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Hard drive recognise as a internal drive.

Q: Hard drive recognise as a internal drive.

i recently bought a 240 Gb external hard drive which when connected to window 7 32 bit installed on my machine show as an internal drive than an external drive. Since it recognize it as internal drive there is no option to safely remove it thus i have to shutdown the system every time when i want to remove it in order to save it from possible crash.
Any solutions?
Thanks in advance !

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A: Hard drive recognise as a internal drive.

Quote: Originally Posted by buntypat

i recently bought a 240 Gb external hard drive which when connected to window 7 32 bit installed on my machine show as an internal drive than an external drive. Since it recognize it as internal drive there is no option to safely remove it thus i have to shutdown the system every time when i want to remove it in order to save it from possible crash.
Any solutions?
Thanks in advance !

Hi and welcome

How ae you connecting it? USB? is there a driver that needs to be installed?
Ken J+

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HiI just got a new internal hard drive because about a week ago my laptop was running slow and freezing so I did a full refresh putting the laptop back to factory settings, then a few days ago I got the black screen of death I ran BIOS hard drive test and it told me short DST failed leading me to conclude the hard drive failed. To get to the point have a deleted a boot device, how do I get my laptop to recognise my new hard driveThanks in advance

A:new internal hard drive, laptop won't recognise it

What laptop is it? So the new hard drive is not showing up in BIOS? 

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Upgraded from Windows 7 on my Desktop PC (bought on E-Bay, not a named brand PC) to Windows 10 last Sunday. Seemed to work Great. Only when I looked in Window Explorer did I notice that my CD/DVD RW (Drive D:) was not listed. Looked in Device Manager & noticed that I had an A: Drive (Floppy Disk) as my Desktop PC does not have a Floppy Drive I was surprised. Opened the drawer on my CD/DVD RW & inserted a DVD. Nothing happened, no notifications or sound.
Does anyone have any ideas about getting my Desktop PC to recognise my DC/DVD RW? Can I delete  the A: drive & Floppy Controller? This is an annoyance, but I have an external CD/DVD RW that I can connect to my Desktop PC, which I will do tonight. Will tell how I get on later tonight.

A:Windows 10 does not recognise my CD/DVD Internal Drive

All of this depends upon the structure and age of the system.
The motherboard may have come with a controller for an A:/floppy drive and that may have been activated after the W10 install.
As for the CD/DVD drive, I really don't know enough to hazard a guess.
Let's start with these reports and we'll see what we can dig up:  Please provide this information (even though you're not reporting BSOD's) so we can provide a complete analysis (from the Pinned Topic at the top of the forum):  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/

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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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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

A:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

A:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 using since 2010 suddenly I saw this error message "internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive" when I turned it ON. Then I tested with other HDD drive from other laptop and it booted fine. Then realized that HDD was down brought a new samsung SSD 120GB drive and installed on my laptop and trying to install the Windows 7 from a CD still seeing the same error when turned ON.
Please help with this issue.
Thanks in Advance

A:internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive.............Please help

Thanks guys!!!!!
My bad after I installed the SSD the CD that was in the DVD Drive was the Applications/Driver CD instead of Windows 7 disk. I just realized  and installed the Win7 on my new hard disk my laptop is back to normal. Thank God! I saved 500 to get the new laptop.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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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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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

A:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

A:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!

A:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all

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Hi. I've had an iomega 1tb hd for a few months now, and I've had no problems so far. However, one day after booting I found that windows doesn't recognise it.

Turning the drive on and off again results in an error that the hardware has malfunctioned. I've tested it with my laptop and it works fine. I've noticed that when I turn the drive off and on just before I boot, it works fine. However, before I started having problems with it, I didn't need to do this before booting.

I've checked all connections and they are all fine. I've noticed that occasionally when I do get it to work, it randomly 'disappears' while I'm working and requires me to reboot after turning it on and off again.

Disk Management doesn't seem to recognise it either. I'm using Windows XP, SP3.

Any ideas? This has been a pain for quite a while now so any input is appreciated. If you need any more info, please ask.


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Yesterday i removed some ram from my computer to see what type it used, however i didn't put it back in properly. As a result the computer would not create any power when i turned it on.

Thinking it was something to do with the power supply, i took out my hard drive and put it in another computer.

Having realised i hadn't put the RAM back in properly in my machine, i fixed it and hey presto..power!

So heres the problem. I put the hard drive back in my computer and it originally asked for a boot disk, but then being an ***** i reset all the scsi settings back to default. Now all it does is load up and shows my cd rom drive and just does nothing else.

Can anyone help please?

A:cant recognise my hard drive HELP!

Are you sure you connected the power cable (4 pins) and the IDE cable (ribbon cable) back to the HDD properly? The red line on the IDE cable should be toward you.

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I had  a virus on my toshiba laptop L305-S5877.  So I reloaded the OS, and everything seemed to be going well, until the desktop showed after the install was completed.  I noticed that in my task bar, there was that icon that you normally get when you plug in a usb device.  And I clicked on it to find out that the device that was listed was my internal hard drive.  Why is it doing this and how do I fix it? 
Also I noticed that when I plug in an external hard drive or anything into a usb port, it is not recognized and I dont hear the familiar sound or see the device as being plugged in.  Whats going on

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My brother bought a new internal 500GB hard drive a few months ago and saved all of our family photos to it. Well a few days ago he noticed it would not show up as a hard drive in 'My Computer'. If we go to 'Disk Management' the 500GB hard drive shows up without a drive letter and is marked as a Recovery Partition. Does this mean we lost all of our family photos that were on the hard drive?

If you need more information feel free to ask. I'll attach a photo of what i mean.

A:Internal Hard Drive does not have a drive letter but used to.

Welcome to Seven Forums BinaryMadman

The 500GB drive should not be listed as drive 0. shut down the system and swap the motherboard connectors on each drive. Let us know how that effects things for you. Go back to Disk Management, right click the drive in the bottom pane, Assign Drive leter (any will do).


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I have a kaser 500GB external hard drive, i belive the enclosure is messed up because the transfer speed is only usb 1.1 speed and i've tried everything possable to change it. I was wondering if i could remove the case and just use the IDE drive as an internal drive? I want to try this first and if its not possible than i'll buy an enclosure.

A:External hard drive to internal IDE drive

Go ahead and do this... Make sure you pay attention to master/slave settings if IDE or the SATA connections if the drive is Serial ATA

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I am trying to get help getting windows to recognize a hard drive can anyone help please.

A:Windows won`t recognise hard drive?

Failure to recognize a hard drive can be caused by a jumper pin missing, a bad hard drive EIDE or power cable (they get brittle and disconnect as they age).

But usually, it is the failure of the hard drive. They often fail for no good reason, just like a light bulb burning out... or a chip failure on the back of the drive. Sometimes the magnetic material on the internal plates will begin to curl up and flake off. Others will have the bearings burn out or freeze up preventing the plates from turning. Still others have glass plates covered with magnetic coating that suddenly shatter from the centrifical force.

Try borrowing another drive to try, just to test the connectors.

It can be tricky to save the data on that drive, but you can expect to be successful about 66 to 75 percent of the time.

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I have two PCs here, a windows xp sp3 boot cd and a 40 Gb western digital hard drive. I'm trying to install xp on one of the PCs. One PC is a Dell dimension gx260 with Pentiun 4 1GB RAM, the other is a Packard bell Media 50416 Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM. I have connected the hard drive to my laptop and formatted it and all is fine. The Dell PC does not recognise it atall, it says no hdd installed, even in the bios, it can't see it. I have it connected it to master slave and changed jumper pins, nothing makes a difference. When i boot from xp cd it stops when it is about to copy files and says there is an issue with hard drive and to make sure it is connected.

The Packard bell behaves slightly different. It sees the hdd in the bios and when I choose to boot from the xp cd it goes through the process of formatting the drive, then copying over the files and begins the windows installation, then after re-boot it says cannot boot from the hard drive even though windows is installed on it.

What am I missing here? I thought that if I formatted a drive and installed xp on it, that it would boot from it, doesn't xp create an mbr, please advise

A:Solved: pc won't recognise hard drive

As this is a 40GB hard drive I am assuming it is a good many years old. You are not doing anything wrong, I think the problem is most likely a faulty drive.

Follow this guide to download and burn to a CD the disgnostics from WD and run it in the PC that recognises the hard drive and see what the result is for an Extended test.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use the appropriate link below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics.

These are direct links to the download (apart from Western Digital) so the download will start as soon as you click on the link.

These diagnostics are only available as ISO images to burn to CD except for Excelstore who also provide a download for a USB flash drive. Please note that this USB version is only for use on Excelstore hard drives.

Excelstore ISO for CD Or USB flash drive (instructions included in Readme.txt file)
Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital Click on the Download button next to Diag504fCD.iso

NOTE: For Toshiba/Fujitsu, or any make of drive not listed, use the diagnostics from the Seagate link.

For the downloads that are in a .zip file, right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD. (A re-recordable CD will be fine).

In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts.
For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn Ins... Read more

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I have a Dell inspiron 1100 notebook. When booting the computer goes into bios, but then the boot process stops with an error because there is no hard drive or bootable disk. There is in fact a hard drive. Thinking that perhaps (hopefully) the hard drive failed somehow - I ordered a replacement hd and installed it using all the normal precautions. The same error persists. I have checked bios and everything looks ok, I can boot DOS off of a cd, but the hd is not recognised.

I am taking a guess that this is a mobo problem and that I will need a new one. If anyone has any other ideas of what to try before the considerably painful process of swapping mobo's on a laptop please let me know.

A:laptop does not recognise hard drive

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I just bought a laptop and my 320GB hard drive came pre-partitioned. The 40GB partition set for vista quickly became full, mainly because I now know that my documents was for some reason being saved on the C Drive (vista). I attempted to use Partition magic to resize the partitions and upon loading, the program gave me two error messages and said "would you like these to be fixed?" of course I clicked yes to both of them then the program wouldnt work at all. In fact vista wouldnt recognise the Hard drive altogether. I restarted and following that vista recognised the Vista Partition but not the data partition.

I finally decided to just back up my docs and restore to factory default. After that though to my annoyance Vista still refused to recognise my data partition.

What should I do and is there any program I can use to fix this situation....?


A:Vista won't recognise Hard Drive!

Go to:

control panel -> Administrative Tools - > Computer Management
in there choose ' storage' => 'disk management'

Your data partition should be there, if necessary you will have to format and make sure that it is an active primary partition.

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I have a MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR and it won't recognise my 120Gb seagate Barracuda hard drive. I've tried to install the Promise 20376 RADI drivers on windows xp but it won't work.

I've downloaded the latest drivers from the MSi site, put them on a floppy, installed them multiple times inside windows and rom the windows install disk when it says press f6...

My mobo bios has no SATA options and i am completly stuck. How can i get my mobo to recognise my hd?

The driver for the RAID controller in installed in windows but the HD still isn't recognised.

A:MSI board won't recognise hard drive

Try setting it to boot from SCSI.

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I,ve taken in a Lenovo Thinkpad T60. After powering it up, Windows XP attempted to start then went to blue screen.

I popped in an XP disc to boot from and pressed Repair. the machine told me that no Hard disks could be found. I then ran a HD diagnostic program in the bios which found errors on the HD

So I replaced it with another Sata HD ran XP set up and again it told me no hard disks could be found?

So far I have:

Have checked HD is fitted correctly

I can see the hard disk in the bios.

When I ran diagnostic program from the bios on the new hard disk it passed OK.

Can anyone offer any further advice.

I was thinking that perhaps the bios could have become corrupted. I believe updates are available.

Or could the new Sata require a driver??


A:Laptop wont recognise Hard Drive??

Installing XP on this laptop can be somewhat tricky; follow the advice by Lenovo to install and post if you have any problems. You need to change the BIOS options to "Sata"...


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Have tried to add a 80G hard drive to my system so that I could transfer and then remove all info from my original 40G.
When trying to add the new HD it just wouldn't be picked up by the Bios despite it being set up to Auto and kept coming up with message "operating system not found". After trying for most of the day checking that jumpers were in right place, leads correct etc thought "s*d it" and decided to leave it for another time. Now the damn machine won't even recognise the original hard drive!! And I keep getting the same message!!
The main Bios screen has diskette shown and IDE 3 & 4 (DVD ROM and CD RW) but nothing on IDE 1 & 2. Have entered 1 and set it to auto but still not picking it up. Boot options are set as CD ROM (without a + sign), + Diskette and + Hard Drive. In case it helps Bios is a Phoenix which has 5 sub pages (Main, Advanced, Security, Power and Exit)
As all was working before presume that I (or my son who has a go at it) have done something daft rather than something failing but all suggestions gratefully received! All this is on a system running XP Home (if I could just get that far!)

A:Bios failing to recognise hard drive

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Some background info:
I have two memory drives: a 125GB SSD and a 500GB HD.
I was messing around with a linux distribution, backtrack. I'd made a partition in my HD and installed it there. After exploring it for a bit, I decided to delete it. I simply wiped the partition, which messed up my boot. After fixing it I discovered that My Computer doesn't list the HD.

It does however, show up in disk manager as a healthy and active partition, although my only available option there is to delete it.

Any ideas?

A:Windows 7 doesn't recognise second hard drive.

Linux uses different partition types from Windows, so in order to use that drive with Windows you will need to delete the existing Linux partition and then create a new one.

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I have replaced the hard drives with new blank ones, but I cannot now reinstall Vista from the Reinstallation DVD because no drives are seen.
I have updated the BIOS to the latest available version, but still no joy.
I have taken out the drives and, using an external HDD port, can access them from another PC, so I'm certain there's no issues with the drives themselves.
I've tried Paragon 2010 Suite, but even that cannot "see" the drives, so I'm deducing that it's an issue peculiar to this Dell model.
I would be grateful for any advice.

A:Inspiron 1721 will not recognise hard drive

This system uses an AMD chipset - you likely need the AMD RAID drivers

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When I try and load XP Pro SP3 (32 bit) it will not install as it has no SATA drivers. I have downloaded drivers and have an external floppy to install drivers by pressing F6. My question is the machine is listed as 64 bit and the XP Pro is 32 bit. Do I choose the ICH8M 32 or 64 bit drivers. IE does the 32 or 64 bit on the ICH8M refer to the hardware or operating system. Computer is Satellite Pro A200 PSAE4E-01700WEN.

Any help appreciated


A:Satellite Pro A200 does not recognise hard drive XP Pro


If you use the 64bit OS, then you should use also the 64bit drivers.
I found very nice ?HowTo? from Toshiba.

Check this! It?s definitely interesting and should be helpful.

*+How to integrate a SATA AHCI driver in a Windows XP Setup CD+*

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My laptop does not recognise the external hard drive. How do i make it recognize it. Many thanks for the help.

A:My laptop does not recognise the external hard drive

More information required is it SCSI,USB 1/2,Parrallel,infra red,bluetooth,network...........
Is it a new unit or a problem with an existing unit?
what hardware and OS are you connecting it to?

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Hi All,

I have a bit of an individual problem - I have done all the searching on google but none of the results apply to my scenario.

I have an old laptop that doesnt work too great, so i have taken the hd out and purchased an enclosure. My aim was to use it as external storage for backing up pictures/music.

When i plug it into my main machine, it recognises "mass storage device" and then "samsung 'etc etc' hard drive"

I then look into 'my computer' but it doesnt show up. I rebooted a couple of times, once with it still connected and again with it disconnected (and then connecting once booted). Have also tried the same with another laptop i have - exaxctly the same result.

still no joy

The only possible issue (looking for guidance) is that the old hard drive i am trying to connect has xp installed (although it wouldnt boot on the old laptop, hence why i removed it)

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


A:XP wont recognise external hard drive

Can anyone help at all?

You know when you jsut cant work something out and it grinds...yeah thats me right now

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567

Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much


A:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.

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So my 1 TB internal hard drive has less than 30 GB of space and I want to upgrade to a 2 TB internal so I can hold more of my games on it. How would I be able to transfer every single thing from the 1 TB to the 2 TB?

A:Help Upgrading 1 TB Internal to 2 TB Internal Hard Drive

Assuming this is for a desktop, you would plug in the new HDD into the sata port on your motherboard, amd make sure it is getting power from the PSU, and win7 should recognize it and mount it. You then make sure its has the NTFS file system and you can drag and drop from one drive to the other. Or use a program to copy over files like teracopy. I use teracopy because it keeps exact listing of what is being copied and exact info about size. Now as far as transferring games, I may be wrong but I think you would have to reinstall the game into the larger drive if you wanted to make use of the 2tb drive. I am not a big gamer so take my game advice with a bit of salt, I am simply trying my best to help you out

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Hi there,

What i thought was an easy job installing a new ssd h/d. I am running Windows 7 H/P and i am unable to install all the drivers back on the laptop. I have all the drivers from Dell website but as i said the machine is not recognising any inserted media.

Thanks in advance


A:New SSD hard drive and now dosn't recognise inserted Media

How did you install the new SSD? Did you follow a tutorial and if so, please provide a link to it.

Where are the drivers stored, on a CD/DVD or flash drive or SD card? If on a CD/DVD, try putting on a flash drive.

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Hi all,
Am in need of a little guidance, or advice.
I just bought a barebones system and have had a nightmare getting the OS (xp Pro, SP2) installed.

Basically it gets through the initial checking system configuration, formatting and creating a partition and copying all the files. When it restarts, after letting the option to boot from CD expire, the system stalls, or just seems to stop. I can't hear the hard drive doing anything, and the HD light isnt flashing either.

Has anyone come up against this before? Any advice? I have a feeling that part of the BIOS is corrupted, or could be incompatible with the drive, but thats not likely given that it all came as a bundle.

I've tried pretty much everything I can think of and will be going mad for the rest of the weekend untill I can call the company's tech support on Monday to have a rant at them about providing a new system with this kind of glitch...

But if any of you can offer some advice as to how I can sort myself out in the meantime, I would be eternally grateful!


A:Bios will not recognise hard drive after restart during XP Pro install...

the problem id it doesnt have the drivers to see the hd...It must be a sata hd ...I just had the same problem a couple of weeks ago..You need to look on the cd that came with your motherboard and find the raid(sata) drivers ...copy them to a floppy disk...when you go to load xp pro w/sp2 it will ask you when it starts to load up to press F6 if you need to load and scsi or raid drivers...press f6 then it will ask you to put the floppy in..that will fix your problem..good luck!

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Hello all! I'm really hoping someone here can help me out with a problem, because it's driving me insane.

I just put together a new computer. Older hard drive (80GB IDE -- I'll replace that when I have money), but new CPU (Athlon II), memory (2GB DDR3), and motherboard (Gigabyte MA74GM-S2). The hard drive is slave to a master DVD-ROM.

Upon booting, the machine POSTs fine, both hard drive and DVD drive are recognized accurately.

Here's the problem. If I put in my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, and try to install, it'll tell me it doesn't see any drives to install to. I get the Load Driver option and the Refresh option, with nothing in the box.

If I put in my Ubuntu CD, it boots up fine, sees the hard drive there, it'll even install to it without a hitch.

So, what are my options here, what can I do? Am I stuck with Ubuntu forever? I just want Windows 7 to install. I know it can, I had it installed on this very hard drive until this morning. What was my mistake, what am I missing?

A:Windows 7 Setup won't recognise my hard drive, but Ubuntu will.

Hi -

Run HDD Diagnostics --> http://www.techsupportforum.com/2828431-post7.html

I had similar events happen; HDD had to be replaced.

Regards. . .



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Hi there, I have WinXP Home on an older desktop and am trying to install a second hard drive as the primary is only 4gb! The computer did not come with the op. system disks so I am wanting to clone the HD onto the new one. I have tried to install two different hard drives and each time I connect the new hard drive and start up I have the following problems;
20gb Maxtor D740X-6L : stops or hangs at "verifying DMI Pool Data..."
40gb Barracuda 7200.7 / ST340014A : stops at "Detecting IDE Primary"
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Note: when installing the 20gb hd the system tells me that the CD/DVD drive = secondary
Also Note: that should I need to make changes to the CMOS Setup it is password protected and I do not have the password.


A:Solved: Xp home won't recognise secondary hard-drive

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I'm building a second pc for my son and installing W7, i get to the point where it asks where to install and no hard drives are listed. I've looked through Google and there's loads of instances of this but i can't find anything that's helped.

The system is:

Gigabyte GA MA-770-UD3 rev 1.0
WD Caviar blue 500gb
Cooler Master 500w PSU
ATI 4870
2GB DDR2 Ram
Athlon 6000

I suspect I need a driver for the SATA Controller but looking on the Gigabyte site and selecting my mobo and revision i'm not sure which file i need. I've downloaded the Chipset Driver, extracted to the desktop on my main PC and copied to a USB stick but when going to 'load drivers' when installing W7 it says there are no compatible files. I've gone through the Chipset Driver file and it have installed some files but nothing that has helped.

I've also changed the AHCI setting to enabled in the BIOS and downloaded the AHCI preinstall driver but that didn't make the hard drive visible. I've since reverted to the default settings of Native IDE in the BIOS. The BIOS recognises the hard drive but W7 installer doesn't. I emailed Gigabyte a few days ago but they've not come back to me yet, i'm starting to wonder if they ever will to be honest.

The hard drive was new and sealed, i thought the issue might have been that it needed to be formatted so i connected it to my main PC with the same cables i've been using and it was recognised straight away and was formatted so i think the cables and Hard Dri... Read more

A:Windows 7 install doesn't recognise my hard drive

You can download Sata controller F6 driver for Gigabyte GA MA-770-UD3 rev 1.0 from here:
GA-MA770-UD3 (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Suporte - Placa M?e - Driver

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I have a Windows 7 pc. My BIOS wont recognize a second hard drive. The 6 SATA slots have my boot drive and 2 DVD drives that all work fine. The drive I am trying to add worked in this computer before but is not recognized now. I checked the drive in my sons computer and works fine. I have changed both the data and power cables still no good. I have tried a working SATA port and still no good. I am running out of ideas. Any help will be appreciated.



A:Solved: BIOS wont recognise second hard drive

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I have a T540p and for some time I've been using a hard drive caddy in the multibay with no problems. Recently I had to take the laptop apart to replace the fan, but since then, the laptop fails to see the caddy in Windows or in the BIOS.I've been back inside and reseated everything multiple time, I even bought a 2nd hand sister board to try out, but that had the same results.The BIOS got reset when I replaced the fan, so I'm not sure if I've done anything there. I've upgraded the BIOS and tried turning Intel Virtual tech, even disabling/enabling the I/O for the multibay. I've tested both hard drive caddies in a mac and they see the hard drive fine. Sadly I've lost the original DVD drive, so I can't test out with that. Any suggestions on what the problem is? Other then the hard drive caddy, the machine works fine.

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After experiencing some malfunctions in my hard drive I decided to buy a more reliable one before my existing hard drive completely died. I've used Windows 8.1's backup and recovery tools to create an image of my existing hard drive in the hopes that I can restore this image to my new drive. The image was saved to a Seagate FreeAgent Desk external hard drive.

I've swapped the hard drive out now and put my Windows 8.1 recovery media USB drive in to begin the repair by clicking 'Repair your computer'. I then went to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Image Recovery as I'm supposed to in order to restore this image. I then select my operating system, which is currently Windows 7 (I've installed Windows 7 temporarily on my new hard drive whilst trying to get this sorted). All whilst this is going on my external hard drive is plugged in to my PC, however at this point the recovery settings won't find a system image. I'm getting the following message:

'Windows cannot find a system image on this computer

Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set and click Retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.'

Clicking retry doesn't seem to do anything, so I click Cancel and go through and select the location of the backup. The external hard drive does not appear on the list. I suspect this may be because the recovery environment has not loaded the drivers to use the external hard drive, so I click Advanced to try and find them ... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 Recovery Won't Recognise External Hard Drive

From my understanding of this this post - you are using windows 8 system recovery to restore windows 8 on a system that has windows 7, is this not correct

another question - what OS came with the PC?

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Hi, I've just bought a Formac 250gb usb 2.0 external hard drive from ebuyer but when i plug it into my machine it's not recognised in any way other than under 'safely remove hardware'.

It's not shown under my computer or in disc management. I've tried plugging it in different usb slots (all of which work fine with other devices) but no luck.

When i first hooked it up the little bubble came up in the bottom right corner sayin 'found new hardware' followed by 'your new hardware is now installed and ready to use'.

I tried plugging into a slightly newer computer and it works fine so the problem must be somewhere on my machine.

I'm running XP SP2 but i heard somewhere that older (slower) machines can't register large external hard drives. I'm only running an AMD 1.21GHz processor with 384Mb RAM. Is this too slow or is there something else that it could be? There are no mimim system requirements on the box / instructions etc.

Any help would be very much apreciated!

A:My Computer doesn't recognise my new external hard drive

See this Guide Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive. Start following steps in Part1, Initial Troubleshooting. (You might just find it only needs to be formatted) give a holler if any other questions or assistance needed

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My laptop runs Windows 8.1 and won't recongise my Western Digital external hard drive?

It runs fine on my second laptop running Windows 7 so its not the hard drive.

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I have a T540p and for some time I've been using a hard drive caddy in the multibay with no problems. Recently I had to take the laptop apart to replace the fan, but since then, the laptop fails to see the caddy in Windows or in the BIOS.I've been back inside and reseated everything multiple time, I even bought a 2nd hand sister board to try out, but that had the same results.The BIOS got reset when I replaced the fan, so I'm not sure if I've done anything there. I've upgraded the BIOS and tried turning Intel Virtual tech, even disabling/enabling the I/O for the multibay. I've tested both hard drive caddies in a mac and they see the hard drive fine. Sadly I've lost the original DVD drive, so I can't test out with that. Any suggestions on what the problem is? Other then the hard drive caddy, the machine works fine.

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