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New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

Q: New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

Preferred Solution: New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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Hello everyone,
I installed a new 1TB Hard drive(Samsung Spinpoint F1 SATA2 7200RPM 32MB cache), but it doesn't seem to appear in 'My computer', where has this new drive gone?, could anyone help me out?


A:Can not find new installed Hard drive

You probably forgot to partition the drive so you can actually use it. What OS are you running?

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

A:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I'm trying to see if a particular program was installed on a system running Windows 7 without it being booted up. I don't see this program listed under Program Files or Program Files (x86), but I do see something listed under ProgramData that has an executable.
I talked to the vendor, and he stated that this might be what I'm looking for, but that it would show up in the installed programs. 
Thank you.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

A:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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We spent all evening and half the night trying to get rid of Antivirus Action, and somehow the last step wouldn't work. It said to delete the hosts file, which I did, but then the one that I downloaded wouldn't run. After trying everything, I gave up. It was past 1 AM, so I just left it sit and went to bed. This morning, the computer shows a message that it can't find the hard drive, that no operating system is found. Not sure what happened during the night, but it obviously wasn't good.

WAHHHHH. So were all those hours last night totally in vain and we've lost it all?

This is an old XP system of our daughter's, so no earthshaking life-or-death documents--just a LOT of pictures. We were checking her backups last night and discovered that it is not writing to the DVD that she thought she backed up to, so all of this year's pics will be lost if can't revive the thing. Is there any hope?

A:Computer can't find hard drive!

Hello there,
First of all, in most cases we're able to at least access the disk to salvage data.
Do you have an XP CD at hand we can use?

I will move this topic to a more appropriate forum.

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I have off-brand computer with a MSI ms-7125 K8N NEO4-F (PCB 3.0) motherboard. My SATA hard drive has Win xp pro sp3. After running w/o problems I booted the computer up the other day
it said DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I took the hd and and hooked it up to another computer and it was recognized. I placed a brand new SATA hard drive into the computer and I received the same error.
When I go into the Phoenix/Award BIOS there is no recognition for SATA drives except if I wanted enable a RAID configuration.
I updated the BIOS and I received the same error.
I put a IDE drive and it worked great.
I tested the SATA controllers via PC-Check 6.21 software and the hardware passed without any errors.
I also switched out the sata cables coming from the motherboard to the drive.

I would appreciate any understanding on why a good hd is now not being recognized. Though I could stick with a IDE drive I would prefer to use the good SATA drive that I have that contains all of my information.

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Well...I don't know...but when the system starts acting strangely...and it revolves around the BIOS/hardware...I think "CMOS battery".The fact that your BIOS/CMOS settings are not normal...lends support to my perception.It will cost less than $5 to see if that's the problem.CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp Let us know .Louis

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Hi, I recently bought a SATA HD for my computer, but am unable to get the computer to recognise it.

All the SATA drivers must be installed because my other drive that I've been using for a year or so is fully functional. The cables are all working as both the power and the connector cable power run the other drive fine.

Whenever the drive is plugged in it has never displayed itself in BIOS, and the computer refuses to start when both drives are plugged in.

I should also note that currently my "SATA Mode" is set to IDE as apposed to RAID in my BIOS and both IDE ports are switched off and DMA is working correctly.

Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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My girlfriend got frustrated one night and started uninstalling and deleting random things things....I'm sure these stories always end well

After this, she was trying to reboot her computer and got the message that hal.dll was missing and the computer could not start. It doesn't get to the windows loading screen, or to the point where safe mode could be entered, it just blanks out after showing the HP logo and gives that message. After skimming forums for some time, I tried creating a recovery center disk, which could not load because of missing files on the hard drive. I managed to eventually find a windows boot disk and tried it today, it failed the first 4 times, each time giving the name of a missing file that caused setup to fail (different file each time). After that, it made it to the end of the setup process, and gave 3 options. To repair windows, install it, or exit. When I try to enter to install it or repair it, I get the same message. That no hard disk is installed and setup cannot complete....I've been through the 'PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility' that is on this computer, the only option I can actually get to before the error message comes up, to run the hard disk self test, doesnt seem to accomplish anything, and I am at a loss, not sure what to do, I'm certainly not happy with her using my new laptop though, for I fear it will soon meet the fate of hers

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dan Wallace

A:Computer cant find hard drive

Worth a look, http://search.hp.com/query.html?cc=us&lang=en&charset=utf-8&qt=hal.dll&la=en .


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Hope you can help. I fitted a maxtor 40gb HDD and set it as master. My old 6gb HDD I set as slave. My comp can't be set to boot from CD so I installed windows me start-up disc, ran fdisk and partitioned my new drive. I installed windows me and then upgraded to XP. When I boot-up it recognises both HDD but after a while my screen freezes. I have got 196mb ram and a P3 processor. I have also formatted the drives using FAT32.

A:Computer freeze after new hard drive installed

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I recently purchased a brand new hardrive for my laptop. After installing my computer won't power up. Took hard drive out and computer turns on. Does this mean I bought a bad hard drive? Thanks

A:Installed new hard drive and now computer won't power up

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I'm not 100% sure this is the right section since apparently the error is caused by an .exe but this only started happening after my dad installed a new hard drive into my previously perfectly stable computer. It's not a new boot drive, just one I use for storage. Ever since then, my computer has been randomly restarting (usually every other day, my computer runs almost constantly). A message pops up that says "system has recovered from a serious error". I finally got fed up and ran the .dmp file through the windows debugging program and got this.Microsoft ? Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 X86Copyright ? Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.Loading Dump File [C:\Documents and Settings\StoopidKat\Desktop\Mini052210-01.dmp]Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are availableSymbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbolsExecutable search path is: Windows XP Kernel Version 2600 (Service Pack 3) MP (2 procs) Free x86 compatibleProduct: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS PersonalBuilt by: 2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090804-1435Machine Name:Kernel base = 0x804d7000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x8055d720Debug session time: Sat May 22 12:19:13.080 2010 (UTC - 5:00)System Uptime: 3 days 3:46:45.469Loading Kernel Symbols................................................................................................................................................Loading User SymbolsLoading unlo... Read more

A:installed new hard drive, now computer crashes

Download BlueScreenViewNo installation required.Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.use this and while you are doing it this will be moved to Windows XP

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i have a 640gb hard drive for my computer and a 2tb hard drive as storage. i just installed a second 2tb hard drive for more storage, but i can't see it in my computer.

i got the little message in the bottom right when the computer logged on saying device driver software successfully installed. i opened up Speccy and can see the 3rd drive there. i can see it under drives in the device manager too. but its not in "my computer."

i wasnt expecting this to be a problem and am not sure where to go from here.

A:installed new storage hard drive, cant see it in my computer

You will probably need to initalize & format the new drive in Disk Management

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The new hard drive is good, could it be the IDE cable was installed backwards or bad power supply. OS Vista SP2.

A:The computer will not power on after a new hard drive was installed.

Does it power on if you disconnect the drive?

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Hey. I have some issues trying to get access to my old harddrive in my new computer. I am sorry in advanced that my technical skills kind of sucks, but I have tried my best to learn what is up, with no luck. So, with that said, I will try to make someone that knows this stuff to understand what the hell I am talking about.  My MacBook from 2008 broke down a while ago, ofcourse, I had no backup. I bought something that may have the name USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge (a device that I have put in my harddrive in to be able to connect it with my computer through USB). When I plug it in, the computer finds the connected USB but when clicking on it, only "property for USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge" show and no content. It is a 160 (i think) gig HDD disk from a MacBook 2008.The computer I try to get the disk to work in is a new HP Pavilion 256 GB SSD, Intel Core i5.I hope someone has a clue how to fix this, Thank you in advance!

A:Computer cannot find content on hard drive through USB to AT...

Hi, Could be something to do with files format. Please try one of the following ways:            http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways-read-mac-formatted-drive-windows/           http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/how-read-mac-os-hfs-drives-in-windows-for-free-image-33695... and many more, Regards.

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All of a sudden, my laptop stopped recognizing my hard drive. I usually thought harddrive crashes took a while, but apparently after looking at the BIOS, trying to reinstall windows (not being able to because of "no hard drive"), I realized that if my hard drive is bad, it happened overnight.. All the computer does is reboot reboot and reboot after turning it on.

Could it be a motherboard problem or more likely a bad hard drive. If it is a bad harddrive, is there a way to recover files on it, before it is replaced even though the computer wont recognize it.

A:Computer wont find my hard-drive..

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I have a 120gb external HDD, I've connected it to my laptop and it has been used before but it is not showing up in My Computer. It is recognised by the computer and installs correctly and is visible on device manager and disk management, I've tried reformatting and this doesn't come up where it is supposed to. Is there a problem with the HDD or my computer? or is it something ridiculously simple. I'm running 32 bit Windows 7 Ultimate. Any help would be brilliant

A:External Hard Drive installed but not showing up on My Computer

Welcome BmBranch

In Disk Management, does it show that it has been assigned a drive letter. Can you right click on it & open it, & browse the HD to see what is on it ?

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First of all sorry if the is the wrong forum area, first time poster.

The other day the hard drive for my laptop crashed so I bought a new one and installed it, but ever sense I have installed the new hard drive and installed Windows my computer has been running really slowly. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be the issue? My specs are as follows:
Windows 7 64bit
Intel i3 2.27GHz
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive
It is a prebuilt Alienware m15x and so I am having a hard time finding the Motherboard.
If any other information is needed I will gladly do my best to find it. Thank you in advance.

A:Installed New Hard Drive and now Computer Runs Slow

The most common cause of problems for a New Install is that the User (you) did not install the motherboard drivers.

It appears your alienware laptop is being supported by Dell. Here's is the link to the driver download section for your m15x laptop:

Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

Another way motherboard drivers are referred to is "chipset" drivers. Check Device Manager (click "show hidden devices") to make certain that all of your hardware has drivers installed.

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Our hard drive has been going out, so we purchased a new one and installed it last night. We installed our OS and security software, downloaded the drivers that we needed for the printer and the scanner, but this whole path has been fraught with difficulty. First of all, our new hard drive is recognized as the F drive by the computer, and the C drive is now called a removable drive. When we run our anti-spyware scan some of the files from the C drive come up and it says it cannot read them unless we place the disk in the drive. So, we just skip those ones. But now our DVD and our CD are not reading/working. I am about ready to just go buy a new computer, but don't really have the money for that.

So, I have two questions. First, do I need to be worried about the files still remaining from the C drive? How can they even be on there if the c drive (old hard drive) is not in the computer? Can we remove those, or can we move them to the F drive?

Second, why is the CD and DVD players/burners not working? The DVD said something about not being compatible, so should we download new drivers?

Please forgive my lack of knowledge, we are somewhat computer literate, but our computer guy moved away and assured us that we should be able to install a new hard drive and the OS without too much difficulty. I did not think it would cause this many problems. I homeschool and my kids use the PC for school, so the sooner we can fix this the better.

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A:Installed new hard drive and now having major problems with computer

Here's what to do
Remove your old drive (just unplug it from the motherboard)
Run the below guide (whichever OS you have) but start by removing the Partition
Once Windows is fully installed, and drivers done, (Service Packs, and Antivirus installed as well)
Then plug the original drive back in

Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

* Warning deleting the Partition will remove all User data and Windows system files

Vista Repair:
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winvista/index.htm (index page)
http://vistahomepremium.windowsreinstall.com/repairstartup/repairstartup.htm (guide)

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the title sums it up. I installed AVG Free on a clients pc and the next day his computer rebooted and said "no hard drive was found on this computer".
Is it possible installing AVG destroyed his HD or is it just bad timing?

A:No hard drive found on this computer a day after I installed AVG Free

It is probably just a coincidence. Is the drive detected in BIOS? You can pull the drive and attach to another computer to confirm if it is truly dead. 

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At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers"

I did take out the hard drive and connected it to another computer using a sata to usb cable, but the drive was not recognized so I put the hard drive back.

Now when I am unable to boot up. It is a windows 7 64bit.

A:BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers

Please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions http://www.sevenforums.com/bsod-help-support/96879-blue-screen-death-bsod-posting-instructions.html. Upload the files here, this will tell you how. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/9733-screenshots-files-upload-post-seven-forums.html

Also, please give us a better explanation so we will understand what you did.

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I have a dell dimension 8200 windows xp home edition sp3. One of my hard drives has the fbi virus. I cant boot from a usb on it but the computer can have two hard drives plugged in at once. Could i plug the dirty hard drive in and scan and remove the virus from the clean one?.

A:Scanning dirty hard drive from clean hard drive in same computer

Hello, and Welcome
Detach the drive without the FBI virus. On another computer download Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Burn the iso to a CD. On a Windows 7 computer simply right click the iso and select Burn Disk Image. Connect the computer with the FBI virus via a Ethernet cable so Kaspersky can update it's definitions. Boot the disk and then open the terminal and type windowsunlocker (all lower case) shown in this guide. Then run the antivirus on the Kaspersky disk

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Hello, My Hard Drive has failed, I have purchased another one however I am having trouble getting a copy of window's 7 to re-install.  Does someone know what to do?  When I go to windows site it says my product key it says "The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options" can't find a download on the HP site...can't seem to find live chat anymore either? Help!

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics, AMD64 Family 22 Model 48 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3771 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) R5 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (442 GB Free); D: 465 GB (94 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 2B29
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I had my other computer show a blue screen. I purchased a refurbished computer. I received it yesterday. I downloaded and installed Firefox, updated flash, etc. then i remembered i had a game on my other computer i had won from Big Fish Games. (boy, am i dumb or what?) and there i go downloading and installing it. After about 15 minutes, my computer froze and then it would not unfreeze. I had to force it off, and tried to restart windows and it would not start windows. instead i received a message about F2. The message said Hard Disk Error and Boot Device not found and to install Operating System. i was very very upset and told my husband the computer was no good. my daughter sat down and restarted it and windows came on. She downloaded AVG and ran it. It did not find anything but she tried to delete Big Fish Games. I think there is leftover files of it and i would like to find a way to remove all of it. I do not think there is a virus but there could be i guess. can you help me? i promise no more downloading games if you will help me please. thank you very much in advance f... Read more

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I just purchased a new hard drive for my Dell Latitude C600 assuming that was the problem. But after inserting in my laptop I still keep getting the same message when I put my windows xp disk in. Windows starts the setup but gets to a point where it stops with the message: Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program. Setup cannot continue.

I do not have a manufacturer supplied dianostic or setup program. Is there anyway to go on the internet and download to a different computer and then run it on the Dell?

I am soooooooooooooo frustrated with this.

A:Solved: New Hard Drive but Set-up indicates it can't find any harddrive on computer

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I've had a major meltdown with my computer over the last week. Here's the series of events, maybe someone can help me.

I got a Spyware file last week, called logon.exe. When I attempt to delete it, the computer prompts that the program is in use and cannot be deleted. I attempted to start my computer in Safe Mode, and it did not work. This is where I make my first mistake. I set the computer to always start in safe mode using msconfig, only to cause a cycle in which the computer can never start up. Following the directions on this website, I change the BOOT.INI file name in DOS to BOOT.INI.BAK. This only causes my computer to prompt me with a warning at startup about a missing file. I make a disc image of a Windows XP startup CD-ROM and use it to boot and attempt to get into Windows System Recovery. I am successful, only to now find that my hard drive is no longer recognized, probably because it's a third party HD installed after my original died. I have read that I need to install RAID drivers from a floppy but I can't find them anywhere. I'm totally frustrated.

It's a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 250GB ATA/133 HDD. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful. I backed up my hard drive a few months back but would love to at least get the data off the computer. Thanks!

A:Computer Can't Find Hard Drive After Spyware Infection

To move data files from the system...remove the hard drive and temporarily attach it (directly, via USB, whatever) to a known good, well-defended system...and move the data files.

You will not be able to move programs or settings.

The necessity to install RAID drivers...only applies if the system is set up in a RAID...or the SATA drivers are the RAID drivers or included in same...and you are trying to install XP on a SATA drive. If any of those conditions are not met, there's no point in worrying about SATA drivers.

I don't use SR, but others here can help you with that.

FWIW: The hard drive you mention, Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 250GB ATA/133 HDD, is not a SATA drive, would not use SATA drivers.

I suggest going into the system BIOS...and determining if the hard drive is properly reflected.

If you are saying that your hard drive is not reflected when you access the Recovery Console...that could mean hard drive problems.


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Not sure where to post so I put it here since I run vista sp2.

I was trying to get some files off this computer to put somewhere else (old, slow laptop) and randomly in the middle of what I was doing the computer FADED to black then restated itself. However, it wouldn't get past the Compaq screen and just restarts after the first screen. I opened bios and think the problem is that it is not recognizig my hard drive. I believe this as I have messed with bios for various computers (running iso of CDs) and do not see any additional value under ....hard disk. Further, when I try to run a scan for errors it tells me no IDE found or something if the sort. Please, I would appreciate help.

A:Computer restart loop, doesn't find hard drive?

Hi maz640 and Welcome to TSF,

If the harddrive isn't found in BIOS it's either because BIOS is corrupt or your harddrive is actually failing. You could boot into the Windows installation to confirm that it isn't shown in the "Choose a volume to install.."-view.

You should detach the HDD from your laptop and put it into another PC, and see if the drive is visible in there. If so copy any sensitive data and reformat the drive (full format) from that PC, and reattach it to the Laptop.

Depending ont he results you'll know what is at fault.

If the HDD works in another PC: It's either a software fault or the connectors/motherboard/chipset.
If the HDD doesn't work in another PC: The disk is broke.

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Hi, can someone please help me?
After leaving my com for around 3 days i opened up mutiple programs and in the mean time was unrar-ing a file, in the middle of the process my computer freezed and i had to manual press the reset button on the computer, after i restart windows XP when to a grey progress bar something like scandisk i guessed but i am not sure since it has no writing and i naver seen it b4 on XP, but it got stuck so i pressed restart again, this time it went to the grey progress bar too and then start to load windows up normally but then u took ages and nothing was moving so i restarted my computer once more in the middle of loading and then my bios just got stuck at decting my drive, so i restarted it and then same thing happens so i waited this time and after around 5 mins or so there was none dected and the message "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" F1 to continue I pressed F1 and it loads up my on board network and restarts the computer after a few times it no longer shows "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" just a 5 min wait and said none detected and restarts the computer, with out letting me boot with cd or a drive. and the hard drive can be detected. when i took my harddrive off it would let me boot with cd / a drive without it auto restarting.

my hard drive is SATA Barracuda 7200.7 200 Gbytes model ST3200822AS
my mother board is MSI K8N Neo2 Ms-7025 (v1.X) ATX Mainboard
NVIDIA nForce 3 Ultra Chipset
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A:Bios cant find hard drive SATA after computer crash

Could you clear up a couple of things. Your title implies that BIOS does not see the SATA drive, but later you say it can be detected (typo?). Is the SATA drive plugged into the motherboard or into a connector card? You reset CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Your system may have crashed for a reason. If the drive is not detected in BIOS and connections and cables are OK it could be the drive.

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Help!!! my screen is red with a warning that says spyware detected. it has become my desktop picture. Now when i go to my computer some folders are missing such as my harddrive. What's more i cant install anti spyware programs now, i dont know why. Probably because the application that runs them has dissappeared. Now i when i access folders a popup comes out saying something like virus detected would you like to download anti spyware? if i press ok or no it directs me to a site that has been blocked for my safety by avg which i used to have. The avg seems not to work now. When i try to open it the computer asks me to choose a program to open it with! What do i do?? HELP!!!!!

A:Help! Infected with some kind of virus now i cant find my hard drive on my computer!

Please do not create multiple threads for the same problem! Read >>Posting help read first<< if you feel you are not getting help.

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We have a client (we think?) whose computer has gotten lost in the shop for about a month. Upon discovering it buried under a mess of boxes in the corner, we've been trying to determine who it belongs to and what they wanted us to do with it. But there's no name, no work ticket, and the computer is not in our Commit software.

The computer does not boot (we suspect the motherboard has failed), so I've pulled the computer's hard drive to see if I could glean any clue as to who owned it from its files. All that is on the hard drive is what looks to be a clean installation of Win2k, and a user name "Mike Higgens." We have no record of any person by that name in our files. Short of looking up and calling every Mike Higgens in the phone book, are there other places I might look on this hard drive to determine where this computer came from?

A:User info on a Win2k hard drive or: how do you find out where a computer came from?

Any PST files for Outlook, any thing in the Documents folder, any DBX files for outlook express, try any restore program on the drive and see if anything turns up.


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I have just installed a new hard drive. (Maxtor STM3160815AS 160GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache) The OS detected the new drive on start up but it wasn't displayed in My Computer. In Device Manager drive was displayed and it says that the drive is working correctly. I installed the drive in the second SATA port of four as the first already had a drive plugged into it.

I did notice that one of my optical drives also disappeared. I tried unplugging its power supply but this didn't help the hard drive problem.

Any idea what I should do? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
(Windows XP Pro SP2)

A:Solved: Installed hard drive not detected in My Computer but seen in Device manager.

Is it partitioned, formatted, have a drive letter?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

Is the CD-ROM in Device Manager and working properly?

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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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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?

A:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.

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A:Can I add additional hard drive to my yoga 20CDCTO1WW? My installed SSD drive is too small (duh).

How to find out if the Thinkpad S1 Yoga has an additional SSD slot?

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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

A:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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Hey guys,

I have a HP Touchsmart IQ500. Turning my computer PC on today, all I got was a blue HP invent screen with setup, boot menu, system recovery, and system diagnosis, and I could not get past it.

I entered the BIOS and figured out that the hard drive was listed as "not installed." Pretty sure that is the main problem.

I tried a system restore (with the Windows 7 install disc), but I guess the computer couldn't read the hard drive enough to enter safe mode (I tried restarting and F8ing several times).

I put in an external hard drive, and the BIOS read it; however, windows does not allow you to partition an OS on a hard drive.

I am all out of ideas; I'm currently taking apart the computer (touchsmarts are hard to pry open), but I have no clue about computers so I'm hoping one of you guys can help.

Thanks in advance!

A:Computer Not Booting Hard Drive/Unresponsive Hard Drive

It should be under warranty...probably too late but taking it apart will most likely void the warranty.....sounds like a dead hard drive/loose cable

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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

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

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

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

A:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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