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Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

Question: Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

Hi all,

I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

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Answer: Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) - go to 2:20

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Hello. I am working with The 15" Inspiron 3542 laptop and when I went to turn it on this morning, an all black screen came up and this message was written in small white letters near the top,

"internal hard disk drive not found
to resolve this issue, try to reset the drive. No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter Setup Menu, F5 enter PSA"
Please help. Thanks,

-Brandon

Answer:HELP - DELL INSPIRON 3542 "Internal hard disk drive not found..."

Hi Brandon,
Welcome to the Dell Community Forum.
Turn on the system, at startup or at Dell logo tap F2 to open BIOS. In the BIOS screen, check what is listed for fixed HDD. If the HDD size is not listed, try reseating the HDD & check if it helps. Refer to the link below for the service manual.
http://bit.ly/1iFkWZz
Reply with your findings to proceed further.

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Hello ..This is for my friend who has a dell inspiron 1525.We have done what it says and reseated the hard drive, but we are still getting this message.I have ran the diagnostics test, and confirmed the the drive is not being detected in the BIOSWe have tryed to reseat the drive a few times but without any luck..Is there anything else we could try, but luck is not on our side at the moment as we have no other laptop we can try this drive on.I was wondering what might have caused this, ryan my friend says he had fallen asleep and had left the laptop on for about 10 hours  , it was buried in the bed, so could over heating have caused this

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F1 reboot not working....
Please helo

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 using since 2010 suddenly I saw this error message "internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive" when I turned it ON. Then I tested with other HDD drive from other laptop and it booted fine. Then realized that HDD was down brought a new samsung SSD 120GB drive and installed on my laptop and trying to install the Windows 7 from a CD still seeing the same error when turned ON.
Please help with this issue.
Thanks in Advance
ROHIT

Answer:internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive.............Please help

Thanks guys!!!!!
My bad after I installed the SSD the CD that was in the DVD Drive was the Applications/Driver CD instead of Windows 7 disk. I just realized  and installed the Win7 on my new hard disk my laptop is back to normal. Thank God! I saved 500 to get the new laptop.

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Inspiron 14z-5423  Hard Disk Drive not found: How to Reseat Drive?
error code 2000-0142
validation 73381

Also, video card for memory has error code of 2000-0332
validation 71027

Much appreciation for info to help me do this, confused and sad.

Answer:Inspiron 14z-4423 Hard Disk Drive not found: How to Reseat Drive?

Hi HEARTLOTUS,
The 0142 error is a HDD failure. This is a smart error and indicates that the HDD is failing or already failed error - see this article for reference - http://dell.to/1NAsADX
So, reseating the HDD will not positively help in this case. If you would like to reseat the HDD anyway and check - download the service manual here - http://dell.to/2d326ia
Also, the 0332 is a video card related error. So, the motherboard needs to be replaced.
Personally, I would suggest you to invest your money on a new machine than to repair this system. However, that is your discretion.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Hey all I have an Alienware X51 R3 and I was messing with my command prompt and accidentally changed what I believe is the path too boot my hard drive... In the command prompt I said

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\

I then reset my computer and now I get a "Internal hard disk drive not found to resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive. No bootable devices. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter Setup Menu, F5 enter PSA"

I don't know what to do, I can boot my Linux OS by inserting my USB and I can mount my HDD and will have access to all the files in my drive.
I have no idea how to fix this, my computer will boot and instantly give that message unless I have my USB in to auto boot the Linux OS.How can I fix the path back to my HDD? Can I change anything in my hard drive through my Linux OS and make it work again? I don't even know how I would be able to reformat if I had no other option. What an I do?

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found

This is my bootmgr entry, this is if you have a recovery partition as your first volume. If your boot partition is the first partition then the device value will end in HarddiskVolume1.

You probably just need to re-point path to the efi file.

Windows Boot Manager

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identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2
path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {14105cca-1b7b-11e6-8afe-e38650dc991f}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

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Whenever I start up my Dell XPS 15 I get the error "Internal hard disk drive not found..."
I checked the BIOS and it shows the hard drive is there and also ran the Dell Startup thing that checks the different components and got no errors.

What do I do next?

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found...

Run the Dell Diagnostics again but this time select the Custom Hard drive extended test. The hard drive has most likely failed.

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Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 5748. Out of nowhere, my laptop reboots then displays the message that no internal hard disk is found. I've run the ePSA a few times, reseated the hard drive, then re-run the tests. Every test, particularly the hard drive, passes. Any guidance?

Answer:Internal hard drive disk not found

Ddrace,Below is information for resolving the hard drive issue.Understanding and Troubleshooting Hard Drive Issueshttp://dell.to/2k8Nywr

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So I've had my Dell Inspiron for about a year now. The other day, I tried turning it on, and it brought up only a black screen telling me to try reseating the hard drive. I figured I was supposed to take out and put back in the hard drive. After doing this twice, the screen keeps coming up. I would love to be able to use my computer again. Am I doing anything wrong? I still have a warranty for a week. Would that help with this situation? I have a Dell Inspiron 15 3541

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Hey all I have an Alienware X51 R3 and I was messing with my command prompt and accidentally changed what I believe is the path too boot my hard drive... In the command prompt I said

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\
 
I then reset my computer and now I get a "Internal hard disk drive not found to resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive. No bootable devices. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter Setup Menu, F5 enter PSA" 

I don't know what to do, I can boot my Linux OS by inserting my USB and I can mount my HDD and access everything in there. However I dont know how to boot my windows OS. How can I fix this? How can I fix the path back to my HDD?  

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found.

You will need external media to boot into the Command Prompt, either a Recovery Drive or Install Media.  You may be able to download the install media from Dell and make a bootable flash drive.
Another alternative might be to boot into the media and run the command below.
bootrec /rebuildbcd
The real entry looks like the one below.. Of course, your volume numbers and GUID numbers will probably be different.
path                    \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BOOTMGFW.EFI
While there you might do a bcdedit  to make sure it looks something like this.
indows Boot Manager
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identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2
path                    \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BOOTMGFW.EFI
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
default                 {current}
resumeobject            {4e9d279a-ec49-11e4-933d-a8eac534f6b4}
displayorder            {current}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                ... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop 1526, 2 years old. It came with Vista. I upgraded to Windows 7 back in Dec 2009.
I backed up my files onto an external HD the day before my system got this error. (3 days ago)
I physically took a picture of the screen with my camera to show what I was getting.
The first screen shows that internal hard disk drive not found.
Then I tried to do a "repair", and this is what it shows now ( i also took a picture of that too)

Test Performed:
System Disk Test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code OXO
Time taken 15ms

Root cause found:
System volume on disk corrupt
Repair Action: File system repair (chkdsk)

I have the original Dell OS CD...it says its Window XP service pack 2...however it came with Vista installed.
I also have the Windows 7 CD

Thank you
Elizabeth

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html)Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Oh boy. Somewhere between the time I posted tonight about my computer running slow and now, my computer has completely failed me.

It's a Dell Inspiron 9300. About 4 years old. Without finding a way into it, I can't tell you much else. The only thing I downloaded today was HJT so I could post a log on the other thread I have up.

I fell asleep on the couch, and when I awoke, there was a lovely blue screen with some gibberish about "if this is the first time you have seen this screen, restart" and when I did...BLACK SCREEN and this horrendous clicking noise coming from the lower right-hand side of the unit. I should also mention the unit was so hot to the touch I nearly burned myself. Literally. It's gotten hot before, but this was honestly stove-top burner hot.

The message is "internal hard disk drive not found" press f1 to continue or f2 to...something. F1 gets me back to the same black screen. F2 gets me to bios where it confirms I no longer have an internal hard drive.

The good news is I have an external harddrive backup. The bad news is it was last backed up on 9/10 and I've done at least 20 jobs since then (graphic design) and three in progress with in-hand dates of less than 5 days from now. I'm just sick. AND I KNOW BETTER!

Anyway, is it really toast?! Help!
Natalie
 

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found - PLEASE HELP!!

Yeah 4 years out of a Hard Drive is actually very good. There are a couple ways to retrieve the data. It just depends on how important it is. If it is very very important ($2500 important) than locate a data recovery center.
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista. it's 3 years old and out of warranty.

There was no problem with this computer before but it crashed today. When I tried to start my laptop, I receive a message “internal hard disk drive not found” “To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.” “No bootable devices—strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. “Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.”

I took out hard disk and put it back but it didn't work
I have not backed up anything from this computer and I really needit fixed asap
please help me!
 

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So lo and behold this morning I found my internal hard drive disk was not working. I ran the pre boot diagnostics and everything else was working fine. I went to best buy and got another hard drive (1 TB SATA drive) and switched the old one with the new one. The computer still won't boot, but now the pre boot diagnostics recognizes the drive is present and says it's working fine. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Internal Hard Disk Drive not found... After replaced!

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Hello! I have a Dell studio 1735 laptop, with (seemingly) common problem and even more interesting spin to it.

When I boot, it sticks to the dell bios screen at about 95%, then shows up with this message:

"internal hard disk drive not found
To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive."
(system beeps)
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics"

Of course, i press F5, it runs its full diagnostics, with flying colors (everything passes)
once thats done, it boots to windows fine, but its the ONLY way im able to boot to windows,i just dont want to have to do the full diagnostic EVERY time i turn on my laptop.. (plus i think that means that the HDD is going bad?)

I have reseated, checked connections, etc. i have pretty much checked all that i can find online about how to fix this issue, but no one else seems to have the same situation i do.

im not sure if anyone could help me, but im savvy enough to dump diagnostic files on here/etc.. i appreciate the help in advance
 

Answer:internal hard disk drive not found, until i run diagnostics..why?

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I receive the following message on start up: "Internal hard disk drive not found, to resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive"
I ran the PSA test and all seem to be working good, also, the HDD and SD are seen in the BIOS menu. 
Please advice what to do?

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found Dell XPS 9530

have you checked this thread? Does it help?
en.community.dell.com/.../19528713

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This is a Dell Latitude laptop with Windows XP
I let the battery die on it and when i plugged it in the next morning to turn it on I get that error message. I tried taking out the hard drive and putting it back in. The BIOS is not seeing any hard drive. It reads "<none>"
I am not sure if the battery discharging has anything to do with it or not.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!
 

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found after battery discharge

Faulty HDD Controller but I would have that laptop check out if you can. Most likely it's the MOBO that is to blame. MOBO = Motherboard. See if that was XP not seeing the HDD then you could re-install XP. But you said your BIOS is not seeing the HDD. It could also be your HDD as failed. Normally DELL has a tool that you run to test your system out. This tool is use by DELL Certified Techs to see where your issue is. HDD, MOBO, Battery. Most of the time the MOBO is replaced. Then HDD then the Battery to solve your issue.
 

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Has anyone seen this error when trying to install the creaters update? This is on my Dell Venue 8 Pro. I've successfully installed all prior updates without issue.

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Drive 1 not found Serial ATA , SATA Primary Hard Disk 0 Not Found Help Please Barbarajo99
 

Answer:Drive 1 not found Serial ATA , SATA Primary Hard Disk 0 Not

Howdy and welcome. I've removed your poll, as it was unnecessary.

thanks,

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It says please reseat drive. I replaced my old hard drive and my new hard drive was working for 3 days. Then it came out with the same issue my old hard drive had. Please help, I don't want to buy a third hard drive

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1440 no hard disk drive found

If you installed a 7 mm drive, you likely need a spacer to ensure  it connects in place of the original drive, which is 9.5 mm in height.
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so i was told to buy a sata data and power combo cable and connect the hard drive to my desktop but i don't know what to do after that, is there a certain web site i go to to fix this problem or reformat it is a dell inspiron 1545 and i have windows vista please help
 

Answer:Dell laptop says internal hard disk drive not found and no bootable devices

Can you say what happened to your pc, does it boot into Windows?
What do you want to do with the SATA cable you have bought?
 

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Having a real issue here. Annoying really. I cannot seem to get this T30 to see the hard drive during a windows installation. Is there a driver or driver set I need to have on the hard drive before it will install? I have a machine with a wiped drive, and have no OEM disks. I am using a full retail XP Pro. SP2. Do I need to slipstream drivers for this to work? HELPPPPPP!! Thank you community  I'm an idiot. Solved the problem. Sorry for cluttering the board.Message Edited by dehnger2u on 08-23-2008 07:18 AM

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I have a problem with windows saying my 1TB WD HDD isnt there. When I boot my computer up i can see it on the boot menu, but when i log into my computer an error message pops up and says "error: core library not found", and my D: is gone. I boot off of a 64gb SSD. It also seems the problem is getting worse, earlier I could access the HDD but it would randomly disconnect sometimes, and a restart would solve the problem. Awhile after that (few hours or so) it would disconnect whenever i tried to access it. And when i rebooted I could see it again, but if I tried to access it would continue to disconnect. Now whenever I boot I can see it in the boot menu but when I get into windows I get that error message.

Answer:2nd internal hard drive wont appear "error: core library not found"

Have you re-seated the power & data cable to the 1TB HD ?

How does in show up in Disk Management ?

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

Here's what I found ou... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.

Thanks!

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My home CPU was working fine yesterday morning. I left in on and started watching TV. About an hour and a half later the power blink on and off. We though nothing of it. a few hours later my wife attempted to use the CPU and found a blue screen with white txt on it. I look at it but could not read the message because the left margin was cut off. I didn't write it down either. I do remember the message stating that I should restart the CPU and if the problem was still there I should contact someone for help. I turned the CPU off and when I turned it back on the CPU made sounds we have never heard before. Beep, Beep, pause, Click. The beeps occured in a rapid succesion, then a pause, then a click. Theses noises repeat themself constantly as a white bar fills itself running from left to right at the bottom of a black screen. On that same screen the CPU showed Dell's insignia on it with the words "F2 = Setup F12 = Boot Menu" at the top. Then it goes to another black screen with white text showing the error message:

"Primary hard disk 0 drive not found
Strike F1 Key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"

We have windows XP on the CPU. It is a Dell Computer.

We have family photos, and personal information saved on this CPU and most is not backed up. Can you please help.
 

Answer:"primary hard disk 0 drive not found"

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Hi guys,

I think I'm in big trouble, I have a Dell XPS Lap Top Pentium 4HT 3.40GHz and on boot up it doesn?t see the Hard Drive, it say?s "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found" I took out the single screw removed and reinserted the hard drive hoping it was just a bad connection but no luck, before this problem I could not get the CD/DVD bay to open but I think that is a separate issue but not sure, this is a big laptop that I use for my work and I move it around allot, I try to be careful but it has gotten banged a couple of times but nothing big, say something equal to like a drop of only 1 inch or so could that be the cause?

I make my living with this thing and have allot of stuff in the HD some backed up but some not so what I'm asking is what should I do? Am I screwed? The hard drive is a Hitachi Travelstar model HTS726060M9AT00 60GB 7200RPM ATA/IDE the rest of the info is as follows:


BIOS Version: A05
Application CPU: Enabled
Level 2 Cash: 1024KB
System Memory: 3.4 GHz 1024 MB @ 400 MHz
video controller: ATI Radeon 9700
Video Memory: 128 MB
Panel Type: 15.4" Wide UXGA
Audio Controller: sigmatel 9750
modem Controller: Conexant D480 MDC
Primary Hard Drive: None
Modular Bay: DVD+/-RW
System D-Bay: Not Installed

Really appreciate any help, thanks.
 

Answer:Help "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found"

Burnout- First isolate the software possibilities. Go into Bios (tap F2 at boot up) and check "Drives". Make sure its enabled.Try resetting the BIOS (turn on all 3 lights:numlock, caps, and scroll, then hit ALT + E, then ALT + F, then ALT + B) it'll reboot automatically. If still no HDD, run system diagnostics (tap F12 and choose "diagnostics") start with "custom tests/ HDD/ confidence test" that a fairly quick test, but you can do a full scale HDD test by just choosing "all tests" under HDD catagory.
Or you can use the "Resource CD" that came with the PC, put it in the drive and boot from it (tap F12 and choose CD/DVD drive) and run diagnostics from that.
I also think maybe if theres a RAM problem, it won't find the HDD, Open the memory door on the back and reseat the RAM.If you have two Ram modules, try removing one and boot. Then try the other.
Try using a soft pencil eraser and cleaning the HDD connector on the HDD. Clean off any crumbs afterwards, reseat and boot.
Let us know how you make out.
DCO
 

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Whenever I boot the computer up, I get this right after the first windows loading screen -

Primary Hard Disk Drive 1 not found
Hit F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup

I used to have this problem every once in a great while, and my disk drive wouldn't work along with the message. Now though, everything is fine. Everything is there, everything works. Waiting for the message and hitting F1 everytime you gotta start up the computer gets annoying though, so I'd like to get to the bottom of this.
 

Answer:"Primary Hard Disk Drive 1 not found"

Boot into your bios & on the main page you will see all your installed drives, I take it you only have 1 hard drive, only leave enabled the hd you are using, and any cd/dvds & disable any others.
save & exit
 

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I am helping a friend on their "built" computer. Initial problem was all at once, they got a screen (during boot-up) that said windows stopped because the controller or hard drive had a problem. Said to ck connections on controller and hard drive, or do a chk disk on the drive.

I used Barts PE to load windows and ck the hard drive.....it would not recognize the hard drive at all. So I went to Western Digital website and downloaded a utility to ck the hard drive. The error it gave was "Hard Drive Not Found".

So Western Digital sent me another SATA drive.......the first drive was a 1st. Generation Drive, while the replacement drive is a 2nd. Generation Drive.

Now when trying to load Win XP on the new drive, it cant see the drive either and stops. I tried loading 3rd party SCSI drivers when doing the install, I even added the SATA drivers from the mother board utilities disk (Chaintech).

It wont work. How can I tell if I have mother board problems, or if I just need some different drivers to load?? Chaintech wont answer their tech phone line....so????

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Wayne
 

Answer:SATA Hard Drive not Found??

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Hi, I've just built my PC from components and am having trouble installing Vista. I can get as far into the installation as selecting where to install it to, but no hard drive is found! However, the hard drive (SATA) is found in the BIOS settings as the 'IDE MASTER 0' or something like that.

After a little googling, I found somebody with a similar problem and it seems that the vista install does not detect certain SATA drives. The CD that came with the motherboard says it contains some SATA drivers among other things, but even these arent found when I replace the windows DVD with it during installation.

Can anyone help me sort this out? Thanks.
 

Answer:Trying to install, SATA hard drive not found

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I have an M90Z (non-touch) and love it.  Does anyone know if it would be possible to replace the Western Digital 320GB drive with a solid state drive? The system is great, but I do work with some pretty large database files and access time is much more important than storage capacity.  I could get by with a much smaller drive than the 320. Thanks.

Answer:M90Z..Replacing the internal drive with a solid state hard drive?

I assume it is possible.   According to the spec sheet, Lenovo offers the M90z with a SSD "For special bid only". http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/pdf/desktops/ThinkCentre/M-Series%20all-in-ones/WW%20Thi...   I love mine too.    What processor did you get? What do you use it for?  I hope you got the stand. It is so much better with it.  Here is some information I posted about the volume. http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/A-and-M-Series-ThinkCentre/M90z-tip-Speaker-sound-volume/m-p/381735 If you add the SSD, come back to this thread and let us know what the performance is like.





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Hi, After turning on my laptop I am getting an error message, "Internal hard disk drive not found". No bootable devices.
I've turned it off, unplugged, removed battery, unplugged/re plugged disk and rebooted but that didn't do it.
I ran the ePSA prebiotic assessment. Everything ok, EXCEPT it tells me my hard drive is not installed.
F2 Set Up>Boot:
Fast boot enabled
Boot list option UEFI
Secure boot enabled
Load legacy option disabled
Boot option #1 onboard NIC ( IPv6)
Boot option #2 onboard NIC (IPv4)
Anyone experiencing this and found a solution that works?
Thanks,
Amy

Answer:Internal Hard Disk Not Found -Dell Inspiron 15 3542 laptop

Hi Amy,Thanks for posting.Please run a diagnostics test either by pressing F12 at startup, or use Dell Support Assist make a note of any error messages, and contact Dell Tech Support for further troubleshooting and possible resolution.  You can contact Tech Support at 1-800-624-9896 or 1-800-288-4410, or you can initiate a chat session http://dell.to/2v4snVm

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My pc is a Hp 533w, 60gb, 256 Ram, Hard drive interface: EIDE (ATA-not SATA) Intel Celeron Processer with 2 GHZ processer speed, BUS speed 400 Mhz.
I did a diagnostics with the cd that came with the new drive and it shows the old drive is ok. But my computer says (on booting up) that "no operating system is found". So, I tried reinstalling Windows XP and it then says "No Hard Drive found". (which is why in the 1st place I thought my old hard drive was bad) I installed a new hard drive but got the same messages as with the old hard drive. I called HP support 3 times and this is what they have had me do.
1. Unplugged and replugged all cables and hard drive to insure a good connection. Made sure there were not discs or floppies in the drives. Made drive the "Master" drive.
2. Went into the BIOS and changed the boot to CD drive to the first.
3. installed the "Windows XP home Edition utility" - 6 floppy discs - and formated the hard drive. Inserted the 1st of the XP installations discs and it worked for a while then got to where it kept saying this file couldn't be copied, that file couldn't be copied etc. So, had to stop there as it wouldn't do anything else.
Now when I boot up, I am back to where I started - NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND and when I put in the Windows XP recovery disc - NO HARD DRIVE FOUND.
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Answer:Pc says "No operating system found" or "No Hard Drive Found"

Yes, I tried a brand new cable. Thanks
 

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i used the computer last night and turned it off before going to bed as usual. i went to get on it this morning and it said boot from cd. so i put the windows xp cd in and it goes to a window that says welcome to setup. to set up windows xp now, press enter. to repair a windows xp installation using recovery console, press r.

so i press enter and it instantly says setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

i opened the side of the computer and checked the connections and they are good. i have read to do this, that, and the other but i dont understand any of the big words they use. can someone please help me???

i am not computer savvy at all. i can turn it on and play around but thats it. so please help me in the simplest terms you can. thank you.
 

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I recently turned on my computer after not using it for a few weeks and it was dead-could no see my HD (i have 2). it could srr me CD drive. Checked all connections, rebooted, changed cable, booted from CD all with no luck. Installed a new HD. was able to formatte it and started to install XP but after reboote the same message, "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found". HELP!!!!!!!
 

Answer:Hard disk drive not found

SATA or EIDE?
 

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Hi guys, it's my first time posting here...so bear with me..

I have 2 problems on my hands with my computer

First off, it's a Dell Optiplex GX150, everything is factory except it has Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 on it...

Now about 4+ months ago, I bought my sister-in-law a new HD (samsung 80gig) and set everything up on my computer at my house, when I took the new HD out and put my old one back in, i started having problems when booting up.

When I boot up I get a message that says:

"Primary hard disk drive 1 not found
Secondary hard disk drive 0 not found
Secondary hard disk drive 1 not found
Strike the F1 key to continue F2 to run the setup utility"

When I hit F1 everything boots up like normal. I have gone through the setup utility, i have done everything i can think of to do...

When I called Dell the girl didn't have a clue as to what she was saying, and the end result came down to that "you're missing a driver, find it online and download it". So if that is true, can someone point me in the right direction??

Second problem started after I reformatted about a month ago, and now my computer isn't detecting my CD-ROM drive, when i go into the Setup mode it says CD-ROM (not installed)..

Any help with this, would be much appreciated, thanks so much!

Ashley
 

Answer:Hard disk drive not found

sounds like your IDE configuration is incorrect. I would check cables/power connectors and try again.
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 and run Wndows Vista,every now and then I get the message 'Hard disk drive not found,try to reseat the drive etc',this has been a problem for some years and is particuarly a problem when running disk fragmenter as it never gets to finish,anyone got any ideas

Answer:hard disk drive not found

Can be caused by bad drive or bad connections
first make sure you have all your data backed up in case its a bad drive and make sure you have the vista key so yo can install onto a new drive.
cheapest option is to try some new SATA cables for the drive the click connection ones are best as they will stop the cable coming loose.

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If this post is in the wrong forum please feel free to move it...so here we go.

The last two days when I have been logging on to my Dell 8200 laptop running Win. xp in the middle of the boot-up I have been getting the message:

"Primary Hard Disk Drive Not Found.
Fixed Optical Drive Not Found.
Not Bootable Devices-Strike f1 to retry reboot, f2 for setup utility"

So I hit F1 for reboot...nothing...it says something to the effect there is nothing to re-boot. Hit f2 and it takes me to the setup screen, which I dont mess with as I am not sure what the problem is yet. So I do a hard reset and without fail the second time I boot it up it is fine and goes right to my desktop after I enter password etc...

I try to re-create the situation, but after the first failed boot and the second successful boot it seems to boot just fine every time afterwards except when I wait several hours to boot up again.

Another wierd thing that has been happening is that when my desktop screen does appear I have to hit "enter" in order for all my icons to show up and for the computer to continue booting from that point on.

I am not incredibly computer savvy, I can make my way around it alright, but a problem like this I am not sure how to diagnose and repair. Anyone's help or suggestions would be wonderful!

Thank you!
 

Answer:Hard disk drive not found????

I would recommend that you run through the malware removal thread to start things off. This may or may not be the cause, but it will at least establish a baseline to begin troubleshooting your problem.

Another thing: when you do go into setup (hit F2), what does it say under boot sequence? What does it say for primary and secondary IDE master and slaves?

Has there been any hardware changes? (I would assume not...)
 

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.

Leroy

Answer:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.

Leroy

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I am having a serious problem with my pc.Windows disk is showing me these following errorsBoot sector of the hard drive disk is damagedBad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation tableRead time of hard drive clusters less the 500 msHard drive doesnt respond to system commands40% of hdd space is unreadableWhat does this mean and can I fix itI cannot access my documents folder or other programs Any Help would be greatI tried the defrag thing but it didnt workEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum, at the recommendation of forum staff. ~ Animal

Answer:Critical Error Hard Drive not found. Missing hard Drive

When you say "Windows disk". Can you give a little better description of just what\where the warning message is coming from?

You "tried the defrag thing but it did`t work".

Where did you go to access the defrag? What does "it did`t work" mean?

The reason I am asking these questions is not to give you a hard time. There is a virus going around that is very similar in it`s behavior.

I am just trying to find out exactly what it is we are dealing with.

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Alright, in order to avoid a wall of text I'll post the short version here:

Last week or so the hard drive in my Dell Inspiron 9100 (circa 2004) started giving me the click of death, and I knew it was shot so I sought a replacement. The original HDD was a Hitachi Travelstar 7k60 (60 GB, 7200 RPM, 2.5 inch IDE drive). I shopped around online for a replacement, found the the Travelstar 7k100 100 gb version, also IDE and 7200 RPM, and bought it from newegg. I figured this would be a great upgrade at the same time, and I anticipated no difficulties as it was essentially just the next generation of what I had previously.

Well today I recieved the hard drive, popped the old one out, screwed the new one into the frame, and I keep getting the message "Primary Hard disk drive 0 not found" after the BIOS screen comes up. I tried physically popping it in and out to fix it, no cigar. I also tried running diagnostics, still didnt recognize it. if I press F2 on the boot screen, and go into BIOS, it doesnt recognize the hard drive. I have been searching the net for the past few hours in search of a solution and have not made any progress yet

If anyone can help me with this it woud be greatly appreciated!

Also, If you need any more information to help me reach a solution I'll be periodically checking on this thread and I'll be delighted to inform you!

Thanks!
 

Answer:Primary Hard Disk drive 0 not found help please!

If you can test your new drive in a different machine.
that failing it could be you need to buy a drive direct from dell (or possible ghost an image from the old one over).

I used to work at a PC store and once a guy came in with a ram module from a dell, he wanted an upgrade. After inspecting his ram i found it was identical to a regular 133 dimm except that where a regular dimm had round clips the dell had square...ensuring you had to buy from them at a higher price : (

hope thats not the case here
Good luck
 

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I just received a call from my brother telling me that he is unable to use my home PC. Since I won't be retuning home for another day or so I asked him to describe the problem, or at least read the onscreen error message. He read me the following message:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found.

Strike the F1 key to continue.
Strike F2 to run set-up utility.

Apparently he hit the F1 key and got the following message:

Strike F1 to retry boot.

This at least sounds like a rather serious problem to me. I've Googled around a bit at various forums and found several suggestions as to what should be tried in order to determine the cause of the problem. I'm anything but a computer geek, so most of the suggestions are beyond my comprehension.

The main thing I would like to know is what are the chances that I may be able to save my hard drive, or at least be able to transfer the contents to an external hard drive. As I said, I won't be home to address the problem for another day or so, but I would like to get an idea as to what I'm up against. Could the problem possibly be fixed relatively easy? Will I need to replace the HD? If the HD turns out to be unuseable, would I somehow still be able to transfer the contents to another drive? Would it make sense to buy a new PC? [The problem PC is a DELL XPS 8250 (?) with XP Professional. It's more than four years old and I don't believe I purchased an extended warranty like I did on my previous DELL.]

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Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found.

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I changed something in setup utility, but not shur what it is that I changed. now I get this, and Secondary hard disk drive 1 not found.

Please help
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 1 not found

Is the CMOS configured to look for a hard drive that isn't there?
 

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I was told to make a new thread out of this...

I have a Dell inspiron 600m, about 6 years old.. (yes, i know...)

I've been getting the "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found" error message recently, I have installed a new 7200rmp 100gb hd about a year ago, and I have 512mb of ram. Sometimes after the pc has been on the screen saver for a while, it just kind of does it on it's own...usually I can just turn it off, and it starts right back up as normal, but this morning I am only able to get on thru safe mode after many tries. The HD is installed correctly, as I am using it now, but it hasn't been able to boot up thru normal working mode since last night. I have seen the "blue screen" in the past, and I've reinstalled windows numerous times. In the BIOS, it said "None" for hard drive... Sometimes when the pc is trying to open a prog and gets stuck, it goes to the blue screen. I know the thing is old, but I'd also like to find out why it does this... any suggestions? Why wouldn't it recognize the hd?
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found, again....

If it says 0 in bios, then Windows does not see a drive. Lots of possibilities including a bad motherboard, but sadly beyond rechecking cables and jumpers, it will be hard to figure out. A BIOS update is possible, perhaps the board has an issue with a new, fast drive. Start there.
 

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Well after 5 years of internet bliss I believe I got a virus that totally screwed up my computer. I went to turn my computer on this morning and it won't boot. I get this message saying Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. Strike the F1 key to continue. F2 to run the setup utility. Hit the F1 key and the same message comes up. Hit the F2 and the setup utility came up but I really have no clue what to do in there. I run Norton Antivirus with the subscription updates. I have my Windows Firewall turned on. I also scan for Trojans pretty frequently with a Trojan Remover program I have had for years. Not sure exactly what has happened but maybe I somehow got this virus updating the MSN Messenger program I have had for years also. I have no clue what to do to fix this. Is this a lost cause?
 

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Received a blue screen warning yesterday, did not read the fine print but was requesting reboot, I restarted the computer and all seemed fine. That night when logging off the blue scree was there again, I shut down with plans to start looking for causes in am.

In the AM got the warning after two beeps
Primary hard disk drive not found, tried master slave connection but drive was not recognized.

Dell Inspiron 8600 xp service pac 3
No changes made with exception of Mcafee automatic uploads, possible the svchost.exe reading as malware

I plan on trying to reboot with f2 or f12 and auto reset ther bios settings any other ideas will be appreciated

Answer:Primary hard disk drive not found

McAfee did actually read the svhost.exe as malware on April 21st 2010 and crippled quite a few machines. Thousands actually, but I believe they have now fixed it. If this is what you suspect may be the cause, then follow this link. However, only do this fix if you are certain.

Here is the trouble shooting guide for Dell.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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Ok so im working on this dell computer for a friend, and it keeps giving this error.
I have replaced both he IDE cables, and i know the new hdd we put in it works because my computer can find it just fine and read from it and write to it. I made sure the power connection all work correctly.

so i finally got it past that first error of:

"primary hard disk drive 0 not found
primary hard disk drive 1 not found
secondary hard disk drive 0 not found
primary had disk drive 1 not found"

So i finally have it so that the bios find both the hdd, and the cd-rom drive. I just re-set the BIOS with the turn on Scroll Lock, Num Lock, & Caps lock and hit Alt+F, Alt+e, Alt+b. now im sitting at a screen that says

"Performing automatic IDE Configuration...
Primary Master: CD-Rom read
Secondary Master: IDE disk Drive

strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

I have the dell re-install disk the cd rom drive, but it wont boot from it, and the hdd well is blank, all i have done to it is format it with NTSF on my pc.

So any idea's why im stuck at this, it sees the drives, but wont boot from anything....

thanks in advance
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

The dell install disk isn't the operating System it's just the drivers the OS would come on it's own disc labelled XP or whatever OS came with the system, you need to find that disc.
 

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im not very familiar with scuzzy dirves maybe someone can help me out, at start up i get this message:

primary hard disk drive 0 not found
<<<ctrl a for scsiSelect Utility!>>>
Ch A, SCSI ID #0 -Quantum Atlas IV9 WIS Ultra 2 - LVD
BIOS Installed Successfully!
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

i checked the cables and everything seems to be in the right place, i've reset bios
I tried to set the hard drive to master buut theres nothing listed on the harddrive about a master or slave setting..
 

Answer:primary hard disk drive 0 not found

there can be several reasons for this, the first one is bad HD, if it's possible try to hook another one. the second you SCSI controler has gone bad. and the third one cables, but you said that they are all right.
 

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i just turned on my computer and this error shows:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found...

i have taken the hard drive out and placed it in another machine and it was found. What does that mean for my first computer.

Thanks for the help,
manda
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

It means that the MBR (Master Boot Record) is damaged on the hard drive. If you can find someone that knows computers like a computer repair shop, they may be able to fix this for you without loosing any of your data... It is possible that the hard drive is going bad, even though the drive is "seen" in another system
 

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When I turn on my computer I get the above message prompting me to press F1 for retry or f2 for setup. Neither of these have done anything. Everything is plugged in correctly. I only have one hard drive so the cables are set up correctly.
 

Answer:primary hard disk drive 0 not found -- HELP!!!

That error message at boot indicates one of the following problems:

1. The HDD is not connected properly.
2. The HHD on-board hardware has failed and the drive in no longer any good.
3. The IDE Controller has failed and is no longer functioning.
4. BIOS does not recognize the drive correctly, most likely cause a defective CMOS battery.

Make sure that all cables are connected to the drive and IDE controller. Some cables will only allow you to connect the cables one way, however some can be connected incorrectly. Make sure pin 1 on the drive is connected to pin 1 on the cable, same with the IDE controller,pin 1 to pin 1.
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 8100 - Windows XP, with a cd-rom, and a cdrw.
When I start the computer up, I get a message saying
" Secondary Hard Disk Drive 1 Not Found"
"Press f1 to continue, or f2 to enter setup".
If I go to setup, both drives show up and are listed as
"auto".
when I press f1, the boot continues, and xp starts up, with my cdrw not showing up. I then restart the computer, and it loads up again with both drives showing up and working fine.
This only happens on computer start up - restarts are fine.
I have tried two different cdrws to insure that it is not a problem with the drive itself.
Any ideas?
 

Answer:Secondary Hard Disk Drive Not Found

First off if the hard drive you added is on teh same channel(i.e. the same cable) then make sure that the jumpers on teh back of the drives are set correctly. Make the harddrive master and the cd-rw slave.
 

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Any help is appreciated.

I have read the similar threads, but it seems I have a little different problem.

What is involved:



Dell Inspiron 9200 I estimate it is thirty months old

Windows XP Pro BIOS Revision A00

Hard drive Hitachi 60GB
Model HTS548060M9AT00
5400 RPM October 2004 1.0 Amps



One evening, I begin to move about twenty to thirty gigabytes, I estimate, of the data on the hard drive to an external hard drive. Something I've done several times before.

I come back a couple of hours later, and the move is completed.

I begin to download a file, and leave again.

I come back to a blue screen, advising of some error or other. I pay no attention, as I have this screen occasionally, and the quickest (perhaps the only) solution is to re-boot and start over.

This time, though, when I re-boot, I hear a clicking, a sound I have never heard before. It seems to be coming from the area of the battery. The clicking is not metronomic, but erratic, in its rhythm. Not like what I have experienced to be a "can't find home" problem.

Sure enough, instead of booting up, the computer displays three messages, occurring at one time or another. The first two:


ntldr is missing
loading pbr for descriptor 2


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Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Since this is an IDE drive you might try a new cable. If that doesn't help you might try connecting the drive to your secondary ide port if you mother board has one.
 

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My dell laptop started not booting up. It will go to the dell startup screen and then goes black and displays the following text.

"Primary hard disk drive not found
Fixed optical disk drive not found

No bootable drives"

I tried booting the windows xp cd after changing bios setting to boot cd first and failed. I did get the computer to boot last night after it had been set in its case for 2 months when I got tired of messing with it and it worked fine I let it hibernate.When I went to start it up today it is back to the original error.
I know I'm probably over looking something. Any help would be great let me know what extra info you need. Thanks
 

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i am trying to get my sister's laptop to boot up The messeges i am recieiving are as follows primary hard disk drive not found, & fixed optical drive not found, no bootable devices. what can be done?
 

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Hi,I just installed a new game on my Dell Optiplex GX150 and was an hour or so into playing it when the computer froze, and the CD drive span really fast making a very loud noiseHaving no option other than to do a cold reboot the computer was restarted windows and didnt recognise the CD drive. Pressing eject didnt do anything whilst  windows was still loading in DOS or after windows had loadedI scheduled a CHKDSK/F for the next time  the computer restarted and restarted it. After CHKDSK had completed  it found no errors, but the CD drive still wasnt recognisedAfter a warm reboot this screen came up before windows was loaded:>some bios and pc info<Dell Optiplex GX150Copyright dell 200xSecondary hard drive disk 0 not foundStrike F1 to continue, F2 for the setup utility after pressing F1 windows started to load but the disk still in the CD drive starting spinning with a loud buzzing noise and the computer got no further.I dont have the WinXP boot CD and it proboably wouldnt work anywayMy best guess is damaged/corrupted system files but I got no furtherPlease help meeee!

Answer:Secondary hard disk drive 0 not found (!?)

When you go to the F2 Setup screen what do you see in terms of listed drives?There is only one hard drive and the one CDROM?If so, then Primary hard drive should be listed in the Primary IDE section and the secondary drive there should be listed as NONE.Ditto for the CDROM on the secondary channel.Have you made any hardware changes? Has the computer been recently moved or monkeyed with?

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Sometimes, when I startup my laptop, it gives the error: Primary hard drive disk 0 not found. It does this on both a cold boot, and when coming out of hibernation. The laptop is an Aspire 5630 running vista 32-bit SP3. I've updated the BIOS, and reset it to the default, to no avail. It doesn't have any viruses. It's a WD Caviar Blue sata drive, thought I don't remember the exact model number. All of the SMART data shows up normally, with nothing out of the ordinary. I'm out of ideas for what to try. It's had this issue for a while, but trying everything imaginable, and then ignoring it doesn't seem to have helped.

*the catch with all of this, is that if I shutdown, and restart again, it works just fine. It's an intermittent problem.

Answer:Hard disk drive not found on startup...sometimes.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=28744&hl=hard+drive+diagnostic)Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnosticNote : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps HERE

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Hi, my father has a DELL Optiplex Gx240 running Windows XP Pro. Recently he had a power failure and lost his System Disk. Fortunately his data was into another partition on that drive and there also was a Ghost image of his installation. Since I could not recover his C: (system) drive, I got a new Western Digital EIDE 250 Gb. Using partition magic on my computer, I partitioned the new drive in two different partitions. One, the Primary DOS NTS formatted of 30 Gb which I reserved for the system and and a second NTFS for his data with approx 215 Gb. From Windows Explorer on my computer I could see the new drive (connected through USB) and both partitions. I could copy the Ghost image (Symantec ver 8) to the second partition and move files around on both partitions. The hard drive was tested with WD diagnostic soft and went through Ok.

I then re-installe de new drive into my dad's computer and booted from a DOS 6.22 diskette. I noticed a message saying that "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found" and "Primary hard disk drive 1 not found" so I went into the BIOS to make sure the drive was active. It was and was properly identified by the BIOS.

I then completed the Boot process and ran the Ghost program from a diskette. Ghost could see the hard disk and I could de-ghost the image I had copied on the second partition to the first partition.

When I rebooted, The computer without a diskette, I stil had the "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found"... Read more

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Sometimes, when I startup my laptop, it gives the error: Primary hard drive disk 0 not found. It does this on both a cold boot, and when coming out of hibernation. The laptop is an Aspire 5630 running vista 32-bit SP3. I've updated the BIOS, and reset it to the default, to no avail. It doesn't have any viruses. It's a WD Caviar Blue sata drive, thought I don't remember the exact model number. All of the SMART data shows up normally, with nothing out of the ordinary. I'm out of ideas for what to try. It's had this issue for a while, but trying everything imaginable, and then ignoring it doesn't seem to have helped.

*the catch with all of this, is that if I shutdown, and restart again, it works just fine. It's an intermittent problem.
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

No one? Really? Not even a hint of input?
 

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So i turn the computer on and I get this error message:Primary hard disk drive 0 not foundis my hard drive just need to be replaced or what else can be done to fix the problem?

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Welcome to the CH forums.Please read this...Is it a Dell or HP or what??  Is it a laptop, notebook, desktop, tower?More info please...

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ok so i restarted my computer after errors and messed around some with the setup/bios (pressing f2) the errors: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/584461-tons-errors.html

and now i have a screen that says "primary disk drive 1 not found strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to run the setup utility" does this mean i need a new drive and if so how much will it cost (about)
 

Answer:primary hard disk drive 1 not found

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when i turn the pc on, it beeps 2x and the message 'primary hard disk drive 1 not found' comes up.  ive tried hitting f2 and messing with the setup utility but i don't know what i'm doing.  i put in a bootup disk and hit f1, but the a:\> comes up and i don't know any dos.  as you can tell, i'm lost here - please help!  thanks - brad

Answer:primary hard disk drive 1 not found

sounds like dell? have you played with the ide cables?or it just happened...how old is this pc ...why you ask..the cmos battery may have gone flat..

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Hello -

I have a Dell Inspiron 4150 laptop. I booted it up after it sat idle and shut down for months and received the message:
"Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found".
I replaced the hard drive but still get the same error message.
In BIOS it doesn't even recognize the hard drive. I can use the CD drive and run a CD from it with no problems.

I don't know what else to check, I'm not literate enough on computer troubleshooting to know what else to check or replace.

Please help.

Thanks
 

Answer:Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found

If the computer can't find two hard drives, it sounds like the connection between the motherboard and the hd is bad. Are you sure you seated the new hd correctly? I know when I install RAM, I tend to forget how hard I have to press it into the slot for it to make proper contact and be recognized. Perhaps you didn't press firmly enough when putting in the new hard drive.
Also what size is the new hard drive? Can you start to install windows to it?
 

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Hello, just a quick question about laptop in title, I need to change it's faulty hard drive for a friend fortunately she believes in back up so no recovery needed

Is it OK to use any standard SATA 2.5 inch drive or have DELL used some silly proprietary firmware or interface like they have with things in the past?
 

Answer:Inspiron 1545 hard drive?

As far as im aware you can use any drive. Only thing you have to watch is where ghost partitions are used to restore to factory default instead of CD. If you replace the disk then you may not be able to restore it.
 

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I am running windows XP machine has been working great. Kid loaded I tunes software last week and when I reboot I get the blue check disk screen and it takes a little over 7 hours to run thru the check.

Today Itunes rebooted the machine without any prompt , just stated it was restarting for updates to take effect. When the machine restarted it began running the disk checking sequence. It was at 0% and we lost power .

Now when I start the machine it does not recognize that a hard drive is present. When I enter Bios and there is no HD listed , when I run auto scan for hard drive from bios it says no hard drive present.


I have pulled the hard drive set the jumper for slave and put it in another computer , it does not see the hard drive either. I have aprox 3 years of Cad drawings and everything related to my machine shop business on this one hard drive and am shut down until i can recover . Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated.

Answer:Help : No Hard drive found/ crash during disk scan

I have also tryed booting from my CD with the xp instal disk and get the same " no hard disk present " message

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I have a friend of mine that was working on his desktop computer doing some research. I don't have all the details of what he did that day. The next day when he tried to start his computer he got an error message like "Primary Hard Drive disk 0", "Press F1 to retry boot or F2 to run setup" He brought his computer to me to try to fix it. I was not able to repair the drive I try to connect the drive to other computers to no avail. So I concluded it was a faulty hard drive so I decided to buy a new drive, I setup the drive, installed all the software he needed and all is good.

Today I received a called from him telling me he was working on a different computer (laptop) checking emails (gmail) and doing some work stuff.. He shutdown his computer and forgot that he needed to check some other emails. When he tried to start the computer he got the same error message as above.. At this point I'm just think these problems are getting cause by some king of virus/worms or the like.

Has anyone knows or have an idea of what could be the reason? Two different computers having the same problem, coincedence? Don't think so.. right?

Please any help or advise appreciated.

Nando

Answer:Problems: Primary Hard Drive Disk Not Found

My experience when getting that first message...is that the option to go to Setup/BIOS occurs because Windows wants the user to check that the drive is properly recognized in the BIOS. So the first thing to check is all connections to/from the drive.

If the drive is recognized in the BIOS properly...and the boot options in the BIOS are correct...and it still won't boot, then the first suspect for me is the MBR.

If possible, I then run chkdsk /r on the drive from the Recovery Console. Just a prelim step, but one that I never fail to do.

If the disk still won't boot after chkdsk /r, I then go back to the RC and run the fixboot or fixmbr command. I'm partial to fixboot, since it includes fixmbr.

If the drive still cannot boot then I run a manufacturer's diagnostic on it and mentally prepare for a repair install or a clean install.

If the file system (NTFS or FAT32) happens to be screwed up, a clean install is the solution for me.

Louis

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I reformatted my hard drive on my gateway 2000 and when I ran Fdisk to setup the partition it sent back a message, no fixed disk present. So when I ran setup it says: Can not create a temp. directory, if you have HPFS or NTFS installed on your hard drive you will need to create a MS DOS partion to set up windows. I was trying to reinstall my windows ME and that is what led to this problem. Please help!!!!
 

Answer:reformatted hard drive, no fixed disk found.

when you run fdisk choose display partition information and then post what it says
 

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hi guys this happened to me a few months back.
this morning i tried everything...nothing works,and i i remember there is a person from dell here at the forum....well this is what happen.
--everytime i reboot i get
;"secondary hard disk drive 0 not found"
;"secondary hard disk drive 1 not found"
if i press F1 it works normally,also i can see the drives listed at my computer labeled correctly,if i turn off pc ,and then, turn on pc everything is ok.,,but at every reboot i have this black screen booting problm.
myp is a dell dimension 8200,xp pro/sp3 768 rdram.
-in device manager everything looks correct..

thanks
 

Answer:Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at boot up

ok i swapped ide cables with hard drives..it does reboot properly
it is read in bios.
only problem is that cd/dvd player doesn't "play"..is recognize in device manager..but plays nothing.
-dvd burner,plays record no prolem.
 

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I dropped my laptop and when inturned it back on i got the error code: internal hard disk drive not found, try reseat the drive. No bootable devices - strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility. Press f5 to run on board diagnostics. I pressed f5 and error code 2000-0413 lcd cable not detected came up. I have taken out my hard drive and placed it back in and this still does not help.

Answer:Hard disk drive not found Dell N3050

Try putting the drive in an external caddy and connect to another machine or open a desktop machine and connect the drive direct to a spare sata port to see if it can be rcognised.

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I have a Dell Optiplex 755. It came with an 80Gb hard drive. It has filled up so I bought a Seagate 500Gb hard drive. When I start the install of WIN7, it won't recognize the new hard drive. All I have is the WIN7 install disk, where do I go from here? It asks for me to load drivers, but I don't have anything.

Answer:No disk found when loading WIN7 on a new hard drive

It may be asking for 'F6' drivers, which can be downloaded from Intel's site (and perhaps Dell's?)
An alternative is to 'clone' the 80gb to the new 500gb. Pen Drive Linux can be used for this purpose and it is free, or you can use commercial disk cloning software like Acronis True Image.

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?
 

Answer:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).
 

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I had a laptop brought to me and I diagnosed it as a bad hard drive. The owner has bought two replacements, one from Amazon and one from Newegg. Both of these replacements slide in, but they do not connect to the ports at all. The original hard drive firmly slides and and you can feel it slide into place. The two replacements I have tried are both Toshiba brand.

Both the original hard drive and the new hard drives look identical, but the original seems to be thicker by a fraction of an inch.

The model # on the laptop is PP41L. I've tried the Dell website by typing in the service tag. They have every replacement part under the sun except for the hard drive for this model.

I worked on a similar laptop a few years ago and was able to buy the replacement directly from Dell. Same model as the one I am working on now.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Hard Drive

You need to pay attention to the drive thickness. Newer laptops use 9.5mm thick drives while older used 12.5mm thick drives. You need to check the thickness under the drive specifications when ordering a drive. I believe all current shipping models of 2.5 inch drives are 9.5mm but can't say that for sure. My guess is that the drives the owner bought were bargain drives that were being sold inexpensively because they were older drives.

The 9.5mm drives I've purchased actually came with a spacer so they could be used for laptop's requiring a 12.5mm. No clean way to adapt a 12.5mm drive for a laptop that is designed for a 9.5mm.
 

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Hi Guys,

I am having a absolute nightmare, Long story short....

I have a dell inspiron 1545. The Hard Drive failed so I bought a new hard drive. I have looked into how to format this new HD. I put the new HD in it and put in my DELL Software CD. Restarted the laptop, as asked and all I get is the bar with the green loading blocks, with the microsoft incorporation underneath it, and it does this for hours. It doesnt load anything?

Not only have a lost 4 years of data, now this new one wont work. I really need any advice, to sort this. Im not currently working and i cant afford a heavy bill to take it to someone.

[email addr. removed by mod] - if anyone can help me!

many thanks guys.....
 

Answer:Help please :( new hard drive - dell inspiron 1545

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Sorry, I think I posted this in the wrong place. It should be here in Hardware.

Long story short:

1) One random day, computer would not boot and I reformatted and re-installed Windows 7
2) My primary SATA hard drive with Windows 7 is working fine
3) My secondary SATA hard drive (my pictures!) is detected in BIOS but not in Disk Management. It used to work fine.
4) I've tried refreshing Disk Management, but no "unnamed drive" or anything shows up
5) I've tried moving the missing hard drive's SATA connection on the motherboard
6) I've tried downloading the latest motherboard RAID drivers and BIOS version from my motherboard's manufacturer

Now I'm thinking about buying an external USB enclosure for the SATA hard drive to get my pictures. I'd be out $20 and no longer have the drive directly connected to my motherboard, which I believe is a much faster connection.

Would you guys have any advice?

Thanks a lot and happy new year!
Josh
 

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Hi all,
I have a reliable older Dell Inspiron 4100 running Windows XP. A couple of weeks ago it refused to boot up and showed the following error message:

"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. No bootable devices".

I was in panic as I thought my hard drive had died. However, I tried a trick and it worked - when I get the above error message, I press Ctrl-Alt-Del and it boots up! I have done this a dozen times and it works, which shows that the hard drive is not dead.

Do you have any ideas how I can fix this problem, so that I don't have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del every time in order for my laptop to start? Many thanks in advance
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found, no bootable devices

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Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at bootup[dell pc]

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hi guys this happened to me a few months back.
this morning i tried everything...nothing works,....well this is what happen.
--everytime i reboot i get
;"secondary hard disk drive 0 not found"
;"secondary hard disk drive 1 not found"
if i press F1 it works normally,also i can see the drives listed at my computer labeled correctly,if i turn off pc ,and then, turn on pc everything is ok.,,but at every reboot i have this black screen booting problm.
myp is a dell dimension 8200,xp pro/sp3 768 rdram.
-in device manager everything looks correct..

thanks

Answer:Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at bootup[dell pc]

Sounds like you have an option in your BIOS to 'halt at everything.' Meaning if there is anything missing or possibly wrong with the system your BIOS will stop making the user press F1 so that they notice was is wrong (or possibly wrong).

If nothing is wrong with the system then just choose the option of 'halt on nothing' or something similar in your BIOS.

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100 GB hard drive worked well. One day - it stopped.
"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found
No bootable devices..."

No disks in BIOS are shown now

Same story couple months before that was with another 80GB harddisk.
Several files on drive C (FAT) though were corrupted (CHKDSK corrected that)


"Fun" is:
1) Harddisk works fine if placed into desktop PC, no problems with any diagnostics
2) laptop works fine with small size old 4 GB harddrive

Harddrive connector problem???? BIOS problem with nonstandard size harddisks (DELL sold this notebook only with 60 GB max). Old not supported firmware ?

Dell Customer Support after several diagnoistics by phone only suggested to buy ane more disk and check. But I afraid that most probably it will not work

Somethig similar was here (but guy does not respond)
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_21865448.html
 

Answer:Dell Laptop: Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Calculus said:



Harddrive connector problem???? BIOS problem with nonstandard size harddisks (DELL sold this notebook only with 60 GB max). NEW not supported firmware ?
QUOTE]

...or "time bomb" - all that happened 4 years after laptop production when all warranties ended! )))
Also, I can not upgrade BIOS because it is latest buildClick to expand...


 

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I have a dell inspirion 9100 and I just recently installed a new dvd-ram drive because the old dvd-rw died...
I have a pioneer dvr-k16 and when I boot up it stalls for like 30 seconds now and then flashes "secondary hard disk drive 0 not found". Windows starts up like normal and my drive works, although I've only watched movies so far and haven't tried burning anything. How do I get the error message to go away? I've tried going into setup and that doesn't seem to help anything because I don't know what to do in there. I keep reading on other threads that you have to change the slave to cs or something like that but I have no clue as to how to do any of that or if that would even alleviate my situation. Maybe just a dirty computer? I do have two cats and I have fur balls floating all over the place that I can't seem to get rid of...that's a whole seperate issue of course. HELP?
thanks
 

Answer:secondary hard disk drive 0 not found on a dell laptop what do I do?

The bios in your laptop was set up to use your old drive, the specs on your new drive will be different.

First off, have a look at the drive you took out to see if it was set to master, slave, or cable select. To do this, have a look at the back end of the drive near the connector for the jumper setting, then make sure your new drive is set the same.

Then you need to go into the bios and look for any options to scan for hard drives (this will scan for optical drives too). You need to make sure its set to your new drive and not your old one.

If you don't know how to do any of this the your manual will help, if you don't have it you can probably download one from dell.

If you still have problems then let me know and i will do my best to help further.
 

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Gentlemen, thanks for your help.

Long story short:

1) One random day, computer would not boot and I reformatted and re-installed Windows 7
2) My primary SATA hard drive with Windows 7 is working fine
3) My secondary SATA hard drive (my pictures!) is detected in BIOS but not in Disk Management. It used to work fine.
4) I've tried refreshing Disk Management, but no "unnamed drive" or anything shows up
5) I've tried moving the missing hard drive's SATA connection on the motherboard
6) I've tried downloading the latest motherboard RAID drivers and BIOS version from my motherboard's manufacturer

Now I'm thinking about buying an external USB enclosure for the SATA hard drive to get my pictures. I'd be out $20 and no longer have the drive directly connected to my motherboard, which I believe is a much faster connection.

Would you guys have any advice?

Thanks a lot and happy new year!
Josh
 

Answer:Hard Drive found in BIOS but not in Windows 7 Disk Management

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i need have a PROBLEM WITH MY DELL AS MY HARDDRIVE NEEDS A PASSWORD COULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS

Answer:dell inspiron 1545 hard drive password

at what point does it require a password? bios?

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Hdwr: Dell Dimension 8200, WinXP Pro.
System failed with no warning or performance problems.
Can't recall a single warning sign.
Current situation: Can't get past BIOS setup. Drives are not recognized.
an't access CD Rom drive or Hard Drive so I can't use solutions that are CD based.
Attempted fixes:
- battery tested ok, but I replaced it anyway
-downloaded MS XP boot disk. It renamed the CD drive R: and I could read CD's, but it is in Win98 format (dos) and "could not create swap files" to access I386 files
- tried floppy boot with selected I386 files... no good.
- tried switching boot order.
- tried unplugging ribbon cables and power cables
-tried holding "on" button for 30 sec. to "reset"
The hard drive is spinning and the light is on
The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files
The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok
Someone a lot smarter than I must have the solution. (No, I don't want to buy a new box right now).
Thx.
Ed
 

Answer:?WinXP Pro: boot error "Primary hard disk drive not found"

Hi, Ed from San Diego,
 
A couple of things that might help.
You say "The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files. The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok.". This ain't necessarily so !  Just because the drive is spinning it doesn't mean it is reading. Can you borrow a drive and swap it for your own ?
It's not holding in the 'On' button for 30 seconds that resets it, it is turning the power off from the computer for 30+ seconds that does this. You can turn it off either at the wall or at the switch on the back of the computer's power supply, both have the same effect.
 
I will admit that I am as much in the dark as you are about what has caused your problem. I have had computers crash and / or just stop running for a number of reasons over the years, but never a time when the BIOS refused to recognise drives. I do have the situation on my own computer, where I have three HDDs two of which are the same model, and the BIOS occasionally has got confused about which is which. All this results in is a message at boot time 'No operating system found'. And all this entails is going into the BIOS and swapping the drive order around.
 
Best of luck,
 
Chris Cosgrove

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I have been scouring Google for the last couple days looking for this, but I can not find a thing. I have a Dell Optiplex GX150 PIII 1 GHz, running windows 2000. I had a 20GB drive with my OS, and a 60GB drive for storage. Recently I upgraded to a 120GB drive for the OS, and kept the 60GB drive for storage. I had to re-install Windows 2000 on the 120GB drive, and everything worked fine.

The next day, I started up the computer and I got the message "Primary hard disk drive 1 not found", and the drive was missing in windows. Ok...so I restart and get into the BIOS settings, and the drive is there, and all settings look ok (it's on AUTO, so it's picking it up). I exited and continued to boot up. No error message, and the drive showed up in windows. I thought the problem was solved, but then it happened again the next day. As far as I can tell, if the computer is powered off for more than a couple hours, the drive is not found, but will be found on a immediate restart every time without fail. Windows boots up just fine, but that drive is always missing unless I restart. Iíve done this kind of stuff before, and I know the jumper settings on the drives are ok. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 1 not found on boot, works on reboot

Welcome.

My first thoughts are that you may have a faulty drive?
 

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Hi,
My friend's laptop (Acer Aspire One 722 - Windows 7 x64) has been shut down after opening an email and Windows never started up again. When you attempt to start up the windows, it stays the black screen and says "No bootable Device Found"!

1- I inserted Windows Live Disk and loaded it (Windows XP Mini - Golden Edition). When I went to "My Computer", it did not show any local drive. I went to "Disk Management" and in there, there was also no unallocated or allocated space.

2- I even removed the HDD and plugged it back in. No thing happened. Then I removed the RAM card and inserted it back. Again, nothing happened! By the way, HDD had movements when laptop was on (I had removed the beneath panel).

3- I inserted Windows 7 Disk to install a fresh Windows 7. But when you get to the part where it asks you to choose the partition to install the operating Sustem, it shows one unallocated drive with 0 (Zero) capacity! The options to Delete and format are disable. Only the option "New" is active and it gives you (0) bite to partition!

What has happened? What should I check/do next?

Answer:Hard Drive Disk is not detected in laptop - No bootable Device Found

Sounds like the hard drive is dead. Do you guys have a spare HDD to test with?

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Hi,

I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?

Thanks.
Dw1256
 

Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem
Nlite

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part2.html

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I&#8217;ve seen this section called &#8216;On Chip Config&#8217; on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it&#8217;s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS

 

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Hi there,
My sister just bought a new desktop. It was working fine and all. But this morning, she forced shut down a windows update. The next thing happen once it gets past through BIOS is
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
So I told her to look at the BIOS setting and it only recognise the Optical Disc Drive of
"SATA SM: TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-2"
as shown in the picture below

Is there anything I can do? I tried opening the desktop case and see everything is loose, but everything was still in tact.
Any suggestion would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Disk Drive not found in ASUS UEFI BIOS Utility - EZ Mode

Try reinstalling the driver, changing cables. If it can't be recognized then boot the maker's diagnostics DOS CD scan to test it - Seatools if there isn't one - or Partition Wizard bootable CD surface scan. If these won't see it you can slave it to another PC to try Disk Check or see if it will see it. If not then I'd replace it.

Do a Clean Reinstall on the replacement drive from tutorial in my signature below if you want it perfect.

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I switched my Fujjitsu-Siemens Amilo li-1718 the other day and was met with the dreaded 'operating system not found' message.

I haven't changed anything big recently, and it's more or less been working fine for a long time now.

I had, however, just had it in a bag and moved it across town, so after reading up I thought maybe something might have come loose inside. But I also read that it could be a BIOS problem, and after going in there I noticed that under 'hard drive' in 'main' it said 'None.' Changing it to auto or user didn't seem to make much difference as it still wouldn't load and would always revert back to none.

However, I also read that if the computer keeps resetting itself to an arbitrary time and date that it can be symptomatic of a CMOS problem... my computer had been doing this occasionally for a month or two before this happened.

I also tried making a windows vista recovery CD, and tried to boot off that, but still got the same 'Operating System Not Found...' message.

Basically, I want to make sure i've tried everything before I open the case and go poking around inside, as I'd really have no idea what i'm doing, but i'm hoping it's just a loose wire that will be pretty self-evident when I open it up.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:"Operating system not found" - BIOS or Hard Drive error?

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I am having this really strange error with one of my computers.

My computer (running Windows XP Home) boots normally and I can use it just fine. When I leave it alone for a while though, I come back to a screen with the message "Hard Drive not found." If I reboot the computer it loads normally and I can use the computer like nothing ever happened. It has done this twice now. It doesn't happen while I am using the computer but if it sits for a while this will happen.

Any suggestions as to what this is?

Thanks.
 

Answer:"No Hard drive found" message after successful boot.

Could be an issue with it going into standby mode or the power saving feature where you can cut the power to the HD after a certain amount of time.

Try right click desktop -> properties -> screen saver -> power, and make sure turn off hard disks is set to never (these steps are for win 2000, but I think it works for XP too). You could also turn off standby mode and see if you get the same problems.
 

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Hi,I recently placed an order for parts to build a PC that would be used for gaming. I've never built a PC before, but when I received the parts, I had a friend help me. So far, everything seemed to be working fine.That was, until I got to the part where I have to install the OS to a hard drive. This is past the part where everything goes wrong. I had put in the product key for activation, which was accepted. Then, I checked the license agreement stuff, that went all right. I chose a Custom installation, to install a Clean Copy - normal, I suppose, since this is a brand new, custom built computer.At the part where I want to install Windows, all goes to *censored*. It claims, verbatim, "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation." I've tried a variety of driver software, to no avail. I've had friends from my dorm (which, incidentally, is full of engineering and compsci majors) come in to help, and all were defeated.And given that normal tech support wasn't that helpful (likewise with Google), I decided to just ask the online community directly.From what I can tell, my hard drive is definitely running, for it is giving off warmth during operation. It is a Western Digital Caviar Blue, W3200AAJS model. The storage capacity is 320 GB, and the interface is SATA 3.0 Gb/s. RPM, 7200. Cache, 8 MB. It is connected via two sets of cables: one that goes from the PSU (500W) and another that is a SATA connector.My... Read more

Answer:Problems with hard drive in custom PC, "no drives were found..."

Make shure the drive is connected to right and into the right sata port.  1. How can I tell if SATA is enabled in the mobo? It should be2. If it is enabled, what do I do to get the hard drive to be acknowledged in BIOS? Make shure that it is connected right and if not then make shure its put to boot first in the BIOS3. On the hard drive itself, there is the power connector, the SATA connector, and another socket that has 8 metal pins in it - not the super thin ones, but the slightly thicker, rounder ones. None of the parts I ordered came with any adapter to this. What is it, and is it important?sounds like the jumpers  Dont mess with thisIf the drive is connected right and its set to boot first in the BIOS, try to reconnect it.  If all else fails, your drive is bad

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Let me recap, first of all, all of the occurances that may be relevant towards the current issue with my computer.

Actually, let me just start off by saying that I'm running a Gateway desktop that's at least 8 years old - probably more. There's a sticker on my computer which states, "designed for Windows 95." So, an old computer.

Anyway, a few weeks or months ago, my computer began making odd clicking noises. It only seemed to happen when I left my computer on for greater than 24 hours at a time (I live in a dorm.) I think maybe the first time I noticed these noises, a portion of the hard drive in question was damaged or erased. I recovered the files and began turning my computer off every night, and I haven't noticed the noises since.

Also, it should be noted that my computer has two hard drives, one which is about 20GB, that contains all my windows and program files, and another, which is about 40GB, that holds all my miscellaneous media files. The latter is the one which was damaged.

Getting to the point, I turned on my computer a few days ago to find a message indicating that "no operating system was found." I opened it up, just to make sure all the cables were connected, and they seemed to be. Now I'm noticing that Widnows XP only boots up when my media hd isn't connected. When it is connected, Bios does seem to recognize it, but only it, and no other drive. Such would probably be the reason why "no operating sys... Read more

Answer:issue with hard drive and "no operating system found"

Welcome,

Try getting into the Bios and reset the boot order and if you start it up with just the 20gb HDD hooked up what happens?
 

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So I have a computer from the Stone Age (a gateway computer from 2001 that runs Windows ME). I was working today on trying to speed it up by doing a number of different things. I was about to run my computer in safe mode, but when I restarted my computer to try to get it into safe mode, I didn't remember how. I pressed the wrong thing and ended up in the "BIOS Setup Utility." I am smart enough to know not to mess with anything in the BIOS, but when I existed from it all I got was a blank black screen with a blinking cursor. I restarted the computer and I got the following message:

"The Hard drive was not found. Consult the Trouble Shooting section of your user' manual, etc."

Now I don't know if I accidentally did something when in the Bios Setup Utility or if my computer coincidently decided to die on me. The computer freezes all the time and gives me all sorts of problems. Should I go the Bios Setup Utility and hit "Load Setup Defaults" and see what happens??? Would doing that at least allow me to figure out if the problem really lies in the BIOS? Would doing that erase my hard drive or will everything be okay?

Please help me... I have some files I want to get off of my computer.
 

Answer:HELP- Major Computer Prob- "Hard Drive not found"

a computer that old probably needs a CMOS battery replacement. Without it you will not be able to get into BIOS.
 

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So I'm really confused as to what I did but... I happened to click some virtualization button in Vista 32bit after just kinda browsing around files. Instantly after doing this my computer randomly restarts. I think nothing of it and continue letting it reboot. It gets through checks and then prompts for the boot disk?... I put in my system builders Vista cd and it tries to reinstall Vista?! I restart my computer again and go to bios to check to see if everything is in line, and I come to find that my computer is not recognizing the Hard Drive now?! I tried to get bios to auto detect it, but it does nothing.

I was thinking of trying to disconnect and reconnect the harddrive and see if it worked then but I doubt that will work.

Please help me out... I have no idea how to fix this problem!

Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard Drive not found on Vista after clicking "Vitualization"

Do you remember this virtualization 'button', or file is located? I can only think something got funky in Virtual PC, but you mentioned non of that. I'm sure someone more knowledgable will help you out...
 

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Hi All,

im new to this forum, but i could really use your help. i recentlly just purchaced a gateway M-6784 laptop, and i cant seem to do anything to install windoes XP over my vista operating system. i tryed "kill-hdd" i tryed every advice so far. and all i get is the same message. i install the program on boot up, it goes through the process, and then when it gets to the point os instalation, i get a error message the "NO HARD DRIVE FOUND" cand some one pleeeeaaasee help me here
 

Answer:Installing windows xp over vista. "no hard drive found"

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