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BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Question: BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567


Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much

Dom

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Answer: BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.

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Have tried to add a 80G hard drive to my system so that I could transfer and then remove all info from my original 40G.
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The main Bios screen has diskette shown and IDE 3 & 4 (DVD ROM and CD RW) but nothing on IDE 1 & 2. Have entered 1 and set it to auto but still not picking it up. Boot options are set as CD ROM (without a + sign), + Diskette and + Hard Drive. In case it helps Bios is a Phoenix which has 5 sub pages (Main, Advanced, Security, Power and Exit)
As all was working before presume that I (or my son who has a go at it) have done something daft rather than something failing but all suggestions gratefully received! All this is on a system running XP Home (if I could just get that far!)
 

Answer:Bios failing to recognise hard drive

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Answer:Bios doesn't recognise large hard drive

There should be a utility on your new drive manufacturer's website that will allow the drive to be recognised by an older BIOS. OR, you could buy and install a PCI to IDE card.

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Hi all,
Am in need of a little guidance, or advice.
I just bought a barebones system and have had a nightmare getting the OS (xp Pro, SP2) installed.

Basically it gets through the initial checking system configuration, formatting and creating a partition and copying all the files. When it restarts, after letting the option to boot from CD expire, the system stalls, or just seems to stop. I can't hear the hard drive doing anything, and the HD light isnt flashing either.

Has anyone come up against this before? Any advice? I have a feeling that part of the BIOS is corrupted, or could be incompatible with the drive, but thats not likely given that it all came as a bundle.

I've tried pretty much everything I can think of and will be going mad for the rest of the weekend untill I can call the company's tech support on Monday to have a rant at them about providing a new system with this kind of glitch...

But if any of you can offer some advice as to how I can sort myself out in the meantime, I would be eternally grateful!

Thanks!
 

Answer:Bios will not recognise hard drive after restart during XP Pro install...

the problem id it doesnt have the drivers to see the hd...It must be a sata hd ...I just had the same problem a couple of weeks ago..You need to look on the cd that came with your motherboard and find the raid(sata) drivers ...copy them to a floppy disk...when you go to load xp pro w/sp2 it will ask you when it starts to load up to press F6 if you need to load and scsi or raid drivers...press f6 then it will ask you to put the floppy in..that will fix your problem..good luck!
 

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Any help appreciated

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What do I have to do to to get the Bios to show the Primary Slave as it shows the Primary Master.
Please HELP!

Answer:How to get Dell Dimension 4600 BIOS to recognise Second Hard Drive

Set the original drive at master then the new d250GB drive at slave, here is some info here: Jumper settings Unless this is a Dell thing you cannot have dual master hard-drives, one, with the operating system will be the master, all others are slaves.

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Answer:BIOS can't recognize 250GB SATA hard disk

I had a similar problem, I thought it may apply to you.

When I first installed my XP Pro on my system with a new Seagate 250 GB HDD, XP created the C: drive at 125 GB, basically cutting the disc space in half. The rest was just unformatted.

Go to "disc management", and you might find your missing 120 GB in unformatted space.
 

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Just received and installed Maxtor 250GB HDD.I have a Maxtor 120GB as master drive, partitioned as C,D drive, all OK.Slave drive is the 250GB HDD. Been into Disk Manager and it shows as a 131GB partitioned drive.Been in Bios and it shows as 250GB. Where's the rest gone

Answer:XP will only recognise 250GB HDD as 131GB

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Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

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Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

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Greetings,
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Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/documents/ht077144. Towards the end of the page is this image;




Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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no instructions came with the hard drive

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Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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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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After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

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I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????
 

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.
 

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

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Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
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BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
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Memory: 2046MB RAM
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Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
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My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive

Hi

It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.

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Hi,

I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here: http://support.mpccorp.com/apps/specs.asp?ID=1971

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8004679&type=product&id=1155848396138

Thanks so much,
James
 

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.
 

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7 http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer

Thanks,

Sam

Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!

Thanks
 

Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode
 

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?

Shamus

Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

or
2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.
Chas

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.
 

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407
 

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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Basically what has happened it like 9 months ago I got a second hard drive and ever since then I can't have my two hard drives plugged in and the CD drive plugged in too otherwise it won't boot.

Fixed that but changing SATA PCH mode in bios from IDE (default) to AHCI, it worked but then got BSOD on booting so had to change back to IDE, do a registry edit then switch back to AHCI and it booted.

Now it boots with 2 hdd's and the drive plugged in but it does not recognize the CD-drive (it works).

I've tried different cables and different slots.

The CD drive works when just the HDD and cd drive are plugged in.

Super confused.

My mobo is: gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R
Windows 7 64 bit
gtx 760
2x4GB corsair 1333mhz RAM
1x samsung 232GB hdd
1x WD 2TB hdd

Answer:PC/BIOS won't recognise CD drive?

What type of CD drive is it? Is it a IDE (PATA) or a SATA?
Boot into Setup (Bios) and see if the CD drive is being recognized on the Main page. If it is IDE make sure the IDE port is enabled in the bios. The same if it is SATA, make sure the port is enabled.

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?
 

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???
 

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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Have replaced my failing SD-R2412 drive with a new SD-R2512. Unfortunately when I boot up the drive isn't recognised. Any help or guidance gratefully received.

Many thanks

Kevin

Answer:BIOS won't recognise new CD/DVD drive on TECRA S1

Hi

Don?t think that you would be able to solve this issue without to replace the CD/DVD drive again.

You get an IDE#1 error message. Am I right? This happens because your CD/DVD drive supports wrong master/slave/c-sel settings!!!
Due to the non compatible settings the BIOS cannot recognize it correctly.

In your case I would contact the local ASP to get some details about the compatible CD/DVD drives and to get a new one.



Good luck

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

TiA

T
 

Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.
 

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..
 

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I have a Windows 7 32 Bit mini pc (SPO-Book Turo) It has 4Gigabytes of installed memory but windows will only use 3.The mini pc hasn't got a CD drive.I have put my windows installation files on my second partition of my 1000 gigabyte drive. My BIOS will not identify that the windows set up is on it what so ever.I am trying to install Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.

any help will be appreciated...

Answer:Bios wont recognise my partitioned drive with the windows set up on it

Has anyone heard of this happening before?

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Hey again guys.Ive just installed a small Hard Drive, the bios picks it up as a Quantem something, which is fine, and Windows seems to have picked it up as if i goto device manager, disk drives, its there waswell as my main hard drive.However, heres the problem, when i goto my computer, theres noting there, you know, you should get like a little icon, as my main hard drive has one, aswell as my cd drive and cd re writer, but my new hardd rive just isnt there, i cant install anything onto it or anything.Any suggestions on how to solve this?Thanks.

Answer:How do i get my PC to recognise a new Hard Drive?

you have to fdisk and format it - - - do a search on this forum, more threads than you can shake a stick at. Careful when fdisking though, make sure you have selected correct drive.

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Hi. I've had an iomega 1tb hd for a few months now, and I've had no problems so far. However, one day after booting I found that windows doesn't recognise it.

Turning the drive on and off again results in an error that the hardware has malfunctioned. I've tested it with my laptop and it works fine. I've noticed that when I turn the drive off and on just before I boot, it works fine. However, before I started having problems with it, I didn't need to do this before booting.

I've checked all connections and they are all fine. I've noticed that occasionally when I do get it to work, it randomly 'disappears' while I'm working and requires me to reboot after turning it on and off again.

Disk Management doesn't seem to recognise it either. I'm using Windows XP, SP3.

Any ideas? This has been a pain for quite a while now so any input is appreciated. If you need any more info, please ask.

Thanks!
 

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Hi,

Yesterday i removed some ram from my computer to see what type it used, however i didn't put it back in properly. As a result the computer would not create any power when i turned it on.

Thinking it was something to do with the power supply, i took out my hard drive and put it in another computer.

Having realised i hadn't put the RAM back in properly in my machine, i fixed it and hey presto..power!

So heres the problem. I put the hard drive back in my computer and it originally asked for a boot disk, but then being an ***** i reset all the scsi settings back to default. Now all it does is load up and shows my cd rom drive and just does nothing else.

Can anyone help please?
 

Answer:cant recognise my hard drive HELP!

Are you sure you connected the power cable (4 pins) and the IDE cable (ribbon cable) back to the HDD properly? The red line on the IDE cable should be toward you.
 

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I assembled a pc from some parts i had, for some reason when i try to instal os it does not recognise that i have any hard disc connected.I have tested everything on my pc and the hard drive works fine. i think i may have altered a bios setting can anyone help

Answer:recognise hard drive

Is it a new hard drive and what is the make/model?

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I have a Packard Bell Club 60 pc running Win 98 SE. I have had it for 4 yrs and just b4 xmas after turning the pc on a strange whirring noise occurred in the Hard Drive. I was asked to use the boot floppy, which I did, but got a message telling me I had no hard drive. I have changed the internal lithium battery, since then, but still no luck. I had been thinking of upgrading my hard drive etc., but is there anything i can do in the meantime so i can at least backup my personal documents etc.Thanks for your help.

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I expect I'm missing something foolish.
running WIN 8 PRO 64-bit
After I had Win 8 set up with my basic programs, I created a custom-image using CMD and the recimg.exe included with Win 8. [My laptop came with a C: OS partition and a D: partition].
I have since done two things. I created reduced the size of my C: partition and created an E: partition.
When I run the recimg.exe in the CMD(as admin) window, it starts to run and then I get the error message that the drive I instructed it to write to is not a "fixed drive". I've tried both the c: and D: drives.
What am I missing? Thanks for your help

Answer:recimg does not recognise my hard drive as a fixed drive.

My guess would be that the problem occured because you reduced the size of C.

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Hi, ive got a bit of a problem.Well, my old IDE hard drive seemed to have failed yesterday, id had it 7 years so i suppose it had to go sometime, just wish id have backed up my data!! Anyways, I bought myself a new SATA Drive, a WD 1600AAJS. Now, my BIOS wont detect the drive. Ive updated the BIOS, made sure all the 'SATA BIOS' options are enabled, and I have the driver floppy disk for my motherboard. However, when i enter the XP setup im told that no HDD were detected, and i just cant think why. Ive set the BIOS to check the HDD as the first boot device, but still no luck. The motherboard is a KV8 MAX3 using the K8t800 VIA Chipset i believe. Ive searched the net for solutions and a couple of people have had similar problems, however in the various forums no-one has provided an answer. Im tearing my hair out at this as I just cant think what ive done wrong....Any suggestions anyone??Cheers

Answer:Abit KV8 MAX3 BIOS wont recognise SATA Drive

POST UPDATE:Ok, Ive managed the throttle the speed of the HDD to 1.5Gb/s, and the VIA SATA POST BIOS is loaded. However, now the CD is not booting into the XP Setup. If i remove the HDD, the CD is loaded fine. With the HDD connected, the BIOS seems to stop at the 'boot from cd' stage, idling for no reason. Any suggestions on that??Thanks

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Hi

Have just upgraded to a 120 Gb drive, partitioned with Bootitng, but winXP pro can only recognise 3 of the 4 partitions. Have checked Bootitng site where it says a bios update may be necessary, amongst other things (have tried).
No joy from asus site, any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Will
 

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Ok, so I have got my corrupt hard drive out of my laptop and bought a hard drive enclosure.However, (my enclosure is driverless) Windows isnt recognising the drive under My Computer or anywhere, Im guessing as it is corrupted, how do I get it to recognise the driver for use with data recovery software?Thanks

Answer:Cant recognise my Hard Drive in Enclosure

If the drive is faulty it might not be seen, connect it in place of the dvd/cdrw and then see if windows can recognise it.If it does then transfer wanted files across.

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I am trying to get help getting windows to recognize a hard drive can anyone help please.
 

Answer:Windows won`t recognise hard drive?

Failure to recognize a hard drive can be caused by a jumper pin missing, a bad hard drive EIDE or power cable (they get brittle and disconnect as they age).

But usually, it is the failure of the hard drive. They often fail for no good reason, just like a light bulb burning out... or a chip failure on the back of the drive. Sometimes the magnetic material on the internal plates will begin to curl up and flake off. Others will have the bearings burn out or freeze up preventing the plates from turning. Still others have glass plates covered with magnetic coating that suddenly shatter from the centrifical force.

Try borrowing another drive to try, just to test the connectors.

It can be tricky to save the data on that drive, but you can expect to be successful about 66 to 75 percent of the time.
 

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I am running XP pro on my system, and have just bought a new HD.I had two HD on my system, the Primary is a Western Digital Cav 250Gb IDE 7200 8Mb. The slave drive was broken so I replaced it with a Western Digital Cav 320Gb IDE 7200 8Mb.The jumpers are set as follows;Primary Jumper Settings "Primary with Slave" - this has not changed as this has always been my primary with a slave attached.Slave Jumper Settings "Slave"The BIOS recognises the device is there, as does Windows XP Device Manager. Both show the device is working, and the Manager tells me there is nothing wrong with the device.The problem is that XP hasn't given the drive a letter and I can't access it. If I go to My Computer or Explorer, the drive just doesn't appear anywhere there. Only the three partition drives on my primary are present.I have installed HD's before although it has been sometime so I think I must have forgotten something really simple.Has anyone got any ideas that might help?

Answer:New Hard Drive Problem. XP won't recognise.

Right click my computer,select manage then disk managment,highlight the drive right click and select format,when its done you should see it in my computer.

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This is my fiance's Pc so I am a bit unsure of the finer details, however...This is a HP PC - 1.9ghz processor and 512mb RAM It has 2 hard drives which are factory fitted and everythigns been ok. When the PC was sold to a family friend, the hard drives were formatted and all drivers were reinstalled so it was a clean slate for the new owners. However the PC isnt recognising the 2nd hard drive at all. In Device Manager, there are 3 yellow question marks. One for a USB device (which I beleive to be the speakers as the driver wasnt installed) and 2 for the 'video controller'.Are these linked to the problem and how can the hard drive be recognised? In the process of searching HP website.Thanks and Merry Christmas

Answer:PC won't recognise 2nd hard drive after format.

Fit 2nd HDDclick hereclick hereHve a look at the section regaerding setting up the drive.

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Hi,

I have two PCs here, a windows xp sp3 boot cd and a 40 Gb western digital hard drive. I'm trying to install xp on one of the PCs. One PC is a Dell dimension gx260 with Pentiun 4 1GB RAM, the other is a Packard bell Media 50416 Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM. I have connected the hard drive to my laptop and formatted it and all is fine. The Dell PC does not recognise it atall, it says no hdd installed, even in the bios, it can't see it. I have it connected it to master slave and changed jumper pins, nothing makes a difference. When i boot from xp cd it stops when it is about to copy files and says there is an issue with hard drive and to make sure it is connected.

The Packard bell behaves slightly different. It sees the hdd in the bios and when I choose to boot from the xp cd it goes through the process of formatting the drive, then copying over the files and begins the windows installation, then after re-boot it says cannot boot from the hard drive even though windows is installed on it.

What am I missing here? I thought that if I formatted a drive and installed xp on it, that it would boot from it, doesn't xp create an mbr, please advise
 

Answer:Solved: pc won't recognise hard drive

As this is a 40GB hard drive I am assuming it is a good many years old. You are not doing anything wrong, I think the problem is most likely a faulty drive.

Follow this guide to download and burn to a CD the disgnostics from WD and run it in the PC that recognises the hard drive and see what the result is for an Extended test.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use the appropriate link below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics.

These are direct links to the download (apart from Western Digital) so the download will start as soon as you click on the link.

These diagnostics are only available as ISO images to burn to CD except for Excelstore who also provide a download for a USB flash drive. Please note that this USB version is only for use on Excelstore hard drives.

Excelstore ISO for CD Or USB flash drive (instructions included in Readme.txt file)
Hitachi/IBM
Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital Click on the Download button next to Diag504fCD.iso

NOTE: For Toshiba/Fujitsu, or any make of drive not listed, use the diagnostics from the Seagate link.

For the downloads that are in a .zip file, right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD. (A re-recordable CD will be fine).

In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts.
For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn Ins... Read more

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hello computer hope,I am having troubles geting my 97 asus to recognise a second hard drive.I have fliped and switch my IDE cable and rebooted inbetween, bios wont see it. What should I do                                                                         ,Zukru

Answer:2nd hard drive wont recognise

1- Hard Drive with your OS should be the MASTER disc.2- New HD should be the slave.3- Set jumpers on BOTH HD's (1- Master, 2-Slave)4- Master connected to END of cable.5- Slave connected to MIDDLE of cable.6- Power to both HD's.If you still have nothing give us MoBo ser. number, make, model, size of both drives, operating system and version, etc., etc.Hope this helps.jim

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I have a MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR and it won't recognise my 120Gb seagate Barracuda hard drive. I've tried to install the Promise 20376 RADI drivers on windows xp but it won't work.

I've downloaded the latest drivers from the MSi site, put them on a floppy, installed them multiple times inside windows and rom the windows install disk when it says press f6...

My mobo bios has no SATA options and i am completly stuck. How can i get my mobo to recognise my hd?

The driver for the RAID controller in installed in windows but the HD still isn't recognised.
 

Answer:MSI board won't recognise hard drive

Try setting it to boot from SCSI.
 

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Dear
Installed Ubuntu 16 on laptop . I had a external drive which i was using at a system containing windows 8.1 . I plugged in my Hitachi 320GB external hard drives into system which had ubuntu . Now the file system has changed from NTFS to Binary (application/octet-stream).
The main problem is now my windows 8 system does not recognize the external hard drive and iam in not in a position to use .It contains 298 GB important data. How do i make this workable.Please guide me.
Thanks

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I just bought a laptop and my 320GB hard drive came pre-partitioned. The 40GB partition set for vista quickly became full, mainly because I now know that my documents was for some reason being saved on the C Drive (vista). I attempted to use Partition magic to resize the partitions and upon loading, the program gave me two error messages and said "would you like these to be fixed?" of course I clicked yes to both of them then the program wouldnt work at all. In fact vista wouldnt recognise the Hard drive altogether. I restarted and following that vista recognised the Vista Partition but not the data partition.

I finally decided to just back up my docs and restore to factory default. After that though to my annoyance Vista still refused to recognise my data partition.

What should I do and is there any program I can use to fix this situation....?

Thanks

Answer:Vista won't recognise Hard Drive!

Go to:

control panel -> Administrative Tools - > Computer Management
in there choose ' storage' => 'disk management'

Your data partition should be there, if necessary you will have to format and make sure that it is an active primary partition.

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I have a Dell inspiron 1100 notebook. When booting the computer goes into bios, but then the boot process stops with an error because there is no hard drive or bootable disk. There is in fact a hard drive. Thinking that perhaps (hopefully) the hard drive failed somehow - I ordered a replacement hd and installed it using all the normal precautions. The same error persists. I have checked bios and everything looks ok, I can boot DOS off of a cd, but the hd is not recognised.

I am taking a guess that this is a mobo problem and that I will need a new one. If anyone has any other ideas of what to try before the considerably painful process of swapping mobo's on a laptop please let me know.
 

Answer:laptop does not recognise hard drive

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Hi, Im having problems with an external hard drive. It was initially used with a PC. Then it was used with a mac and now my windows vista laptop wont recognise it. I tried HFS Explorer but that didnt work. The Ext Drive shows up in Device Manager with an exclamation mark. Under device status it says:Quote"Windows is uninstalling this device. (Code 21)Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available."Can anyone recommend some free software to render the drive usable for a PC again please!

Answer:PC wont recognise ext hard drive.

What does it say in disk management?

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I have a home made unit from a couple of years ago that while old I dont want to dump just yet. I posted on here a while back about this machine. At the time it was acting funny freezing up running real slow at times also when you go to add remove programs in the control panel it would never populate the list. After tring everything virus programs etc I formated the hard drive. It was a western digital and it promptly died. So after reading the reviews I got a seagate 300 gig. Reloaded windows xp pro. Dang thing acts almost the same takes forever to populate the add remove program screen but finally does. And get this when I try to check my email it will not show the text just a big blank page. Also I have a 2nd western digital hd that has all my music on it. If I click on it the machine tries to format it. That one was working fine before I formated and installed the new hd.Specs: dfi board with amd athlon 3200 plus processor, 2) 512 memory sticks, antec 350 watt power supply, 24 bit sound blaster card, xfx video card etc.

Answer:Help! Unit will not recognise hard drive

After getting your new drive, did you install Antivirus and Antispyware/adware?What happened prior to the slowing down? Anything in particular?

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How do you get the BIOS to recognise the external diskette drive port?

Answer:Satellite Pro 460CDX: How to get the BIOS to recognise the external diskette drive port?

HEEE???? ?:|
Are you sure that you know how to update the BIOS???

Come on cheshire! The BIOS update is risky if you don?t know how to do it!
Usually you don?t need any drivers or additional software to recognize the USB FDD drive!

I hope you have downloaded the right BIOS and use the right BOS update procedure because if you will do it in the wrong way the motherboard could damage!
Therefore you have to read firstly the BIOS update guide lines! You can find it on the BIOS download page under ?More info?

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When I try and load XP Pro SP3 (32 bit) it will not install as it has no SATA drivers. I have downloaded drivers and have an external floppy to install drivers by pressing F6. My question is the machine is listed as 64 bit and the XP Pro is 32 bit. Do I choose the ICH8M 32 or 64 bit drivers. IE does the 32 or 64 bit on the ICH8M refer to the hardware or operating system. Computer is Satellite Pro A200 PSAE4E-01700WEN.

Any help appreciated

Dave

Answer:Satellite Pro A200 does not recognise hard drive XP Pro

Hi

If you use the 64bit OS, then you should use also the 64bit drivers.
I found very nice ?HowTo? from Toshiba.

Check this! It?s definitely interesting and should be helpful.

*+How to integrate a SATA AHCI driver in a Windows XP Setup CD+*
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB85017Z0000R01.htm

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  :-? helloI am trying to add slave drive, 40g hitachi, the jumpers are set to slave. My pc tells it has found new hardware, its in the bios and device manager but windows wont give it a letter. I am using xp pro with service pack 1. Also it wont recognise a usb hard drive but it will a usb pen. I also have a cru removable hard drive it wont recognise. Could someone please tell me what I am doing wrong.

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I have made a new build PC using Giga-byte 7NF RZ motherboad Bios version F4. Bios recognised my 120gbhard drive but Windows 98 sees it as 1.99gb! Any advise please.

Answer:Windows 98 Won't recognise my new 120gb hard drive

Does click here help?

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I have replaced the hard drives with new blank ones, but I cannot now reinstall Vista from the Reinstallation DVD because no drives are seen.
I have updated the BIOS to the latest available version, but still no joy.
I have taken out the drives and, using an external HDD port, can access them from another PC, so I'm certain there's no issues with the drives themselves.
I've tried Paragon 2010 Suite, but even that cannot "see" the drives, so I'm deducing that it's an issue peculiar to this Dell model.
I would be grateful for any advice.
Thanks,
Dave

Answer:Inspiron 1721 will not recognise hard drive

This system uses an AMD chipset - you likely need the AMD RAID drivers
support.amd.com/.../raid_windows.aspx

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My laptop does not recognise the external hard drive. How do i make it recognize it. Many thanks for the help.
 

Answer:My laptop does not recognise the external hard drive

More information required is it SCSI,USB 1/2,Parrallel,infra red,bluetooth,network...........
Is it a new unit or a problem with an existing unit?
what hardware and OS are you connecting it to?
 

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Hi All,

I have a bit of an individual problem - I have done all the searching on google but none of the results apply to my scenario.

I have an old laptop that doesnt work too great, so i have taken the hd out and purchased an enclosure. My aim was to use it as external storage for backing up pictures/music.

When i plug it into my main machine, it recognises "mass storage device" and then "samsung 'etc etc' hard drive"

I then look into 'my computer' but it doesnt show up. I rebooted a couple of times, once with it still connected and again with it disconnected (and then connecting once booted). Have also tried the same with another laptop i have - exaxctly the same result.

still no joy

The only possible issue (looking for guidance) is that the old hard drive i am trying to connect has xp installed (although it wouldnt boot on the old laptop, hence why i removed it)

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Rich

Answer:XP wont recognise external hard drive

Can anyone help at all?

You know when you jsut cant work something out and it grinds...yeah thats me right now

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HiI just got a new internal hard drive because about a week ago my laptop was running slow and freezing so I did a full refresh putting the laptop back to factory settings, then a few days ago I got the black screen of death I ran BIOS hard drive test and it told me short DST failed leading me to conclude the hard drive failed. To get to the point have a deleted a boot device, how do I get my laptop to recognise my new hard driveThanks in advance

Answer:new internal hard drive, laptop won't recognise it

What laptop is it? So the new hard drive is not showing up in BIOS? 

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My computer became infected with Backdoor.tidserv!inf, which infected one of the drivers in my Windows folder. Attempts to remove the virus manually were unsuccessful; the Norton removal tool froze half way through, and the computer froze every time I tried to replace/copy/delete the infected file. After running the Norton tool, the computer would no longer boot into Windows, even in safe mode - the blue screen of death appeared and I ended up in a rebooting loop. Resigned to re-installing Vista, I want to try and retrieve some files on my C: drive before doing so. I have managed to restart the computer by using Ubuntu 10.10 on a bootable CD, but Ubuntu does not recognise my C: drive, so I am not able to access the data to back it up. Any suggestions?

Answer:Ubuntu 10.10 doesn't recognise my hard drive

you could try downloading hiren`s boot cd, on it theres is mini bootable versions of linux and windows xp, you could try booting into xp via hiren`s disc and access your drive from there.

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Hi

I,ve taken in a Lenovo Thinkpad T60. After powering it up, Windows XP attempted to start then went to blue screen.

I popped in an XP disc to boot from and pressed Repair. the machine told me that no Hard disks could be found. I then ran a HD diagnostic program in the bios which found errors on the HD

So I replaced it with another Sata HD ran XP set up and again it told me no hard disks could be found?

So far I have:

Have checked HD is fitted correctly

I can see the hard disk in the bios.

When I ran diagnostic program from the bios on the new hard disk it passed OK.

Can anyone offer any further advice.

I was thinking that perhaps the bios could have become corrupted. I believe updates are available.

Or could the new Sata require a driver??

Regards
Ian
 

Answer:Laptop wont recognise Hard Drive??

Installing XP on this laptop can be somewhat tricky; follow the advice by Lenovo to install and post if you have any problems. You need to change the BIOS options to "Sata"...

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-66020
 

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Hi. Using a USB 2.0 IDE adapter, i've attached one of my new hard drives to the computer. It's picked it up as a usb device, but it won't show up in My Computer as a removable device!!!I need to access this drive to back up my documents..... Can anybody help me?>

Answer:Computer won't recognise external hard drive

I've checked disk manager and it the usb device doesn't appear there....I have tried other hard drives and it's picked it up as a new HD absolutely fine....I can't work it out!Bump

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Hi Ya gurus,My Evesham Computer - seven years old now - came with a 20 GB hard drive. When I found it running out of disk space I installed a 40GB Hard drive. Evesham told me at that time that my Motherboard would only take the max 40GB Hard Drive. My friend helped to to Partion my 40GB into 13GB for all my Personal Documents Etc and 27GB for the rest. Now I find that my main Partition C Drive has less than 8GB space left. Would I be able to install an 80GB hard drive and Partion it 40/40GBs. Would my Motherboard recognise both Partition Drives.That will Give me plenty of more space on both sections.Please let me know if this is possible & how to do this particular Instalation.Motherboard - K7 Pro ATX IR3 Mainboard.AMD 800 Athlon Processor.Power supply I think 300/350 Watts.ThanksSolartopi

Answer:Will My Motherboard Recognise an 80GB Hard Drive

Do you have XP?This link will provide the information required re partitioning:click here

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Originally Windows 7 Home Premium 2 hard drives on a desktop PC
Upgraded it on desktop PC using ISO copy of Win 10 on a DVD downloaded from MS site
It took 3 hours to upgrade
Faults found
The second hard drive did not show when clicking my computer, went to device manager looked at the hard drives entry and only the one with Win 10 was shown.. Device manager not showing 2nd hard drive,
Scanned for new hardware and after 10 minutes it found the drive, PC went to sleep and had to restart
Rebooted PC went to device manager, second drive not showing, rescanned for new hardware and it found the drive again . I exited and clicked My computer but 2nd drive still not showing, Tried a 3rd time in device manager and this time it managed to retain the info and showing the drive in windows explorer and I could browse the drive.
I wanted to save a system image so went to control panel file history. The window shown was that usually shown for windows 7 clicking on create system image then new window opened showing the Windows 8 format. Scanned for the hard drive to put system image on and it found the second hard drive as expected. Started to take system image progressing OK then it failed with message drive not loaded. Checking with device manager and 2nd drive not there again. Note I had created a system image from Win 7 without a problem onto the 2nd drive

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Some background info:
I have two memory drives: a 125GB SSD and a 500GB HD.
I was messing around with a linux distribution, backtrack. I'd made a partition in my HD and installed it there. After exploring it for a bit, I decided to delete it. I simply wiped the partition, which messed up my boot. After fixing it I discovered that My Computer doesn't list the HD.

It does however, show up in disk manager as a healthy and active partition, although my only available option there is to delete it.

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 doesn't recognise second hard drive.

Linux uses different partition types from Windows, so in order to use that drive with Windows you will need to delete the existing Linux partition and then create a new one.

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i recently bought a 240 Gb external hard drive which when connected to window 7 32 bit installed on my machine show as an internal drive than an external drive. Since it recognize it as internal drive there is no option to safely remove it thus i have to shutdown the system every time when i want to remove it in order to save it from possible crash.
Any solutions?
Thanks in advance !

Answer:Hard drive recognise as a internal drive.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by buntypat


i recently bought a 240 Gb external hard drive which when connected to window 7 32 bit installed on my machine show as an internal drive than an external drive. Since it recognize it as internal drive there is no option to safely remove it thus i have to shutdown the system every time when i want to remove it in order to save it from possible crash.
Any solutions?
Thanks in advance !



Hi and welcome

How ae you connecting it? USB? is there a driver that needs to be installed?
Ken J+

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My laptop runs Windows 8.1 and won't recongise my Western Digital external hard drive?

It runs fine on my second laptop running Windows 7 so its not the hard drive.

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Hi there, I have WinXP Home on an older desktop and am trying to install a second hard drive as the primary is only 4gb! The computer did not come with the op. system disks so I am wanting to clone the HD onto the new one. I have tried to install two different hard drives and each time I connect the new hard drive and start up I have the following problems;
 
20gb Maxtor D740X-6L : stops or hangs at "verifying DMI Pool Data..."
 
40gb Barracuda 7200.7 / ST340014A : stops at "Detecting IDE Primary"
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Note: when installing the 20gb hd the system tells me that the CD/DVD drive = secondary
Also Note: that should I need to make changes to the CMOS Setup it is password protected and I do not have the password.


 

Answer:Solved: Xp home won't recognise secondary hard-drive

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Hi,

I'm building a second pc for my son and installing W7, i get to the point where it asks where to install and no hard drives are listed. I've looked through Google and there's loads of instances of this but i can't find anything that's helped.

The system is:

Gigabyte GA MA-770-UD3 rev 1.0
WD Caviar blue 500gb
Cooler Master 500w PSU
ATI 4870
2GB DDR2 Ram
Athlon 6000

I suspect I need a driver for the SATA Controller but looking on the Gigabyte site and selecting my mobo and revision i'm not sure which file i need. I've downloaded the Chipset Driver, extracted to the desktop on my main PC and copied to a USB stick but when going to 'load drivers' when installing W7 it says there are no compatible files. I've gone through the Chipset Driver file and it have installed some files but nothing that has helped.

I've also changed the AHCI setting to enabled in the BIOS and downloaded the AHCI preinstall driver but that didn't make the hard drive visible. I've since reverted to the default settings of Native IDE in the BIOS. The BIOS recognises the hard drive but W7 installer doesn't. I emailed Gigabyte a few days ago but they've not come back to me yet, i'm starting to wonder if they ever will to be honest.

The hard drive was new and sealed, i thought the issue might have been that it needed to be formatted so i connected it to my main PC with the same cables i've been using and it was recognised straight away and was formatted so i think the cables and Hard Dri... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 install doesn't recognise my hard drive

You can download Sata controller F6 driver for Gigabyte GA MA-770-UD3 rev 1.0 from here:
GA-MA770-UD3 (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Suporte - Placa M?e - Driver

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