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Can't detect hard drive

Q: Can't detect hard drive

I am building a new system, only part used is the power supply. My motherboard can't detect my hard drive. I tried switching cables but it only detects my dvd drive. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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A: Can't detect hard drive

First make shure the data & power cables are plugged in securely, on both the MB and hard drive. and no there is not a power cable for the hard drive on the MB.
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Neither show up in My Computer or Device Manager any more.
OS Vista home premium. Hard drive WD Internal 250G
Why can't these 2 important drives be detected any more????

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No bootable drive found--strike F1 to retry booting, F2 for setup utility. Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.

If I press F1, it still doesn't work. I tested it and everything went well except the DST SHort test which said that there is no Hard Drive. I just want to know if I can fix it by myself or if I have to waste money at the computer repair store.

P.S. Writing this from my sis' laptop

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.

Second, we need specs like the motherboard and type (Sata or IDE) drive and brand name with model if possible.
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A:Won't detect hard drive

Go to the first sticky in this forum about installing RAID and look at step 5. It's the same idea. Only you need the SATA drivers on the CD (sometimes called SATA/RAID) and you are working with a single HD instead of an array.
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A:cannot detect hard drive

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A:cannot detect new hard drive

that usally means the drive is jacked up just take it back to whee u bought it and get thm to replace it.
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A:cannot detect my hard disk drive

is it booting OK?
yes, problem with the BIOS
if not, your HD is broken

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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.

For this you have to format the Hard drive first with some external software but it will cause to lost all your data. So to take precautions backup all the data first on external hard drive.
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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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A:System does not detect hard drive

I have a problem with my Dell Studio Xps 1640 laptopClick to expand...

I'm guessing you actually have a Dell Studio XPS M1640 laptop.

What's the "service tag" number and/or "express service code" number on yours?

and its hard drive disk which is Toshiba mk5061gysnClick to expand...

It appears to come with a Seagate hard drive and not a Toshiba hard drive.

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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.

It's also possible you might in the Bios have to set the IDE Disk to LBA mode -- to complicated to explain here but notes on this should be available in the documentation that came with the MOBO in BIOS settings.

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Hi all,

My machine was built for me. Up till now everything worked fine. But due to some errors etc. I want to reformat my c: and start over. I have backed up everything. I booted from my Win xp cd, but I get an error message:

Setup up did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Please check that hard drive is connected and powered correctly and any configuration is correct.

Setup cannot continue.

Obviously I have a hard drive. and at the moment it is working and I'm using it.

I once tried to use hard drive mechanic and got the same problem.

Could anybody help?

Much appreciated.


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A:Comp can't detect new hard drive

ok i went to device manager and uninstalled it, then re plugged everything back up... it says adding new hardware and that its adding a drive...

i restart...
its still not there! the hell...
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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?
Hae you set CS jumper location on bothe HardDrives?
Are they both on seperate IDE channels?
Have you checked the IDE (and power) cables are secure?
Have you tried replacing the IDE Cables?
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A:Cannot detect External Hard drive

How did you get Win 7 Ultimate? If it's not bought from a legit source with a legit key then nobody here can help you.
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A:USB 3.0 Hard Drive won't auto-detect

I have the same problem with WD MyPassport 500GB usb 3.0.
Please someone to replay.
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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.
You just might possibly be lucky if you replace the controller card, but even that is unlikely to help as the sector mapping and such are held on the card.
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A:BIOS won't detect IDE hard drive

"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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A:Laptop won't detect usb hard drive

Take the hard drive out of the laptop and place it in the USB enclosure. Connect the enclosure to the desktop system and save the files from the laptop hard drive to the desktop
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i have to other HDD's but those are ide

today and this has never happened to me before

i switched out my sata HDD for my cd drive so i could install something and which i did.

but then when i reconnected my Sata HDD it won't let me access the files

it shows up properly in the bios

and it will show up in disk management in the control panel

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it won't display at my computer either

this is very frustrating

any Idea's on how to fix

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A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Won't Detect

First of buy another SATA cable, there cheap. Then take ownership of your files.
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My 20GB drive works just fine, but when I pop the 60GB drive into the bay (yes, I take the other drive out first ;-) the BIOS does not detect the drive.

I have a CD-RW as slave on the secondary and whatever drive is in the bay set to master. The jumpers are set correctly on the 60GB drive, it simply won't detect the drive.

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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:HARD DRIVE unable to detect !

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.

If you can connect the drive to another PC on which Windows is working, you can download & install the Windows version of the diagnostic software.

If you can't do that, put the drive back in the original PC it belongs to, then download the DOS version of the diagnostic software and, on a working PC, make a bootable CD from the downloaded ISO file using IMGBurn from here: Download ImgBurn -

Now use that CD to boot from, on the PC which contains the faulty hard drive.
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A:Hard Disk Drive Cannot detect

Well; i hate to be the bearer of bad news; but I hope you have some sort of backup because if you hear clicking like that there is a chance that drive may be dead. As far as recovering the documents; dont think you will be able to do that unless you have a backup somewhere
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A:Will not reboot; says cannot detect hard drive

Hello arubalover,
Go in to the Bios and see if the HDD is being recognised there.
Take a look and post your results, good luck.
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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

2. press F6 when prompted to install 3rd part drivers and insert a floppy disk with the drivers.

3. slipstream the appropriate drivers into your XP installation CD (i would recommend nLite)
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This is screenshot in gparted of hard drive =

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A:SSD and hard drive detect problem

If the problem is you can't see the NTFS partition, it is most likely, it has no drive letter. click computer just to highlight it, right click it and select manage, in the left column select disk management. See if you see that drive in the lower portion, if you do, Right click that partition, select 'change drive letter or part, click add on the next screen, and give it any drive letter you want from the drop down box. Click OK and exit. You should be able to see your partition in explorer now and use it.

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i recently decided to install a 2nd HD. for some reason my sustem won't detect it. Here's how I have it set up.

Primary IDE Slot: HD #1 working fine
Secondary IDE Slot: Master CD-ROM working fine
Slave HD #2 not working

any ideas would be appreciated. the first time i installed the 2nd HD it worked fine, so i shut down my computer so i could put it back together and when i booted back up it wasn't working. i've tried every combination i could think of as far as which drive was the master or slave and what not. they are different HDs, and i've read some HDs may not work with each other, dunno if that's the problem or not.

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.

Make sure you have the jumpers correct, sometimes those little diagrams can be reversed from what it appears, the diagrams are right, but if you translate them directly down to your jumper you'd be backwards (in some cases), so always look for an indicator on there such as Pin 1 for the ide cable.

I know you've gone through the jumpers previously, but try setting it up like I said and double checking you have the jumpers correct. Alternatively you could set all the jumpers to CS and hope it works, but I've never had much faith in CS.
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My computer can't detect the master hard drive on boot up. I was in windows before but then it froze and then the blue screen poped up. telling me that its dumping physical memory. How do I get the computer to detect the hard drive again?

I'm running 1.8 gig amd, 60 gig hdd ( master) western digital, 64 mb graphics card, windows xp pro.


A:Can't detect hard drive at boot up

First thing to do is look in BIOS to see if the drive is showing there . . it so, download disc diagnostics from the WD support site and see what that tell you.

It sounds like the drive may have failed.

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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.

Navigate to the hard drives section, and then confirm under the SATA headings that both hard drives are reading correctly.

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Does it show in BIOS?

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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

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A:Re: My laptop does not boot, it cannot detect the hard drive

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Claymore said:

you can change the controller settings in the BIOS.

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