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bios isn't finding hard disk

Q: bios isn't finding hard disk

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'm installing a second hard drive in a fairly old PC (bought ~1998).

It has Win 98 and currently only a 4GB HD.

I'm trying to install a Western Digital 80GB HD.

The BIOS is from 1998 and the motherboard number at the bottom of the start-up screen is 2A69KG0AC-00.

I have tried the IDE cables and jumpers in every combination possible both as a single drive and also as master/slave with the old HD.

It can read the old HD and CD drive but the new HD seems to be non-existent.

Could the BIOS be too old to detect the new HD?
- I've read up about upgrading or flashing the Award BIOS but don't know how to get a newer version. Is it a free download or do I need to buy an upgrade?
Many thanks in advance for any advice.....


A:Solved: New Hard Drive - BIOS not finding it

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i have an hp pavilion a1560n. i am trying to install win xp pro sp2. just put a new hard drive in but windows installer will not recignize the drive. i have tryed to install 3rd party raid and it doesnt work does anyone have any suggestions?

A:problems with hp finding hard disk

You really need to share more about what's going on and what you've done so we can help better. You installed a new hard drive? Bios recognizes it? But the OS install can't find it? It's a Sata Drive? Jazz

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I am using a usb bootable drive to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have used hade USB copy of Windows for some time now so I know that it works.
My issue is at the moment is once the install starts and makes it to the screen that ask you which drive you would like to install windows on it cannot locate any drive.
I says something similar to no useable drive or something similar. (I do not have the screen in front of me) The list is empty. You have the options of opening a command prompt, advanced repair options, or load drivers. From what I see I need to
create a new drive but cannot figure out how or if I'm trying to do something I don't need to do.
Any help walking me threw this Please.

P.S.   The hard drive I am using was at one point used in a different computer and was wiped clean

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

A:my hp pavilion dv5000 has many problems like its not finding a hard disk drive

What is the error code on the blue screen message.

Look for specific numbers such as 0x---------
Also anything such as PAGE_FAULT

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Can anyone please help me with this?

My problem is that I have just bought a new system running vista after the old one died following a motherboard problem (it refused to boot). I have salvaged the old hard disk which ran XP and it appears to be sound and I have put it in an external enclosure connected to the new computer. I want to retrieve/access old mail folders created in MS Outlook 2003 on the old hard disk but cannot seem to locate them anywhere.

Any suggestions as to how I can get to and open them please?

A:Finding and transferring Outlook Personal Folders from an Old Hard Disk

Your old outlook.pst file should be located here: Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Copy it over to your new PC. In Outlook, do File > Open > Outlook Data File

Here's some extra reading for future reference:

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I have two hard disks, one Seagate 120 GB one and another Maxtor d540x-4d
5400 rpm 40 GB UATA/100 drive. My problem is that the maxtor drive used to
work fine, but recently, it is recognized by BIOS and Device Manager in
Windows, but it is not shown by either the logical disk manager in disk
management or My computer. What is the problem? Any remedies? THanking you

A:Hard Disk recognized by bios, but not by My computer/Disk Manager

You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.

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

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

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

I have tried the following steps:

1 I have repalced IDE cable with the new one

2 I have restored BIOS settings to factory defaults.

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

4 Plugged the harddisk in the Secondery IDE cable.

5 Tried all the Jumper settings.

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

But no result.

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

A:Hard Disk not detected in BIOS

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

Back up, back up, back up.

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

A:No hard disk found in BIOS

So what exactly then is your issue or question ?

And Welcome to the Forums

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

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

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


A:Hard disk not detected by BIOS

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

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

Hi all,

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

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

So i switched off my comp ..

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:BIOS cannot detect hard disk

Sorry, but your drive is dead.

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

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

Regards Howard

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

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

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

Has any one got any ideas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I 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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Hello Everyone,

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

Everything works great!

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

I have 2 SSD drives working great!

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

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

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

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

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

A:Hard Disk Dissapears in BIOS after Virus Scan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

->Primary Hard Disk Self Test
->Memory Test

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


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

Please could you help me repair my laptop.

A:New Hard disk recognized by Windows7 but not by BIOS, install failed

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

giving it a bump 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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Hi everybody!
I hope somebody help me...

I bought the new laptab LENOVO B50-80 FreeDos:
Processor: Intel Core i3-4005U Dual Core Processor (3MB Cache, 1.7GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz
Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive
Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Bios: insydeh20 rev 5.0 (without advanced setting!)

I tried to install the "Windows 8.1", but during a installation i got an error (We couldn?t find any drives. To get a storage driver, click Load Driver.)
I checked in Bios, and I saw "Hard Disk: Not Detected"

I thought maybe update the Bios helps solve the problem and searched for it, but in official website I found just an ".exe" file for updating Bios.

Please Help me,
I can solve this problem, OR it is the hardware failure and I have to turn back and take a new one?

Thank you in advance for your attention.

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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 hard drive died and it needed replacement. Did so. Had originally been Windows8 but upgraded to Windows 10. Unable to re boot with reinstall disks. Need BIOS boot specs, screen info to use disks.

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Hi, I have two 250gb drives that are connected to my one Eide connection on my Asus P5Q deluxe Mobo. They show in the bios and on startup, but not in my computer or drive manager??? how can I get them to show up so I can format and use them as extra space.
thanks for any help you can provide...

A:EIDE hard drives connected and show in bios but not in disk manger

Are the drives formatted NTFS? Do the drives have files on them that you want to keep?

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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 accidentally deleted the 100MB reserved partition while reinstalling win 7 which got stuck and when I restarted, I got 'Bootmgr Missing' error. I have Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop. Now, my BIOS doesn't detect my hard disk and I also don't see any hard disk while reinstalling win7 via bootable USB drive.

Is it that 100mb partition contained the required drivers? If yes, how could I fix this?

Please help !


A:Deleted 100MB reserved partition - BIOS doesn't detect Hard Disk

There are no drivers stored on the SR partition.
The 100 MB System Reserved partition has nothing to do with the bios seeing the hard drive or the Windows 7 installer seeing the hard drive.

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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 company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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I have Vista Home Premium 64 bit OS and I flashed the Bios using my A1 Suite in Asus to upgrade it and everything went fine but as can sometimes happen I got the message upon reboot that " No Hard Disk Detected ".

Everything is working fine from bootup to shutdown and I know that there is a fix for this...I think in the Bios...but I forgot what it is. Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thanking you all in advance!

My specs are as follows: Mobo is Asus P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n LGA 775 ATX Mobo, Intel P45 Chipset, Supports Intel Core 2 Quad CPU's, Dual DDR3 2000, Sata 3Gb/s RAID, CrossFire Ready, PCI-E 2.0

A:" No Hard Disk Detected After Flashing Bios "

Tried rolling back to previous bios?

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

A:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

A:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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changed hard drives & had to change cd-rom now when i try to reinstall win. xp my bios won't find any drives won't start the cd-rom wont even find it. the comp. is a hp pavilon xg922 real lost just want something for my grandson to work any help ?? thanx, Dave

A:Bios Not Finding No Drives

Hey Dave's.

Double check the jumper settings on your dives as well as ensuring that all cables are snug and secure.

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Hi,I feel like a real wally asking this question,I use XP pro and want to get into bios as every time my phone rings my computer starts up.
I know you press a button as puter boots up,but please which button?
Ty Bob K.

A:Solved: finding bios.

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I recently bought some new hardware and it doesn't seem to be working because my bios is out of date. I can't seem to find the correct driver for it so I was hoping someone could help me. Heres some information that could help..Thanks

System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
System Model: C51/MCP51
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.02, 11/13/2006
SMBIOS Version: 2.4

A:Need help finding BIOS driver



Is this the model number as printed on the motherboard itself?
It seems to be a generic description for the chipset, not the actual motherboard (that chipset has been used by a wide variety of motherboard/PC manufacturers)

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Just assembled the L7VMM motherboard and installed and loaded up windows XP fine, but just can't figure out why the internet will not work? I know it's not the modem because im able to run the internet to my laptop but when i plug it in the desktop ( via L7VMM) it just doesnt work. I'm thinking i need a lan driver installed? Help needed <------

Info on the motherboard

CPU Socket 462 for AMD Athlon™ XP/ Athlon™/ Duron™ processor FSB 266/200 MHz

CHIPSET VIA®KM266 & VT8233A North Bridge: VIA® KM266 South Bridge: VIA® VT8233A

GRAPHICS Integrated S3 ProSavage8 2D/3D Graphics

MEMORY 2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM socket support up to 2 GB Support DDR266/200 DDR SDRAM

EXPANSION SLOT 1 x AGP 4X slot 3 x PCI slots 1 x CNR slot

STORAGE Support by VIA® VT8233A 4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices

AUDIO Realtek ALC201A 2-channel audio CODEC Compliant with AC'97 2.2 specification

LAN Realtek RTL8100B 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet Controller

SYSTEM BIOS Award BIOS with 2Mb Flash ROM Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification

A:Need help finding drivers, bios, etc

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Hey guy's i need help findind a bios flash for this motherbord..

Property Value
Manufacturer FIC
Model NC1500
Version 0.1A
Serial Number 8D6905720

Chipset Vendor VIA Technologies Inc
Chipset Model VIA CN700
South Bridge VT8237 PCI to ISA Bridge
SMBus VIA Technologies Inc VT8237 PCI to ISA Bridge @4100h

Cpu Socket NanoBGA 479 [Socket 478]
Processor Upgrade

System Slots 1 PCMCIA

Memory Summary
Location System board or motherboard
Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None
Name Physical Memory Array
Use System memory

BIOS Version PTLTD - 6040000
Ver [email protected]


A:Need Help Finding Bios Flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A:Finding DELL Bios Password

OOPS. We didn't post in the correct forum OR check the FAQs:

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The Dell service tag is stored in the BIOS of their main boards. I know it is because this one (and others) will display it on boot when certain conditions exist.

How can I make this Dell display that information?

I have only the board and processor from the Dell so there is no case to look at the back.

EDIT: It's a Dimension 2400

A:Finding Dell Service Tag in BIOS?

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Hey all,

I've recently been experiencing a peculiar problem. My BIOS seems to only intermittently detect my drives, any of them. It never had this problem before. For awhile there, it was pretty equal, about 50 percent of the time it would boot up Windows no problem and the other half the time it wouldn't, saying:

Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found
Primary Hard Disk Drive 1 not found

and sometimes

Secondary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found
Secondary Hard Disk Drive 1 not found

Then I would have to hit F1 to reboot my machine, and it would open up Windows no problem. Well, now it's almost always the above error messages. If I go into the BIOS to look at the settings, it almost always says that none of those devices are present. It doesn't work if I manually turn them all onto "AUTO" either. I've tried ALT+E, ALT+F, to reset the BIOS to the original (factory?) settings. But, it will autodetect the IDE devices unsuccessfully.

Now onto the jumpers. I have considered this possibility as well, and I've tried setting all the drives to Master/Slave configurations respectively, as well as Cable Select. But it doesn't seem to make a difference.

Additionally I have changed out the IDE cable itself to eliminate the possibility that it is bad, and it doesn't appear to be the case.

I have exhausted everything I know to do. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. Does it sound as though my MB is going bad?

Th... Read more

A:BIOS has Trouble Finding My Drives

If the read-me for the new bios, or any of the latest BIOSs has any mention of fixxing any IDE issues then I would flash to the latest one.
Does just using a single HDD on a IDE give you any trouble?? Or is it only with two on each IDE that they`re not detected??

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Hello everyone,
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By the way the bios P/N should be similar to this:

Even if the number on your JetWay 9800XT bios isn't exactly the same I would still like to take a look at the bios. Thanks in advance.

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I've looked all over the net, Medion and Microstars website for a BIOS update and can't find one.
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I have a 7-8 year old computer, Gigabyte ALi Aladdin GA 5AA motherboard, AMD K6 3D processor, Award AMIBIOS CA 1996.
Windows 98SE

Hard drive (Primary Master)
CD ROM (Primary Slave)
HP CD RW burner (Secondary Master).

About 2 months ago the computer froze & on restart didn't detect the HD. I found in BIOS that the setting had changed from Auto Detect to User, so changed it back to Auto - problem solved. For the moment.

About 2 weeks ago started getting the same problem, this time with the CD RW - 3 times in the one night the computer froze, and each time I found the BIOS reporting it as "Not Installed" - changed it to "CD ROM" and it was found again on restart. After that things were OK until again this week...

Computer freezing again resulted in a restart not finding the CD RW again (in BIOS). I changed this back to "CD ROM" from "Not installed" but this time after saving the setting & continuing the boot, the CD ROM setting was not saved - couldn't seem to get it to stick.

Worse, the HD was again reporting as "Disabled". However, an option to press F1 or F2 (?) to resume resulted in the HD being detected with the manual user setting, and windows started up. Each time I tried setting the IDD auto detect to "Auto" it would go through the same boot up sequence, telling me that it couldn't be autodetected, but booted manually anyway, and each time I went back to BIOS it had changed back to th... Read more

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Can someone direct me to a resource for a legitimate upgrade for pheonix bios from 4.0 V6.0 to V6.1 for a very old hp pavilion xe 749? Thanks.Michael E. Lindenmeyer  MS, MS, PE160826.2124

A:finding pheonix bios 4.o version 6.0 upgrade to V6.1

@tfilmel?, welcome to the forum. The only legitimate updates for HP BIOS's are those developed by HP.  They have their motherboards made to their specs.  Therefore, no other updates from any other source will work.  Your computer is no longer supported by HP. 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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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

A:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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A:how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

hi check out this first just in case and if you do need to read this

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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I am not sure where this goes so please feel free to move it or tell me where to post it lol.

I am trying to find a recovery Disk for an Emachine computer we just acquired. I already tried to contact Emachine for it & they said they do not manufacture that disk any more & just told me to buy a new OS & find the drivers online. Which wouldnt be a problem but the 60 bucks for a new Windows XP disk is more then the PC is worth lol.

Figured I would ask here, see if someone happens to have one laying around they wouldnt mind selling to me or letting me have for cheap.

Oh & we tried to use our Windows XP disk with the OEM number on the Emachine, but it now wont register or anything & of course I figured out that that is a no no.. Is there a such thing as a Non-OEM Number containing disk that you can buy & use to reinstall windows w/ the computers OEM number?


Btw. the Emachine is model # W3050

Thanks again!

A:Help Finding Recovery Disk..

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I have a Toshiba TE2000 with valid PID.

Using this site as a reference, I have tried the Windows XP Professional OEM "WXPOEM_EN" label twice, because everything that I have read has said that the OEM versions are the most versatile. But the install fails because XP doesn't like the PID.

But doing trial & error on XP installs is time consuming, and I was wondering if there was a way of decoding the PID sticker in order to determine which XP label will work with this PID.

I've done extensive Google (and other search engine) searches on all of the text on the label, to no result. Nor have I been able to find any kind of reference that explains what the various codes mean (X08-73066, E85-01144, etc...), so any help there would be appreciated.

Also I'm interested in learning more about what the "1 - 2 CPU" means, and also that with this PID you can install either Win2000 Pro, or XP Pro.

Any help would be appreciated.

- Fren

A:[SOLVED] Help Finding the Right XP Pro Disk ?

So what exactly is your problem. Are you wanting to reinstall but you lost your OS disc? I would call Toshiba and ask them if they can send a replacement. They will charge you a couple of bucks to do so but it will be cheaper than buy it new. To use those Product keys you will probably need an OEM OS disc.

XP Pro and 2000 Pro can run on a dual processor machine.

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Hi. I have an acer aspire computer with corrupted key windows files. So i am unable to even boot windows. When i start windows i get a BSOD. Now first of all i dont think this is an issue that should be posted in the BSOD section of the forum and i will explain.

What i am trying to do is retreive my product key from the BIOS with a program that is bootable outside of windows. Like from a USB for example.

My intention is to restore my computer with a clean install by downloading my windows 8 version on another computer to a usb through the windows website after i retreive my product key. Then use this usb to install my windows 8 version back onto the BSOD computer. But as i have stated, i am unable to use the conventional product key finding programs since i cant even boot windows 8. Any help on finding a program like this would be appreciated

A:Finding windows 8 product key in the bios on a bsod comp

You might ask why i wouldnt just order restore disks from my manufacturer, and i already have. Haha. But i am an impatient person and want to see if i can fix my windows 8 this way. Thank you

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I recently brought 256MB more ram and cleaned the CPU/FAN/HEATSINK for this Toshiba Satellite 1805-S254 Laptop from my uncle( Slow..shut downs..overheating..). This was all before i discovered how bad these series were from Toshiba and I knew no better. So I also took someone's advice and installed Toshiba's upgraded bios to help prevent the system from repeated shutdowns, only to find out later that it did this by crippling the cpu speed.

This thing is SO slow now, it's hard to work on it..and that's all i do is type and research to try to find a better job and it's terrible. I can't even watch a dvd to pass the hours by in my truck... Any suggestions on where to find the old BIOS? I'd rather have it shut down than have it crawl to do the simpelist tasks.....esp with 512 MB of ram now. Thx in advance to any tips. Later, people.

A:Please! Need help finding Toshiba Satellite 1805-S254 BIOS Files !

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I will try to keep this as brief as possible and yet give you wise and wonderful tech persons all the information you need to help me out. I am intelligent, but NOT a super-user.

I have an e-machines desktop computer. It is old. A Cyrix MII 266 processor with upgraded memory. I have a 10gb Maxtor hard drive which is the issue at hand. I am running Win2000. My home computer (the e-machine desktop) is networked through a router with my printer and my business laptop.

The problem: Win2000 loads and boots. It LOOKS like it's functioning properly. However, it cannot read any of the files on the disk. When I try, it tells me C: is inaccessible. I can't search, explore, etc. The files are "non-existent."

I managed to get Windows to create a backup of it and saved that file to my Laptop. I can only "assume" that it actually backed up ALL the files on the drive so they are safe.

One really ODD thing you should know is that I cannot get into the BIOS. When it boots and usually gives you that second or two to hit [F2] and enter setup ... doesn't do that any more. I sit and hold the F2 key. Nope. I've second-guessed myself and tried the ESC key and the F1 key. I've tried it with and without the CTRL key. Nothing. So I can't even tell the silly thing to boot from the CD instead, load onto my D: backup drive and then kill the C: drive. It's like it's possessed.

Things I've already tried (not necessarily in this order):
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A:Solved: Hard Disk issue similar to "Help! Broken Hard disk" Thread

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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 )
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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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I've recently tried out Windows 2012 Data Deduplication and due to an error I could not retrieve all my files.
I'm trying to find all of the files on the disk that say they have a file size but when you look under "Size on disk" it says it takes up 0 Bytes.

I've tried sorting the files by Size and by Space used. I've searched using Windows Explorer with size:empty but am coming up with nothing.

Thanks for your help.

P.S. I took a look into Sparse file utility but it turns out these files aren't sparse files.

EDIT: I've also tried chkdsk but it reports that there are no errors on the drive.

A:Finding All files with 0 Bytes Size on Disk

Can you post a screen capture of where it shows it has a size but size on disk is 0?

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i want to install from my boot usb but windows tells me no drives are suitable.
it says it cannot create a partition.
what to do?
what I do now is the screen before use shift + f10 and then diskpart.
if i am lucky by fiddling around i can get a disk to take the new install.
This is not very satisfactory. I have no idea why the fiddling works.
Please educate me.

A:Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

Is your hard rive GPT or MBR? What

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Clean Install - Windows 8
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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trying to install win7 on sony laptop with a copy that is different from the original copy of win7.

did partdisk, clean all, create partition, and dvd install gave the "can't install to disk, turn on disk controller in BIOS" error. there is no disk controller function in my BIOS.

if partdisk clean all was successful, does that mean the HDD and its controller board are ok, that is, not physically damaged, and the problem is with software/installation/setup etc.?

what should i do next, in order to have a successful install?

thank you for helping!

A:can't install to disk, turn on disk controller in BIOS

You say a different copy than the original, is this a burned copy?
What was the source?
It almost sounds as if it's missing the base driver pack the windows installer runs on.

The disk would appear to be working since the partdisk clean up went as expected.
My first instinct is to question the origin of the copy you are using to install with.
It could even be set up with a automated install that is causing the problem.

I am going with software for the moment, if you know the manufacturer of the drive in question they all have drive diagnostic software on their sites made specifically to check their drives available on their websites. This would be the easiest way to check that nothing is wrong with the controller or disk, and get hardware pretty much out of the way.

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My computer starts up to a black screen displaying smart hard disk error hard disk 1 (301), f2 system diagnostics enter continue start up. Run diagnostics hard drive failed with an error code. Tried to reset bios start up no luck, tried to do the recovery it says pic need to be repaired and won't let me go any further. I lost my recovery discs when I moved into my new house. Help

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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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Got some problem here,just recently bought SATA 3.0 hard disk(samsung)and i forgot if my motherboard support this hard disk,after checking it only supports 1.5 SATA.I visited samsung website on how to force my Hard disk to run at 1.5,
I'd follow what the site told me to do but no luck still got the same problem ("Hardware Initiate failed,Please check device) (The BIOS does not be installed)

Anyone got an idea how to fix this,might be some BIOS set-up?Kindly walk me through,Im still using my trusted desktop Motherboard Asrock p4v8+ BIOS P1.50.Badly need help

A:SATA Hard Disk 3.0 to MOBO 1.5 Hard Disk

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My hard disk (C drive where the windows 7 is) is going to fail soon. It has some bad sectors and some corrupted parts and I encountered blue screen that says something about hardware failure. When my Acronis is doing backup, Acronis stopped half way because it cannot access some sectors to do the backup, it was fine previously.

I can still login to windows (depends on luck).

1. I want to change to a new hard disk, what is the best/fastest way to do it?

2. If I copy the whole disk to another new disk, would I encounter problems copying half way since there a

3. Will the data copied to new hard disk be incomplete since there are bad/corrupted sectors on my old hard disk?

4. My old hard disk is 1TB WD Black. What should I use for the new hard disk? Does it need to be same size and model?

Thanks a lot. Greatly appreciate your help.

(I do know how to change a hard disk and reinstall Windows 7 (Windows 7 updates took a long time) and install all programs again and setup again. That would take a few days so I am wondering if there is a faster way.)

A:Hard disk is failing, how to change to a new hard disk?

If you don`t have a complete backup image, then there`s nothing you can do about it. You`re gonna have to re install windows.

Get your data off before the drive dies.

Your new drive does not have to be the same size and model, you can get whatever you want.

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I have a HP Ency Phoenix -810-160 that had a dead HD. I got a good deal on a SSD and thus replaced the drive. When I attempted to run the recovery disks, I ran into the issue that I kept getting a Hard Drisk Error blue screen at start up.  I found it odd so I took the drive and tested it on another computer. No issue. I've now been able to install windows 8.1 back on it and even upgraded it to Windows 10 before the deadline but I still get the blue sceen error.  All tests pass for both memory and the hard disk. System also runs fine with the exception that when I start up the computer there is a massive delay, then I get the Hard Disk Error, If I just F2 kit and then close and continue, the system finishes to start up.  I think I may be having a firmware issue but HP Assist is installed and all updates are suposed to be running.  Anyone outthere running into a similar issue? I feel like I'm having a false positive since I went up to a Solid State Drive. 

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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HiCan someone please tell me how to copy eveything from hard disk #1 to hard disk #2then remove hard disk #1 and use hard disk #2 in its place..???I have tried a few different things that I know of and i'm out of ideas!Any help will be much appreciated!RegardsJim

A:Hard Disk To Hard Disk (straight Copy!)

Download Digital Dolly 1.0 and burn an .iso image to a CD. Create a folder on your computer to DL Digital Dolly to. Unzip DD in the same folder. Te create a bootable image.Use the Drive Image feature in DD to copy all the information From drive C:\ to D:\.MOD: Cleaned up mispelled word and poor sentence structure (Like you can see a difference).

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To make a long story short > I was trying to copy my laptop HDD and then install dual boot on the new HDD but gave up after I concluded my USB external enclosure only supported 128GB and not the 250GB that I needed (New external eclosure on order to solve this problem).

But somehow when I now boot up with my original HDD I get the error

Error finding BTMAGIC.IMG
Run BootMagic install
Press a key
(I press a key)

And everthing is ok - WXP loads correctly so that good.

BUT >> the question is how do I now get rid of this error. I don't want a dual boot on this HDD so I don't want to install bootmagic.
ANother question I could use help with is Partition Magic makes a rescue floppy but I don't have a floppy disk on my Laptop how do you get around this ?

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I just install a new Maxtor 15gig hard drive to use as a slave drive.My BIOS doesn't show that I have a primary slave IDE. I made sure the jumpers were at the settings the installation guide said to use but still it doesn't show up. I called the help line for Maxtor but they didn't seem to know what the problem is. Can anyone help?

A:finding new hard drive

Have you confirmed that the jumpers on your first drive are correct? You may need to change it from Single to Master.

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Win 7 can't find my new drive.
I dual boot Win 7 and Ubuntu. Both boot okay on my machine but I want to add a new drive to the two existing ones. Currently Win 7 is on a 320 G Seagate and Ubuntu is on a 500 G Seagate. The new drive is a 1 T WD.
My bios recognizes all drives. Belarc Analyzer also finds the drive and even notes the serial number. But my `Computer `can`t see it and ``add new hardware`` can`t find it.

System-Asrock AOD790gx, PhenomII x4 955, 4 G`s mem, 600w Psu.

A:Finding new Hard Drive

Did you try "Devices and Printers" in the Start menu and then " Add a Device".
Also have a look in Disk Management whether it is there. Maybe you have to initialize it and assign a drive letter. For Initialize right click on the left pane of the drive (where it says Disk 0, 1, etc.). To assign a drive letter, right click on the right pane. You may also have to format it (take "quick format" - with full format you are in for 10 hours)

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REading a section for Server 2008 admin on DNS..i find it pretty tough.

what annoys me about books is they tell you all this info, with no practical application.

eg: I know what a reverse DNS lookup is...
DNS maps names to IP addresses, and reverse DNS is IP to name...great...

but where is this applied in the real world? why is it useful?

any help appreciated please

A:Finding DNS hard to grasp...

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My Ad-Aware scan reveals two objects which I cannot get rid of. They are:

1. Registry Key: VX2.BetterInternet
2. Registry Data: \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" ()

I ran a Hijack log and deleted what I thought was necessary but these two guys just stick around. And they propegate tracking cookies for places like Gator and Hitbox.

Any help would be appreciated. Here is my Hijack Log:

ogfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 12:34:43 PM, on 5/19/04
Platform: Windows NT 4 SP6 (WinNT 4.00.1381)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v5.51 SP2 (5.51.4807.2300)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\Program Files\Quick View Plus\Program\QVP32.EXE

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
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A:I'm finding it hard to remove these....

Try running AdAware in safe mode:

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Hi there,
I've taken my mate's laptop to format the hard disk and re-install Windows XP. It's almost all done but I can't find all the drivers on the net.

Laptop info:
Model name: EQUIUM A110-252
Model number: PSAB2E

I've already found most of the drivers on:

But going through: System Info -> Components -> Problem Devices ... It still shows the following drivers not installed:

Ethernet Controller
Network Controller
PCI FLASH Memory (this one shows 3 times in the list)
SM Bus controller

I've tried going directly to Toshiba's website but they don't seem to list this model anymore.

Any help out there?

A:Having a hard time finding the right drivers


Originally Posted by rominho

Hi there,
I've taken my mate's laptop to format the hard disk and re-install Windows XP. It's almost all done but I can't find all the drivers on the net.

Laptop info:
Model name: EQUIUM A110-252
Model number: PSAB2E

I've already found most of the drivers on:

But going through: System Info -> Components -> Problem Devices ... It still shows the following drivers not installed:

Ethernet Controller
Network Controller
PCI FLASH Memory (this one shows 3 times in the list)
SM Bus controller

I've tried going directly to Toshiba's website but they don't seem to list this model anymore.

Any help out there?

what region are you in(country)

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I have recently updated the computer motherboard (MSI Z87 MPOWER) , graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650) and OS from Vista to Windows 8.1. I have installed 3 Hard drives but the OS will only see 2. I have files on this HD and require them. How can I get the computer to see them? I have EaseUS Partition Master free Edition and this program can see them but I'm unable to open them.
Thanks in advance.

A:Finding extra hard drive

What does Disk Management say about the drive? Does it appear in Device Manager?

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I really don't know too much about this type of stuff, but here goes...
I bought a firelite external hard drive and it worked for about 2 weeks. But recently I haven't been able to find it. It's not showing up on "my computer" or in the contol panel...I guess I'm not very sure where it is. If it helps, I have windows XP...thanks!!

A:Not finding hard drive on computer...

try unplugging will machine is running(USB right)
reboot machine with drive unplugged
after boot plug back in ,xp should see it if not check your USB drivers ,made need to reload them

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I hope you can help me in my problem I'm facing.

I really searched for it a lot and I tried ALL possible solutions which I found in most sites talking about this technical problem but still the problem not solved

I have explained the problem fully in the following address:

Thanks in advance,

A:WIN XP Pro is not finding my slave hard drive

this is because you have windows on TWO hard disks at the same time.

SATA drives are ALL master drives. 1 drive per channel.

Your OS is confused as to which drive is which and therefore defaults to channel 1.

The only solution is to format each drive and leave windows OFF one of the hard disks
You may lose data unless you swap out drives and move the data offline (like a zip drive, etc....)

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My laptop apparently is having a hard time booting. I start it up, it will display the blinking cursor and stay like that forever, i hard shut it down and the BIOS will search for new hardware (as its suppose to) and then the blinking cursor will appear for around a minute before booting up! this is really annoying and ive already Reset the BIOS to default and Reinstalled windows (deleted all Partitions and made one) any help?

EDIT: The problem only occurs when laptop has been shut down completely, it doesnt happen during a simple restart

A:Hard time finding bootloader

Quote: Originally Posted by SilverStar

My laptop apparently is having a hard time booting. I start it up, it will display the blinking cursor and stay like that forever, i hard shut it down and the BIOS will search for new hardware (as its suppose to) and then the blinking cursor will appear for around a minute before booting up! this is really annoying and ive already Reset the BIOS to default and Reinstalled windows (deleted all Partitions and made one) any help?

EDIT: The problem only occurs when laptop has been shut down completely, it doesnt happen during a simple restart

Could be a HD problem. Have you run a chkdsk?

Run CHKDSK /R /F from an elevated (Run as adminstrator) Command Prompt. Please do this for each hard drive on your system.
When it tells you it can't do it right now - and asks you if you'd like to do it at the next reboot - answer Y (for Yes) and press Enter. Then reboot and let the test run. It may take a while for it to run, but keep an occasional eye on it to see if it generates any errors. See "CHKDSK LogFile" below in order to check the results of the test.

Elevated Command Prompt:
Go to Start and type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes)
At the top of the Search Box, right click on Cmd.exe and select "Run as administrator"

Go to Start and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Expand the Windows logs heading, t... Read more

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Commenting in the forum is easy... But when it comes to articles... That's where I'm having issues.. The msg box will appear, but when i type my msg and try to send it... Nothing happens... It's very annoying for me tapping the 'send' icon without any results

A:Finding it hard to comment in articles

I'm sorry to hear you're having problems.
I'm moving your thread to the Site Feedback forum, since staff will be better able to see it there.
Are you using a phone or a PC? Are you using a browser (which one?) or an app (which one?)?

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Not finding hard drive on start up. Then shut down without prompting during testing

A:Not finding hard drive on start up

Dublove Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about no boot device found and wanted to help.These problems are generally due to one of two basic problems:1) Failed hard drive2) Corrupted/missing boot loader filesAs to the first, please follow the directions in this link for testing your hard drive: that confirms your drive has failed, then you need to replace it.  Please report back if that is the case.As to the second, you will need access to a working PC for this step in order to create the media needed to repair your PC boot loader.Once you have that, please download and create Win10 install media from this link: ... I know that is for Win10, but it uses the same generation boot loader as Win8x, so it can be used to do boot loader repairs for Win8x as well as for Win10.Boot from the media you created, and follow the directions in this link: will probably have to run Startup Repair three times for it to fix all the boot loader problems.When done, your PC should boot OK.Good Luck

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I've installed a Maxtor 20gig HD as a slave to my WD 20 gig boot drive. I used the software I downloaded from Maxtor to partition and format the new drive. The bios Auto-Detect finds the drive, but Windows is not "seeing" it

Any ideas ??

A:Windows is not finding new hard drive

The OS does not see drives--ever; it sees only partitions. I think the problem is in the fact that you used a utility other than Microsoft's FDisk to partition the drive. That, combined with the fact that the drive is a slave, is your problem.

The software you used is probably some kind of drive overlay, intended for use on the Master (bootable) drive. Since the bootable drive is another drive, the overlay never gets activated and, therefore, the new partition isn't seen by the OS.

Drive overlays are to be avoided whenever possible.

Create a Windows Boot disk.
Turn off the computer.
Disconnect the Master drive.
Set the new drive as Master.
Boot from the startup disk.
Type FDISK /MBR and press enter.
Type FDISK /MBR and press enter again.
Type FDISK and press enter.
Now delete any partition that exists.
Create a new partition.
Format the new partition.
Turn off the computer.
Set the new drive back to slave.
Connect the old drive back as master
Turn on the computer.
Your new partition should now be "seen".

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So I have 4 hard drives and a SSD at the moment, but i'm trying to add 3tb hdd in place of another old smaller drive.

Problem: When I installed windows I had 3 drives plugged in so some how it put the MBR on one hard drive and my windows on another. Now when I unplug one hard drive to add my new one my computer says there are no bootable devices. Is there a way to maybe move it to my ssd with my new windows on it? or Make a new one?

A:Finding the MBR and moving it to another hard drive to add new hhd

I think the easiest way to solve your issue is to use your Windows DVD to repair the SSD drive. If you want that to be the booable system drive, unplug all other hard drives and then repair the SSD.

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