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Xternal Hard Disk can't detect at my computer(Buffalo Ministation 1TB)

Question: Xternal Hard Disk can't detect at my computer(Buffalo Ministation 1TB) external hard disk recently cannot be seen in My Computer.I try to find at disk management and i found it but it show like in the picture..i really dont want to format my external hard disk because inside it many of my important data stored in it..can someone help me to solve this problem other than format my external hard dosk?i really need my data in my external...your help is much needed

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Answer: Xternal Hard Disk can't detect at my computer(Buffalo Ministation 1TB)

Hello Chaosadan and welcome to Seven Forums.

According to your screenshot the external hard drive (Disk 1) has no data on it. All 931.51GB is unallocated (unused) space. It also doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it. So for some reason your computer is treating the external hard drive as a newly formatted (blank) drive. Can you assign a drive letter to the external drive? Perhaps that will allow your computer to recognize the external drive and the data on it.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

A second possibility is to use a free utility called MiniTool Partition Wizard. It has a function called Partition Recovery that lets you scan for and recover lost or deleted partitions.

MiniTool Partition Wizard

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Can anyone tell me if the above Exteral HDD will be compatable with windows 8. It works fine with Windows 7 Premium. Thanks.


Answer:Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320 Gb Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive..

Unlikely anyone has your specific drive. But in general, i've never seen a USB device that didn't work in Windows 8 that worked in Windows 7.

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I have subject device running from Win7 64 bit.
It's decided to show capacity as 49.5Gb instead of 1Tb.
Any ideas welcomed.

Answer:Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive

On the search window type Disk manage. From the options, open "Create and format hard disk partitions"
Expand the Status column so it can be readable.
Take a snapshot of the screen and upload the image.

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My buffalo ministation 3.0 won't initialize on my desktop pc, which is running windows 10tp (sata). It does, however.. appear to be working fine when connected to my laptop that is running windows 7.. I can easily access the files on it from there. Could it be a compatibility issue with 10?

Answer:buffalo ministation exhd not initializing..

I think you already have your answer;
It does, however.. appear to be working fine when connected to my laptop that is running windows 7.. I can easily access the files on it from there. Could it be a compatibility issue with 10?Click to expand...

Win 10 is only in the testing phase. Report the bug or problem to MS and hopefully it will be fixed in the RC or RTM version.

Just a guess on my part however I would tend to think it is a security issue with win10.

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I recently purchased a Buffalo ministation to save my folders to as a back up. I've copied some folders no problem (one up to 5.38gb) but now it is telling me (on a folder smaller than 4gb) that it cannot be copied. I formatted the hdd to NTFS as soon as I got it, so it isn't that.

Any help,


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Recently, I plugged in my ext 1TB buffalo HDD, but my laptop shows no icons of it. The HDD is still properly blinking its light when connected to the main usb port of my laptop.
Already trying countless solutions from multiple google searches, but still find no effective ways to access my file system in my ext HDD.

And when I tried it on another computer, it showed the same situation too. So I tried my friend's same model HDD wire, it was still the same. T___T
People might say it's physically damaged, but I never dropped it before. Thus, I really hope someone can help me.

Here's my system info
OS: windows 7 Home Premium

here's my screenshot when using Partition Wizard, but no external device detected by it. TT

In disk management, it shows no capacity info of 1TB of my ext HDD.(might be Disk 1)

Answer:Un-detection of my ext BUFFALO MiniStation HD-PCTU3 3.0

nobody reply.....

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I have a E330 with the following config:1.  Windows 7 Professional SP12.  USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver  USB 3.0 Root Hub Driver And I brought a new Buffalo MiniStation HD-PNTU3 1TB portable HD which is USB 3 compatible.  However, E330 sees the MiniStation as a USB 2.0 device, and the following notification pops up: "This device can perform faster...if you connect it to a Super-Speed USB 3.0 Port.".  So, the drive is only being used as a slow USB 2.0 device. The Ministation works fine and being recognized as a USB 3.0 device in other workstations fitted with USB 3.0. And I got the following advice from the Buffalo forum: "Having looked at the specs for the E330, it appears that as it has been designed to be as lightweight and portable as possible and that some features have been cut back, such as&nbs... Read more

Answer:E330 USB3.0 not compatible with Buffalo Ministation 1T?

Problem solved. I simply reinstalled the driver one more time and now E330 can read/write my Buffalo in USB 3 speed.

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I've just finished building my first computer The computer boot's up ok, and there is a "system beep" The problem is I can't get it to detect the hard drive.It detects the cd-rom ok.Checking system healthMain processor : AMD TM XP 1300MHZmemory testkDetecting IDE drives...These are blankSecondary Master: noneSecondary slave: cd-romThe motherboard is a GA-7VAThe hard disk isclick hereForgot to add. I have tried the IDE cables that came with the hard disk and the motherboard. But still nothing. I have also checked to make sure all the cables are in the right place.__________________

Answer:Computer won't detect hard disk! Pls help

I have also tried booting the computer up with a Windows boot disk and running Fdisk- but I keep getting this message Error reading fixed disk.

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My computer stopped detecting the external hard disk suddenly. I tried locating the drive in disk management but it is not showing up there. Please advice. Thanks.

Answer:Computer can't detect external hard disk

Hi, Welcome to Sevenforums

Did you try connecting it to other available USB ports, and make sure the both side plugs are well fitted?


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Good day everyone.

I have 500gb Buffalo HD and the problem is that when I plug it in my laptop it makes a clicking noise then after a while the noise stop. And also it does not appear in Computer,it was only appearing in the control panel. I tried disk management and other software to retrieve and solve this but it doesnt work. Can I still recover my file without going to retrieval company? can I still save my hard disk and use it again? thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard disk problem

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds like you are hosed. Suppose you could try the freezer trick, although I've never seen it work.

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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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I have a Buffalo 120 GB external Hard Disk that i connect to my HP Compaq Pressario M2000. It has been with me since 2 yrs. It was always fine, except for not being recognised a few months came back all by itself. So i was fine. I have a lot of data in it which is very important. So please give me any option other than formatting it.

When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
But it does not display the name that i have given it (Rockin Ram) and when i try opening it, it says " F: is not acessible " The file drive is corrupted and unreadable ".

I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
I believe you coz my previous problem was solved by you people !

Answer:My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.

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About 7 months ago I had a power outtage while my comp was on. I have an hp pavilion. When I turn it on it loads the blue screen that says hp invent then it loads the windows page that has the scrolling bar. It bounces back and forth between these two pages. When we tried to do a system recovery, it says that it was successful, but then when you try to boot it back up and go into the boot screen it says that the hard disk cannot be detected. What does this mean? Do I need a new hard drive? Thank you.

Answer:Cannot detect a hard disk

So you haven't been able to boot for 7 months, is that what you are saying?

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I have two hard disk in my PC.
First is 500 GB of Western Digital.
Second is Maxtor 80 GB.

Recently, i have installed Windows 7 in my PC.
After the installation finished, i found my second hard disk (Maxtor) was not shown in My Computer. I tried to go to disk management. The hard disk was shown there but when i tried to do right click to explore the disk, unfortunately i can't.

Does anyone want to help me?

Answer:Hard Disk not detect

In Disk Mgmt, right click the offending disk.
Select Change drive letters and path.
Assign a drive letter.

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Hi, I realized that my usb 3.0 external WD hard drive gets disconnected upon an attempt to transfer files into or out of it. Tried connecting a usb 2.0 external WD hard drive and it worked with no issue. Worst off, the 3.0 drive was unable to be detected by the computer although it is rotating with its light indicator ON. I have tried various power management adjustment based on a google search. But the problem still persists. Any advise? Thanks.

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my system can't detect my hard disk, i've already checked all connections and configurations. i already tried it manually on cmos but it doesn't works. i've also reset it already. what else should i do?

Answer:Solved: Can't detect hard disk

We need some specifications and some history.
Is this disk IDE/PATA or SATA?
Is this a new disk out of a box or is it a used disk from another system or is it one that has been there all along and suddenly "lost"?
Have you made any recent hardware changes to the system?
Is this the boot/OS drive or simply a secondary?
What exactly do you see or not see on your screen that indicates the disk is not recognized?
What version of Windows are you running?
If it is a secondary disk, does Windows start and if so, does anything concerning this disk show in Disk Management? (applies to WinXP and 2000)


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my laptop stops detecting my hard drive what is the possible solution for this?

Answer:cannot detect my hard disk drive

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


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I have a C440 and sometimes the hard disk does not detect the bios, I change and put two hard disk and makes the same fault .There days working well but there are days that does not detect. I put the discs are new to them thanks

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first of all i would to thanks this website for having this kind of oline learning for computer troubleshooting and repair. as a newly member of this technical cyber society, i appreciate this opportunity to be with you guys.

i got new laptop with vista preinstalled in it. because some of my programs that i usually used is not running on it, i decided to replace it with xp. but during the setup process, setup cannot continue. it always give me this message: "Setup cannot detect any hard disk......." i'm using windows xp pro sp2 bootable cd. this error will come out in the same part of the setup process ( when setup tells you to Press Enter to continue setup..) as i've tried it for several times.

i hope to receive comments about this problem and advice to solve it.

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

Welcome to TSG

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


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

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

3. slipstream the appropriate drivers into your XP installation CD (i would recommend nLite)

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I've got a problem restoring Win7.

I have 1-year old asus with a 320 seagate disk that has shown "clicks of death" a few times. I got a hitachi 160Gb as a replacement but Win restore will not recognize this disk (To avoid warranty-replies: sending it in for warranty costs more than a new disk and they will probably not find it faulty since the click is there occasionally).

I tried making a backup of c:-only (abt 75Gb, deleted the d:-partition), tried setting the interface to ide instead of ide->ahci, tried using diskpart-clean before restoring but nothing works.

As a bonus the asus-recovery-DVD will copy itself to the HDU, but on reboot (press F9, took me a couple of hours to find that one) it will error "can not open file c:\recovery.dat".

I'm close to installing linux, if it were not for canon not supplying a linux-driver for the scanner.

Is there any solution (besides hoping the seagate won't crash)?

Answer:Restore does not detect new hard disk

I would try the Hitachi as a stand alone drive to see if you can get the system to recognize it. Load your OS on it to verify it boots properly. Once this has been verified to be good then place it back in the second drive position and plug the Seagate back in and reboot. If the Hitachi is not recognized at this point it is not willing to play well with the Seagate in the Drive 0 position. I don't know is you have a Drive 0 with a Drive 1 as Slave or both drives are Masters, i.e. Drive 0 Master with no slave and Drive 1 Master with no slave.

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Hi there,

I have 2 portable USD Hard Disk which I suspect may be corrupted.

1) my Acer portable USB hard drive is no longer accessible, it seems. When connected via USB, the drive is nowhere to be seen when I click on "My Computer," where it previously appeared.

2)my toshiba portable USB hard drive:when I opened "My Computer" and tried to access information on this toshiba E disk, I got the following message: "The disk in drive E is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"
I've tried connecting it to another computer and not had any luck there either. Is there anything I can do to recover all these files, or are they completely corrupted?

Thanks for reading this and expert advise needed.

Answer:PC won't detect both my USB portable Hard Disk

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Can anyone help? A motherboard whose hard disk crashed some time ago (maybe a year now) cannot detect any installed hard disk, even its own (original) CD-Rom drive. What could be the problem? Please help. EM

Answer:Motherboard can't detect ANY hard disk

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I have a big problem.
I had a windows 7 system on my laptop, and I tried to install Ubuntu in dual boot. I free some space from windows, then I insert Ubuntu live cd, I went to manual partitioning and no free space where detected. There were a sda4 partition that was about the same space I free before in windows, so I delete the partition and I try to add ubuntu there. Then I press ok to install. The setup of Ubuntu failed, and then Windows didn't start, but shows an error 0xc0000225.
This is what I tried to do:
1) recovery from F11... failed.
2) start prompt from F11.. failed.
3) recovery: Well I insert my windows setup's dvd and I try to recovery, but the recovery failed telling volume damaged.
Then I open the prompt from the live cd of windows:
4) bootrec.exe /Fixmbr: success
5) bootrec.exe /FixBoot: no success.
6) diskpart: CAN'T DETECT C: !!!!!!!!
7) editbcd: no success.
8) BIOS hard disk diagnostics: success.
then I try to setup windows directly: THE SETUP CAN'T DETECT HARD DRIVE.
The strange fact is that with a live CD of Ubuntu I can detect my data files on the hard disk and I can navigate through it. And Ubuntu detect the hard drive also. I try from Ubuntu to use boot-repair and that's the result:
Ubuntu Pastebin

PLEASE HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my hard disk is: ata toshiba mk5076gs 500gb scs1
HP pavilion g6 1007-sl

Answer:setup can't detect hard disk

According to the report, you forced the conversion of Windows partitions to Dynamic Disks on "sda" by creating too many partitions. I don't think you are going to be able to fix Windows until you remove the Linux filesystem partitions and convert the Dynamic Disks back to Basic Volumes.

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I observe before my computer keeping on restarting and blue screen appear. I check on Chkdsk Command /r /f and /f but it can't continue only 25 % can stop them. During on Chkdsk utility i hear annoying sound like clicking in hard drive. Afterwards, cannot detect the Hard drive also in bios setup. I have lot of documents how can i recover it, please help.

Answer:Hard Disk Drive Cannot detect

Well; i hate to be the bearer of bad news; but I hope you have some sort of backup because if you hear clicking like that there is a chance that drive may be dead. As far as recovering the documents; dont think you will be able to do that unless you have a backup somewhere

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I recently installed a program to allow my PC to read Mac formatted hard disks. However, it did not work and from then forward, my PC is unable to detect all other external hard disks, I've tried a few. The drives are not even showing on disk management. The lights on the hard disk do light up with I plug them in but nothing happens.

Is anyone able to solve this mystery for me. BTW this problem only occurred after I installed the above mentioned program.

Answer:Can't Detect External Hard Disk

Well, what's the program and have you tried removing it?
There are simple ways to format external HDDs so they can be used both on PC and Mac. It would be a good idea to format HDDs you know you'll use on both platforms this way. Instructions are usually included with the drive, at least both my LaCie and WD included them.
Hope this helps,

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Correct title (mods pls fix if possible): BIOS/PC Doesn't detects hard disk

Hi all,

I have a seagate 160gb hdd .. 2 years old.. was working perfectly fine till an hour ago.

I suddenly thought my computer was slow .. kinda laggy.. and i also started to hear some voice (weird voice .. like tak-tak-tak .. as if some thing was knocking on one of the components) from inside my cabinet.

So i switched off my comp ..

I restarted .. the sound again came .. very loud and apparent.

I then realised that at the first screen, one of my hard disk (160 gb seagate) was not detected.

I then took it out (of the cabinet) .. this time i made the hdd stand on the floor, attached the power and ide cable .. turned on the comp .. and NOW i realized the sound was coming from this hdd itself. The sound goes like something spinning inside the hdd .. then it would stop .. then again spins .. then again stops .. then again spins, and so on. This (spinning) sound would also continue even when i turn off the comp (although it then gradually decreases and then goes off, and no i'm not talking about the sound fans make). I'm sure i never heard such sound from my hdd.

Nevertheless .. i kept my comp off for like 30 mins .. and then i re-tested it .. and the hard disk still wouldn't detect.

I tested it on my brother's comp .. and it won't work there too.

I then tried to put it as master (jumper) .. but then it would just stick on the first screen (witho... Read more

Answer:BIOS cannot detect hard disk

Sorry, but your drive is dead.

Other than spending a lot of money on data recovery, I don`t think there`s much you can do.

Now you know why backups are so important. The only thing certain about a hard drive, is that sooner or later it will fail.

Regards Howard

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Need advice !!

I have just replaced my 8.4 gb( seagate )hdd with a 40 gb (samsung) hdd. The replacement was due to bad sectors on my old drive.
Now when I installed the new 40 gb drive the computer wouldn't detect it , I did jumper changes on the hdd and finally with a setting I got 32 gb. I have partitioned my hdd equally into c ' and d' respectively.

The manufacturers website gives me information ,about how on some motherboards the hdd doesn't detect more than 32 gb and they have also given a downloadable program with the help of which I can use the full 40 gb.

Now I have installed all my programs and software on my present 32 gb config and to be honest 32 gb is more than enough for my work and I am not in a frame of mind to format and reinstall everything all over again .

Now my question is that , Is there a possibility of some damage or bad sectors creeping into the balance (40 -32 ) 8 gb area which the computer doesn't detect? Since scan disk will only scan the 32 gb capacity and leave the 8 gb unattended.

Kindly elaborate and give me a detailed reply.
my congig is

Amd k6/2 450
asus p5ab mb
256 mb sd ram
hp cd writer 9700 series
asus 50 x cd rom drive
40 gb hdd ( oops 32 gb to be precise)

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Disk won't detect 40 gb

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merlin pocket hard disk not detected on my PC with Windows 7 operating system

Answer:my PC does not detect Merlin Pocket hard disk

Try contacting Merlin here:

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Hi, I have a 2.8 Ghz, P4 processor with 768 (512 + 256) MB ram and an Asus p5rd1-vm motherboard with a 128 MB ATI-Radeon Graphics Card. I have been running Windows XP for years. I have decided to upgrade to Windows 7 finally after reading all the reviews. However, During installation, my hard disk is not being detected (There is no drive on screen which I can format or set up on.) Can anyone help? Do I need to update my BIOS? Will it solve my problem? Also, I recently changed my hard disk (upgraded it) and XP has been installed and is running fine. Could it be a hardware problem? Could my hard disk not be compatible with 7, Is that a possibility? HELP!!

Answer:Window 7 installation does not detect my Hard disk

Try this:

SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup

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i have a seagate 6GB hard disk! i always use it for games only but one time my pc did not detect it! even i put it on a slave the bios didnt recognize it!what should i dosorry for the wrong grammar!i am not good in english! thanx in advance!

Answer:hard disk drive cannot detect anymore

Are you sure this is a working drive? If it is jumpered correctly and is not recognized by the BIOS/setup screen, then you will be unable to use it. You will not even be able to run diagnostics on it. Sorry, a drive that elderly may be beyond hope. Check all settings again.

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I am trying to install Western Digital Caviar black 1 TB Sata Hard Drive. Windows XP will not detect the Hard
Disk. I tried using an old Western Digital diagnostic CD that did not work. It economized it and formatted it but
when I put in the XP disk it still did not detect it. I have brand new cables for my brand new Hard Drive.
I also so tried some troubleshooting slipstreaming files and creating a new set up disk but that did not work

See here

My BIOS On Chip IDE devices are set as follows:

On Chip Sata: Enabled
Sata Mode: RAID
IDE DMA Transfer Access: Enabled
OnChip IDE Channel l0: Enabled
OnChip IDE i1: Enabled
OnChip Prefetch Mode: Enabled
Onboard Lan Boot Rom: Disabled

Please help, thanks in advance.

O/S: Windows XP
RAM: 2 Gigs
Mother Board: PM8M-V (MS-7104 v. 20A)
Hard Disk: Western Digital Caviar Black Sata 1 Terabyte

Answer:Windows Setup Can Not Detect New Hard Disk

Does your BIOS detect the drive on boot up? When you first turn the computer on, there should be a list of options along the bottom of the screen. One of them should say something like "Press <key> to enter BIOS". Press this key repeatedly until you get into a screen with normally a blue background. Then have a look using the arrow keys for the boot devices list. Then see if the drive is in the "hard drive boot priority" list.

If you need more help then post back.

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Hello Guys,
I need a help. I just buyed a new Hard disk and When i connect this My system is not detecting anything in my pc so plzz help me
Here Some Screen Shots

Answer:System Didnt Detect Hard Disk

is this a USB connection for the drive ?

show a screen shot of my computer

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Ok here's the deal -

I have had xp for a long time on a custom computer. Recently I contracted a virus (namely the xp antivirus 2012 system virus). I decided to reformat the hard drive, as I do not have the original xp discs, I bought windows 7 (the full version, not upgrade). While trying to install windows 7 and subsequently reformat the hard drive, the installation program can not detect any hard disk whatsoever.

Another problem is that the virus has corrupted my computer to the point where I cannot even load xp. All my computer is currently good for is watching it try to load.

Answer:Windows 7 install can't detect any hard disk

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My WD harddisk isn't detected anymore after it fell.I'm trying to find a software to DETECT my hard disk as it was before the crash.It seems to me that there were softwares like that under LINUX or BSD.I have WINDOWS versions of LINUX, but nothing to do that in them.

Answer:Looking for software to detect hard disk after 50 cms crash

Is this an external hard disk that connects to your computer through USB port ? CoolGuy

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Hi Alls
i m Basically a Technician
Today i m Facing one problem in Windows 7
System is Acer Aspire T6524 (I search on Internet and that is Acer Emachine)

Windows XP is running Fine
i m trying to install Windows 7 on this Desktop System
i have IDE DVD Rom
and Sata Seagate Harddisk, 4 check also new WD hard disk
i try alot of time to install but it always says on Drives Page.

No Driver were found. Click Load Driver to Provide a mass storage driver for installation

i tried WD Hard disk to check but Same error
i check its BIOS Setup. there is no configration About AHCI and IDE
i Reset its CMOS.
i Change its Ram
i change its Power Supply

But the error is Same No Hard Disk.

I Hope i Will Find Solution from here
Thanks in Advance
Sorry 4 mine Bad English

Answer:Setup Did not Detect Sata Hard Disk

You'll need to preformat the Win7 partition using a 3rd party partitioning manager like Free Partition Wizard CD.

Then try running the Win7 installer from the XP desktop, directing the Custom install to the 2nd partition.

This may solve the driver problem. If not, locate the SATA contoller driver for your model and put it in the Win7 installer on the link at bottom left of the Custom drive maps screen.

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Why My PC does not detect Merlin Pocket Hard disk Media Player edition? My OS is Windows 7. I tried with several PC.

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on my machine, yes windows xp can detect the Toshiba USB hard disk .

but on my brother dell machine, windows xp couldnt detect it . though its green led is on.

its file system is FAT.

anyone knows why ?

Answer:Windows didn't detect the USB hard disk ?

Just gonna take a shot in the dark here. On the system where it isn't working, do you have any mapped network drivers? If so, that is probably the issue. Click start, right click My Computer, select Manage. Scroll down and click Disk Management. Do you see your USB drive in there? If you do, then it is probably sharing a drive letter with another mapped drive. Right click your drive and choose Change Drive Letter. When the next screen comes up, click modify and select a new letter not in use. Hope this helps some.

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When i connect my hard disk to system ,fan goes off within sec and  power too.When i disconnect it ,system start normally(Then i use a LIve LInux cd to use my system).Even System is unable to detect the hard disk .I tried it by connecting to other computer but still samppe haened there.What could be the issue and how to fix it ?Please help me out.Thanks in advance.

Answer:My hard disk is not being detect and do the power off of my system.

many power supply has two or more power cable for Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and/or Optical Disk Drive (ODD).try another Power cable for your HDD

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i have a partition on my windows..i want to re-format my pc but the windows set-up says that it cannot continue the set up because it can't detect my hard can i fix this problem.pls help...

Answer:WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

why do you need to reformat?

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My SATA HD is a Seagate Barracude 120gb NCQ, and my Motherboard is an Asus P4S800DE.

When I try and install XP it tells me that it did not detect a HD. So I tried copying the Sis Raid drivers onto a floppy then pressing F6 to install them during XP setup as was described in the Asus manual. Didn't work. Then I tried flashing my Bios to a newer version that apparantly solved any Sata detection problems. Still no luck.

Can anyone suggest anything?

Answer:Solved: xp install cannot detect SATA hard disk

please can someone delete this thread?

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hi!these are the logs that you told me to post.i have already done the guide from the link that you send to me...[recovering disk space -- attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Re: WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

[Topic Split From Here:,65577.0.html]All right, now we have to wait for one of our Malware Specialists. 

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My SATA HD is a Seagate Barracude 120gb NCQ, and my Motherboard is an Asus P4S800DE.

When I try and install XP it tells me that it did not detect a HD. So I tried copying the Sis Raid drivers onto a floppy then pressing F6 to install them during XP setup as was described in the Asus manual. Didn't work. Then I tried flashing my Bios to a newer version that apparantly solved any Sata detection problems. Still no luck.

Can anyone suggest anything?

Answer:Solved: XP Install cannot detect SATA hard disk

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    My power supply was burned so I bought a New one, when I turn the computer on the mother board or BIOS do not detect the hard disks and CD ROM, I took the hard disk off to format it in other computer and reinstall windows, but I could not install windows I just format it I put the hard disk back in the computer, and I took of the BIOS Battery for a few seconds thinking the BIOS were the problem but this time when I turn the computer on appears a black screen with the legend (Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot devise) this time I can not go into the BIOS to set it up custom, so I changed the Bios jumper to restar BIOS, this time I set the BIOS as Custom, I reboot the computer and a blue screen shows up  with the Intel logo in it after a few seconds the black screens with the legend (Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot devise) shows up again. Could some one help me please.I'm using a Intel desktop board D865GVHZ, Pentium 4, 2 hard disk 300GB, 512MB ram, BIOS BF86510A.86A.0075.P24.

Answer:Mother board - Bios do not detect hard disk cd rom

Since you formatted the hard drive & have no bootable CD in the drive, you have no boot device.  You need to enter the BIOS to see if the drives are detected.  F2 will get you there for your motherboard.

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I messed up whilst installing windows 7 over older windows 7 drive. I formatted the windows 7 drive and again tried to deleted that partition, but that deletion process took around 10-15 minutes, so restarted my system. Now i cannot install any of the windows os or even linux . Please anybody help me out to solve this problem

Answer:Error in installing windows 7, installer cant detect hard disk

Try loading the Sata controller drivers.
SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup

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Hi to all,
There is a Toshiba Satellite pro A60-PSA65E, when i boot it up, it doesn't boot from HDD, i changed the boot sequence starting from HDD, nothing helps, when i go to the BIOS, it is not there(it is not detected). I tried to replace with another HDD, still the HDD is not detected, i tried to set default values in the BIOS, still no changes at all.
Anyone has an idea how to solve this problem?
Thanks in Advance

Answer:Toshiba satellite pro A60- PSA65E doesn't detect a hard disk

mood, change the HDD. if still it can't be recognized, this is southbridge failure(typical problem for this series of toshiba laptops)

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A few days ago i ststed my machine and i got the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME problem with xp prfoessional sp3 on my system. (Think Pad Lenovo T61p laptop)

I got a installation disk as usually running the chkdisk (etc) sorts this out but when i boot from disk and then select R for repair it says it cannot detect any hard disks and the only option is to F3 and quit .

Does anyone have any ideas around this? I havent put any new software or anything!!

Wondered if anyone knew any other ways of detecting the hard disk.

Answer:xp pro repair from boot disks doesnt detect any hard disk

If the drive is SATA, XP can't see it without a SATA driver. Visit my homepage and click on SATA and XP.

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Hi, im having a problem trying to create a system image and store it in my external hdd.
This isnt the first time i use the windows backup to create a system image, ive done it before using this external hdd with no problems at all.
But now, for some reason it wont detect this hard drive, it only gives me the option to store the image on a dvd, i dont know why?, i tested the hard drive on a different computer and IT WORKS, i tried to create an image and it does work.

Heres a picture so you guys can see the problem:

sorry the image is kinda big, but as you can see on the left, windows DOES detect the hard drive, BUT when i try to create the image, it simply doesnt, it only gives me the dvd option.
i hope you guys can help me here, thanks a lot

Answer:Create system image won't detect external hard disk

You have not stated the App you are using to create the sysrem image. Please tell us.

I have experienced the same thing once in a way with Acronis but the issue always gets resolved by restarting Acronis. You may try to restart your imaging App to see if the matter gets resolved. But I suspect that you may have already done that to no effect.

The next thing to do would be to change your image back-up App. This might succeed. Please try it out and let us have the results.

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Dear team, Please, when I try to install windows 10 the SSd is not recognized. I have downloaded the Intel RST for the model Yoga 900-13ISK2 but it doesn't works. Please, would you be so kind to tell me where I can find the .inf files in order to install the drivers to recognize the SSD during the windows 10 installation? Thanks in advance,

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Hi everybody, I'm trying to install a Samsung 1000 GB SATA hard disk in my ThinkCentre S51. It's the only hard drive in the machine, and I've successfully installed WinXP SP3 onto it. However, when formatting the disk during XP's setup, only some 130 GB were detected. So I created a 20 GB partition for Windows, hoping it would find the remaining 980 GB afterwards, using the "EnableBigLBA" registry trick (MS knowledge base 303013). But I discovered that, unfortunately, as my XP already comes with SP3, that trick is unnecessary, for BigLBA is enabled already (the tool from confirmed that). A BIOS update was no help either. Windows's disk manager still lists the unpartitioned space as 110-something GB. So, any help would be appreciated -- maybe the size limitation lies with the hardware? I found a "maximum hard drive size matrix" at for the Aptiva series, but none for the ThinkCentres... thanks in advance, best, Paul

Answer:S50 (8183-K83): unable to detect entire hard disk size (1000 GB)

PS: the hard disk is a Samsung HD103UJ, BIOS version is 2AKT51AUS. I just called Lenovo and they said it »might be« (!) that the computer is too old to detect a hard disk larger than 130 GB...

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I accidentally deleted the 100MB reserved partition while reinstalling win 7 which got stuck and when I restarted, I got 'Bootmgr Missing' error. I have Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop. Now, my BIOS doesn't detect my hard disk and I also don't see any hard disk while reinstalling win7 via bootable USB drive.

Is it that 100mb partition contained the required drivers? If yes, how could I fix this?

Please help !


Answer:Deleted 100MB reserved partition - BIOS doesn't detect Hard Disk

There are no drivers stored on the SR partition.
The 100 MB System Reserved partition has nothing to do with the bios seeing the hard drive or the Windows 7 installer seeing the hard drive.

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Hello guys,i got a wired situation going on,i have a LENOVO Y50-70 Touch (2015) with a "WDC WD10S21X-24R1BT0-SSHD-8GB" hard drive.every time i boot up i get "windows detected hard disk problem" and also after I installed intel rapid storage software, i get warning of "your system is reporting one or more events, data may be at risk"on the contrary, i ran few tests with softwares like "HD disk sential pro" or "HD tune pro" and this softwares report NO PROBLEM whatsoever !!!!!even i went further and had the hard disk scanned by "HDD regenerator", still NO PROBLEM or any bad sectors whatsoever.also i did ZERO FILLING and still i get the warning every time i boot up in windows 10 (same happens in 8)few screenshots for better understanding of the problem SHOULD I DO ????IS MY SSHD REALLY FAULTY OR IS THE WINDOWS WHICH REPORTS FALSE ALARM ????this is really urgent ....pls help !!!!i would be really appreciated.THANKS IN ADVANCE
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


Answer:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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About a week ago I noticed my pc kept randomly locking up while playing a game I have abused this pc quite a bit to be fair (no STD's just treated it like a work horse) now this pc has always had problems that when playing games would give me BSOD, From the original purchase I had the motherboard changed the processor changed and a new graphics card. Usually the BSOD were simply ignored restart and all would be fine (naive of me I know)

So the other night I decided to put her out of her misery and reformat using the recovery disks that have never let me down before... about a 1/3 of the way through the installation it froze and from there my troubles began I left it over night to see if it was just being slow and woke up in the morning to see it had not moved.

So I decided to use a vista disk now each time I boot up I get different errors

1. BOOTMGR is Missing
2. Does not detect the drive all
3. Will go through past "Install windows" then asks me to load my drivers for my hard drive and cd rom (?)

At first I figured it was a faulty hard drive went out bought a new one and got the same problems I have tried using a different DVD rom also but to no avail.

I have tried loading the drivers that came with my recovery disk but again to no avail originaly it came with a Nvidia nForce 720a but it was replaced I presumed it was like for like but the new model number is MCP78PVM-PM and most of the stuff I find to do with that is in other languages I did find some S-ATA... Read more

Answer:Computer will not detect hard drives

Probaly should add that when trying to boot up to Ubuntu with either of the two hard drives in it will not boot from the flash drive it hangs on a cursor blinking and does not go any further I can only load ubuntu if the hard drives are not connected

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Just a generic question...
Does anyone know if the Buffalo WLA2-G54C is compatible with non Buffalo wireless routers? I have a Dlink router (don't know the model off the top of my head) with various brands of client adaptors. I've heard good things about the WLA2-G54C for the repeater function.
I ask this because of this statement on their website:
Repeater/Bridge function of the WLA2-G54C is supported only with Buffalo bridges and routers. But, the device can communicate with other manufacturer's 802.11b and 802.11g client adapters either in bridge/repeat mode or as a stand alone access point.
Does this mean that it simply won't work with other brand routers or that they just won't support it. I would think the latter but was curious if anyone had any experience with it.

Answer:Solved: Buffalo WLA2-G54C compatible with non Buffalo router?

Eh, never mind. I just went ahead and bought a D-Link DWL-G710 Wireless 802.11g 54 Mbps Range Extender.


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Hello everyone on this helpful forum. I still have this same problem. When I try booting up my computer the bios only detects one of my DVD-ROM drives and not my hard drive. When I disconnect both of my DVD-ROM (DVD-RW) drives the computer then picks up the hard drive. I have tried everything to sort this problem out…

I have been in the bios and tried auto detect and manually. I have also changed jumper setting and tried new data cables. I have since taken my motherboard back the shop and they replaced it for a new board which is the same as the previous one I had. I have changed memory, fitted a new power supply. Tried a spare hard drive!!! It’s so frustrating... I am wondering now if it has anything to do with my CPU, Celeron 2.00GHZ which I took from a previous computer of mine. “BUT the computer works great with out the DVD-ROM’s”.

What comes up in the post screen is: "Verifying DMI pool data... Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter".

IDE Channel 0 Master [ None ]
IDE Channel 0 Slave [ None ]
IDE Channel 1 Master [ DVD-ROM ]
IDE Channel 1 Slave [ None ]

Motherboard: GigaByte technology co ltd, Ga-8s661fxmp-rz
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award modular bios v6.00pg 09/27/04
Chipset: sis661 rev17
CPU: Celeron 2.00GHZ
Windows XP Home Edition
Nvidia Geforce 4 MX 440
WD 80gb Hard Drive
Memory: 1024mb on slot A1
Power Supply: 350 watts

Thank you very much if you can HELP! mark

Answer:Computer wonÂ’t detect my hard drive.

i no u may have tried doing this already as you said you were changin jumpers etc. but put the hard drive on a seperate cable (primary) to the dvd-roms and set it as master and make sure the motherboard end of the cable (usually the plug at the end with the longest distance between plugs). Set one dvd-rom as master and the other as slave or try setting one as master and the other as cable select. Plug the motherboard end of cable in to mo/bo and then the dvd-roms. Try changing around the cable (swapping which plug goes into which drive) as this can make a difference.

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Hello there, I am needing some help with a problem and was hoping that some-one may be able to help.

Start at the beginning.....

A friend brought me his computer to have a look at as it had stopped working, ie: it no longer booted or ran at all, I built this system for him 8 months ago and it has ran flawlessly until this week.
So on getting it back I tried to boot from a floppy emergency disk but the computer would not even put up a boot screen or show any sign of life on screen.

Next I took out the hard drive and tried it in my own computer, this time I was getting a starting bios screen but it would not detect the hard drive, kept hanging at the "detecting master hard drive" screen, but hard drive is spinning up ok so it's not dead, just not being recognized.
Took out his processor, (to see why I wasn't getting a startup screen on his computer), and put it in my system only for it to wreck my system, eg: it will no longer boot, screen is dead, or recognize the hard disk and am getting a constant beeping noise from the speaker. Can't even see the POST and bios screen on monitor. Same as the culprit machine.

As it's an Asus motherboard on mine and I have the I panel I am getting a "C1" error indicating "auto detect on-board DRAM & cache" whatever that means.

So I now have 2 systems sitting that I cannot boot or get to recognize hard drives or even show any startup screens.

I am scared of it being a virus that I have... Read more

Answer:Computer has died and won't detect hard drive

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I've suddenly been having this problem for the past week or so. Sometimes when I boot up my computer, my other internal hard drives (B and E) are not detected; only the C drive is. The disks don't appear in my computer, and the space doesn't appear to be available in disk partition (all of the files saved on those disks also cannot be accessed obviously).

Usually the problem fixes itself after a few reboots, but it becomes really inconvenient to reboot like 3-5 times every time I want to restart my computer. Does anyone have a possible solution? Any help is appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Computer does not detect hard drive on startup

Completing this tutorial by Golden might tell other members some needed information.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi,Im attempting to boot up a computer. However before it gets to the Win XP logo screen i get the error message"Unable to detect primary or secondary HDD"When i try and boot up again i get the "Press F1 to try again or F2 to run setup" error messageI have been in the BIOS and tried AUTO Detect but when i look at the devices in the BIOS it just says Primary Master Unknown Device ...which is the HDDSeconday Master Unknown Device.....which is the CD ROMI have also reinstalled the HDD and even uninsatlled the CD ROM but still it didnt work.Th strange thing is that i can press open on the CD ROM device and it opens!!!! Even though in the BIOS it says its an unknown deviceThe HDD is a Hitachi DeskstarThe pc is DELL Optiplex

Answer:Computer doesnt detect Hard Drive

Try the hdd on the cable which currently has the CD Rom.Could be that that cable has failed, or even the hard drive.

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I been resurrecting an older system. 800 mhz got everything installed and when i boot up it will not detect my hard drive it is a maxtor 20 gig. i have changed every possible jumper combo and different cables. ive even unhooked my burner and cd still no avail. tried the hard drive on pri. ide and sec ide connection on motherboard. i took it out and tried it on my dell and it wont detect it. And i was wondering about why this doesnt work. I took the hard drive out of my dell and put in the computer im trying to resurrect and it reconized it but when it starts to boot os which is xp pro the computer just restarts. Whats going on? Please Help!

Answer:Please Help! computer wont detect hard drive

Sounds like your 20gb HDD might be dead, or maybe just not formated.
You can run Maxtors HDD diagnostic utility:

The HDD from your Dell is recognized but fails to boot just restarts, that is probably due to differance in hardware between the two PC's.
You could format/reinstall the OS. but then it would boot if you put in back in the Dell.

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My old 320gb SATA hard drive recently died, so I took it out and replaced it with a 1tb SATA hard drive. Now the hard drive is not recognized in the BIOS. Also, the motherboard logo screen hangs. After the logo screen, I recieve a "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter".

I've already checked that all the wires connected properly and tried changing the connectors for the hard drive. I've also tried resetting my BIOS.

If I try booting without a hard drive, the motherboard logo screen doesn't hang anymore.

Please help me

Answer:Solved: Computer Does Not Detect Hard Drive

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Hi guys,

I've had this 3TB hard drive for about 6 months with no problems.

However, for some reason my computer cannot recognise it any more.

It doesn't come up in My Computer, but it comes up in device manager ( see pic 1) and in disk management (see pic 2)

Alarmingly, I can't even assign a letter or do anything but delete the volume (see pic 3)

I can't find the driver cd to install it but I didn't think this would be a problem as I installed it anyway through the computer. I've searched for about 2 days on this forums and others and still can't find a solution. I hope I can find one here

oh and i forgot to mention, i tried the hard drive on two different computers and it had the same problem there as well.

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By piraxtiri at 2012-02-24
By piraxtiri at 2012-02-24

Answer:My Computer cannot detect my Seagate external hard drive 3TB


Your images still dont show - can you repost them using the little paperclip icon?


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So i want to switch the HDD's of my 2 computers, i unplugged both drives, then i put one of the drives into the other computer attaching it exactly as it was (the master slave thingy) but the comp said it didn't detect and master or slave. So i took it out again and changed the master slave thingy so that it was the same as the HDD that i took out of the computer i was trying to get this HDD to work in.

Same thing happened, comp said it didn't detect any HDD at all.

Why can't it detect it?

Both drives are unformatted and have windows and stuff on them, i thought it'd be a simple switch a roo.

Does this mean that the HDD is not compatible in this other computer?

Or do i need to do something to make the computer detect the HDD?


Answer:Solved: Computer doesn't detect hard drive

I assume they are not being seen on the bios - correct

check the details on the HDD and make sure you have set to Master - what else is on the cable .....

are these identical machines ? because with windows you have installed all the motherboard drivers and even if you swap them around and get the bios to recognise them - windows may not work correctly

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Ive got a DELL P4 PC that I have just formatted and installed Windows XP Pro and now when i start up the PC it doesnt detect my 2nd HHD 80GB. It use to be labeled D: but now the DVD Rom is labelled D:
The drive does show in Device manager and it shows there are 2 disk drives, but it says that the drive that isnt showing that the location is 1. Also it says the device is working properly and that status is online and when I click on Computer Management it says that there is 2 HHD, Volume (C and another volume with no name.



I've tried to name the volume but it wont let me.

Can anyone help me out?

Thankyou in advance )

Answer:Computer doesnt detect my Slave Hard Drive

Hi and welcome. This wouldn't be the same PC, would it?

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Hey,I bought an external hard drive on the 28/12/2005 (dd/mm/year)I dont know wht thehardrives called or anything so ill just write down what was put on the recept, it says "ENVIZAGE 300GB SATA USB2 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE"(purchased from   but couldnt find that one)My hard drive is on all the time while my computers on (i use it as my computer where i can put all my downloaded files becuase i was taking up to much space on the c: drive).I'd have my hard drive on all the time becuase it was always in use.But . . . about a month ago my computer was going real slow and was gettingvery hot so we turned the whole computer off including the external hard drive for the day. When we turned the computer and my external harddrive back on my computer was no longer detecting my external hard drive and i really dont know why. And i dont know how to get my computer to detect it again.Has anyone else on this site had the same problem or knows how to fix the problem.Any help would be really appreciatedThanks in advance-Josh

Answer:External Hard Drive Help! Computer wont detect it!

QuoteBut . . . about a month ago my computer was going real slow and was gettingvery hot so we turned the whole computer off including the external hard drive for the day. What was making it hot? Has this been addressed? WHat are the components of the machine? Make and size of power supply?QuoteWhen we turned the computer and [highlight]my external harddrive back on my computer was no longer detecting my external hard drive [/highlight]and i really dont know why. I don't understand this.

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I want to do a complete reformat. I have a Windows XP Setup CD, and I backed up all my desired files onto an external hard drive, but after starting the Windows XP Setup (Full Install, not Upgrade) in Safe Mode (regular doesn't work) and having it reboot and continue trying to install, I get a blue screen with a 0x00 type code. Is there any way to tell the computer to completely reformat the hard drive so that I can install Windows XP all over again, with none of the problems that I'm trying to get rid of? If I insert the Windows XP CD and select to boot from CD, it claims I have no hard drives installed and can't continue. The hard drives are in there, but after getting rid of malwares recently, my computer has gone through several stages of problems, and all I want to do now is reformat and start fresh and free. How do I get my computer to recognize the drives in its pre-OS state, so I can install Windows XP on it?

Answer:Computer doesn't detect hard drives. Trying to reformat.

First what is the make and model of the PC? Also, just to be sure, does the hard drive show up in the BIOS?

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Back again. It's just one problem after the other...I recently formatted a brand new 80 gig hard drive and installed Windows XP Pro SP2 on it. This one is my main hard drive, and my secondary is a 200 gig. It's about two years old, and was brand new when I bought it. I would give you the specific details on it, but therein lies my problem. My computer boots fine, and I can easily view and access files on my C drive, but I can very rarely access my D drive unless I restart several times and check Explorer to see if it even shows up.I thought maybe it was just a loose cord or something on the inside, but I've made sure everything was tightly where it should be, and it still does this. It is a problem for me because all of my music and videos and games and whatnot are stored there, and I have no access to them.I am out of options at this point because I'm even less educated on computer hardware than I am software. I hope the answer I get isn't that my 200 gig is failing, because I just got to go through that issue with a six-year-old hard drive (which is why I got this new one).If any info is required about the screwy HD to troubleshoot, let me know and I'll reboot my computer until it shows itself :|

Answer:Computer will not consistently detect secondary hard drive.

2 things you can do:Replace the IDE ribbon cable...they do go bad.DLoad and run the diagmostics from the drive manuf. website to make sure that drive is not failing.The age of a drive is no indication of how healthy it is...

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I use 3 computers, in one that has Windows Seven and other Xp, the computer detects the external hard drive with no problem
But in another Windows Seven pc, it doesn't detect it at all, the hard drive makes a clicking sound and nothing else

So, what can it be?, I even connect it to a TV and can watch movies with no problem, but being detected in that computer, never

Answer:Computer doesn't detect external Hard Drive

Do other external drives work with that PC?

Does that external drive appear in Windows Disk Management? If it does, does it have a drive letter assigned? If not assign a drive letter.

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Question: Buffalo Hard Drive

I recently bought a 250gb Buffalo external hard drivebut my computer will not recognise it. I installed it as instructed but it doesn't show up in my computer. I use XP. My old computer recognises it and everything works ok (also XP) Any ideas? Thanks in anticipation

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. But I can not access any files from it either through the computer or software. anyone got any ideas as to why. It was working fine up until yesterday.

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. but every time i go to access it windows freezes up,

i unplug it and windows returns to normal,

anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Buffalo Externad Hard Drive

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I have just bought an Buffalo external mini station 500 gb hard drive with the intention of installing Ubantu on to it.Any way, to cut a long story short I have made a mess off it, I need to merge the three seperate partitions which I have created into one, then format the whole disc.
In other words a factory reset.

Thank you for any help

Answer:Problems with Buffalo hard drive

No problem, just delete all the partitions and make one large new one. If you are not sure how to do that, just ask.

Regards....Mike Connor

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I have a Buffalo ministation HD-PF500U2 500gb portable hard drive, and an ASUS laptop running Vista.

The problem is this: Whenever I plug my hard drive in, its light begins green, but turns yellow, and the computer makes absolutely no indication that it has recognised it. I went to device manager and saw a USB Mass Storage Device apparently recognised, but nothing in My Computer, and no way to access it. So I chose to 'uninstall' this Mass Storage Device on Device Manager (since Device Manager told me it was still plugged in, even when it wasn't) and then plugged my hard drive back in. I got the 'installing device driver software' message, and was told it was all fine, but the light went yellow again, and still no way to access the files.

I've tried microsofts MATS program for devices, and that tells me that some hardware changes have not been recognised, but that it has fixed the problem. It tells me this every time I run it.

Any advice?

Thanks all,


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Hi, does anyone know of "Buffalo"s reliability? It seems my current external drive is about to give up. Its a Western Digital 'My Book' 320gb and its making odd "clicking noises".Yesterday it disappeared from 'my computer' and i eventually got it working after pulling out all the plugs and re-booting pc. The "Buffalo DriveStation" 500gb looks a good buy from for Ł50. Any thoughts please - Tony

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

To save me typing twice click here

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Buffalo LinkStation (LS-QVL), it is configured for RAID 10 and has 4 Terabytes of capacity. I am not using anywhere near the full capacity (instead I am only using about 6%!). It has occurred to me that I should make an off-site backup of the content on the LinkStation. Toward this end I would like to backup the contents of the LinkStation to an external USB hard drive.

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to backup files from this NAS to an external hard drive? If it is possible any advice on how to set this up will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Answer:Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Unless your NAS has a provision to mount the external hard drive via USB and supports file transfers between the volumes, you're going to have to do this over the network with the external hard drive connected to a PC that is connected to the NAS.

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Hi I am running Vista Home Premium and I have got a Buffalo Ext,H/Drive.They have a support site but I sent them a strong complaint and they no longer talk to me.There is a download on the site for making the drive compatible with Vista.Has anyone any knowledge about the proceedure for the order of download? When to plug in the drive and what to actualy load etc It is running but its pure basics.I want formatting,convert to NTFS etc,and to load the free backup program.Regards,Sam Gee.

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Hi all,

New to this site, so hope this is in the right place and hope you can help!

I have just purchased a 500G Buffalo external hard drive, HD-PC500U2/BK-EU. Plug it in and it is recognised by my P.C (running XP) but I cannot go any further and cannot run the DriveNavi.exe file which is on the external HD. All I get are the following error messages

The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000006). Click OK to terminate the application.


Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed


F:\DriveNavi.exe is not a valid Win32 application

I have trawled the net to try to find a solution and Buffalo support are no use at all...and extremely frustrated and would appreciate any help, please


Answer:Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

That sounds like an autorun request for the bundled DriveNavi.exe program. And "trawled the net"? . I think you've gotta format the HDD. That might just do the trick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.

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Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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Hi Techguys

I get the BSOD with the Bad_Pool_Header error message when I connect a newly purchased external Buffalo 750GB Hard Drive to my PC. I have a HP Pavilion 3.4Mhz Pentium D Dual Core with 2048Mb RAM running Windows XP Home Edition SP3. The Drive worked fine until a couple of weeks in and still works fine in Windows Professional on the same machine and with a backup machine running Windows XP Home with SP3. The drive is a Buffalo 750GB USB 2.0 Drivestation. I have no problem running other Buffalo drives on the PC. The BSOD happens no matter whether the USB is attached at startup or plugged in after.
I have a copy of the BSOD details if that would help. I have about 200GB of multi media files on the drive and I need to solve this problem and get access to it again.
Any help would be really appreciated

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Answer:vista wont show my buffalo ext hard drive

Just in case it is a discontinued product, follow the link in this thread
to find a driver, if needed.

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Answer:buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Show hidden and system files click here
If there is a Recycle Bin Folder on the drive, go into it and Empty or manually delete contents.

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The hard drive needs to be replaced. Post back if you need more help with that. 

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If it reads...but doesn't write the burning laser is likely shot...

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But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
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I save my MSWorks files on a working thumb drive and CD's. I have done this for years, I open them from the external drives(XD). Then today, when I open the XD's, and view the files, I am not able to click and open them on my PC as I have done many times in the past.

Something is blocking the opening process. the MSWorks programs starts to open but then nothing. I see the files in task mgr. (processes), system thinks they are open but not visible.

Similar files stored on my HD open fine so something to do with xd'S i THINK.

Appreciate any help.



Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G965 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 73171 MB, Free - 12406 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc. , 0WG864, , ..CN4811173S063L.
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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