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250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

Question: 250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

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.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

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)

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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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This may be a total noob question, but honestly I didn't have any idea what I should search for to find out if this is a known problem. Here it is:

Just put my new system together and in the BIOS it recognizes the drive for what it is, 250GB, but when I went to install XP, it saw it as 130GB. Is there a known reason for this or am I stuck using half of my drive? It's an SATA drive, does this have anything to do with it?

system specs:

Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Asus A8n-e
XFX 7800GT
2GB Corsair valueselect
250GB SATA2 WD HDD
 

Answer:XP only sees 130GB of 250GB drive

You need to see about slipstreaming a copy of Service pack 2 into your install CD. That might be a service pack 2 thing.
 

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I have Windows XP and put a 200Gb hard drive in my PC. It could not see all of it, but I was told that with service pack 2 I would be able to see all of it. What do I have to do, as I now have service pack 2 installed, but still only have 130Gb drive

Answer:Can't see more than 130Gb of 200Gb hard drive

I'm no expert, but I think it might be a BIOS setting rather than Windows. On my computer you click "del" at the start of bootup to enter the BIOS. But don't go tinkering around in there if you don't know what you're doing ... it's dangerous!

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New 180Gb Western Digital hard drive recognised as 130Gb in XP help

Answer:New 180Gb WD hard drive recognised as 130Gb in XP

Which model?

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Hello, I got a Lexicon OMEGA USB recording interface with Cubase LE 4 audio software, it wasn't working so I tried a 100% uninstall, I'm not sure if it is 100% gone or not...

I ran checkdisk/error checker on both hard drives. 2nd hard drive worked fine, which I ran 1st.

Then the C: ran & when I checked the properties, now it's using up 130GB of memory from 32-40GB just before the check disk...
Please help/advise.

Should I just simple reformat the C: from windows? How do I do that?

Can I just copy the 32GB of files while looking in the C: over to the 2nd harddrive right in windows....reformat it then move them back over?
 

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pls. help. my dell dimension 8200 desktop is not detecting i/o magic 250gb external drive. i plug it in to the USB and nothing happens. the device is on, my USB is working with other devices. but when i plug in the external drive nothing happens.

i've tried to get help from the manufacturer but everything that they've told me to do is not working.
- downloaded the drivers and still nothing.

i'm in dire need of assistance.
 

Answer:i/o magic 250gb external drive - not being detected

You may want to check the drive on another computer because it should just be plug and play.

I guess there's a chance the drive is not partitioned or formated, If you you go to Disk Management does it show the drive? How about in Device Manager, is it listed there or are there any errors showing?

http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm
 

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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WD 250GB MyBook External Disk Drive can be detected but cannot be explored

I neeeeed your help on this. I have been --up and down looking around for a solution. Many did came through-- but I don't know which is which.
 

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

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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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

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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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated. http://www.vatgia.com/pictures_fullsize/tut1254386189.jpg

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

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

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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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

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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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

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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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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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

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

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

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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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.
My System:


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Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

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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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

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

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Greetings,
I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,
s.


 

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.
Maybe I should keep them all...
s.
 

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

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

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.
 

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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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
 

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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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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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.
 

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
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.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

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.

Greetings

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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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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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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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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,
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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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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 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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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot
Brian
 

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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I installed Win 7 on a 320GB drive, fresh install. It only recognizes the drive as a 130GB. I went through all the available updates for Win 7 but nothing seems to bring me back the lost GBs. They don't even show up as unallocated space. How to I recover these?

Answer:Windows 7 Only Recognizes 130GB of my 320GB drive

Old motherboard that doesn't support 48-bit LBA?http://www.48bitlba.com/

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i have a 250gb hd (iomega) , it was working fine, suddenly it stoped recognising in any computer.. i tried in more then 10 computer/laptops.
can any one help me ?
 

Answer:iomega 250gb hd is not detected by any computer, need help!!

Windows may have failed to assign it a drive-letter, in which case that drive will only be visible in Disk Management:
Go to Control Panel > Admin Tools > Disk Management.

From there you can manually assign a drive-letter by right-clicking it's horizontal ribbon and choosing "Change Drive Letter & Paths"
 

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I'm using XP Home installed on an 80 GB.  I then use a Maxtor 250 GB for all my storage almost 1 yr old.  It's atached to an ATA/133 Contoller.  The drive is divided into 4 partitions.  Two at 50 GB's and two at 75 GB's.  It's been working fine until a moth ago.  Now I can only detect the two 50 GB partitions.  I tried re-installing the Contoller software to no avail.  I plug the drive into my CD's position and the reading is still only the two 50 GB partitions.Couldn't find any other posts pertaining quit to this.  I'm wondering if for some reason the driver is failing and I'm running into the common 130 GB limitation and therefore only detecting what the PC is capable of.Any suggestions?ThanksTim

Answer:2 of 4 partitins of my 250gb no longer detected..

look for any BIOS updates for your computer.

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Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard CompanyBIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006HzCPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHzCache RAM (L2): 2048 KBInstalled Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual ChannelMemory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMMemory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMInitializing USB Controllers..Done1st Dive None2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.Primary Master Hard Drive ErrorPress F1 to ResumeI did but nothing happened.Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

Answer:Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

Answer:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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I have two WD hard drives with the OS installed on one and the other is for storage. All this started with a hard shut down when the PC froze and then after the restart Windows wouldn't boot at all. It was stuck at the Windows logo for a very long time. Then I checked in BIOS and I noticed the secondary drive was nowhere to be found.

After letting Windows run the automatic repair on the drive the drive showed up in BIOS and I could access two of the three partitions. The third partition threw me an error saying the disk structure is corrupt and unreadable when I tried to open it. In Disk Management the drive showed up as RAW format and healthy. Then I tried to backup whatever I could from the accessible partitions before everything froze.

I rebooted again and right now none of the partitions are visible in Windows and is not detected in BIOS. But in Disk Management it says the Disk 1 is unknown and has to be initialized and asks to initialize with either MBR or GPT partition styles. I've also tried running chkdsk, used EaseUS Recovery and other third party data recovery tools but none of them detect the drive anymore. The drive is however visible on HD Sentinel and it says there are bad sectors and data must be backed up immediately. Does this mean the drive is completely dead? I have over 700GB of invaluable data on it so I don't want to just give up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I ran a prescan with HDD Regenerator and it says the MBR is corrupted ... Read more

Answer:Internal hard drive not detected in BIOS after hard shutdown.

Welcome to the TensForum @BlackIce21

Sorry to hear about drive. I think you drive is dead and even if you were to work around getting it operational again, the strain of moving 700GB will likely be a death blow.

If it were me, and the data was invaluable, I would be checking out a credible Data Recovery outfit. Good luck, no body likes losing data.

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I was laying in bed and heard my computer restart for seemingly no reason. I get up to look at the screen and I get the error "3rd Slave Hard Disk Error" I try to continue but since Ubuntu is installed on the now faulty hard drive, it says error: no such device: - device name - Entering rescue mode - grub rescue>... which I've seen before, it's telling me that it can't find the Ubuntu installation. I have windows as my primary OS on the first hard drive (the one that's still detected) and manually choose windows before the computer starts. I went into BIOS to try and change the boot sequence, which has caused the grub rescue screen before, but the 2nd hard drive is no longer detected. How can I get passed the grub rescue screen? What could of possibly happened to my hard drive in such a seemingly random way? I have a 3rd unused hard drive, am I better off just installing windows on it and starting over? I don't want to lose everything on my 2nd hard drive though.

I tried starting it with the cords plugged into the primary hard drive into the 2nd faulty one, it's spinning but still not detecting it
 

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I have a new E525 that I am trying to use with some external eSATA storage. If I boot the system with the eSATA drive attached, the internal HDD is not found and the system will not boot. I get "Fixed Disk: External Disk 0" on the diagnostic splash screen.If I boot with the eSATA drive turned off, and turn it on once the OS has booted, all is well and both internal and external drives are found.Any ideas? I have looked for a BIOS update but have not been able to find one. I've also been through most of the BIOS settings but can't see anything that looks relevant.

Answer:E525 internal hard drive not detected by BIOS when eSATA drive attached

It appears that this has something to do with the hard drive ordering. When the machine is switched on with the eSATA drive attached, eSATA becomes SATA HDD0 (presumably the internal drive becomes SATA HDD1).The only option to boot from SATA drives on the boot order menu in the BIOS is SATA HDD0, so it never tries to boot from HDD1 (now the internal drive).I can see this is useful if you WANT to boot from the eSATA, but I don't........

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Hello thank you for your time, I am experiencing issues with a dell dimension 4100. I have received a virus and was told upon startup to insert some kind of startup disk im not sure it was a while ago so me in all my stupidity tried to connect the hard drive to a different motherboard in the spot the dvd drive plugs in to in that cisnet computer. Well after a few tries i somehow got it to recognize the hard drive upon startup and it tried to format it i think, although as soon as i saw that screen i powered down and now the hard drive is no longer recognized by either computer, even in the bios it says the total memory is 512 mb with it connected to hard drive spot of the original dell. I would really like to get my dell working again but it gives me the error Invalid Boot diskette Insert Boot diskette in A: I do not care for restoring the files on the hard drive they are worthless to me i just want to get my computer working again any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.

Answer:Non detected Disk Drive/Hard Drive Need help with dell Dimension 4100

Place OEM Windows CD into the CD or DVD drive and boot off of this disk. If your system doesnt want to boot off the CD or DVD drive go into bios and set the CD or DVD drive as 1rst boot device in boot order. Once you successfully boot off of your optical drive you then can delete the partition on the hard drive, create new partition and reformat, then install clean installation to that hard drive. If you dont have recovery or oem cd available, you will have to buy one.

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I recently replaced my hard drive with a SSD and put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium edition on my laptop. I've had a lot of trouble getting all the drivers to work but fixing the optical drive seems to be giving me the most trouble. I've looked around on this website and on several forums. I've gone into the device manager where the DVD/CD-ROM DRIVE entry only appears when I select to see hidden devices, and even then it is not the optical drive that is installed but something to do with my android phone so scanning for hardware changes makes no difference. I have seen tips on going into the registry to delete two files named upperfilters and lowerfilters, neither of which exist in my registry.  The drive can be seen from my BIOS but appears nowhere else. When I insert a disc I can hear and feel it moving so the hardware is still functioning.  When I installed the new hard drive, I did not unplug anything else so I am certain that the drive is just as connected as it was before when it was working properly. Any other suggestions?

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i moved to a new apartment, and when i turned on the computer it couldnt detect one of my hard drives (i have 2). it happened to me twice before, after electrical blackouts, but it then went back to normal after a few hours...i tried to disconnect and reconnect all cables and it still doesnt work. everything else, including the other hard drive, works fine.

Answer:hard drive not detected...

Have you checked all the cables? (IDE/SATA , Power?)Secondly, do your BIOS detect the drive?

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I was reformatting my hard drive when PSU gave out.I had the unit replaced at a local shop.Well I just got home and went to finish the formatting and installation of my OS,but the hard drive isn't registering,and the bios tells me its not installed,but its connected correctly.How do I get the system to recognize the hard disk?Any help would be appreciated.Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:hard drive not detected

check none of the cables have been knocked when installing the cpu
 

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I got my sata dvd-rw in the mail today, turned off my computer, installed it, and booted up. Initiallly, it took ages for my system to get past the initial hardware detection screen, and when it came to load my operating system all I saw was a black screen. The next time, it made it to the vista boot loader, stayed on the loading screen for 5 minutes and then went to blackness. After that, my hard drive is not even being detected anymore, it is SATA by the way.

Did my hard drive just die, what could be the problem?

Answer:Hard drive not being detected

Try unpluging your new optical drive and see if it starts up. If it does plug it in in a different set or SATA connectors on the mobo.

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I have two hard drives on my computer. I currently have them daisy chained on a promise ultra 100 tx2 pci card. I was told that it would be better if I connected each hard drive seperately (especially since I have an empty slot), and that would speed up transfer times between the two (using same cable slows transfer speed), first question is this true? Secondly, I went ahead and did so, but my card does not detect the primary hard drive (master) it only detects the second one, but the os is only on the first one, thus my pc does not boot up. I tried changing cables between the hard drives and using new ones, but that still does not work (only 2nd drive is detected). I had to go back to my old set up and that way it works (daisy chained). Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive not detected

When you change cables around, do you also change switches on HDD for Master, Slave and etc?

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i am trying to set up an old computer for my ill cousin and i Know nothing about computers!! Originally when turned on it says operating system not found, so i tried reinstalling windows98 and then it tells me that the computer has no harddrive or there is a problem with it or it might need a special device driver. So I am stuck, no clue where to go next...please help!!
 

Answer:Hard drive not detected!!! help!!!

did you open the case? make sure the cables are tightly connected on the hard drive. what kind of drive is it? name brand? do you have more than one drive?
 

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Hello, I have a older hard drive on my vista machine. I have a Samsung SV1204H. It is a 120GB hard drive, its an IDE hard drive. I tried to get this installed in my system and it cannot find the driver anywhere. I cannot find the driver anywhere. I recently did a DOD sweep on it so that all the information is off it. I just want it for extra storage because my 160 gb hard drive down to its last 20gb. PLEASE HELP!
 

Answer:Hard Drive not detected!

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Sir, my 500 GB Portable Seagate Hard drive is not being detected anymore in My Computer but it shows up id Disk Management. When I start disk management, it tries to initialize my portable drive but reports an I/O error. Also it shows my hard drive as an unallocated and unknown device. Is there any way I can get my disk back to use without losing my datas in it?
 

Answer:Hard drive not detected

Not very likely, at least not easily. Try it with another computer before you do anything further. Also try a different USB cable.

If those both fail, you might have some luck breaking open the case and getting at the drive itself and then placing that in an external dock..
 

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Hi, Im a newbe to this forum and with computers in general. I just put a new SATA hard drive into my computer. I already have a IDE cable hard drive installed which runs the XP operating system. The new hard drive is not being detected, it doesnt show up anywhere. Before I have another temper tantrum, does anyone have any idea what Ive done wrong??????
 

Answer:New Hard drive not detected

Control Panel -> Admin Tools -> Disk Management

Does the drive show up there? If not, do what Zeno said. If so, set up a partition, My Computer won't show an unpartitioned drive.
 

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Hello all,

I've got an issue during post installation. One of my hard drive is never given a drive letter, but it does show up as a possible install drive during setup.

I always have to go into Drive Management and assign that drive a letter (and moving my DVD drive down a letter to keep the letters in order).

Under Drive Management the drive has the Properties (System, Active, Primary Partition), so I'm wondering if that is the issue.

Is there a way to change Drive Properties (if that is the case)?

Thanks

T

Answer:Hard Drive Not Detected

For some reason, maybe to prevent people from messing up their system, Windows sometimes hides the "system" partition. The system partition is the partition that holds the files necessary to boot (which is also why it is set "active"). If your system partition is only 100MB you might as well leave it alone. Do not assign it a drive letter.

In my case Windows XP is on the system drive. but once I assigned it a letter in disk management, all is fine.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Taliseian


Is there a way to change Drive Properties (if that is the case)?


Yes. By installing/moving the boot manager to another partition and setting that new partition as active. You could use the bcdboot and diskpart tools for that (both are included in Windows and on the recovery/install discs).

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My laptop doesn't start and when I try to format it, my partitions don't show up in it. I connected the harddrive to another computer where it worked properly. I ran the "chkdsk" command. It showed many problems, I thought chkdsk had cleaned it so I put it back in my laptop but the situation is still the same. I cannot use my friends computer for some time as he his outstation.Please tell me how to solve this without using any other computer. Otherwise, I will have to wait for my friend to return.

My specs are:-
Win 7 Home Basic
Intel Core i5
4GB RAM
500 GB HDD(not detected)
 

Answer:hard drive not detected

You should run a test on the hard drive other than chkdsk. Www.ultimatebootcd.com is easy to use. You will need to burn it so you will probably need another computer. You miht also want to try checking the mode in bios and trying ahci or ide to see if that helps.what version of windows are you trying to install? Is the HDD a sata or ide?
 

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hi, whenever i am installing my windows xp into my new system it tell me before it begins to install that it can't detect my hard drive, i have the SATA cable hooked up into SATA 1there is no zero and the power is hooked up. this is my first build so i expect to make mistakes can you tell me what i did wrong. i am probably just making some noob mistake.

hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...135-106&depa=1

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...180-068&depa=1

Answer:hard drive not being detected

Did you install the driver for the controller?

Did you go into computer management and create the partition & format it?

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Hello,Built a new pc recently, eventually after lots and lots of trouble...to cut the story short, my hard drive the other night was detected, worked fine, installed vista, and installed some games etc on. So I come back today to turn it on, and it says that my hard drive is not even detected in the bios? All i've done is a bit of wire management (i can assure you all wires are still plugged in!) and changed the monitor. On a previous motherboard it wouldn't detect it at all, any ideas why it isnt being detected?Hard drive is:Western Digital 500GB Caviar SE16 SATA II 300 7200rpm 16MB cacheAny help would be apreciated, I just want to play some god damn warhammer online....

Answer:Hard drive now not detected! Why?

Could be Faulty Data Cable, but may be a dud drive

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Well to start my computer wasn't in good shape for the past year so i decided to make a backup of my files to an old hard drive
the computer detected it and it worked perfectly then the past week my dad send it to his friend to be upgraded so i left my back-up hard drive with me then when the computer came it had a new master hard drive where the operating system was placed then i installed some security programs then installed the hard drive but it did not detect it even the other hard drive on the cable was not detected even changing jumpers and assigning a slave and master still it was not detected i even tried inserting it in the cable with the CD-ROM but still wont detect anything that was connected in the cable with it.

i tried searching on the web for a solution but none works...

i tried searching for a recovery center but there none close to our place

so what should i do to get my files back ?

i got ideas about taking the disk inside and placing it to another hard drive.... but its only an idea

i use windows xp
 

Answer:Hard drive Not detected

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Hello I have an HP pavilion m9350f and a few days ago it just stopped loading after calling HP they had me order the recovery disk stating I just needed to recovery my hard drive well I received them today and after trying them my computer will not run them so I ran a diagnostic test which showed that my hard drive was not detected after speaking with HP they said that this means my hard drive is still in working order but that I would have to pay $99.99 for them to troubleshoot the problem for me. Is there anything I can try on my own with out having them troubleshoot? my hard drive is the 750GB seagate sata.

Thanks
Mary
 

Answer:Hard Drive not detected

is it seen in the bios
As the PC starts it should tell you how to get into the bios/setup - maybe the F10 or F2 or DEL key
See if it can see the harddrive

also you could try running UBUNTU from CD and see if that software runs and then see if you can read the harddrive - post back the results

UBUNTU
It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

full details are here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/

When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see the following options
1) Try ubunto without any change to your computer
2) Install ubuntu
3) Check CD for defects
4) Test memory
... Read more

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I am trying to reinstall windows and it is telling me that my "hard drive is not detected" which makes no sense because windows is currently installed on it and I boot the computer from the hard drive that it's installed on all the time. Anyone know what's going on?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Not Detected?

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I'm trying to install a new hard drive in an old system. The bios is not detecting the hardware. I tried every single jumper configuration that the manufacterer suggested as well as enabling auto detect in the bios. Nothing seems to work. The bios will not reckognize. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Answer:hard drive not detected

i think your BIOS may not recognise it no matter what you try. can you tell me what is your motherboard make/ model?

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Help!

We're having major difficulties with our PC at the moment. My other half was playing a CD on the media player the other night and attempted to log on to the internet At this point, the screen froze and the CD started jumping like a stuck record.
My girlfriend did a hard boot, at which point the computer rebooted, but rather than showing the "Windows ME" screen, it showed the Intel Pentium 4 screen, before disappearing to a black screen, with the text at the top reading "Boot failure : system halted". There was no C-prompt, and no keys were working.
Since then we have started the PC in safe mode using the Windows ME boot floppy, with the virtual drive set up as C automatically, which suggested that the hard drive is not being recognised.
In the virtual drive we put in "F/save" which was to request partition of the hard drive, to see if this would result in the hard drive being recognised. The reply was "no hard drive found".
We tried to restart the computer in CMOS by rebooting and holding down ctrl (no luck), delete (no luck), and alt (again, no luck). No CMOS was available - is this possible???
Our initial theory is that there's a problem with either the cabling or the hard drive. The tower's never been opened, and we have never upgraded the PC at any point.
What do you think the problem is?
 

Answer:Hard drive not detected?

I have no idea what you are referring to as the "virtual drives" and I am thinking your master boot record has become corrupted somehow. The only thing accessing the BIOS will get you is to tell you whether or not your hard drive is being detected. What is the make and modsl of your PC?
 

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I just build a new rig tonight. I had it up and running fine and just for the hell of it i asked windows to test my system for the wei score. it seemed to freeze on the hard drive assessment part so i did a restart. now the entire system will not recognize my hard drivei have a sata 6gb/s wd caviar black hdHelp Please!!

Answer:Hard drive not being detected

Does the harddrive show up in the bios

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My samsung SV8004H hard drive is no longer detected. It isn't the cable or any of the connections, they all detect another hard drive that i have in my house but cant use permanently. Any suggestions for fixing this would be greatly appreciated.

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if you know its not the cable, and you know its not the slot on the motherboard since your saying all your other hard drives read on it. if you cant read it on any other system or even pick it up in the bios as being connected to the system then you can pretty much assume its dead. in which case you cant really fix it.

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Hii, I need assistance with my seagate backup plus portable drive. The device is not picking up on my computer (windows 10), I've even tried to fix it on the disk management tool, but it still isn't picking up.
Thank you.
 

Answer:Hard drive not detected.

If Windows doesn?t see your drive at all, it?s possible there?s a hardware issue with your computer?s USB port, a driver problem with your Windwos computer, or you may just have a dead drive. Unplug the drive from your USB port and try plugging it into another USB port on your computer. If the drive still doesn?t show up, maybe the drive itself is bad or the computer is having a problem.
 

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I temporarily installed a second hard drive on my old ibm ,(windows me) to plug it in a unplugged the cd rom drive and plugged it in there , windows wont detect it , what do i do?
 

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hi, here is a problem that i think bill gates couldn;t solve.

got a new pc, so i wanted to keep old HD from old pc and use it in new one for all the music and films etc anywas, put it on 40pin ide lead, took out the jumper to make it slave driver and put in 4 pin power, turned on new pc and what do you know, its not there. looked in bios, not detected, looked in disk management, still not there?? wtf is goin on, if any1 has an idea on how to help, i would much appreciate it. thanks again
 

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i want to put winxp pro on my new maxtor 60gb and use 16.2gb for linux and win98 to play video games on it...
so would i make the new one primary and the old one slave and how do i go about doing that cos i tried it and bios does detect the new hard drive....
thanks all for your imput...
take care
timalan
 

Answer:Hard drive not being detected

Connect your new drive to the end of the cable and change the jumpers to master, connect the old drive to the middle cable connection and set the jumpers to slave. Then go into bios and set them to auto detect.
 

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So a few months ago my PC broke and Windows refused to load onto it at all. However, linux did, so i got by using that. however, I bought a custom built gaming PC, which arrived yesterday. I transferred the HDD from my old PC (with all my data on, and a few broken windows versions, but no linux (linux was on a differant disk)) into my new one. However, windows doesn't detect it. BIOS sees it, and lets me boot from it (i know because it stops loading during just before the windows splash screen). However, in Windows 7, it isn't found. it detects my external HDD, but not the internal one i added. Any ideas whats wrong with it? that HDD has all my work on it, i really can't afford to format it.

Answer:Hard Drive not detected

hi wOlfLinG, and welcome to sevenforums,

how much stuff have you got on the drive that you want/need to save?

maybe you could put it back into the linux machine and transfer everything over the network, or via a thumb drive or dvd or something?

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I just fitted a second hard drive on my pc.Although it's detected in the bios,it's not detected in windows .I've set the new drive to slave.I'm using ME if it helps.Any Ideas?
Cheers,Lovetrooper
 

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When I boot up my laptop it says that it couldn't find the hard drive or the checking media [failed]. I tried looking into my laptop to see if the hard drive was connected right and it is. When I turn on the laptop it makes this clicking sound which leads me to believe the fan is not working maybe?? This drive has windows 8.1 I have some files that I need that are in there. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Getting to work again? Thank you - Minerva
 

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I have a Packard Bell imedia desktop PC which will not find the drives installed, and therefore will not boot. Was fine till a couple of days ago.
The hard drive and DVD drive are both SATA.
I have tried setting the bios to both AHCI and to SATA. When set to SATA with auto detect, going into the bios the drives are not detected. When set to AHCI the machine goes to 'Detecting AHCI drive 1 - then 2 and then goes to bios page after a few minutes. I have checked the hard drive on another PC as an external drive and appears to be working O.K.
Anyone any ideas. Could the motherboard be defective?
 

Answer:Hard drive not detected.

Is there a Legacy/PATA/ATA/IDE harddrive option in the Bios ? If yes try that.
 

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boot up not detecting c drive when using windows 98 disc.iv just reformated the hard drive.many thanksgareth

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Re boot pc and get into your bios, go into advanced chipset (I think) and change the bootup sequence to cd rom drive, save and exit). this should enable you to boot up from your win 98 cdrom. Failing this you should have a win 98 boot up floppy disk that will enable your cd rom drives, (make sure your boot up sequence is now in favour of your floppy drive). I hope this helps.

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hi i had a problem with the detection of my seagate external 500 GB hard drive today morning..till now it was working and being detected fine. suddenly this problem arose. I've been trying since morning.. device manager shows the hard drive working properly status.. but i cant find the drive in 'computer'. i even tried control panel-admin tools- comp management-disk mangement but my disc is not detected there too.but the light in the hard drive remains on.. my computer detects my 8 gb flash drive. please help me soon.. i have important stuff for my exams stored in there and i forgot to take a back up thinking i would do that later.. i have windows 7 ultimate installed in my laptop.. thanks in advance..

Answer:hard drive not detected

Have you tried powering off Ext HD & plugging in a different USB post & powering ON again?

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I have a wester digital caviar se 120 gb hard drive that cannot be detected on a machine with a Pentium III and a Seanix Columbia III motherboard. The hard drive works on my other machine (asus a7n8x deluxe with an AMD 2500+). I tried my western digital 200 gb hard drive (currently in the AMD 2500+) on the Pentium III and it was detected right away. Any help will be much appreciated.
 

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ya but detected at the right size...........better see what year your bios is ....might need a overlay ... go to the hardrives web page and read ....
 

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I formatted C: drive and re-installed my XP Home OS on due to serious virus problem, however, now the desktop could not detected the 2nd drive. It was working well before I re-installed the system and I have all files from C: drive backed up on this 2nd hard drive. Here are the detail information shows under BIOS Setup:

SATA Primary Drive: Unknown Device
SATA Secondary Drive: Unknown Device
Primary Master Drive: Hard Drive ( my drive C: )
Primary Slave Drive: Unknown Device
Secondary Master Drive: CD-ROM Device ( my DVD-ROM )
Secondary Slave Drive: CD-ROM Device ( my CD-RW ROM )
IDE Drive UDMA: ON

The desktop now stucked with this note during start up:

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

I have to press F1 to load the windows. My desktop is Dell Dimension 4600, BIOS Revision A03. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!
 

Answer:2nd hard drive can not be detected, please help!

Are you sure you have a second physical disk, or was your main hard disk partitioned into two partitions? I ask this because I know that Dell's usually have a recovery partition on the main drive. I think it would be in your best interest to open the case up and make sure you have two physical disks. How did you reload Windows (recovery disk/partition or Windows XP Home CD)?

If you do have a second hard drive, it might be going out. Find out what type of drive it is and test it with the manufacturer tools at the manufacturer's website.
 

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A couple of days ago I turned on my computer (Dell Inspiron 1545) and it said 'no hard drive detected'. Now it's saying 'no bootable devices'. I searched online and I've tried a few of the solutions but none have worked. I'm using Windows XP, in case that's relevant. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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My DELL Latitude D520 Windows XP laptop had been working fine until one day it suddenly told me there were no bootable devices. I ran the onboard diagnostics and it said there was no hard drive detected. It's only a year and a half old and i have no idea what is wrong. Can anyone help??
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I just got a new hard drive to replace my aging one. Upgraded to a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 32mb/SATA-3G from my 80g one. My problem is when i installed this new drive and attempted to install my windows xp professional on it, it wont install. I get through the initial setup and the user agreement, then click to install. It goes to the page where it should show partitions, however it says in that box that "no disk in drive". From there it goes into "a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down... blah blah blah."
I know that my system is compatable to this hard drive because its the last thing ive upgraded on my system. I am currently running with the following system:

ASUS M4A78T-E motherboard
AMD Phenom x3 processor
3g of DDR3 ram

If you need more info, please let me know. Any help will be appreciated.
 

Answer:New hard drive not being detected

Welcome to Major Geeks ,

Which Service Pack does your XP CD have? With a hard drive of that size, you must install XP from a CD with SP1 or greater.
 

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my hard drive was removed wrong and now I my it's not detected

Answer:my hard drive is not detected

Are you talking about USB external hard drive? If so then try plugging it in while the computer is off and then restarting.Look in disk manager to see if it is recognized there.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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