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XPS 15 9560 Laptop not detecting windows installation, windows installer not detecting drives.

Question: XPS 15 9560 Laptop not detecting windows installation, windows installer not detecting drives.

I am having trouble with my windows installation after attempting to install windows 10 a second time on the same machine, but different partition.
I have used a bootable USB device with the windows 10 installation (created with the same machine and the same settings for OS).
After pressing F12 and selecting the USB as the boot device, i started the installation process and got to the stage where you select which drive / partition to install windows. But the list only contained the USB device i used to start the installation process, and the SSD did not appear when tried to refresh / reload drives (or unchecked the "hide incompatible drives" checkbox).
After canceling the installation process, i was met with the following message when rebooting windows:
"Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.
The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0x0000034
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you dont have..."

Before the error occured:
I have tried many different things BEFORE i got to the step above where I was able to start the USB stick and consequently ended up with the error.
However when the error occured the BIOS was reset to factory settings and i was able to log in to windows (and listen to spotify for an hour or so) before i tried the install that gave the error:

I tried installing windows 10 with a stick created from another computer. That time I got to the installation process. But when I tried to select a drive to install windows I got an an error saying the stick was MBR to install but the partition was GPT. So the drive was incompatible with windows (or something like that).
I tried installing the USB sitck with the program "Rufus" to partition it for compatability with GPT drives and UEFI BIOS. That did not work and the drive did not turn up in UEFI BIOS as a bootable device (not very relevant for the issue, but im including it just in case).
I tried setting a few settings in the UEFI BIOS in the hopes that it was just a settings issue:

I tried setting the SATA mode to AHCI (and changed it back to Raid On after testing without any issues occuring). Changing this gave me a warning however, saying i might have to reinstall the OS if i changed these settings, But the options i switched between (AHCI and Raid On) was apparently supported and should not cause an issue as far as i could understand from the warning.

I tried turning Secure Boot off (on and off a few times actually).
I tried to enable legacy boot to detect the installer USB stick.
I reset the BIOS to factory settings a few times (without it causing any issues for the booting process).

I tried reordering the boot sequence so that "Windows Boot Manager" was not on top, but the internal drive of the PC. This was also changed back and forth a few times without it causing any problems. I switched back the ordering before the problem occured.

After the error occured:
I can not see the "Windows Boot Manager" in the list of bootable devices anymore. Im guessing this is the main issue.
I tried startup repair, system restore and system recovery image from the troubheshoot dialog on the USB stick, but i dont have an image and the restore / startup repair fails.
The main SSD drive is still detected in the boot sequence (now on top). And it is also detected in the boot sequence UEFI interface.
I did a Dell diagnostic scan of the system and it did not give me any errors with the hardware. Everything seems to work just fine (only got a warning that the power cable was not plugged in).
I followed a guide after googling the red error text above and tried the following commands in the command prompt:
Bootrec /fixmbr
Bootrec /fixboot

Bootrec /scanos
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

but no windows intallations are detected after running those commands.
Total identified Windows installations: 0

So then i figured i would follow this guide:
to rebuild the bcd. But when i tried the first command:
bcdedit /export C:\bcdbackup
I get an error saying:
The store export operation has failed.The requested system device cannot be found.
And if i scan for disks (i thought the C letter might be wrong), i get two disks: C and X
however running
bcdedit /export X:\bcdbackup
(with X instead of C) gives me the same error.

This is as far as I have gotten. Maby i simply dont have a bcd device to back up? (i dont really know what that means).

Could this be an issue with the hardware?
The installer shouldn't wipe the boot like that right? Specially since it was booting fine before the attempted install, and since i did not go through with the install (or even begin copying / modifying files). As far as I know windows 10 should suopport dual installations of windows on the same computer.

Maby there is a driver for the SSD that I need to reinstall?
In the windows installer I can load a driver if I understand it correctly, but I dont know what driver that should be. If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be very helpful.

Does anyone have an idea of what I can do next?
Go on with the BCD rebuid without the export perhaps? I dont know if that is risky or not.

I dont expect to get my data back, all im hoping for is a clean install again.

Thanks for any and all replies.

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Basically I am running my drives in non raid mode via the perc H310 card. Due to my windows bluescreening all of a sudden I have to re-install windows.
The installation for windows 10 cannot find my drive and requires drivers for the H310 PERC card.
My problem is that whatever PERC H310 driver I seem to download from the dell site (I change the .exe to .zip and then extract to USB) it does not recognize it as a signed driver or it recognizes some H310 drivers but they are hidden from compatibility and still no drives detected when I install them.
I am so exausted and stressed and not sure what else to do as I feel like I have done everything I have read to do but not getting anywhere.
I also read something about F6 drivers and changing the bios from ACHI mode to ATA, though I am not tech savy with this sort of thing and really cannot understand if I need to do it or if it will do more damage.
I even typed in my service tag but the only windows compatible driver is some sort of H310 Firmware, which did not work. I would really appreciate some help with this. I miss having to just plug the sata into the mobo and life was simple! :) 

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Answer:Diskpart not detecting drives (Installation USB)

How did you write the ISO to stick? Do you have a UEFI BIOS?

Everything possible is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start .

In the future best to use this method to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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Answer:Windows Installation Not detecting my harddisk

hi friend,
its not only ur problem, i bought a new compaq presario v 6000, i am trying to install win XP sp2, its showing this same message: hard disk not found, please check if the disk is correctly connected and powered after we press enter for windows xp setup.
if you find the ans pls msg me to [email protected]


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Answer:Windows 7 not detecting 2nd display / monitor on laptop

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JMicron Technology Corp.. PCI Express to SATA1 HOST Controller ROM v1.02
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Detecting drives; Done, No Drives Found.


Have tried most but I find no solutions to this problem, if there is anyone who knows anything about this or can help me, please comment on what I should do.

Thank you!


When I get into the desktop, everything quickly, and I have no problems there ..

What could it be?

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That message would indicate that you have an add on card installed inside your desktop PC that adds SATA ports.

Do you?

Mind you, without your System Specs I am just stabbing in the dark.

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Answer:Detecting IDE Drives?

check IDE connections (floppy and hdd and CD/DVD )are correct way round and HDD has power cable fitted.Check keyboard pluged in correctly / try another keyboard

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Answer:Detecting IDE Drives........

If your bios is looking for 1st boot device as floppy try changing 1st boot as either cd or system hd.

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Hey there.

I recenlty just got this Athlon 750 for fixing a newer athlon for a friend, and I am having some trouble getting it to detect my drives.

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- Used a differen... Read more

Answer:Not Detecting Drives

How big is the hard drive? Such an old (750 MHz?) system may have problems with hard drives bigger than 32GB or 128GB. Flashing the BIOS to a newer version may actually fix this

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Answer:Need help with detecting CD Drives

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Answer:Not Detecting Drives

first check on the Bios those the bios see the primary master or the CD ROM drive ?
next if bios dont see it check the cable make sure is in on the primary IDE channel
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I am running Windows XP Home.
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I am currenty using my laptop lol


Answer:Detecting Drives...

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Answer:PC not detecting cd/dvd rom drives!

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My PC recently started to cause me a bunch of problems.
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blah blah blah.. error 0x000000F4 0x837D91f0 0x837D9364 0x805F9F88

another one: kernel_data_inpage_error, number 0x0000007A
atapi.sys 0xF748D384

What may be causing the problem? How can I solve it permanently?

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Answer:Error detecting IDE drives

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I've done many methods for this problem.

-Disconnect each drive and try one at a time
-Use new ribbon cable
-Switch from CS to MASTER on HARDDRIVE

The last method I have done was, resetting CMOS through jumper. Did the usual method and booted PC. Voila! It worked. So I shut down the computer and boot it back up. I am now stuck on BIOS again while Detecting IDE Drives. Also, I hear a clicking sound from the PC. What's going on?

Answer:Still Receiving Detecting IDE drives

The clicking sound is nearly always the sound of a hard drive dying... if it is a Maxtor or Western Digital or Hitachi.

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Answer:setup not detecting drives :(

Do you have a SATA hard drive? What computer make/model and the hard drive make/model?Is this a real Windows CD, or some sort of restore CD?Do you see the hard drive correctly in the BIOS/setup? The key to get there should be displayed on the screen when the computer starts. Again, this depends on the manufacturer. Hang on, we'll get you there.  

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Answer:BIOS Not Detecting IDE Drives...

Make certain that:ATA/IDE flat ribbon cables are properly connectedAll power connectors are firmly seated.The ATA/IDE cable for the secundairy channel is not faulty.Why install an older Floppy Disk Drive? Might as well buy one new and eliminate any possible problems in that area due to outdated hardware.

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I just bought a new elitegroup motherboard, nothing spectial but better than stock. got everything hooked up, when i start it up it says searching for IDE drives. then it comes up as Primary Master: None, Pimary Slave: None, and same with secondary. I changed the jumper around on my hard drive and even took it off, nothing would make the BIOS recognize the hard drive(doesnt detect dvd drive either). so then i put in the os cd and it wouldnt boot up off of it, it did the same thing as before. this error came up, "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

Answer:BIOS not detecting IDE drives

Sounds like you have a bad board or bad cables. I would return that Elitegroup board ASAP and buy one much better.

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I recently built a new system, works great.

However I wanted to transfer my storage hard drives (2xWD 2TB green) into the new computer from the old one.

Once I moved them into the new one they are not being detected by w7/bios. So I moved them back into the old system to access the data I have on them but the old computer isnt detecting them now either!

Im fairly certain the disks are still spinning.

Is there anything I could have done in the transfer process to damage/disable the hard drives?

Answer:Not detecting hard drives

Hello and Welcome,
I assume the HDDs were handled with as much as possible care. If you didn't drop/place them on a table violently , then they should be working like a charm. However, I'd say there is a very-very rare possibility of damaging (static electricity) the small circuit board which is below the HDDs.

You don't hear any weird noises when your drives are spinning, right? I can't think anything else myself.

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I've got 2 500GB IDE drives installed in my tower, which aren't being detected by the bios. Weirdly, if I disconnect the power to one or the other, the drive that's installed and powered is detected and works fine in OS and bios. The only time the issue comes up is if I have both drives connected, where they just remain completely unseen by the system.

I've checked and changed jumper settings, changed every concievable bios option pertaining to storage with no change whatsoever, changed to another IDE cable all with no results.

The drives are both Seagate ST3500A630A 500GB PATA, motherboard is an ASUS P6T SE. My OS drive is connected via SATA and has no problems with or without the other drives installed.

Any ideas?

Answer:IDE Hard drives not detecting

Are you using 1 IDE strap or 2?
Each strap has 2 connectors 1 for master and 1 for slave.
You must also set the jumpers on the hard drives to correspond with the strap connections i.e the HD connected to Master must have the jumpers set to master and the HD connected to slave must have jumpers set to slave.

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My friend has an old PC, with P-IV. It was running fine till now.

However, it has not been detecting any hard drives at all.

There are 3 hard drives in the PC. Two of them are plugged in at all time, while the third one is spare, and used very rarely. There is a DVD-RW drive too, which is also kept disconnected, and connected when needed. This is done because of the SMPS which isn't as powerful.

None of the hard drives are being detected at all.

I removed all drives, and plugged in the optical drive, and it is being detected in the BIOS without any problem. However, if I plug in any of the drive in that port itself, none of them is being detected in the BIOS, and system gives a boot error to plug in a proper boot drive.

Now, if that port was bad, it wouldn't detect the optical drive too, but it does.

Also, I connected a hard drive as slave in my PC, and it is being detected without any problem. So the hard drives aren't bad too.

I thought that maybe the power supply has worn out, and is unable to lift the hard drives, and so we connected an older power supply, which was kept as spare. Same thing is happening... hard drives are not being detected, but the optical drive is.

I am quite baffled. What can the problem be?

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when i insert thumb flash into the usb port, windows makes the sound, device manager refreshes itself but shows nothing new. When i check disk management the device is not their either.

Answer:My pc not detecting some flash drives

Try all your ports, including the rear ones.

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My PC has started playing up!

Occasionally on boot up it hangs at 'Detecting IDE Drives.' There are then two ways to get it to boot up.
1: Remove power for a minute or so, replace power then it might boot.
2: Press F8 as it boots (to choose bootup method) and select SATA drive, it will then boot.

As well as this the sound on the PC has started skipping, this only seems to happen once the PC has been on for 30 mins or so.

Does this mean my HDD is on its way out or is it something else, perhaps RAM?

Any help ar advice would be welcome.


Answer:Hangs at Detecting IDE Drives

Go in to the bios setup menu and make sure (if you do not have a Raid setup) that your Raid is turned off. It sounds like it is searhing for an onboard IDE raid. Might be called something like a Promise Raid Controller or something similar depending upon the board.

Before you leave the bios setup menu, make sure you have the Hard Drive Priority set to boot from your Sata first.

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I turned on my computer recently and as I watch the normal bootup I see that my hard drive was not listed there. As it would not boot I started trying the cables and switching them with new ones to see if that was a problem but it was not. I tried switching slots on my motherboard with my SATA DVD/DVD DL Burner and the same result, it would detect the DVD drive but not my hard drive. I figured my hard drive probably died since it had been having trouble anyways so I went to the store and bought a new drive. I plugged this back in and made sure all the connections were the same as before then turned it on to install Windows XP. As it booted up again I noticed that it did detect the DVD drive as before but not my 500 GB Hard Drive. I tried switching SATA cables, SATA power cables, with no result. I thought maybe it was a dud so I exchanged that for another hard drive at the store. I took this one home only to find the same thing happening. The DVD drive being detected in both of my SATA ports but not the hard drive.

I switched to using an older PATA DVD drive to see if for some reason this might be a problem and it detected it....but no hard drive.

Is there anything I could be doing wrong that it wouldn't detect this? I would rather not go buy a new motherboard if this isn't the problem since this is a fairly nice one so I figured I'd give your site a go.

Answer:PC not detecting any hard drives

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This computer was working find and all of a sudden it doesn't detect my two serial ATA hard drives. i unplugged the cables and put them back and the hard drives sound ok. A have an AMD 64 3200 ghertz processor with an ASUS k8VSE motherboard. I need someone to help me cuz it doesn't detect the hard drives. I checked the bios and it does detects the DVD burner. I am not sure if the SATA drive are automatically assigned to the IDE section for auto detection. Thanks for the help. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

It shows: Serial_Cho master: No Device
Seiral_Ch0 master: No Device

Answer:Help detecting SATA drives.

Have you checked the boot order (in BIOS) assuming your OS is on the SATA and does the SATA show in 'Device Manager', sounds like a driver problem if not showing on boot.

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hey guys, I really need some help with this problem.

Yesterday i tried to boot my PC and it got stuck when detecting IDE drives. Sometimes my DVD drive gets recognized. I'm not able to access BIOS. PC worked normal the day before.
Ofc is searched google for solutions but none of the suggested actions worked for me.
- unplugged all drives and booted : Same Problem
- changed Battery : Same Problem
- tried the HDD (Sata) in Roommates PC : Works fine
- tried to Boot with just HDD connected via SATA : Same Problem
- Unplugged PC over night with removed Bios Battery : Same Problem
- tried to reset cmos by jumper a few times : Same Problem
- switched RAM in like every position ( Both RAM get recognized while booting, so guess they are fine) : Same Problem
- removed graphic card : Same Problem
- tried Roommates HDD(Sata) : Same Problem
- tried old HDD (None Sata) : Same Problem

Guess IDE Controller (Whatever that piece of **** is) is broken?!
Maybe BIOS ?!
You guys had any experience with that kind of Problem?
Is there any way to access BIOS before IDE detecting?
Please help me save my good old friend from dying!


Abit A-N78HD
AMD Phenom 9950 quad core @2,8ghz (AMD2 socket)
AMD 6870 1GB
4gb RAM (800mhz)

Answer:Detecting IDE drives ERROR

unplugged all drives and booted : Same Problem - unplugged all IDE cables from MOBO?

You should be able to get into BIOS before getting stuck at the IDE detection.
When you pulled the battery didn't the BIOS error for the clock resetting?
Can't find the "BIOS" key? Hit Del, F1,F12?? hold a key on the keyboard until it errors?

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When restarting or starting my computer up it hangs on "Detecting drives, please wait..." It hangs for like 15-20 seconds and boots. I was wondering if there is a way to solve this from taking so long. Specs are in my sig. I have a Pioneer 108 DVD Drive. Would this be causing the problem?

Answer:Detecting Drives...please wait...

I would double check the jumper settings first. Make sure you have them set to the correct settings. What hard drive do you have? SATA or PATA? I had a Maxtor SATA drive that would take about 15 seconds to recognize on a cold boot when I used the old style 4 pin power connector (restart it wouldn't take long at all), but as soon as I started using the SATA power lead it would be recognized right away.

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My PC (windows xp home) occasionally freezes when booting up when the screen readsDetecting IDE drives.....If I restart PC all is usually well. This only happens once/twice a month.Is there anything that can be done to stop this please

Answer:PC freezes when detecting IDE drives

Hard drives / IDE Channels:i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.ii) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).To convert your drives to NTFS:Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cm... Read more

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A buddy dropped off a computer of his that was giving him trouble, asking me to take a look at it - I've done simple quick fixes involving networking and viruses/spyware in the past. I'll admit though, anything hardware related, and I'm lost.

Here's the specs:
Dell Dimension 4100
PIII ~860
256 mb ram
Sony CD-RW CRX215E1
_NEC DV-5700A (Dvd)
Crystal Soundfusion

Windows 2000 Pro

Neither IDE drive appears in "My Computer".

In device manager, both IDE drives are flagged with the yellow exclamation mark, which delves to the "Your registry might be corrupted. (Code 19)" message.

There are also flags on the "Crystal Soundfusion (tm)" in the Sound, Video, and game controllers tab ("This device cannot start. (Code 10))"), as well as one on a "PCI Device" under other devices ("The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)"). I have no idea what this is.

I've tried a few things listed in similar problems in the forums, such as updating drivers (though I can't be sure I've got the most recent ones). Anyone out there able to advice a hardware rookie on troubleshooting?

Answer:Cannot Detecting IDE drives and Soundcard

radiohead_1 said:

A buddy dropped off a computer of his that was giving him trouble, asking me to take a look at it - I've done simple quick fixes involving networking and viruses/spyware in the past. I'll admit though, anything hardware related, and I'm lost.

Here's the specs:
Dell Dimension 4100
PIII ~860
256 mb ram
Sony CD-RW CRX215E1
_NEC DV-5700A (Dvd)
Crystal Soundfusion

Windows 2000 Pro

Neither IDE drive appears in "My Computer".

In device manager, both IDE drives are flagged with the yellow exclamation mark, which delves to the "Your registry might be corrupted. (Code 19)" message.

There are also flags on the "Crystal Soundfusion (tm)" in the Sound, Video, and game controllers tab ("This device cannot start. (Code 10))"), as well as one on a "PCI Device" under other devices ("The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)"). I have no idea what this is.

I've tried a few things listed in similar problems in the forums, such as updating drivers (though I can't be sure I've got the most recent ones). Anyone out there able to advice a hardware rookie on troubleshooting?Click to expand...

If your computer work again you should run scandisk to mark bad sectors. Exclamation mark that mean your computer has hardware conflicts, removed drivers then reinstall it again update newest driver if you need.... Read more

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Right - prob is this.I have two DVD-RW drives, and neither so much as detects the presence of the DVD-RW discs that I want (and need!) to write to. Other formats of disc are detected fine.The drives are:D= Pioneer DVD-RW DVR105Firmware version 1.30E= Pioneer DVD-RW DVR1-5Firmware version 1.21I am using the correct disc format (Tesco-brand 4x DVD-RWs) and have tried having Winduhs "enabling" cd recording on each drive to no avail.Winduhs of course reports each drive as functioning correctly.These drives have worked before with no problems. I say before, because I recently installed XP Service Pack 2 on my Winduhs XP Pro machine - and since it has now become a crashy mess, as opposed to the rather stable and reliable system it was before, my suspicions are being firmaly aimed at the service pack :SI have ruled out the burning program (RecordNow 7) as the problem.I know it's christmas and people are busy, but I am in desperate need of help - and so is my poor, overburdened hard disk; hence the need to write to the DVD-RWs!Thanks in advance

Answer:DVD-RW drives not detecting discs

Have you tried with + discs. Also try uninstalling drives in Device Manager the Reboot to reset the drives

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I've got a pentium (R) 4 3.00 Gh with gigabyte motherboard (circa 2003)
Everytime I startup, it very slowly goes through bootup but stalls at:
"detecting IDE drives".

Answer:Computer stalls at detecting IDE drives

Turn off the PC and unplug it. Open the case and unplug the cables from all of your hard drives AND optical drives.[1] Turn the PC back on and you should get an error that no disks are present, or something like that. Turn it back off and connect up only your boot drive. Power on and go into the BIOS and see if your drive is seen by the BIOS in the general bios section. If so, then reload BIOS defaults, save and exit, allow reboot and it should boot to your OS.

If it's not there, then try swapping the cables, again using only one drive.

If it still does not find it, slave the drive into another computer to verify that it mounts at all. This message can happen if you have a bad HD controller on one of your drives...

Otherwise, if you can boot, then keep shutting down and adding one drive back at a time until you find the one device that causes the failure. If you're lucky, it's the optical drive...

Post back and let me know what you find. I'll not bother you with worst-case scenarios right off the bat :)

[1] Alternatively, you can make the first troubleshooting step be attempting to boot a bootable cd/dvd from your optical drive to make sure it works. If it fails, then it's probably a bad optical drive, and removing it should get you back to booting.

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My pc had suddenly decided to not recognising any of my Sata drives.

Win 7 32 bit, 4 gig ram, asus psn d motherboard,ati sapphire 1g pci card, 1 250g western digital Sata drive 1 x 1tb seagate hdd. Sata DVD drive

Yesterday my pc froze up while surfing the web, so reset it and that where the problems started

It only recognised one of the hdd then wouldn't boot got a bsod uncountable boot volume. So opened up the case to check if the cables where loose, nope, so decided to run a repair via the recovery console. Didnt detect my o/s at all ask me to install the correct drivers grrrrr. So stripped the pc down swapped the Sata cables to see if that was the problem, no joy at all would only find one Sata drive and DVD drive. Then it wouldnt recognise any of them, so swapped out the Sata DVD drive for an IDE drive. The booted up nothing bar the DVD drive. Have now come to a cross roads don't know what else's to try. Managed to boot via a USB drive with Linux and everything system wise, pcu, gpu etc works, but still no Sata drives.

Done some digging online and some ideas are not a big enough psu, faulty Sata cables, but swapped in an IDE hdd and nothing again.

So any ideas or pointers would be great, missing my pc, skyrim needs my attention

Answer:Bios not detecting any Sata drives

Hi jayjay291077 and welcome to W7 Forums

Is the date/time showing correctly in the BIOS (you will need to press F2 or Delete on powering up - see the screen/manual for which key to press) ?

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I have an Asus K8V SE Deluxe Motherboard with a Seagate ST3200822A 200GB ATA and a Maxtor 6Y080L0 80GB ATA hard drive, and I removed them both to put into another system to pop some large files off, and now when I put both drives on the Primary IDE connector, the Seagate is detected (Master) and the Maxtor is not seen, but if you remove the Seagate, the maxtor is detected fine!

I cannot understand why its doing this, as I have tried them BOTH in a different computer and both work happily alongside eachother, which indicates they both work, and theres a fault with my IDE controller, but the same happens on the secondary IDE port, although if on different connectors they work! I am now stumped as what to do! Any help would be appreciated

Thanks in advance


Answer:Computer Not Detecting Twin Drives

that sounds just like a jumper issue...make sure that the seagate is set to master, and the maxtor is set to slave...

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A screen comes up and says "detecting ide drives" after that is goes to Secondary ide channel no 80 conductor cable installed. AFter a long puase it says something about disl boot failure.

Also i notice some twisted wires wasn't plugged so I plugged it in in random spots. Their also is VCC, USB 2 -, USB 2 +, GND, VCC, USB 1 -, USB 1 +, GND, GND, GND.

Answer:Detecting IDE Drives Problem, Help Required plz!

Its a little confusing but I dont think those USB cables should have anything to do with a disc boot failure, that usually means theres no OS, or a number of other things, (one of them being a F#Cked up OS). Take out your Ide Cables and put them back in, making sure the primary drive (if you have more than one drive) is connected right and.. not a big deal but I think it should be on the end of the cable.

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I've been having continual problems with my Asus A8N-E motherboard, which ended in my buying a new AMD 4400 x2 CPU, Biostar TF560 A2+ motherboard and new RAM.

I have not reinstalled windows yet because Windows itself seems to be working as it should. However, I am having big problems with crashing, which I think are related to my hard drives. When I bought the new motherboard, processor, and RAM, I also added a new 500gb hard drive, so I now have three SATA 2 hard drives on my machine.

Intermittantly, there will be a noise, that sounds like the noise I get when I switch my PC off, only the CPU and case fans continue to run and get power. I can only think this is one of my hard drives switching itself off. Then the system goes slowly, and quickly freezes up completely. On reboot, the PC hangs 'detecting IDE drives'. Attempts to enter BIOS take forever, and often show one of the hard drives missing from the list, although I haven't done this often enough to know whether it's always the same one.

Usually, after many reboots, the PC detects all three drives without a problem, and everything is fine until the next freeze up.

I opened the case and thought that I had found the solution to the problem. The SATA cables on two of the drives were so loose they were hanging off, and it was easy to see how they might be causing a problem. I replaced all the SATA cables with ones that had a tighter fit and all was well for about a week.

But today? Back to ... Read more

Answer:PC crashes and hangs 'detecting IDE drives'

You are very fortunate you didn't have to install Windows, but you need to with new hardware to have it run right, which in spite of what you say, it really is not.

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I brought a IdeaPad Z570 laptop worth 43,100 INR...It has 3 USB and 1 eSATA drive.There are some problem with USB drives...I made Ubuntu,Linux Mint,openSUSE,Windows 7 bootable drive using sanDisk criuser blade.Then i connect it with my computer and turn on.I select F2 and enter bios and set all option for usb make it as first (USB HDD and USB FDD)..(USB leagancy is enabled).............Then it didn't boot from USB....I select F12 but there is no USB boot option...I restarted my computer and agian enter to BIOS ..................In USB FDD and USB HDD there is no detection....... HDD:ATA XXXXDVD:name of DVDNetwork:Realteck XXXUSB HDD:USB FDD: I connect same USB with Lenovo Z560 and Sony laptop..It work perfectly...What should i do...Can you help me...I think am cheated by Lenovo....I think Dell and HP are better than Lenovo....I call to indian customer care lady via chating...Her responce is very bad...she don't know nothing...She repeated same thing again and again...............

Answer:IdeaPad not detecting USB bootable drives

I had a similar problem with One Key Recovery where it could not find my USB drive (I ultimately had to expand my D: partition and copy my backup there, and then start OKR).   But after reading your post, it occurred to me... do you have it plugged into the USB ports on the right side, or the one on the left?  I reason I ask is because I noticed "Renesas Electronics" in my Program Files and remembered that those are the USB 3.0 drivers.   So maybe in the BIOS, it doesn't recognize the USB 3.0 ports because the drivers aren't loaded?  Maybe try plugging it into the USB port on the left side (the one that's not blue) and see if that works.   Heck, it's a long shot...

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Hey guys,

This has been a frequently reoccuring issue. At the moment I have two hard drives I use on my 10 month old computer. Everytime I shut down my computer and try to reboot it I recieve and error message similar to "Reboot or select proper Boot device or Insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key". When I open BIOS to check on the issue one of my hard drives is never dected, but the other very frequently is (sometimes neither are detected).

To solve this issue I have been powering down my computer for about 30 mins then I'd try again in the hope that it would detect both that time. When they both have been successfully detected I then have to navigate my way to Boot>Hard Drives then swap the 1st hard drive with the 2nd so on Boot>Priority the 2nd is the one showing. However, the 2nd hard drive that I speak of is the one that is rarely detected. This is rather frustrating at times and I would like to solve the issue as soon as possible as it seems to be getting progresively worse.

I currently don't have any external hard drives plugged in. I have swapped the hard drive cabels around from hard drive to hard drive (I tried unplugging/re-plugging first) and the issue is still occuring.

Any help or suggestions will be very much appreciated. If you would like further information I will try my best to answer.


Answer:BIOS not detecting one of my hard drives

Is this a Windows XP O/S system?

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First off, I want to let you guys know that I've read through the other IDE threads on this board and have tried their solutions as well. They've worked, to an extent.

My computer (XP) has recently started acting a bit schizophrenic. It works perfectly one day and won't start up at all the next. Every time it decides not to work, I get the same message on the initial diagnostic screen that always pops up: "Detecting IDE Drives..." It just stays this way forever until I restart it.

I find that unplugging devices and plugging them back in helps to fix the problem, but only for a while. People have told me to try finding out which device is broken by starting the computer with different components unplugged. My guess is that its one of the older DVD drives, but I can't be certain, since after I plug the devices back in, the computer works again (for a few days). Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Detecting IDE Drives error.

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ok....i installed an antec psu and everything has been working good.......i installed an old cdrw my friend had and it wouldnt i uninstalled it and when i booted uo it got to the desktop and to the desktop i shut it off....

then i took out all the psu plugs and reinserted them in better when i turn on the comp it freezes at the bios saying.....detecting IDE drive smells funny the heck did uninstalling a cd drive BURN MY HARD DRIVE...or is it burnt.....thanks

Answer:Can´t boot....detecting IDE drives

Unplug everything except your mobo, video, and a hard drive. Also change your molex connections, use a different one for your hard drive if possible, it's likely that it could be the psu or mobo also.

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I've got a regular IDE Parallel hard drive and 2 Raptor Serial ATA drives installed in a new system I've built. The motherboard has both types of connections. However, when I boot up the system, The 2 Raptors aren't detected at all and I don't know how to get the bios to read them at all. Any ideas?

Answer:SATA Raptor drives not detecting

sorceror7374,try going to start-right click on my computer, click on manage, select dick management. This may allow you to make the disks active and format them.

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I added a Vantec Internal Media Reader (UGT-CR960) and now cannot access an external USB HDD I use for system backup purposes. I have attempted to reboot the PC and disconnect / reconnect the ext USB HDD to different USB ports without success. When I plug the ext USB HDD into a port I do hear the detection chime but nothing registers within the file system. My non-Microsoft OS savy wild theory is the Vantec Media Reader may have hijacked a physical drive address/letter that the ext USB HDD once occupied.

Any ideas how I might rectify my isssue?

Answer:7 Home Premium not Detecting USB Drives

Open Disk Management to view all listed drives and post a pic of it.

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First off: wow, what a big and interesting community that I didn't know about. I'm going to school for computer network systems and becoming a permanent fixture here looks like it might be fun and rewarding.

I currently have an HP P6320f. The specs are available at CNet. I'm unable to retrieve them due to my current predicament.

So, last night the computer froze up on me and I thought it was an issue with Chrome. I tried to bring up the task manager and Windows 7 blue screened on me. I had to forcefully shut it down and everything went well until today. The system froze on me again, but it gave me some kind of disk error. When I tried to boot it up again I got this dreaded "please insert boot disk" error.

I thought for sure that my hard drive was having issues, so I ran the diagnostic from the HP start up screen. The CPU and RAM were good, but it gave me a BIOHD-8 error on the hard drive indicating it was failing. I wasn't satisfied, so I burned a Seagate diagnostic boot disk on my other computer and popped it into the DVD drive.

The software booted fine and it could see the hard drive, but it froze up halfway through the scan and I had to force a restart. This time while booting up I got another "insert boot disk' error and I was completely confused. There was a bootable disk in the DVD drive. When I restarted, I hit F10 to go into the BIOS setup and, sure enough, neither drive was detected.

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Answer:BIOS Not Detecting SATA Drives

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When I start my computer I get a black screen with Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk & Press Enter.
The BIOS doesn't list the harddrive, CD, or DVD drives....(The only drive listed is the floppy drive).
I have checked the cables & all seem on tight.

This is a hp pavilion computer (windows XP-home) it was working fine until I turned it on one morning & received a BSOD. I restarted it......Now all I get is the Disk Boot Failure & it won't load windows.

Any HELP would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Computer not detecting Harddrive, CD or DVD drives

have you look into the jumper setting?

Some of these pre-build system will only allow you to have 1 HD at 1 channel during boot up, so the boot HD must be it's own channel and set as master.

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Hi. I am having problems with vista not recognizing my Plextor IDE pata cd drives. I've already searched all over the place and tried a few things but no dice so far.

Here is everything I know:
- new computer, running vista premium (I put the computer together myself). About 3 weeks old.
- problem started just this past week (unfortunately I can't remember exactly what day or after what may have happened, but I suspect it has something to do with a bunch of windows updates that came one day).
- before that, the drives were working fine.
- my sata hard drives and dvd drive work fine.
- the drives are indeed detected by the bios
- i have verified the drives by booting with a bootable memtest86 cd and running memtest
- i think the pata drives aren't supported by the ICH9 chipset, but this motherboard has some sort of JMicron controller thingy, and it definitely detects the 2 drives because when the computer is running thru the POST messages, it says they are detected and even gives a few seconds to press any key...
- jumpers are set to master and slave right now. This worked before so I don't see any problems with that setting.
- this is the 32 bit version of vista
- right now this is the only issue I'm having.
- so to summarize, the drives don't appear in Device Manager or in My Computer. Scan for hardware changes has no effect. Manually adding new hardware doesn't work either.
Here's what I've tried:
- the registry fix found her... Read more

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Old m/board is no longer detecting hard or cdrom drives on ide channel 1 or 2. Can anyone offer any advice please?

Answer:M/board no longer detecting ide drives

Is the BIOS set to Auto on the main page from drive detection?Disconnect all the drives except the main system drive - take off the IDE cables - any difference?Just how old is old - can you give a few more detials please

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Ok heres my story. PSU went out on my computer and took the motherboard with it, comp would not power up even with new PSU.

I got a new motherboard, exact same model as before so my windows xp would work, installed it and it powered up. Everything gets recognized except my hard drives. I have 2 Western Digital SE 160 gb hard drives that had in a RAID. I have them both plugged into master just like it was on the other MB, I have 'set sata as RAID' set in the BIOS, I've checked the connections which seems pretty simple so I am at a loss. Am I missing something? I have never replaced a motherboard before so I am just wondering. Could my old PSU have taken BOTH HDs out along with the old MB? Thanks for any insight you can offer.

Here are my over all specs:
P4 3.6 ghz cpu
2 Western Digital SE 160 gb HDs
Windows XP Home

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Hello world,
Im having an annoying problem with my two hard drives. I restarted my computer last night and when I tried to reboot it doesnt detect either of my hard drives and asks me to put in "bootable" media. I went into the bios to check my boot sequence and it has my two cd/dvd drives, network card, but no hard drives . In an effort to narrow down the problem I took the following steps.

1. Made sure the IDE and power cables were in tight.
2. Put in a boot cd to see if windows could detect it when installing a fresh copy of windows. It could not
3. Tried resetting the bios by pulling the battery
4. Tried replacing my hard drive IDE cable with a brand new one
5. Noting that it detects my cd/dvd drives, I tried replacing both the power and IDE cables with the ones from the cd/dvd drives.
6. Thinking that it might be a problem with supplying power to the drives. I unplugged all nonessential drives and boards and tried booting minimally.

If anyone has any ideas about more ways I can narrow down the problem or perhaps a solution I will declare you my own personal savior. Thank you.

Answer:BIOS stopped detecting hard drives

was it a master/slave configuration or a raid one ? You basically tried every troubleshooting procedure...sounds to me like your harddrives went bad and need replacement

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I pulled my computer apart and put it back together to put in a new graphics card

Its likely I swapped the locations of a couple of the drives sata connections.

Now Auto play has detected these drives as removable, and keeps asking if what I want to do with them.

Is there anyway to get autoplay to forget about them?


Answer:AutoPlay detecting internal hard drives.

Check the settings in the Bios: Internal drive wrongly shown as removable - - Windows 10 Forums

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I am having a problem with my computer on boot. First off this is my old computer and I have recently been trying to turn it into a NAS using the FreeNAS OS. I installed that on a usb drive and have it booting from that successfully. I configured it to use the hard drive on the system as storage and had everything working great. This was about 3 days ago and since then it has been turned off and unplugged, had an ethernet cord in it. Today I went to boot it up and after it successfully detects the hard drive but then hangs there and doesnt move on.

I tried changing cables and power connectors and that didnt change anything. I then put it in my other computer and it booted up fine. Also, without the drive in the NAS system it booted just fine. So I figured the drive was funky and completely erased and formatted it. Still no luck. We did have a pretty big storm the other day but like I said the power cable was unplugged and all other equipment that was plugged into the same router via Ethernet was fine.

I then went to the BIOS and messed around with settings in there and finally ended up clearing it luck.

So I am out of ideas, any help would be great. 90% of the forums out there are about getting stuck while trying to detect IDE devices and I couldn't find much else.
If it is any help the MB has a POST code display on it and it is stopping at 75, which from the manual means "Detect and Install all IDE devices: HDD, LS120, ZIP,CDROM...".

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Hi all,Unfortunately my custom gaming computer does not seem to POST successfully. It does detect the CPU and RAM, however it takes longer than usual to actually find the IDE drives (I have 1 IDE drive [booting drive], and 1 SATA drive):I have a 86 GB IDE drive and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB SATA HDD.It doesn't seem to get past that stage and I've tried getting into the BIOS, however the computer says "Prepare to enter Setup" and stays like that.The XPressRecovery2 and Boot Menu do not seem to be accessible either.The motherboard used is the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR.The CPU is an Intel Pentium D 805.The Ram is GeiL 2GB DDR2 667/800.I don't know what to do, other than check the connections of the drives to the motherboard.Before this occurred yesterday, I had made the mistake of using "Stand By" on my computer, then awakening it some hours later to find some of my data on the SATA drive was lost and the 3.3v,1.8v and 12.5v being 4.0v (thereby overvolted?).[Using Windows XP SP1]I quickly shut it down and tried to check if any connections were loose, then I switched it on again.Then these problems occurred.Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Computer stays as detecting IDE drives in POST.

Whatever drive you have your OS on leave that connected >dis connect the others and re boot. This is a check only for starters.

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I currently have an 80GB ATA harddrive with windows installed on it, and I am attempting to add a 200GB SATA Maxtor harddrive. I am fairly sure everything is hooked up properly and when I boot I can press F4 to get to a RAID utility and that RAID utility displays the harddrive, however I cannot get the harddrive to show up in Windows (it is displayed in the BIOS under HDD Boot Order). I have searched several websites for a solution to this but I have come up blank. Any help would be appreciated and if this has already been answered I would greatly appreciate if you could point me in the right direction.

Answer:SATA Drives and K8NE-Deluxe & XP - not detecting

SATA drivers are installed ?

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Hi there everyone!

I was prompted by my OS last week to install 8.1 because it was gonna be "great!" so I did and on reboot, was greeted with a bsod. My computer dude said that it was time for a reinstall, so that's what I did during the course of the day. It's a fresh install, fully updated (8.1). I have three drives attached; two 500 GB disks and a 250GB. The computer is seeing one of the 500GB and the 250GB disks properly, but the other 500GB is only showing one partition it seems. It's labeled system reserve and is 350MB in size.

My virtual machines are housed on the other partition and I could really use them. How do I get the Windows install to allow me access to the whole drive?

Thanks for your time!

Answer:Reinstalled OS: No longer detecting drives properly

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have a Targa Ultra AN64 3700+. I had blue screen of death. I had to backup stuff from the drive so i disconnected it and used a USB Universal Drive to back up it to my onto my laptop.

Now the problem i have here is when I try to installed XP or Windows 7 it does not find the hard drives. It displays

Unkown Disk

<There is no disk in this drive.>

Things i have tired:

disable the SATA in the BIOS and still does not detect any of my hard drives.
re-enable it and it still can't find it.
When I go to Standard CMOS Features it can not detect any hard drives.
It detects it then it doesn't detect it. It comes and goes everytime. They don''t have any jumpers on them it came like that. It should be IDE 2 Master and IDE3 Slave.

I know some people are buying USB Floppy disk. I really don't want to buy anything else due to Christmas coming up.

Any ideas to get my PC going?

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usually, detecting ide drives takes 1 or 2 seconds for me. recently, it started taking a long time (about 1min). is there something in the bios i can change to make it back to normal, or any other way to fix this?

Answer:detecting ide drives takes a long time

try adjust the BIOS setting back to default

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Summary: I got the infamous DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" a few days ago on my Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Rev 1.0) system.

Setup: Built Nov. 2006. Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Rev 1.0), E6600 Core2Duo, 2GB Corsair 6400 RAM, 2x Samsung DVD-RW's, Seagate 320GB 7200.10 Barracuda Drives, SeaSonic 550W, EVGA 7900 GTO video. BIOS v. F10

Everything day to day goes relatively well, a few problems here and there nothing ever catastrophic, have had at least one HD crash in the past. A little overclocking here and there day in and day out. I came home this past Saturday afternoon to a BSOD--not sure which one, so I rebooted and got the DISK BOOT FAILURE.... First time I had ever seen that. My single HD is plugged in the 0th purple SATAII connector. Previously I had been running 2 320GBs on the 0th and 1st of the purple SATAII in RAID0 but after one crash or so, I just went back to a single drive, and the other just sits on the desk. The 2 Samsung DVD-RW's are Master and Slave connected to the single IDE connector on the mobo.

All of the sudden when I reboot, neither of the DVD-RW's are recognized in booting when it usually lists the devices (HD's, CDROMS) and hence I cannot boot to a CD/Windows/Gigabyte tools. I know they are getting power because the green lights on the blink upon booting and I can open and close them.

Power is getting to the HD I can feel it spin, but it never accesses it when booting so no *crunching* is heard, and no... Read more

Answer:Gigabyte DS3 not detecting SATA/IDE drives all of the sudden

Further troubleshooting...

I was able to borrow a Promise FastTrak TX4310 SATA board to see if it would boot to one of the HDs. It did detect a drive and attempted to start windows however sometimes it would start starting Windows but then quickly reboot. Sometimes I would show the beginning of the WindowsXP Pro splash screen, but as the splash screen is working on being fully seen, there is instantly a BSOD for a microsecond and instantly reboots. Then when I try to reboot it asks if I wanna start in Safe Mode or Normal. So I try safemode and it loads files as far as "giveio.sys" and reboots.

It still won't see either of the Samsung DVD-RWs even if I run just one or the other (switched to Master or CS on the end of the cable). But during booting both the DVD-RW's green lights flash.


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I'm installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on an Asus UL80J. When asking where I want to install windows, I get "No drives were found. Click to load a driver". The drive is new, has no problems, and is detected in the BIOS fine. Also, my Windows XP CD detects the drive just fine. I've tried both options in the BIOS for setting SATA to IDE and AHCI. I assume I'm missing a SATA driver needed at installation time, but I can't find one online or from the manufacturer. Any help?

Answer:Installation not detecting hard drive

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My computer goes to a black screen for about 2-3 minutes after Windows loads, instead of going straight to the windows logon screen. This just started happening all of sudden. I didn't install anything software or hardware wise, and did no big changes to my computer. About a couple weeks after it started doing this, my computer would get to the "Detecting IDE devices" part of the BIOS at bootup and freeze. It would be stuck at the screen. I have to turn off power completely to my computer and turn it back on in order to get it to finally detect. However, i do have to restart it like 4 or 5 times before this works. I don't believe the harddrives are the problem because they sound normal, and havent been touched. I dont think its the pins on my mobo either because it hasnt been touched so they should be fine. Thank you for anyone who helps with information on what the problem is and/or how i can fix it.

Answer:Computer freezes when detecting IDE drives and goes black before booting up

sound has little to do with it but isn't exluded is diagnosis..
Have you tried new cables?

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I bought an ACORP 6A815EPD mother board with dual P3 700MHZ procesors and 128mb of ram. I plug in my ribbon cable into the white slot and plug a hard drive into and a ribbon cable into the blue slot and plug a CD drive into. I turn it on, Detecting IDE Drives......... for about 1 minute then starts to Scan for them. And then boot failure comes up. Now if I put a disc into the drive to see if it will detect it, it doesn't and if I restart it and leave the disc in, NOTHING comes up on the screen and the CD drive makes noises.
Any help? oh and when I try to open the CD drive, the computer restarted. It detects a CD drive with no hard drive physically plugged in. but won't detect a hard drive with no CD drive physically plugged in,
This thig is messed! When I put a CD into it, it either shuts down completely or restarts.

Answer:Problem Detecting IDE drives on ACORP 6A815EPD Dual P3

Make sure your HD is plugged into the primary slot on the mobo, this could be blue or white look on the mobo to the side of the slot and it should be in little letters.(cd drive on secondary) (promary or secondary) also in the bios you need to make sure the HD detection is set to auto on all the slots and not user or none. This is undr the cmos section of the bios. I had this same problem just earlier today with my second computer and this fixed it.

You may have to manually do user detection and type in the HD specs if this doesnt help.

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Hello folks thanks in advance for any help offered. My problem is this.. I built my own system and it has worked fine for the past year or so. My problem started when I installed a new graphics card. It installed fine and it all worked well. Then the next day I play a game for several hours.. leaving my system on for most of the day. It crashes out of a game of World of Warcraft I am playing giving some error about loading textures. I try to restart the game but it repeats the error when I try to login. So, I reboot my system and as it starts up the bios it hangs up on the part where it is 'Detecting IDE Drives'. I try to enter my bios and it says it's loading when I hit f8 but never does. This problem stays active unless I let the computer stay off for a while, so I assume it's a heating issue tho I hate to assume and am a bit confused about how to troubleshoot it and need some advice. I'd also like to note that the first time I start the system for the day it always boots fine, it's only after an extended time on that it does the hanging at 'Detecting IDE Drives' screen. I actually took the case off and moved my SATA cords around a bit, then restarted and it worked...a few times. But the sure fix so far is letting my system stay off for a few hours. Any ideas? If you need more info just ask.

Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4ghz
4 gigs ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
I used HWMonitor and this is t... Read more

Answer:Solved: Issue with 'Detecting IDE Drives' Assistance requested

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When I first ordered my T570, I ordered it with the cheapest SATA hard drive, so that I could replace it with a SATA SSD that I've had for a while.  A few weeks ago ago, the machine started intermittently halting at the boot splash screen.  I managed to nuke my linux installation and reinstall the operating system, and all seemed fine, until a few days ago, where, mid-lecture, my computer starts throwing kernel panics like crazy---all errors relating to ext4.  It was my assumption that the SSD had finally kicked the bucket.  Thinking that, I ordered a new SATA ssd that arrived today, and I installed it. The problem is that after I installed the new SSD, I couldn't find the drive enumerated in an lsblk run from a arch linux live environment running on a USB drive.  Prior to installing the SSD, I had not used the laptop since the catastrophic failure. I placed the old SSD into the laptop, and same problem: drive isn't enumerated by lsblk nor is it listed in the BIOS. I've harvested an lspci and lsusb output in the hope that I could figure out what is going on.  Here they are lsusb:Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hubBus 001 Device 004: ID 04f2:b5ab Chicony Electronics Co., LtdBus 001 Device 003: ID 13fe:1e23 Kingston Technology Company Inc.Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0781:556b SanDisk Corp. Cruzer EdgeBus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub lspci:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corpora... Read more

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A few weeks ago one of my three hard drives failed and not long afterwards I noticed that my computer was taking a long time to boot up. It pauses for a minute or two at each of the detecting hard drives screen after detecting the memory, long before Windows starts loading.

Although I removed the failed drive a couple of days ago and did not replace it it is still taking a long time to boot. There are now only two hard drives in the machine, one a sATA drive with Windows on it and the other an ATA drive master on its own cable used for data storage. There is also a DVD writer set to master on its own cable.

Can anyone shed some light on how to speed the boot up again please? It is not seeking the floppy drive, is set to boot off the sATA drive and I can't see anywhere where it might be looking for a USB drive. All drive settings in BIOS are set to AUTO.

Answer:Long pause when detecting hard drives when booting

Are you sure the remaining drive is jumpered properly? Some drives have a Master with Slave preset jumper setting, make sure its not set to that. You may just want to set it to Cable Select.

Also check the drive configuration in the BIOS Setup to make sure its still not setup/looking for the missing drive.

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i have 6 gig dual channel ram installed, bios detects it but windows says i only have 3 gig under system properties. i have no problems in the device manager. whats wrong?

Answer:windows not detecting ram

Are you running a 64 bit system? If not Windows can't handle anything above about 3.2 GB RAM.

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Ok, so I was running Win 7 RC and it was great. Its on a dual boot hard drive with xp installed. Anyways, one day it wouldn't boot into Win 7, so I ran a scan with Win 7's memory diagnostic scan and it said I had some sort of hardware problem. I didn't think that was the case since Win XP boots fine. So I talked to a buddy of mine and he told me he had a similar issue and he resolved it by removing all his ram and putting 1 stick at a time back in, and everything was fine afterwards. So I tried the same thing. I have 4 sticks - 2x1GB and 2x512MB. After I tried this method, I all of the sudden lost 1 GB of RAM. What I noticed was it was a specific 2 slots on my motherboard that doesn't seem to be detecting them. I also noticed that my northbridge fan wasn't working. I just finished replacing that.

So far I have tried a few things. I checked to make sure that the ram was still working. All the sticks work fine. The motherboard has 2 green dimm slots and 2 purple, the purple are the ones that don't work. I took all my ram out and put a single stick into a purple lot, and the system wouldn't boot. The bios only detects the ram in the green slots, along with Windows, but CPU-Z detects all 3 GB and even tells me which ram stick is in what dimm. I attached some photos of the CPU-Z on the ram. I also ran the regular windows ram diagnostic test, and after 67 passes, no errors.

Also, after reseating the ram a few times, Win 7 boots fine now, but th... Read more

Answer:Windows not detecting all my ram

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I recently upgraded my stationary computer with a bunch of new components, just harddisks remaining. Anyway, I bought 32GB RAM, might've been a bit overkill, but RAM is cheap these days. The motherboard support up to 64GB RAM and I'm running Windows 7 64bit. The RAM is 4*8GB, but in windows it only detects 8GB RAM. What can be the cause of this and how do I fix it?

Answer:Windows only detecting 8 og 32 - GB RAM.

try downloading cpuid or speccy and check how much the system detects and in what slot it is detected in, after that reboot and check the bios, report back

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Hi everyone,
I'm not sure this is the right place to post this problem, but i believe it may be a driver problem. Please move this thread if it is in the wrong place.

Spec List:

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate x64CPU: Intel Core2Duo D6750Motherboard: Asus P5K-SE - latest BIOSRAM: Geil Ultra 4x1GB 4-4-4-12GPU: Raedon X-550HDD1: SATA WD Raptor 150GB (Primary)HDD2: IDE Seagate ST380011A 80GB (MISC/Torrent)

Problem: IDE HDD not being detected in Windows

A brief history of me and windows vista:
When Vista first came out, I obtained a Business/Enterprise Edition from work and decided to try it on my system. Unfortunately, like alot of people, i experienced quite a bit of problems, and the only reason why i went back to Windows XP Pro was because at the time Canon did not have a Vista driver/program for my laser multifunction centre.

So when the drivers/program did came out for vista (incl x64), I did no hesitate to format and install Vista Ultimate x64 on my system.

Problem #1(Solved):
First problem i encountered was that Vista did not detect my Pioneer DVD burner, and finally after some googling and registry tweaking, it was found that because i installed PowerISO that mucked up a few things. Smiliar problem happened to another user whom installed Daemon Tools. So that's solved *Phew* SOLVED

Everything was fine, except for one little thing that bugs me, in Vista for some reason, each time when i access the second HDD, it makes a click as if it was spun down, and was just... Read more

Answer:Not Detecting an IDE HDD in Windows

try a system restore to load a configuration that was working before, also reseat the drive, just in case a cable got loose.

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My brother was trying to restore his friends laptop and during the process the power got disconnected and the C Drive got wiped--I believe.
I decided to fix it I would do a fresh install of Windows 7.

Everything was going great and I got the recovery disk to install, but my problem was the Hard drive wasn't showing up as unallocated disk space. The drive did show up, but not as any free space.

I tried to do some tutorials in diskpart to fix the drive, but to no avail.

Now, I can't even get windows, or BIOS to detect the drive.

The last diskpart command I did was to reformat it.

It wasn't the quick reformat, but the one that takes an extremely long time.

That's when I noticed it wasn't detecting anymore.
Here's some pics of what I'm seeing:

imgur: the simple image sharer

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Answer:Windows 7 not detecting HDD

If the HD is not detected in BIOS then it likely is bad. You can try reinstalling it and check the contacts to see that it is correctly inserted, but if it won't register in BIOS then it's likely gone bad and needs replacing.

If you can get it to show up in BIOS then download and burn to CD the HD maker's HD Diagnostic using Windows Image Burner or ImgBurn then Boot to run the extended CD scan.

If this is OK then see if it will show up in Diskpart or installer now. If so, create a full Disk partition to run Disk Check from the DVD Command Line. Those two tests are needed to pass the HD as useable.

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Ofcourse got windows 7 bout last week with a new comp.
its an hp. forgot which kind but its the lower level one.
computer properties say
Intel Dual Core 2.6
an Ati video card.
bla bla bla.
So far i have liked windows 7 except for this problem.
I have windows 7 64 bit by the way.

I try installing my printer but i cant seem to.
it worked fine with my previos xp computer. it was an OLD gateway.

My printer is an HP PhotoSmart C4180
but Windows wont detect it.
I installed it manually before
Installed the drivers from the HP site.
And it wouldnt print.
Nor detect an MS DUO card when i inserted it in the Printer.

So i uninstalled the printer.

Now i try once again to install it manually.
And i go to the add a device screen.
And it doesnt detect it.
Powered on and everything. Just doesnt detect.
the add a device screen has now been searching forever without stopping.
Around an hour and doesnt find anything.
I tried switching usb cords but nothing happened.
Restarted the Printer Spooler Service. but nothing happened either.

Can somoeone please help me, and windows detect the printer.
And install it properly. Any help would be Appreciated it. Thank you.

Answer:Help Windows Not Detecting.

Hi lwd8ball, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Try this:
Uninstall all drivers for your printer you have installed
Disconnect the printer
Open Devices and Printers
Click Add a printer
Click Add a local printer
Click Next
Choose HP on the left pane and HP Photosmart C4100 series on the right

Click Next and follow the instructions. Do not connect the printer before you are told to do so
This should work.


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Hello, I'm new here. If this is posted in the wrong section, I apologize.

Today when i booted my computer, it said "windows has detected a decrease in memory" I turned off my computer, unplugged it, took out all 3 sticks of ram, put them back in...

Still, windows is only detecting 2gb of ram when I really have 3gb of ram.
Performance Index for ram went down from 5.9 to 5.5

Can someone tell me what to do so that windows recognized all 3gb of ram.

here's a a couple screen shots:


Answer:Windows 7 64 bit Only Detecting 2gb of ram?

It is giving this behavior, because likely, one of your memory sticks, or one of your memory slots has died. Swap them around to find out which it is, and then you can go about replacing that part. Hopefully, it will be one of the sticks, as that would be much simpler than replacing the mobo.

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Hey, I'm having problems with getting my GPU to work with Windows 7, I'm dual booting with Windows XP x86 (32bit) and with XP it's working perfectly.

I've done a CPU-Z report and uploaded the details via my website, you can check out the specs here. I've done the majority of troubleshooting steps that I've found via google, MSN, general bulletin board lurking and so on, I've yet to find the answer.

I'm running Windows 7 x64.

CPU-Z report on Windows 7 x64.

The error I'm currently recieving.

I've tried getting the drivers via the Windows Update tool.

I've tried going through the Device Management and locating the "nv_disp.inf" file, but I couldn't do it via that way, only goes to the "English" folder and no further.

I've also tried doing the same as above except going to "show compatiable hardware" unticking that, then clicking "Nvidia", then locating the 9500GT from the list and then trying that way but it does not work either.

Answer:Windows 7 not detecting my GPU.

Forgive me for reviving this thread, but I really need some assistance

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I have two 4gb chips of RAM installed on my dell laptop. My bios as well and windows is only detecting 4gb of RAM.

I am positive both chips of RAM are functional.
My BIOS gives no option for memory remapping.
I do not have maximum memory checked under boot > advanced.

Please help.

Answer:Windows only detecting 4gb of RAM

Initially I was going to tell you that you may be running a 32-bit version of Windows and would need to upgrade to a 64-bit version to use all your RAM but after seeing that's not the issue here, I would suggest scanning your system on to make sure your memory is connected properly/compatible with your motherboard. Please reply with your scan results as well as your computer's specs.

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Can anyone tell me why in my BIOS my HDD and DVD rom are present as master and slave but when windows load up the dvd rom is no where to be seen. I just install a new MOBO and I need to load all the chipset drivers via my dvd rom but it cant detect my drive. Any ideas why this happends and what is the way around this? appreciate any help that anyone can provide.

Answer:windows 98 not detecting dvd rom

Are you using a blank hard drive or is it one with windows on it from a previous system?I am wondering if its the latter if that is somehow causing this.

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I just finished rebuilding this comp for a friend and im trying to install windows and its not detecting the hard drive. I did the jumpers right, reconnected everything, switch with the cdrom(maybe work?? cord. I cant figure it out = (

Answer:Windows not detecting HDD

To confirm your computer is seeing the harddrive you need to check in bios (not Windows) if bios (cmos or setup) sees it, then it may be a driver issue (that F6 prompt when installing Windows)

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Huawei E1550 (internet Device: ISP Etisalat, Egypt) is not showing-up on Ubuntu 12.04.

Any Idea?

via (lsusb) it is recognized as: Huawie Technologies Co. , Ltd E169/E620/E800 HSDAP Modem However, in Media folder it does not show.

Can Mode-switching be applied successfully.

Answer:New Ubuntu 12.04 Installation not detecting Huawei E1550

aasalem said:

Huawei E1550 (internet Device: ISP Etisalat, Egypt) is not showing-up on Ubuntu 12.04.

Any Idea?

via (lsusb) it is recognized as: Huawie Technologies Co. , Ltd E169/E620/E800 HSDAP Modem However, in Media folder it does not show.

Can Mode-switching be applied successfully.Click to expand...

It appears your device is both a modem AND a usb storage device(?). The lsusb recognition would suggest the usb storage functionality is available, but if that is the case, it should show up in /media or /mnt. Perhaps it is mounting in /tmp folder? My son's iPod was plugged into a friends machine (windows!) and the device was somehow re-initialized; Ubuntu failed to mount it in the previoiusly proper location, but I found it mounting in the /tmp directory with a random alpha-numeric identifier. We reset the device, plugged back in, Ubuntu found it, mounted it, and all was well again.

Found this on Arch forums, but most of it is beyond my understanding:

This appears to be more specific to Ubuntu:

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I had Vista installed on a SATA WD Raptor and everything was running great. I think when I installed phone drivers for my RAZR it screwed something up and Windows would no longer boot (error was 0xc000000f for winload.exe). I'm trying now to format the drive and reinstall Vista, but the Vista installation doesn't detect my Raptor even though it did when I first installed it. The BIOS does detect it. Any ideas would could be wrong? I've tried different drives on different ports and they all show up in the BIOS, but never in Vista installation. Thanks.

Answer:Vista Installation Not Detecting Hard Drive

I think my hard drive is bad and vista installation was not liking the corrupted drive. I put in an XP disc and it found both the good and bad drives. I put a new drive in and am installing vista on it now. we'll see what happens.

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A few months ago my PC had the problem of clicking, freezing, and turning itself off at random, as described in this thread. However, I fixed this, so I thought, by buying another PSU, and it has had no more hardware issues.

Until about 2 weeks ago I bought and installed a new graphics card, an Nvidia 460. For some reason, something done during the course of this installation caused the power button to no longer work properly. It works SOME of the time, but not always. It usually takes a couple of presses to get it to turn on or off. I checked the cables and the power button set up and nothing seems wrong with it or so far as I can see, changed from before.

Additionally, recently the PC does not always boot when switched on. Sometimes it hangs 'detecting IDE drives'. Turning it off then on again usually fixes it.

However, yesterday and today, this 'detecting ide drives' problem got worse. The 'detecting ide drives' was accompanied by the return of the dreaded clicking. Albeit in a very different way. About 8 loud clicks that sound like the noise of a PC switching on or off in a row. It can start up, after several tries (using it right now) with no clicking (yet) once it's booted.

Any suggestions what could've gone wrong with the Nvidia 460 installation to make the power button work only intermittently, or what could be causing the clicking?

The PSU is a Corsair 650w and as I said only a couple of months old. The PC has Windows... Read more

Answer:Power button issues, clicking and hanging 'detecting ide drives'

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Up until recently Windows explorer automatically detected an sd card when inserted in the card reader. However now it won't detect it. It does autmatically detect a USB drive inserted into the usb slot on the same hardware. I have ruled out a hardware issue by booting from other windows 7 drives on my machine and both times the sd card is detected by Windows explorer. I have tried checking the driver for the flash reader on the problematic hard drive and it says it is working properly. Is there a fix for this without reinstalling windows 7?

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I'm trying to use a CD and it won't load. I go to My Computer and it doesn't show the D:\ drive. Please help!

Answer:Windows not detecting CD drive

When did the problem first appear? Have you added any new software lately?

When you enter BIOS setup (by pressing a key usually indicated on the screen when you boot), does the drive appear there?

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I recently just bought a new pc and I am having issues with using dual monitors. 
I have Windows 7 Home Premium and a AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB graphics card. It is suppose to support up to 3 monitors at one time. It has a Display port, HDMI port, and two DVI ports (1 DVI-I Dual Link and 1 DVI-D Dual Link). 
I am using both DVI ports at the moment and I am using standard DVI-D Single Link cables as it shows they are compatible with both dual link DVI-D and DVI-I ports. I have a 22 in wide screen hanngs monitor and a smaller 19 in princeton monitor.
My two monitors are different sizes, but both have a DVI-I dual link port and both are set to use a digital signal. I used the AMD Driver Detector to get the newest drivers and updates to the Catalyst Control Center(CCC). I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver a couple times with no success.
This is what the AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB card looks like:,3253,l=320681&a=318900&po=2,00.asp 
When I start windows both screens display the windows starting screen. When I get to the blue splash screen the bigger monitor goes to sleep and says it doesn't detect any signal. My other monitor works just fine. I tried using windows and ccc to detect my second monitor, but neither could find it. 
I then tried booting into safe mode. When in safe mode CCC is not active and both monitors d... Read more

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My laptop runs Win 7 Home Premium, all patches. I had an LG 500G phone and was able to connect it via a USB cable and copy off pictures. I lost that phone and got another. Connected it, Windows went "boo-doop", and that's it... no new drive, nothing in Device Manager, nothing. I tried re-installing the latest drivers from LGs site. Nothing. How can I try to get it to see the memory in my phone again?

Answer:Windows mostly not detecting USB device

Do you have a memory card in the phone?

While the phone is connected,

You may have to go to settings and tools/ USB mass storage device/ enable.

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