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Bios Not Detected Hard Disk in New FreeDos Laptab Lenovo

Q: Bios Not Detected Hard Disk in New FreeDos Laptab Lenovo

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

A:Lenovo g505s hard disk not detected

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

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Hy .

I have a Lenovo R61 . Yesterday my laptop battery comes out from the laptop when the Windows was start and the laptop was power on without cable . After i put back the battery and plug the cable to charge it I start windows and when the windows is at loading logo i recived a Bluescreen 0x024. I try to go on recovery console use a windows CD but i recived a message from it wich said Windows didn't find any Hard Drive instalkled . Please Help me .

Sorry for my type I'm from anthore country ...

A:Lenovo R61 0x24 blue screen + hard disk isn't detected

Boot from the Windows CD. What version of Windows are you running? XP? Do not use the recovery console for this problem

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ok so im dealing with a laptop and uppon buying a hard drive and putting it in and installing windows i get this annoying windows detected a hard disk problem popup each boot.

i know what it means but im not buying another HDD just got this today

i need a way to hide the error and please dont say

?Task Scheduler Library? => ?Microsoft? => ?Windows?. => ?DiskDiagnostic? or anything to do with gpedit because this is windows 7 home basic and does not have those options

also i force install the gpedit and it does not have a DiskDiagnostic tab. so i need another way around this

windows is acting 100% fine a i believe its a false positive to i choose to ignore the error.

A:LENOVO laptop Disable windows detected a hard disk problem

Well i found nothing to fix this issue so i killed it from the root. found the .exe that is responsible for the prompt "DFDWiz.exe" & "DFDWiz.exe.mui" and renamed it and prompt gone. had to go thought such extreme measures but hey it worked.

for anyone also looking on how to remove the message

i took permission of the whole system32, right click system32 folder with the take ownership.reg (provided below) then look for the 2 files "DFDWiz.exe" & "DFDWiz.exe.mui" and rename them to something like Old-DFDWiz.exe & Old-DFDWiz.exe.mui

then reboot. Done

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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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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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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 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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Greetings! I bought laptop few days ago in Poland, with FreeDos! Honestly, I dont know about operation system, because i had order in another shop. Anyway, I have installed Windows 10, using my another laptop and base tools from Microsoft. But sure my Windows isn't activated, and may anyone help with this issue.  May I get PDK for my Windows 10 copy, using some private information from laptop, like serial number or documents? Or is there any other solutions, to get official key?  Thanks!

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Hi Everyone,

I have a Lenovo B590 Laptop with FreeDOS preinstalled.

I have Windows 8.1 Professional Full Version on DVD.

With the Firmware configured as follows, will installing Windows automatically format the Hard Disk Drive with a GPT (GUID Partition Table) and remove the FreeDOS which I don't need?

Firmware Configuration (UEFI)
UEFI/Legacy Boot: UEFI Only
CSM: Disabled
Boot Mode: Diagnostics (Deactivates Quick mode)
Secure Boot: Disabled

After I have installed Windows I also want to install Linux Mint 16 so that I can Dual Boot between the 2 Operating Systems.

Should I install any Windows Programs before I install Linux or should I wait until after Linux is installed?

Thank you, Michael.

A:Installing Win 8.1 Pro on Lenovo B590 with FreeDOS

Welcome to EightForums

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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I do not know english very well . Problem; FreeDOS on my computer I bought . I want to install Windows 7 . I want to install with a USB or DVD I get a blue screen error . Error code 0x00000a5 . What is the solution?      Bios : 9ccn35ww ( v3.01 )

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 I can see BIOS update available for my laptop but currently i have Linux installed hence i cannot run HP software / Tools to apply the update. I have downloaded the executable and i have bootable FreeDOS USB. My doubt is "Can we update BIOS by executing the downloaded exe file in FreeDOS" If yes what would be the steps and should i take any precautions.

A:Can we update BIOS from FreeDos

Hi: You can only flash the BIOS using the supported Windows Based BIOS flash for the supported Windows Operating system. There are no DOS flash files you can install independent of the Windows installer. Bottom line:  If you want to flash the BIOS you must install Windows 7.

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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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For the record. Upgrade of E3-111 BIOS to 1.29 with FreeDOS works fine. 

A:Upgrade of E3-111 bios to 1.29 with FreeDOS works ...

Thanks for the input. Jack E/NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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

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

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

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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My secondary drive, d:\, is gone from the explorer, vanished !

I rebooted, went to the bios and my disk was not there.

The computer was running all night and I saw the problem this morning after wake up.

What next ?

Disk : Maxtor, 80 Gig, model : 6L080J4

Thanks a lot .

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

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

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

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I 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 posted this thread in the Devices section and have received no help. I'm hoping I can receive some help here)

Hey SevenForums users.

I'm afriad that a Wild Problem has appeared (Sorry for the horrible Pok?mon reference). I have been trying to sort out this problem for days now and I've had no luck what-so-ever. Here's the problem:

My Windows 7 Computer was diagnosed with a dangerous virus. It was stopping Windows 7 from booting. Windows 7 would attempt to boot, it wouldn't get passed the "Starting Windows" screen. Then, it would automatically restart. Then the process would start again. So, I thought 'Why not reinstall Windows 7 since I had the disk with me?!'. That being said, I attempted to reinstall. It wouldn't make it past the "Setup is starting" screen. So, I thought 'This virus must be really bad.'

I decided to install Ubuntu with the sole intention that it would remove the little bugger that was stopping Windows from Booting or installing. It did, but now I wish I haven't. Ubuntu got rid of the virus, and installed successfully. But, now when I want to reinstall Windows 7 back on my laptop. Luckily, it DOES make it past the "Starting Windows" screen and goes into set up as usual. But, I cannot make it past the "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen. This is because I get the following error:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. En... Read more

A:Hard Drive is not detected in the BIOS

This virus may have corrupted bios easily and it could have destroyed the hard drive but lets first worry about bios you could try and flash bios again I know it's risky with a virus that could be still present in the bios. You may want to look around on the internet of what to do in case of bios virus and how to get rid of it..

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Hi everybody, i'm from Holland, so cut me some slack on my English!

Today i desided to turn my old pc into a Nas, with freenas software.
I thought i'd buy 2 2tb samsung hd204ui drives to get myself started, but however. I never got passed the first step. The bios does not recognize my disks. Only my cdrom drive as primary slave... I get the following message:

VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01
Hardware Initiate failed, Please Check Device!!! The Bios does not be ... bla bla.

Scan Devices, Please wait....
Press <Tab> key into user window!

[it sort of hangs for a moment, when i get the message written below:]

Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

[when i press g i immediately press dell to get in the bios, to find out it can't recognize the disks.]

Are the disks to new to work with the motherboard. this computer is about 5 to six years old, the motherboard has two sata plugs on it. and a 64 amd chip.

Must i use a jumper? On the disks?

Ive spent the entire night searching for the answer, but cant seem to find it.
I realy hope i gave you guys enough information to help me out. If not, please reply.

Thanks in advance.
Awaiting your feedback!

kind regards

A:Hard drive is not detected by BIOS


basman said:

Hi everybody, i'm from Holland, so cut me some slack on my English!

Today i desided to turn my old pc into a Nas, with freenas software.
I thought i'd buy 2 2tb samsung hd204ui drives to get myself started, but however. I never got passed the first step. The bios does not recognize my disks. Only my cdrom drive as primary slave... I get the following message:

VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01
Hardware Initiate failed, Please Check Device!!! The Bios does not be ... bla bla.

Scan Devices, Please wait....
Press <Tab> key into user window!

[it sort of hangs for a moment, when i get the message written below:]

Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

[when i press g i immediately press dell to get in the bios, to find out it can't recognize the disks.]

Are the disks to new to work with the motherboard. this computer is about 5 to six years old, the motherboard has two sata plugs on it. and a 64 amd chip.

Must i use a jumper? On the disks?

Ive spent the entire night searching for the answer, but cant seem to find it.
I realy hope i gave you guys enough information to help me out. If not, please reply.

Thanks in advance.
Awaiting your feedback!

kind regards
BasClick to expand...

:wave:Hi there,

You haven't actually said what make... Read more

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Hi. I have looked through some other articles here at TechSpot relating to non-detected hard drives but did not find this peculiar issue. After four months of running just fine,n suddenly the hard drive is not detected in the BIOS but sometimes the Windows logo comes up (it has to see the hard drive from somewhere!) but does not open the operating system.

COMPUTER SPECS--all components were purchased four months ago:
Motherboard: ASUS M2A-VM, a low to mid-range board
DRAM 3 GB Ultra Dual-channel
Power supply: Thermaltake TR2-R1 450-watt
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 2GH
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 320 GB 72 RPM (Nice!)

I tried a different power supply unit.
I ran the Windows CD, pressed R, and it declared that no disk was found.
I ran the Ultimate Boot Disk and it did not see the hard disk.
I connected the hard disk to an MSI motherboard, ran the BIOS, and it detected the hard disk. I did not run Windows as I knew Microsoft would not see it as the original motherboard.

The BIOS on the ASUS computer does not have a listing or selection for PATA. It just has IDE (the DVD drive) and four SATA connections. The hard drive is not detected but it is on SATA connection #1.

I suspect a failed hard drive which is surprising since it's a Seagate. I don't have another SATA hard disk to test that idea with. I haven't tried clearing the CMOS, either, but at this point, I'm not sure what good that would do.

This is a friend's compu... Read more

A:Hard drive not detected by BIOS

SATA cables are kinda weird. I had a similar problem, and i replaced the cable with a new one. The problem i had was that the SATA cable was over stretched (the connection part) and was not making a full contact with the cable head. Try replacing it and let us know.

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So my computer crashed on me and after doing research I found that BIOS is not detecting my hard drive. Is there a way I can fix this or is my computer just heading for the scrap heap. I have all the driver and windows discs that came with my computer. The specs are:

Dell inspiron 1525
Intel Core 2 Duo
250 Gb hard drive
Running windows vista home premium 32 bit

Any more details you need I'll be right here waiting and will respond quickly.

A:Hard drive not detected in BIOS.. Help!

Please read the rules and do not double-post.

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I have a single 80GB drive in the computer. It's set to master (CD is unplugged). Computer boots up and memory test is fine. The bios gets to the "detected IDE devices" and just hangs...and hangs...and hangs. After about 5-6 minutes, the bios will finish it's POST and I'll get "boot disk failure insert system disk and press enter" on the screen. Big deal..that doesn't do much for me, since my hard drive is never recognized.

When I get into the bios, and I try to auto-detect the drive, it never finds it. I've tried all combo of the jumper on the drive too (including cable select). If I have the cd-rom problem there finding it.

I suspect the hard drive is dead (but it gets power because it's nice and warm). What do you guys think? Bios never sees the hard drive (even after I replaced the IDE cable 3x's)....think the drive is dead?

A:hard drive is never detected by BIOS

That's one possible reason. Another is that the cable is somehow faulty, or the Motherboard damaged? Is it worth getting a new HD, installing an OS on that, running the suspect drive as a slave, and seeing if BIOS picks it up then? (this may be pointless - i'm new to this lark - but it's what i'd do if i were you).

I found your thread because I have a similar issue, but sounds like mine is more soluble than yours. Rather than hi-jacking your thread I'll post mine on a new thread.


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I recently purchased a gaming pc for my son as a xmas present. It was pretty expensive, but came with no operating system. When trying to install window 8.1 pro it gave the error "no signed device drivers were found". After downloading the drivers it still wouldn't install windows, so I went into the BIOS and all the SATA ports are empty. Nowhere in the BIOS does it say anything about a hard drive being plugged in. Tried plugging one of the SATA cables into a different port, but still no joy.

Any help would be much appreciated. Unfortunately the place were I bought the pc from is closed until Monday.

A:Hard Drive not detected in BIOS

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I have a machine that will no longer detect my samsung terra at bios. It seems to make the boot up noise and everything but it wont detect it at all. It does detect my other sammy but not this drive. I tried it in another machine and i get the same problem.

I swapped the circuit board from my working drive to the non working and still nothing. I have quite a bit of data on there if i can get it to boot that would be great and copy it all over.

Before this happened every now and then when i turned the machine on it would not show it as being detected. If i powered off the system a few times and turned it on it would come back, i thought it might be because it was Pentium 4 and it was old and dying but when i put it in my i3 it doesnt work.

A:Hard drive not detected at bios

Is this a SATA drive (probably)? You didn't provide any specifics on the hardware.

Have you tried moving the SATA cable to a different connector on the motherboard? I know you said you tried it in another machine, so that would suggest the drive itself is the problem... but still...

Try using a different SATA connector on the motherboard, and maybe even another SATA data cable.

Pull out the data cable and re-seat it, both on the drive and also on the motherboard.

I had a recent similar situation with a Western Digital Velociraptor drive, that I thought was going bad. Like you, I would try all kinds of different ways to coax it back to "normal operation", and mostly they would work. Eventually, I decided to replace it.

I ordered a new one, transferred the contents, and it all seemed to work perfectly, pointing to the old drive as the culprit. Then two weeks later the new drive began to act up again, just like the old drive had. Grrr..

Anyway, I decided that maybe it was my SATA #4 connector on the motherboard that was at fault. So I moved the cable over to the SATA #2 connector... and it's been perfect ever since (fingers crossed that this holds true forever).

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Hi there
I bought an old computer at a garage sale and it had Maxtor 40G hard drive in it (that's what the label says, and it is Model D540X-4K). When I start the computer, I go into bios and it detects it as 204MB hard drive. In addition, when I try to install Windows XP on another drive in the same computer, it says that the 40G hard drive cannot be accessed. I have tried changing the jumper settings into all possible combinations, even upgraded the bios, and it still won't detect the original capacity of the hard drive. I know the hard drive was not removed from the mother board, so it cannot be the jumper settings. Is it possible to retrieve the hard drive in some way? I would like to wipe it clean, and get back my original 40G on it but the bios itself won't recognize it as such. I have the Ultimate Boot CD and have tried using some of its utilities but I haven't had any success with having my bios reading its original capacity.

I don't want to install it in my main computer for fear that my system will crash and I have no other computer to test its capacity within bios. Is there something else I can do? BTW, my computer is COMPAQ Presario 5000 (Model 5UVME2). Any help will be appreciated.

A:40G hard drive being detected as 0.2G in bios

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My wife has a PC with 2 SATA drives and it has been working fine for about 3 years. Now, when we came to boot it up it would start to load windows the screen would go dark nothing else would happen. We rebooted pressed the Tab key and got a screen with the boot settings in we didn't alter anything in that just exited and rebooted. Now it doesn't even try to boot windows. We can't get the boot screen back by pressing the Tab key. It just goes to another screen saying. VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01

Scan Devices, Please wait....
Press <Tab> key into user window!

Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

When we do that we get the first screen we get when we boot up saying:
Press DEL to enter setup
Press <F8> for BBS POPUP
then it lists the controllers
then lists
Auto detecting Sec Master...ATAPI CD-ROM
Sec Master: SONY DVD RW DW_U14A 1.0d
Auto Detecting USB Mass Storage devices..
00 USB Mass storage devices found and configured.

NO Hard Disk Drive Detected.
Press F1 to resume.

When we select F8 we get a choice of the DVD drive or the floppy drive.

I hope I have explained well enough and hope someone can help. Thanks


A:No Bios? No Hard Drive detected? Please help!

Looks like the hard drive(s) or the controller has failed. Could be something as simple as a loose cable too of course.

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Hello, everyone I have yet another problem with my old computer.

It's another hard drive problem. My most recent hard drive was a Western Digital but it was freezing up on me and a disk check found some bad clusters. The disk check froze and then I decided to wipe it but it froze while trying to wipe it so now it's pretty much busted.

Now, that wouldn't be too awful if the new hard drive I just got in the mail actually worked. This one's a 160 GB Seagate Barracuda and though it does make a small beeping noise every few seconds, it's not a noise I can find online that would indicate it's failing so hopefully it's just a normal noise.

Currently neither my old WD hard drive nor my new Seagate Barracuda are detected in Bios. However, another hard drive, a Samsung (which seems relatively stable but has crashed before) can be detected and starts up fine. I've used the same SATA cables that I use to successfully start up the Samsung drive but the other drives are still not detected.

I've actually tried a few other hard drives on this computer before but it only seems to detect some of them. I don't know what to do to get it to detect this hard drive. Although the motherboard is new and hopefully not the problem, it is an MSI 760GM-P23 FX. Unfortunately I can't really try the new hard drive with any other computers to make sure it works.

Please help me out.
Edit: Okay, I was able to plug in the new Seagate drive into an o... Read more

A:Certain Hard Drives Not Detected By Bios

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Help! Watching videos on my Laptop when it suddenly froze.
Rebooted the computer then suddenly this appeared


disabled network boot on bios then this appeared

No Operating system found

Checked BIOS, laptop's hardrive is not detected but cd drive is

Not an expert on computers
running windows 7

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


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

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

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

A:Hard Disk not detected

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

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

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

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I needed help badly!

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

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

What shall I do?

A:Hard disk not detected

It's the IDE Cable

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

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

Sonny guy...

A:Hard Disk not detected

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

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

A:Hard disk not being detected

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vol : +5v , 0.48 A

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

A:Hard disk not getting detected

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

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

A:hard disk not detected


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


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

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

A:Hard disk not detected! pls help

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

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

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


A:Hard Disk is not detected

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

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

Please help...ASAP

A:Hard Disk not being detected

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My laptop came with Vista Basic..

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

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

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

A:No hard disk detected

Have you also made all your partitions active ?


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HiI am using windows xp on a 686running at 750Mhz
and my seagate 80Gb model no ST380011A is not detected in bios or at startup what can I do it was working well last week have changed it to secondary as a master and still no results ?

A:Hard drive not detected in bios or my computer

Hi ally1956

Recheck the drives jumpers and try a different IDE cable. Its possible that the drive has just died. Try downloading the manufacturers drive test and running that. Is the drive under a warranty?

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Hard drive not detected by Windows or BIOS [SOLVED]

I know this is has been addressed before; however, the responses did not solve my issue. I will include more detail about my issue in hopes of a better diagnoses.

I accidentally changed my external hard drive from NTFS to HFS when prompted, while connecting via USB to a macbook. Now I can no longer see the hard drive via USB or direct connection to my PC.

I took it out it's case and noticed it has an IDE connection for a motherboard that only has SATA connections. I purchased an IDE to SATA Adapter and installed it into my computer.......nothing. The BIOS and Windows still does not see this drive.

I am aware I have two separate issues. In order to correct the file structure issue I have to gain access to the drive.



The hard drive powers up both in the external case and with the adapter.

1. Windows 7 Professional x64 (with all updates)

Mother Board:
1. ASRock 880G Extreme 3 (with latest bios)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

1. BIOS is set to IDE mode

Hard Drive:
1. Western Digital WD2000JB-00GVA0
(single or master pin setting)

ULTRA SATA to IDE 100/133 Adapter #ULT40322

A:Hard drive not detected by Windows or BIOS

Have you looked in Disk management?
You should be able to see and format it there.

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Hello guys,
I have 60 GB maxtor hard drive. it had two primary partitions with dual boot,
one is WinME and the other was XP. it had lot of unwanted programs from my friend and was not working well.
my friend had assembled it with AMD 1.8 GhZ, 512 MB RAM.

I bought a new XP pro software and decided to have a clean install.
used GDISK( similar to FDISK) to delete all partitions.
then i put the XP CD to create partition and load XP, it said no HDD found.

i did not open the box nor distrub the box.
i did the following in the sequence i have stated.
I copied all the data files into CD.
then i put the GDISK to delete all partitions.
then put the XP cd and boot from CD,
XP setup comes up and it is unable to identify the HDD, so everything else
stops. everything was working before suddenly after delete of partitions,
HDD could not be detected by BIOS.

then i looked into setup while booting,
the CMOS standard does not identify HDD.
it had the following identified in SETUP - CMOS standard
Primary master: DVD rom - ( i set this in AUTO and press ENTER it identifies
Primary Slave: no installed ( i set this to AUTO and press ENTER- it says
not installed.
Secondary master: CD ROM
Secondary slave: not installed.

it detects Floppy drive.

any ideas..
thanks in advance..

A:Hard drive not detected by CMOS/BIOS

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Yesterday, my motherboard keeled over and died on me, so I went out and bought another one for my PC. I put it in and hooked everything up correctly according to the manual. My computer starts up, and it stays on the mainboard screen (the one where it says "press <tab> to show POST" and "press <DEL> to enter setup") and does not leave this screen. So I decide to go into the BIOS setup. In the BIOS setup, and look at the boot order. My optical drive is there as SATA2, but my hard drive is nowhere to be found.

I turned it off and reset the BIOS in hopes that it would fix the problem to no avail. Upon closer inspection, however, I found that the hard drive DOES in fact spin for a few seconds, only to stop as soon as the mainboard logo screen shows up.

I have plugged my hard drive into my brother's computer as a secondary drive, and all my files show, so I know the hard drive is not completely faulty. Does anybody know how to solve this problem? If so, please help!

Here are my specs, in case they help:
Motherboard: MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 AM2+
CPU: AMD Windsor 6400+ @ 3.2 Ghz
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 9800 GT @ 1GB
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Thank you for your time

A:Solved: Hard Drive not being detected in BIOS

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I am having issues after doing a format of my Main hard drive (C: Drive). My secondary hard drive is not showing up at all now. Not in windows but OK in BIOS. Also not showing in Disk Management I am not sure what to do as I am not familiar with doing secondary hard drives.

Before the reformat the drive was working fine and I have tons of data on it so definitely don't want to reformat THAT drive. Not sure what to do here and any help would be appreciated.

A:My IDE Hard Dreive Detected by BIOS but XP is not showing

Disconnect the good drive with all the data on it.
Then format the "Main hard drive C:" and install your operating system. Once that is done, the "secondary" or storage drive will be detected and recognized...
You have to be certain that they are both jumpered as Cable Select or by Main and Slave drives, and taht your cables are good and not damaged by crimpling or any of the wires being pulled out of the drive socket... If SATA, bad SATA cables have been a big problem this year. If EIDE, wires get pulled out of the 80 conductor 40 connector socket. Check carefully with a good light and perhaps a magnifying glass.

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Help! Watching videos on my Laptop when it suddenly froze.
Rebooted the computer then suddenly this appeared


disabled network boot on bios then this appeared

No Operating system found

Checked BIOS, laptop's hardrive is not detected but cd drive is

Not an expert on computers
running windows 7

A:Laptop hard drive not detected in BIOS

It's very possible your HD is dead.
You can try re-seating it, or test it on another computer via enclosure or USB adapter, but you probably need a new drive.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 be 00 .......
0008: 02 00 00 00 39 00 04 80 ....9..&#128;
0010: 00 00 00 00 0e 00 00 c0 .......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

Any help is greatly appriciated.


A:Hard Disk no Longer Detected

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

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

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

then I Continue and this is what I get.

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

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

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

A:Hard Disk suddenly not detected

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

Post back with results.

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

A:External Hard Disk not being detected...

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

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

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

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

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

Please help me out here. Thanks...

A:Problem with Hard Disk detected

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

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

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A:No hard disk detected or has failed

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

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Hello All,

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

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

Can you please help me with some suggestion ?

I thank you in advance,


A:External hard disk not detected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Help - hard disk failure detected

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

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

A:hard disk not detected when installing os

Is the hard drive partitioned and formatted or not?

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

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

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

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

I think its happening because of that image.

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

Thanks in anticipation

A:Hard disk not detected properly

Quote: Originally Posted by shraymunjal

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

I think its happening because of that image.

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

Thanks in anticipation

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

You may want to try posting on the Macrium forum;

Macrium Support Forum


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

Any Suggestion?
And sorry for my bad english..


A:The Second Hard Disk Drive isn't Detected

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

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

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

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

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

right click on the partitions and set them as active

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I have a 3TB hard drive that suddenly disappeared from Windows Explorer AND Device Manager. I rebooted but it was still missing. The BIOS shows it and Debian is able to mount + read files on it.
After I accessed it on Debian, it reappeared on Windows. I ran Seatools but my computer froze when Seatools was scanning for drives.
It seems that accessing the faulty drive causes Windows 7 to crash. How is this possible? What can I do to fix this?

A:Hard drive detected in BIOS and Debian but not Windows.

Please stick to one thread and do not create duplicate threads on the same topic.It does not help.

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I have had my Toshiba Satellite Pro P200D-10P for 3 years now and have had a recurring problem. If I shut it down for any reason I then cannot reboot it thereafter, sometimes for several hours and at worst for several days. In BIOS, under 'Main' it has 'None' under the 'Hard Disk' title. If I try and boot it up I get the error; 'For Realtek RTL8100E/8101E Fast Ethernet Network Adapter v1.02 (060529). PXE-E61: 'Media test failure, check cable. PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.' I assume this is due to no hard drive being found in the boot sequence and LAN being used.

I have updated the version of BIOS to v1.07 and have tried removing each of the 1GB RAM to check if its due to bad RAM but that has not helped the issue.

I have removed and replaced the hard drive to ensure it is seated properly but that has not improved the problem.

I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give.

Thank you.

A:Toshiba Satellite Pro: No hard drive detected by BIOS

If I try and boot it up I get the error; 'For Realtek RTL8100E/8101E Fast Ethernet Network Adapter v1.02 (060529). PXE-E61: 'Media test failure, check cable. PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.' I assume this is due to no hard drive being found in the boot sequence and LAN being used.Click to expand...

I would say thats correct

Sounds like a faulty harddrive as its not being seen at all

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hello, running my computer on windows vista home premium 64 bit, and i wanted to create a new partition on my harddrive, but then i dont know what i misclick, but the computer started to restart and now windows fails to load
I try using my windows cd, and cant install vista or do a system restore.,

am i missing hard drive drivers?

any help appreciated thanks!

A:hard drive detected by bios but wont boot?

when i try to repair pc with the vista cd it tells me to choose harddrive but theres none listed, and it says if theres none listed to load a driver to access hard drive .. would these be located on the cd or on the cd that came with the computer?

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The hard disk of my laptop T510 has carshed. This means that when I start my laptop, it does not boot up. It displays an error message that it is unable to access the hard disk. I tried putting that one into another laptop and it was unable to detect this hard disk. It is considering it as a raw disk.

Let me know how to resolve this issue.


A:Lenovo T510 hard disk crash.

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I wanted to add a ssd in my laptop for os and keep my old hdd for storage purpose.So can anyone tell me if this laptop will support dual hard disk or not?

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Recently Lenovo sent me a new HDD to replace my damaged HDD. I was told that I can return the old, damaged HDD in 10 days after deleting all data. I am based out of Frankfurt, Germany and want to know the address to which the old HDD must be shipped. 

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

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

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

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

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A:No hard disk drive detected, any help appreciated

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

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

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I have a 3 year old Dell Inspiron Desk top with a 1TB Seagate HDD running Win 7 Home Premiuim 64b. On start up I get an error message in old 'DoS type white on black' font along lines that Hard disk drive is outside one of parameters etc. Back up data etc. Clearing that message takes you to BIOS and after escaping that the PC starts fine. Whilst working/changing accounts Windows intermittently presents a dialogue box stating 'Windows detected a hard disk problem Back up your files immediately etc....(screen shot hopefully attached)

I have backed up but to replace the presumably about to fail hard disk, can I connect a new internal hard disk (same size/manufacturer) in an external enclosure, then run 'Backup/Create system image' on to this new drive, then swap the old drive out for the new drive that now carries the system image?
I fear it wont be that simple. Does the Win 7 Home Premium 'system image' process clone the whole disk exactly including hidden and boot partitions etc to enable this, or do I need disk cloning software........? I am worried that if the disk is failing, the system image process may tip it over the edge? -Also 3 years seems a short life span - can I verify the supposed frailty of the disk somehow?
Thanks any input gratefully received

A:Windows Detected a hard disk Problem

i had the same problem with my dell laptop , called the support and they said i have to change the HDD

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hey guys. i'm back with some problem regarding my laptop.

i already use TDSSKiller to scan if there's any threat, but it gave me 0 result.
i just reformatted it just 2 days ago and still it keeps popping up.
My laptop also experiencing a frequent lag especially when i'm running game program.
please help me

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

Why are you looking for zebras? It appears there is a problem with your hard drive, doesn't it? Go to the website of your hd manufacturer and download and run the diagnostic utility for your hd. And be sure to follow the on-screen advice to backup any critical data immediately.

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I was using xp sp3. I had 7200 rpm seagate 160gb hdd (ide) with 4 partitions. i had my os loaded in d drive. then i added 500 gb sata (seagate) hdd. i created one 45 gb ntfs partition on the 500 gb hdd through the disk manager provided with xp. when at some later date i tried to create more partitions it DID NOT ALLOW to create any more partitions in the unused space. i than used partition magic to created more partions into the 500 gb hdd.

i tried to install windows 7 as a dual boot into one of the partitions with 46.5 gb space. it warned that windows could not be installed in this partitions. but when i clicked next it did install win 7 ultimate in to that partition.

now every few minutes a error message popps up warning that the disk is going to fail. the partitions has been made about 2 months back, and win 7 has been installed yesterday.

I would like to know
1. why was xp unable to add more partitions in the 500 gb sata hdd?
2. is there really some chances to fail as the warning depicts?
3. is there any method to stop the warnings from popping up even though there could be real danger of disk failure?
4. what is the actual problem and is there any solution to this problem?
5. has anybody faced such a problem?

i have put a picture of the warning that i am receiving from windows 7.
please reply if anybody could help.


A:windows detected a hard disk problem

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

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

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

Also this is my hard drive with Windows Vista on.

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

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.


A:Windows detected a hard disk problem. help!

Hi Rossy,

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

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

After you have done that:
try running checkdisk:

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

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

Here's one for Seagate/Maxtor :

SeaTools Desktop Usage Instructions | Seagate

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That is the exact window that pops up. I Backed up some important stuff, and am running malware bytes to see if its a virus.. But can anyone tell me
If thats an actual window that windows pops up, or if its from a virus? I would like to know this before i go nuts and start really wasting time trying to fix this computer..
I know one of the hard drives on this computer is 6+ years old, but 1 is realitively new. In the details of this warning it says
The following hard disks are reporting failure disk name SAMSUNG HD502HJ ATA device
And going by the volume C: and N: its that old hard drive. But its also the hard drive with windows on it, so if it was a virus thats the hard drive it would be on.
I should also note i have not changed any hardware on this computer in at least a year, and i have recently had problems with the computer going to a blue screen and crashing, then needing to run checkdisk, i ran it and its been fine for about a month but now this is happening.
Computer is freezing up randomly when clicking on files or playing games or browsing the net.

A:Windows Detected A hard Disk PROBLEM

Sounds like your hard drive is failing. You can verify by downloading GSmartControl and have it diagnose your hard drives. I would concentrate on getting all important data off the drive first.  Check the attribute list.

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

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

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


A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem

Hi and welcome.

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

laptop system/ mobo etc. info.

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


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A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

I recommend you make a Windows System Image, than replace HDD.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

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

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

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

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

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I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on a brand new Samsung 1TB SATA drive with 2 partitions. It worked fine for a week and now I am getting the famous Windows detected a hard disk problem message pop up

This is my second Samsung drive. The first one was a new one too and I just took it back and got a new one as a replacement for it. So the drive is only 1 week old. I ran the HDDScan and got the following SMART report

HDDScan S.M.A.R.T. Report
Firmware: 1AG01118
LBA: 1953523055

Report By: HDDScan for Windows version 3.1
Report Date: 12/3/2009 5:53:17 PM

Num Attribute Name Value Worst Raw(hex) Threshold

001 Raw Read Error Rate 100 100 00000000-0001 051

003 Spin Up Time 081 081 00000000-19E6 011

004 Start/Stop Count 100 100 00000000-000A 000

005 Reallocation Sector Count 001 001 00000000-0A9A 010

007 Seek Error Rate 253 253 00000000-0000 051

008 Seek time Perfomance 100 100 00000000-0000 015

009 PowerOn Hours Count 100 100 00000000-0073 000

010 Spin Retry Count 100 100 00000000-0000 051

011 Recalibration Retries 100 100 00000000-0000 000

012 Device Power Cycle Count 100 100 00000000-0008 000

013 Soft read error rate 100 100 00000000-0001 000

183 Unknown Attribute 100 100 00000000-0000 000

184 End to End Error 100 100 00000000-0000 000

187 Reported Uncorrectable Error 100 100 00000000-0001 000

188 Command Timeout 100 100 00000000... Read more

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

SMART is just an indicator - you'll have to run a Hard Drive diagnostic to be sure that there's an issue with the drive. Use the Samsung utility from here:

If this drive is bad also, I'd have to suspect an issue with your motherboard or Power Supply. What's the make and model of each of those components (and the power rating of the PSU)?

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

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



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

ANY suggestions?

A:No Hard Disk Detected- Following a Blue Screen

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


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Dear guys,

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

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

regards & thanks in advance!!

A:VPCF24L1E - Laptop ( Hard disk not detected )

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

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

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

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

Can anyone help me out on this one..

Thanks and Happy xmas


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SeaTools Enterprise diagnostic log file

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

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Hi all.

My laptop was working fine with a new replaced motherboard. Suddenly one day it showed some problem in processing further when I started it. When checked by a local service guy, it was diagnosed that the hard disk had got damaged. He couldn't exactly specify the problem but we got to know that the hard disk was not being detected by the laptop, or any other PC or laptop.
Now when we connect the hard disk with any system/laptop it gives a little sound of the fan or the motor (or whatever) running but then it stops.

It is a Samsung make, 160 GB one.

One guy has said that he will try changing the PCB and it may work. I jus want to know if it can be repaired and more than that I have my sister's wedding pics and videos in that with no back up. Is there any means by which I can recover those files, I don't want anything else.
Please help, I am in trauma.

A:Hard disk drive not being detected by the laptop

Now when we connect the hard disk with any system/laptop it gives a little sound of the fan or the motor (or whatever) running but then it stops.Click to expand...

It is most likely dead, and you'll want to find a recovery service provider, which by the way, are usually quite expensive.

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I've been getting this message all week now.
Whenever I start up my computer, I get a Press F1 to start - S.M.A.R.T. Status - BAD

Here are the latest warning from event viewer:

Volume Shadow Copy Service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume \\?\Volume{deeed06b-b561-11df-a316-485b3986d5e7}\. Denying administrators from accessing volume roots can cause many unexpected failures, and will prevent VSS from functioning properly. Check security on the volume, and try the operation again.

Automatically choosing a diff-area volume
Processing EndPrepareSnapshots

Execution Context: System Provider


Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.

2 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-606882998-1178519629-2911853077-1000:
Process 1972 (\Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\CheckPoint\ZAForceField\ISWSVC.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-606882998-1178519629-2911853077-1000
Process 1972 (\Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\CheckPoint\ZAForceField\ISWSVC.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-606882998-1178519629-2911853077-1000\Software\CheckPoint\ISW\Stats

The Application Virtualization Client Core initialized correctly.
Installed Product:
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A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem

Is your Zonealarm version If not update. Just in case the warning is for real, this would be a good time to back up your files in case it actually is a HD problem.

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Is there a way to remove the "Windows has detected a hard disk problem" pop up?

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem

Hi Rose1,
Yes! By fixing your disk problem Please follow this guide:

Disk Check

Tick scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors also, let run, once finished, reboot your computer.

Post back to see if message has gone.



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My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite, L655D running on Windows 7, 64-bit. My hard disk is a Toshiba MK3265GSX ATA. I've had it for three-and-a-half years now, and aside from the occasional issue, its been good to me. However, earlier today, I opened my computer from sleep mode, and after a few minutes of normal web-browsing, I got an error that shocked me. This error pops up every ten minutes or so. I'm not exactly sure how to add a picture to this post, so I'll just transcribe it.
"Windows detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.
>Start the backup process
>Ask me again later
If the disk fails before the next warning, you could lose all of the programs and documents on the disk"
Toshiba Service Station also told me a similar tale. I immediately panicked, and furiously googled around for solutions. Some called it a final warning to back up the computer, while some called it a virus. I think I'm hoping for the latter. I ran a Malwarebytes scan, which found nothing. I also ran a Microsoft Security Essentials scan with the same results. I then ran a chkdsk scan, which took about two hours. All of it seemed normal, except for one line from the log, "windows replaced bad clusters in file 254647 of name \PROGRA~2\Steam\STEAMA~1\SOA66A~1.GCF" The end of the log also said that it had 4KB of bad clusters. I have no idea what ... Read more

A:"Windows detected a hard disk problem"

From the looks of it, it might be a fake Steam virus (but I'm most likely to be wrong), or a virus just installed some file in there. Although I have heard about fake Steam .DLLs being viruses, it's probably that. But from the looks of that message you have gotten, I think I might want to agree with some of the people: It's probably telling you "Back up your files before we delete them all".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was supposed to happen:

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

What actually happened:

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

NO Hard Disk Drive detected
Press F1 to resume

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

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

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

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

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Has anybody seen this error message before:

And does anyone know how to determine what the actual failure is, and what to do about it, other than the obvious (Backup the data and replace the drive).

Thing is, the drive still works (I'm currently moving important data off, just to be sure), but the retailer from which I purchased it WILL NOT exchange it under warranty while it still works, even if it is being reported as failing. They're waiting for it to give up completely.

Any suggestions?

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

There are several HDD test apps available but the last time I had this message pop up I was using Vista Ultimate on my Laptop and a few days later my HDD cr*pped out completely. I think the motor burnt out or something as it would click once when turned on then...nothing.

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I keep getting this pop up and tried to do the backup but it stalls at 95%. I got all my pics and what I think is important transferred to my backup hard drive but the error keeps coming back.

Should I just replace the HD or is there something else I can try first before doing that. I have only had the laptop less the a year and a half.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8047 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 904599 MB, Free - 831838 MB; D: Total - 25599 MB, Free - 25452 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, INVALID
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

A:Windows detected a hard disk problem

have you done what the dialog box suggested, and hit the manufacturer's site for some diagnostic tests? That would be step 1.

That said, I'd replace it. I've not seen that error magically go away.

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