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Hard Drive Not Recognized

Question: Hard Drive Not Recognized

I'm attempting to install a new 2nd hard drive, and am having problems.The drive I'm installing is a Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 - 80 gig. I am using WIN 2000 as my OS.When I boot, the BIOS recognizes the drive and identifies it correctly. Windows however doesn't recognize that the drive is there. What am I overlooking?Tom

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Answer: Hard Drive Not Recognized

How do you have your jumpers set? You said this is a second hard drive, is this new one a slave?

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I tried replacing the hard drive on my Inspiron 9300 with a 200G drive.  The administrative computer tools in Windows XP recognized it, but the BIOS showed it as 130G or so.  I finally had to replace the drive with a smaller one.  I had the latest BIOS version.  Is there a BIOS fix that will allow the larger hard drive to be used?

Answer:Hard drive not recognized by BIOS but recognized by WINDOWS Inspiron 9300

Not on the 9300s that use EIDE (parallel ATA) drives, no - the limit is 137G in BIOS setup.
 

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I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

Answer:hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL


I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you


Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
Hpe it helps!

Gala

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Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!
 

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I used to have a cd rom and a cd burner master/slaved to my motherboard. a while ago that ide slot died, so i master/slaved my hard drive and my burner to the working ide slot.

a few days ago the computer crashed. i dont remember the exacy error but it no longer recognized the hard drive. when i tried to restart it brought me to the strike f1 to reboot/strike f2 for options screen. i assumed this meant that the hard drive was toast, but upon further inspection when trying to change the boot sequence in the BIOS it recognized the floppy drive but the the hard drive nor the cd drive were recognized. this lead me to believe that the second ide slot had now gone bad as well.

my brother has another dell dimension so i opened his up, removed his hard drive and replaced it with the questionable hard drive. i booted it and got Boot Failure : System Halted.

is this enough evidence of a hard drive failure? ive come to terms with it being time for a new computer but im still hoping everything on the hard drive can be recovered.

any opinions/suggestions?
 

Answer:Dell Dimension Hard Drive and CD Drive not recognized

Did you check that the Master/Slave jumpers were set correctly?
Moving a HD to another PC normally does NOT work, unless both PCs are identical in hardware. Put your 'old' HD as a slave in your brother's PC, boot up and see if you can access your old drive. Save whatever you can and burn onto CD/DVD.
Then go buy another PC, anything but Dell or eMachines!
Or better, if you have the know-how, build your own from components.
 

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Friends --

I have a WD2500 external hard drive I have been using to expand my PC's HD capacity that recently began to fail. The drive powers up and spins and soon after, I hear the little clicks of the arm hitting the side of the case. I was hoping to transfer data to a second drive but it did not arrive in time...
What I don't understand is this: After contacting WD Support and switching power to a wall socket, it seemed to fix things for a day. I removed the drive from the PC for awhile and after uninstalling the drivers, booted up as WD had told me, only the drive shows up now as a CD playing drive, which of course, asks for a CD to be inserted before it will access it....
After disconnecting the WD Ext Hard Drive, it still shows up under My Computer and Disk Manager as the CD Drive. If I remove the drivers AND the Drive, when I boot, windows reloads the drivers as if new hardware was found without it being connected! I do not know how to uninstall this ghost of a drive. Please advise!!!
If the Drive is spinning, I believe the electronics are bad and am willing to purchase an identical drive (if I can find one) and swap the electronics, then see if I can access the data. Otherwise, recommendations for affordable data recovery or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Please - Can any one help?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Failure - recognized as CD Drive

HD damage fun. i dont know how many times i thought everything was f'd but it was something simple, do you have a image ghost saved ??? or unplug everything but you HD with OS on it and give that a go, cheers ps; im not guru by any means its just that your post has been up for a bit with no repley. iam waiting for a reply to a post too. have to wait for the right person to pop in,
 

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in
nature.

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

Answer:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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ok so i've had my current configuration of my 40gb WD as the master and a maxtor 200gb as the slave for about 3 years now. so this week i removed my hard drive to place it in a friends so i could transfer some stuff to his hard drive. well long story short he was running on SATA and i was on ATA so we couldnt complete the transaction. well i bring the maxtor back to my room and hook it all back up and its not being recognized at all. it doesnt turn on or make any noises. i tried running it as the master alone and it still wont recognize.


so is my hard drive dead? my life is basically on this hard drive. if it is dead what are my options? is freezing safe? should i just send it off to a data recovery specialist?




also i did try searching but for some reason i couldnt go advanced and i got a bunch of threads that didnt pertain to my problem.

Answer:hard drive not recognized

well if its not making any noise then the power to the HD is dead , you would have to take a look at the soldering on the chip thats on the HD and see if any got unsoldered from the board near where the 4 pin connector comes in

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It will shows up in diskmgmt as unallocated space,
but not in my computer.
This was given to me from my brother, and he used a mac air book.
Is there any way to access.

Answer:Hard Drive not being recognized

you need to create a partition and format it and make sure to mark it as active in disk management

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Hi,
I"m running a home-built computer with a mach-speed MB, a Celeron 2.0G processor,256Mb DDR RAM, a DVD-Rom, CD/RW,and I'm running Win 98 SE. I was doing a little experimenting with a couple of old hard drives I aquired (they're both about 3Gig). I put them both in my machine and loaded my OS (Windows 98 SE).I formatted and partitioned both drives. One I jumpered as "primary-master" and the other I jumpered as "primary-slave". Everything worked fine. I drag/dropped some files onto the slave drive .

I switched my "primary-master" to a larger hard drive and reloaded my OS (formatting before loading my Windows 98SE OS). this time when I went to Windows explorer to move the files to the larger drive, the smaller one was not shown. I re-booted the machine and in the start-up, I see the drive listed , but I can't find it in My Computer or Windows Explorer. I've double, triple and quadruple checked my jumper positions and cable positions and everything is as it should be. I hear and feel the drive respond when I boot the machine and the indicator light comes on while the machine is booting.

The files aren't "that" important that I can't reformat the drive or even chuck it; however, I did put some music files on it that I'd like to "try" to get back. I'm more interested in the learning end of this dilemma. I could probably take it to a shop and see if they can get my files back, but I ... Read more

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

I would try connecting just the drive your having a problem with by itself as master or slave just to see if it is recognized. Then at least you know the drive didn't die and its just a configuration problem.

Also I think I have seen on some drives there is jumper setting for "master" and another setting for "master w/slave present" You may want to check that on the new drive you installed.
 

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Appreciate some assistance.

Have an AZZa mainboard, 5VMX, with an AMD K6-2/550 CPU and an AWARD BIOS 07/04/2000-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEP8AC-00.

Trying to install a hard drive, and it will not recognize it. Keep getting "Primary Master hard disk failure" over and over.

This computer was infected by a virus a while back. It was never quite right, so decided to clear out the hard drive, and start from scratch. However, the BIOS will not auto detect the hard drive that was on it, nor any other hard drive. Have tried 3 different ones.

The cables are tight, and connected correctly.

Any ideas on what to do?
 

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Well I have a dell desktop (not sure of the exact type) and I have Windows Xp Home edition. My computer suddenly stopped working saying that my hard drives were not found. I'm at a loss here and I have no idea.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

~Makk
 

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Does Windows still work in any shape or form? Can you give details of what happens when you switch on - any fan or drive noises, any lights, any beeps? Anything on the screen ? If so, what does it say - exact wording please.

It will speed things up if you also tell me what model your PC is, it's age, and any other details that you can. At this moment, anything might turn out to be relevant. Do you have a floppy disc drive, do you have any original install CD for Windows, if so exactly what? From Dell likely nothing at all.....

We are looking here at failed Hard drive, power supply or motherboard, which is as wide a choice as you can get....
 

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My computer is a Dell XPS ONE with a samsung hard drive running Vista. I have had nothing but problems with the hard drive on it. Changed it 3 times going on 4. I tried to run repair but it froze and I shut down the computer and now I can't boot from it. Presently I am using ubuntu (from a cd) on it so I can access the internet. Ubuntu doesn't recognize my hard drive either, it just shows a drive "mass storage" but can't mount it. I do have a backup but it is a couple of weeks old and I wanted to get the most recent files which are also important to me. Is there anything I can do? The last time this happened I was able to access my OS through Ubuntu but that is not the case this time. Also, when I was trying to boot up I kept getting an error message..something about PXE??..
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

The 1st thing to do is figure out what is killing your HDD's. You could try installing the drive as a second drive in another computer or into an External Enclosure to see if the drive it self is readable, and if it is you can copy data off it that way.
 

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Hello,

So I've recently built a new PC and I installed 4 hard drives on it.

1)256GB SSD
2)500GB HDD
3)600GB HDD
4)600GB HDD

My problem is that the 3rd HDD drive is not recognized and its displayed as "Intel Raid 0 Volume" in Device Manager (I didn't change any settings in BIOS for RAID configuration).

When I enter Disk Management I get the message:

And also in partition management its displayed as "Disk 3 Unknown 1192.34GB Not initialized - Unallocated" (the actual HDD size is 600GB)

Two things I noticed:
- In BIOS all the drives are displayed correctly
- I used a SATA to USB adapter and the drive works fine with all the data on it.

I tried running some Chkdsk tests but didn't get anywhere since the drive doesn't event have a letter assigned to begin with.

Anyone knows a possible solution?

Thank you

Answer:Hard drive not recognized on new PC

Assign a letter to it manually and it should work.

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Running a Dell Optiplex 270 with XP. It will not boot at all. Screen says strike F1 to retry or F2 to enter setup. I went in and looked at the boot sequence and it said the hard drive was not recognized. Help ?

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When did this start happening / added any new hardware lately?  If not, check the power and data cabling to the hard drive.  Make sure you ground yourself before touching anything inside the case.  Post back with the results.Alan <><  

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when plugging in my seagate freeagent hard drive i get the message "USB device not recognized. I have been to device manager and it appears as "unknown USB device (device descriptor request failed)". I have tried uninstalling it and reinstalling, checked for new drivers/updates. no luck
any help would be much appreciated!
thanks

Answer:hard drive not recognized

Sounds like a bad drive. Does it work on any other computers?

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Hi. could anyone please help me. I have a new WD 500gb hd internal. I put it into a enclosure plugged it into the usb port in my notebook and it said it was installing the device driver but it will not auto start and is not recognized in my computer. The usb ports on my laptop are running ok, i am using windows vista and i have tried it using a usb2.0 to sata interface. Any help please folks.Regardschris

Answer:New WD hard drive, not recognized

It may have been shipped unformatted...Windows will not recognise til it's formatted...Use the WD Data Lifeguard tools to do this...

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I have 4 hard drives, three of which have bee used on my computer. Now it does not recognize them. I checked the jumpers, reset bios, nothing. They are IDE drives.

Answer:Hard Drive not recognized

Does it even detect in the bios?

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I bought an SATA 2.5 hard drive housed in an external case powered by USB, on ebay:

40GB USB 2.0 External Portable 2.5" w/ OEM Hard Drive - eBay (item 200389641931 end time Dec-29-09 13:26:13 PST)

Win 7 can't find a driver and it didn't come packaged with one. How can I get Win 7 to recognized the drive?

Thanks much,
Harold

Answer:USB Hard Drive Not Recognized

Hello Harold,
Is the drive listed in Device Manager?

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About 2 months ago i installed a 250 gb ide hardrive into my Dell Optiplex 280, P4 2.0 1 gb ram. All was fine until about 5 days ago when i woke up to find this PC at the blue XP screen shutting down( not the blue screen of death blue sreeen). I let the PC shut down completely as it was on overnight. Iwaited for a few minutes and restarted the PC but it would not see the harddrive all I got was a blinking cursor at the upper left hand of the screen. I made several attempts to reboot through out the day but still got the same thing, a blinking cursor. Just for fun I took the hard rive out of that tower put in into another Dell Otiplex and what to my wondering eyes did appear it booted to the hard drive. I took another hard drive an 80 gb,  from yet still another PC and put it into the first Dell Optiplex 280 and it booted right up!!!! So to summerize the Dell Optiplex 280 P4 2.0 will read other hard drives except the 250 gb hd. And the other dell PC will read the 250 gb hd just fine???!!! Why wont the PC Dell see my 250. I can go into the bios and see it recognized but no boot, *censored*??!! Wha happen??!! I was told that maybe the Optiplex 280's bios cant read such a large Hard drive,,,but it had been for a few months now. did it suddenly remember" Hey wait a minute i cant read a 250gd hd...get it out of me" Help me........ 

Answer:hard drive not being recognized

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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hey, i am trying to backup files and programs to an external hard drive. and a messages comes up saying "one of the USB devices attached to this pc has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it. can anyone help? thanks

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Usually this means there is a hardware issue.
Can you try the external HDD in another PC and see if the issue occurs there?

If not, then you may want to reformat it and then move it back to your PC and see if the problem happens again... if it does, then you may have a USB issue on your machine.
Try another USB port if so, and if that doesn't do it, try reinstalling your USB device drivers for your PC.

Though 9 out of 10 times this is an issue with the device which may be remedied by moving to another computer, or the device itself is actually damaged/defective.

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Recently, my laptop would freeze up at random. I would not be able to move the mouse, Ctrl +Alt+Del. So I tried to renew the computer with the recovery CDs. I rebooted the computer only to find that it said "OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND." I put in the boot CD and put in the image DVD to restore it (Symantec Ghost 8.0) but when I had to choose the hard drive to put it on, nothing came up. I bought and installed a new hard drive. About half of the time it recognizes the hard drive, and other times it does not. I don't want to buy a new computer so What should I do?

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Probably your hard drive is dead.

Do you hear any sound coming from the hard drive when you turn the computer on? (when it spins up or gets accessed)

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I run WIN XP Pro on a Dell desktop that has two hard drive. I recently installed a CD drive and upon rebooting, the secondary drive (D), although recognized by the startup (BIOS), is no longer present when Windows finally opens. It's not present in the device manager and all shortcuts to it are null. All the bables are correctly installed and I've tried rebooting, re-installing the drive to no avail. Any ideas what might be going on?
 

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Have an old Pentiium 2 system that still works great. It did have a 10GB and an 8 GB hard drive(s) inside till the 10 went down the chute. Have been using the 8 GB as my master for a few months....but as its only a 5400 speed things are noticably slower than when I used the 10GB which was a 7200 speed.

So bought a 40gb (7200).....was gonna go for 20 GB, but the 40 was only six quid more expensive. Got it home, installed it as the primary......and bios won't acknowledge its existence. When its searching for the primary IDE, the (press f4 to skip) dialogue comes up, and then nothing happens. Its doesnt seem to detect it, and doesnt even go on to read drive a: (The boot up sequence being a:, c:,e: ). Just sticks there, red light of drive working goes out after a bit then nothing.

Have messed with bios...enabled auto detect and LBA as stipulated on the top of the drive...no recognition. Tried old drive (8GB) in...works a treat. Tried new drive (40GB)in my Pentium 4 system....which detects it no problem. So whats up ? I know some older systems have problems with working with big hard drives.....but do they have probs even detecting them ? Is so whats the biggest I can run...how can I find out......heelllllppppppppppp !!!!

Paul
 

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Hi,

I have an iomega hard drive that worked fine for a few months but is no longer recognized by any computer. I store movies on it and my television still recognizes it but my Macbook does not nor does my friends PC. I am very much a computer novice. Thanks to anyone who can help.
 

Answer:hard drive not recognized

see if it is on tv mode. if so switch it.
 

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My external hard drive (EHD) is not being recognized by several computers that run on Windows XP and XP Professional. The EHD is Western Digital Series 1 USB 2.0 (Old USB 2.0) – Model Number WD1200B05-RNN. It is just over 2 years old and is out of warranty.

I’ve done some reading online forums such as this where users have had similar problems, but I didn’t see any solutions – or, any that I understood, so I ask that if people have suggestions, to guide me through it step-by-step.

It was working a few days ago. The other day, I was doing a file search on it and it stopped responding in mid-search, so I started the search again, and it stopped responding again in mid-search. After that, the computer won’t even recognize it as a separate drive, although the bottom right of screen shows a symbol that there is an external HD plugged in. Windows XP detects that I plugged in the external hard drive and the icon “Safely remove device” appears too in the tool bar. However, I cannot see the drive in “My Computer.” I’ve tried to plug it into 2 other PCs including my laptop, and the same thing happens: it isn’t seen under “My Computer” but the icon appears on the taskbar. I’ve tried to unplug it & re-plug & restart the computer, but nothing. I’ve tried installing the driver again and restarting, to no avail.

Before I plug in the drive, I open the Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management window, but when the drive is plugged in, the Control Panel... Read more

Answer:hard drive not recognized

Well it certainly sounds like the drive has died.

If it helps, CompUSA is selling a Hitachi 200Gb HDD for $70 after mail-in rebates this week. Better hurry. It ends tomorrow I think.

Now as far as trying to recover data..There is one technique (which sounds really weird but works for some people). Kind of a last resort technique when all else fails and you don't want to spend big money on data recovery.

Put the old HDD in a ziplock bag and stick it in the freezer for a few hours. The cold sometimes helps the HDD work for a little bit of time. You would then take the chilled HDD to a working PC and install it as a slave so you can hopefully copy as much data as possible off it.

Good luck.
 

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Hello. A month ago I was instructed here on Bleeping Computer that my HD is failing. As it was still under warranty, luckily I got the new HD for free. Now I decided to install Windows 8 on it, and I did so using a bootable USB. I partitioned my disk (system reserved
 + 100GB primary drive + 500 GB secondary drive). I went through the steps until it got to personalizing my settings (finalizing and personalizing my settings took a while to finish). Then the laptop restarted, however, as my boot order was set to USB, it went to Windows installation again. I closed that, restarted the laptop and wanted to change boot order, however there was no hard disk listed or available to choose. I only get the DVD as a boot option. What should I do? Thank you.

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Hi
 
Is the HDD is detected in BIOS ?. Some systems do have an option to disable some boot device by adding to an exclusion list. You should check if the HDD is accidentally moved to the "Excluded from boot order" list.
 
Some system BIOS uses a HDD emulation mode to boot from USB. If that is the case, USB Pen drive may be treated as the first hard disk and hence your HDD may be omitted from the boot list. Remove the USB stick and try to boot. 

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When booting up my one-year-old dell laptop, I get the message

"primary hard disk 0 is not found"

I tried to boot up from the XP cd that came with my computer, but it tries to install XP rather than just boot the computer. It fails because it does not recognize the hard drive.

I was thinking that if I was able to install off the CD I could reformat the hard drive and just start over. Is there a way that could work, or will I need to buy a new hard drive for it?

This all happened this morning after I tried to restart my computer because it gave me the "blue screen"

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Hi Guys,The following problem has occurred with my Windows XP Pro re-installation, but a web search (use search term: "hard drive not recognized") reveals that it also has occured with many other versions of Windows. Judging by the amount of resultant misery out there, it appears that no one--including Microsoft--has a solution either! I have a SATA main drive, with TWO backup ATA100 drives, master and slave, on a Promise Ultra 100TX2 RAID controller. All is set up as before, and which never before gave me any trouble, even through numerous reinstalls. Note, that the plethora of web discussions on the subject indicate that the problem is also occurring on various other, more straightforward, Windows systems--98, NT, etc.--as well as with CDROM and DVD drives and floppy drives too. Having first disconnected my two backup drives (with all my personal data on them) I have just reformatted my C: drive and reinsalled Windows XP Pro. Shutting down and disconnecting the power, I then reconnected my two backup drives before restarting.The two backup drives appear in Device Manager.They are listed as "working properly"--BUT-- they DO NOT SHOW UP in "My Computer". You can take it as read that the jumpers are set correctly. As I have just replaced the cables with new ones, they too are good. Neither did uninstalling and reinstalling the drives solve the problem. The normal procedure of changing or assigning a (new) drive letter in Disk Manager also does not work--since all the variety o... Read more

Answer:Second Hard Drive not recognized.

Do the drives show up in Control panel- admin tools -computer management - disk managenet?

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i have a pc with what i think is called a raid array. i have 4 hard drives running and 3 dvd drives. my problem is the the electric in my house ran out and pc obviously stopped suddenly. when it was restarted 1 of the hard drives failed to be seen. this has 90gig of mp3 music on it which i am loathed to just loose. i have used ontrack easy recovery professional v.6.0 but this will not work with a raid array. i have also used partition magic 8 which will see the drive as un partitioned but i dont want to create a new partition and loose all the files. i have tried repairing boot record for said drive but without success. pc is using XP{pro. i need help. anyone got the answer. cheers in advance....

Answer:hard drive not recognized

with a raid array I thought that if 1 drive failed the others in the raid array could rebuild the contents of the failed one? If not have you tried setting this drive as a slave in another pc to see if the music is still available.

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I can't seem to get my SATA drive working after reformatting. I ran disk cleanup and had to wipe my hard drive after I accidentally deleted some system files. Then when I went to reload everything, my computer doesn't see the hard drive. I don't believe there is a problem with the drive, I think I'm just not sure how to set it up properly. I'm using an IDE hard drive now with XP just to have something, but I need to get the sata working. I was able to recognize it on XP (from the ide drive) and recover some files before reformatting. But since I can't recognize the drive

any help is GREATLY appreciated

thanks

Nick

ABIT AV8 Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard -

SAPPHIRE 1024-TC13-05-SAL Radeon 9250 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

Track 1 NEC DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3540A - OEM

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Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Hi,

You need to install the SATA drivers during the WIN XP installation from floppy disk or CD.

Press F6 when asked about installing other drivers and have the disk ready.

The XP installation will then install the SATA drivers and continues with th einstallation.

Look on your motherboard manufacturers web site or CD's supplied with motherboard for the drivers.

hth

Ceri
 

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I have an old computer, used to be my Father's. When he past away a nephew of mine thought he was helping, trying to protect the stored information, so he said he didn't open the case or change anything physicaly. He said all he did was reformat the HDD then deleat the partisions. Now I can't get the partisions replaced. The computer shows that it can't initialize the drive controller. The computer is a AST Bravo 386sx with a Seagate 40MB Seagate HDD model ST.157A with Bravo/386SX Rel. 1. 01.
When trying to start FDISK the main screen, nor any other for that matter, will come up on the screen when I load a disk from Windows 95 with the FDISK on it. After trying to replace the partitions using the code; fdisk 1/pri:43 , the system only shows a flashing "-" on the screen for a long time. Better than an hour, and then displays an error [80.18] Error initializing hard disk controller 0. sometimes it displays an error, [82.02] Error encountered initializing hard drive 0.
Part of the problem is I think dad was using Windows 3.0 but I'm not sure. I don't have a copy of that version of windows. The only commands of fdisk I can get to work, is the one from above and the fdisk/status commands. No others seem to work and I get no screens at all with it. The floppy I'm using is a windows 95 created disk with fdisk on it.

Please help.
 

Answer:Can't get hard drive recognized, help

I guess you are trying to boot from a floppy, but I'm not sure what's happening. If you are using a Win95 boot disk what is happening?
 

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hello I recently installed a new wd 80 gb harddrive on a pent II 400mhz gateway pc windows 98 system.I set the jumper to single I formatted and partitioned it.but nothing shows up on
boot up screen other than whats below.everything else seems fine with system other than no information at boot up.

set blaster=a220 I7 D1 t2
set sndscape=c:\windows
c:\>
c:\>

any help greatly appreciated im a newbie to computers im hopeing not to have start all over again or worst yet screw up the hole system its my kids computer thanks in advance.
 

Answer:hard drive not recognized

Have you installed windows? Did the computer see the full 80gig of the harddrive or did you use an overlay program from WD?
 

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I can't seem to get my SATA drive after reformatting. I botched up my file system and had to wipe my hard drive. Then when I went to reload everything, my computer doesn't see the hard drive. I don't believe there is a problem with the drive, I think I'm just not sure how to set it up properly. I'm using an IDE hard drive now with XP just to have something, but I need to get the sata working...

any help is GREATLY appreciated

thanks

Nick
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Is the SATA drive to be the drive that you want Windows to be installed on or is it a secondary drive?

You probably need to install the SATA drivers for the drive to show up or if its a secondary drive you need to repartition/reformat the drive thru Disk Management.

Latest VIA drivers here: http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=420&OSID=1&CatID=1070
Guide on how to make a driver disk to install XP on a RAID enable SATA drive: http://drivers.viaarena.com/installguides/HyperionPro5XInstallationGuide.htm
 

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Hey guys, I have a problem; I'm repairing a gateway emachines T6420 with xp, media center pc. When it tries to boot it comes up with disk boot failure, insert boot disk (no change after inserting disk)! I went into bios and of course it's not recognizing any drives, not even the cd/dvd. I replaced the hard drive and cd; the connections are good. Is ther anything I can check other than what I've already done; any suggestions at all!! Please help! Is there a setting in bios I should be looking at? Any help would be deeply appreciated
 

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I took a hard drive out of a computer that I disposed of. My aunt has a computer that I would like to take her hard drive out, and put mine in. When I try to do it, I can't ever get Windows to start up. As soon as I put hers back in, everything works fine.I have been all over the internet, and read stuff about the BIOS, and I don't understand why I can't get to use my hard drive. Its an old IDE. I need to be able to use this drive as it has important music and pics on it.

Answer:I Can't Get My Hard Drive Recognized

You can't take a bootable hard drive with Windows installed on it from one PC and put it into a different computer and run that Windows on the other computer. If you want to access your files on the drive, install it as a slave or in a USB external case.

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My computer suddenly crashed and would not boot Normal or Safe mode.
Checking the BIOS setup, the HD wasn't listed.
I then plugged it into another computer as a Slave and it was neither recognized in BIOS or by XP.
I then booted with Partition Magic and it doesn't see it either
The drive is a WD3200AAJB.
Is this HD beyond repair/access?
I'm not prepared to spent upwards of $1000 to send it to a recovery shop but would like to get my photo's etc off it if possible. I'd be willing to take it apart and switch the disk to a good HD. Does anyone have any advice/instructions to help me out?
Thanks in advance...
 

Answer:hard drive not recognized

In Computer Management -> Disk Management Does it list the drive there?

It may not have a drive letter.

Also, when plugging it into the computer has a computer ever acted like it is recognized for any period time? Even a couple seconds?

Does it make any noise? Normal spinning up sound? Or clicking and grinding? Or none at all?
 

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trying to install OS, can use scandisk on drive, but then when trying to fdisk, message says "no fixed disk". is there another command to fdisk and format? Maybe my drive is bad - another drive works fine, and can be fdisked.
 

Answer:hard drive not recognized

Hello and welcome to TSG!

If you plug a different drive into the channel and it works ok then yes, I would suspect the drive. Pardon me for mentioning the obvious but: have you checked the drive to ensure that it is jumpered correctly?
 

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I had problems with computer freeze, decided to re-install XP Pro and now my computer says I have no mass storage on my computer.

I used book disks (second time around) after it refused to recognize the CD and it asked for any drivers, which I tried to install from a floppy (RAID) and it just keeps going through the booting up routine without ever going into windows and won't even give me just Command mode.

What to do?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized now

Or...reset the bios. The easiet way is to take the battery out of the motherboard...wait..wait...for about 2 mins or 30 mins pending on your patience, then put the battery back in. Boot the computer. This resets the bios.

OR

You can find the bios reset jumper on the motherboard switch from off to on and back.

OR

You can go into the bios, and set factory defaults....

Is your hard drive set as master?
 

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I have a usb hard drive (60gb western digital 2.5", Rosewill case) that I use to back up my laptop (Dell Inspiron 1505).  Attaching this usb hard drive to the Dell machine has never been a problem. It has been recognized immediately.  I attempt to attach the usb hard drive to a second computer (Compaq/HP nc6400) and it isn't recognized.  Occasionally on the HP machine I will get the pop-up that usb hardware has failed to install.  Typically, I get no message.  I cannot see the drive in Control/Admin/Computer Management/Drive Management.  Both machines are running WinXP Pro SP2.  I have full admin rights on both machines.  I typically use a usb cord that plugs into 2 usb ports on the laptops - allowing the drive to draw power from multiple ports as needed although I've run it with the power from a single port as well.  One more bit of information about the HP machine - it does recognize a Sandisk USB flash drive with no difficulty. 

Answer:USB Hard Drive not recognized.

Have you tried it on the other machine with the powered hub installed ? ?Are these the front USB ports ? ?Some of these are notorious for being underpowered...try the rear ones if this is the case...

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HELP! I have a 40GB HD that I want to use as an external drive. I have it hooked up through a USB port and an independent power supply. My problem is this: I wanted to format it and followed directions from a Google site. They told me to right click on My Computer, use the Manage option, go to Drive Manager and then get rid of the partion on the drive. When I did this, the drive dissappeared from "My Computer" AND the Drive Manager although it still shows up in my Device Manager. What do I need to do so that my XP home edition will again recognize the drive? I sure would appreciate any help.
 

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Hey all! I am having trouble getting a second HDD to be recognized by Windows 8. Here's what I know, I have it plugged into the SATA 2 port, the original HDD is connected to SATA1, and the optical drive is set to SATA 3. There is an unused eSATA port. I don't know what it is for. I started the computer and entered the BIOS. It recognized the 2nd HDD, but when I start the computer and check to see if it is there, it doesn't show it. I looked under disk management, but all I can see it the primary drive and the optical drive. I have a Levono. Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:2 Hard drive Not Recognized

I am not trying to configure a RAID set up. I just that second hard drive so I can access my old files.
 

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i recently bought a second SATA hard drive, all the cables are connected but it won't show up in the BIOS or the tools on the cd it came with. maybe i'm missing something? i don't know but i will appreciate any help .

Answer:my hard drive isn't being recognized

make sure that the specific SATA ports are set to enabled in the BIOS

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I have a Kingwin 3.5" SATA hotswap rack in both my systems. My i5 3570K, and my E8400 systems are both running Windows7. The E8400 is Pro 64bit 4GB DDR3 and the i5 is 64bit Ultimate with 16GB's of DDR3. My swap drive is a 1TB Hitachi Deskstar. When I load it into the i5 system it's recognized right away. The E8400 system doesn't see it unless I reboot. I have a 811N Router/cable modem so the E8400 in the living room connects wireless. It's also connected to my 40" TV but I can't run video unless I swap the drive into that one and run the video directly on the system. Am I doing something wrong? In particular, the i5 has a blue ray burner but the E8400 doesn't, so I'm uploading movies from the ROM to the HDD and playing the HD movies in the living room. I hope thats not confusing.
 

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Well I am back again sooner than I expected. I am running Win XP Home (upgraded Win98). I currently have two hard drives-14gig with the OS on it and a 60gig for everything else. Both are IDE.

I purchased a Maxtor 120gig sata hard drive and my intentions were to eliminate the 14gig as the boot drive by replacing it with the new one. I didn't have an onboard connection so I installed a PCI controller which the device manager says is working properly.

I figured no sweat, just install the new drive, format, partition and copy the boot drive to the new one using MaxBlast3. The problem is I can't get the computer to recognize the new hard drive when it is hooked up so I cannot do squat.

Anyone got any input that might help me?

It doesn't show up in the bios or My Computer.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I'm not new to computers by any means (Bachelors Degree) but very rusty on troubleshooting hardware issues.

I have Win XP Professional Edition on an AMD motherboard with Athlon Processor and 2GB RAM. Everything seemed fine until recently. I have noticed that out of the blue, my hard drive will disappear and the screen goes to a black screen with white lettering saying something about no hard drive found. I will reboot and go into bios settings and set it to boot from my SATA drive, however sometimes it does not show my hard drive there. I have to completely shut down the pc and wait an hour or so then turn back on and it boots Windows just fine. This is aggravating. I have purchased a new Power Supply (850w), I have replaced the thermal paste on the CPU due to a vibration and extreme heat coming from back of tower (this did reduce the heat issue). It almost seems like the pc is overheating or something and shutting down the hard drive. Is this possible or just me over thinking? I use canned air frequently on all my pc's to keep them dust free and clean.

I hope this wasn't just babble but if you need further info to assist in troubleshooting, please let me know.

Marcie
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

I would test the hard drive with a bootable CD version (ie DOS version) of drive makers' diagnostic software. I'm not saying the drive is failing, just that it can't be ruled out without testing it. You can use SeaTools for DOS: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

or Hitachi Drive Fitness Test: http://www.hgst.com/support/index-files/simpletech-legacy-downloads#DFT

In either case the download is an ISO CD-image. Create a CD from this with IMGBurn: http://www.filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

Boot your PC from that CD and the testing software will open.
 

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Well, my Windows 7 laptop has been dead for a while, but now I want to see if it can be fixed.
The laptop no longer recognizes the hard drive. I checked in the BIOS settings, and it shows there being no hard drive whatsoever. I opened the laptop up and made sure nothing was broken; nothing was. I pulled the hard drive out, and neither the hard drive or the connectors are showing any external damage.

My theory is that it's suffered some sort of internal damage. It was already giving me bad sector warnings and BSODs before the incident happened.

Another theory popped into my head. The motherboard might be going out, as one of the RAM chips that came default with it started causing it to freeze, but removing it would allow the computer to run properly. But one thing that goes against this idea is that I can still run Linux distros off of my USB drive.

Do you think either of these are the cause? Or do you all have any other ideas that might explain it and/or make it run off the hard drive again?

Oh yea. Specs:
Dell Latitude D600.
Hitachi Travelstar 40GB 5400rpm HDD

I'll look for the motherboard sometime soon.

Thanks for your support in advance.

Answer:Hard drive not recognized.

Well...

You could have bad memory and you could have a bad drive. Do you have an optical drive? If yes, boot your notebook up with a "live" version of Ubuntu, Knoppix or similar program.

Knoppix Linux Boot CD, Download Disk and Documents, Discuss, Get Help

Download | Ubuntu

Test your computer. If is seems okay, then it's time to test your other memory module out. If it's good fine. Otherwise order another memory module.

My sister-in-law's notebook had a bad drive. It's still sitting on my desk. I replaced it and she's good to go.

It's just a process of elimination. First make sure your notebook works. Buy your memory from Crucial.com. Hard drive from newegg.com

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Hello! I just purchased a new Hitaci Touro USB 3.0 portable external hard drive.  It works fine plugged into my USB 2.0 and esata ports on my new W520 Thinkpad.  However, when I plug it into my 3.0 ports, the laptop doesn't recognize it all.  I just can't see it anywhere. Thing's I've tried: -plugged a different 3.0 compatible device into the 3.0 ports (USB memory card reader works fin)-tried a different usb 3.0 cable (nothing still happens)-checked and unchecked the power management box in the Renesas USB controller utility. The laptop it 2 months old and the hard drive is less than a month old.  Any ideas???  I have searched all of the web with no help.  Also can't seem to find a way to contact Lenovo?   Thanks!

Answer:Help! USB 3.0 hard drive not being recognized!

Is the Renesas USB 3.0 driver up to date?

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I have an IBM Thinkpad 760el which I am trying to reinitialize and install Windows 95 on. I purchased a Quick Recovery CD/Disk for my model from ebay thinking this looked like exactly what I wanted to do. I followed the instructions sent with the CD and everything seemed to be working OK. The final step was to reboot to reinstall Windows 95. However the computer would not boot from the hard drive (all I get is a flashing "-"). I then booted from a floppy disk to see if it would recognize the C drive and the response I get is "Invalid Drive Specification". I then turned on the computer pressing the F1 key to run a test and the hard drive tesk was OK. I have also downloaded the BIOS from the IBM website and reinstalled that, all to no avail. Any ideas on where to go from here would be appreciated
 

Answer:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Quick question.
Did u had a chance to format the hard drive with the "format c: /s " command?
Usualy when u want to start fresh , you first start with the format of the hard drive , then move on to the installation of the OS, in your case the recovery CD.
And since it doesn't seem to be a hardware problem , "I then turned on the computer pressing the F1 key and run a test and the hard drive was OK " indicated that it's very likely that is the problem. Hard drive not been formated.
Also, in case you have a windows 95 boot disk , might want to start the computer with that boot disk and at the a: prompt might want to type this
sys C:
That should correct any problems in the FAT , and might be able to by pass the format process.
Keep in mind thought... when u issue the format c: /s command , you will wipe out all the data on the C: drive ( as in gone from it )
HTH
 

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Hello! I have a Windows XP system. I needed extra memory than the 150 GB it came with, so I purchased a Hitachi HDS721075KLA330 internal hard drive. This drive has been working fine with absolutely no problems at all until the other day when I had to re-install my OS. It was not because of the hard drive I had to do this, but my problem started after it was re-installed. I removed all of the files that were on this hard drive onto an external I have so that I would not lose anything. While my husband was re-installing the OS a message popped up that said this drive was not empty, even though I cleaned every file off of it. After the OS was installed, my Hitachi drive is in my device manager, and it says that it is working fine, but it does not show up in My Computer and I cannot figure out how to access this drive now. I updated all of my drivers, that was the first thing I did. Thank you for any help you can give me!

Answer:My hard drive is not being recognized

What does it say in device management for the drive? It could just be that you have to assign it a drive ltter or you might have to format it. It all depends on what it says.

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Ok, I am not too sure what happened to my hard drive. I had gone downstairs to help my parents out with there computer, and when I returned, I had a black screen with the sentence, "Press F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter setup". It turns out that for some reason, my hard drive is not being recognized anymore by the BIOS and it won't boot. I tried automatically finding my HArd Drive in BIOS, but it says nothing is found. I hear that there is a virus that can prevent the hard drive from being found. I cannot run FDISK, Windows setup, or just plain Format because it says a hard disk was not found. Can somebody please help me figure out what the probem is, because I am realy not in the mood to buy a new hard drive. Thanks for all your help.
 

Answer:Hard Drive not recognized

Download a bootdisk from here

that will get you to an A:\ prompt for commands.
Probalby wont help much until you get the bios to find your hd.

open up your case, blow the dust out of it and reseat all your HD cables(power and ide) then reboot.
 

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Hello all, I have a severe problem and hope someone can help me.

It started last night with my computer off and unplugged. My 160gig external drive was still plugged in and on when it was accidentally unplugged. I plugged it back in, and a minute later heard 2 clicks...i shut it off immediately.

turned it back on an hour later and the computer. no clicks, but it the drive didnt show up in "my computer". it did show up in the device manager as working properly. But when looking at volume information in properties it shows as unreadable. It also doesnt show up in disk management.

I have tried several downloaded programs and most see the drive and show it as corrupted partition. They also show the drive as far larger than it is (like 2 terrabyte) and show it as 1 head 1 sector.

I am lost as to what to try next. I hope someone can help me.

:dead:
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized by xp

Welcome to TechSpot

Your unplugging corrupted the file-system of that HD.
You could try and take it out of the case, set it to slave and stick it in a PC, connect it to an IDE-cable.
Then hunt around for various Data-recovery programs. Try and D/L this one from TechSpot's DL-area: http://www.techspot.com/download201.html
 

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I just added a second hard drive to my 3 year old HP Pavilion with Windows XP Home. I followed the directions in the original manual for adding a hard drive. The jumper is set on cable select as specified. (I also tried it on slave). The hard drive shows up in the device manager as operating properly. It also shows up in the BIOS as installed hardware. The problem is it does not show up in My Computer or Explore. I can't access it to format and begin using it. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Yeah, it's trying to use a drive letter that another drive is already using.

Go to START->Run and type "diskmgmt.msc"

This opens the disk manager for windows. You should see a standard listing of your drives, and below a series of blocks representing the drives and partitions. Your new drive should show up here. If so, go to its "block" and right click on it. Select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" from the menu. Now change the drive letter to something not in use. Hit okay, and exit out. Your drive should show up now in MyComputer and Explorer. If it doesn't, you might have to reboot. If it still doesn't, let us know and we can hash a new route.

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I'm having a problem in that my second hard drive is NOT recognized more than it IS. I have a Western Digital as my main hard drive, and a Samsung as my secondary. I have swapped out the cables, so it does not seem to be a cable problem. I have the Western Digital DataLifeguard Tools, which I'm not sure if I can get it to help, as it only wants to help with Western Digital drives. The first drive is set up as Master, the 2nd is set up as Slave, not Cable Select (when I can get it to "see" the 2nd hard drive, it cannot read the data on it if it is in Cable Select)

I'm running Windows XP Home SP2. As a side note, I did have to do a repair, but used a new disk, which upgraded from SP1 to SP2, but that was after the problem occurred.

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:2nd hard drive not recognized

WD drives have a different jumper setting for master and master with multiple drives. Do you have the WD set a master multi drive?
 

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Vista, Service pack 2, 2MB Ram, 2 X 100gb hard drives in Vaio VGN AR51E laptop
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Hi I am having a hard drive problem, specifically, second hard drive.
I just reloaded a Sony Vaio VGN AR51E laptop using the sony recovery disks.
Works perfecty except for not recognizing 2nd hard drive. It shows 2 100 GB drves in Bios But "My Computer" and "Device Manager" only see C and it is listed as 84.2GB, not 100 as it should be (I know it never shows full size but not minus 17GB) I tried "New hardware" but it doesn't seem to list hard disks Just storage controllers
I changed the second hard drive to another, no difference, I have checked the cable connections to hard drives and even swapped with cable from a similar laptop. Both drives show in Bios as 100GB so it must be a Windows problem, I think.
Would appreciate any help on this as I am trying to sell and cant till I sort this out
Thanks, Boyd
 

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I was given an old p133 with an 400mb hard drive and a 850 mb slave. A friend gave me a 2.1 gb hd so i wanted to make that my master. I tried to set it up with the Maxtor setup disk but my machine either won't recognize it saying its not dos or ntsf. Also when trying to set it up in fdisk it won't recognize the full capacity. Anyway I got fed up with that (also tried getting advice from Maxtor..no luck) and decided to make it my slave. It set up fine using the Maxtor software but then I decided to reformat my drive to clean up an old problem and when I reinstalled win98se the drive wasn't there anymore. After playing around a bit, re-installing 98 and re-doing the drive with Maxtor I created a dynamic drive overlay boot disk from the maxtor software and up it came. Only problem is is that I need that boot disk to run first for the drive to show up otherwise it's gone. Any suggestions on problem one or two? I would rather have this drive as my master but will sttle as a slave if I have to.
 

Answer:hard drive not recognized

Hi mfreamon,

I got a similar problem in the past when I wanted to add a 20 Gb hard drive to a computer Pentium II 450 Mhz / MoBo AsusP2B. The mother board didn't recognize hard drive with a size above 8 Gb. I had to flash the BIOS.
 

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I've got a Dell Dimension 4600. I think the hard drive is failing so I took an old hard drive that I had (western digital caviar wd600) and replaced the one that came with the dell with the western digital one. I booted with the xp cd in and ran an install formatting the drive , but now when I try to boot I get a message saying

Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found

Anyone know what I've done wrong?

Thanks,

Matt
 

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I have WD passport 500 GB. but now it can not recognized in my computer. The light is on and there is thicking too but the drive not shown in computer and the disk management. Please help me how to recovery my data ?
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

If its not showing up anywhere and i guess you mean its ticking it sounds like the hard drive is dying or has died. you might try a usb sata/ide connector and see if you can recover anything.
 

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My external WD hard drive was dropped...
My computer doesn't recognize it at all...not listed anywhere
The lights are on and no one is home.
I've tried CBL to see if I can retrieve the files...get an "error 27 in HD 129" . This program has been running for 24 hours.
Can the files be retrieved? By whom and at what cost?
Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive Not Recognized

If you go to the website of the manufacturer of the drive you should be able to download a diagnostic tool to test the drive.

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My dell dimension 4300s just stoped working and know the pc dosent recognize the hard drive or cd-drive, in bios it just says unknown.Please help

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

try diconnecting the power from the cd drive and see if bios recognizes just the hard drive. if both device are on the same parellel cable you might have a slave/master conflict.

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Hey I have a new Western Digital 500GB Caviar Green Hard Drive, and it is recognized in my computer, it is formatted and I have marked the partition as active. Yet it will not show up in my Windows 7 installation. How do I make it show up in the installation screen?

Answer:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Did you assign it a drive letter by right clicking on it ?

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I am attempting to resurrect an Athlon 1200 512Mbwith 2 20Gb Fujitsu hard drives and XP Home.The machine will not recognize either drive whether configured alone or as master and slave.Any help would be most welcome

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Hard disk checks before you condemn itclick heref0r seagates the the same principles apply for all IDE drives follow the sequence for identifying disks in BIOS.

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Hi everyone. I have a problem that I am hoping someone here can help me with. I have an external maxtor one touch hard drive that my son tripped on the usb cord and it was ripped from the back of the unit. So, as opposed to paying for a new external case I picked up a sata2 cable and a sata power adapter, but the thing is that the drive is not being recognized. Is there some sort of driver that I need to be able to use an external as an internal, or is it even possible to use an external internally, or could I even have picked up the wrong cable (sata2), the drive is a 500gb seagate barracuda 7200. My thanks to anyone who responds. -props

Answer:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Well you have a number of things working against you.... But i doubt you can use an external as an internal without inccuring some problems....but then again im not the professional, hopefully carbon helps here...

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I am building a computer from scratch and I've run into one problem.

I have installed a Hitachi 80GB SATA hard drive, and it is recognized by the BIOS and motherboard, but when I try to install WinXP Pro it tells me I have no hard drive installed and therefore can't format/partition/install windows.
Because it's a SATA drive, it has no jumpers and is set to master by default, so that's not the problem. It's a completely new drive, so it shouldn't have anything on it at all.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model HDS722580VLSA80
ASUS A7V880 Motherboard with VIA KT880 Chipset
 

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I can't get my XP install to complete.  As the software is downloaded and it gets to the point that it need's to start up, I get the message that Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer yet in the BIOS I see it at the boot menu.  HELP!!!!!!

Answer:Hard Drive not being recognized?

Im not sure why you added a poll, but:Does the drive make and sounds when the computer is powered on?Turn your computer off, disconnect the hard drive (IDE and power) and plug it back in [carefully] and check the connections [to the motherboard and hard drive]

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Hi all, new to the forums. Was researching a problem and came across this board, and saw problems that were similar to mine but not quite. I'm working on a Dell XPS 400, we were wipping the drive and reinstalling XP, but as we got to the point to sellect a partition, it would say cannot write to the partition, and then we tried deleting it and it wouldn't allow it. So we got a new hard drive, the original one was only 80 GB, and we saw one for 320 for a great price so we scooped that one up. As we went on settting up the new drive, we came to the point again to select a partition, but there were none to choose from, and pressing enter brought us that notorious BSOD, stop code 0x0000008e, went back and forth with the installation cd, seeing if we missed something but nothing. Then i realized a problem as i'm looking inside the tower, the master was set to SATA 0 controller, but we had it plugged into SATA 1, changed that then i got a different stop code, this time it was 0x0000007f. Gave up on the new drive and went back to the old one and saw that he overlooked partition 2, which i used to install XP. Any ideas as to why the new hard drive wasn't recognized?? was it because it was so much larger than the original 80GB?
 

Answer:New hard drive not recognized

It may need a Bios update to see larger Harddrives
By the way it's best to start with no partition before installing Windows
And never manually create a partition, just let Windows automatically create a setup one

Here's all info on Dell computers (Drivers\warranty\parts you name it )
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic100658.html
 

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Help....please, hopefully someone can help me. The problem is back!

I had this problem where intermittently, usually when i came out of sleep mode, the hard drive with my data would "disappear". I would have to reboot to get it back. Whenever this happened I'd get error msgs saying "windows delayed write failed, could not write to the file D:\$Mft". Well, the problem began to get more frequent and one day, I could no longer get the drive back after rebooting. It is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160gb SATA. I ran the seagate tests, it passed.

So I sent the drive back on an RMA and got a new one. THe original one worked fine for 2 years. For about 2 weeks the new one worked fine but NOW its back!!!!

This time, it happened twice tonight as I was working. All of a sudden I get the delayed write error, and sure enough when i check "my computer" it is GONE. I have to reboot. I was working on editing some digital photos converting raw images, each one is about 46mb, and as the program was writing the converted file it took a LONG time to write...and then i got the error. Even when I dont get the error, it takes a very long time to write a 46mb file to the disk I tried saving the file to my c: drive and it took just seconds. Something is wrong here!

Now I dont think my original hard drive was even bad. What could be going on in my computer to make it not see the hard drive???? BTW, this drive is not full. It has about 15gb free.

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Hi,
Trying to sort out an old computer with a chaintech CT-6BTA3 motherboard. I did have it working fine and it was running windows 98 no problem, accessing internet etc. It then stalled on boot up at the usual 'verifying DMI data pool' problem and as the hard drive was clicking decided that the HDD was the problem. I have tried a Maxtor HDD that was given to me and now both HDDs are not recognized by the BIOS or during boot up. It just says '0' for all drives. I have checked cables etc, cleared the CMOS and loaded up the defaults. I have tried 'auto' detecting and 'normal' for the drive settings but neither drive is working. I have tried FDISK but no drive is found. Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks Ian
 

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I've recently completed building my own system. I am using an Intel DG33FBC board with a WD Raptor 74G SATA Drive. The drive does show in the BIOS, however when I try to run XP the drive is not recognized. I have tried hitting F6 during the installation for 3rd party drivers, but still no luck. Also, when I boot the machine without XP, I get a message that no bootable drives are recognized. I find this strange, especially because the drive is recognized in the BIOS. Any suggestions?
 

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I have a generic 100GB USB hard drive. It works no problem on my Toshiba laptop, but when I plug it into my desktop it either shuts the computer down or it does not show up in My Computer. I have the safely remove hardware button in the tray, and when you plug it in, the USB Mass Storage Device thing appears in the Hardware Manager.

What gives?
 

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Help!
I have a Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2 computer. It boots from a serial ATA 25oGB hard drive. It has a dual cd/dvd attached. I installed a second hard drive for additional storage and the BIOS does not recognize this drive. All drives in the computer are set to cable select and I set the new drive to cable select also. The slave (gray) cable is connected to the drive and the blue cable connected to the primary hard-drive connector on the mobo.

If I connect the blue cable to the mobo and the black cable to the drive, the BIOS recognizes the new drive but then won't boot from the normal boot drive. The new drive is a 160GB ATA/133.

Can anybody tell me what I am doing wrong.

Thanks

Answer:Second hard drive not recognized

You have to format the hard drive via DOS or local computer management for windows to recongnize it

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Help me. i have a Compaq presario that came with Vista(unfortuneately). I purchased an IDE to SATA adaptor so I could install a new 200GB HD I got..I want to install XP on it and dump the Vista (but keep the HD with all my stuff on it). Probllem is, my computer will not recognize the hard drive. it gets to the point where it says click "enter" to start XP installation, but then get the error message. I know the HD works as I have tried to install on 2 different computers and it works great.
I know I could do a dual-boot option, but I want to also use this 200gb HD that is just sitting here. Any suggestions?
 

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undefinedLaptop HP Pavilion N3402 With XP / Hard drive Fujitsu model MHR2030AT 30G, DOES NOT RECOGNIZE NEW HARD DRIVE
 

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Have you formatted the drive? It will not show up in Windows unless it is formatted as fat32 or ntfs. And if it is brand new it isn't formatted as anything, so you will need to do that. Right click on My computer and choose Manage. Then browse to Disk Management, find the drive and right click on it and choose format.

BTW
:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
 

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Hey can anyone please help me out with this problem. I got a new ADATA Nobility NH03 1TB 3.0 External HDD and it works on the USB 2.0 ports but it is not recognized at all on the 3.0 ports, the device still lights up when I plug it into the port but nothing happens on the pc. The USB 3.0 port can see my other USB 2.0 devices though. My motherboard is an ASRock 870 Extreme3. I have the USB 3.0 enabled in my BIOS.

Please help me out and thank you.

Answer:USB 3.0 Hard Drive not being recognized

nevermind i fixed it

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I recently purchased a new IBM 20.5 GB hard drive for my PC. I want to add it to my current hard drive. I connected to my IDE cable that holds the slave drive and then booted. The BIOS does not recognize it.(I have an Ultra ATA66 Card installed currently where the slave is connected to). What should I do? Thanks for all help.
Robert
 

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My dell Inspiron 6000 crashed and I had a message that it was a hard drive problem. I bought a new hard drive and when I plug it in, it shows that it is not recognizing the hard drive. I went into the set up and under hard drive it says [none]. I made sure it was set in properly, but still no luck. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Hard Drive not recognized

Maybe it's your data cable. I mean I had a similar problem before. First I thought it was my hard drive, but after ruling that out, I finally found that I needed a new data cable.

If your system has a spare data cable (like your CD drive, if connected through another cable on your other IDE port) test this one on your hard drive.

You could also test your hard drive on a friend's PC to rule out hard drive malfunction.
 

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I have a T43 that was working fine then today it failed to find the hard drive I have run the drive diag and reseated the drive. Before I run out and purchase a replacement I would like to run a diag on the motherboard to make sure it is not gone bad. I cannot find anything for this does it exists if so can anyone point me in the correct direction?

Answer:Hard Drive not being recognized T43

Welcome to the forum!Download PC-Doctor for DOS, burn the CD, boot from it and run all the diagnostic tests...http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-56222Good luck.

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hi,

i am not sure if this can be done but i have a harddrive which im making a slave. It used to be on a mac but the mac died and i need to get the info. I set it up as a slave and the comp knows it is there since if i goto device manager it is listed under hd, but no letter comes up for it in windows explorer.

Am I attempting an imposssible mission by trying to combine the 2 formats???

Thanks
 

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yeah it's because mac computers have there own file system named HFS+ and windows doesn't support it. i don't remember progs which can convert HFS+ to one of the windows file systems without loosing the data.
 

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I removed my hard drive with the intention of giving the E Machine desktop w/Windows Vista to my sister (didn't want my info floating around). I ended up keeping the computer. I reinstalled the hard drive and turned the computer on it's not recognizing the hard drive. It's hooked up just as it was when I took it out. The hard drive was not damaged or anything. What do I do?
 

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I'm trying to replace the hard drive in my Compaq Presario R3200 Athlon 64 laptop and do a clean install of XP. My failed hard drive is an 80GB ATA/IDE Hitachi. The new hard drive is 320GB PATA/EIDE Western Digital. I have no idea what I'm doing, so I thought I'd see how far I could get. When I choose to change the boot order, I get a screen that offers, among other thing, to enter setup. If I choose to Enter Setup I get sent to the PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility with the tabs "Main, Security, Advanced, Tools, and Exit" at the top. The only thing that I understand to do that I'm sure won't cause any unintentional damage is in the Tools tab where I have the one option, which is to execute "HDD Self-Test". The result of the test is "No IDE Device".

I have two disks, "Operating System CD; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2", and "Application and Driver Recovery DVD". When I reboot with the OS CD in the drive, a bunch of files are loaded and I am given the choice to install XP, repair XP, or to quit without installing. When I choose to install I get the message "Setup did not find any hard drives installed on your computer". Also included on the page is the statement that I may have to run a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program. Might this be a reference to Automated System Recovery?, which I don't have.

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Compaq...is responsible for detemining what your reinstallation options are...and how they work...unless you have a purchased MS Windows CD which can be used to do the reinstallation.If the two disks you mention...came with that system...you need to review the procedures for using such.Since this is a laptop...I assume that you have disks provided by Compaq.http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=115&prodSeriesId=425696&prodTypeId=321957&objectID=c00006110Your System's Support WebpageIf both hard drives are PATA/IDE...then I would check the jumper settings you currently have on the new drive. Typical jumper settings should be as prescribed by the hard drive manufacturer.http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/981/c/123/session/L3RpbWUvMTMxOTczMzc5OC9zaWQvQ0x5YWJESGs%3DLouis

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I'm trying to fix my friends laptop. SMART has predicted a failure and he's getting BSODs with windows file errors so I want to do a Repair install but it won't recognize the HD. Any way I can force a windows repair install, maybe from within Windows? The computer still boots and functions, but it's having a lot of problems. Thanks.

It's an HP Laptop, fairly new.
 

Answer:Hard Drive not recognized by XP CD

a repair install wont fix the hard drive failure..I would back up all the files while the drive is still working..then replace the drive (or run some manufacturers tests on it)
 

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This has a long story, so I'll try to simplify it into bullet points (makes it easier for me to organize thoughts and easier to read than a whole paragraph).
First, the computer would randomly made this click sound when I booted it and then died shortly after opening Windows.
Then I just formatted and reinstalled Windows... It worked perfectly for a while.
Eventually, it wouldn't boot or if it did, it would last about five minutes then completely shut off.
After, I got frustrated because it wouldn't work and I installed Ubuntu over Windows.
Worked just fine for a while, but then hard drive wouldn't be recognized in BIOS or anywhere.
Now, it's not recognized at all, no matter what I do.

What could I do to get BIOS to recognize the drive? Also, I most likely erased the Windows reinstall partition, so how would I reinstall Windows? I'm beginning to think that I should go on some discount site like "edirectsoftware.com" and buy an OEM CD... But I really wouldn't want to pay a lot of money... (Parents wouldn't approve)

Thanks for any help and sorry if this has been explained, but long searches and slow internet connections don't mix.

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alot of hds make a single click when being powered on im not sure that wasnt normal , anyway i assume you havnt messed with the connections before it went unrecognized in bios right? in that case it means the hd is at fault (mechnical/electronic issue) read what i wrote at this thread regarding what to do when the hd goes bad
http://www.techist.com/showthread.php?threadid=96491

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Hello,

So I've recently built a new PC and I installed 4 hard drives on it.

1)256GB SSD
2)500GB HDD
3)600GB HDD
4)600GB HDD

My problem is that the 3rd HDD drive is not recognized and its displayed as "Intel Raid 0 Volume" in Device Manager (I didn't change any settings in BIOS for RAID configuration).

When I enter Disk Management I get the message:

And also in partition management its displayed as "Disk 3 Unknown 1192.34GB Not initialized - Unallocated" (the actual HDD size is 600GB)

Two things I noticed:
- In BIOS all the drives are displayed correctly
- I used a SATA to USB adapter and the drive works fine with all the data on it.

I tried running some Chkdsk tests but didn't get anywhere since the drive doesn't event have a letter assigned to begin with.

Anyone knows a possible solution?

Thank you

Answer:Hard drive not recognized on new PC

Assign a letter to it manually and it should work.

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I am running a del gx110 optiplex 1gHz desktop. I was having a problem of hanging at the bios screen last week.. The hard drive died, so I froze it and got the important stuff off it. I switched out the hard drive and formatted and installed xp pro on the new one. Now when it starts up I get the following:
It hangs on the bios start screen (Says DELL). After a few minutes (no lie), it goes to a blank screen and says the cover has recently been removed. then next line it says "cannot find primary hard drive 0 cannot find primary hard drive 1. Strike f1 to continue strike f2 to enter setup". When I press f1, it boots up and everything runs fine. Any idea how to get it to recognize the hard drive and not have it hang up at the POST?

I checked the pins on the Hard disk and they are set to master.

Thanks
 

Answer:Hard drive not being recognized.

It sounds like the bios is not holding the settings, try changing the battery.
 

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I bought a new hard drive and formatted it etc, then installed or tried to install windows XP home edition after the initial install
I get a message telling me windows does not recognize the drive. ??? How do I fix this
 

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:confused
 

Answer:hard drive not recognized

Is your OS and Machine the type which has "plug and Play" ability, but it is just showing up when you look under My Computer or Win Explorer? Internal or External?
 

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I installed a 200GB hard drive a while back and it was fine,.. computer recognized it as 200 etc, I had a problem and had to reformat the drive and I reinstalled windows XP home edition, but now the drive is only recognized as 127GB, I download the service pack from Msft, but no joy.

I also flashed the bio's

I also ran search and searched for Atapi.sys and found two in my system one was in the service pack it was 5.1.2600.1106
Other was in system 32 drivers and it was 5.1.2600.1135.

Also the file system on the hard drive is NFTS.
Any ideas how to fix this so I get the full potential from the drive.

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Intel Pentium 4, 1900MHz
Memory 384MB RAM
Disk Drives C, E
C drive 200 GB.
E drive (slave) 40GB (both run at 7200)
Video NVIDIA GeForce2 MX
Internet MSIE 6.0
Windows Windows XP home SP1
Intel 850 Chipset
Graphics
Graphics card nVidia GeForce 3
Amt of video RAM 64 MB
Audio
Sound card Sound Blaster Live
Speakers Harmon Kardon HK-695
Interface Ultra ATA
Other drives included 10/16/40 Internal CD-RW

Modem 56K/V.90 PCI Fax/Data
Networking 10/100 Network Card
Ports 4 USB, 1 serial, 1 parallel
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized

Please don't duplicate post.

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=194304
 

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I have an Emachines computer that died (motherboard). I removed the hard drive and plugged it into an external bay to make sure it was OK and it checked out fine. I then installed it in a Dell computer as the master drive, but when I turn on the computer it says that no media was found, that the boot device was missing, and it stops the system. Any ideas as to why? How do I set it to recognize the drive? I would love to get it going. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Bob
 

Answer:Hard Drive not Recognized - Why?

Check that the hard drive shows correctly in the BIOS.
If not, you probably haven't attached/jumpered it correctly.
 

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when i try and run just about any type of program on my computer, it takes much longer than usual to do it. sometimes the compiter locks up, and takes a while for it to fix itself. when i tried to run a virus scan, a blue screen pooped up and told me i had to reboot. i did, but then the computer froze before windows loaded. im not sure if this is a virus or what.
 

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My Western Digital USB hard drive was recently connected to a MAC to transfer some files. When I connected it back to my windows PC, it does not recognize the drive.

Help please!!!!

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Quote: Originally Posted by SomanS


My Western Digital USB hard drive was recently connected to a MAC to transfer some files. When I connected it back to my windows PC, it does not recognize the drive.

Help please!!!!


Is it recognized in BIOS? what format is it? Does it have a drive letter?
Ken

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