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Windows installation can't detect my ide hard drive?

Q: Windows installation can't detect my ide hard drive?

My old hard drive was a sata drive but it failed so I had an old ide 80gb barracuda 7200rpm drive that I wanted to install windows on but when I load the windows installation and goto custom it wont show my drive. My bios detects it its just windows . I tried using diskpart and even formating the drive to ntfs witha complete whip but still no luck .

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A: Windows installation can't detect my ide hard drive?

Perhaps the hard drive's jumper setting is incorrect. Are there any other IDE devices connected on the same cable as the HDD?
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A:Windows 7 installation can't detect hard drive

Try following these instructions. to doing this I will suggest that since you can boot to Live Linux back up you pictures, documents, spreed sheets, and so on just in case a destructive reinstall need to be preformed.,155647.0.html
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Install everything, the bios detect the hard drive (it's a new hard drive, never been use) but when installing the Win7 64, the hard drive list is empty.

Here my spec

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A:Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

You need to format new hard drives. no?
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A:Windows XP cannot detect hard drive

You may need to initialize the Hard drive.

To do this, hook the new drive up as a slave and boot into windows.

Go into Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.

You should see the 500Gb sitting there as unallocated space

Right click on the drive and select to format it, just do a quick format.

Then see if it is being detected, hope this helps
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I recently found a list of drivers for my motherboard on Gigabyte, but I'm not sure if any of these will help me.
I also found some downloads for my hard drive.

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A:Windows 7 Doesn't Detect My Hard Drive

Check if the new HDD is being detected in BIOS. Also, the HDD may be formatted as a file system not supported for Windows. Make sure it is formatted as NTFS.
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Removing the old and installing the new went as expected, but when trying to install Windows, no drives were found. I went back into the BIOS and saw that the new drive isn't being detected. Was there another step I needed to take? I assumed I just install the new hard drive just the way the old one was installed, same screws, same connector, etc., and it would work. Apparently I was wrong. Can anyone help? It must be something very basic and obvious that I'm doing wrong.


A:Windows 7 (and BIOS) don't detect new hard drive

What make/model drive came out, and what make/model drive went in?
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His motherboard is the ECS K7SOM+ 1.0

BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01
I think its the bios not showing that big of a hard drive, but i cannot find a bios update for that model.

BIOS K7SOM PCB 1.X, Version 02/06/20 driver k7som020620.exe [more] Apr 24, 2004
BIOS K7SOM PCB 1.X, Version 02/08/03 driver k7som020803.exe [more] Apr 24, 2004
BIOS K7SOM PCB 1.X, Version 02/08/28 driver k7som020828.exe [more] Apr 24, 2004

I found that at - But im not sure if one of those is correct?

Any suggestions?

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A:Windows 7 can't detect my external hard drive

On the toshiba sattilite pro could you please inform us on the model please... under the laptop

it might be as easy as updating your usb drivrs
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A:Windows has detect failing hard drive

Hi jaxsun, welcome to the forums

1) back up all your data as soon as you can. It might be a hardware problem detected by SMART parameters that the programs don't catch

2) Check the manufacturers website for any diagnostics tool and run it for your drive.

For more advice we will need to know what your specs are, pls fill in by clicking My system specs on the left lower side of your post
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Anyone know what's causing this?
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A:Windows 10 Pro won't detect hard drive, need drivers??

Is the disk connected on a RAID controller? Then you probably need drivers for Windows to install the RAID controller and then detect the disk. Look at the manufacturer's site for anything along the words RAID, SATA etc. Download it and extract it to a folder of a USB Flash drive. During installation, when no disks are detected you should be given the option to plug the USB drive and browse for drivers there. Do that, browse to the folder where you extracted the drivers and then Windows should be able to detect the disk.
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A:windows 7 cant detect external hard drive

Hi and welcome to the Forums ..... Does it show up in Device Manager or in Disk Management ? Have you tried using it in different ports?
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A:Installing Windows XP cannot detect SATA hard drive

Does the computer have a floppy drive?

Also what version of XP?
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A:Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Install cant Detect Hard Drive.

You don't install any drivers yet except raid maybe.

Go into the bios under advanced bios features i think set sata mode to ide.
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Unallocated, lul. Silly me.
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A:Windows XP setup does not detect hard drive anymore

I would boot into your Home XP and save any files you want to a flash drive, burned CD or to another networked computer.
Boot off of the Windows CD, Delete all partitions that you have, and create a new Partition and reinstall Windows.
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A:Window 7 installation does not detect my Hard disk

Try this:

SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup
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A:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

closing duplicate post
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A:Windows 7 cannot see hard drive during installation

Please answer a few questions.
Did you have an OS installed on it before?
As I understand it, the installation works fine on another machine, but not when the same HD is in your machine. Is this correct?
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A:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion Slimline s5213w desktop.

The "How To - System Recovery - Recovering The System After The Hard Drive Is Replaced(Windows 7)" section should be helpful to you.

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A:Windows 7 64 bit installation does not see my hard drive.

Where did you get your copy of the Windows 7 Ultimate from?

Can your system handle a 64bit OS?

Does any drive show up when installing Windows?
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unless your laptop allows two hard drives to be connected at the same time, you have to use a Windows installation CD. Your laptop should have the activation code on the underneath so all you need is to borrow one from a friend. Does your laptop not have a system restore CD? This would work too.
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A:Hard Drive contains old data after Windows 7 Re-Installation

Quote: Originally Posted by Rex Prime

I just re-installed Windows 7, and it seems like I forgot to re-format the hard disk when re-installing. There seems to be 200GB of space taken up, but I have know idea where to find it and delete it. Any ideas how to find this old data from the previous installation and remove it?

If you are trying to do a clean install, you don't have to re-format. Just delete all partitions when you come to the partitioning screen after booting from the install disc. That will leave unallocated space. Tell Windows to install to that unallocated space. It will format as necessary.

As for your 200 GB: you say it's "taken up". Then you say you want to "find it and delete it". Then you say it's "old data".

So I'm not clear what you mean, where you sit, or what you want to do.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.
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A:Installation of old ATA hard drive into new windows 8 comp

Not going to work I'm afraid.

The older drive will work as a secondary drive.

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A:Windows 7 Installation Help - cannot find hard drive

Hi and welcome to Bleeping computer.

Please go to the BIOS and see if the hard drive is detected if not please follow the below instructions. In order to go to the BIOS press F2 or del key during startup.

Sometime not often components can get loose during shipping, Make sure the Hard drive is physically in the connector Data and Power.

If you have a anti-static wrist strap please put it on if you don't make sure you are grounded.

1. Open the case
1b. Make sure that your grounded first by touching the chasis or the metal on the power supply
1c. check the connections to the hard drive.

and than try again with the install.
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the solution was to assign a drive letter to the drive.How dumb of me....
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A:Windows installation cannot recognize my hard drive

Is the hard drive seen in the bios? Is the SATA controller properly enabled and configured in the bios?
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A:Windows 7 installation problems with new hard drive

Where did you get the Win7 disk? How was it burned? What was the source of the ISO file if applicable? Obtaining good media is discussed in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which are the steps you should follow to get and keep a perfect install on your Samsung. There is even a Special Note to Samsung owners at the end to study.

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When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.


A:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

how many physical hard drives are in your computer and which ones were set up as a RAID?

When you boot with your xp cd press F6 when it tells you to (at the beginning when it loads everything) and then insert that floppy and it will load the needed drivers from that to recognize your RAID setup. In the bios it will (should) just come up with the separate hard drives and not the RAID drive that you saw in windows.
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A:Hard Drive Preparation For Windows 7 Installation

Make a bootable CD of Partition Wizard. Then use it to delete, clean, and make a raw new looking hard drive for installation.

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I thought I would give it a try and disable my gfx driver just to see if that would work.

Having a hard time deciphering what the problem could be.

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Appreciate it and thank you in advance.

I ran several diagnostic tests with no errors found.

A:New Hard Drive -- Windows 7 Installation Hangs

More details needed:

Is your installation disc burned? OEM? Retail? Borrowed? Or?

What diagnostics tests did you run?
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When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.


A:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

Well, though I do not know much at all about RAID, I do know that I have had a bit of trouble with getting windows to recognize my SATA drive. I had to do a couple things in device manager to get it working, though I cannot remember exactly what. Is your E drive an SATA?
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A:Windows 7 installation hard drive / ssd don't show up

Hello apmm17,

Did you say you have both drives set as Active? I could be wrong but I think You should only have the drive you want Windows installed on as Active.

Did you set the drives active in Disk Management? Try unplugging one of the drives and see if it picks one up?
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Don't actually understand anything in your post except that you want to get into the bios. Watch the screen when the system first boots for a message that says "to enter bios (or setup) press ??? now". Whatever that key is, press it.
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A:Windows 7 Installation destroyed external hard drive

Hi, sorry to hear about your predicament. Though you had to pay someone to recover your data, at least it was recovered.

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A:Hard drive replacement in old laptop & Windows re-installation

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The partition on the external drive that contains the installation files needs to be an active partition in order to boot from it.

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A:Going for a new Windows 8 installation, advice needed on hard drive

You should always unplug all other HD's during Clean Install Windows 7.
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A:Windows Update not working after new hard Drive installation

It has nothing to do with the hard drive. It does have everything to do with how you installed the OS on the new hard drive and the settings you have for Windows Update and the system in general.

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A:Can't find hard drive during installation of Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi gav
It sounds like a hard drive problem. Try this switch of the laptop and remove the battery then remove the hard drive, then replace hard drive battery and switch on your laptop.
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A:Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again

Had the same thing happen to me, also windows 8.1.
the drive is toast
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A:windows xp - sata hard drive - installation probs

After the f6, do you get any indication the drivers are installed? When you reboot, does the bios give you a message to the effect of no serial storage device installed?
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The hard drive is shot. Trying to install Windows on a failing hard drive is like painting a house that's on fire. It's pointless. There's nothing you can do to fix a failing drive.
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A:Windows 8 Core installation won't recognize my Hard Drive

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
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I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
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You can order the Microsoft official HP/Compaq OEM Recovery disks from the HP/Compaq OEM manufacturer's website.
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Welcome Oh Great One

Try enabling the AHCI mode in the bios setup and see if it recognizes the WD HD that way. Also double check the Power connector & data cables and even try them on a different connection location.

Soon other members will join in to help you, also.
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A:Can't Detect Hard Drive

Take a look in the bios and make sure that you have in the BOOT area the following:

Hard Drives or Hard Drive Priority - Make sure whatever it says in there, it is set to the drive you want to boot from.

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A:my system won't detect my hard drive

You need to start with the configuring of the HardDrives

Does 1 work by itself?
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"though it does have a few bad sectors"...

ANY hard drive with ANY bad sectors should be replaced ASAP. If you are trying to boot from a hard drive loaded with an operating system from another computer, don't! Select the drive you want as a boot drive, format it and install an OS of your choice fresh
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Hello arubalover,
Go in to the Bios and see if the HDD is being recognised there.
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A:BIOS won't detect IDE Hard Drive

Hi there
Looks like cable or connection is defective. If these are the "Old fashioned" IDE drives check that the ribbon connector is of the correct type -- I believe there are two sorts -- the older version and the newer Enhanced IDE with 40 pins.

Check that you have the correct ribbon type connector for the Mobo. Also connect if the Slave / Master / Auto switch on the HDD (or jump pins on the Mobo if there are any) are correctly set.

Note also at BOOT - ensure also that AHCI in the Bios is correctly set as well -- otherwise the machine will fail to boot.

You really need to set it to IDE for using IDE Disks -- If this has changed from what you were using before you will have to re-install Windows.

You are actually better off getting away from those old fashioned IDE Disks if you can.

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A:Can't detect hard drive after adding a second one

Connect the two hard drives SATA and power connectors... Connect the SATA connectors to the motherboard, and then turn on your PC and head into BIOS.

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The hard drive may have failed so you need to test it with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software. The links are here: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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A:cannot detect my hard disk drive

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yes, problem with the BIOS
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A:Failure to detect hard drive

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A:Setup won't detect hard drive?

Hi!! Darhhearted.

I thing that you are having Windows Vista Home Premium SP1. If you are trying to install windows XP above it it will not install.

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A:Can't detect hard drive at boot up

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It sounds like the drive may have failed.

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A:Set up cannot detect any hard disk drive...

Welcome to TSG

there's no native support for SATA controllers in windows xp


1. set your SATA operation mode in the BIOS to NON-Raid/IDE

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A:Can't detect hard drive after P/S swap

Remove the "non detected" drive and use another drive as the C drive just for test purposes. If this other drive is detected, your old C drive may be bad. We can discuss saving data later
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A:system won't detect 2nd hard drive

Here's what I'd suggest you do, and then post back if it didn't work:
1. HD#1 stays Master on Primary IDE Channel
2. HD#2 becomes Master on Secondary IDE Channel
3. CD#1 becomes Slave on Secondary IDE Channel

You could change the 3rd one and make the CD slave on the primary.

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A:System can not detect hard drive

If the drive controller on the disk has failed NOTHING (short of a DATA recovery company) can help you.
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