "Check Now" button under "Error checking" section under "Tools" Tab, Tune Up Disk Doctor, and Total Format (Not "Quick Format").

Steps I have taken with Windows Disk Check :

Step 1 :
Right Click "Propreties" => "Tools" Tab => "Error-Checking" section => "Check Now" button.

Step 2 :
Checked both the boxes (i.e. "Automatically fix file system errors" & "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors")

Step 3 :
Started scan & it went on for a long while finised without giving a report.


Steps I have taken with Tune Up Disk Doctor :

Step 1 :
Started "Tune Up Disk Doctor" => selected the drive.

Step 2 :
Selected "Thorough analysis" and started the scan.

Step 3 :
Clicked "Finish" button after it turned out to say "No Errors were found".

Steps I have taken with Windows Format :

Step 1 :
Right clicked the volume or the partition through "My Computer" and clicked "Format".

Step 2 :
Kept the "Quick Format" check box unchecked & pressed "Start" button.
And it ended up with some error.

Thanking TSGF and those who are willing to Help me,
&n... Read more

A:Error in part of a Sector of a Hard Disk Drive.

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Ok I ave a Acer Aspire 5100 series laptop. It recently gave me a bunch of errors about a fixed disk, and I came here for help. turns out the hard drive was failing so some of the members on this site told me to replace it. I had bought that previous one on ebay, which was a mistake. I just purchased a new 160gb EIDE hard drive from Western Digital. I installed XP on it but every few times I reboot the computer I get an error saying failed fixed disk 0200. I have read and some people say the motherboard, some say the connectors, cmos, etc....I really can't afford to continue to replace things in the computer if it's not broken in the first place. ow can I find out the root to tis issue without having to replace multiple things? I need tis computer for school and can't just afford to go buy a new one. Please help

A:Fixed Disk Error 0 - Brand New Hard Drive HELP!!

also if it's the motherboard thats failing, how long could this hard drive/computer last me? I would like to return my hard drive if the computer is just going to give me issues in a week, but if it will last me a few months/year with just giving me an error every so often I will keep t. Please any suggestions!!

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Tried it w/ Norton System Works(went to their website for a fix but it was no help) and tried it thru properties, tools, under my C: drive with the same result. When the blue screen appears for the dsik check I get the same message-- cannot open volume for access-- disk check stops and XP then loads. Never had this problem in the past. It would ususally take about 20 min for it to run the check and fix any errors. Thanks for any suggestions on how to fix this so I can kepp my hard drive healthy.KDR

A:can't acces hard drive for disk error check

Often this is caused by v.5 of ZoneAlarm. If you are using it, go to their site. They recommend installing v.4.5. If that is not the case. try running it from the Recovery Console or from a floppy:

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I just recently had to replace a hard drive on my Pavilion P7-1423w, and upon  installation of hard drive, and insertion of system disc I would get Start pxe over ipv4 messages. It would then hang there for a few minutes before the Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed message would pop up. I have gone into the BIOS menu and messed around with boot orders, activated Legacy, etc. Restored default settings, and still I get the error. I don't know if I need to get past this initial part before it will even attempt to read the system disc? Any tips/suggestions out there? Link to purchased HD

A:New Hard Drive, Error: No boot disk has been detected

Wraitharisen, welcome to the forum. Here is a guide that should help you with your Recovery. Please click the "Thumbs Up+ button" if I have helped you and click "Accept as Solution" if your problem is solved.

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I'm trying to reinstall XP and reformat the hard drives to get a completely clean system on my computer.

I put the Windows CD in to boot from CD and get to the screen where it tells you to press enter to set up Windows. I press it then it gives me an error saying setup can't continue because a hard disk drive is not detected. It also says to check and see that it is plugged in.

When I boot it up normally, the hard disk seems fine...

Any help would be greatly appreciated

thank you

A:Trying to reinstall XP, undetected hard disk drive error

Do you have a Serial ATA hard drive?

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When I boot up my computer, I get the message:

A disk read error has occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Even when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del, I just get the same message after it restarts. I cannot boot into safe mode - when I press the safe mode key (F8) it just brings me to a boot selection. If I select my hard drive to boot from, I get the disk read error again.

I have already tried unplugging and replugging the cables on the drive.

My drive is a Seagate 160 GB IDE (2.5 years old). It has also been making a clicking sound (that I think was the hard drive) for the past couple weeks.

Is my hard drive completely dead? There isn't anything really important on the hdd since I just reformatted, and its still under warranty.

ETA: The computer is recognizing the hard drive in the BIOS.

A:Disk Read Error - Hard drive dead?

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Hi i have a 100gig External Hard Drive, and i recently defrag that hard drive... When i turn it on i get a I/O disk error when i try to access the External HD... Can anyone help me? Any way i can recover my hard drive?

A:Need help : i/o disk error after defraging external hard drive

Was it unplugged from the USB port accidentally without closing out the USB connection ? ?
Depending on your OS i would remove it from the enclosure; jumper it to slave and hook it up to IDE1 to try and recover the data.

More info.

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I recently purchased a Dell XPS 720 with Windows Vista Ultimate. The system has 4GB RAM and an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor. I've been very unsuccessfully attempting to troubleshoot a critical error with the Dell XPS support team. At random times, the system freezes, crashes and restarts itself. Upon re-boot, Windows indicates that the system has recovered from an unexpected error. Clicking on "find a resolution", Windows says it was caused by a "Hard Disk Drive Error" I have included a screenshot of the detals below.

I have tried several things ranging from system restores, basic hard drive diagnostics, 32-Bit hard drive diagnostic in the Dell startup menu, removing startup programs, Dell support center diagnostic system scans, Windows system health scan & reports, etc. All tests have indicated that the hard drive is operating well with no errors. My event log shows every instance of the bluescreen event, but offers no specific details - just that the shutdown was unexpected. I have refreshed my imaging file recently and have not had sufficient time to monitor the results.

It was my intention to attach my MiniDump files to this post, but Windows indicates that I do not have permission to do so and to request rights from an administrator. I am the computer administrator and sole user of the machine. If anyone can shed some light on how I can get around that, I will post the files. It has become obvious that Dell will be no help to me. I ap... Read more

A:Vista Ultimate Hard Disk Drive Error

Please post the MiniDump (as shown in the pic)

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Hello ? Techspot,

4 days ago, I bought "Seagate Barracuda, 500GB, 7200RPM"
I disconnected my old hard drive and place New Hard Drive inside the case and connect to Raid 3 in my P5B Deluxe. Next I re-connected everything and turn on the computer.

A few min of starting, the screen say that I have "Primary IDE Hard Drive Failure" and want me to press "F1" key and I did. I install my windows. After that computer restart as normal, but the screen tell me the same question "Primary IDE Hard Drive Failure" and want me to press "F1" key"

Next it will start windows normaly. Whenever, I turn on the computer, it will ask the same things over and over again.

I want to know what is the best solution.


Computer Specs:
Motherboard: P5B Deluxe
2GB Memory
Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Hard Drive
PNY nVidia 8600 ? Graphic Card.

A:Primary IDE Hard Drive Failure error message on startup

Call or email Seagate tech support. They usually have a new hard drive on its way to you within four hours, and await the arrival of the bad one to deal with any costs.
When you call them, you will need the drive or a copy of the hard drive label in your hands.
You can find additional information at on how to proceed.
In some cases, if you got a "deal" you may have to deal with the Vender from whom you got the "deal."

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I'm using my laptop using Windows 8 and install on drive C. After that, by some reason, I hard reset (press turn off button for long time) to restart my computer. From that point, every time I turn on computer, at start up screen, will appear a text : "Scanning hard drive D 100%" and waiting for another long time, it will go to windows.

When going to windows, everything from that drive D cannot run. And almost my softwares install on that. Everything run too slow. Moreover, right click on desktop doesn't work.

I start Safe Mode , and run System restore, but it notifies that no restore point found, although I have make some restore points before. (and some software such as Visual Studio SQL Server has created one too). I start command prompt, and type : D: /F, but waiting too llong without anything ...

With my situation, how can I fix this


A:Error on WIndows : show scanning hard drive on startup

System Specs

Filling in the specs using above link should save a lot of time.
In the meantime I suggest running a disk scan from Explorer.
Right click on D drive, select Properties, Tools Tab, Error Check.

See if it shows clean.

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I installed an empty HD on my PC in order to image a ReplayTV DVR drive. I ran the software and just about 1/2 through my PC unexpectedly rebooted. On reboot, windows restarted, but froze before the user login screen. At this point, the drive started making noise. I shut it down immediately.

Since I have a spare cloned drive, I removed the bad WD drive and installed the cloned. Unfortunately, the cloned drive has not been updated in 6 months, but it runs fine. I'm just missing a few new programs and all my emails.

I downloaded Acronis True Image, with the hope I can clone my bad drive and install the image on a brand new drive. I installed the bad HD on an external USB enclosure and ran the WD diagnostic tool. The drive passed all the tests, no errors found. I also ran the Windows disk utility programs and no errors were found, but the disk was fragmented. I then backed-up the drive using the Acronis software.

Since the drive passed all the tests and wasn't making noise, I thought I would reinstall the bad HD and see if it starts. It started and got past BIOS, but then everythings stops and I receive this message "please insert system disk." I restarted again and check BIOS and the HD is recognized.

Anyone know why the HD won't boot. Did the MBR get messed-up.

I tried restoring the backup of the bad drive to a new HD this morning, but the system froze on me.

Any ideas on whats happening.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Error - Insert System Disk

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ok my sister formatted her hard drive to wipe it out and reinstall windows...ok she gets an invalid system disk error ...replace disk...and blah...blah...blah...well there is no disk in computer....yes i have tried booting from a win floppy...made numerous copies tried them all...all connections are tight...she has a western digital hard drive even tried their tools...just will not do

A:formatted hard drive...invalid system disk error

If its not booting from a correctly formatted and created boot floppy, then you need to go into the BIOS and make the floppy drive higher in the boot order than the Hard Drive. Sounds like its still finding the Hard Drive, or you are not correctly formatting and creating a boot floppy with all the system files and the boot sector files.

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So heres my problem people,

I had an old seagate hdd with win 7 running smoothly.....
But somehow i corrupted it and threw it and had ordered a WD 1.5 TB HDD

I ran Win 7 installation disk and got an dialog box asking me to LOAD DRIVERS or HD on which to install Win 7

And now i am stuck very bad in the situation.....
I genrally need a thing which can correct my WD HDD or i think i will need to send it to the manufacturer....
But plzz help me

A:Corrupt Hard Disk drive is causing error while win 7 installation

Check to see that the HDD is correctly connected to both the motherboard and power supply- double check the connections and try again.

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Hdwr: Dell Dimension 8200, WinXP Pro.
System failed with no warning or performance problems.
Can't recall a single warning sign.
Current situation: Can't get past BIOS setup. Drives are not recognized.
an't access CD Rom drive or Hard Drive so I can't use solutions that are CD based.
Attempted fixes:
- battery tested ok, but I replaced it anyway
-downloaded MS XP boot disk. It renamed the CD drive R: and I could read CD's, but it is in Win98 format (dos) and "could not create swap files" to access I386 files
- tried floppy boot with selected I386 files... no good.
- tried switching boot order.
- tried unplugging ribbon cables and power cables
-tried holding "on" button for 30 sec. to "reset"
The hard drive is spinning and the light is on
The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files
The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok
Someone a lot smarter than I must have the solution. (No, I don't want to buy a new box right now).

A:?WinXP Pro: boot error "Primary hard disk drive not found"

Hi, Ed from San Diego,
A couple of things that might help.
You say "The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files. The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok.". This ain't necessarily so !  Just because the drive is spinning it doesn't mean it is reading. Can you borrow a drive and swap it for your own ?
It's not holding in the 'On' button for 30 seconds that resets it, it is turning the power off from the computer for 30+ seconds that does this. You can turn it off either at the wall or at the switch on the back of the computer's power supply, both have the same effect.
I will admit that I am as much in the dark as you are about what has caused your problem. I have had computers crash and / or just stop running for a number of reasons over the years, but never a time when the BIOS refused to recognise drives. I do have the situation on my own computer, where I have three HDDs two of which are the same model, and the BIOS occasionally has got confused about which is which. All this results in is a message at boot time 'No operating system found'. And all this entails is going into the BIOS and swapping the drive order around.
Best of luck,
Chris Cosgrove

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When I recently attempted to move some files to my external hard drive I got a message saying that it was full. When I checked the drive itself there are over 80GB left to be written. I've searched on the web and tried to solve this myself, but I have't had any luck, and I know next to nothing about computers, so hopefully someone here will be able to help me out.

Below I have attached some specs on my computer and images for both the error messages and a full screen diagnostic of the drive that I ran with windirstat.

If I'm posting this in the wrong place I would ask that the mod please relocate it to the proper area. Thanks!

Windows 98 SE
Pentium (R) III
256 RAM (128x2 SDRAM)

Full Page scan of windirstat:


A:Solved: Hard Disk Drive Write Error: HDD Claims to be Full When it Isn't

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i had an old notebook with an overheating problem that I thought I had fixed, so I transferred all my music and picture files to it. then the problem recurred and the computer won't reboot. So I pulled the hard drive and put it in an enclosure I've used before, and am working through trying to get it recognized by my new notebook as an external hard drive.

Device Manager recognizes the drive and indicates that it is working properly, and it appears in Disk Management as well. However, in Disk Management, it shows as Disk 2; Unknown; Not Initialized. When I attempt to initialize it, I get the error "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."

I've tried to initialize it as MBR and GPT, with no luck, and I've checked the device drivers to make sure they're up to date (they are).

What else can I try? I will try anything, but if it's hopeless, I need to know that too. I just don't want to give up if there's a chance!


A:i/o device error when initializing external hard drive in disk management

How is it powered? It is possible that the enclosure does not supply enough power for that drive. Can you connect it internally?

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Hello Everyone:

Thank you for taking time to read my post. Here is my issue in as concise of terms as possible:
1. Computer is a Sony Vaio VGC-RC110G (not sure about motherboard)
2. About 3 weeks ago computer starts refusing to boot giving errors that make me think the hard drive is bad. Computer will still occasionally boot after 5-10 tries.
3. I bought a new hard drive and tried to create an image of the old drive onto the new using Clonezilla, the process gave a few errors.
4. The computer flatly refused to boot from the new drive (gave disk read errors). However, when I could boot using the old drive, I could get in and explore the image of the new drive and the image copy process seemed to have worked okay.
5. As part of the disk image copy process, my new drive had 2 partitions and about 900 megs of free space. The two partitions were the main windows partition from the old drive and the recovery partition.
6. I combined all partitions and formatted the new drive (using Gparted) because I thought that the disk image copy probably just recreated errors in the old drive onto the new.
7. After the format, my computer then consistently refused to boot from either drive. (in the past I could boot to the old drive after a couple of tries). The error was usually "a disk read error occurred' or "BOOTMGR is missing."
8. Attempts to install windows using windows install DVD failed because computer couldn't write to the new hard drive.
9. Both hard drives would u... Read more

A:A Disk Read Error Occurred (pretty sure it's not a faulty hard-drive)

It is a Sony laptop, not really serviceable except by them, I did find this on Sony's site. You could try resetting the bios.
Sony eSupport - VGC-RC110G - Support

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I have installed a new hard drive in my laptop. I placed the old hard drive in a USB enclosure. I then booted the notebook with EaseUS Todo Backup 4 from CD-ROM and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive and choose the option to resize the partitions. After over three hours, the cloning process was complete. However, after the re-start I get error 0xc000000e.

"Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language setting, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

ENTER=Continue ESC=Exit"

Obviously, the disc cloning was not successful. I am not sure what is the best way to proceed from here. I tried to boot from recovery CD-ROMs in the hope to be able to repair the MBR but it seems that booting from CD currently fails. Hitting ENTER and ESC both restarted the notebook. Shortly afterwards, the same screen message was visible.

Thank you for helping me with this problem.

A:New hard drive doesn't boot after disk cloning, error 0xc000000e

Have quite some experience with the aesus tools, never failed here, but have no idea about what went wrong in your case, can be anything, software or hardware. One thing:

and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive

Your process should have worked, but I have mostly done it the other way around > copying from the pc to the external, and then do the switch. Maybe worth a try. First fit the original hd back into the laptop and check it's booting fine and programs etc work well, maybe do a chkdsk, defrag, ccleaner and sfc job, then do the cloning (will clone it without even leaving windows).

(btw, current Todo bu is 5.0. And posting this using a new hd, cloned 10 minutes ago happy when all goes well)

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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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Ok... Had a bad virus sent my machine away they installed a new hard drive. I get it back and use recovery disks to reinstall vista. All four + supplemental disks went great I click next n blue screen come up with an error a source is trying to use a thread it does not own. I have an hp pavilion 2009. Need help badly!!

A:New hard drive reinstalled vista w/recovery disk and now blue screen error

"a source is trying to use a thread it does not own"

Sorry, but despite extensive searching I can find no reference to that error, not even a similar one.
Please double-check the wording of the actual error message and post it word-for-word.

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Well it has been a fun couple of days!

Trying to restore a mistake on my Windows 7 ultimate x64 hard drive that Ubuntu started to overwrite.

So far I have
1. Backed-up / Copied all my files so whatever is done to this HD is ok.
2. Restored the partitions
3. Tried FixMBR / FixBoot / Chkdsk / Rebuildbcd

In the recovery console it sees my OS just fine

But when I boot my Dell XPS desktop after post it says 'Disk Read Error' press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

I don't think it has anything to do with the bios - I've put the hard drive in another dell and it did the same thing (tried different Sata cables too).

I think there is a peice I'm missing somewhere with these partitions (see attached). I currently have my non-booting drive in another dell and you can see it as Disk 1 in the screen shot.

Any suggestions for getting this thing back to booting? I can access all the files from it fine when I have on this computer (as the 2nd hdd) which leads me to believe there is just a boot issue somewhere.

Can I repair install Windows 7 on this hd even though it is the 2nd hard drive on the computer?

I'm trying to avoiding a wipe and reinstalling all the programs so I'm hoping I can somehow fix this last peice.

Your help is greatly appreciated - thank you!

A:Disk Read Error - Boot Issue...Repair Install on 2nd Hard Drive?

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

3) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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I have a two year old HP Pavillion (now a year out of waranty) that crashed and now returns "disk read error press ctl+alt+del to restart" when attempting to boot. Using the diagnostic tools avialable under F2, I get the following failure: Hard Drive Short DST Check: FailedFailure ID: GLL3S1-76684P-MFPV7G-60RA03Product ID: E9Z18AV Would anyone be so kind as to tell me what this particular failure ID code means?  Thank you.

A:Disk Read Error on boot, Hard Drive Short DST Check fails

 The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.  A retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used-Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your model is not one of the easiest to replace hdd on but the Maintenance & Service Guide will help you or your chosen repair shop.

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I am running Windows XP on an Nspire laptop purchased just a few months back. I installed Ad Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy, Spyblaster, Zone Alarm, and Windows Defender in addition to the Verizon Security Suite that was currently running in order to find and delete some adware viruses. Spybot was successful and everything was restored to normal for a couple of days until I restarted and got a blue screen error "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" and stating that I should disable BIOS memory options. I assumed that I had too many virus scanning programs and firewalls installed so I was able to boot into safe mode as administrator and deleted all of the before mentioned programs except for Windows Defender and Verizon Security Suite which I planned to keep. At restart I received the same blue screen message so I went to the BIOS setup menu to check the memory options and my BIOS menu has extremely limited settings options (Phoenix Trusted Core) which frustrated me and I (stupidly) reset the default settings. Now I was unable to get past the black screen telling me that Windows failed to start normally. So I went to the XP recovery CD and tried recovery and now all I get is a blue screen saying hard drive not found.
This laptop was purchased "Vista ready" but with XP Pro installed by my request. Could the problem possibly be that XP setup is not recognizing the hard drive because I reset the settings to default and now the hard drive is recognizable by Vista but n... Read more

A:Solved: Changed BIOS settings to default, blue error screen, hard drive not found

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


A:Hard Disk not showing in BIOS or Disk Manager

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

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Yet from the same partition i'm able to boot into a "dual boot type install" of LUbuntu which im using just fine right now
On my other hard drive with a windows 10 install. check disk reports NO errors

Trying to boot from the windows 7 install dual boot begins booting but almost instantly kicks to an old style loading bar then goes to startup repair
and it fails with the problem being "bad hard drive"

but somehow it LUbuntu has no problem booting when i select to boot from it instead of windows 7
all of my data MUST be intact because otherwise i wouldn't be able to boot at all. and i can see all the files on my drive just fine

When I tried to boot in safe mode. it stopped after a few system files were loaded then went to startup repair. I dont remember the file it stopped at.

I have no idea how to solve this??
Is there some way to do a full repair of windows 7? not just the silly startup repair?

This is a very urgent frustrating and serious problem

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I have a Dell XPS 15z laptop, spec. is i7-2640 processor, 8GB memory, 750GB hard drive. The problem is that it often freezes and when restarted it suggests no hard drive, "No boot device found". If I go into the BIOS there is no hard drive, if I boot into the diagnostics screen (F12) and run thr tests on the hard drive it comes up as passed, if I then restart the laptop it will boot into windows 7 Ultimate.
Evertime it freezes it won't boot after a restart unless I run diagnostics then it will start OK.
My thoughts are that it is hard drive, although all tests I have carried out on it suggest its OK, one of the times it booted into windows I ran the Seagate seatools and it was fine.
Anyone any suggestions as to the cause?

A:Laptop hard drive issue -- no boot device found/disk read error

Sorry, message at start is "A disk read error occurred", not sure if that makes any difference to your thoughts.
I reformatted and reloaded the software to see if that made any difference but the problem still persists.

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I have an Alienware M11x with Windows 7. This brand of Alienware laptops "does not" have a disk drive, so a windows 7 boot disk is useless even if I had one, which I don't. I tried to start up this laptop today and Windows will not load. it goes to startup repair, and startup repair will not fix the issue. So I don't know how to fix this issue and get windows 7 to load. Every tutorial I
find online say "use the boot disk." I don't have a boot disk, as I said this laptop doesn't even have a disk drive built in.

A:Win 7 Startup Repair Not Working. No boot disk or laptop disk drive.

Use a windows 7 boot usb drive, that you can make your self for free?

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hello everybody here at B.C

As this topic mentions this is supposed to be a BIOS guide, not exactly tho....
I will write about what i have encountered and worked with when it comes to this motherboard in hope to expand this knowledge and hopefully finding a solution with a broader network.

As mentioned this is the ABIT AN8 Fatal1ty S939 Motherboard without the SLI = double PCI EXPRESS installed
Basically my old motherboard stopped functioning so i had to replace it with the Abit Fatal1ty, at first i was very pleased becouse i read alot of positive stuff about it, altho i dont really like too much advertising this motherboard looked promising.
A part of the horror that struck me was that i needed to install WinXp from start, there were reports of users who could simply do a repair of winxp so they wont loose any valuable data, but in my case i didnt have that option, my windows could not be saved. Since i had 3 HDD's i plugged in another one after backing it up from another pc, becouse i simply mistook it for the hdd that had winxo on it, anyway i thought to myself i could backup my winxp containing drive at a later state when i get winxp installed on the drive i just cleaned. I then instaled all the hardware where it belongs and booted up and put in the WinXp SP2 cd and ran thru the first part of the setup ( where the files get copied over to your hdd before the restart )
All went well and the pc gave me as usual a 15 second timline to restart or it would do it by its... Read more

A:Bios's ( Disk Boot Error Please Insert System Disk And Press Enter )

Simply put, the disk that you think that you are booting from, and the disk that you are booting from, are not the same. I did the same thing myself not too long ago. Pull out the other disks and install XP. Once it is working, then install the other hard drives. If you are sure that you are booting from the same drive on which XP is installed, then the disk is thrashed.
You said you took out a disk from another system and it booted fine. How about trying this? Take the disk out of your system that you think is the one with XP on it, and see if if it will boot the other machine?
This is no huge mystery. It can only be one of very few things.

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when startup pc (black screen) massage displayed" Please insert correct disk"
massage exact forgot.
next a few second this is massage displayed:"Please floppy disk insert to drive A"
again massage exact forgot.
Will be updated via USB BIOS .
What should I do to prepare a USB?

A:How To Update Bios By usb(Create an MS-DOS startup disk)

Hi there.

I'd suggest you DON'T do this -- it's very rarely you would ever need a BIOS update - especially on more modern computers. Most of any new features could in fact be handled by SOFTWARE if necessary. If it goes awry your computer will just become a doorstop as it might not be able to boot again.

(Firmware updates on things like DVD players are another issue - but I'm assuming the OP is referring to computer MOBO's).

Even trying to get USB3 support on an older Mobo isn't really worth it -- you need a Pci-e card which is as slow as molasses compared with native USB3 anyway -- not worth it.

However if you really must -- most places that allow you to "flash" the BIOS will have instructions on how to prepare the various sets of bootable media.

If the site is still mentioning Floppy Disks then it's probably time to update your Mobo anyway.


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I switched my Fujjitsu-Siemens Amilo li-1718 the other day and was met with the dreaded 'operating system not found' message.

I haven't changed anything big recently, and it's more or less been working fine for a long time now.

I had, however, just had it in a bag and moved it across town, so after reading up I thought maybe something might have come loose inside. But I also read that it could be a BIOS problem, and after going in there I noticed that under 'hard drive' in 'main' it said 'None.' Changing it to auto or user didn't seem to make much difference as it still wouldn't load and would always revert back to none.

However, I also read that if the computer keeps resetting itself to an arbitrary time and date that it can be symptomatic of a CMOS problem... my computer had been doing this occasionally for a month or two before this happened.

I also tried making a windows vista recovery CD, and tried to boot off that, but still got the same 'Operating System Not Found...' message.

Basically, I want to make sure i've tried everything before I open the case and go poking around inside, as I'd really have no idea what i'm doing, but i'm hoping it's just a loose wire that will be pretty self-evident when I open it up.

Any ideas?

A:"Operating system not found" - BIOS or Hard Drive error?

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BIOS: AMD 0401, 5/15/209 v 02.58

I have an IDE hard drive that slides in and out of the computer to connect / disconnect from the IDE cable.

When I had two internal hard drives it booted up using the correct C:\ regardless of whether the removeable hard drive was in or out.

I have now installed a third internal hard drive that contains the C:\ that it should boot from. One of the other drives has a mangled XP Pro OS that does not function well enough to use. So, I installed XP on the drive that I just installed.

Problem is that when I set the Boot Settings / hard disk drive to be the new hd, while the removeable drive is plugged in, it all works the way I want it to. However, if after having backed up to the removeable drive, I remove it for safe storage, the computer will then boot up from the wrong hd. When checking in the BIOS setup, I see that the Hard Disk Drive setting has been changed.

I just want it to stay with what I specified and not change things on its own. Is this possible?

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.

A:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

A:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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My Windows 7 configuration is relatively bullet proof (ha ha, nervous laughter).

My OS and programs are on C, which I image using RDriveImage every month after Patch Tuesday.

My data is on software-mirrored D/F drives.

So as long as I don't have a catastrophic event affecting my computer, a routine "drive failure" should be recoverable, with the worst-case being I'd be out a month of updates, but with a good recent image of the OS drive.

Anyway, I was recently looking at my event viewer and I have "Disk errors" that occur whenever I run a full image of C.

The complete error text is:

Log Name: System
Source: Disk
Date: 7/13/2012 3:38:44 PM
Event ID: 11
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: xxxxxx
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="Disk" />
<EventID Qualifiers="49156">11</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-07-13T19:38:44.199218700Z" />
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A:"Disk error" invisible except to event viewer, when imaging hard drive

Try going into your BIOS to see what it has to say about the drive. Some BIOS's can read the drive's SMART status and can run tests on it. You could also download the disk manufacturer's drive diagnostics to check it out. Or see what Seatools (from Seagate) has to say about it:

SeaTools | Seagate

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This is kinda long and I've fixed it, but could use your input.

So after waking up, my parents informed me that the computer was shutting down randomly. I turned it on and "a disk error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart " appeared. It's a Sata hard drive so I checked the cables to make sure they were plugged in correctly and they were, and then I tried connecting it to another computer with that computers cables and that didn't work either.

My parents not wanting to buy one online, decided to just go to bestbuy and buy one there, since we already had the Windows 7 Disk at home. I formatted it, partitioned it, and installed Windows 7 Home Premium on it and everything worked. I decided to connect the Hard drive that didn't work while the computer was still on, and it immediately started downloading the drivers it needed and up popped all the hard drive. I'm going to start transferring all the important things like music,videos and games, and after, all I can see are the following 3 things;

after getting all the data we want off it, should I reinstall windows to see if my other computer will recognize it (Even though it couldn't before), format it and just use it as extra data (though since it already couldn't boot up, the ability to keep data on it may fail in a couple of days/weeks) or just put it away and not use it at all.

What would you guys reccomend I do?

A:Hard Drive, "a disk error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart "

First get the data you need off it.

Then go to the mfr and get their HD testing utility and run it.

If it were me I wouldnt trust it. I have been burned before.

You certainly could use it for storage of, say one set of backups, for the chances of losing your OS HD, and that backup at the same time are nil.

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

A:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

When it comes to actually using the BartPE disc, you?ll need to first enter your BIOS and set the CDROM drive as your primary boot device, this is the default setting in most computers.Once BartPE is loading, when prompted for network support, click ?no? if you do not need it like in this case to save yourself some time.Click on Go , Programs, A43 File Management UtilityThis will open a similar program to windows explorer so you can copy your data before formatting. Locate the hard disk where your windows installation is on, select the folders you want to backup and copy them to the other partition or hard disk.If you have an external USB hard disk and want to copy your data on it, make sure you connect it to the computer before you boot with the BartPE disk.

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

A:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

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i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?

A:Os hard drive and local disk hard drive how can i make them into one?

Quote: Originally Posted by CraziReaper

i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?

First, if at all unsure backup

Parigon disk suite (free trial)

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Hey Guys,

Looking for your advice and any links if any...cheers in advance

My Situation

In December 2009 I purchased a Toshiba Qosmio X500 - Model No. PQX33A-00X00J

At the time I upgraded my purchase from Toshiba Reseller BD4U, going from the standard 1x 500GB Sata drive + 1x 64GB SSD... to instead having 2x 500GB sata drives. I purchased with 3 year onsite next business day warranty, that is is now expired.

It came loaded with MS Win 7 Premium Home Edition - but no disks provided.
My Needs
I need/want to factory reset my PC - its starting to run slowI need to re-partition from my existing 4x partitions to just having 2
The Issues
Possibly as a result of upgrading the disk drives at time of purchase, I don't believe I have a hidden Recovery partition in order to do a System Recovery from the Hard Disk Drive - see image of my current partitions attached I don't have Win 7 OS installation disks or Toshiba Driver disks as they should have been installed by Toshiba
My Questions
Do You agree that I DONT have a Recovery Partition - when looking at the partition image? I'm confused on this point coz people say its hidden!?Given I have no Toshiba Drivers Disk or Windows 7 OS disks - what should I do? I'm thinking of downloading Win 7 (use my product key from sticker under PC) and making a disk/USB (but need to learn how)Is this where I get ALL necessary Toshiba drivers for my PC from?Does Toshiba provide a link on its site and instructions on where to get Win 7 ... Read more

A:Qosmio X500/00X System Recovery (Factory Reset) From Hard Disk Drive or Separate Disk

Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:SATA hard disk not recognized in BIOS

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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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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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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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Hi all,
it's my first posting here thus I hope I'm doing everything fine.

I'm having this weird problem: after a PC crash I had found out that my Windows XP laptop (Compac nc6120) didn't see anymore any CD/DVD drive or any virtual CD/DVD drive. The device manager stated that the driver had been started correctly but there was no corresponding HW available (Error 41) which in the case of virtual drives is quite funny

I had already seen this problem on other PCs and solved it by removing Upper and Lower filter entries in the CurrentControlSet\Control\Class entry for CD-ROM and rebooted.

After reboot all disks were available as expected and I had to reinstall some of the CD-Writing software to re-install the needed upper and lower filters.

Now everithing seems to work fine with one notable exception: If I show devices in Groups Explorer insists in placing my CD/DVD both phyiscal and virtual in the "Hard Disk Drives" group.
This is not a problem in itself, except for some annoyances:
- When I insert a CD or DVD ROM Explorer says the HD is full and nags about clenaning it up
- Autostart does not seem to work as expected all the times

I've noticed that when I create a new virtual DVD or install an external CD-ROM, it is correctly seen as a "Removable" Device but I don't have any "Properties" option in the contextual menu.
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A:Removable Disk seen as Hard Disk Drive by Explorer

Hi Paolo. Welcome to TSF.
It's possible some files got corrupted when your machine crashed. Try reinstating them by running sfc /scannow. Provided your XP installation disc has SP2 installed put it in your drive. If autorun isn't working you may have to start it manually. When it starts, press EXIT at the welcome screen. Then press Start>Run and type sfc /scannow in the box and press OK. You may have to press retry several times - this is normal. When finished, reboot your machine and see if this has improved things.

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A:Hard Disk Error but Hard Disk fine

How much capacity, in GB, does the SSD have? Less than 256GB is unlikely to work with the recovery media.

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the message I get for my HP desktop windows 8hard disk error Hard disk1 (3F1)why and fix it how?edited by moderator: Email address removed for safety

A:What caused & how do I fix Hard Disk error: Hard disk 1 3F1

Check cable connections at back of drive 1 are firmly connected.Try a new SATA cable to drive 1.Test drive 1 with SeaTools:

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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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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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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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A:Hard disk fail at startup

Test failed. Drive replacement recommended.Completion code: 7Size 2.0 tbModel ST2000DM001-9YN164Firmware HP16Location SATA0

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...

A:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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