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Hard Drive not recognizing Mouse, Keyboard, or USB

Q: Hard Drive not recognizing Mouse, Keyboard, or USB

One day while using my computer i noticed my mouse stopped working which is plugged into my USB port. After investigating i realized my USB ports were giving power but my computer was not recognizing them. My keyboard still worked since it was plugged in the old Keyboard input however when i went to get an old mouse to plug in the mouse input it still wouldn't recognize it. My Control panel wouldn't open the "Mouse" menu either. After awhile i went back to try my computer and noticed now the Keyboard wont even work. Thinking it was a port issue i took my extra computer and just plugged the hard drive into the extra one and now i have the same problem so I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with my hard drive. I have no idea what to do since i cant log in or anything. Please Help.

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A: Hard Drive not recognizing Mouse, Keyboard, or USB

Never connect or disconnect mice and keyboards that have the round PS/2 connectors without first turning off the computer.

Have a local friend who knows about computers take a look at it.

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I have Windows 7 installed on my new computer, but my firewire audio card and also some software wouldn't work properly with it, so I put my old hard drive with Windows XP installed on it into my new computer.

I can boot up Windows XP from the second hard drive at the bios screen bit, but when it gets to the log in screen, the mouse and keyboard will not respond. I have tried multiple mice and keyboards including the old school style non-USB keyboard. The keyboard works fine to press F12 to get into the boot menu etc but then just stops working completely when XP is loaded. I assume its some kind of driver issue or something like that but I'm pretty useless with computers and I have no idea how I can get my mouse and keyboard to respond in XP

Please if anyone knows how let me know, thanks!!


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I was thinking about maybe if I copy and pasted all the drivers from my C: windows folder into the windows folder on my D: drive (old hard drive). Maybe this would let my mouse and keyboard work? I'm a bit worried though it seems like the kind of thing I do that seems like a logical idea but actually screws up my PC

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My computer out of the blue one day on start up didnt recognize my mouse or keyboard. I tried plugging the keyboard and mouse out restarting my computer a bunch of times and i can't do anything in the bios because my peripherals don't work. I plugged in my mouse and keyboard into another computer and they worked fine. I would really appreciate it if anyone could help.

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I couldn't quite find a forum that was a good match for my question, so I went with General. Hope I'm in the right place.

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP-1.

There is a cloning program that I use and really like called EZ Gig IV. It's made by Apricorn. I know there are a million free programs out there, and I've tried a lot of them, but this one is so simple, and really meets my needs. So.. would appreciate avoiding recommendations to change programs. Thanks.

They just updated their software version with some bug fixes and enhancements, and now their Boot CD no longer recognizes my USB keyboard or mouse. I've even tried swapping them with other brands. Oddly, it works fine on my wife's PC. Slightly different model computer, but same HP and OS.

Their last version of Boot CD worked fine. Also, their updated program works fine within Windows. It's just the updated Boot CD v4.3.5

EZ Gig allows free downloads of their Boot CD if 2 forms: 1) A bootable file (made once the program is running in Windows) 2) an ISO file. I've tried both with same issue. Here's the link: http://www.apricorn.com/products/software/ezgig.html

I spoke with their Tech Support and was told there is nothing that can be done. Perhaps true.

I have no experience in this area, but am hoping there is a way to use their ISO file and somehow combine it with a Windows 7 file that would provide the drivers, or whatever is missing, and make the thing see my keyboard and mouse. I've heard some things about W... Read more

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If you want to go with the WinPE option, here is one of the easier video tutorials.


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I reinstalled my windows xp onto a new hard drive. It will recognize my keyboard and mouse, but when I plug my dell keyboard and my logitech wirless mouse into the usb ports it will not recognize them and come to the hardware update wizard. Also if I switch the mouse and keyboard that does work to a different USB port they will stop working. Im not to sure if it is the USB driver its self that is not working or something else.

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Well, my computer must have been infected because my keyboard and mouse turn on while in BIOS(Forgot my password like an idiot!). I can't get into my Windows 7 PC because I can't enter my password...
eMachines computer T6520
2 or 4 GB of RAM
The original processor(AMD Athlon I think)
WD Caviar Green 1.0TB 32MB cache SATA HDD
Logitech k310 Washable Keyboard USB
Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 USB mouse
I don't even know what motherboard it is.
****End of specs****

A:USB Mouse and Keyboard is not recognizing when starting.

Hi FNCPro,
I think I understand your topic but are you asking for help to retrieve your password or what specifically ?

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My Seaget external hard drive sometimes starts up at random and the keyboard and mouse become either completely or intermittemtly inoperable for a while - maybe 15/20 seconds. Is there a Setup setting I can invoke to prevent this? Seems to me the PC should hace commend of all funcrions.

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Hello I am posting this because I have looked all around the Internet for a solution to no avail. I had recently updated my desktop to Windows 10 from Windows 8 and when it asks me to log into my profile I can no longer use the mouse or keyboard. My computer is now nothing more than a $600 doorstop. How do I fix this?

A:Windows 10 Desktop not recognizing Mouse and Keyboard

@HPGamer280?, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.  Also, what is the model of the mouse and keyboard?

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Received the Thunderbolt 3 dock today, though the display works fine, the dock/laptop won't recognize any external USB devices such as mouse. keyboard, webcam, etc. I tried installing the latest drivers to no avail, from: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/acc100356 Anyone else havign this issue?  

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I purchased a Sabrent 3.5 IDE external drive case so I can put in a Western Digital 500gb PATA drive. When we plug it into the USB port, it starts to recognize the drive and Windows 7 says that it is installing the driver and then we get the message driver installed failed. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make this recognized?

The manufactures website says the drive is recognized up to a 3tb and supports Standard Desktop 3.5″ IDE/PATA Desktop Hard Drives. It is a model ECS-U35K


Paul DiModica

A:External Drive case not recognizing hard drive

Hello dimodical,

Try opening up Disk Management with the external drive connected. See if Disk Management see the drive or not. If it sees the drive right click on the drive and try to initialize\format the drive.

Hope this helps

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Windows 7 doesn't seem to recognize my hard drive during installation. The hard drive, along with the computer, are brand new.

In my bios it says:

IDE Channel 1 Slave [WDC WD5000AAKS-00V1A]

The hard drive is a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue and the motherboard is a Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H.

A:Not Recognizing Hard Drive


Try my post http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...-problems.html. See if anything there helps.


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I plugged it in on the same cable as my original HD and set the pin in the "cable select" spot and the computer is recognizing my HD, but I don't know how to create a drive letter for it. I can't see it under "my computer" but I can see it under "devise manager" and it is working properly. Please let me knopw what to do in order to get this drive functioning like my c: drive. Thanks!

(I am running windows XP pro)


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my computer isnt recognizing the 2nd hard drive . i know its good cause the bios is seeing it but its not showing up in my computer. it was working fine i took it out to put a cooling fan on it and now its not showing up. any ideas. im running windows xp sp2

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If this has been covered already, I apologise for the double posting and not seeing the thread.

We have a Desktop
AMD Athlon XP 2600+
2.08 GHZ
with a WD800 Caviar HDD
Windows XP

This contains two partitions on the hard drive. With 5 removable drive entries, some actual, some mounted. This machine is used at an internet cafe/LAN game type environment.

The main problem is this:

I'm trying to access a second hard drive, a Seagate Barricuda 7200

I plugged Mr. Seagate into the desktop as a slave (i checked jumpers twice).

They are both IDE HDD.

However when booting up normally, when I try to find that drive, it doesn't show up. Here's where it gets kinda weird, or maybe I think it is:

Under devicemanager, it sees two hard drives. The WD and the Seagate. When I access the properties of Seagate and then click the tab "volumes" and click "populate" all the info relevant comes up, EXCEPT a volume name. Under the volume "table" at the bottom, a hard drive appears with it's capacity. However there's no volume name given to it, nor when I click "properties" do anything come up.

As i've been told BIOS sees the second drive no problem.

When I tried running it as a master without the main XP drive, refused to boot. I gives the option to boot normally or safe mode. Neither works, just restarts itself.

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On the boot up, my RAID screen shows that it identifies both hard drives. But after getting into windows, it doesn't show my non-boot hard drive only the boot drive. There are even 2 etries under the Hardware profiles of 2 hard drives, and it says both are working properly.

What do I need to do to get windows to recognize my other hard drive? I'm running 2k.


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Adding a second 120 gig hard drive is not recognized by Windows XP Home edition. BIOS sees it as a Pimary IDE slave but it does not have a Letter assigned. Disk management doesn't see it either. Using only the new drive as a Primary allowed me to format and load Window 2000 on the second disk. WIth W2K, I can add the old primary to the system but alas W2k doesn't have the drivers I need for a few of the motherboard items include the ethernet port (thus making it hard to obtain new drivers).

How can I get Windows XP Home to recognize the slave drive. Both primary and slave drive are Segate 120 Gig drives (ST3120022A).

A:XP not recognizing 2nd hard drive

Have you checked to see if the jumpers are set correctly on the back of the hard drive? Make sure it's set up to be Slave. Also, your going to need to format your new hard drive before using it.

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I'm back home from college, but instead of dragging my entire computer home, I took out my C drive and brought it back to use on the computer at home. However, when making it into a slave drive and plugging it in, the computer doesn't even recognize it. The computer seems to have an endless hourglass set as the mouse, but nothing freezes. It's like the computer is trying to read it, but can't.

Any tips or ideas that can help me?

A:PC not recognizing new hard drive.

Make sure your main HDD with your OS on it is connected to the 1st IDE or SATA port on your mobo and your slave either to the secondary port or secondary IDE cable connection and try setting it to CS (cable select) instead of slave.

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I recently bought a 20 GB Maxtor hard rive to replace my old 2.4 GB hard drive on my 200 MHz Athlon processor computer. I tried to install the hard drive and the computer never recognizes the drive! I've hooked it up as primary and slave on both of my cables and still once I go into windows 98, the hard drive is not recognized on the "My Computer" window. What do I need to do to get this drive installed? I was going to replace the 2.4 GB with the new 20 GB drive because I am out of bays so I have to somehow get the thing to work. I apologize for the babbling but I just cannot seem to get the darn thing to work. Any help would be appreciated! Besides, if worse comes to worse I could always pay to have it professionally done, at an outrageous rate I'm sure

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I have just installed a second hard drive in my P.C. It is a Seagate Barracuta ATA III - 20 Gb. The problem is that the Plug & Play is not detecting the new hardware. According to the hard drives specs if you want this drive to be your slave there is no need to place any jumpers. The ribbon cable is on correctly pin 1, and the molex connecter seems to be on correctly. I have tested the power of the molex connector with a multimeter and it seems like there is power. I am pretty sure that my system including my BIOS is all PnP compatible. I think the problem may lie within the BIOS and it's settings. There is no indication that the BIOS picks up the new hardware when the P.C. is rebooted. Is there a way to enable the PnP or the IDE......


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Hello Im new here and i was hoping i can get some answers here.
Ive recently built my own computer but when installing Vista, its not recognizing my hard drive which is not allowing me to install.

Comp specs:
Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz 3MB LGA775 BOX
Graphic Card: GF9600GT-E512HW/HD/GE

Mother Board is currently recognizing my Hard drive

I have reconfigured my Bios settings for to (Enable) Sata Port0-3 Native Mode
Onboard Sata/IDE Ctrl Mode: IDE

Does anyone have any advice on how i can get vista to recognize my Hard drive, any help would be appreciated.

A:Vista is not recognizing my Hard Drive

If the hard drive is detected in the BIOS than the hard drive is recognized. There is more info required to help you.

1. Are you trying to install vista on it? (sounds like you are)
2. What is the error message on the computer?
3. Are you booting directly to the dvd drive?
4. Is the Vista disk a genuine copy of is it a burned copy?

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My Desktop worked fine until couple of days back.

I moved to my new place and once there I tried to get my system up and running and BIOS does not recognize my Hard Drive or DVD ROM.

So, thinking may be IDE port got damaged during moving the system, I used my SATA hard drive which had Windows server in it and booted the system. Surprisingly, although BIOS does not recognize the DVD ROM drive, I was able to use it once I was in.

How do I make the system recognize my IDE Hard drive and DVD ROM in BIOS. How is it that I can use it but BIOS does not recognize it!!

Any help would be appreciated.

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My Aopen AX-33 motherboard will not detect my new Western Digital WD800JB hard drive unless it is the only hard drive in the computer. I've tried every possible ide configuration that leaves the old hard drive, that has windows on it, at primary master, and none of them work. The only way the computer will recognize the new hard drive is if the old one's removed. Help.

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I need help. I've gone through as much as I can.

I have a Western Digital External Hard Drive. It is not being recognized in My Computer. I've gone to Disk Management and I see it there as Disk 1-cant change drive letter. Its asking to be initialized but of course will not initialize. And because it wont initialize , there is no partition.

I have tried using data recovery software to see if I could recovery my data at least so I can transfer it to my computer but of course there isn't a drive letter for me to do that (or maybe I have been using the wrong program-Recuvam, TestDisk, and Asoftech). I figured I could recover the data and reformat it someway but I'm stuck.

I have a Windows 7 computer. Also my western digital external hard drive is showing up in the device manager and even in my devices. So I feel like my computer must recognize it in some type of way.

Is there anything anyone can help me do?

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I just got a new hard drive, and I was planning on installing Vista on it. It's a Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA HDD. My computer only has IDE, so I'm using a converter/"vertical bridge" with the hard drive. Vista can't detect any hard drive during the install and asks for a driver.

I'm not sure if the drive is dead, or if there is a problem with Vista. The page on the Western Digital website says "perfect for Vista" and "Works with Windows Vista." I took it to another computer place after I couldn't get it to install, and they said all the connections are correct.

I heard it's not formatted because it's OEM. Fdisk says "no fixed drives" (or something like that) when I run it. I also tried Data Lifeguard Tools from the WD website, and that didn't detect the drive either.

So, is there a driver that I can download that will work? Or is my drive just dead on arrival?(how can I be sure?)

A:Vista is not recognizing hard drive

Hi omglol741,
Before any version of Windows will see a hard drive, the hard drive must be seen (and seen correctly) by the computer's BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Make sure the hard drive is seen correctly in the BIOS. If it is not might want to change the jumper on the hard drive. Try setting the drive to Master or take the jumper out all together. If this drive is a slave drive then change the jumper to slave.
Hope this helps.

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I added an external hard drive to my laptop, but I can't find it in My Computer or Windows Explorer. I already formatted it as NTFS using Computer Management, and everything is ok with it according to Device Manager, but if I can't get it to show up anywhere then it's pretty useless. I CAN get to the drive just by typing in "J:" in the address bar, but that's the only way, and it's pretty annoying. When I'm asked where I want to download something, I don't even have the option of selecting the new drive. If you need my pc specs, it's 2.6 GHz WinXP, and the HDD is 160Gb Western Digital.

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Hello, new here so bear with me please. I am trying to reinstall Windows Xtra-Poopy on my Inspiron and when I boot to my CD and tell it to install windows, I get an error message telling me that windows cannot detect my hard drive. I've run the Dell Diagnostics that was on the system and it says it failed the read test but that was it. Now I am writing in this forum on the computer that this error is being returned to me on, so apparently it has an operational hard drive and i can boot to the OS and surf the net.

I am truly stumped on this one. The only other time i have seen this message is when i tried to install window on a desktop i built from scratch and had used a hard drive i had lying around that i forgot was BURNT to a crisp. That one wouldnt do anything except spin in the casing.

Please help me...

Oh here are my specs:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3061 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 220874 MB, Free - 209337 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0U990C, , .1PZLYG1.CN7016692P01D5.
Antivirus: CA Anti-Virus Plus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:system not recognizing hard drive

Have you run disk error check? If not tick both boxes and reboot; it'll take an hour or so.

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Hi I recently bought a motherboard memory and processor bundle.

I also bought a hard drive which has 15000 RPM. Only when I received it its not SATA or SCSI but SAS harddrive

Supplied by Misco. Manufacturer is Fugitsu but Toshiba has now taken over that part of their business.

Model MBA3300RC
Can't post a link to the hard drive but google the model and it will come up.

I have then gone to much trouble to source a cable which is a SATA to SAS.
I then connected it to the mother board but the motherboard doesn't recognise it for love or money.

I know the mother board is fine because I tested it with another hard drive.

Do regular PC motherboards capable of supporting SAS hard drives?

Its an ASROCK Motherboard Model H61M-S

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Hi hi,
This doesn't seem to me to be particularly a ubuntu or windows problem, though i made the problem through windows. so I'll post it here and on a Ubuntu forum and cross my fingers someone will be able to help.


My computer had too many failed OSs and partitions on it, and I got a free windows 7 upgrade CD from Dell, so I decided to nuke it and start fresh.

I put the CD in, there was the simple upgrade button, didn't want that, went to the other option because i wanted to erase everything and start again.
The next screen was a list of partitions.
I deleted all partitions except the BIOS in the end. And popped windows 7 on, but it was only reading 300 GB.
Windows just says: Local disk: 297, no mention of other partitions under "Disk Management", when there was blank space or linux partitions in the past it read them.

I was hoping all this would be solved when I tried to install Ubuntu Lucid, but it's only reading the 297GB as well. Because of this I assume Gparted will have the same problem and there's no point consulting it.

If I did something wrong there's no problem with starting everything over again, all i've installed is firefox. But is there anything I can do, and will starting again even help?

Thanks for any help in advance

A:Not recognizing all the hard drive - 300 of 500 GB showing

You need to do a full clean of your HD.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Internal hard drive keeps disappearing
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit For some reason my secondary internal drive, a Samsung HD203 WI drive (2Tera), keeps disappearing randomly while windows is running.

The drive comes back fine and dandy if I completely shut down the machine and then boot it back up. The drive stays until some random moment when Windows doesn't see it anymore. Now, if I do a simple Restart the drive doesn't show up, ONLY after I shut down completely, and push the power button back on, does this work. There is nothing in the System logs, no error messages, nothing, it just vanishes and is completely random.

I've checked the hard drive with windows and other programs and it never reports any problems, the BIOS detects no problems, even Windows recognizes it for a while, then nothing. I read and old post about a year ago and the OP was told to update the drivers. Ok, I went into Management tools and have click on every single item to update the driver. All has come back that the Drivers are up to date.
Things I have checked and done thus far:
1. Checked energy cables, Mother board ATA connection cables.
2. Went into Disk management changed path and letter of the drive.
3. Downloaded SeaTools and scanned the drives (no error found)
4. Change the port for the ATA cable
5. Just now I disconnected my second DVD drive to see what happens
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A:Windows 7 not recognizing second hard drive

I went through the hot fixes also with a TB in size HD I have. Finally since I just built a new system, I thought I'd try it in the external docking port. Lo and behold it was recognized. The joy was short lived though as after about the 3d time of this it made loud clunking noises and just completely died. I am glad I got the few files off of it I truly wanted.

This is a long way of saying just because various tests say a drive is good does not mean it's not on its last gasp.

My drive was a Samsung SJ103 which had great reviews initially but then I think was found to have "issues". It was the newest and largest and even most infrequently used of my drives which is the head-scratcher.

Not sure which hot fixes you've tried but google around and you will see something about certain drives not spinning up fast enough when the computers been in hibernation... worth checking into perhaps.

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I am trying to reinstall the hard drive on an AST Advantage Pro 486SX/25 Model 178. It has a Maxtor Model 7540Av (540mb) hard drive. It was removed for a couple of years.When reinstalled the error messages are as follow: Hard disk adapter cannot be accessed. Run system setup to check its configuration.If problem continues try its cable connections.
Other error message : The computer cannot identify your hard disk. Run setup and enter information manualy.
I have downloaded info on the hard drive and tried to run system setup with auto detect and by filling in the perameters with the same result.It had windows 3.1 and windows 95 loaded on it.
Any suggestions????

A:{RESOLVED}486 not recognizing hard drive

Use a Win98 Startup disk and fdisk the drive.
Then format it.

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Hi guys!
My girlfriend has a PC which I bought her a couple of years ago, it's a relatively basic (but more than adequate) system. It's used perhaps once or twice a month, usually for simple tasks such as photos, internet browsing etc.

A couple of weeks ago, with Windows 8.1 installed, she tried to turn the PC on (with no changes made from a perfectly working PC) to be asked to 'Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device.'

Now, Googling told me to go into BIOS and ensure that it was still booting from the C: drive, but it was no longer there. Long story short, I concluded that the drive had died and therefore upgraded the 500GB SATA that was in there to a new Kingston SSD drive and I also upgraded to Windows 10.

At first, the Kingston SSD drive worked flawlessly, however I then get another phone call, the error is back again. I head round to fix it, and you guessed it, the drive isn't showing in BIOS.

After a few reboots, trying every setting I could in BIOS it works again, and it shows up again aswell, all is fine.

Next day, same problem, but this time it wants to work even less. I try swapping the SATA ports, the SATA and power cable, just about everything I can think of and eventually it shows up. I told her to leave the computer on in the hope that the error doesn't come back, but sure enough in the middle of the night last night she woke up to the dreaded black screen once again.

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A:BIOS Not Always Recognizing Hard Drive

Really need more information, ie motherboard make and model, please fill in your system spec's.
Have you tried updating the BIOS to the latest one available. Or resetting BIOS to defaults. How old is the motherboard.
Possible cause -MB failing. How many drives are in the machine, if you have more than one is that recognised.

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I have a WD external hard drive. Everything was working fine previously, but when i plugged it in today it is not recognized on any of my computers. I have tried two desktops and one lap top. Has anyone else had this issue? If so, can i please get some guidance.

Thank you

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My friend has a Dell Inspiron 531s with Windows Vista. She has a 500 GB Maxtor Personal storage 3200 external hard drive. The computer is now not recognizing this external hard drive. The device manager shows a yellow explanation point next to the USB driver. She called dell and they told her the driver to install, which she did. Unfortunately this did not work and now she seems to have two drivers connected to this usb port if that is possible. I have her checking if this external works in another computer. Any ideas on the possible problems. Could the external be broken in some way or could it be the driver is the issue. Appreciate the help.

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Uninstall all drivers that are related to the harddrive. If you have two drivers then these are more than likely conflicting.

Once uninstalled, try reinstalling the drivers that dell advised you to.

If it works in a different PC, i assume it is connecting via USB Cable, try a different USB Device in the USB slot to make sure it is working. Try different ports aswell.

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I am not sure if this is hardware or software issue.
One of my USB drive is not recognizing my Western Digital external hard drive.
I have to plug the external drive cable into the other side of my laptop in the combination SATA/USB socket.
The USB drive in question works with other things like headphones.
For example--today I plugged the drive cable into the uncooperative socket. The Unlocker for the WD drive showed briefly. Since the WD external drive is password protected and Unlocked drive opens first, asks for the password, then the file drive will open.  I put in the password into the Unlocker drive.  The Unlocker drive disappeared but the file drive, which should appear afterward failed to appear.  There was nothing in Windows Explorer on the left file tree showing the WD drive was even present, although it was plugged in.
Then I plugged the WD external drive cable into the other socket and it worked normally.
Suggestions for fixing this appreciated. 
Win 7 Pro 64-bit
Sony Vaio
Dual Boot configuration with Linux on the other partition.
The internal HDD has 500 GB total split between the two OS's.
RAM - 6 GB
CPU - Intel Core i7 Q740 1.73 GHz
Let me know if anymore specs are needed.

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I have had this iomega 500gb external hardrive for about 11 months and it has been working fine, until two days before it was fell down from 1 feet. After that my computer cant find the hard drive now. There is a blue light indicating that the hard drive has power running to it (it has a separate power source to the computer) but there is no blinking light which usually comes on when the computer is reading it. I have made sure all the cables are in properly but the hard drive can't be found in either my computer or device manager. I tried the hard drive on another computer but same problem.
How to recover the data and make the drive in operating condition.?
I'm using windows XP SP3 ([email protected])

A:iomega external Hard drive is not recognizing

There are various softwares which can recover data, but the prerequisite for all of them is that the PC is able to detect the drive. That being the case, all I can suggest is to send it to a data recovery service, but that is mega expensive.

Important & irreplaceable data should never be stored on only one hard drive. I have four external drives, each one storing the same data.

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I purchased a Digital Research External USB 2.0 320 GB Hardrive and my computer simply isn't recognizing it. I have tried installing it several times - with the computer turned on and off. Tried through the Install Hardware Wizard, and all the troubleshooters. I have tried all the different USB ports on my computer to see if that would make a difference, but no luck. It is simply not being recognized. My ports are USB 1.1., but I believe they are backward compatible. My puter is Pentium IV. Any suggestions?

A:Computer not recognizing my External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

isn't simply recognizing.. how do you know it?

-does it give you that two tone beep like when you plug in a USB device?
-do you see the "Safely remove Hardware" icon on your taskbar?
-can you see it under My computer, or a blank space between two icons?
-can you see it when going to Disk management?
>right click the My computer Icon
>select Disk Management
>scroll down
-what service pack are you running and have you got all available windows updates?

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I have been using my Wester Digital 1TB 'Passport' for around 1 year now. I have around 700 GB of data on there, and I have recently ran into some problems with it. When I plug it into my Dell computer runnign Windows 7, it makes the beeping sound that it was plugged in correctly. Once you hear the beep, nothing else happens. There is no othe rnotifications that come up, and it does not show up under My Computer. I have tried assigning the drive a new letter in disk Management, and that doesnt seem to do the trick either. There is a light on the passport that usually always blinks while plugged in, now when I plug the drive in the light no longer blinks, and just constantly stays on.

I really appreciate eveyones help on this matter. Thank you for your time.


A:External Hard Drive WD 'Passport' not recognizing.

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i have portable usb 500gb hard disk drive..i'm using win xp sp3..till one week ago the hard disk was working fine..then from no reason when i plugged it in the windows found the new hardware but didn't recognize it as a hard disk and wanted the drivers for it..and this hard drive doesn't need drivers..my other 2gb usb disc and mp3 players work fine when i connect them in the usb..i tried reinstalling windows,reinstalling usb drivers, changeing the usb kabel and nothing works..
when i plug in the hard drive in other computers it works just fine..like it worked on mine before
now i really don't know what to do..

A:Win XP not recognizing portable usb 500gb hard drive


USB devices such as pendrives, flash sticks and external drives all use pretty much the same technology, as such they can and do go bad...if its wanting the drivers for it then chances are the small board inside the unit has gone bad...there is no cure for it as far as i know

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I recently had a new hard drive installed. I started getting a notice on every reboot that "the AC power adapter is not recognized and it could impair system performance". I hit F3 to not see the notice again. I haven't noticed much, except that today the screen completely froze once and I had to do a hard reboot. Should I be looking into buying a new power adapter?

A:Hard Drive not recognizing Power adaptor?

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hello all,
I installed a second hard drive on my computer for my excess music, video, and text programs that i didnt have room for on my first hard drive. my question is, if i format my first hard drive and reinstall windows 98, will it still recognize my second hard drive and be able to read the files on it? they're both maxtor hard drives. thanks.

A:[Solved] formatting one hard drive, recognizing another

As long as you don't reformat the second drive, you will be OK.

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I put in a 250 gb hard drive and my computer tells me I have 127 gb total. How can I get my computer to recognize it all? THANKS in advance for any and all help!

A:Computer not recognizing all space on hard drive

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I have windows 7 64 bit and I'm trying to copy data from my old desktop which won't boot up anymore to my laptop. It is a 3.5 inch sata hard drive which I connected to a usb external hard drive dock. But when I plug it in windows just doesn't recognize it and it doesn't appear in windows explorer. When I go into disk management it recognizes it but says it is not initialized and asks me if I want to initialize it. I'm reluctant to do this as I'm not sure if it will wipe the drive. Any ideas on how I can view my files?
It is a 300GB drive split into 3 NTFS partitions which has both windows xp and windows 7 installed on it. (I'm not sure if that makes any difference.)

A:Windows 7 not recognizing external hard drive

I think it can be initialized without losing anything. Windows apparently can't read the drive's signature and if you initialize it it'll write a new signature to the boot record.

The first thing I think I would do if I needed data on the drive is use a bootable Linux CD/DVD to see if it can read/copy the files off of it:

Put Lucid Puppy on USB Flash Drive from Windows | USB Pen Drive Linux

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I just completed building my own PC from scratch. I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate OS 64 bit. The Bios is recognizing my western digital Hard drive, but once Windows 7 tries to install it is not recognizing my Hard drive. It is asking me to install the driver for the hard drive. Is there some other setting I should be changing in the Bios to have the OS recognize my hard drive. What exactly is Raid and AHCI Sata Mode and should this be set to default. The Motherboard comes with a driver CD, but it says to install and OS 1st. Help ASAP would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Windows 7 Install is not recognizing the hard drive!

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I have a Toshiba Satellite c55-a5242 Laptop running Windows 8. I had an Asus A53U laptop running well a while back until it was dropped and the hard drive crapped out. I have been attempting to view the state of the new hard drive (Western Digital Blue 750GB LCPX) and possibly install Windows 7 back onto this new drive via my Toshiba. Using a hard drive caddy, nothing appears on My Computer, nor Computer/Disk Management. The hard drive spins up and sounds like it is operating w/o any strange noises, but I can't seem to find it located on my computer as being connected to my laptop. Please help, any suggestions are welcome.

A:Windows not recognizing External Hard Drive

Try this: Press [Winkey][R], type in diskmgmt.msc and press [Enter]. Scroll down and find the new drive, right-click it and create a partition, then format the partition.

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I just got a 1TB My Book Edition 2 WD external hard drive and when I plug it into my computer vista won't recognize it. I know the hard drive works as I tried it on another computer running XP. Does anybody know how to fix this problem? Thanks in advance for any help.

BTW. I have a 250GB Lacie hooked up and it works fine.

A:Vista not recognizing external WD Hard Drive.


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My computer was working fine couple of days ago until it froze up when i was playing a game. I tried to quit the game but next thing i know my whole computer froze up. So i had to forcefully restart my computer. When i tried to restart my computer, it give an error message: windows can't start and shuts down. So i tried to re-install my Window 7(64-bit) operating system. After booting from the window disk, it started the setup but it will not recognize my hard drive any more. I went into BIOS to see if my hard drive is getting recognized and yes it was. It is set to ATA/IDE Mode: Native and CHipset-SATA Mode: AHCI(and Yes i did tried setting it to IDE or Raid but nothing worked) and then i can see my hard drive listed there in SATA Port 0. I searched some forums and tried using diskpart solution to clean my hard drive completely by using shift-F10 command, but when i write "list disk" it says in diskpart "There are no fixed disks to show". I tried to change the cables connecting my hard drive to motherboard and the power cable but nothing works. Please if anyone can help me solve this problem it would be great.

P.S when the computer is on, the hard drive vibrates(as in something is circling inside) so i am guessing it is running so it is receiving power properely.

A:Window 7 setup is not recognizing my hard drive

Did you know you can repair Win7 using System Recovery Options if it won't boot?

I'd first test your HD using maker's HD Diagnostic diagnostics/repair extended CD scan,
followed by Disk Check run from Recovery options Command line.

Now boot into Recovery options to run Startup Repair repeatedly to see if WIn7 will start.

Startup Repair should automate System Restore and System File checker, but if not run them manuall from the Options links for SysRestore and Command Line: SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot

If this fails you can copy out your files using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Then reset the BIOS to optimal defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, boot Install DVD to try install to wiped HD, allowing installer to create and format the partition by clicking Next.

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