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Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

Q: Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

Install everything, the bios detect the hard drive (it's a new hard drive, never been use) but when installing the Win7 64, the hard drive list is empty.

Here my spec

Phenom II 940BE | Gigabyte 790X-UD4P | Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB | XFX HD4770 512MB | OCZ StealthXStream 600W | NZXT Tempest


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A: Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

You need to format new hard drives. no?

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Here's my hard drive:
Seagate Constellation ES ST3500514NS

I haven't been able to get Windows 7 installation to detect this drive for about two months now. I'm running on a Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H mobo, revision 2.1.

I recently found a list of drivers for my motherboard on Gigabyte, but I'm not sure if any of these will help me.
I also found some downloads for my hard drive.

Oh, and I can use this drive if I'm running Windows 7 on a different hard drive, but I just can't install Windows 7 on it.

A:Windows 7 Doesn't Detect My Hard Drive

Check if the new HDD is being detected in BIOS. Also, the HDD may be formatted as a file system not supported for Windows. Make sure it is formatted as NTFS.

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My old hard drive was a sata drive but it failed so I had an old ide 80gb barracuda 7200rpm drive that I wanted to install windows on but when I load the windows installation and goto custom it wont show my drive. My bios detects it its just windows . I tried using diskpart and even formating the drive to ntfs witha complete whip but still no luck .

A:Windows installation can't detect my ide hard drive?

Perhaps the hard drive's jumper setting is incorrect. Are there any other IDE devices connected on the same cable as the HDD?

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I'm using a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R motherboard, and my hard drive is a seagate barracuda 500gb.

The system is brand new, built myself. No previous operating system on it.
I tried installing windows vista. I get past everything, until it asks me to select a drive to install to, and the list is empty. I tried every driver on the mobo's cd, and every driver on their website, none of them worked. I've tried different SATA modes, and ports on the mobo, and it doesn't work (I would dear say I've tried everything, except another OS because I don't have access to one).

However, when I select browse to search for drivers, when installing vista, I can select the local drive and search it for drivers. Does this mean it's there and it's something else, or is it just an option and what not? (there's a floppy there too, but I have none installed on the computer).

My bios sees the HD just fine. I'm out of ideas, and friggin fed up. I tried contacting Gigabyte but that was pointless.

A:Vista doesn't detect my hard drive

set the sata to be seen as ide in the bios

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I am running a Intel D845BG mobo and have a 6.5gb hd connected to IDE0. I launch my machine and I can see the harddrive in bios as well as my other devices. When I start Windows 2000 setup, it says that it can't find boot partition to check signature. It gets to the initial setup and gives me 3 choices. to repair, setup, or exit. I choose install fresh copy. Then I get the error message, "Setup cannot find any hard disks installed on your computer" Press F3 to restart.

I have tried all jumper combinations on the hard drive, I know the hard drive is good but can't get Windows 2K setup to recognize it. Please Help.. I have tried everything.

Thank you in advance.

A:Setup W2K Doesn't detect Hard drive

Have you tried using a different ide cable?
Also have you tried a bios flash?

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So i want to switch the HDD's of my 2 computers, i unplugged both drives, then i put one of the drives into the other computer attaching it exactly as it was (the master slave thingy) but the comp said it didn't detect and master or slave. So i took it out again and changed the master slave thingy so that it was the same as the HDD that i took out of the computer i was trying to get this HDD to work in.

Same thing happened, comp said it didn't detect any HDD at all.

Why can't it detect it?

Both drives are unformatted and have windows and stuff on them, i thought it'd be a simple switch a roo.

Does this mean that the HDD is not compatible in this other computer?

Or do i need to do something to make the computer detect the HDD?


A:Solved: Computer doesn't detect hard drive

I assume they are not being seen on the bios - correct

check the details on the HDD and make sure you have set to Master - what else is on the cable .....

are these identical machines ? because with windows you have installed all the motherboard drivers and even if you swap them around and get the bios to recognise them - windows may not work correctly

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I use 3 computers, in one that has Windows Seven and other Xp, the computer detects the external hard drive with no problem
But in another Windows Seven pc, it doesn't detect it at all, the hard drive makes a clicking sound and nothing else

So, what can it be?, I even connect it to a TV and can watch movies with no problem, but being detected in that computer, never

A:Computer doesn't detect external Hard Drive

Do other external drives work with that PC?

Does that external drive appear in Windows Disk Management? If it does, does it have a drive letter assigned? If not assign a drive letter.

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I tried to install Ubuntu and failed. i removed it using the ubuntu boot-repair so i will at least have my windows 7 back. now i get the message "Bootmgr is missing", and the windows repair (the one from the installation disc) doesn't even recognize my hard drive. when i'm loading the ubuntu installation or boot-repair it does recognize my hard drive.

i backed up all my files in case i need to format and install windows 7 again, but right now i can't do that because the installation disc doesn't detect my hard drive.

any suggestions?

A:Bootmgr is missing, startup repair doesn't detect hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by orivolfo

I tried to install Ubuntu and failed. i removed it using the ubuntu boot-repair so i will at least have my windows 7 back. now i get the message "Bootmgr is missing", and the windows repair (the one from the installation disc) doesn't even recognize my hard drive. when i'm loading the ubuntu installation or boot-repair it does recognize my hard drive.

i backed up all my files in case i need to format and install windows 7 again, but right now i can't do that because the installation disc doesn't detect my hard drive.

any suggestions?

Just curious, why are you still running ubuntu's installation or boot repair? I appreciate the fact you may just be testing things, but I would suggest leaving well enough alone.

You may want to check the following link for some help;

Bootmgr is missing - Fix


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 Tried to do a fresh install of windows 10, but the installation doesn't detect the NVMe sansung ssd.

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trying to install windows 7 but when i come to choosing which drives to install on is says "windows doesn't detect any of drivers "
my laptop have dual hard disks
primary hard is "SSD" 250 GB ,secondary is "HDD" 2000 GB
bios detecting all of them. my OS now is win10 but im not happy with it so i want to back to win7.
bios options has AHSI only not IDE.
when i installed win10 it run smoothly ,it detects all hard drives ,but win7 didn't.
i saw when i googled that when windows 7 didnt detect any of hard drives, you have to install rapid driver so win7 will see all drives. i try that method but when im hitting browse button to install rapid drive ,windows could't install it
guys please help

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Dear team, Please, when I try to install windows 10 the SSd is not recognized. I have downloaded the Intel RST for the model Yoga 900-13ISK2 but it doesn't works. Please, would you be so kind to tell me where I can find the .inf files in order to install the drivers to recognize the SSD during the windows 10 installation? Thanks in advance,

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I have a Thinkpad T470 (20JN) with a 512 Gb NVMe drive  lense20512gmsp34meat2ta. Linux was installed & works well with no problems. But I'm struggling with Windows 10  setup.I could not make its installer recognize NVMe disk. At the same time Hiren's BootCD 15.2 based on Win10 recognizes my disk successfully.I tried to extract drivers from boot.wim using DISM and to add them back to original boot.wim (index:2), but it gave noany positive change.Can you please give me a hint how to make NVMe work ?  

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Since upgrading to Windows 10, my PC does not "see" the CD/DVD reader/writer. CD/DVD is a SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology

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A:System doesn't detect CD/DVD drive after Windows 10 install

Hi: See if performing the procedure listed in Resolution Step 5 at the link below resolves the issue. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/314060

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I have a Thinkpad T470 (20JN) with a 512 Gb NVMe drive  lense20512gmsp34meat2ta. Linux was installed & works well with no problems. But I'm struggling with Windows 10  setup.I could not make its installer recognize NVMe disk. At the same time Hiren's BootCD 15.2 based on Win10 recognizes my disk successfully.I tried to extract drivers from boot.wim using DISM and to add them back to original boot.wim (index:2), but it gave noany positive change.Can you please give me a hint how to make NVMe work ?  

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I have Windows 7 ultimate and I was backing up my PC to a cloud service along with installing Opera mobile emulator. When my PC gave me the BSOD, I restarted my computer and it started up my secondary drive.. My primary drive is no longer detected in the BIOS.. Both drives appear to show up in the device manager. Just not under the BIOS and my computer Any help would be greatly appreciated!.

PC specs
Windows 7 ultimate
AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core
128 GB SSD (crucial)
128 GB SSD (Samsung)
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
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A:Windows 7 BSOD, restarted and doesn't detect drive..

Hello Elliot mate some system specs would be helpful I know you have put a few there but it really helps to know what the motherboard is for example.
System Info - See Your System Specs

In the meantime can you send the dump files by any chance?
Dump Files - Upload to SevenForums

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Hi All,

I am new to this community and this is the first time i am posting.

My computer doesn't show volume control in system tray and Audio is completely gone. When I tried to get that from accessories it gives me a message that there are no active mixer devices available and tells me to go to control panel and add hardware.

Let me tell you what I have done so far. I ran msconfig and found "Windows Audio" and it was okay since there was check mark besides it. Alternately I ran %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc which takes me to the same place and everything seems okay.

Then in control panel - sounds and audio devices - volume tab completely grayed out, on audio and voice tab it says the default device is modem#0 line play back ( I don't know why..!) and same thing for sound recording.

I have been working on this for 2 days but can't figure out. Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.

And also, none of my USB seems working and doesn't detect any connections like my external hard drive.

Hoping to hear some solution...!!


A:"There are no active mixer devices available" and USB doesn't detect ext. hard drive

Sometimes, it takes a reformat and reinstall to get things working. Others here will have solutions that will sometimes work temporarily. But the complete reformat and reinstall is the most reliable, we have found.
Do you use a USB printer - scan - fax - copier? We find that there is some sort of relationship with this problem you describe, and certain Epson, HP, and Lexmark multifunction printers and USB failures. In those cases, a total uninstall and removal from the registry, then reinstall from downloads seems to be a good fix. In others, the multi-function printer never works right again.

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Hi all, well... I just bought a new Seagate 500gb hd, hooked it up and figured it was time to format with windows xp home....wrong. I get to the setup screen and it says that windows xp cannot detect a hard drive. I have created 2 different floppy with 2 different sets of drivers. One from my mobo's CD and another from a tech support person from the place where I purchased my pc from. The two that I have tried were SIL3132 Base Controller Driver and nVidia nForce 32bit SATA RAID Driver and it still gives me the no hard drive can be detected error. If anybody out there could help me out and please help me find what I need to do it would be greatly appreciated as it will cost me about 130 bucks to get it done where I bought my computer at and that is 130 dollars I cant afford.

I have an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Mother Board and the hd that I bought is a
Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive.

If anybody could plz help I have been going at this for about a week now and I am going out of my head. Thanks in advance.

A:Windows XP cannot detect hard drive

You may need to initialize the Hard drive.

To do this, hook the new drive up as a slave and boot into windows.

Go into Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.

You should see the 500Gb sitting there as unallocated space

Right click on the drive and select to format it, just do a quick format.

Then see if it is being detected, hope this helps

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Hello everyone. Not sure if this belongs here or in the hardware forum, but here goes.

The hard drive in my Dell XPS 1640 laptop failed, and so i bought a new one and was planning to do a fresh install of Windows 7. What I thought was, I'd take out the old hard drive, put in the new one, and install Windows 7 off a USB stick.

Removing the old and installing the new went as expected, but when trying to install Windows, no drives were found. I went back into the BIOS and saw that the new drive isn't being detected. Was there another step I needed to take? I assumed I just install the new hard drive just the way the old one was installed, same screws, same connector, etc., and it would work. Apparently I was wrong. Can anyone help? It must be something very basic and obvious that I'm doing wrong.


A:Windows 7 (and BIOS) don't detect new hard drive

What make/model drive came out, and what make/model drive went in?

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My friends Windows XP wont detect his newly installed wd caviar se 320gb eide hd 7200/8mb/ata-100 hard drive. It dosent show up in windows or belarc.

His motherboard is the ECS K7SOM+ 1.0

BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01
I think its the bios not showing that big of a hard drive, but i cannot find a bios update for that model.

BIOS K7SOM PCB 1.X, Version 02/06/20 driver k7som020620.exe [more] Apr 24, 2004
BIOS K7SOM PCB 1.X, Version 02/08/03 driver k7som020803.exe [more] Apr 24, 2004
BIOS K7SOM PCB 1.X, Version 02/08/28 driver k7som020828.exe [more] Apr 24, 2004

I found that at http://www.bios-drivers.com/companies/357.htm - But im not sure if one of those is correct?

Any suggestions?

A:Windows wont detect 2nd hard drive

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Wondered if you guys can help me out.
I've spent most of the day trawling through this forum trying to look for an answer to my problem to no avail.
I have tried the following links:



and have had no luck therefore, I have decided to start a new thread....sorry

I have a Toshiba Sat Pro laptop about six months old and running with an external hard drive Western Digital My Book (works fine).

This is where my problems start.....I purchased a second hard drive to simply use as a back up for my main external hard drive (Western Digital).

The new Hard Drive is a Fujitsu Siemens Storagebird 35EV840 - 400GB. My problem is that my laptop will not recognise it at all. When I click on my computer it's just not there.

I have tried all different configurations of putting the USB into a different port / rebooting everything with no luck at all.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Ray Chisk

A:Windows 7 can't detect my external hard drive

On the toshiba sattilite pro could you please inform us on the model please... under the laptop

it might be as easy as updating your usb drivrs

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I am in a situation where no hard drive is detected.
In order to do so do I have to

a) format the drive
b) create partitions

Or both ?

Thank you


A:What is required for Windows 7 to detect hard drive

Before you can do anything else you have to detect the hard drive.

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enclosure = iMicro... http://www.imicro.com/item.php?item=IMS25SATAS
HDD = Samsung 2.5in 320 Gb model number HM320JI

The external hard drive, connected by USB, lights up, runs and warms up. but is not detected by windows. It is present, however, when attempting to close USB devices.
I have tried removing all other USB connections, (low power?) mouse and External M-Audio sound card with no change.

I have followed the installation instructions, both those that came with the items and those linked below ...


http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/userguide/Support_DetectionByComputer.html ......

but the boot page on my laptop does not contain the same elements as the instructions on the Samsung helper. I don't feel confident to have a stab at it where there are similarities!!

The iMicro enclosure, that states it is suitable for drives up to 200 Gb but the store said it would be fine.(!?)

Thanks for your help,

A:Windows can't detect external Hard Drive

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hey all,
I have an HP G42-154CA that I'm trying to get Windows 10 Pro installed on.
I ran into an issue with the installation disc not detecting the hard drive (ie, no hard drive is listed when the screen appears to select the hard drive to install Windows on).
I've tried various drivers (latest from HP and Intel website, OEM OS installation discs etc) with no luck.. at the very least, the Windows 7 driver from HP's website for that laptop should work for installing Windows 7- same results, does not detect hard drive.
At this point I'm wondering if maybe it's a BIOS setting that's causing this? I don't recall changing anything in the BIOS when I last installed Windows (which was v8), but it was awhile ago, so can't be certain.
Anyone know what's causing this?
Any help is appreciated, thanks!

A:Windows 10 Pro won't detect hard drive, need drivers??

Is the disk connected on a RAID controller? Then you probably need drivers for Windows to install the RAID controller and then detect the disk. Look at the manufacturer's site for anything along the words RAID, SATA etc. Download it and extract it to a folder of a USB Flash drive. During installation, when no disks are detected you should be given the option to plug the USB drive and browse for drivers there. Do that, browse to the folder where you extracted the drivers and then Windows should be able to detect the disk.

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Ever since I installed Windows 7 32bit I have been receiving the "Windows has detected faing hard drive." I have ran several hard drive test and they all came back stating the drive is not failing. In disk management it says the drive is healthy.

Is this a false positive thing happening here in Windows 7?

A:Windows has detect failing hard drive

Hi jaxsun, welcome to the forums

1) back up all your data as soon as you can. It might be a hardware problem detected by SMART parameters that the programs don't catch

2) Check the manufacturers website for any diagnostics tool and run it for your drive.

For more advice we will need to know what your specs are, pls fill in by clicking My system specs on the left lower side of your post

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hello, im new here. ive a problem with my external hard disk. im using 64-bit windows 7 ultimate. and i have a imation hard disk (i dont remember any details about it tho). i still can hear the normal sound it produced but the problem is, it didnt show up in the 'my computer'

help me please!
(sorry for the bad english tho)

A:windows 7 cant detect external hard drive

Hi and welcome to the Forums ..... Does it show up in Device Manager or in Disk Management ? Have you tried using it in different ports?

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Hi I have been trying all day to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on my first custom PC build. I guess i can start with the list of parts.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard Rev 2.1

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC


Now i have been doing some searching and reading other posts on this to no help. The things i have tried have been to make sure the Optical is the master and HDD is the slave on IDE channel 0. I have made sure im using a VGA cable during the installation. Tried different Sata cables. As well as downloading the drivers on the motherboard from here and including these drivers. Windows said none of them are correct.


Chipset Version

AMD Chipset Driver (include chipset \ sata raid driver)


GIGABYTE SATA2 Preinstall driver



None of those drivers have allowed me to see the HDD during installation and nothing else has helped. I have no ide... Read more

A:Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Install cant Detect Hard Drive.

You don't install any drivers yet except raid maybe.

Go into the bios under advanced bios features i think set sata mode to ide.

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Pentium D 945 2.8Ghz
x2 Seagate 120 GB
Not sure of the motherboard

Win Xp Pro SP3
I am not able to install Win XP Pro with a SATA hard drive.
I have tried slipstreaming drivers into teh Xp installation CD with these instructions: http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html
I have the problem of the CD being too big in size.
5GB on a 700MB CD
Not knowing what specific drivers for my motherboard?

Any suggestions for me?
Am I missing something?

A:Installing Windows XP cannot detect SATA hard drive

Does the computer have a floppy drive?

Also what version of XP?

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A few days ago my computer with Windows XP Home SP3 got infected with a variant of the Virut virus. As a result some Windows system files (e.g. logonui.exe, winlogon.dll, userinit.exe) got infected.

In order to try to resolve this problem, I performed the steps below. However I ended up in a situation whereby Windows XP Setup does no longer detect any partition on my hard disk. My question is therefore: how can I make sure that Windows XP Setup sees my hard disk again?

Here are the most important steps I performed since detecting the virus:

1. Originally I had only Windows XP Home SP3 installed.

2. I wanted to perform a repair install of Windows XP Home SP3 to restore the original system files, but accidentally used the installation CD of Windows XP Professional SP2, and therefore started the installation of Windows XP Professional SP2 on the hard disk partition as Windows XP Home.

3. I interrupted the Windows XP Professional, but some files got installed. After that I had a dual boot option (for Home and Pro). I ended up with two Windows directories on the same partition: one called Windows (the original one, for Home), and one called Windows.0 (for Pro).

4. After that I deleted the files of the Windows.0 directory while logged into Home. The dual boot is not gone yet, but when I boot Pro, the system crashes (the error message being that the Hardware Abstraction Layer could not be found).

5. I am now trying what I wanted to do originally: restore ... Read more

A:Windows XP setup does not detect hard drive anymore

I would boot into your Home XP and save any files you want to a flash drive, burned CD or to another networked computer.
Boot off of the Windows CD, Delete all partitions that you have, and create a new Partition and reinstall Windows.

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I've have an IDE 80 gig western digital hard drive which is detected in bios and device manager but, wont show up in my computer in windows. It's on a different ribbon than the drive with the OS on it. I have the Primary master set for the OS(Windows XP SP3) and Secondary Master as the western digital.

If windows is detecting it and it's detected in BIOS, whats the issue here?

A:[SOLVED] Windows Wont Detect WD Hard drive

Unallocated, lul. Silly me.

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recently i've changed my dell studio 1555 mobo due to a faulty issue, and just moments ago, my external hard drive totally failed to read when i plugged into my system. when i checked the device manager it says something like windows cannot detect the hardware, code 43. i have to restart my pc and the error disappeared. when i plugged in a usb drive, the problem as though doesnt exist at all, but if i plug in my external hard drive, the problem comes back. and when i swapped with that usb drive, it also failed to be detected. i've tried system restore, but to no avail. my external hard drive light not lit at all and i tried to listen whether the disk is spinning, no sound at all. i've came across an article in this site that almost has the same problem with me:


could it be my mobo's problem or my external hard drive? i've tried my ehd on other pc but it failed to read. i just prayed the data inside still safe if it cost me a lot of money, can anyone help me out on this?

A:Windows 7 cannot detect external hard drive, code 43 returned.

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Hello. I am trying to install xp home on my laptop and after it loads the files it says it cannot detect any hard drives. Any suggestions

A:Can't detect any hard drives in XP installation

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I want to do a complete reformat. I have a Windows XP Setup CD, and I backed up all my desired files onto an external hard drive, but after starting the Windows XP Setup (Full Install, not Upgrade) in Safe Mode (regular doesn't work) and having it reboot and continue trying to install, I get a blue screen with a 0x00 type code. Is there any way to tell the computer to completely reformat the hard drive (2x500GB set up in a Mirror Array, in case one hard drive has a hardware fault, I'll still have the data on the mirrored drive) so that I can install Windows XP all over again, with none of the problems that I'm trying to get rid of? If I insert the Windows XP CD and select to boot from CD, it claims I have no hard drives installed and can't continue. The hard drives are in there, but after getting rid of malwares recently, my computer has gone through several stages of problems, and all I want to do now is reformat and start fresh and free. How do I get my computer to recognize the drives in its pre-OS state, so I can install Windows XP on it?

A:I want to reformat but it doesn't detect my hard drives.


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Hi, I have a 2.8 Ghz, P4 processor with 768 (512 + 256) MB ram and an Asus p5rd1-vm motherboard with a 128 MB ATI-Radeon Graphics Card. I have been running Windows XP for years. I have decided to upgrade to Windows 7 finally after reading all the reviews. However, During installation, my hard disk is not being detected (There is no drive on screen which I can format or set up on.) Can anyone help? Do I need to update my BIOS? Will it solve my problem? Also, I recently changed my hard disk (upgraded it) and XP has been installed and is running fine. Could it be a hardware problem? Could my hard disk not be compatible with 7, Is that a possibility? HELP!!

A:Window 7 installation does not detect my Hard disk

Try this:

SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup

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I want to do a complete reformat. I have a Windows XP Setup CD, and I backed up all my desired files onto an external hard drive, but after starting the Windows XP Setup (Full Install, not Upgrade) in Safe Mode (regular doesn't work) and having it reboot and continue trying to install, I get a blue screen with a 0x00 type code. Is there any way to tell the computer to completely reformat the hard drive so that I can install Windows XP all over again, with none of the problems that I'm trying to get rid of? If I insert the Windows XP CD and select to boot from CD, it claims I have no hard drives installed and can't continue. http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc273/A...AA/100_5792.jpg The hard drives are in there, but after getting rid of malwares recently, my computer has gone through several stages of problems, and all I want to do now is reformat and start fresh and free. How do I get my computer to recognize the drives in its pre-OS state, so I can install Windows XP on it?

A:Computer doesn't detect hard drives. Trying to reformat.

First what is the make and model of the PC? Also, just to be sure, does the hard drive show up in the BIOS?

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can u guys help me my cd drives doesn't detect any of my cd
the drive is located and windows says its properly connected but none of the cd works
the light turns on and everything
tried to reformatt but teh drive won't respond

A:my cd drive doesn't detect cd

If all the drivers are installed and the computer reconises it the the Cd-rom is bad.

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my cd drive doesn't detect any cds
it shows the drive in my computer but it says no cd is in it
i tried to reformatt but can't sdince the cd drive doesn't work
if anyone who knows how to solve or have this problem plz help me
thanx alot

A:Help! My Cd drive doesn't detect cd

First, it could be lint or trash has gotten into and covered laser. Second, it could be the drive motor not coming up to speed or not at all! My sugestion would be try a couple of short burst of canned air to make sure you dislodge any dust. Then try a Cd, when drawer closes with a Cd on it, put a finger or two on the face plate you should feel the motor strat up or attempt to do so. If nothing happens then you need to replace Cd player!

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I am writing in because I think I've exhausted all means of trying to fix an issue with my drive.

As title states, I inserted a DVD into my LG GH24NS90 but Windows 7 is not detecting it.
Info about my computer :
GA-Z68XP-UD3 (rev. 1.0) - Gigabyte
1. Installed Windows 7 OS on IDE mode
2. Tried burning a DVD using ConvertXtoDVD but it burns very slowly (even though it was set at x16) and it freezes the computer when burning.

Hence, I tried to change it to AHCI mode as information on the internet says changing it to AHCI would solve the problem,

1. Update drive to latest firmware.
2. Changed to AHCI (in BIOS) and selected my SSD to boot with success!
3. Tried to insert DVD into drive but not detected!
What can I do!!!

A:[Help] LG Drive doesn't detect CD!!!

Bumping thread. Hoping for some help from fellow forumers here!

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Hi to all,
There is a Toshiba Satellite pro A60-PSA65E, when i boot it up, it doesn't boot from HDD, i changed the boot sequence starting from HDD, nothing helps, when i go to the BIOS, it is not there(it is not detected). I tried to replace with another HDD, still the HDD is not detected, i tried to set default values in the BIOS, still no changes at all.
Anyone has an idea how to solve this problem?
Thanks in Advance

A:Toshiba satellite pro A60- PSA65E doesn't detect a hard disk

mood, change the HDD. if still it can't be recognized, this is southbridge failure(typical problem for this series of toshiba laptops)

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Hi everyone, this is my first time here. I apologize if this question has already been asked but a couple days ago I was trying to install a new piece of software for my daughter and my CD ROM drive didn't start up automatically like usual. I could hear it wind up but then it would stop so I went to 'my computer' and my D drive wasn't even listed there. I haven't used my D drive for a couple of months, so who knows how long this has been a problem. I had the klez virus back in July but then got rid of it. I don't think that caused the problem because after I got rid of the virus I reinstalled Norton and it worked just fine then. A couple people have mentioned that it coule be a lost driver but I don't want to waste time downloading programs that I don't need. Any thoughts?


A:Computer doesn't detect D drive

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Hey all,

When booting my computer, i seem to get stuck at "Detecting IDE Drives". It completes the cycle every once in a while, maybe once every 3-5 restarts. As well, my computer CANNOT boot off of my CD drive, only my disk drive. When I do boot from my HDD, my computer doesn't detect my CD Drive. Additionally, the drive doesn't even open nor does it have a light - although on occassion, it will work fine; it will open and light up as usual.

Can anybody explain how to fix this in lamens terms?

Thanks in advance!

A:Computer doesn't detect CD drive

There are a few things you can try as in this guide: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic137666.html

However, because of the multiple problems you describe, in the end I think you will have to replace the drive with a new one.

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I'm quite "green" at computers so please excuse my ignorance...I am running windows xp...when I place a cd in my e drive it doesn't detect it at all...when I put it in my d drive..which is also my burner...it will detect it and run it once, only if I haven't done anything else on my computer after turning it on and going right to that function...but if I need a second thing done ... nothing...ie. I tried to download a two cd game for my son.
...I turned on my computer and the first disk installed then it said to take it out and
place the second disk in...when I do that it doesn't detect it. I don't have windows xp setup disk since I had it installed when I bought the computer by the company I bought it from....what should I do...? Thanks so much in advance for your help...please use "laymans" terms, if you are replying, so I can understand responses!

A:computer doesn't detect cd drive after using it once

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Hi, I added a second hard drive to my computer. The bios is set to auto detect and the second drive is indeed listed in the bios. Windows doesn't see it in my computer or in device manager. I had a quick look at fdisk too and it only lists one fixed drive to play with, my original C drive. I spent ages looking up the correct jumper settings so thought that they were correct. If the only answer is I got them wrong then I need to pay closer attention, but according to the instructions I have my normal c drive set as the master and this second drive set as slave on the primary ide channel. Secondary ide channel has dvd rom and cdrw.
I also have a multi card reader installed (4 drives usb plug and play job - Windows ME) So I would be up to drive letter 'J' if this drive was recognised. Could that be a problem, drives lettered to 'I' already exist on the computer I mean? The second drive is an old Quantum Fireball ST, I didn't format it as I just took it out of another computer, it has windows 98 on it on one partition, just thought I'd format or delete everything on it when it's in the computer. When I put it in the bios told me it was only 1.6 GB, which is probably correct, so it's gonna go. But before I add my zillion GB new second hard drive, I'd like to know what I'm doing wrong.

A:Windows doesn't see 2nd hard drive

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Help! my windows dvd doesn't see my hard drive with my os. No installation media for it. I know it just uses the MS driver but repair wants installation media. I put all my system 32 drivers (folder) on a usb stick but repair doesn't see any drivers in it. It's a Sandisk ssd plus 240 Gb.

Any thoughts?
Thank you,

A:windows dvd doesn't see my hard drive

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
From this tutorial
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
Prep the ssd or hdd for install,

Prepare the SSD – You first have to initialize the SSD to create the MBR. You can do that with Disk Management or with this program (which you will need later anyhow).

Then you need to align the SSD and define an active partition on it. You use an elevated Command Prompt with the following commands:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active (assuming you want to install an OS)

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Hello everyone,
a friend of mine recently brought me a notebook,Medion AKOYA 99380(s6214t).After booting and using notebook for some time,computer reported a Hard Drive error.It said:"Windows detected a hard disk problem. Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."
The HDD is pretty new and it didn't seem to have any hardware issues.
However,I did a clean instal of Windows 8.1 on the notebook(normally I installed Windows on the 64GB SD Card located in the "tablet" part of the notebook,so that way a person using it can use it as a tablet,too).
Everything seemed to work fine,no HDD errors from Windows etc.,but then I opened My Computer and second Hard Drive wasn't there.I thought that it's a Drive Letter problem so I went into Disk Managment however it did not solve the issue.
Then I tried everything(re-formatting,changing from NTFS to other formats etc.) but it did not seem to work.But all of sudden,after doing something,I don't really remember what I did that made the Computer see it,but it finally worked,so I just started testing everything.And after I used it as a tablet only for a while,I plugged that part in the notebook again and then Windows gave me an option to Update and Restart.I was a bit afraid of how it will turn out,so I wanted to shut down and turn on for a couple of times before updating,just to see if it will cause any issues.Whe... Read more

A:Windows 8 doesn't see second hard drive

Hi mrkoni and welcome to Eight Forums,
It must be an unallocated Driver. Go to search then type in "computer Management" click it then expand storage then click "Disk Management" then check if there is any box that is highlighted in black if so then yu have to format it by right clicking it then "create a new simple volume" then follow the steps and you should get your driver back.

Hope that helps.

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I accidentally deleted the 100MB reserved partition while reinstalling win 7 which got stuck and when I restarted, I got 'Bootmgr Missing' error. I have Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop. Now, my BIOS doesn't detect my hard disk and I also don't see any hard disk while reinstalling win7 via bootable USB drive.

Is it that 100mb partition contained the required drivers? If yes, how could I fix this?

Please help !


A:Deleted 100MB reserved partition - BIOS doesn't detect Hard Disk

There are no drivers stored on the SR partition.
The 100 MB System Reserved partition has nothing to do with the bios seeing the hard drive or the Windows 7 installer seeing the hard drive.

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hi. i have an hp pavilion slimline. (model: s5213w) i am upgrading my hard drive but my power supply is limited to having just one hard drive installed at a time. when i put the new one in i ran the disks given to me by HP. the first half of the installation works fine (the part where im putting all the diff cd's in) then it says to remove all cd's and windows will automatically start installing the software. (it may take up to 3 hours). then a black screen comes on. kinda like comand prompt and the cursor line just flashes. three hours later. same deal. any help on this issue? its SATA btw.. idk if that makes a difference.

What im trying to install is windows 7 on a Brand New WD5000AAKX (western digital) hard drive. ive used these cds before on my previous hard drive (which came with widows 7 on them from HP) and they worked fine to re install windows 7. The paper that came with the cds from HP say to use them when you want to "upgrade to a new hard disk drive"

do i have to create a partition inside it or something? i jsut put the blank hard drive in because i dont have the power supply hookup for 2... is there a way to do it from BIOS. also i have no experience with how to use bios.

A:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion Slimline s5213w desktop.

The "How To - System Recovery - Recovering The System After The Hard Drive Is Replaced(Windows 7)" section should be helpful to you.


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