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Intermittent Hard Drive Detection

Question: Intermittent Hard Drive Detection

Hi,
Last few days my primary hard drive has been detected intermittently by the BIOS. My machine has been running fine for a long while when all of a sudden I get this problem. I haven't changed anything in the BIOS or hardware wise. I fired my machine up a few days ago and the only drive detected was my second physical drive. I played around with unplugging and re-inserting the drive ribbon cables to both drives, and by doing this I can eventually get the BIOS to see my primary drive and boot proceeds as normal. One attempt simply involved me removing the ribbon cable from the motherboard for my second drive and the machine booted fine. Both drives are Seagate, the first drive is a few years old, the second only about a year old. I used the SeaTools drive checking facility and both drives pass all tests. There are no unusual noises coming from either drive to indicate a problem. I only seem to get this about once in about every 5 boots. Once the machine has booted into Windows (XP) I get no further indications that something is amiss. Any one else experience this...?

Thanks.

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Working on my friends desktop computer and the BIOS doesnt detect the haddrive all the time. If i cold boot or reset the machine the harddrive is not detected. However if i pull the CMOS battery and power cord then drain the capacitors (by pressing the power button) and replug the power the drive is detected by the BIOS and starts booting windows (then freezes). The Computer can boot from CDs fine (from IDE cd drives). when i power up the machine without draining all of it's power/ removing the power cord the BIOS gets stuck detecting the SATA drive.

I tried the Hard drive in my machine it and worked fine so i dont think its a drive/cable problem. i also tried one of my known good WD drives in the machine and it doesnt detect it.

i have tried replacing the signal cable

default settings (no options for IDE/AHCI just enable or disable SATA)

i'm not sure if windows freezing is a 2nd problem or part of the first.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-k9ns Version F9
Drive: seagate 500gb sata (also tried a WD green 500gb & black 1TB)

thank you for any tips

Answer:intermittent bios hard drive detection

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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hello, i recently bought isnt being recognized by my computer, are there any programs or anything that could help?
 

Answer:hard drive detection

Not really enough information to go on. What OS are you using, the size of the hard drive, and computer specs. would be helpful. Do you have the hard drive jumpered correctly and is the BIOS set to auto detect?
 

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I am sure I should know the answer to this, but my brain doesn't seem to want to work right now.
I have just had to reformat and reload win98 on a computer but it is telling me it is only a 502Mb drive. The bios confirms that it is a 8.5Gb drive.Before the reformat it was correctly identifying the drive.
I had to fdisk before a format because the FAT seemed to be corrupted, I also had to carry out a low level format because my start up disk would not carry one out. When formatting low level it seemed to detect only 502Mb.
Any suggestions you guys??
 

Answer:Hard drive detection

Try deleting your partition again, then install win98, which should create a new partition for you.

I presume that you used the fdisk that came with 98 and enabled large disk support, but anyways I think if just delete the partition and install win98 everything should work out fine. Also make sure you autodetect your hard drive in the bios screen just to be sure it is configured correctly.

Its been some time since I last used win98, so hopefully my instructions will work fine.
 

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I recently forgot the sequence of keys used to flash the BIOS so it re-detects the hard drive installed. I believe it was Ctrl, Alt and W or W, E. Something close to that extent.

I tried searching the forums and Google and can't remember the search string i initially used since it's been years. The cables are plugged correctly. The hard drive spins and all but i get the infamous "Hit F1 to try again or F2 to enter setup" options.

Anyone know this combination of keys i am speaking of?

Answer:Hard Drive Detection

Hit F2 to enter setup...you can then verify if the drive is recognized or not. If it isn't detected, then you have a hardware issue, drive controller, cable, jumper setting (IDE), or HDD. If it is detected, then there isn't anything else to do.

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Hi,

I'm putting together a computer for my brother and I ran into an annoying problem. First the specs:

Shuttle AK11 MB
700 MHZ AMD Duron
128 MB RAM
13 GB Western Digital HD
8x4x32 Atapi CD RW

I hooked up the HD as the primary master and the Atapi as the primary slave and I made sure the BIOS recognized it. When I insert a boot disk in (Windows ME CD is in the CD RW drive, too) and get to the A: prompt, I run FDISK and I get "cannot change a fixed drive" error. I then go to C: and type DIR and it displays all the contents of the WinME CD. The C: prompt is the CD RW and there is no other prompt for the HD. I also tried booting from the CD dircetly and it just hangs. Anyting else that I could do? Any help would be great!
 

Answer:Hard drive detection

Hi aerain,
Make sure your cables are connected correctly. Also make sure your jumpers are set to what you want.Pin 1 on the Hard Drive (Red line on cable) is nearest the power connector on the hard drive. Just a Thought!
 

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I am working on a P2 350 MHz/ Intel 440BX Chipset/ Award BIOS/128SDRAM/CDRW/CDROM/FLOPPY etc. Should be a simple install of Hard Drive (Maxtor 40GB) using Maxblast and Windows 98SE. What is happening is that when I connect the drive to the system - with BIOS set to Boot to a,c and Maxblast in a: the computer does the Memory Check- goes to the Detecting Primary master and hangs. F4 wont skip and it wont move forward to the a: drive so I can set up the drive.
The twist is this: I have tried the drive in another system- no problem (Its brand new) I have changed the Floppy drive on the problem system in hopes that a bad Floppy (no dice). I have placed a 6.4 GB drive in problem system- boots up like a charm. Cables arent bad (been tested) and I am running out of ideas. The Motherboard is one I am not familiar with P6B40-A4X and not made by Intel (no manufacturer name on it) so I cant even go to a site to see if I am missing something. The board is a 98 model and the only thing different in the BIOS is this:
In BIOS FEATURES SETUP there is
HARD DRISK BOOT FROM- PRI-IDE-M, PRI-IDE-S, SEC-IDE-M, SEC-IDE-S, SCSI
I chose PRI-IDE-M since that is how the drive is jumpered
BOOT SEQUENCE- I set it to a,c
Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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Hello, i recently purchased a new, second SATA hard drive, which was a bit faster (7200RPM) than my old one, as i thought i could put the windows files on there and put it as my first boot device, to speed up window boot speed. However, after having connected the drive to the motherboard/PSU windows will not detect another drive. I have gone into the bios, and i can see 2 HDD's in there, however, i can only select ONE of them as a boot device. Im very confused and any help would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:2nd hard drive detection

You want to select the hard disk with Windows on it as the boot hard disk.

Also, is your first hard disk SATA or IDE (PATA) with a ribbon cable?

If its showing in Windows its likely the problem is a RAW partition, rather than any serious issue. Head to Start > control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management and then select the new hard disk, and "create simple Partition", tick "quick format" and then format it as NTFS.

Once formatted it should then appear in "My Computer".
 

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hey there guys, im new to the forums, hopefully your experiences can help me. Alright well my friend got a while bunch of hardware and wanted me to build his computer. everything works fine except the hard drives arent being detected. the mb is pretty much built for sata, but his dad bought ide hard drives, so we had to work with that. they are a "western digital 160gb hd and a wd 200gb hd" both ide. also he has two dvd burners. now the mother board is a asus P5WD2 Premium. i mean everything is working fine, except that the hard drives arent being detected.

there are two e-ide "ports" which in the manual it says should hold up to 4 hard drives, that i can understand but it doesnt detect the hd's so yea. there there is one "normal" ide "slot" in which the hard drives become detected, but the e-ide slots are not atapi compatible so i can not plug the hard drives in to the ide because the e-ide is not atapi compatible for the dvd burners. the hard drives can only be plugged into the e-ide slots with the existence of optical drives so....i mean i dont know what to do.

i've tried every jumper configuration...i even tried a 60 gb hard drive maybe it had something to do with the 137gb barrier......nothing......it just doesnt detect.

the specs on the comp are:
Vid Card: Geforce 7800 GT GDDR3 PCI Express 256 mb
Pentium D 3.2 ghz 840
2x Crucial Ballistix 512 Mb ram
160 gb Western Digital
200 gb Western Digital
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I recently bought a new DVD RW drive to replace my old one which had a burnt out laser. When I put in the drives I set up my secondary hard drive and my new drive as cable select and attached the master connector to the hard drive and the slave connector to the DVD. I booted the system and immediately got a boot error saying it couldn't locate either of the IDE drives. So, I spent the next hour or so trying every possible jumper combination setting and got the error no matter what upon boot. Finally I put them both back to CS and just skipped past the error because I was sick of messing with it. To my surprise, the drives showed up in My Computer and functioned but at a very very slow speed. I ran a PC Pitstop scan and it showed a drive speed of 2mb/sec which is really slow. So, clearly something isn't being detected properly. For some reason also, my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect" option to try to detect attached drives so in the BIOS it just has two unknown devices attached to the primary and slave IDE drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.... thanks !
THanks
 

Answer:Solved: IDE Hard Drive and CD drive detection issue

And the make and Model of your PC???????

my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect"Click to expand...

use "Load defaults"
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

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I have just upgraded MOBO/MEMORY/CPU and kept original hard drives x 2, CDROM and AGP Card.

System will only boot maybe 1 in 10 times because it seems to have problems recognising the hard drives. I have checked cables and replaced with the cables that came with MOBO.

I have upgraded to latest BIOS.

Spec is:
Gigabyte 8S648-RZ
P4 2.53 Celeron CPU 533FSB
256MB Kingston DDR333
Hard Drives are Fujitsu MPC3084AT primary, MPG3204AT secondary.

Any ideas greatfully received.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive detection problems

Welcome to TechSpot

When you change your mobo, unless it is an exact replacement of the old one, you will have to reinstall Windows, no matter what version you have. This is because of all the different drivers for the new chipset, audio, LAN, raid, etc.
 

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Dear Friends
I have put new hard drive (seagate 40gb) in my pc which has following configration
processor-intel pentium 200mhz
ram-32mb
the pc does not detect hard drive. please advise appropriate solution. i shall be gratefull.
omar
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

Answer:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

Welcome to TechSpot
How are your HDs set up, C=Master and D=Slave or are you using cable-select?
If the latter, change the jumpers on the back of the HD.
Is the D-drive formatted?
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike

Answer:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

Does the other Hard Drive show up during POST or within your BIOS? If it does but not within windows - you may want to remove all HD controllers within the Device manager and let windows redetect them after rebooting.

If that doesn't answer the question set each of the hard drive jumpers to CS (Cable select) this will allow the BIOS to determine where on the cable (1st HD, Primary, etc) each is located.

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Hey guys, got a question about a fried hard drive. An old system crashed and I am trying to recover the data from the hard drive. Normally I havent had trouble doing this in the past, but it seems that my bios will not recognize this hard drive no matter what I do. The only difference I can see this time is that I am running a sata drive as my master, and the drive I am trying to recover is an ata. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Hard drive: Samsung SV4084H
Running xp pro.
 

Answer:Force Hard Drive Detection

You installed it as a slave IDE and it wasn't seen?
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

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My primary HDD is 200gb, plugged on SATA, working as a charm, the second drive that I just attached is giving me the problems, Its a 40gb WD disk drive, Its plugged on ATA, detected by device manager as you can see here, but with some strange problems, shown here :/, not listed here either.

Any ideas what to do?

I know that HDD has a working partition (FAT or NTFS, not completely sure) and files on it.
 

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Please Help..I have just bought a new Hard Drive (Maxtor 40 GB)and connected it to my desktop. when I ty tobootup .. it cannot be detected.... How do I detect the hard drive and format it.

Answer:Hard Drive detection & Formating

You should boot up to a boot disk and run FDISK and FORMAT.  Then they can be detected.Or, Windows2000 install will do it all for you if this is the disk where you will be installing the Windows.Chris C.

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i just got a new 80 gig hard drive. and i plugged the baby in and everything. at start up it says its being detected but when i get into windows the drive doesnt show up in 'my computer' i ran a diagnostics program. it detected it under phsical drives but nothing showed up under logical drives. ive put other hard drives in before and they always showed up. why wont this one?
 

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I am working on a Dell Dimension 2300 at work. A lady brought it in yesterday and said that she could not get Windows XP to install, and that it would say that she didnt have a hard drive.

The first thing I did was boot up the Windows XP CD to see what happens. I received a list of partitions, one with 25gigs, the other with 8mb, then proceeded to format the 25gig partition, NTFS quick format. Half way through the format I got a message saying the format failed.

The next thing I did was go into CMOS and check to see if the hard drive was listed, and indeed it was not. I then clicked to auto detect the hard drive and it was detected. I clicked again after waiting a minute and then it would not detect. Sometimes it will detect and others it will not.

So then I thought maybe there is something wrong with the IDE cable or the molex. So, I took my toolbox and got a extra IDE cable that I had laying around, and hooked unhooked the Dell's IDE cable and used my extra cable. I also disconnected the molex connector and tried a different one. Same problem so THEN I unhooked the hard-drive and tried another one that we had in the office. Same problem.

I've tried recovery console from Windows XP's CD, and also booting to DOS prompt from a Windows 98 CD. I could not gain access to a C: drive nor do a chkdsk or format.

This happens on two different hard drives, the exact same problem which doesnt make sense.

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Answer:Hard Drive detection problem

Arguably I am a little tripped out at the moment - having just had a "special" yogurt if you get what I mean - however if the machine is not recognising a hard drive at, then from what you have said it sounds like even the motherboard could be faulty. There are loads of capacitors and stuff all over the board and if even one of them goes, all will be lost in at least one particular department. My money is on the motherboard.
 

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So today I get home after school, practice, etc.. and I go to boot up my pc and it starts running tests. It finds that it cannot detect the hard drive. So what do I do I go inside check all cables everythings fine, i even replaced the sata cable just to be sure. Nothing. Then I make sure the Hard drive is spinning of course it is! So I have no idea whats wrong and would like some help PLEASE!!!!
Also I did not touch or change anything inside or software with the computer before this happened.
The Error Message Reads "Hard Disk Not Found, Enter System Disk and Press Enter"
 

Answer:Hard Drive Detection Errors

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Hello guys.
 
I have a small issue with a drive being detected from within my PC that works from an external caddie.
 
For a few years i have had two drives inside my system. C drive and F drive. I recently removed both drives when i went off to India for a few weeks for security reasons. Today i find the F drive is not showing up. It is listed under "Show hidden hardware" in the profiles. I opened up the PC and swapped the ribbon cables around and rebooted. It started to install new hardware and stated it had installed it because i seen the name of the installed hardware (The F drive) yet it was still not listed in "My Computer" alongside the C drive. I then removed it an placed in in an external caddie and booted again. I got the same install message ( I had uninstalled the driver prior just in case) and it installed from the caddie and works.
 
I can not run it from there because i have two other drives that need to be listed for my Music Studio when it scans for files needed to open past and present work that uses files located on those drives my name. The issue can not be the cables as they both run C drive internally. 
 
I will try again later to install it from inside the PC as my main slave drive but it seems null. The issue may be software based or configuration based. But so far , i am mystified by this issue. 
 
Any ideas?
 
Thanks in advance.

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I have a Seagate 500 GB External HD, and it used to work fine with my PC, and then Windows decided that it didn't want to detect it anymore. Instead of working, it shows up in the Device Manager as "USB Device". Luckily, the computer was due for a reformat, so I figured that whatever the problem was, it would be fixed after the reformat. I was right. Unfortunately, when I started re-installing all my software and drivers, the problem happened again. This is leading me to believe that some of my software is causing this problem. Is there any kind of software/drivers that could cause this seemingly random issue?
 

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Hi there, i just built my friend a new computer. Everything other than this is going fine. It is a HD from another machine.It has been formatted and had windows installed on it.when the computer is switched on from off ( i think this is a cold-boot ?? ) it will not detect the HD, (It is set to Primary/Master with no other drives on the same IDE port. Other than that there is a CD-ROM on secondary/master which is detected normally all the time), however, if it is restarted it detects the hard drive and all continues normally. If anyone know how to sort this annoyin problem i'd be very grateful.

Thanks

Daniel

Spec:

ECS K7S5A-PRO

XP 2000 model 8

256MB DDR RAM

GF4 64MB VGA

IBM HD 16.8GB
 

Answer:Hard drive detection.....or lack of!!!

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Hi, I've been given a couple of IDE hard drives that supposed to be OK and I can hear them winding up but sometimes the computer detects them and sometimes it doesn't. I'm connecting them via a USB and I've tried various ports but it's still iffy. I want to use them as portable back ups so I don't want to try installing them. I'm running Win 7 ultimate. Any help would be good, thanks.

Answer:External hard drive detection

Make sure the IDE drive jumpers are set to Master it wont detect the drive otherwise.

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Hi,

I am having a problem with my 20 GB Seagate hard drive. I was using this hard drive for about a couple of months when something went terribley wrong. I plugged in another hard drive to slave off of my 20GB hard drive to transfer some files on to the secondary drive when all of a sudden my 20GB Seagate hard drive wouldn't detect. I know the jumper settings are correct and everything is plugged in correctly into the hard drive. After I plugged in the other hard drive, I immediately took out the secondary one when my 20GB wasn't being detected and set the 20GB hard drive back the way it was but the 20GB hard drive would not boot at all. This is what happens.....the computer will turn on normally but will stay at the "Detecting IDE primary master..." for a long time. As a matter of fact, I left it like that for about an hour and when I came back it still had the same message, like it froze when it was trying to detect it. Normally, if a hard drive can't be detected, that message will stay on for about a minute and then tell you the drive cannot be found or detected. This is different. It stays at that screen for a LONG time and never changes. Any suggestions on what may be the problem and any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

AMD Athlon 1 GHZ
256 MB RAM
Windows 98 SE
Seagate 20GB Barracuda ATA III Model ST320414A
 

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Here's the deal.... I recently defragged my third hard drive(Yes I have three. Plus a CDRW.) only now the drive doesn't show up in windows explorer. I can find it in the device manager and the bios though so what's up? I use Norton Ghost to backup my system drive and still have this problem even after I've gone back to a working image.

The three drives are all Maxtors. One 20gig and two 80gigs(The drive that isn't showing up is an 80gig).
 

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I have a really weird problem with Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition.

I had XP installed and i just inserted the vista dvd, rebooted the system and installed the new OS on a separate partition on my RAID1 array (the array has 3 partitions XP, Vista, Games). And everything worked like a dream, i didnt have a single problem with drivers or detection of the array. And then i noticed, Vista didnt see the 3 extra SATA2 drives i had.

So to fix that problem i thought maybe Nvidias new raid/storage drivers would help (ASUS Striker mobo). I installed them, with the nvidia storage manager, and when i rebooted the nvidia software announced that it had found 3 new hdd. But when i tried to get them to work, the nvidia software only gave me a choice to create a new array out of these discs. Well i didnt want to because all my data is on those drives.

So thats where it ended, i see the drives in nvidia hdd manager but cant initialize them without creating a new array. And vista still shows nothing, in device manager and in disk management.

Help.
 

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Hi:

I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

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 anywhere...is 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.

M
 

Answer: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 few months back my computer was working fine but one day it suddenly rebooted with a disk boot failure message.

when this happened both my OS drive and my data drive were not found by bios.
so both appeared to fail at the same time.

when i tested the drives on another person's PC both drives were found by BIOS no problems and my OS drive even booted and shutdown fine.

i narrowed it down to 4 possibilities from my knowledge

bad SATA cables
bad power supply
bad SATA controller/ports
the drives being detected on the second PC was a total fluke and the drives are bad
i bought a new power supply and SATA cables and the BIOS still doesn't find my drives.

so i am thinking the SATA controller/ports is the issue and i am thinking about getting a new motherboard but i want to make sure that i am not missing some else.

also my IDE dvd drives seem to work fine just the SATA is the problem.
does any one have any advice or feedback on this issue such as other potential problem sources i didn't think of etc.
all feedback appreciated.

Answer:advice on hard drive detection problem

Two things to try:
Reset the Bios Defaults
Clear CMOS/CLRTC procedure
Be sure to make note of all your important BIOS settings before doing either so you can set them back.

CLRTC Procedure (Clear CMOS procedure is similar):
Note all your current BIOS settings
Shut down the computer > remove the power cord.
Remove the 3v battery.
Move the CLRTC jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3.
Touch a metal part of the case and Press and Hold the reset button for approx. 30 seconds to discharge all power from the board.
Put the CLRTC jumper back on pins 1-2.
Replace the 3v battery > replace the power cord > boot.
Immediately go back into BIOS and reset all your preferred settings. If the CLRTC worked you will need to reset the date and time.
See if the ports are active after doing either of these.

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Hi,

I have a Dell 8200 w/ 80 gig Maxtor drive. It works well. I recently acquired a new Samsung SP0411N 40 gig drive.

Both drives work well by themselves.

However, if I connect both drives (Maxtor as primary master and Samsung as primary slave), after a very long time the BIOS detects what seems to be like no drive on primary slave and messed up name for primary master (something like CA82smiley-HP#l0d) as a 49999MB drive.

???!?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Dan
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive detection problems

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First, please forgive me. I am a computer noob. I'm not very savvy with computers, so I might need "extra" help.

We have a shared family computer and today, all of a sudden, a window popped up and said something along the lines of, "Hard Drive Detection Error". My wife restarted the computer and everything on the desktop disappeared, none of the programs were in the Startup menu and we have no idea what happened and how to fix this. I've searched and found that others had similar experiences. I'm not sure if my hard drive really is out of commission or if we've contracted a virus.

I'm running Windows XP (sorry not sure which Service Pack). My hard drive is petitioned into 2 parts, Operating System is on the C:\ and everything else (music, games, pics, etc...) is on the E:\. It seems like everything still shows up on the E:\, that's why I believe I may have contracted a virus???

Can someone please help this noob out?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Virus???: Hard Drive detection error

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Save both reports to your desktop.
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Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here and Save it to your Desktop.Double-click gmer.exe to run it. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please consent .
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My W530 has just started displaying the detection error, however, Windows can still see the device, as well as the BIOS
 
Windows shows it as the actual hard drive model.
 
however, the BIOS shows it as DISK.
 
does this mean the drive is failing(again), or is it the SATA controller?

Answer:2100 hard drive detection error

The mSATA SSD or the hard drive?

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I'm not really sure where to put this, as it covers many different errors, but basically what is happening is this; when I boot up my computer, half of the time it doesn't detect my main hard drive. Even when it does, it still trys to boot off my secondary hard drive, despite the other one being higher up in the boot order. So, if i select it maually, it boots windows, before bluescreening. I have anywhere between about 30 seconds and 5 hours before it bluescreens. When it bluescreens, it either gives a kernel stack inpage error, a kernal data unpage error, or it tells me that a critical thread has been exited unexpectedly.

Does anyone have any ideas? I will try to find more information if people need it.
 

Answer:Hard drive detection problems and other errors

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I have a Toshiba hard drive that used to work perfectly. I have a lot of things stored on it and I got a larger HD so I wanted to transfer everything. I plugged my old HD into my laptop and to the other 5 computers in the household and they all detect the new hardware but it doesn't show up under My Computer on any of the computers that I've tried. It shows up under my Device Manager but not under Disk Management. I tried to change the letter assigned to it for the drive but under my Device Manager it shows up as a Mass Storage Device. If I could format it I wouldn't want to because of all the extremely precious things that are stored on it. Please someone help me! I don't know what to do. I'm running Windows XP.. the HD is in a separate USB casing. I'm at my wits end! Help!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Detection Problem

Sorry, just to reconfirm.
You have tried 5 different computers and none of them detect it properly, is that correct?
If so, then just unscrew the external casing and plug the Sata drive internally, into one of the other computers (as a slave or secondary drive) then boot up the computer and hopefully Windows detects a new mass storage drive
 

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My brother was having startup problems on his Dell during startup. It would continually tell him he had hard drive failure.

So, I get the brilliant idea of putting his C drive into the D drive of my deal to run Scan disk on it. Well, now my computer won't start. When XP tries to load, it goes to a blue screen saying that it is shutting down to prevent damage.

I've gone through the bios and startup options and nothing is giving me any hint on what's going on. Half the time in bios, it does not detect my hard drive.

Help?
 

Answer:Startup and Hard drive detection problems

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Recently, I upgraded a friend's computer and operating system from Windows XP to Windows Vista. I ran into very few kinks until recently, when the new hard drive I added stopped working. Upon inspecting the problem, I checked the BIOS to find that the second hard drive was detected, but it only 'occasionally' is detected by Windows. I've been at a loss for what to do to solve the problem. As far as I can detect, all of the Windows drivers are up to date. ...And yes, I jiggled the wires: I wouldn't be coming to you guys if I didn't. Any suggestions? I know may not be the most appropriate section for this problem, but any help would be greatly appreciated from the experts. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Windows Vista Hard Drive Detection

I know you jiggled the wires but have you tried different sata and psu cables and tried a different sata port on the motherboard?

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Hi:

I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

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 anywhere...is 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.

M
 

Answer: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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in my new built computer the time had come to instal an o/s,but first, do all the bios stuff.when i got to the ide hdd auto detection all i got was 15 beeps whilst a pop up said detecting hard drive.after the beeps, nowt, in the capacity heading a big fat zero.all my cabling has been checked so could it just be a faulty hdd.your thoughts on the matter would be gatefuuly received.

Answer:hard drive detection on newly built computer

To find out your beep code meaning, visit this site:-click here

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I installed a second hard drive. I put it on the same serial cable as first hard drive. Bios detects hard drive. Windows XP Device Manager also detects it. But it detects an extra CD-ROM that I do not have. In My Computer there is an extra icon for an F: Drive and its detected as a CD-ROM. I have uninstalled both secondary hard drive and extra "ghost" CD-ROM and then I have either tried to Add Hardware or I have restarted the computer. Either way both items are detected but the CD-ROM is the only item coming up in My Computer (and I, of course, cannot access it).

Answer:Secondary Hard Drive installation, Detection but not properly

Update:I disconnected the serial cable to the second hard drive and restarted the computer. Windows still detects secondary cdrom device even though there is nothing physically connected (instant check to make sure, one hard drive, one floppy drive, one dvd drive... all of which are listed in my computer as well as the "ghost cdrom drive).  I uninstalled it again and went to add hardware and it found the cdrom again... very confused now

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Hi, Im trying to add a secondary 80GB Seagate IDE HDD into my machine. I Already have a 120GB SATA installed which works fine.

When i installed the IDE HDD, it was detected on post as the full 80GB HDD, however, when windows had booted, in My Computer, the HDD is detected, but is only read as being 5.99GB in size.

I Tried a format on the Hard Drive to try and clear the issue, but when i open the Format window, in Capacity, the only option i can choose is 5.99GB.

When its finished, the HDD size is still 5.99GB
 

Answer:Hard Drive size Detection and Formatting Problem

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Hi:

I've plugged this guy up to three different computers now, even my new one...and it doesn't show. Not in disk management, or anywhere...no signs of life.

Basically, I have to figure out any way I can get the info off of this thing, if there is a way.

Has anyone ran into the solution?

Thanks for any help.

Specs:

Pentium 4
Windows xP
One Touch Family I USB
 

Answer:Maxtor One Touch External Hard Drive Detection

Have to start with the obvious...sorry...does it have a power on light that indicates the unit is on?

When you plug it in do you hear the "USB Tone" that indicates new hardware found?

Likewise, if you click on the "safely remove hardware" icon on the taskbar, is the device shown there?

Have you tried different USB cables?

Have you thought about exchanging it for a new one?
 

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Hi, I have a X200 tablet running Vista Business. I have a problem in getting external display(projector)detected. I have to give presentations every day and most of the time it works. But once a week, after waking up from sleep, x200 refuses to detect external display. (Plug in-out, going to mobility center, or presentation director)all give the same message no external monitor detected. The only solution is to restart the system.I updated to the latest driver, it did not solve the problem, plus now I have occasional garbling of the displaywaking from sleep. Is it normal for Lenovo PCs to lose external display every few days? Or do I have a hardware problem? Any help, suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks

Answer:Intermittent detection of external display

I had the same issue with my x200 Win7 64 bit--when docking, it failed to recognize the remote display (the display connected to the Ultrabase) forcing me to restart; but now it mysteriously corrected itself!  Wish I could be of more help.





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Can someone please help me? I purchase a new free agent 500gb external hard drive. When I plug the free agent external hard drive into one of the 4 usb ports it does not appear in My Computer. I have tried the external drive in my wife's computer and it works well and we can back up files. The only difference between her computer and mine is she has xp professional and I have xp home edition. I have all the latest window updates pack 1,2,and 3 including all the other releases. Although the external hard drive does not appear in 'my computer' it does appear in Computer management/disk mangement and assigned the drive letters to the external drive. This is fine, but as soon as I restart the computer it loses its drive letter and I have to start the whole process over again. But the external hard drive still does not appear in my computer. In the regular windows operating system, I have unistalled all of the usb drivers and then restarted the computer and reinstalled. The hard drive still does not appear. I have also unistalled the usb drivers in safe mode and reinstalled them in the regular window operating system and the hard drive still does not work. I have worked through the fault finding found on Seagate website and Window website and nothing works.I don't know what else I can do? 

Answer:failure Plug and Play Detection of USB External Hard Drive

Is the problem computer a Hewlit-Packard ?

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Hi,

I have a Dell XPS laptop which for whatever reason decided one day not to boot. I took the opportunity to do a backup and full restore using Dell DataSafe (?) which crashed and got stuck at 29%. On attempting to restart my computer I receive an error message from SMART that my hard drive is about to fail, and despite me furiously tapping f8 to enter safe mode the error screen always overrides the safe boot menu (which I sometimes see for half a second but never long enough to do anything about it).

The backup I did using DataSafe prior to my first system restore is on a partition went to a partition on my C:\ drive so I'm loathed to switch out the HDD completely at this point.

I just want to boot in safe mode so that I can move my backup to my external HDD but I can see absolutely no way to do so. I have tried using bcdedit in the command prompt but I get the exact same thing when restarting the computer, just this time in safe mode - still no option to attempt to boot. I have no SMART options in BIOS so apparently I'm stuck with the error message!

I'm sure there are plenty of specifics I've missed out that I can provide if anybody has any ideas, just a case of jogging my memory! I've spent all day trying to work this out and it is beginning to drive me insane.

Thanks for your time (and hopefully help).

Will

Answer:Help! Problem with system restore and SMART Hard Drive detection

It is a fake virus and I have it too! Fortunately I have my trusty iPad!
Anyway, do a google search on SMART HDD and you will see what I am talking about.
I ended up having to buy PC Tools ($40 Australian) to get rid of the virus though I am not 100% sure if it is completely gone.
http://http://www.pctools.com/forum/...DD-Smart-Check
I have hopefully pasted in the link I am referring to.
For my particular issue I think I am going to have to reload the OS. At present I am backing up to DVDs because any USBs or external HDD is not recognised.
The good news is that once you follow the instructions and unhide your data should still be there. Good luck.

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Ok my mothers computer has gone wierd after working fine, it's an AMD Athlon 3500+ , 2.5GBs DDR-400, Foxconn 939 board, 4 year old WD Caviar 250GB win XP Home SP3. Anyway it had a disk read error after verifying DMI Pool Data, then actually booted into windows but as it was loading blue screened. I am wondering whether the hard disk is going bad :/

Anyway what I WANTED to do was plug it (the potentially bad hard disk) into my PC and copy the important data across, format the "bad" had disk and copy the data across.

However when I plug it into my PC depending on which SATA data cable I plug in it either: tries to boot to windows XP, or give me a disk mgr problem and wont boot any OS.

I have tried changing the boot order in the BIOS but my pc's hard drive isn't even detected just the "bad" one. I have also changed the jumpers to no avail.

help very much appreicated

Cheers.

Answer:AHHH hard drive booting prioty/detection problems

Go to the Western Digital site and download the appropriate Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Utility for your PC.

WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS

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My compaq presario 5000 series is not detecting the mouse. I also noticed, but it may be unrelated that the secondary speaker does not function either. I switched to a different mouse. It was detected. I switched back to the first mouse. It was detected. By the way, the secondary speaker worked again. I joggled the chassis. the mouse was lost and i can't get it to detect aft many restarts.

is this something that I, a novice, can fix?
 

Answer:intermittent mouse detection errors --- speaker too?

Turned out to be the mouse.

all works well now

thank you
 

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I own a Compaq 1750 laptop and I bought a 48GB IBM Travelstar HDD to replace the existing 6GB. All was well for a couple of months, but an intermittent fault has now developed which is driving ne round the bend. When I switch the laptop on it either boots up perfectly, or I get a "system disk error" and the machine won't boot at all. I have swapped the HDD into another 1750 and the same thing happens. Do I just put it down to experience, replace the HDD and chuck the Travelstar in the bin? or is there some sort of workaround with this problem and some way of remedying this error.

Answer:Intermittent problem with laptop hard drive

...if it's only a couple of months old, surely you can get it exchanged where you purchased it.

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I am having some problems with a pc I built before christmas and it seems to be with the hard drive. It was originally working OK and then it started to freeze and when you rebooted it could not find the hard drive. I brought it home to check it out, checked all the cables and turned it on and it worked fine for me, no freezing or not finding drive. I had it for 3 days, on most of the time, rebooted it often, carried out diagnostics on the drive and it seemed to be fine so I returned it.
Two weeks later the same thing happens again, so again I bring it home, connect it up and it works fine for me, at the moment I have had it for 3 days and it has worked flawlessly.
The spec is: Maxtor 80GB SATA; sempron 2800; ASUS K8V-MX motherboard; 512Mb PC3200 crucial memory; Windows XP SP2.
Has anyone any suggestions as to what is going on here?
 

Answer:Intermittent SATA Hard Drive problem

Check the cables? Bad PSU? Overheating? And of course, malfunctioning SATA controller (overclocking?).
 

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This is annoying. Every other time (not exactly, but approximately) I reboot my computer, XP doesn't recognize the 2nd hard drive I have installed. I have to reboot again and then again sometimes. It always shows up when I go into BIOS, so the problem is definitely with Windows. Any ideas on this?
 

Answer:[Solved] XP does not recognize 2nd Hard Drive (Intermittent only)

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Hi
Our Dell Inspiron 1525 has suddenly developed a problem. It boots up fine but after a period of time - from seconds to minutes - it suddenly stops interacting with the HDD. The mouse can be moved around but I cant initiate any hard drive activity from pressing buttons (Start etc) and have to resort to a hard power off. Ive reseated the HDD and done the std diagnostic memory test. The fan is working and in any case i can get the problem after first boot of the day, when its been off for 10 hours.
The laptop is a couple of years old.

Any thoughts appreciated.
Andy
 

Answer:intermittent hard drive access issue

Run Dell Diagnostics. Hit F12 on startup until you access a boot menu with 'Hardware Diagnostics' or 'Diagnostics' as options. Run the full tests and report back any failures.
 

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The problem first happened about three weeks ago. I wrote about it here. At the time it looked like changing the CMOS battery had fixed it, but now it's back. Here's what I know about it so far:

-- It's most likely to happen after the computer has been on for several hours, then is shut down briefly and restarted. I'm beginning to think it might be temperature-related because it's most likely to clear up after the computer has sat unused for a few hours.

-- So far at least, that drive has never shown any signs of trouble during a session -- only at startup. When it fails, it seems to disappear altogether -- the CMOS says it's supposed to be there but nothing is able to find/access it.

-- At least some of the times this has happened, the drive light has stayed on continuously. I didn't notice what it was doing the other times.

-- At bootup, the computer goes through its power-on self-test more or less normally though it may linger a little toward the end (where the white progress bar fills the whole box). The POST display disappears as usual. At this point, if it's going to boot normally the Windows flag logo appears. If not, the screen stays black, there are two short beeps, and I get the message:

Code:
strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup utility
.

-- Once there's a boot failure, If I turn off the power and wait a few minutes I just get the same result. If I boot from a floppy or CD-R, there appears to be no hard drive pre... Read more

Answer:Dell hard drive failure (intermittent)

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Hi,

I need some help deciphering a message (see attachment HardDriveError.jpg) I am getting after moving a 160 Gb IDE Western Digital hard drive (which I use as a secondary backup) from an older Compaq PC to a new Acer PC.

I purchased the Acer PC (with Win XP Pro) last week. It arrived with a new Hitachi 160 Gb SATA drive installed. The Acer has been working well. It is a replacement for a Compaq PC (with Win XP Home) that is a few years old. The Compaq is also working fine, but it is aging.

The Western Digital drive is new. I bought it to keep the old Compaq limping along. I formatted it in the Compaq, using that PC?s ?System Recovery? program to install Win XP Home on it. I created two partitions on it, assigning them letters Y: and Z:. The drive worked fine in the Compaq. I set its jumper to the ?Slave? position since it was just used for backups.

Then I changed my mind and decided to get a new computer (the Acer), and I moved the WD drive to it. Although the Acer?s ?stock? drive is SATA, the motherboard has an IDE connection. So I plugged the Western Digital drive into this connection, leaving its jumper set to the ?Slave? position.

The Acer PC now includes drives C: and D: (the ?stock? Hitachi SATA) and drives Y: and Z: (the WD IDE that I added). It also includes a DVD RAM drive and a flash drive.

Below is a picture of the message my PC displays occasionally:

[*** see attachment HardDriveError.jpg ***]

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Answer:Strange, Intermittent Hard Drive Error

Hi .

The first thing I would have done is...take a look in the BIOS.

Two things there of interest:

a. Section listing all drives.

b. Boot options elected.

BTW: I would have put the jumper for the WD drive on Cable Select) and I would have connected it to the end IDE connector on the cable. If not C/S, then I would have placed the jumper on the Master setting...and still placed it on the end connector of the IDE cable.

When you look at the listing of all drives, you should then see:

PATA/IDE WD drive
SATA0 Hitachi SATA SATA1
SATA1
SATA3

I don't know where/how you've attached the DVD-RAM drive but it should be after the WD drive somewhere.

When you look at boot options, should be something like:

1st) SATA0
2d) DVD-RAM
3) Whatever

Regardless of what you use a drive for, the jumper setting on a PATA is determined by how it is connected, if you use Master/Slave. If you use Cable Select setting (for both drives, if 2 drives are on same cable), it doesn't matter because the cable detects which is at what connector.

Part of the problem may be the fact that XP is on the WD drive and the drive is detected as Active. That shouldn't be a problem (I've attached Active drives as secondary drives before), but I wanted to mention it. I would get rid of that Windows install on that drive, since it's not useful. NTFS file system for that drive?

Really, I suspect that just c... Read more

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Hi, I recently bought an IDE 500G Harddrive for my parents to back up data and it shows up in blue when I open My Computer. While that in itself doesn't pose an issue, the drive intermittently comes and goes...it disappears after a while and I need to reboot to see it again. It's also gone under disk management...
Some computer specs: Windows XP Home SP3, 512 MB RAM, Pentium 4 2.8Ghz.
As an aside, shouldn't I be able to use an old (data only/slave) drive in an external enclosure? I've attempted to do this with their old data drive but it's never recognized.

Thanks!
 

Answer:New Storage Hard Drive In Blue/Intermittent Functionality

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Hello,This is driving me crazy. Every few days, for no discernable reason, the BSOD appears followed by a failure to restart. The hard drive has effectively disappeared. If I look in the BIOS settings the hard drive is no longer shown, only the SATA CD drive. Powering off and on doesn't help, neither does un-plugging. Wait ten minutes and try again and everything restarts fine and will work fine for another few days. Last month in despair I completely cloned and replaced the hard drive. Unfortunately this hasn't solved the problem, although it did go away for a couple of weeks. ???? This machine is almost 5 months old and I am seriously considering calling it quits before the warrenty expires.

Answer:Idea Centre B320 Hard Drive not recognised - intermittent

hi camiano,
 
Welcome to the Lenovo Community.
 
Can you try to:
 
1. Boot into the BIOS by pressing F2 on startup, when you're in, press F9 to restore factory default and press F10 to save and exit BIOS.
 
2. Update your AHCI Sata Controller by installing the Intel Chipset Drivers
 
Intel Chipset driver
Windows 7 32bit / 64bitID2CHP12WW5.exe2.89 MB
 
3. Set Windows Update to never download an update for the meantime and observe the PC. (Go to start > control panel > system and security > windows update > change settings (upper left)
 
If the problem still occurs, there's a big possibility that the SATA port on the motherboard is bad and I recommend you contact Lenovo for service. Since you have an All-In-One desktops, they usually setup an at home service for this. Support phone list here.
 
 
Hope this helps.
 
 

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Hi, Our C540 All-In-One just encountered a few serious issues. First of all it would not boot correctly, including a message about no operating system being found. It was also running extremely slow at 100% disk usage - this led to me take it in to the LCS on September 15th, ultimately requiring a new hard drive. Luckily we have an auto WD backup drive, but it has still been a real pain & I lost some programs. It has been especially frustrating as the PC had only just become 2 years old in late August and was bought to replace a PC where the hard drive also failed. Around the same time as the PC was struggling to operate with the hard drive issues I noticed about 1/4 of the left hand side of the screen was "faded out" slightly and some feint lines were visible as well as some sporadic pink tinges on some menus - including the Lenovo black and white start screen. I did wonder if perhaps the graphics card was going, but it was intermittent and I hoped it was perhaps linked to the hard drive issue. Once the new hard drive was fitted everything seemed to run fine. However, once the PC had been turned off for a length of time and rebooted last Monday I got not only a pink tinge to the left hand side but the whole screen was fading in and out whilst displaying white and pink flashes of colour. I also got some ghosting of the mouse. I took the PC back to the LCS, as it had only been collected 2 days before. I believe he plugged it into an external monito... Read more

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When I press the on button, the light for power turns on and I can hear the fan spinning. Windows 7 is installed. Putting my hand on the hard-drive I can feel it spinning as well. After several restarts and nothing coming up on the screen, I pulled the hard-drive, then I turned it on and it said "no OS found". Seemed like it was functioning correctly to me.
I plugged in the hard-drive again and went back to a black screen. Took more of the laptop apart, pulled the CMOS battery which was around 1v, replaced it and the first time I turned it on it booted.
I turned it off to put it all back together and after I did that, it no longer booted... I pulled the HD, still no screen, pulled the CMOS battery (no jumper that can clear it), still didn't work with or without the battery. Tried several times then I got a screen without the HD inside saying again that "No OS..."

So what the heck can I do now? I tried researching online but I couldn't find any good ideas :( Please help me out, thank you.

Answer:Intermittent boot with and without hard-drive. Black screen. Gateway NV53 Laptop

It may be caused by bad RAM. Download the ISO image for Memtest in my signature and burn it to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, or burn to USB flash drive with Rufus, in my signature or use their burning tool on their web site. Remove all but one stick of RAM. Boot off of the newly created media and do the tests on each stick of RAM separately for at least 7 passes. If you get any errors, red in the bottom half of the window, that stick is bad and needs to be replaced.
You can also remove the HDD and attach it internally to a desktop computer, or via a USB Adapter or put it into a USB dock or enclosure to backup the files and run Diagnostic tests on the HDD.

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Hello guys!
This is my first post here. Please guide me if I violate any rules.
I have hp dv6-3140SE with Windows 7 home 64bit pre installed. After a month of use, BSOD came and I couldn't start my windows in normal mode so I formatted and reinstalled windows using HP recovery manager.
My laptop got back to normal but after a month or so BSOD attacked again and I repeated the same procedure. But, this time I partitioned my C drive so that the data stored on D drive would be safe.
This time BSOD came, and when I started HP recovery manager, all the options are disabled except Command prompt. And even in command prompt only I can see X drive which have windows, users and two other folders. I can't access either C or D drive so it does make me wonder if it is hard disk problem .
I didnt have recovery disk so I downloaded a recovery disc but unfortunately even recovery disc can't find any operating system.
Really need help from you guys, otherwise have to send it to HP and they are going to take atleast a month because I have international warranty.
Thank you in advance

Answer:BSOD and no hard disk detection

And I can't access windows in safe mode either. Since BSOD has ruined my operating system so no chance of getting into windows using safe mode. Anyone think that it might be a faulty hard disk problem? since my pc can't diagnose my hard disk. Also, I can't even see the BSOD message because it comes for just a micro second.
Please help, am really nervous at the moment

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Hi
I had defragment running on my laptop then while it was running i uninstalled malware anubyte from my laptop and it asked me to restart the laptop so i cancelled the defragment and restarted my laptop.Then after restarting it said computer had some peoblems so run the repair or start normally but start normally when was clicked it just kept on showing starting windows logo but the laptop didnt start so restarted it again and tried again but still didnt start (even with repair) and i repeated the process.Then at one point it stopped detecting my hard disk and then i ran via bootdisk i kept it the whole day it reached the postion where it showed me my folders but i couldnt copy or do anything with it then i restarted again.AFter certain point without bootdisk it didnt detect hard disk and asked for boot disk and the bios also didnt detect i even tried placing my hard disk in another lapto p and it too didnt detect .

So could the problem be with software or hardware?
Help qould be really appreciated
Thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk detection fail

This sounds like a dead or dying hard disk. What brand is your disk? Most hard disk manufacturers have diagnostic software that can be downloaded and burned on a CD to be booted from. They can run all kind of tests to see if you hard disk is in good shape.

But if two different computers are unable to even detect the hard disk, I'm quite sure it's faulty.
 

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HP portable 1tb hard disk is detecting in devices and printer, disk manager but not showing in My computer

Answer:Hard disk detection problem

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
It's pretty staggering to see 133 multimedia devices listed that could be a record

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i need help! I have two hard drives on my pc, one with the operating system and the other a backup storage drive only. Recently I had formatted my master drive and re-installed Xp, after which it detects both the hard drives, but for some reason I can only access the one with the o.s installed and not the secondary hard drive. Although it does get detected through the device manager but the icon does not appear in my computer, in other words I cannot gain access to the secondary hard drive.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard disk detection question

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hi i m getting a strange problem in my pc. It
detects my hard disk alternately means one
time it detects the hard disk and loads the XP
but if i restart it gives error "Reboot and select
proper boot device Insert boot media in
selected boot device". From here if i again
restart OS loads. I can't understand the
problem. Checked the Bios once the hard disk
is enabled and once its automatically gets
disabled we need to reenable it, if we want to
load XP each time. The board is an Intel 845.
Pls reply its very urgent
 

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Im suddenly getting a window that says that "Windows detected a hard disc problem". then is instructing me to do a backup right away, which im doing right now.
my acer laptop, running wondows 7 is less than a year old, so my question is could this detection of a problem be a misread? is there a test or a fix? i checked the drive for errors twice and nothing came up. is there something i can check to verify this before i call 911 and scream?
thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Disc problem detection

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have win xp in a VAIO SONY PC. Did a full pc recovery with Sony recovery disks. Now am trying to install my Sony external DVD DRIVE. I can insert a dvd disk in the drive and can play it, but my pc does not detect the drive. It is not shown in the BIOS. It is not shown in the MY COMPUTER menu under CD -dvd drives. It is shown in the PROGRAM menu
I did install the software as directed.
How do I get my pc to detect the drive ??
 

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Hello, I've been having a bit of trouble with my CD-RW drive lately.I have a Sony VAIO PCG-Z1VA laptop, and my cd-rw drive is a Matshita ujda755 dvd/cdrw. My computer seems to think that this drive is a CD-ROM drive and not a cd-rw drive. Under "My Computer," the drive's name si "DVD/CD-RW." However, when I right click to "Properties," I can't change the burning options, because there isn't a tab for me to do so.Also, I tried using both Roxi Easy-CD Creator (which does support my cd-rw drive), as well as the Windows XP program to burn a CD, but neither one detects my drive as a CD-RW drive.Help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:non-detection of cd-rw drive

Have you checked the Sony web site or forums? I am assuming this is an internal drive.

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Hi! I upgraded my OS to Vista premium from XP. For some months I used my DVD drive, then suddenly it stopped. My driver is TSSTcorp CD/DVD TS-L632D ATA device and I'm using HP pavilion dv6000. I tried to uninstall that driver but still no detection of the DVD drive. Please help me...

Answer:No detection of DVD drive

Hello joypogs! Welcome and hope you get good help here.

First open the control panel(in classic veiw) and then open administrator tools.

Open Computer Management and select the disk management option.

Once it populates see if your DVD drive is listed and check what letter is assigned. Make sure its not the same as another device on the system. If it is shown and as a dup letter, right click it and change the letter.

If it does not appeare it is probably dead and in need of replacement. But you can try things such as removeing it and re inseting it that may force windows to re detect and hopefully start it working again.

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Comodo SiteInspector has new features and it's for free to sign up. Good service for those who have own websites.
 

Answer:Malware detection and blacklist detection for Websites..sign up for free!

I saw this earlier, looks like they changed it from 30 days to 365 days.

These type of services from Comodo I like.

http://siteinspector.comodo.com/public

http://siteinspector.comodo.com/public/features
 

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So I just finished building a new system with the following equipment:

Gigabyte GA-965GM-S2 motherboard
Core 2 Duo E6400
1 GB DDR2 800
320 GB Western Digital SATA HD
NEC 16X DVD RW (IDE)
320 GB Maxtor ATA 100 IDE HD (added later)

I got the system set up with only the SATA hard drive at first and had Vista fully installed, updated and working perfectly.

I decided to put my old HD back in since this is what contains all my backed up media, which I really need for streaming to my XBOX.

Since this motherboard only has 1 IDE connector, what is the best way to connect both the DVDRW and Maxtor HD to the one IDE cable?

It is the cable that came with the motherboard, so it is ATA/133/100/66. I connected the blue connector to the motherboard, the black to the DVDRW (master) and the gray to the HD (slave). Jumpers for both drives were properly set. Half the time the system locks at POST, other times it will let me into BIOS but the identity for the HD is all garbled up; looks something like: 320 #1'FJG --'20 or something like that. If and when it finally boots into Vista, neither IDE drive shows up in device manager.

The DVDRW by itself works fine, the HD by itself does not, in Vista. So I was worried about my data, and I uninstalled Vista, reinstalled XP MCE 2005, plugged in the second HD, and it worked fine, and actually showed up properly in the BIOS.

So is this a jumper issue? A cable issue? Should the HD be the master? Should I try cable select?

Tha... Read more

Answer:Drive Detection Problem...

Hey man , this isnt the answer your looking for but im about 90% sure you can use a hd and optical drive on the same IDE cable

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Ive had this computer for about 4 years and it just recently having problems detecting USB external drives.

The drive that it first showed a problem was my WD My Book, which always used to be detected just fine before. I would connect the drive and it would show up as being detected but when I went into it it would show that there was nothing there. Looking in properties it would show that the file system was raw and that there was 0 bytes of free and used space. I connected the drive to another PC and that PC detected the drive normally, all my data was there and intact.

Since the drive didnt seem to be the problem I when and formatted my internal drive and reinstalled Win XP on it, but that didn't fix the problem.

Just recently there started being problems with my iPod. It would be detected normally, but when I would try to copy a file from it using windows explorer to my internal drive my system would freeze. The iPod also works fine on other PCs.

The only other thing I connect via USB is my nintendo wifi connector and that hasn't had any problems.

Ive been thinking of getting a new PC just so that I dont have to deal with this problem, but if anyone can help me fix this I'll be real thankful.
 

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Hi, When I connect the USB DVD drive ( which came with the laptop) to any USB ports, it recognizes at first and when I access the drive it disconnects and then this just goes on (along with that god awful notification sounds) . I faced something similar with my external HDD earlier but now having updated BIOS and enabled power in USB in BIOS, the hdd is working fine. I tried connecting the USB dvd drive thru a USB hub and then it works fine however if i switch back to the laptop port it starts having the problem. Any solutions? Just got my GTA V dvds and the installation time on the usb hub is killing me. Thanks

Answer:Y50-70, USB DVD drive detection issue

I had the same issue when installing GTA V. Mine got fixed when I switched the power plan to High perforance, as it was on power saver the whole time.

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Hello, First Post, I'm new. Been having troubles with Ide detection when booting up. Started with the new motherboard i put in. with my "expert" friends help/<at least thats what they called it.> Everything works out eventually, and the drives all work, but it's frustrating to have a basically new sytem hang during the boot. I bought the new mobo to get away from hardware issues which plagued me with the soyo kt333 ultra dragon.

Symptoms of my dilemma include: lenghty pause while detecting ide drives, CDROM light stays lit for 20-30 seconds.

As far as i can tell the drives are all hooked up correctly, and jumpered properly. They appear to be set correctly in the BIOS as well, although it is a new board, and i am not familiar with it's capabilities as yet.

Here's my system:
AMD 2100xp+
Epox Motherboard.New, Dual Channel ram. nforce2 chipset. I cant find the box, so i dont know what model number it is.
512MB PC2700 ram <2x256>
40GB Western Digital "Caviar"
80GB Seagate...Barracuda?<---not sure
LG 52x CDROM
LG 32x10x40 RW
SBlive 5.1
375watt dual fan power
geforce 4 ti4200 Winfast LE 64MB by Leadtek

Motherboard also has onboard AC97 6channel sound, firewire, USB2.0, nvidia mcp/mac LAN, gameport. onboard sound disabled in bios.

I'm not technically disfunctional, but i wouldnt assume i know what i'm talking about, and i know ME! Would appreciate any help you can give, and thank you.

...Gip!

 

Answer:Ide Drive Detection Hangs

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All right, I just built a computer, and whenever I plug the dvd burner into the motherboard, it won't get any power, but when I unplug the IDE cable from it, it gets power just fine. I've tried using a different cable, different CD drive, and unplugging unnecessary things (video card, ram, hard drive, etc.), and same result every time, anyone got any suggestions? Here's what I got:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
ASUS n-force 4 motherboard A8N5X
1 gig stick ECC PC3200 ram (x2)
250 gig SATA hard drive
Geforce 6800 PCI-E 256 MB vid card
500 W power supply

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I am running XP Pro, with Asus K8V SE M\B and currently Maxtor SATA drive.
I needed to clone my hard drive to a new one, as the old one was suspect.
I used Norton Ghost to clone my O\S and data over to the new "WD" SATA drive (which was connected via a sata-usb adapter for convenience)

When inserting the new WD drive in to the M\B, the bios wouldn't detect the drive at all (although Windows had previously). I tried all SATA connectors on the board, but no joy with detection.
The old MAXTOR drive was only 2 yrs old (80gb), and the new drive is 250gb.

I can't see any settings in the bios to detect the sata drive.

Any ideas guys?

Many Thanks

Nick
 

Answer:Asus K8V SE and SATA Drive detection

IIRC these old VIA sets with the VT8237 southbridge did not upport booting from SATA. I coud well be wrong and it might be that you have to install the VIA motherboard drivers for the SATA to function. Either way it is indeed a pain.

I would reinstall the old drive and make sure the SATA drivers are indeed there. Then I would reclone the new drive from there and stand back and see what explodes.

Good luck.
 

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I've considered installing Windows XP32bit instead of Windows Vista 64bit, but when installing Windows XP you need to hit F6 key to install RAID drivers for it to detect the Sata HDDs.

This was simple with my old motherboard (ABIT AV8 3rd Eye) because I had a floppy with the required drivers on, but now I don't have any floppy... can I download the files somewhere?

I hope what I've said is clear Please ask if there are any problems understanding something

Thanks

Schmutz
 

Answer:Help with ASUS P5K-E SATA drive detection

You should be able to find the drivers at:
www.asus.com.tw

I've had to install a driver for a RAID array, but never a drive.
 

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I just bought a Western digital 160 GB harddrive from Sams. When I installed it, using a fresh install of WinXp, it shows up as having only 139 GB. I have an MSI motherboard with AMI BIOS (latest version). Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Solved: WD 160 GB Drive detection problem

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Hey guys i got a laptop that's called a hp pavilion entertainment PC (dv67000) and it doesn't detect the hard drive nor the CD drive. I disconnected and reconnected them and reset BIOS to load default settings. And still nothing. Anyone have any ideas to what can be done, I really don't have the money to buy new parts at the moment. Thank you.

Answer:HP dv67000 HDD & CD Drive Detection Problem

Hello Antonius. Welcome to the Forum.

When you are in the BIOS, is the hard drive and/or CD drive recognized there?
Try removing the battery and running it on the power supply only.
Did this unit suffer a fall or other "event"?
Are you comfortable with taking the unit apart? If so, you could remove and replace the drives. Check the contacts and blow out the dust, reconnect and try again. If you are uncomfortable bring it to a shop.

Unfortunately if the drives are not recognized in the BIOS and are connected properly then that strongly indicates a motherboard failure - the SATA controller chip most likely - and the cost of replacement approaches half the cost of a new laptop.

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System specs:
pc age - 1mo
cpu: i5-3570k 4.5Ghz @ 1.26V (100.1 BCLK)
memory: 8GB DDR 3 1600 Kingston Blue (KHX 1600C9D3B1K2/8GX) (ran at 1333Mhz 8-8-8-21-1T @ 1.5v)
mobo: Gigabyte z77-d3h (rev 1.0 F18 BIOS)
hd: WD Black 7200RPM 1TB SATA3
gpu: gtx 570 (900gpu 2100mem @ 1.075v)
psu: BFG 650W

crash scenarios: As of yesterday, would consistently crash during high memory load games (Dota 2). All peripherals lock up, screen goes black, audio plays for short time then stops completely. Will also crash randomly as I am doing standard internet browsing.

what i've tried so far: Dialed back memory speed to run better with my ivy bridge's IMC. Ran aida64 for ~20 minutes, ran fine at low temps. Did at least 1 pass (20min) run of memtest86+ (results showed fine). Going to be using trying new memory tomorrow as I can't imagine the problem being with anything else.

Thanks for the help.

Answer:Intermittent hard hangs no displayed bsod

Hiyya twixa and welcome am no expert but how a about running a memtest on the machine's Kingstons as you mentioned the crash comes with high load on the memory gaming.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool < takes awhile and you need to run at least 6-7 runs / passes. Any errors will show up reasonably quickly.

Just as matter of interest why are you running the RAM at 1333MHz ??
The supported list http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList...ga-z77-d3h.pdf

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Windows XP Pro SP2 - AMD 64 X2 4400+ - Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe - 2GB OCZ XTC PC4000 CL3-4-3-8 - ATI Radeon x1900xt 512MB - Enermax Liberty 620W PSU

I've just finished (on the weekend) a clean install of Windows XP Pro SP2 with all the updates and latest drivers for all my hardware.

I built the PC back in March, this started happening a few months after that, and still continues now along with a host of other problems which I will explain.

When I boot up my computer, the video card fan spins up real loud, then I hear the BIOS beep, it then spins down and POSTS, quiet as a mouse. This is a normal boot. 1 out of 4 boots I will encounter where the fan spins up, I don't hear a beep, and the fan continues to keep spinning in a loop until I force the PC off and boot if back up.

The other time is when I just restart the PC in Windows. again, maybe 1 out of 4 tries ends up where the screen goes black, the light to the monitor turns amber and I don't hear the single beep at the BIOS, so it just sits there at the black screen until I shutdown manually.

Besides this, the PC has always run normal in Windows/Games. It was only when booting up or restarting.

Now, I've recently had the PC completely freeze/lockup multiple times while running 3DMark 2006, which it never has froze before the many times I ran it earlier this year. It froze at the detecting hardware phase and again in between tests.

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Answer:Weird intermittent problem with PC, hard to troubleshoot...

I'd start by testing your ram and your PSU.

Download and run www.memtest.org and let it run for 6 or 7 passes (takes a few hours) to test your ram.

Then download and run SPEEDFAN to check the voltages on your +3.3v, +5v and +12v rails.
 

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I re-installed WinXP Pro the other day and it no longer detected my 2nd hard drive (80G).My Computer showed the C - 40G drive and Z - Partition (RAID 1+0 - Stripe non-physical drive). Believing that RAID was the problem, I installed again without installing the RAID drivers, that didn't work...it was still there. Then, I tried to erase the RAID ARRAY in the startup utility, the array just re-configured itself.Last night I installed Partition Magic to see what it could do, after reboot, my 80G drive showed back up (WTF-?). It is however in Disk Management & PM broken into two dynamic drives (see link below, referring to Disk 3 & 4). I also created almost 40G unallocated space also- I don't know how to get rid of that.PM Screenshot: click hereSo, I am looking for a way to utilize my 80G drive, and the C drive - no dynamics...just plain old usage without losing the material on the drive.Can I do this without removing RAID? If not, how do I get rid of RAID. Can Partition Magic help me some how in the process?Thanks very much!

Answer:RAID - WinXP Install - Drive Detection, Help

Why do you need raid enabled?I thought you needed two hard drives the same to have raid.Have you changed anything before or after you reinstalled XP? ie hard drive jumpers or cablesDid it work in this configuration before the re-installation of XP?

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I currently have two IDE harddrives in my machine. However the second smaller one is failing so i brought myself a nice shiny 500gb SATA drive. However, if i plug in all the cables into the Sata Drive and then plug the other end into the Motherboard and PSU. When i turn the machine on it won't boot up. I get past the BIOS (Which has detected the new addition) and then the point where it should display the windows loading, i just get a blank screen.

If i switch the computer off and boot up again, i get the message saying "Windows did not boot up correctly" and if i pick safe mode or normal boot up, i still get the blank screen..

If i upplug the hard drive, i get normal operating computer.

Any ideas?

Answer:New Sata Drive detection and Windows Bootup

Yup, boot into Safe Mode, and download and install the SATA/RAID drivers for your particular board. Then, restart, and you should be fine.

You could do the same by unplugging the new HDD, and booting up normally, if you're not getting internet access with Safe Mode.

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I'm still using my Dell Dimension 8300; with Win7Pro32bit and four 6TB hard drives.
Years ago I found that only when cold booting the PC I often needed to Ctrl-Alt-Del at the BIOS (so I'm in the habit of pressing F12 after the power button so I can Ctrl-Alt-Del at the boot menu).
In a thread here I can't find, I was advised to change the CMOS battery (which I now do more often than I need to); this didn't help.
At some point I stumbled upon another trick, while trying to solve a new issue (which may have coincided with my use of very large HDDs) with newly added SATA HDDs being recognized by the BIOS but not Win7.
I'm not talking about Alt-E, Alt-F ("IDE Drive Detection") in BIOS setup; I've always known that I need to do that every time I add/remove an internal SATA HDD.
My newest trick is that I often find a simple "IDE Drive Detection" is not enough. Unless I do it first WITH ALL SATA CONNECTORS DISCONNECTED FROM DRIVES. And only then do it again with all SATA connectors connected. Only thus can all my internal HDDs (on SATA connectors directly, and from PCI SATA cards) be seen by Win7.
Usually it's when I add a 10-year old HDD to the existing drives (this drive passes both CHKDSK and HDD diagnostics).

Answer:Dell Dimension 8300 & IDE Drive Detection

Advanced format drives (older than 2011 and larger than 120GIGS)  require AHCI F6 drivers aka INTEL RST 9.6.0.1014.  
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/15251/

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I'm working on an assignment criteria for event driven programming that requires me to make a written description to explain how an operating system can be viewed as event driven.

As one of the examples I thought I'd describe the underlying process of how XP detects a USB flash drive and makes it available/usable. So far I've got the following worked out.

#1: getting all of the information about that device
#2: its capacity
#3: free space
#4: used space
#5: partition format
#6: manufacturer
#7: USB (Universal Serial Bus) version (1.1 or 2.0)
#8: check for required drivers
#9: assign it a drive letter
#10: check for auto run files (if enabled)
This is just one of the examples I am going to give and have many other points to describe so aren't going to struggle. I just want to give some actual details of at least one process that clearly spells out an event driven process rather than just mention the end results for the user (such as the event driven GUI aspects).
Thanks.
 

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Okay i have turned my pc on after not having it on in 3 months (due to having to buy a new graphics card) anyway everything was running smooth untill i heard a few beeps only to see that avira has detected few viruses i had a choice to either remove or ignore so i pushed remove 10 minutes later avira is detecting the virus again so i click remove and then do a quick scan with Malwarebytes and it did not detect anything so i did a full scan with my Avira Anti Virus and it found 1 warning 13 hidden files and 30 detections now i would like to know what to do from here to completely get rid of the 30 detections that it has found the two that it has detected look like this: TR/BHO.ZWANGI.Trojan TR/GerVar.EJ Trojan there are 30 of them in my Avira quarantine so what i would like to know is where to go from here thank you.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by DJ at 19:40:17.32 on Thu 09/09/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.518 [GMT -7:00]AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\windows\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchC:\windows\system32\svchost -k rpcssC:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Avira&... Read more

Answer:avira virus detection beeps with detection pop ups

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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Okay i have turned my pc on after not having it on in 3 months (due to having to buy a new graphics card) anyway everything was running smooth untill i heard a few beeps only to see that avira has detected few viruses i had a choice to either remove or ignore so i pushed remove 10 minutes later avira is detecting the virus again so i click remove and then do a quick scan with Malwarebytes and it did not detect anything so i did a full scan with my Avira Anti Virus and it found 1 warning 13 hidden files and 30 detections now i would like to know what to do from here to completely get rid of the 30 detections that it has found the two that it has detected look like this: TR/BHO.ZWANGI.Trojan TR/GerVar.EJ Trojan there are 30 of them in my Avira quarantine so what i would like to know is where to go from here thank you.

Answer:avira virus detection beeps with detection pop ups

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<==If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then post back here and we will provide you with further instructions.

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The DVD drive in my T500 suddenly became very intermittent today.  I ejected the tray to put a CD in and when I pushed the tray back in, it didn't spin up and the eject button didn't open the tray.  I got my CD out by opening the tray manually with a paperclip.  The drive is recognized by the BIOS and Windows. I shut the laptop down completely, unplugged everything, removed the drive, then put it all back together and put a bootable DVD in the drive.  When I do that, it sometimes spins up and boots from the DVD. Prior to this morning I have never had any problems with the drive.  Any theories or suggestions?

Answer:DVD drive is very intermittent

Zandura - My apologies that I do not have a solution for you - as unfortunately I have the same problem with my W500.  I am contemplating purchasing a replacement drive.  Since no one has responded to your post, did you do the same?  If so, did it fix the problem? Strangely enough for me when I manually open the DVD drive (with a paper clip), put a CD/DVD in the tray and let it sit open for 5 minutes and then firmly close the drive, it spins up and reads every time AND reopens.  This is obviously ridiculous, and I don't understand how this temporarily resolves the issue, but it seems to until I can find a real solution. Anyway, let me know if you bought a new drive, and if that resolved the issue.  Cheers,Liam

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I have a CD-RW drive which has been playing up for sometime now, and has been in two of my PCs, using various software.

I am trying to record data and/or music files to good quality CD-Rs, using latest Roxio Easy CD Creator.

Although, the software recognizes the "blank recordable CD" it starts the process, then ejects the CD prior to writing to it.
This can periodically be resolved by re-booting, but not alwasy so, especially after a few CDs have been written.

Is it overheating , or something, any ideas?

Answer:Intermittent CD-RW Drive

Try updating the firmware

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Hi Experts,

I have Latitude D505, Windows XP service pack 3. I have some questions please can some one help me.

1. There is a strange application which is running when I shut down, It prompts me that I end the application says "sample". I see the tasks there is nothing and my eye fail to get any thing from the process (looking for process, consuming cpu, strange ones etc) ..
So I have anyways have to clean my start up which takes so much time so I looked at MSCONFIG and removed all applications except anti virus, touch pad from start up. I still see this weird application.
Does any one know what this is and how to get rid of it.

2. Once I changed the startup, My task bar color is changed from blue to whitish, greyish ??(A light color ugly, I am color blind to specifically tell the color). How to correct this .

3. As part of my clean up, I read quite a few pages and removed all those services, I thought not required. Now I have this problem .. I cannot get any external HDD mapped to drive or even webcam.
However the harddrives gets mapped if I restart the laptop with USB HDD connected.
Need help to resolve this issue

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks you in Advance.

Cheers
-P

Answer:[SOLVED] External Drive, cam detection; task bar going grey

It sounds like you disabled some services that are required for Windows. You should only disable the items in Windows Startup tab.
Go to Start/Run and type appwiz.cpl and press enter. In the Add Remove Programs see if there is anything related to this program and uninstall it.
Then I would enable everything back in msconfig. Download and do a Full scan with malwarebytes. If you feel you are infected, please click on the link in my signature Virus/Malware Help and do as many of those steps as you can and skip those you can't and post in that section of the forum for more help.

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