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BIOS doesn't recognize SATA drive but it boots from it.

Q: BIOS doesn't recognize SATA drive but it boots from it.

I just built this pc and the Western Digital 160 Sata hard drive isn't recognized in the bios but it will boot from it sometimes. I had to restart it 4-5 times this morning to get it to boot. I'm running winxp, ASUS A7N8X mobo, I had to get a SATA controller card to run this drive. I overlooked that this mobo doesn't have SATA connectors. My mistake and I couldn't return the hard drive because I had already opened the package. I upgraded the bios to no avail and now I'm at a complete loss. Need help. Thanks.

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A: BIOS doesn't recognize SATA drive but it boots from it.

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Since my Acer 5315 has Vista on it, I decided to buy the same hard drive in the Acer laptop. Bios sees the Hitachi drive with exact model number but XP doesn't even recognize that there is a hard drive. I tried using Booting Cd and I was able to format and delete the Linux distro that I put on this drive earlier because since XP didn't work I figured maybe XP would find the Linux operating system. I was wrong. I then went thru using Windows 98 fdisk,format and then it formatted the entire drive and is insrtalling Windows 98 on this drive. Will XP see the Windows 98 installation or will I be back to square one ?

Ideally the best way to install XP is for XP to see the drive but it doesn't Might someone have any ideas how to get XP to see the Hitachi drive so I can install XP ?


A:XP doesn't recognize my Sata drive

It's all a bit confusing....which drives have which operating systems installed?

Have you been able to successfully boot anything but Vista?

Has XP ever been bootable on this system?

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I just finished building a machine and my OS isn't recognizing my SATA drive.

I have the Asus K8V-X SE MB (64bit AMD) and I am using a Western Digital 80GB SATA drive. I went into the bios and turned on the RAID functionality (which I am not using because I only have one drive) and truned on the SATA functionality. I press F6 at the beginning of the install and everything goes fine until it says it can't find a hard drive. I am not using the IDE slots because the HD only has Serial hook-up.

Can anyone tell me how to fix this issue? Thanks in advance.

A:OS doesn't recognize my SATA drive

i recently built a pc with a sata drive in and used maxblast and it found the drive and formatted it but when the system booted it still wouldnt find it so i looked on the motherboard disc and there in chipset were the drivers for the motherboard to look for a sata drive on boot up i put the drivers on floppy and when the system booted i pressed it for to install a raid driver in went the floppy and bobs your uncle there it was i formated it and installed windows and all's going fine

hope this helps you out

hopefully youve got another pc to browse the motherboard disc

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I know this topic is very old! but I have the same problem now!
But I don't have any other hard disc on my PC and this SATA 3 supported hard drive is only one! I don't have any OS on my pc. when I connect hard drive to my p4p800-x mother board it doesn't recognize my sata 3 drive! please help me what should I do!

A:Motherboard doesn't recognize my SATA 3 drive

Hey Andromec. Is the drive being detected in the BIOS.

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Good evening!
I have the asus board in my Vista Ultimate system. I had a couple of 500GB sata drives, and wanted to replace one of them with a 1T drive(Western Digital WD10000CSRTL) . When I connected the new drive, the system just hangs at the point where it's listing the drives right before boot. Strange thing is, it gets the model number, but hangs at capacity. It does the same thing even if it's the only sata drive in the system. Does the a7n8x board support drives that large, or do I need to take back the drive? Asus's website has been less than helpful, and google searches didn't net a hit on this combo and problem. I turn to the gurus for enlightenment... Thanks for any assistance!


A:Asus a7n8x doesn't recognize 1T sata drive?

Your Asus motherboard is too old to support these hi-capicity drives

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I installed a samsung sata drive on my wifes machine and no matter what i do it doesn't recognize it . She has a ata drive on now works fine . Iinstalled this becouse she is running out of room , don't want raid just want to in stall this 120gb sata hd. so she has more room . Installed sata drivers .but xp doesn't recognize the drive, doesn;t show up in the bios or post screen . Jumper are set to enable
Has anyone got a clue

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I'm having an issue with a newly built computer.
My motherboard, an ASUS P5KPL-CM, does not always recognize my new SATA hard drive.
Until I get this issue under control I am not able to install windows. 9 times out of 10, when i check out my BIOS settings, it does not recognize the SATA hard drive.

Please help me. I'm dying to get my new machine up and running.
Any more information is available upon request.

A:ASUS P5KPL-CM doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

can someone close this thread? i wish to start a new, more detailed one. i have more details i would like to include.

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the only wat to launch windows from a cold start is to use ctrl+alt+del and then it boots up.
When starting it up from a cold start up the bios does not see the hdd but after using ctrl+alt+del and booting into windows and then resart windows but not powering it down and then go into the bios it sees it. This issue is only when I completly power down and start up

A:hp slimeline bios does not recognize sata drive

Typically the result of the drive aging and not spinning up fast enough upon power on. Not likely on an HP, but some BIOS versions allow a boot delay to be set to account for this type of drive issue.

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I just bought a wd 320 giga SATA hard drive. I have an asus a7n8x Deluxe motherboard. The SATA/Raid controller is installed or at least the bios says it is. The drive is recognized as the "primary", but it will not put it as the Master hard drive--only says it's the primary later in the bios post. Windows does not recognize it at all. When I try to install Windows XP, it says no hard drive detected, and tells me to hit F3 and Goodby. I have re-flashed the Bios about 2 dozen times with versions 1005 thru 1008 (the latest). I've changed the data cable. Nothing works. Anybody got a great idea i've missed? Would like to have the SATA, but will have to return it if I can't get bios to recognize it.

A:can't get bios to recognize new sata hard drive

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My dell xps/inspiron M140/630m doesn't recognize the hard drive. I've tried replacing with 2 new drives and the bios simply doesn't recognize them. I did have win 7....is my computer caput?

A:bios doesn't recognize hard drive

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First post, long time reader. Hopefully someone can help me with the following:

I just recently got a hold of an older PC that I wanted to use for test purposes with Windows 7. The problem is that the BIOS on the PC does not recognize the Hard Drive. Upon startup I get the following message:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found
Primary hard disk drive 1 not found
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

Now get this, although the BIOS does not recognize the hard drive, Windows 7 and XP recognize it just fine (displays the correct size and everything). I have never seen or heard of this happening before. Usually it's the opposite (i.e. BIOS recognizes the drive but not Windows).

Windows 7 displays the following error link under the "Where do you want to install Windows?" dialogue box:

Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1. (Show details)

Upon clicking on the error link I get a pop-up window with the following message:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

Details on the computer:
Dell Dimension 8200
Pentium 4 Processor
512 MB RAM
80GB Western Digital

Also to note: the hard drive is in good working condition as I tested it in another PC. The only thing that I can think of at this time is the mobo. However, everything else works on the mobo (i.e. floppy drive, both DVD drives, U... Read more

A:BIOS doesn't recognize hard drive but Windows does

Just taking a shotat this . . maybe a bad ribbon cable.

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So I recently purchased a new hard drive and my BIOS wont recognize it. Both my hard drives are seagate serial ATA, the other thing different about them is that one of them says Barracuda and the other says barracuda ES, I don't know if this has any effect. So when my new hard drive arrived I just unplugged my old hard drive and plugged in the new one. upon starting my computer it would say something like local disk not found insert boot media. When I would insert my windows 7 disk I would click install and then custom, and that would also not recognize my hard drive, I also tried a software called Hirens to boot from my hard drive but it also basicly done the same thing. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I appreciate any suggestions/help.

Also I didn't screw it in just plugged the cables into the new one.
TL;DR plugged in new hard drive, not recognized by BIOS/Windows disk, also a similar result when trying to boot my HDD from Hirens.

A:Solved: Just bought a new hard drive and my BIOS doesn't recognize it. Please help!

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Hi All,
I have searched and tried several different things that are suggested to fix this problem, but can't figure it out..... I'm simply trying to add a extra storage drive to my HTPC and when I install the drive it's recognized in the bios, but when I start up windows 7 it says it's installing new hardware then comes up with the error "Hardware drivers could not be installed for your device" or something along that line..... and the drive shows up in device managers unknown devices with a yellow mark. I have tried two sperate drives a 1TB WD Blue and a 2TB Seagate both are Sata3 6g drives and my Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H that has 6 sata3 ports.
Here's what I've tried
As I said 2 seperate drives, both reacted this same.
Tried different sata cables.
Tried going into disk management to make the disk usable BUT it is not listed there.
I used a Linux based "recovery tools" cd to boot the system (which BTW sees the drive just fine) to use the Seagate drive utility to partition the drive and format it NTFS.
I also read here to try uninstalling the drive controllers in the device manager and reboot and let windows set them back up.
Obviously.... None of this has worked, and I'm at the end of my wits here... lol
Any suggestions that you all can give me would be VERY appreciated!

A:Bios see's sata drive but windows doesn't?

Hmmm..... no suggestions?

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Now I have to admit.....this one has me. I have two of these units that I purchased for my daughters to use. They both have the exact same issue. When I first plug the units in the harddrive is not recognised by the bios. Then I start this ritual of starting it over and over. Eventually it is recognized and then will work indefinetly. I am on one now. I updated to the latest bios. Problem still there. The thing that gets me is that if it was a controller failure, then you would think that it would fail while in windows. Same thing if it was a short or bad solder joint. Then I should get periods of failure while using it. Once I'm in windows XP I can use it all night without a problem. Last night I left it on all night with no issues. I checked Dell's support site to see if there was any issues posted there. The bios sucks, you cannot set any part of the harddrive. Its always auto detect so I can't manually set it up. There is really very few things you can set in the bios. Any ideas guys? I took it apart and cleaned the solder joints and inspected them with a microscope. Thought maybe a broken joint and when the laptop warms up then contact is made. It just seems like once it warms up its fine. I can turn it off and on a thousand times and it will boot fine. Unplug it and let it sit a while and bang......back to the ritual. HELP! What do you think? bad bios chip. Remember, its two units doing this that are exact same model. I have tried other drives that I have... Read more

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startup boots to bios --startup will not recognize optical recovery disc nor hard drive-- says boot not found?

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2 HDD's attached during Win8 installation, 1st was 500GB boot drive, 2nd was a (NTFS) 2TB HDD populated media drive. Was about to add my media folders to Plex Media Server when I noticed that only the boot drive (C appeared under My Computer. Found that odd so I restarted into BIOS settings and the 2nd HDD showed up fine. Booted into Windows and started Disk Manager and saw something I've never seen before. It could see the 2nd HDD, but no drive letter was assigned and it said "Foreign" where it normally has drive size and "Online." There's quite a bit of data on there, but it's backed up onto Crashplan so I suppose I could do a fresh format and re-populate with the data. Would be quite a PITA though. Any ideas? Googled it and haven't seen anyone else w/ this issue.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48574614/IMG_20120912_203330.jpg <--screenshot of Disk Manager seeing "Foreign" drive

Already tried a Reset as per this thread Why doesn&#39;t Windows 8 recognize my 2nd SATA HDD&#63; - Microsoft Answers and have posted this same question in the Win8 TechNet forum.

A:Why doesn't Windows 8 recognize my 2nd SATA HDD?

This is a strange issue I wouldn't think Windows 8 would do, as this sounds more like an xp type thing.

But anyways, try right clicking on the drive in Disk Management and hit Import foreign drive. This may or may not work, but we'll see.

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New member here with XP install issue - I hope someone can help!

Built a new system yesterday:
- ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe (flashed the latest bios version from ASUS website)
- P4 3.0 Ghz 800Mhz FSB
- ASUS AGP V7700 Video Card
- 1GB Kingston Ram (256x4)
- 2 120GB Seagate SATA Barracuda drives

I installed the two SATA drives on the Promise Fastrack 378 as RAID 0 (performance). BIOS sees these drives, Seagate's hard drive utility sees them, but XP cannot.

Here is what I did...
- Booted from CD
- Held F6 down to specifiy additional third party RAID/SCSI devices
- When prompted, pressed 'S' and loaded latest drivers from 3.5" floppy (from ASUS web site)
- Setup loaded the WinXP drivers from floppy
- Pressed enter to continue setup
- Setup then continued to load a plethora of addtional drivers from CD (including other SCSI drivers)
- Once I got to the screen to hit enter to continue setup, I received the "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" and it gave me the F3 option to quit setup.

I'm a bit baffled as to why the XP setup process won't utilize the driver I specified earlier.

Any ideas? Thanks! :)

A:Win XP Pro doesn't recognize SATA RAID on install

Solution found! You must use the motherboard utilities CD that comes with the board to create the FastTrack 378 RAID device driver diskette. This will correctly be read by XP and let you continue the installation.

The drivers from the ASUS site will not work, you must use the CD.
Simply run the makedisk utility from the 378 RAID folder and you'll be set! :cheers:

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I have recently purchased the BYTECC ST-300 as my computer stopped working. I have two hard drives that require file recovery, when I plug them into the device, then my computer, it recognizes that the USB connection was made and there is a drive, however, I cannot access the drive from My Computer. Is there any way to trouble shoot this or are both of my hard drives fried?

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I have built a new system
Asus M2N SLI-Deluxe motherboard.
Two Seagate Barracuda, SATA 160 Gb hard drives.
AMD 64 dual core processor.

My problem is this. The hard drives have been in another system.
The bios and Windows XP do not "see" the hard drives.
When I enter the bios and set up the Raid configuration both hard drives are recognized.
I can not install Windows as it says there are no hard drives.
The first bios page after post can not recognize them as well.
I have used an older version of Disc Wizard, however the newer version is not up yet.
This appears to be the only block to starting the system.
What can I do?

A:Bios and Windows do not recognize SATA HDD

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I had a pc with SATA-1 drive installed windows7 64 bit, it was working fine untill I decided to attache the another hard drive SATA-3 with server 2003 loaded on it.
I wanted to copy some data from SATA-3 and then wipe it off and use as additional storage, But the PC stop booting from windows7 drive and started server 2003.

I went in bios to change the boot option but the SATA-1 windows7 drive is not listed?
On startup I get message;

Serial ATA AHCI BIOS- version iSrc 1.02 04192006
Controller not set for operating in AHCI mode, AHCI BIOS not installed

I had updated the BIOS to lateds 1.4 version and it does show it during memory check.
Do I need to install th AHCI ?
Would I need to install the windows 7 right from scratch?

Please guide.

A:SATA-1 & SATA3 Bios doesn't see SATA-1

There is an option in bios Sata Type/Sata controller mode. If it's set to IDE switch it to AHCI.

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I apologize ahead of time if this belongs more in the Hardware thread. I'm not sure if this is related to my OS (Vista Ultimate) or not.

I've had 4 SATA drives running smoothly on my system for quite some time. Out of nowhere, yesterday, my PC kept booting from the DVD-ROM drive, so I went into the BIOS setup, only to see that none of my 4 SATA drives were even listed where they normally would be!! It simply lists the location, then says "[None]" where it should list the drives' manufacturer name (eg. ST500AS#####).

I go into the setup section for each drive location, and hit "Enter" on the "Auto-Detect HDD" option. A small dialog pops-up for about 5-10 seconds, saying it is detecting the drive, but returns no values for all the drive attributes - just zeros.

I've followed others' advice and stripped everything out but my boot drive, but the BIOS still doesn't detect it. I've booted from my Vista installation disc and troubleshot from there, but even that won't recognize that I have a HDD attached to the PC.

And yes, I've already verified - via attaching my boot drive to another computer - that the drive will load (obviously, as a slave) and show all the files contained on it.

I'm suspecting I may have a faulty mobo, but that's a guess at best. If anyone can help me troubleshoot this issue, I would greatly appreciate it. I will provide further details gladly, if needed. Thanks in advance... Read more

A:BIOS won't recognize ANY sata hard drives

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I had two hdd's in RAID0 (WD 1600YD I think were the models), and one of them failed--click of death, BSOD, failed dskchk, etc.

I took out the bad drive and kept the good drive in the machine. (Everything was backed up to my external once the clicking started.) BIOS recognizes it, and when booting from an older IDE drive, windows recognizes it as well. It passed the disk check and everything. But when I try to install Windows 7, the WD drive won't show up on the list of places to install Windows. I got the drivers from WD's site, got the drivers from inside windows, but they aren't "signed" according to the Windows installer, and I can't use them. I tried the drive in another older machine and have the same problem.

I tried switching SATA ports, tried switching SATA cables, tried switching BIOS SATA settings from RAID to AHCI to AHCI>IDE, to Native IDE, etc. No matter what I try, I can't get the Windows 7 64 bit installer to recognize the drive.

I've read that you can change settings on specific SATA ports, but I can't find that option in BIOS. I am going to try messing around on the drive from inside windows with an older drive that has an OS installed, but I'm totally clueless here. Maybe there is some setting in BIOS that I'm missing? Another annoying thing is the Windows installation takes ages to load each screen, so every time I tried somethign different, I hve to wait 20+ minutes to the problem screen. I spent all of yesterday messing with this and ... Read more

A:BIOS will recognize SATA HDD but Windows 7 installer will not :/

Your post sounds like you trying to install to a old 32 bit P4.
Set BIOS to AHCI, & try installing a 32 bit OS.

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??

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Recently bought Athlon64 3200+, Gigabyte K8NF-9 F11, 1GB RAM & 250GB SATA seagate hard disk. The problem here is that the BIOS (Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG) recognizes the harddisk to be only 130GB. Does Gigabyte K8NF-9 supports SATA 250GB hard disk or its's something I've done wrong? Pls help me out here. Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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Daughter brought her HP DV9500 (Vista 32bit). Very suspicious of malware. If I check the BIOS, it does not see the hard drive (nor does that option appear in the boot menu). However, if you boot the machine, it will load Vista and allow you to log in. After about 10-30 seconds usage, the keyboard and mouse buttons freeze and what was on the screen still remains with that bloody awful circle going round and round. Now the mouse will still move across the screen via the touchpad or a usb mouse but the keyboard is dead as are the mouse buttons.I can boot parted magic on UBCD and access all the files on the C: drive (one physical, three partitions including a recovery partition - how it came from the factory) and run all day long. Disk diagnostics on UBCD show the hard drive is present and no errors. However, the bios diagnostic says replace the hard drive.I've rebuilt the BCD using Microsofts bootrec to no avail.I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc. and then I'll try restoring the OS from the recovery partition.I should mention that I ran an older Linux bootable version of Avira (dated Sept 2009) and it noted multiple occurrences of html/infected.webpage.gen as well as two other (going to try to recover the names from the Avira logfile).Thanks in advance.AJG

A:Help please laptop bios doesn't see HD but vista still boots

I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc.No need to bother trying to get Windows to work well enough: Simply retrieve copies of the files that you want, to a USB-connected external hard drive using a Linux operating system run from a bootable CD/DVD or USB flashdrive.f your computer is not able to boot into Windows or simply not able to access the internet, you can use a LIVE Linux operating system run from a bootable CD or flashdrive instead of Windows, to access the internet, to access files on the HDD(s) and do other tasks. Using a working computer:If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
Puppy Linux (smallest download file size at 128 MB)Linux Mint 12 Lisa (versions for a CD, and larger versions that need to be burned to a DVD disk)[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...Download and install ImgBurn.Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.Choose Write image file to disc.
Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.Click [*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will ... Read more

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I'm trying to boot from a USB so that I may install Ubuntu. My PC is the Dell Dimension 4600C and I checked their documentary; I'm able to boot up from a USB, although there's no option in the "Boot Menu". No, I do not have a CD/floppy drive that I can use. Would anybody happen to know why it won't boot up? The USB is formatted to FAT32 so I'm unsure as to why it isn't being recognized through the BIOS/Boot Menu.

A:BIOS doesn't recognize USB?

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I have DELL System Dimension 3000 computer,and I have a BIG problem!
When I started my computer,it stopped my boot screen on Windows XP,and gave me error message :
stop:0xooooooed (0x8a4cbe30,0xc0000006,0x00000000,0x00000000)
I tried to start it several times,but with no luck!
I went to buy a new Hard Disc!
Now, i wanted to install new Windows 7,but it gave me black screen when i turned my computer on!
It says: Diskette Drive 0 not found
I turned option in BIOS setup to Diskette drive not installed!
But,now I get this:
Primary Drive 1 Not found
I changed the options in BIOS to boot from CD as my first option!
Nothing changed!!!
I tried to unplug cables from my Hard Disc,turned them back in,nothing changed!
i don't know what to do,please help me!!!

A:BIOS doesn't recognize my HD,Help!!!

edited out that image, wasn't too sure what it was.

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I installed a SataIII drive on an Asus M4A88TD-V Evo board with win XPsp2 OS. Since I only have Xp service pack 1 on cd the install of the drive on the new board failed (xp setup did not work although I had the new drive -as the board manufacturer suggests- on Sata5/6 in IDE mode) and I detoured by installing the drive first on the old machine, installing the raid driver during setup, updating xp to service pack two and then moving the drive to the new board/machine updating the drivers for the board (what a pain)

During boot up, I see a message saying: searching for devices: no device found if that means anything.

Now XP boots fine with the velociraptor in IDE mode on SATA connectors 5/6 but poops out in AHCI mode or in IDE mode on Sata connectors 1-4 .

My questions are: is there a fix without re-installing the whole caboodle and b) if I run the 100000 rpm drive in IDE, am I loosing speed or just the hotswap capabilities?

PS: Two days later, I am running win 7 but still have issues.

Thank you!

A:SATA drive only boots in IDE mode

What company made the drive?

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Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD-EVO
Windows 7 64-bit Pro
Bios Version: 2102 (latest)

My computer died a while back of which I isolated the issue to the RAM modules. Since they were under warranty I RMA'd them and received a new set. Today I installed the new modules and booted up into Windows perfectly fine however being that it's been over 4 months since its last boot there were many new updates available. After downloading all updates a restart was needed. Now the bios no longer will recognize the drives in RAID.

I have to RAID arrays of which both are RAID 0's. The primary is a set up SSDs and the secondary is a set up Samsung 500GB hard drives.

Now Windows is unable to load because there is no media to load to. All drives are not recognized by the BIOS. The only way for the drives to be recognized is if I configure the SATA ports for either IDE or AHCI. Even the optical drives are no recognized while the RAID functionality is enables in the BIOS. Again this setup was working fine before.

I've checked the RAID Arrays and they are functioning properly so no drive health issues. Additionally both arrays are recognized under the boot settings sub category hard disk drive tab. The boot device priority is set to the appropriate RAID array but again the main configuration is showing no drives attached at all. The array with the OS installed on it is the 2nd array. I'm needing help to load back into windows.


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Hello, I'm trying to boot from my USB pendrive which is a Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 128 GB and the bios of my HP Mini 400 G2 doesn't seem to recognize it, even in boot menu. However, if I boot from my Ubuntu installed on the SSD drive of the machine, Ubuntu does recognize the pendrive and it's content. I tried to boot from it on my laptop and everything works fine; so I don't think the problem comes from the pendrive. I appreciate any help!

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Hi guys,

Windows 8.1, Asus KL551 laptop.

So the problem is: I wrote Ubuntu to an Usb stick, because my friend needed it on her laptop. The program i used: LinuxLive. There was an option wether i wanted to create a virtual disk or not. I didn't know what that was, so i chose this option. After the progress i had an extra E: virtual disk on my computer. I didn't know what to do with it, so i just deleted the files in it. Then when i restarted my computer there was a booting problem, Windows wouldn't boot. So i plugged the usb stick into my laptop, and booted Linux from it. I started a program called G-Patrition. There i deleted the virtual disc, and restarted. Windows booted, it worked perfectly. But when next i started my laptop the usb stick was still there and I accidently clicked on "Install Ubuntu". So a window came up with some settings and started the installation, i clicked on the X to close it, but it froze. After a half an hour the same frozen screen was there, so i pressed the power button to shut down. It was a stupid thing beacause now my BIOS can't boot from HDD. The only boot option is the CD/DVD or USB. It says "Reboot and select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key..." The interesting thing: When boot from USB Try Ubuntu Without Installing, Ubuntu sees the Hard Drive, but i can't see the contents and folders in it. Rightclick information: 991 GB space, 49 GB in use. This 49 GB is my Windows 8.1 ... Read more

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Hello there, I have (for the first time) a problem with my Lenovo ThinkCentre E73. I recently updated the BIOS (it was one of the initial versions and had some issues) to the latest version. I use a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switch. This KVM switch has some USB inputs (for keyboard, mouse, USB stick or whatever) and the USB part is based on a (switchable) USB HUB. But when i connect my USB keyboard to this HUB, the Lenovo BIOS doesn't recognize it (keyboard does'nt work, and the Lenovo shows error 0211, no keyboard connected. The KVM itself isn't faulty, in Windows everything worked fine. Also the previous used BIOS version has no problems with the KVM and works fine also. There where no changes made in the hardware setup. When i plug my keyboard directly into the Lenovo the BIOS recognized it. When i use a simple (non powered) USB hub and plug my keyboard in, the BIOS doesn't detect is again. So it looks like the new BIOS has some issues with USB hubs. Not only my keyboard would be detected, also USB memory sticks are not visible by the boot manager. Can anybody help me, or can Lenovo made a change to the new BIOS version so i can use my KVM again into the BIOS? Thank you!

A:ThinkCentre E73 New BIOS doesn't recognize USB HUB...

I'm curious if you get the same result on a front USB port (I'm assuming the hub was connected to the rear.) 

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Ok, i've been beating myself over this for the past 6 hours. My damn Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB S-ATA Hard Drive isn't recognized by BIOS. However, when i power up it says that it is connected to the mobo.
What i've done so far:
1 - Flashed Bios. Got a newer version. No change.
2 - Changed jumper position on the HD. I know it won't change much, but i was desperate to try anything.
3 - Changed the SATA and POWER cables. Still nothing.
4 - Did the Low Level Format. Absolutely no change.
5 - Changed the boot mode to: 1) floppy, 2) cd, 3) hdd.
Then changed it to 1) Floppy, 2) CD, 3) SCSI. Nope, nothing...

I don't know what else to try. I can feel HD spinning but it won't do anything. I tried to install XP Pro but the installation stops because it is unable to find the HD.

Here is my setup:
Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP (Barton) 3200+ processor
Speeze Socket A CPU cooler
Kingston ValueRAM 512MG x 2 Ram
Western Digital Caviar SE Serial ATA 250 GBs Hard Drive
ATX 450W Power Supply
POWERCOLOR R96A-C3N Radeon 9600PRO 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card

A:S-ATA HD = BIG MISTAKE! BIOS doesn't recognize it!

When you are running XP setup you will see aprompt early on that says to press F6 if you need to install any other drivers such as RAID etc...
Hit F6 and it will then prompt you for the driver disk.


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Ok, strap yourselves in 'cause this one is a doozy and if anyone can help me out with this you'll be regarded as legends (in my eyes anyway).

I had a 160gig Maxtor drive fail on me about a week ago (thats whole another story, I suspect it was a virus that destoyed my MBR and then created bad sectors on the drive = unrecoverable) Anyway, I bought a new SATA 200G Western Digital (WD2000JD) and went about installing windows. This is when things started to go a bit awry. Basically during the WindowsXP installation process the drive refuses to boot and continue the process, this usually happens on the first reboot that the installation tries to do. The computer goes through the BIOS process as normal and then just goes blank when it tries to continue the installation. Just freezes. Well after much swearing I finally went about seeing what was wrong with the drive, I booted up another copy of XP on another drive (a small 20gig Ultra ATA drive) and installed the new SATA drive on it. It works fine, you can even see the files that Windows copied across to continue installing. Ran the usual tests and it came up good, so I went to the Western Digital site and downloaded the Data Lifeguard tools and rebooted the computer to see if I could prep the drive for a windows installation and guess what? it worked! the Data Lifeguard tool reformatted the new drive (NTFS of course) and I ran the XP installation and it then went through the whole process without fail. So once XP was i... Read more

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com

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I have a soyo ck8 dragon plus motherboard and was running a Samsung SP3 120GB sata hard drive. Everything works perfect. Added second sata drive but this is a Samsung 160 GB. Partioned 2nd drive with fat32. Bios shows both drives and auto detects both of them. Windows boots up, but won't show 2nd drive. Disk management doesn't show the drive either. The motherboard was equipped with two sata slots and I have set the jumpers per manufacturers specifications. I do not want to run these as RAID, I just want an additional hard drive for my songs, pictures ect. Why won't this show up. Also have a ABIT with the same setup. Neither one will show the 2nd hard drive. Thanks

A:XP Pro won't recognize 2nd sata drive

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Greetings Brainiacs,
I just upgraded from XPsp2 to sp3. when the upgrade finished, my WD green series 1TB SATA drive was no longer visible in explorer and is not listed in the hardware profile manager. I have had 2 IDE drives, primary and secondary and the 1TB SATA drive running for about 8 months without any issues on SP2. All the drives still show up in the BIOS so I don't think that is the issue. I even pluged in a different SATA, Baracuda 80G to make sure it was not the drive. Same issue, shows up in BIOS but not windows. Funny thing is the drive letters skip 'D' (the SATA drive letter) and goes from 'C' to 'E' to 'F'... I have looked for drivers at WD website but they do not have them, they say it should be included in windows. The motherboard is kinda old, ECS pt800ce-a, but it still runs all my hardware fine. Hope this is enough info for someone to help.

A:XP SP3 does not recognize SATA drive

Please read the rules and do not start duplicate threads. Please post here---> http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?t=852724

Closing this one.

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Hey everyone, I think I may have a stumper for you. I don't know if this HD was DOA or if I'm an *****.

I was installing XP onto a new HD on Friday and it told me that It cannot see the HD. No surprise there since this has been covered many times. So after I go and try loading the drivers from the floppy, I decide to go into the BIOS and see if there's something I forgot to do in there.

Well, the BIOS don't even see the HD. I'm still a n00b at this so there's a good chance that I simply don't know what I'm doing.

Here's my system specs if you need them:

Abit NF7-S V2.0 nForce2 400MHz Motherboard / BIOS Version 25 (I believe)
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (2.2GHz) 400FSB Socket A Processor (Barton Core)
Hitachi 80GB Serial ATA U150 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive
512mb DDR PC3200 DDR400 2.6V
ATI Radeon 9550 AGP Video Card 4x/8x
Lite-On 52X32X52 CDRW/DVD +16X Combo
Thermaltake VOLCANO 11+ Socket A CPU Fan
350W Antec Power Supply

I would appreciate any help that you can give me.

Thanks in advance!! :wave:

A:MB does not recognize SATA Drive

I take it you loaded the SATA drivers from floppy early in the install process...not after the fact?

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Hello all,

I am not that new to computers but this is something that is causing me some greif.

I have a 2.8ghz intel with 1.5g ram running windows xp home edition.

before I had windows xp professional with 2 drives on it a 160G IDE drive and a 1 terra Sata drive. the IDE drive being the one with the operating system on it.
The Sata drive was initialize and formated for NTFS and had a setting of dynamic drive.

I just dumped all my documents on the sata drive and formatted my IDE drive and installed Windows XP Home edition.

Now my problem is that I have installed eveything back on my IDE Drive to run that as the operating system and I don't see my Sata drive anywhere in my computer. So I went to disk management to see the drive and it sees it as disk 1 has a exclamation point in the icon and says dynamic... My only options are to format it and make a basic drive of it. Does anyone know how I can recognize the drive and pull my stuff off of it without have to pull everything apart.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you kindly in advance


A:Cannot Recognize Sata Drive Need Help

Afraid not

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Greetings Brainiacs,
I just upgraded from XPsp2 to sp3. when the upgrade finished, my WD green series 1TB SATA drive was no longer visible in explorer and is not listed in the hardware profile manager. I have had 2 IDE drives, primary and secondary and the 1TB SATA drive running for about 8 months without any issues on SP2. All the drives still show up in the BIOS so I don't think that is the issue. I even pluged in a different SATA, Baracuda 80G to make sure it was not the drive. Same issue, shows up in BIOS but not windows. Funny thing is the drive letters skip 'D' (the SATA drive letter) and goes from 'C' to 'E' to 'F'... I have looked for drivers at WD website but they do not have them, they say it should be included in windows. The motherboard is kinda old, ECS pt800ce-a, but it still runs all my hardware fine. Hope this is enough info for someone to help.

A:XP sp3 does not recognize SATA drive

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I attached a new sata drive to my mother board
bios detected sata drive as non- raid which is correct

i logged into windows disk manager utility sata drive was not detected. I could not locate the drive in xp under device manager or disk manager.

Connected sata drive to usb port via sata usb adapter drive was detected right away in xp and proceed to format the drive into ntfs using the usb adapter.

Shut down the computer once again reconnected sata drive to the motherboard went back into disk management utility in xp and still no sata drive.

If has anyone experience the same problem and can provide me with a solution would be really appreciated

not sure if hardware details are necessary but i can provide them on request.

Thank you in advance


A:XP Does Not Recognize SATA Drive

I'd say faulty Sata port or Sata data cable (ie test by replacing this)

Also run Bios setup defaults on your Motherboard (this area accessed by pressing the valid key - DEL usually, as your computer first turns on)

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Hello everyone! I've got a big and weird issue: I set a BIOS password two months ago or so and I wrote it down.My password contained uppercase letters and some symbol.A few days ago I tried to enter the password and unlock the BIOS, but it didn't work... I checked the one I saved on a piece of paper, and it was correct! Tried again... Wrong password!Now, here's the weird thing: Lenovo BIOS does not allow me to enter uppercase letters and symbols. What the hell is going on? I haven't updated the BIOS or anything like that. Do you have any idea?I have two hypothesis:1. BIOS bug2. BIOS update through background process or windows update Thank you! 

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I have recently installed an additional 128 MB RAM to my Gateway GS-400 with a 100 mhz front side bus. The RAM is PC-100. There are eight chips on the stick. Windows 98 and Norton System Works' System Information report only the original 128 MB memory; HOWEVER, the BIOS Setup ( press F1 when booting) reports a total of 256 MB RAM with 128 MB in each of slots 0 and 1 and nothing in slot 2 (as expected).

I am beginning to think defective motherboard (?) I have tried re-installation several times with no apparent problems except that WIN 98 just refuses to recognize the new RAM.

My question: Is there some tweak which I need to do to kick Win98 into recognizing the new RAM. I have re-installed Win98 and also reinstalled Norton System Works to no avail. I have tried a PC-133 RAM stick as well. No difference.

Help !!

A:[SOLVED] Win98 doesn't recognize new RAM but BIOS setup does

No it's not a hardware problem . Since in BIOS you are able to see the whole amount of RAM , then the problem is WINDOWS. Now when you mention " reinstall" did you acctually formated the hard drive and then install windows on it , or did you just insert the windows 98 cd in and run the setup?
Might wanna take a look at the msconfig . Click the Start button choose RUN, type in msconfig and click OK button. In the new window that cames up (under the General tab ) click the Advanced button and should see in the new window a checkbox " limit the amount of windows to" ( or close to that , since i'm too lazy to double check). Make sure that checkbox is unchecked , or at least it will say 256 megs

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This is my first post here so i hope its in the right place otherwise i appoligize in advance. MY PROBLEM:: So i just finished building my computer GIGABYTE GA-K8N-SLI, AMD 64 3000+, and dual 250gig Hitachi SATA HD's. I did the whole driver copy on a floppy and as OS setup is going hit f6 then s and the whole nine everything goes through fine until where it should ask me where to install the OS. Instead i get a screend telling me that no HD's were detected and to check cables and so on. Now BIOS recognizes the HD's because if i go into the f10 raid option they are both there but thats are far as ive gotten any help would be greatly appreciated. thanx in advance.

A:OS doesnt recognize sata drive

This motherboard has 8 SATA connectors. 4 are powered by the nVidia southbridge, the 4 others by the extra 3rd party controller. Make sure you have the proper drivers for the controller to which the SATA drives are connected.

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What is needed to get WinXP to recognize a SATA drive when it comes up saying "no drives were found" during initial XP installation? I've run across this on two computers and have received explanations indicating that some mainboards require RAID/SATA drivers to be loaded *before* installation (with a floppy I assume). Currently, I have a Dell machine that is having this problem. I want to reformat and reinstall Windows but it simply won't recognize the SATA drive during installation. If there is a driver, where would it be and how do I install it? TIA much for any help!

A:WINXP won't recognize SATA drive

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I added 2nd SATA drive...powered up... WinXP Pro gave me the little window "new hardware detected"...I did NOT get the message "your new xxx is installed and ready for use"

That gave me a sinking feeling. I opened up Win Explorer and opened My Computer...sure enough...No second hard drive shows. I go to Properties:Hardwareevice Manager and under disk drives...both SATA drives show.

What am I not doing?? I have lost what little religion I had trying to get the darn thing working.


A:Added 2nd SATA Drive - NO RECOGNIZE

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Hey all

At the moment, I am using a very old pc (don't ask!). The mobo is an Intel D101GGC. It is very slow, tho maxed out on RAM, but it works.

I have a hard drive, salvaged from a previous pc, which I had working via SATA cables/usb. I decided to buy a caddy, shoved hdd in, and upon connecting it, light comes on, disk hums, get the usual "ding dong" sound, and "found new drive/drive ready to be used" comes up.

However, the drive doesn't show up under My Computer, nor in Disk Management. I can find it as a mass storage device under usb in Device Manager tho

I have uninstalled and reinstalled it; checked with Tweak UI, and all possible drive combinations are ticked; scanned for hardware changes.

I should say this is a powered 3.5" SATA enclosure. The drive has my entire music collection on it, and is 250 gb.

I really could do with your help, before it and pc fly through the window!

Many thanks.

A:XP does not recognize external SATA drive

install Tweak UI and then...

click on My Computer, Drives,and check marking Drive F.

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