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Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

Q: Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

When I restart my computer after it has been hibernating (usually overnight as it's left on 24/7), it goes to the welcome screen and just hangs. The HD light is inactive making me believe that the HD is not waking up and causing this problem.

Any ideas anyone ?

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A: Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

hi and welcome how long has this been occurring? have you ran a disc check, defrag lately see the pics.

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this..but..my laptop HP ProBook 4540s..i just bought it...i make it to go to stanby mode..but when i press the ON button..from the lights I see the laptop is ON..i hear windows sounds..but I don't see any picture..if I'm not mistaken it happens with both standby and hibernation modes

can anyone suggest anything? thanx

A:Laptop doesn't wake up from hibernation

When the laptop is in hibernation what happens if you press a key, not the On button?

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I have a External Seagate 2 Tb hard drive that after a while, will disconnect and I can't wake it by trying to access the drive in Explorer. I tried rebooting my computer but it doesn't show up anymore. The only solution it seems is to disconnect the drive and plug it back in.

Any advices?

I am on Windows 10

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Hi guys, (first post here )... I was highly impressed with some of the deeply technical answers on this site, so I'm hoping someone can help me narrow down to the cause of this issue I have, and possibly help me learn something about system software and firmware

So some time ago I acquired this MSI P45 platinum third-hand, and it has been living up to its name. However, it does not sleep and wake up properly.

To be specific, it looks like it sleeps properly, but doesn't wake up properly. The lights and fans start up, but one of 2 things happen

1) the POWER LED doesn't light up, only the HDD LED (strange)
2) the POWER LED lights up, the HDD LED doesn't work

Either way, no display. or any activity I can cause through the keyboard. I'm on BIOS 1.7b14(official Beta BIOS) (A7512IMS.17E). It didn't work with 1.6(official release) either. It doesn't seem to be any known bug.

I've tried a bunch of things, but I would like to try steps systematically once again, in case I've missed some combination. So, what could be the issue, and what can I check?

A:MSI P45 Platinum doesn't wake after sleeping, hard reboot required

Hello Milind, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the tutorial below to add AHCI Link Power Management to your power plan settings, and set it to HIPM+DIPM may help.

AHCI Link Power Management - Enable HIPM and DIPM

Hope this helps,

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/33125/hibernation/ - Hamluis.
I have a similar problem, only worse. My computer just went into hibernation and I cannot wake it up. It's a laptop -- old Toshiba Satellite A25-S307 with 512 mb ram and 60 Gb hdd, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 2.80GHz. Any ideas?

A:Cannot Wake From Hibernation

Thank you, Hamlius, for setting me straight on how to post.
Actually, I got it going. I think it was a combination of low battery and hibernation. When I plugged it in and hit the power button it started.

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I have a Western Digital 7gig hard drive installed as the second drive. Frequently it will not be found when the computer boots. About the other half of the time, all works normally.

The problem first becomes apparent when the BIOS looks for the drives. It will hesitate for a LONG time, then find the first drive, and not find the second drive. If this happens, the drive activity light will stay steadily lit for as long as the computer is turned on - no blinking, always on.

Can anyone advise me, or give me a good guess, whether the problem is likely the drive, power to the drive, or the IDE controller?


A:Hard Drive Difficult to Wake Up

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Got an Inspiron 6000, XP home sp2. When I let the battery run down (or whatever) and the puter hibernates it won't wake up and keep the files that were still open. I basically have to reboot it and find that everything is gone. Yes, I have low battery alarms set, but sometimes I underestimate the time it takes to get plugged back up.

Is this a hardware problem? Puter is still under warranty.

Is this a Windows problem?

I just need some general direction, don't know where to begin w/tech support if it is a hardware problem.


A:wont wake up after hibernation

Are you saying that you keep using it until the battery is flat and shuts down from alck of power...or as you say hibernates and when you get the main power back on or restart it you files are gone that you were using?

You can go to Control Panel under power Management and set the alarm to warn you way before it gets that low....if it gets so low then your files won't be saved

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Basically my PC is refusing to wake itself up from hibernation (or standby) as it has done in the past. It seems like the actual task I schedule to run DOES run, but the PC stays in either hibernation or standby mode and doesn't bring itself to life. I've tried searching the Net but I haven't had any luck finding a solution so I thought I'd ask here!

I did have to restore my C: drive from a backup a few weekends ago as I installed Kaspersky AntiVirus and it basically made my PC unusable so I ended up formatting the C: partition and restoring it from my backup (going back to avast! in the process). However everything else seems to be working OK so I don't know why it's refusing to wake itself up! :-(

I'm only doing what I used to - using Scheduled Tasks and ticking the box 'Wake the computer to run this task' - but it's not working. The same tasks run fine while the PC's in 'normal' mode and my laptop has no such problem waking itself from hibernation either.

I really need to get this fixed in the next week as I go away on holiday on Friday and want to use the PC to record programmes while I'm away.

System details as follows:

Hardware: Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.00 GHz, 2 Gb RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS, ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe ACPI BIOS Revision 0706 (21/08/2006)
Operating system: Windows XP Home SP2

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm thoroughly stumped at the moment!


A:PC won't wake up from standby or hibernation any more...

Do you have an error message of some sort when you try to get out of the hibernation ? I only found this link on microsoft database about that kind of problem, don't know if it will help :

Maybe you could also try to disable hibernation, reboot the computer then reenable it.

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hi. I have a server at my house that i would like to be off during the night, anyways i want to know how i can put it into hibernation and wake it up at a certain time using scheduled tasks in windows. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:How to put a computer into hibernation and wake it up.


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I noticed something strange and I don't understand the reason for that.
Ive got my Win7 machine set up to go to sleep after 15 minutes of idling, after another 15 minutes, it wakes up for a sec, dumps the ram into hibersys file and goes into hibernation mode.
It all works ok but the strange thing is the wake-up times. From sleep mode, it wakes up almost instantly obviously. From 1-2h hibernation mode it shows me the post screen, 'resuming windows' screen for 3-5 seconds, the 3-5 seconds of cursor flashing in upper left corner and then desktop... BUT after ~16h of hibernation, it can take up to 2-3 minutes for it to wake up. The 'resuming windows' takes much longer and the flashing cursor thing takes long enough for me to think it hung up on me.

I pretty much understand the technical side of hibernation mode. Thats why It seems strange to me - It shouldn't make any difference whether it hibernates for 1h or 15h. The ACPI state is the same, there are no changes done to the system during that time. It looks like it needs to warm itself up after longer periods of hibernation but its microelectronics, not tube radio.

If anyone got any idea, maybe a way to change it and make the wake up times more consistent, I would be really glad because it bugs the hell out of me.

Also, I could check it myself but I would have to change my power plans :P. If I allow hybrid sleep, go to sleep and then to hibernation - will it wake up to dump RAM do HDD or will it just, after ... Read more

A:Hibernation wake-up times.


Hope that his helps you with your problem
Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems - Vista Forums
Works equally as well with 7

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Pleas help, BSOD happens when opening the lid of laptop.

A:BSOD when wake up from hibernation/sleep

0x116 bugchecks indicate an attempt to reset the graphics card and display driver failed to respond within the allocated time interval.
It's mainly caused by a failing GPU or bad display driver.

I suggest updating your display driver to the latest version.
If you are unsure how then here's some instructions.

How-To Install AMD Catalyst? Drivers For A Windows? Based System

I also recommend running Furmark to see if your GPU is failing (I doubt it but it's worth ruling it out as a possibility).
Follow these instructions.

Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Post back the results.

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Recently my Dell Inspiron N5110 intel 2.4GHZ, 4Gb Ram, Windows 7 64bit Laptop Refuses to wake from sleep or hibernate. Bios driver?? Worked fine 2 days ago and I dont have an applicable restore point... Also Video and Audio playback get choppy in any player after using not even 2 out of 4gb of RAM. Temporarily I've disabled sleep mode but when not plugged in can be a bit of a battery drainer. Any suggestions would be very helpful and aprreciated. I'm far from a computer tech... THX

A:Laptop won't wake from Sleep/Hibernation, PLZ HELP!

It seems to be a monitor issue. Also when I shut down the computer stays on but the monitor shuts off??? I'm thoroughly stumped. Plz help...

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I live in a place where we have power shortages from time to time. I have my Dell desktop pc attached to a UPS and i have configured the pc to go to sleep after 5 minutes when on UPS. Is there anyway to wake up the pc automatically once the power is on? I have connected my UPS with USB cable to the pc, and the pc treats the UPS as a battery. I use this pc as a media centre so this feature is something i really need.
I am on Windows 7 Ultimate.


A:Wake the PC from sleep/hibernation when power comes up

With it being a Dell the option may very well be hidden (with no way to unhide it), but have a look in the bios under the Power options for anything relating to "restore on power loss". If it is there it is likely set to disabled (the default on most if not all motherboards), set it to enabled and that should do it.

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I close the lid of the laptop and the computer goes to sleep.
I open the lid and the computer says its exiting hibernation, and a text status bar goes across the black screen (before the Windows logo shows up)
Once the bar is full, the computer stops responding.
This started a few weeks ago intermittently, now it does it every time.
I have to hold the power button to turn it off, and when I restart it, it asks whether I want to delete my old restoration data and start anew, or pick up where I left off last time. (Option 2 usually has the same results as the original exit from hibernation)
So far its just an extreme aggravation. Once its running, everything works like before.
Anybody know what's up?
Its a Toshiba laptop, about 3 years old, running the original install of WinXP Home with SP2. If any more info is needed, I'll provide, but I can't think of anything right now that would be relevant.
Thanks for the help,

A:WinXP freezes on wake up from hibernation

Regretably its not uncommon for PCs to die in their sleep in this manner under hibernation.

Hibernation and Standby modes under Windows are problematic at best, but most laptops seem to cope to varying degrees (but fewer desktops will run the modes with success).

Its likely to be a driver issue, have you updated any recently?

Try reloading the latest Toshiba drivers for XP for that model laptop (they should be available to download from their website). Video, chipset drivers etc.

Not the BIOS update unless its specifically stated as a cure (if a BIOS update goes wrong your laptop becomes a doorstop).

Speaking from many years of experience with laptops (6 or 7 different types) I gave up on using anything but a full shutdown, you can change the "lid down" settings under Power options in Control Panel. I set mine to just turn off the screen, and I did a shutdown if I was not going to use it for a while.

I also found that odd problems with programs disappeared when not using standby or hibernation, overall reliability was vastly improved.

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When I'm going into Hibernation everything is fine....but when I wake up from it it takes to black screen where a white underscore (_) flashes and nothing else happens. But it will work when I hold the power button when that happens, the laptop will turn off I turn it back on and it comes back from Hibernation....What's Wrong?

A:Wake up from Hibernation takes two times?

Update your drivers - use the guide in my sig.

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I recently completely wiped my hard drive because there were a lot of problems with it. I had to update and install a few drivers but every thing worked fine, 120% better than it did before. But last night told it to hibernate and i couldn't get it to wake up. The screen is blank nothing works.

the cd/dvd rom starts up and then shuts down a few seconds later. the mouse pad and the keyboard don't respond to anything. the only thing that works is the touch pad for volume, play, pause, stop etc... I've tried draining all the power from the pc (as well as the battery) but it doesn't start up all the same. It's about a year old and doesn't have any special software.

It has Microsoft Office 07, spybot, iTunes, and that's it.

If anyone has a solution or even a suggestion, it would be much appreciated.


A:[SOLVED] My computer will not wake from hibernation

Please provide brand/model of computer (copy the details on the label located at the bottom except for the serial number)

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Is it possible to wake my computer from hibernation to stream content to, lets say, an Xbox 360? Then after its done streaming put the computer back to sleep?

A:Wake computer from hibernation to stream?


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running Win2kPro
hi whenever i boot up from a hibernation my connection to the internet is dead i have to reboot for it to work.i am on a LAN and use a DHCP for my internet addy.i always get 2 DHCP error messages in my system logs

Your computer has automatically configured the IP address for the Network Card with network address 00E02968556E. The IP address being used is

Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 00E02968556E. The following error occured:
The semaphore timeout period has expired. . Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.

is there anyway to fix this?it assigning an address automatically thats wrong and i cant bind an address because i get a new one each time.maybe a service i can disable?

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I have to manually shut down my machine each time I try to wake it up after putting it in sleep or hibernation mode for an extended period of time. This just started happening a few weeks ago.   I did some Google searching and saw where some said it was due to my video driver needing to be rolled-back.   This is the driver I currently have installed, FYI.  Any ideas?  

A:Machine Won't Wake Up from Sleep/Hibernation

I decided to roll it back to the previous driver from 2015, hopefully that helps.  Not sure what else to try.

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I disabled Hibernation from my XP IBM laptop. I read it was a security leak good thing. On reboot i got a strange message my hard drive could not be found..and that i may have to reattach the hard drive cable.

. I can get into BIOS, try restored defaults, i still get the hard drive disconnected. Also i get a operating system can not be found message.

I bought the laptop on ebay, i have no disks

A:I Disabled Hibernation, on reboot my computer 'could not find hard drive"

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If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

A:External hard drive unresponsive when wake from sleep

Quote: Originally Posted by leif

If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

If you put your machine to sleep, then all programs are suspended, so there is absolutely no point in leaving them "running". Most especially not if this causes errors on waking.

Regards....Mike Connor

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This problem only happens when the computer goes to sleep...when I wake the computer up..it restarts and I get a message saying that there was a BSOD error. The only time this has ever happened was when the computer has went to sleep...other than that..I can play games and run the PC for hours or days without issues.

I uploaded all of the files that the tool provided by the forums was able to generate.


A:BSOD Issue when PC goes into hibernation..restarts upon wake

Hi steveox152.

Please make it sure that the OCZ-VERTEX4 SSD is running with the latest firmware.

Let us know.

BugCheck F4, {3, fffffa800e0bc950, fffffa800e0bcc30, fffff800037937b0}

----- ETW minidump data unavailable-----
Probably caused by : csrss.exe

Followup: MachineOwner

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If I were to let my computer go into sleep mode, if I let it go alll the way into it, I cant wake it up without having to turn it off and back on and having to log back in, not to mention losing open browser windows/tabs, and any other work.
Same with Hibernation, except, I cant stop that....
The simple answer would be to set it to not go into sleep or hibernation, but thats not a solution, just a temporary remedy.

Does anybody know some possible causes or other reasons?
or at least how to fix it?
I know Im clueless.
Some extra details.
When I try to wake it from hibernation, my laptops lights will go on. All but the screen, and I know its not a monitor problem. Same thing with sleep mode, The lights will stop blinking, and be on, but the screens just blank.

A:Computer doesnt wake up from Sleep/Hibernation

Hello ComputerTalk-Jayson,Hybrid mode is to have the computer go to sleep first, then after the time you set will go into hibernation. That is why it is taking a bit longer since your computer is resuming from hibernation and not sleep.For you what you want, you would need to set your Power Plan settings to "Sleep" and turn off "Hybrid" and "Hibernate" like in the recommended "Sleep" settings in the tutorial below. Afterwards, the computer should wake up from sleep and be ready to go in a second or two.Power Plan Settings ChangeHope this helps,Max

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About 2 months ago I started noticing that my w7 professional x64 box loses its internet connection on every other wake up from hibernation.
I can connect to my local LAN but not further (I am not using wifi but wired connection).
After digging into it I found that ipconfig shows two gateway entries the 1st is and the 2nd is the correct gateway.
I have no clue where the comes from nor why there are 2 gateways shown.
ipconfig /renew doesn't help, but disabling the network interface and re-enabling it again fixes the problem.
Also a reboot fixes the problem.
Both solutions are only workarounds though.

I hope someone can tell me how to fix the problem.

A:Default gateway lost after wake from hibernation on w7 x64 pro

Go to Device Manager, Network adapters, Select your network adapter uninstall it then reinstall the driver and see if that helps

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Hi there,

I am running a Windows 7 64-bit setup, and I'm trying to get a timer to wake Windows from sleep or hibernation.

I've got it to work flawlessly on my desktop, however on my laptop, a Dell D630, I can't seem to get it to work. I've created a task triggering on a specific time and running the operation '/c "exit"', which should just start a command prompt and close it again. I've set it to "run with highest privileges" and "wake the computer to run this task". However, it just doesn't boot as scheduled.

The history of the scheduler says nothing at the moment that the trigger is set to go off, but a minut later (probably when I manually boot) I get a "Task scheduler "{....}" instance of the task "\Wakeup" due to a time trigger condition."

What can I do to fix this?

Thank you.

A:Scheduler fails while trying to wake Windows from sleep/hibernation.

Hello and welcome to Seven Forums.

Some things you can try for testing:

Turn off "run with highest privileges" - you shouldn't need it for this task

Try different setting combinations for:
"Run whether user is logged on or not" / "Run only when user is logged on"
"Start the task only if the computer is an AC power"
"Stop if the computer switches to battery power"

Compare each page in the Task settings between the Desktop and Laptop.
See if you can find some different setting(s) that might cause this.

If you logon with a Standard account when the computer sleeps, try using an Admin account.

Hope this helps,

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After recent BIOS/Lenovo/Microsoft update my external monitors stays in sleep after the resume from sleep/hibernation. Turing monitor on and off OR re-connecting miniDisplay cable won?t help. Switching to main LCD only and ?Second screen only? using Win+P key won?t help either. Only full laptop shutdown and power up will make monitor to wake up. This is new problem started 1-2 weeks ago. Windows 10 64bit up to date. Using Lenovo Companion to update drivers.BIOS: LENOVO N1EET69W (1.42 ), 28.06.20172 external monitors connected on miniDisplay port.NVIDIA Quadro M2000M is enabled only ( enabled. It is really time consuming when I need to forcibly power off and on when I just need to do my work.Any help appreciated? Attached suspected entry from EventLog:Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEventCode: 117Parameter 1: ffffac83f4936010Parameter 2: fffff807771bf44cParameter 3: 0Parameter 4: 3990OS version: 10_0_15063Service Pack: 0_0Product: 256_1OS Version: 10.0.15063. ID: 1029Extra information about the problemBucket ID: LKD_0x117_Tdr:3_TdrBug:575504_TdrVTR:15_IMAGE_nvlddmkm.sys_MaxwellServer information: d5948a56-ca62-4753-817c-e028eca34f8b

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This happens 95% of the time. sometimes it DOES work though. anyway, I looked through all the internet...or just about..and cannot find anyone who has found a cure yet. these are the symptoms.

When you go to sleep, or hibernate, when you try to wake it up, it gets stuck on a black screen for about 8 min. then restarts.

if you press shut down, it says "shutting down" and stays there 8 min. then restarts.

i have not been able to find a cure..please help.

also, i uninstalled all the windows updates from the past only leaving one. i unintsalled because i thoguht it might fix the problem and i would just search for updates so that i could get rid of the extra updates and only get the most recent updates. but now, i have no updates and when i press search for updates, nothing comes up. can anyone teach me how to reset so that any updates that apply will reappear? because i believe there are updates that apply, but since i uninstalled it, it is not going to show up on my updates list again. please help. thanks

A:Vista hibernation/sleep does not wake up, stays at shut down

Are you hitting the shut-down button just once and not holding it down? One quick press should take the puter out of hibernation.

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My Yoga 3 Pro won't wake up from sleep / hibernation, the only sign of activity is the keyboard lights just blinking, AGAIN! :-(. This is a common problem with Yoga 2 13 models I have learnt, not only from various boards, but also my self, when I returned a yoga 2 13 after 5 days, and got the Yoga 3 Pro model. The laptop is now only 6 months old. I experienced the same wake up problems 3 weeks ago with my 3 Pro, and the shop here in Copenhagen sent it back to service. When I got it back 4 days ago, the service team had just changed "Cinch Audio" and updated the BIOS. It seems like they never really fixed the real problem. Two days ago the computer again had problems to wake up, and now it seems to be frozen in this blinking mode. I I have tried hard reboot (holding the power button for ca 20 secs), but it won't solve the problem. Has anyone experienced the same problem, and any durable solutions to it? If it stays like this, I'll hand it in, try to get it reimbursed and I will gladly buy another computer, but not from Lenovo anymore. 

A:Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro won't wake up from sleep / hibernation, keyboard just blinking

My yoga 3 pro did that for quite some time and now won't even turn on!!! Right in time for my first few exams npnp

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My computer is to be having some problems booting when it has been asleep/hibernating/turned off. At first it seemed to be just when it had been asleep or hibernating, but recently it wont boot after being turned off for a short while (an hour or so).

What happens, is that after turning it on, I get a "No signal" message on my monitor, and nothing shows up on it. The computer turns on, it makes the usual noises, but no signal comes through to the monitor.

The only way I can seem to get it started after this is if I leave it unplugged for a while, usually at least an hour and a half or so, then it will either boot from scratch or resume Windows from sleep/hibernation.

I never have the problem turning it on at the beginning of the day when it's been off all night, so it's as if it needs to be off for a long while for some reason.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an AMD A10-5800K and Gigabyte F2A85X-D3H, with 8GB RAM.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide

A:Windows wont wake up from sleep, hibernation or turned off for a short time

Before going too deeply into this, if the light on the monitor is lit, try a different cable.

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I'm having the same issues as this lady. I have two IDE hard drives from older computers that I want to try to recover data from. I got a new enclosure all set up, plugged the first drive in (Drive 5), and it doesn't register under My Computer. I right click My Computer, go to Manage, avoid initializing/formatting the drive, and find that it's offline and unallocated. This is what it looks like.

I right click the drive listing (left side) and click Offline, hoping that'll bring it online. "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." Right click the right side, and I see "new simple volume, new spanned volume, new striped volume, properties, help." The latter two are clickable, the rest gray. I do everything the 'net tells me to do: change the jumper to Master, clean it with compressed air, restart the computer, restart the enclosure, reinstall the enclosure driver. Nothing changes.

I try plugging the enclosure into mom's laptop, and "offline" is now grayed out when I right click the left side of the drive listing. On the right side, "new simple volume" is clickable now, but my friend says that will also initialize the drive and erase everything, so I didn't try it. Apart from these differences, everything was exactly the same.

So I use the steps in the thread I linked in the beginning, hoping that the data recovery tool might be able to access the drive. When it scans all devices, however, the enclos... Read more

A:new hard drive enclosure, drive doesn't register

What kind of enclosure did you buy? The drives may be genuinely unusable, or it might be a problem with the enclosure.

When I want to salvage data from old drives I use this old tried-and-true Kingwin SATA/IDE->USB 2.0 adapter. Very inexpensive (so you can try it out yourself for minimal cost investment), but very reliable in my own experience. If you have a very large drive (e.g. SATA) that you want to access, it might be worth considering their USB 3.0 version for just a few dollars more because of the much faster USB 3.0 transfer speed.

I wouldn't give up yet on your IDE drives yet until I'd given this other adapter approach a shot. Never failed for me.

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I believe my daughter got something on her computer. It started with security alerts from Norton and Windows. Evidently it graduated to the point that Norton will not load up. MBAM would not install even if I tried to change the program name. As I have been down this road before, I put in the Windows XP disk and rebooted with the intention of reformatting and reinstalling the OS. I get a blue screen saying "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" and then it instructs me to run chkdsk /F. Since I the hard drive on this computer was a bit small anyway, I bought a new 1TB hard drive. I started up the PC with the XP install disk and I get the same blue screen message. I checked the XP install disk with another PC to see if the virus had written something on the disk, but it doesn't look like the dates on any of the files were updated.
Could this be a BIOS virus?

A:New hard drive doesn't help!

What is the actual blue screen error you are receiving?

Please post the error that is reported usually this is located around the bottom of the blue screen.

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Hi there!

Today I just bought a new Barracuda 7200.7 Seagate SATA 200 GB hard drive and when I took it home I realised that it doesn't fit into the cords that I use. I think it may be because my computer is too old and new computers use a different sized cord. Could someone please tell me what I should do?
Do I need to buy the cord seperately?


A:new hard drive doesn't fit

sounds like you've bought a SATA hard drive but your pc only supports PATA; change the drive for the right one or fit a SATA PCI controller card.

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I plan to install a new HDD. I want to clone the old one onto the new. I have the necessary wires connected (done this before) but when I go to Start>Computer> I see the existing C disk displayed but not the new one. I disconnect the new one and attach an older drive I use for backup. It shows up immediately.
I disconnect it and reconnect the new one- nothing!

But, when I have the new one connected and I open WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic, it sees and will run a test on the new HDD. I tried Hard Disk Sentinel and it sees the new HDD. But Win7 won't recognize it.

Is there something I need to do to activate the new HDD so I can begin cloning?

A:My PC doesn't see the new hard drive

Is the new drive formatted? Try formatting it first before cloning.

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I transplanted my 20 gb hard drive from my old computer into my new one. It had Windows 98 on it. My new system has Windows XP(Home). I configured the jumpers and powered up. In the BIOS everything checked out like it should. It started up into Windows XP and seemed to work. I clicked on my computer and there it was, my extra hard drive. But then It said Windows ran into a serious problem and before I could do anything it restarted on it's own. Then it boots up again and runs into a "serious problem" and restarts on it's own. Could it be the clashing OS's or is a power problem? I have a 350 Watt case, which I thought would be sufficient. What else could be causing this?

Thank you,

A:New Hard Drive doesn't work?

The power supply is ample so that should not be the problem. What it may be is the old drivers from the old computer on that drive. Try booting in safe mode and see if you can get into it (old hard drive) and remove the drivers from the old computer.

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I have an old PC I want to use as a 3 person LAN counter strike server. It won't fit on the 2gb system drive and I had a spare 20gb lying about so chucked it in.

Jumpers were set up fine. The 20gb shows in BIOS as a 20gb. In windows (XP Pro), it doesn't show in my computer, disk management or device manager.

Motherboard MS5169 VER:4.0 (socket 7 I think)
AMD K6 (300mhz)
192mb RAM


A:Old PC doesn't pick up hard drive

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This is a strange one...

I've got two Deskstar hd's that used to work together. One's an older (2001 vintage) IBM 40GB and the other is a new (May 2003) Hitachi 120GB model (180GXP series, I think).

I was having serious problems with WinXP Pro, so I decided to reinstall it. Being an MSDN subscriber, I put together a WinXP Pro installation CD, which proceeded to tell me neither of my drives were compatibly formatted for it. I tried to reformat my C: drive but the system wouldn't let me. When I took out the 120GB, I was able to format the 40GB and install WinXP on it.

Now, when I put the 120GB in, my BIOS (Abit NV7-133R mobo with latest BIOS update) sees the 120GB, but not the 40GB. And vice-versa...
As you might see, I can have the drives installed separately, but not together. Yes, I HAVE tried all combinations of MASTER, SLAVE, MASTER WITH SLAVE, etc, to no avail.

All suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Help!

- GW White / Hagerstown, MD

A:BIOS doesn't see hard drive

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I just formated my hard drive (I have 2) but the extended partion on my 1st hd is inaccessable even though under computer management it says it is healthy. the thing is it doesn't have a file system assigned to it (the other 2 are NTFS)
it is a logical drive that i can access and the 2 good drives are primary partitions.

C: 127 GB....System - drive is good
D: 58 GB....drive is inaccessable
H: 372 GB..... drive is good
is it possible to merge C and D back into 1 drive or will i lose the data? Is there a way to assign a NTFS file system to it withou losing data?


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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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I just built a computer and I have a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD as my primary drive and a 500GB WD Caviar Blue as my secondary drive. The issue is that Windows 7 doesn't recognize the WD Caviar Blue, only the SSD. Both the BIOS and the Device Manager recognize the WD Hard Drive it just doesn't show up in Windows 7.

A:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show Up

Does it show up in Disk Management?? Can you assign a drive letter to it there?

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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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So basically I have a 400 gb hard drive that has been working fine till yesterday.

I think it is a WD drive, it is internal.

I have to hard drives in my windows xp. The operating system is on the c drive but I added an internal drive to have more memory and use it mostly just for storage like music, movies etc. Yesterday I went to copy something from my desktop which is on the C drive into the F drive (this is the add-on drive that is not working properly) and it started copying but about half way through I got some errors and than the F drive disappeared from under my computer. I restarted the computer but I got an error stating that this is not drive plugged in to SATA 2, which was the location of the F drive. After a while passed I restarted the computer again but this time it would load without an error but once it gets past the windows booting screen the screen would go blank and nothing will happen.

I've ran the computers hard drive diagnostics and on the WD hard drive it just says fail but all the other drives and the cd-roms load fine.

The computer starts up fine with the F drive disconnected. Could it be that the F drive crashed and is lost?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Hard drive doesn't show

Could it be that the F drive crashed and is lost?Click to expand...

That's a possibility but if you haven't already, check the connections of the cables to make sure they aren't loose. If that doesn't do anything, try replacing the cable.

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I set the hard drive to stop spinning after 4 hours of idle activity but it doesn't ever go to sleep. If I set the time interval to < 1 hour like 45 min then it will go to sleep.

I'm not talking about the computer going to sleep/hibernating, I mean the spinning of the hard drive.

A:Hard drive doesn't go to sleep

Sing it a lullaby.

Could you please fill out your System Specs?
System Info - See Your System Specs

Also, what are you using to set the sleep option?

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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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After much trouble I finally got vista installation disk to run with help from another forum, but now get stuck because it does not see my hard drive. I've tried reloading the drivers from the gigabyte website for the mb.(ga-g31m-es2L). I have a quad core 9400 processor and the hard drive is a WD 640gb. Any suggestions are very welcome.

A:vista doesn't see my hard drive

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Cannot reformat it, because it's the only hard drive with my information left on it. The one it came from was totalled and there's no way to back it up.

On startup, it recognizes that the hard drive is in. But it doesn't show up on My Computer.

A:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show

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I have a problem that I hope someone can help me with. I'm using XP media edition with all upadates and have 2 hard drives in my system. One hard drive is partioned into C and F with C being the system drive. The other drive is labeled G. Suddenly G drive can't be accessed. When I go into the computer management then disk management it shows the 3 drives, C, F, and G. It says that all 3 are healthy but it doesn't show a file system for G, nor does it say that it is active. When I try to open the drive I get told it's not formatted and asked if I want to format it. Which I don't because my back-ups aren't as current as they should be. I tried System Restore and was told that it couldn't restore the system because it couldn't find G drive. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you.


A:XP suddenly doesn't see a hard drive

I don't know if this will work since you've tried a system restore or not but hti F8 at boot up and select last known good. This may bring the drive back to life. Otherwise you'll have to use a date recovery program to get what data off the drive you can.

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