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Hard drive not showing up in BIOS

Q: Hard drive not showing up in BIOS

I have a previously functional hard drive that is no longer recognized by the BIOS Other drives are working fine Just not this one It has no scary not up drive in showing Hard BIOS clicking or grinding noises It sounds lovely in fact Normal health read and spinning sounds It even has the gyroscope Hard drive not showing up in BIOS feel if I pick it up Stuff I have tried unsuccessfully Restart the computer Restart the computer again just in case Swap out cabling Use an external power source Use a SATA-to-USB adapter Use a different motherboard Hard drive not showing up in BIOS with a different BIOS and a different power supply Use a different motherboard with the USB adapter Swap out the controller board for a new one--same model and revision but stole the flash memory chip off the old board so it had its calibration information right I m thinking that the platters and read head and all are good I seem to have ruled out the controller board as the culprit Anybody have any ideas what might be the issue nbsp

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A: Hard drive not showing up in BIOS

You've pulled out all the stops. If the BIOS doesn't see the drive, there's not really anything more you can do. Drive has failed somehow. Send back to mfg. if still under warranty. Hope this helps!
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You must check the jumper settings, if they are plugged into the same IDE cable, most likely they are both set to master, or both set to slave. I always set my harddrive to master, and my cd/dvd to slave.
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A:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

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A:Intel NUC DN2820 SATA Drive not showing in BIOS

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A:Hard Drive not showing

Change the jumper on the slave to CS or take the jumper out completey and reboot
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A:2nd hard drive not showing up

Is there a master device on the ata cable too?
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A:hard drive not showing up.

hav eyou check your cabling or drive jumpers
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A:hard drive not showing

No drive letter assigned -> hidden. Right click on Disk1 and assign a drive letter for it.
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A:Hard Drive not showing up

Open Disk Management (computer - right click - manage - disk management) and see if it is listed there, and has a drive letter assigned to it.

Also, if it is Linux formatted Windows won't see it. Hence no drive letter. You can boot into Linux and copy paste the data to Windows disk. Linux can see NTFS (sometimes need to mount the drive)
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A:hard drive not showing up

go [right click my computer>manage>disk management]
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Does it show up here ?? ...
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Hello jimithing33 ,

Getting an I/o error usually isn't a good sign as often it's related to failed hardware. I guess you already tried using different USB port and cable. What model is this HDD? Is it power fed through the USB cable? You could run the manufacturer’s diagnostics tool to see if it will detect it.
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Have you tried assigning the drive a letter in Disk Management?
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This one is meant for CD\DVD Drives missing (It might work, and it can't hurt trying)



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Issue solved!

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There is really not much to the installing process of a new hard drive.
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Greetings, Please refer to this Microsoft MSDN document for help. Cheers!
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Somebody stop me if I am wrong.
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Use A43 File Manager. This is a replacement for Explorer.

Your files are still there, probably hidden by malware infection

at the CMD prompt type these

CD /
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A:320gb hard drive only showing 120gb

see this thread
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A:Solved: New external hard drive not showing up

Set jumpers to master.
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A:Hard drive not showing up (even in disk manager)

I would start by going into the bios and making sure all unused sata ports are set to "Auto". But does it spin up when you power on? Can you see it in the bios? Also what mode is the controller set to in the bios? ide, ahci, raid?
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if i go to Devices & Printers, it shows up

if i go to Computer, it doesnt

running Windows 7 thru Bootcamp on an iMac from 2009