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Ide cables and drive detection

Question: Ide cables and drive detection

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I was given a pc (asus K8N-E) the problem is that although it powers up, mobo light works cpu fan spins and system fan spins front panel lights work, the hard drive and optical drive wont power up unless i disconnect the IDE cables, when disconnected the hard drive spins and the light on and drawer on the optical drive work. its as if the IDE is somehow disabled, i have tried different cables but to no avail any help appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

hi

check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.
 

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Please read this, sorry, I would copy and paste but like I say I'm using a Wii for internet due to no working PC, and there's no copy and paste (yes, I'm actually typing this damn long URL by hand):
http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardw...r-how-do-i-take-hdd-graphics-card-out-pc.html

Thanks for any help! Hopefully this forum will have more people online at this late/early time (I'm UK based and so is the previous forum)
 

Answer:Complete hardware beginner: How to remove power cables, ribbon cables and HDD drives?

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Neither came with any cables, so I need to know what cables I'll need and what to do with them.
 

Answer:Cables for hard drive and disk drive

 

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

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

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

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

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

use "Load defaults"
 

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Question: drive cables

hia similar post was posted recently but i didnt understand it well. as im building my pc now, and i got a dvd rw drive and also a dvd rom drive, i connected them to the ide cables etc. but my motherboard has onboard sound. so do i really need to connect the audio cable from the drives to the sound in my motherboard and where would the pins go as it is onboard?If i do would i have to connect both and are there enough pins for both?

Answer:drive cables

Yes you do need to connect these cables. I do noy know what your mobo is but on mine they are listed as internal audio connections CD1 & AUX1. In your motherboard manual look for these two connections.

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What cables do I need to connect my new hard drive(SATA) up? I just bought a Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM Hard Drive but I didnt click on the one with cables(by mistake) I already have another hard drive running but its not SATA. I want to have them both running. From what I have read I apprently need a SATA II Data Cable but I was just wondering if thats all I need or will I need more than just that one cable. Sorry guys I feel dumb for asking this but I am so not a hardware person.
 

Answer:Cables(Hard Drive) HELP!

Probably this, as long as your motherboard has SATA connections. If not, you can get a SATA controller which plugs into a PCI slot



http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SATA-Serial-A...1QQihZ013QQcategoryZ74941QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

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Question: Hard Drive Cables

I'm having trouble figuring out what cables to use on my hard drive. Here are two pictures of my hard drive.

http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=226155&stc=1&d=1377146566
http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=226156&stc=1&d=1377146579

I want to connect it to my laptops eSATA port, I know I need a SATA to eSATA cable for that but what about the port on the left? What cable do I use for that?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Cables

What you have there (for the picture on the left) Is a sata port which consists of two connections. the smaller connection for the Data, the larger connection for the Power. If you were to connect this Hard Drive to your laptop with eSATA, you would need a converter that converts the sata connection to eSATA. (That is all you need, no extra software required.)
 

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Question: Hard Drive Cables

Hello,I'm using Win7, intel i5, asus motherboardThis morning I tried to boot my PC and I got an error message; "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"I have 2 HDs. I disconnected the SATA cables from both drives, but left the cables connected to the motherboard. I then then reconnected my OS HD with the storage HD's cable. I am wondering if if the BIOS registers cable swaps like that?

Answer:Hard Drive Cables

The answer to your question has to be qualified.Some companies, like HP, will detect any change and  report it ti the user for confirmation. But many other PCs will not report the change.Also, there can be other issues.  Such as:A failing hard driveA failing power supplyA failing firmware chipSomething elseBut don't give up. It may be that just swapping the drive cables will fix the problem. Sometimes it is just that easy. No harm in trying, the cables are identical.

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Question: Hard Drive cables?

i just this MB http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...1/overview.htm

i have everything set up but i can't find the connection for my CD rom, any idea where it goes i see one for HD,and For floppy nothing alse

Answer:Hard Drive cables?

hmmm, i think it should have 1 for the floppy, 1 for the HDD and one for CD-ROM. Looks to me like there are 3, put the floppy in it's slot and then the cdrom i think should go in the black one and hd in the last.

You might want to verify this, i dont want to mess up your pc.

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ok at the moment i have one hard drive, one cd-rom and a dvd-rom. i only got the dvd recently. i wasnt sure how to get both of them working. i have 2 IDE cables, one for primary and one for secondary i assume. they both have a black plug at the end and a grey plug in the middle. which of these is for master and which one is for slave? i tried putting the black one into the cd-rom and the grey one in the dvd-rom. only my cd drive showed up in BIOS and windows. so i just put the black one in the dvd drive and it shows up, but i cant seem to get them both working at the same time. i am also planning on putting another hard drive in there so i will need all of these cables. i plugged both cd drives in, and checked to make sure they had power as well, but only the master will show up. (the one which has the end of the IDE cable in it, not the middle plug of the IDE cable). the cd-rom and dvd-rom have one jumper at the back and i dont have the manuals for them so i dont know what to set it to to make them either master or slave. and would i have to change some things in BIOS? any help would be great on this situation, so if anyone has any info on this whole thing, please help!

oh yeh and dont ask why i dont have the manual for the dvd drive because although i just got it, it was second hand off my brother and he didnt have the manual.
 

Answer:IDE cables and cd drive problem

Jumper both CD's for CS (Cable Select), put the master on the end of the IDE cable, and the slave in the middle of the cable. Put your hard disk by itself on the primary IDE controller at the end of the cable.
 

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Ok. I recentley had two hard drives working. I took my "Storage" hard drive out so I could install windows on another one because the other computer wouldnt boot from the CD. Anyways, when I try to put my "Storage" Hard drive back on it doesnt seem to work. Sometimes it gives me weird characters in it reads the drives on startup and other times it wont start.

Could this possibly be bad IDE cables? Right now im running my main hard drive off of my slave.

Thanks.

Answer:Help - Hard Drive and IDE cables!

Could be....but most likely it is the placement.
Can you give me a description of how the drives are connected to the IDE controllers?
There should be labels on your motherboard for "IDE1" and "IDE2". Also, give us a layout of which drives are on which portion of the IDE cable.

Thanks,
-Mike

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Are the ribbon cables for the DVD/ROM drives the same as the ones hooking up the hard drives? In other words, are they inter-changeable or do they have different pin-outs?
 

Answer:Ribbon cables for DVD/ROM and hard drive

As far as I know, I'm pretty sure they're the same. I've been able to interchange them, so I think they must be.
 

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I have an ATA (IDE) 40-pin interface connector and a new SATA hard drive. How should I connect the SATA hard drive to my computer?If you need more hardware information, I can PM you an EVEREST Home Edition report.

Answer:Hard Drive Interface Cables

If your motherboard does not have a SATA connector, you'll need to install a sata controller card.

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I have a Dell Dimension Desktop that was working like a charm until yesterday. I have upgraded the memory, the power supply, the graphics card and installed all updates and patches for my system at Dell.com. The PC was running Windows XP SP3 flawlessly with AVG Anti Virus, and recently It came to my attention that the OS was acting erratically and missing enough important system files to warrant a clean install. I don't have a ton of files on this PC, I basically just use it for email and web errands, bill pays, etc. Upon the next boot, it won't access the internet, its missing even more critical system files than before, and I want to begin a reinstall of the OS right away. I cannot access the BIOS from any of the three keyboards I have tried, ( a USB with drivers installed, a P/S with drivers installed and a brand new plug n play). The P/S did allow me to access the BIOS, but would not allow me to scroll using arrow keys to reconfigure the boot priority. I tried numerous times, no change.Now I just want to rearrange my IDE cables and drive jumper settings to reflect a boot from the Cd/Rom drive with the OS disc inserted...but I have never done this before. I have a HD, a floppy drive, and two CD drives in my tower, second CD drive is a Cd Rom that writes to disc top drive is a read only drive. What do I do here to mechanically create a boot directly from the OS installation disk? message edited by Mk202

Answer:set IDE cables and jumpers to boot CD drive first

You can depress the start button with the power unplugged and the jumper in the clear position. Probably not necessary in order to actually clear ALL the changeable settings but no harm in doing that as long as you DO NOT try to start the computer with the jumper in the clear position. That can an may well, damage the motherboard.The idea of depressing the power/start button is to discharge the power supply capacitors. Same reason I suggested waiting 20 seconds if removing the CMOS battery. When resetting CMOS values you can hit enter to set the BIOS password as none (no password).

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I have an older Dell PC, and I ran into a roadblock while trying to add a second SATA2 hard drive. The problem is with the available power cables. Its my understanding that the drives need to be hooked up in series in addition to setting the pins on the slave drive in order for them to function correctly. Is this right? The one spare power cable I have with series connectors is too short to reach the bottom of the case where the drives are (its actually designed for 2 CD/DVD roms and a floppy drive, but I'm sure it would work if it could reach!) I spent a while going through newegg.ca's inventory and unfortunately I can only find Y-cord splitters which would put the drives in parallel, not series. Would anyone be able to help me find what I need? Secondly, I was wondering what the difference between the 5 and 4 wire power cables. My system has 5 wire cables (red, orange, black, black, white) while all of the ones I see on newegg are four wire cables. Are they interchangeable, or would I need a converter? Any help or clarification would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:2nd hard drive & power cables

SATA drives have no slave or master designation, and no need to set jumpers.
For power, you need a Molex/SATA adapter like this one:
http://www.satacables.com/html/molex-to-sata-power-15-pin-ada.html
Don't worry about Parallel/Series.
 

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ok here is my problem. My hard drive will work with bios saying it is set up as the thing below the master on the bios. But i have 2 cd drives and when i hook up my cd burner it doesn't say the hard drive is there. I need to no how to hook all the cables up in the computer. If anyone knows where i can find pictures and diagrams that would be great. The hard drive has to be set under master (i think) so the burner will work.

Thanks Alot

Answer:How to hook Hard Drive up to Cables

You want to the hard drive with the OS on as master, only the first IDE cable for it to work properly.

The cd drives doesn't need to be set in any order.


I would put the Harddrive on the first IDE cable, with it on master, with nothing else on it. The 2 cd burners on the other cable.

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Hello everyone. I need help again.

I have a hard drive. A "Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache".
Had it for a year and a half.
Today I was doing some internal maintenance. Dusting, re-applying thermal paste, rewiring, and moving my drives to the 5.25 bay. I've been looking to install a water cooling loop, and wanted to remove the drive bay of my haf 922 to make space for the front radiator, pump, reservoir, etc. I took the spinning drive from the drive bay and screwed on the 5.25 adapters that came with the case. Sliding the drive into the 5.25 bay was a little bit of a tight squeeze, but it seemed fine.
I used some new drive power cables that came extra with my brother's Evga psu. They were all black, a little thinner and more flexible, and looked nicer than the cables from my seasonic psu, so I hooked up the drives with them.
Then I go to turn the thing on. I press the power, and the fans spin a quarter turn and the whole thing fails in less than a second.
I unplugged the drives, and it went into the bios totally fine.
I plug in either the ssd or the hdd individually and the thing wont start again.
I use my old uglier cables and the thing works completely fine.

With a little experiment, I tested a drive with my brother's computer using MY psu's cable, and the same thing happened. Different psu, different cable, failed to start.
Same Psu cable as the psu, and it works fine...
Is this weird!?

So once I got that sorted out (i ju... Read more

Answer:Drive failure. PSU cables? Handling?

You can burn the drives trying that. I did the same mistake 5 years ago. The plugs seem compatible and clamp tight in place but it is possible the metals are not touching each other, or like in my case cause them to die. (2 harddisks and 1 DVD drive died same time, go figure).

Halt until others comment with their experience.

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EDIT: Nevermind, I decided to do one last search and came up with another thread that has answered my question.
I recently purchased a Samsung SH-B123 blu ray drive, I presumed like my old DVD drive it would need a 4-pin power connector + either an IDE or sata cable to connect it up.

On the back of my new drive, there is no power connector, the only connector on the back looks like it would need something like this or perhaps this to connect it up.

I dont know which cable I need to buy to connect this up to my PC and if someone could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.

Thanks for any help in advance.

Answer:Optical drive and cables question

Just to make sure that thread you found properly answered your question:
SATA drives need SATA power connectors, rather than the old 4-pin molex connectors found on IDE drives. You can get converters for 4-pin molex -> SATA power.

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I posted this once and got no response, Ill try to word it differently. I am hooking up my hard drive. Its a seagate 80gb sata. I am planning on hooking it up in raid 0. There are 2 cables that I can hook up to my hard drive. I have a small cable(serial ata) and a larger cable(20 pin I belive). Do I need to hook up both cables to my hard drive and mobo or just one of them? I am stuck on this one. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Hooking up hard drive cables

you only have to hook up one of it, in this case, the SATA.

btw, raid 0 requires minimum of 2 Hdisks which I am sure u know it already :-)

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i'm wondering if the audio cables for optical cdrw/dvdrw drives are necessary, because i have two cdrw burners in my computer right now using both my audio channels, and i'm looking into buying a new dvdrw drive, if i don't plug in a audio cable for that drive what will happen? and is there a way that my mobo can support another audio channel if i have to?

i have a p4p800s motherboard by the way thanks for the help!

Answer:optical drive audio cables?

i am not sure but i think that audio cable only applies if you plug headphones into the drive on the front

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I bought a hard drive off of Amazon to boost how much data I can have on my computer, and I didn't realize it was SATA. I only have IDE cables. Regardless, I spotted something that looks like some type of SATA (I don't know whether it is power or data), but having only seen pictures in online "How to install internal hard drive" tutorials, I wasn't sure. What I need is for someone to tell me whether what I found is used for data with SATA or power with SATA (if either), and basically, what I need to make the SATA hard drive work with my computer. I have a 3-type IBE cable, so it has an extra 40 pin thingy, and I was told such a thing as a IDE to SATA converter existed. I don't even know which is for power and which is for data. Could someone please explain that? Thank you. Sorry for being so lost (I only know what the cables are due to a little independent research).

Visuals, you say? Voila! (I unplugged the the 40 pin thingys so that the view was less obstructed)

Answer:Have a SATA hard drive and only IBE cables

Here is what a data input looks like.

I can't tell from your picture - can you get any closer?

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I am using a 1.7 Athlon with an MST KT333 motherboard and 512mb ram, a Hercules Kyro 4500 AGP graphics card, running Windows 2000 with the Support Pack 3. The Hard Drives are a Maxtor 7200 20gb and Quantum Fireball lct 15 20 60gb. When starting up, the startup screen shows that the first drive is mode 4 and the second is mode 6.If I use an 80 ribbon conductor cable from the motherboard to the drives, I get problems in that the computer will not boot, gives a BSOD and an error code 0000221 which says I should disable all caching and shadowing in the bios. After numerous fiddling around with this and going into safe mode, which takes an awful long time to come up, sometimes cutting off before it comes to completion, then the computer does a scandisk and sometimes it will boot. I have reformatted and reloaded windows more than once, but still get the fault.I have tried four different 80 conductor cables, including two round ones and still get this fault. If I replace the 80 ribbon cable with a 40 cable the system works normally and I can use it without any bother, except that at startup the screen runs through OK and says that there is no 80 cable fitted.I am advised that I should use an 80 cable. Does it make any difference that It works with a 40 and not with an 80 cable.

Answer:Computer will not boot with 80 Drive Cables

Can we assume your using both Hard drives on the same Ide channel (IDE1)..If so can you just add the 80 ribbon IDE cable to the port you wish to use but only put the 1 drive on it (Master) to start with and boot ..post back after trying that if you will.

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Ok, I have this cable that is for my HD and apparently my CD drive. It is an EIDE cable (the flat one with the single colored wire labeled as #1[I think that's right]). So anyways, I have to stretch this cable to connect my CD Drive to the HD to the mobo, and it is really hard to get them together because the cable is just out of reach of connecting. The cable is labeled as the "HD Cable" with 3 connectors: 1 that connects to the mobo, that connects to teh "Master" and one that connects to the "Slave". I also have this other EIDE cable that is labeled as "CD Drive Cable". Can I just use that cable to connect the CD drive to the mobo? This question is probably hard to follow, but I tried explaining it as best I could. I wil try to get pics of the cables. Thanks for the help.

Answer:Hard Drive and CD Drive Cables?

LOL

Sounds like you got one of those DELL comps (or insert your mass-PC producer name instead).

If your mobo has two controller ports (where your ribbon cables connect to) then yes. Just go buy another flat-ribbon cable (make sure it's the right kind) and hook'em up. Put the drives on the end connectors, not the middle ones, and yer all set.

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

Answer:dvd drive detection

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

Answer:non-detection of cd-rw drive

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

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

Answer:No detection of DVD drive

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

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

Open Computer Management and select the disk management option.

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

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

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My PC recently decided to stop booting after the POST screen so I stripped out all of the components out of it so all that was left connected were the CPU and the power supply. I turned it on, and it beeped a few times asking for memory which was fine, so i added the memory, turned it on again and it beeped once, everything fine.

Then I added my graphics card, again it beeped once saying everything is fine and it posts ok asking for a hard drive but when I try adding the hard drive which is an IDE drive with an IDE slot on the motherboard (its a older type of board) and start it, it beeps constantly, fast constant beeps and hangs on the detection of a hard drive after it posts and sometimes even the cpu fan stops spinning (to which i turn it off immediately). It does this even if I have just the ide ribbon cable just attached to the motherboards ide slot without the hard drive connected to it, and it also does this on the secondary ide slot i have on my motherboard. When I remove the cable the beeping stops. I dont think it could be a problem with the power supply as I have tried the power supply in another machine I have (which is a lot slower ) and it works fine.

Is my motherboard dead or is there a way to fix this?
Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8I865GME-775-RH

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:PC will not boot when hard drive cables plugged in

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I recently bought an OEM Serial ATA Hard Drive as well as a Serial ATA Cable. IS there any other cables that i need for the drive such as power cables ect? Sorry if this is a stupid question

Answer:Cables Needed for a SATA Hard Drive?

You may need a special SATA power connector. Some drives have molex connectors as well, but others don't. You can get molex to SATA adaptors I think.

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I'm working on a friends OLDER pc.. P133, 48mb,1.2gb, WIN95. I suspected memory failure because of several BSOD screens. Using memtest86, it was confirmed. I pulled 2 of 4 memory chips out. In order to get at them, I had to pull the cd and IDE cables from mb. I powered up pc, without re-connecting the 2 cables (duh), and of course wouldn't boot. so I powered down, re-connected cables, and now system will not recognize hard drive. The bios will not auto-detect, and even if I enter User-defined values for hard drive, it still will not detect. I changed to new cables, still nothing. When I boot up, system tells me HARD DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. Inserting Startup diskette, I get msg "no drives found, aborting installation", then goes back to A:. Any ideas?
 

Answer:NO Hard drive detected after unplugging cables

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I found a couple threads where a moderator PM'd the original poster on this topic.  I've had pretty much every one of our 8000 models do this and I was wondering if HP has an extended warranty or replacement program for these occurences. This describes my exact scenario - http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/8000-CMT-CD-Rom-drive-and-power-...

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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

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

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

These type of services from Comodo I like.

http://siteinspector.comodo.com/public

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

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Hi,

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

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

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

Answer:Hard drive detection

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

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

Answer:2nd hard drive detection

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard drive detection

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

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

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

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

Answer:hard drive detection

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

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

Answer:Y50-70, USB DVD drive detection issue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Answer:Drive Detection Problem...

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

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

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

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

the specs on the comp are:
Vid Card: Geforce 7800 GT GDDR3 PCI Express 256 mb
Pentium D 3.2 ghz 840
2x Crucial Ballistix 512 Mb ram
160 gb Western Digital
200 gb Western Digital
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I am working on a P2 350 MHz/ Intel 440BX Chipset/ Award BIOS/128SDRAM/CDRW/CDROM/FLOPPY etc. Should be a simple install of Hard Drive (Maxtor 40GB) using Maxblast and Windows 98SE. What is happening is that when I connect the drive to the system - with BIOS set to Boot to a,c and Maxblast in a: the computer does the Memory Check- goes to the Detecting Primary master and hangs. F4 wont skip and it wont move forward to the a: drive so I can set up the drive.
The twist is this: I have tried the drive in another system- no problem (Its brand new) I have changed the Floppy drive on the problem system in hopes that a bad Floppy (no dice). I have placed a 6.4 GB drive in problem system- boots up like a charm. Cables arent bad (been tested) and I am running out of ideas. The Motherboard is one I am not familiar with P6B40-A4X and not made by Intel (no manufacturer name on it) so I cant even go to a site to see if I am missing something. The board is a 98 model and the only thing different in the BIOS is this:
In BIOS FEATURES SETUP there is
HARD DRISK BOOT FROM- PRI-IDE-M, PRI-IDE-S, SEC-IDE-M, SEC-IDE-S, SCSI
I chose PRI-IDE-M since that is how the drive is jumpered
BOOT SEQUENCE- I set it to a,c
Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Detection

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

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

Anyone know this combination of keys i am speaking of?

Answer:Hard Drive Detection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Gip!

 

Answer:Ide Drive Detection Hangs

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I recently upgraded my motherboard from an 'ASRock N68C-S' to a 'Asus M5A78L-M/USB3'
The motherboard worked for approximately a day and a half, then the LAN socket stopped working, then the entire board stopped working. Just my luck, it turned out to be faulty, I sent it back for a refund and bought the same model again.
I received the new motherboard and installed it, and everything seemed fine. After over a week's usage, the LAN socket is working and performance in general is great... except one annoying and worrying thing...

I have 3 hard drives and 1 DVD drive.
Every morning, when I turn on the computer, at least 1 of these things is not detected in the BIOS and so they are unusable.
With the power off (by the mains) I disconnect undetected drive's sata cable an plug them into a different port on the motherboard. There are 6 ports, and then inexplicably it works.
But every day, after not using the computer for 8 - 10 hours (the time that I am asleep), I have to remove the case and route around...

Unfortunately, because Asus are ****, I cannot download all of the drivers I need for the motherboard on their site because I run Windows 8 64bit, for which they have less than a quarter of the drivers compared to other OS's
I have been able to update the BIOS though.
This hasn't helped.

The most obvious cause is another faulty motherboard, because I'm not the luckiest person... this type of **** happens to me.
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Answer:Harddrives/DVD drive not detected in BIOS. Have to fix it every day by moving cables

Maybe I didn't make it clear in the initial post, but could somebody help me please?
 

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Has anyone else had issues with the SATA power cord connecting CD-Rom drives and the system board shorting out and smoking pretty badly. If this is a known issue shouldn't there be a recall like Samsung have done for their phones? 

Answer:8000 CMT CD-Rom drive and power cables shorting out and burn...

Is the PC still in warranty?Nevermind. I see it has been around for a while.   I highly recommend that you consider replacing the SATA power cable with a new one to prevent that fire hazard from happening again.  You might  end up having to replace the PSU, depending on the configuration of the desktop PC. I think you may be the first to report something  safety related like that happening with your desktop.

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We have exactly the same issue with HP8000CMT. The same issue from this link. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/8000-CMT-CD-Rom-drive-and-power-... 

Answer:8000 CMT CD-Rom drive and power cables shorting out and burn...

So I am now seeing these power connectors fry as well. 2 in thepast week alone and in classrooms. Can HP weigh in on whether or not there is a particluar harness that is failing. I haven't got the second failure back in office today yet but the first one that came in is a Century Asia harness. I have other units here that have Foxconn cables. I'll be curious to see what the second box has in it, cablewise.  OK so next machine jst came back in and another Century Harness fried. WTH HP. What harnesses can we trust? 

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

Mike
 

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

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

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

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

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

Any ideas guys?

Many Thanks

Nick
 

Answer:Asus K8V SE and SATA Drive detection

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

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

Good luck.
 

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

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

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

Thanks

Schmutz
 

Answer:Help with ASUS P5K-E SATA drive detection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Answer:Hard Drive detection problem

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

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

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Solved: WD 160 GB Drive detection problem

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

Mike
 

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

Hard drive: Samsung SV4084H
Running xp pro.
 

Answer:Force Hard Drive Detection

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

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

Answer:hard drive detection problems

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

Thanks.
 

Answer:Intermittent Hard Drive Detection

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

Thanks

Daniel

Spec:

ECS K7S5A-PRO

XP 2000 model 8

256MB DDR RAM

GF4 64MB VGA

IBM HD 16.8GB
 

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

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

Any ideas what to do?

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

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Hi,

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

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

Answer:Hard drive detection problem

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

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

I have upgraded to latest BIOS.

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

Any ideas greatfully received.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive detection problems

Welcome to TechSpot

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

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

Answer:External hard drive detection

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

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

Answer:HP dv67000 HDD & CD Drive Detection Problem

Hello Antonius. Welcome to the Forum.

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive Detection Problem

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

Mike
 

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

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

Mike

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive Detection Errors

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

Answer:Hard Drive detection & Formating

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive Detection Problems

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

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

Answer:Hard drive detection problems

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I have been on the phone 6 times and chats 4 times trying to get the nimrods at customer service to identify and sell me SATA cables for a second hard drive I purchased for my brand new 3668. I bought a 1TB 2.5 inch Seagate drive and it came without cables or mounting hardware.  NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP ME!!  This is easy s*** my friends.  Two bloody cables.  One for power and the other data.  I have talked to Customer Care, Sales, Technical Support and they keep bouncing me around.
Does anyone have a phone number to Corporate I can call?  This is ridiculous.  I don't think I will EVER buy anything from Dell again.
> Frustrated Bob in NJ

Answer:Cables for 2nd hard drive - Inspiron 3668 - Idiots at Dell...

You don't need to buy cables from Dell. Open up your case and see what type of SATA III cable is being used and where to locate your new HDD. Do you need a SATA cable with a straight or a right angle connector at the ends? Do you need an 18 inch cable? Does your power supply have an extra power connector for your HDD? After you get this information go to Amazon or Newegg and order your cable; you don't need a Dell cable, SATA cables are industry standard. You will probably save some money and seeing the inside of your computer will help you plan the installation.
Be sure to look at the mounting of the existing HDD. What you may need from Dell is the hard-drive assembly with release tabs if it does not come with a spare assembly. See the Service Manual section on removing the HDD.

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I don't think they do, but I never bought OEM. Power cables I mean the converters for sata because I didn't relise they were different.

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Hi:

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

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

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.

M
 

Answer:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

how many physical hard drives are in your computer and which ones were set up as a RAID?

When you boot with your xp cd press F6 when it tells you to (at the beginning when it loads everything) and then insert that floppy and it will load the needed drivers from that to recognize your RAID setup. In the bios it will (should) just come up with the separate hard drives and not the RAID drive that you saw in windows.
 

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

Answer:RAID - WinXP Install - Drive Detection, Help

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

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

Answer:Dell Dimension 8300 & IDE Drive Detection

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

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Hi:

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

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

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.

M
 

Answer:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

Well, though I do not know much at all about RAID, I do know that I have had a bit of trouble with getting windows to recognize my SATA drive. I had to do a couple things in device manager to get it working, though I cannot remember exactly what. Is your E drive an SATA?
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

i narrowed it down to 4 possibilities from my knowledge

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

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

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

Answer:advice on hard drive detection problem

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

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

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

Answer:Windows Vista Hard Drive Detection

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

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

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

i have tried replacing the signal cable

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

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

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

thank you for any tips

Answer:intermittent bios hard drive detection

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

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

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

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

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

Help.
 

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

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

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

Can someone please help this noob out?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Virus???: Hard Drive detection error

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

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

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

Help?
 

Answer:Startup and Hard drive detection problems

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

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

Answer:Hard drive detection problems and other errors

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My W530 has just started displaying the detection error, however, Windows can still see the device, as well as the BIOS
 
Windows shows it as the actual hard drive model.
 
however, the BIOS shows it as DISK.
 
does this mean the drive is failing(again), or is it the SATA controller?

Answer:2100 hard drive detection error

The mSATA SSD or the hard drive?

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Hi,

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

Both drives work well by themselves.

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

???!?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Dan
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive detection problems

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

Answer:External Hard Drive Detection Problem

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

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

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

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

Any ideas?

Answer:New Sata Drive detection and Windows Bootup

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

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

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

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