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CD/DVDROM drive - not detected by bios, detected by Windows?

Q: CD/DVDROM drive - not detected by bios, detected by Windows?

I should have came to this conclusion sooner, but my current re-installation of Windows has some problems that I haven't had the time to address until now. What I need, though, is access to the repair function on the disk. However, herein lies my problem...

When I boot up, media in the drive or no media, bios does not show the drive in its list. I can still open and close the drive as if nothing is wrong there, but I cannot "boot from CD". I've reset my bios back to defaults and while the drive appeared on IDE Channel 1 in the settings, it still would not recognize ANY media while booting up.

I have the latest version of my bios. I have also tried changing cables. The drive is on an IDE channel by itself.

Once my system boots into Windows, however, the drive is recognized and acts normally as if nothing happened in bios. Media operates fine. I have checked the event viewer, and there are no entries anywhere that states my optical drive has been experiencing problems, and yes, in fact it operates just like it always does.

Can anyone help me get my bios and cdrom back together again? The problem is I just do not know where to start to solve this. I wish I could say how long this has been happening, but I really don't know as of today. There have been no hardware changes in the past three months, and my current installation and configuration began back in late April.

Thanks for your time...

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A: CD/DVDROM drive - not detected by bios, detected by Windows?

What is the boot sequence in the bios? should be CD or optical drive first, then Hard Drive or IDE-0 second if you want to boot from the cd-drive. Many computer manufacturers set the computer to automatically boot off of the hard drive by default so setting the factory defaults might not be what you are looking for. Look for the screen that has the boot order or sequence and just change it, exit and save settings and restart the computer with the boot cd in the drive. I hope that helps.

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Decided to install an aftermarket DVD drive from my old pc. It powers on and the tray works. It's the only IDE drive that is connected to my motherboard. It shows up in BIOS under boot device priority but can't be found once I log into windows. I've tried making adjustments in the registry, disconnecting and reconnecting the drive and all jumper options (Master,Slave,Cable Select). After the BIOS screen it pulls up a JMicron screen that displays the drive name in green lettering. The DVD Drive in question is a Pioneer model DVR-A18M. Any help in resolving this matter is appreciated. I would just buy another SATA drive but don't see the need when I know this one is functional. (plus it cost me 3x the amount of my Asus SATA drive)

A:DVD Drive detected by BIOS but not Windows

New SATA CD/DVD burner drives are cheap. Newegg sells them for under $20. Not worth the hassle of trying to make an old PATA drive work, regardless of how much it initially cost.


But, the PATA drive, being the only PATA device should be set (jumper on the rear of the drive) for Master. That may make it work. If it won't work set as Master, set it as Cable Select (labled CS or CSEL on drive). On the other hand, There may be some driver needed to make the PATA controller active in Windows.

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Ive recently installing a DVD drive (Pioneer DVD-ROM DVD-104) into a mates PC. Windows detects the drive fine - read DVDs etc but when I enter the BIOS (Intel Corporation D865GLC) it fails to detect it. Any ideas?

A:DVD Drive detected by windows but not buy BIOS

Look again. That doesn't seem possible.

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Any ideas on this anyone?
A SATA 2.5" drive has a corrupted OS on it and I want to format it and then reinstall a fresh copy of Windows.
The drive is detected by the BIOS but does not show up as an available drive in the install routine (no drives found). I
If I remove the drive and connect it as a SATA drive to a desktop (so I can format it that way), it again shows up on the BIOS but is not available as a drive in Windows Explorer.
This drive has been pre-repaired by PCWorld - I wonder if they did anything odd to it?

A:Drive detected by BIOS but not by Windows installer

After connecting the drive to your desktop, please go to control panel > admin tools > computer management > Disk Management.

If your drive shows up there, it mean physically it is ok, just that its partition tables has gone wonky.

You can simply delete the existing partition tables there, and re-create new one and format it. Hopefully that will work and solve your issue.

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Hard drive not detected by Windows or BIOS [SOLVED]

I know this is has been addressed before; however, the responses did not solve my issue. I will include more detail about my issue in hopes of a better diagnoses.

I accidentally changed my external hard drive from NTFS to HFS when prompted, while connecting via USB to a macbook. Now I can no longer see the hard drive via USB or direct connection to my PC.

I took it out it's case and noticed it has an IDE connection for a motherboard that only has SATA connections. I purchased an IDE to SATA Adapter and installed it into my computer.......nothing. The BIOS and Windows still does not see this drive.

I am aware I have two separate issues. In order to correct the file structure issue I have to gain access to the drive.



The hard drive powers up both in the external case and with the adapter.

1. Windows 7 Professional x64 (with all updates)

Mother Board:
1. ASRock 880G Extreme 3 (with latest bios)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

1. BIOS is set to IDE mode

Hard Drive:
1. Western Digital WD2000JB-00GVA0
(single or master pin setting)

ULTRA SATA to IDE 100/133 Adapter #ULT40322

A:Hard drive not detected by Windows or BIOS

Have you looked in Disk management?
You should be able to see and format it there.

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Hello, I recently bought a Probook 450 G4, i7 7500U with 1 TO HDD and 8GB RAM. I wanted to upgrade it with an SSD so I bought a ADATA Premier SP550 2280 M.2 SSD. The BIOS detected it normally, but windows installer wouldn't find it. I removed the HDD and tried again, same issue. I then installed windows 10 on the HDD to try and format the SSD in windows and surprise! no sign of the SSD nowhere, not in browser nor in Disk Managment or Diskpart. Apparently HP disabled the M.2 port in BIOS as mentioned here ( https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/M-2-SSD-Upgrade/m-p/5580822#M3... ) I updated the BIOS the the latest version provided by HP for my laptop model and the same issue is still ongoing, this is a 120$ SSD that I can't use nor return as the problem is the HP product not ADATA's SSD! The simplest solution is in the hands of HP, just release a BIOS update with the M.2 port ENABLED ! why brag about having a M.2 port in your products and then DISABLE it ?! Any insights please ? Many Thanks. PS: I started a new thread yesterday and it is no longer available now ! did HP remove it or what ? it was there for a while and I'm sure! what a shame !   

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I have a 3TB hard drive that suddenly disappeared from Windows Explorer AND Device Manager. I rebooted but it was still missing. The BIOS shows it and Debian is able to mount + read files on it.
After I accessed it on Debian, it reappeared on Windows. I ran Seatools but my computer froze when Seatools was scanning for drives.
It seems that accessing the faulty drive causes Windows 7 to crash. How is this possible? What can I do to fix this?

A:Hard drive detected in BIOS and Debian but not Windows.

Please stick to one thread and do not create duplicate threads on the same topic.It does not help.

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I have a Lenovo T410s - 29123RU BIOS - V1.5 (6UET70WW) 2012-10-11 - (updated from V1.1 this morning hoping it wold solve the problem)ECV - 1.14MTM - 29123RUCPU - Intel Core i5 M520 @ 2.4GHzRAM - DDR3 - 4GBx2 - PC3-10600s This laptop uses a 250GB - 1.8" Micro Sata HDDTOSHIBA MK2529GSG - 250GB - HDD1F07 M BL02 The other day the laptop was running fine then all of a sudden crashed.  I tried to reeboot and i got -  ERROR 2100: HDD0 (HARD DISK DRIVE) INITIALIZATION ERROR (2)PRESS ESC TO CONTINUE I have run scans on the drive itself using: HD Tune ProHDD RgeneratorCrystalDiskInfoTestDiskUBCD- ViVard v4.0- TAFT v1.2Passmark BurIn Test Pro v8.1 All the tests came back excellent which lead me to see if it was a BIOS issue.  I downoaded the updated v1.5 this morning and replaced the original v1.1.  No change in HDD detection. What really puzzles me is that when i use an OS through my USB or USB-SSD, they detect the drive and I am able to read/write to the entire drive without any loss of data or S.M.A.R.T. errors.  I just can't use this as my primary drive anymore because it will not initialize with BIOS.  I am hoping that I do not need to replace the MOBO as they go from $50 - $150 US plus shipping.   OS's used:Win10x64Win7x64WinXPWin98SELinuxMintBT5-R3KaliLinuxUBCD - FreeDOS - LINUXDoss6.22 Any thoughts on this issue would be greatly appreciated

A:ThinkPad T410s - Primary Micro SATA HDD not detected by BIOS - Only Detected By OS Platforms

It sounds like something is timing out.  It is hard to be sure without swapping either the drive or the MB.  You might go into the BIOS and select diagnostic mode for boot.  That would do a memory test and it might slow things down enough to mask the problem

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Hi All, I've been struggling with this problem all night and after reading countless articles and trying dozens of fixes I figured I'd ask.

I installed a fresh machine today with Windows 7, and got everything to work minus my Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM. The drive works, as I used it to install Windows 7 in the first place.

It is detected by BIOS, as well as showing up in My Computer. The problem is, it won't read any disc (ive tried about 10) including the very same windows 7 install disc it previously installed from hours prior.

So far I've tried removing the upper/lowerfilters from the registry (they werent there in my case), update to the latest firmware, ran the driver detective driver scan and update, removed the drive from device manager and restarted, and run the microsoft utilities all to no avail. In fact, I've run these all several times now.

I'm absolutely at my wits end with this, and I can't even get support from Samsung as the product is a Canadian model and they seem to only support US models. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:DVD Drive Will Not Read CD/DVDs in Windows 7 (Detected in Bios/Windows

Hi bcred

Welcome to Seven Forums
Let's try the basics - recheck the connectors, power-cable to your drive.
Is the drive listed in explorer after boot?
If you have another DVD/CD-drive lying around, you could try swapping with the Samsung - we need to do this to try and isolate whether the actual hardware is faulty. Alternatively you could try swapping SATA connectors just in case the current one for your drive has gone south.

Keep us posted and regards


Re-read your post - disregard the q about the drive being shown in Explorer

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Well, i decided to start fresh and installed a new harddrive because i believed the old one to be faulty or corrupt etc.

That worked out fine and is detected in my bios and everything, however i can't install an os because my optical drive is not being detected.
I tried unplugging and plugging the cords back in.
I'm sort of limited with the proper terms for the computer but i believe its plugged in with an IDE cable (Might be obvious but eh) and another smaller cable (I don't know)
Is there anything i'm missing, do i have to somehow setup the drive?
Thanks for any help!

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This one has me baffled. My DVD/CD drive is no longer detected in the Bios of my Asus A8V Motherboard. I have it attached as the Primary Slave and the Bios says that it's not detected. It used to be, how else would I have installed XP. The drive works fine for burning Cd's and DVD's and shows up as working normally in Device Manager. Any thoughts?

A:DVD/CD drive not detected in Bios

Check the drive select on the drive and also the hard drive and make sure the hard drive is master and the dvd drive is slave and it should be ok after that.

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I have a customer built computer. Using mobo asrock z370 pro4. I just had a replacement come in thinking it was hardware. 1 ssd that I boot up from it boots up just fine and all is well. When ever i try any other ssd or hdd, bios does not see it. But it would see the optical drive until I used both the optical drive and ssd. I updated firmware all that I could find. I used known good ssd and hdd when I was at local tech shop and it would not recognize it expect for my one ssd. Please help. I am at my wits end

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Hi everybody, i'm from Holland, so cut me some slack on my English!

Today i desided to turn my old pc into a Nas, with freenas software.
I thought i'd buy 2 2tb samsung hd204ui drives to get myself started, but however. I never got passed the first step. The bios does not recognize my disks. Only my cdrom drive as primary slave... I get the following message:

VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01
Hardware Initiate failed, Please Check Device!!! The Bios does not be ... bla bla.

Scan Devices, Please wait....
Press <Tab> key into user window!

[it sort of hangs for a moment, when i get the message written below:]

Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

[when i press g i immediately press dell to get in the bios, to find out it can't recognize the disks.]

Are the disks to new to work with the motherboard. this computer is about 5 to six years old, the motherboard has two sata plugs on it. and a 64 amd chip.

Must i use a jumper? On the disks?

Ive spent the entire night searching for the answer, but cant seem to find it.
I realy hope i gave you guys enough information to help me out. If not, please reply.

Thanks in advance.
Awaiting your feedback!

kind regards

A:Hard drive is not detected by BIOS


basman said:

Hi everybody, i'm from Holland, so cut me some slack on my English!

Today i desided to turn my old pc into a Nas, with freenas software.
I thought i'd buy 2 2tb samsung hd204ui drives to get myself started, but however. I never got passed the first step. The bios does not recognize my disks. Only my cdrom drive as primary slave... I get the following message:

VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01
Hardware Initiate failed, Please Check Device!!! The Bios does not be ... bla bla.

Scan Devices, Please wait....
Press <Tab> key into user window!

[it sort of hangs for a moment, when i get the message written below:]

Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

[when i press g i immediately press dell to get in the bios, to find out it can't recognize the disks.]

Are the disks to new to work with the motherboard. this computer is about 5 to six years old, the motherboard has two sata plugs on it. and a 64 amd chip.

Must i use a jumper? On the disks?

Ive spent the entire night searching for the answer, but cant seem to find it.
I realy hope i gave you guys enough information to help me out. If not, please reply.

Thanks in advance.
Awaiting your feedback!

kind regards
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Hi. I have looked through some other articles here at TechSpot relating to non-detected hard drives but did not find this peculiar issue. After four months of running just fine,n suddenly the hard drive is not detected in the BIOS but sometimes the Windows logo comes up (it has to see the hard drive from somewhere!) but does not open the operating system.

COMPUTER SPECS--all components were purchased four months ago:
Motherboard: ASUS M2A-VM, a low to mid-range board
DRAM 3 GB Ultra Dual-channel
Power supply: Thermaltake TR2-R1 450-watt
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 2GH
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 320 GB 72 RPM (Nice!)

I tried a different power supply unit.
I ran the Windows CD, pressed R, and it declared that no disk was found.
I ran the Ultimate Boot Disk and it did not see the hard disk.
I connected the hard disk to an MSI motherboard, ran the BIOS, and it detected the hard disk. I did not run Windows as I knew Microsoft would not see it as the original motherboard.

The BIOS on the ASUS computer does not have a listing or selection for PATA. It just has IDE (the DVD drive) and four SATA connections. The hard drive is not detected but it is on SATA connection #1.

I suspect a failed hard drive which is surprising since it's a Seagate. I don't have another SATA hard disk to test that idea with. I haven't tried clearing the CMOS, either, but at this point, I'm not sure what good that would do.

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A:Hard drive not detected by BIOS

SATA cables are kinda weird. I had a similar problem, and i replaced the cable with a new one. The problem i had was that the SATA cable was over stretched (the connection part) and was not making a full contact with the cable head. Try replacing it and let us know.

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(I posted this thread in the Devices section and have received no help. I'm hoping I can receive some help here)

Hey SevenForums users.

I'm afriad that a Wild Problem has appeared (Sorry for the horrible Pok?mon reference). I have been trying to sort out this problem for days now and I've had no luck what-so-ever. Here's the problem:

My Windows 7 Computer was diagnosed with a dangerous virus. It was stopping Windows 7 from booting. Windows 7 would attempt to boot, it wouldn't get passed the "Starting Windows" screen. Then, it would automatically restart. Then the process would start again. So, I thought 'Why not reinstall Windows 7 since I had the disk with me?!'. That being said, I attempted to reinstall. It wouldn't make it past the "Setup is starting" screen. So, I thought 'This virus must be really bad.'

I decided to install Ubuntu with the sole intention that it would remove the little bugger that was stopping Windows from Booting or installing. It did, but now I wish I haven't. Ubuntu got rid of the virus, and installed successfully. But, now when I want to reinstall Windows 7 back on my laptop. Luckily, it DOES make it past the "Starting Windows" screen and goes into set up as usual. But, I cannot make it past the "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen. This is because I get the following error:

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A:Hard Drive is not detected in the BIOS

This virus may have corrupted bios easily and it could have destroyed the hard drive but lets first worry about bios you could try and flash bios again I know it's risky with a virus that could be still present in the bios. You may want to look around on the internet of what to do in case of bios virus and how to get rid of it..

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Help! Watching videos on my Laptop when it suddenly froze.
Rebooted the computer then suddenly this appeared


disabled network boot on bios then this appeared

No Operating system found

Checked BIOS, laptop's hardrive is not detected but cd drive is

Not an expert on computers
running windows 7

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My wife has a PC with 2 SATA drives and it has been working fine for about 3 years. Now, when we came to boot it up it would start to load windows the screen would go dark nothing else would happen. We rebooted pressed the Tab key and got a screen with the boot settings in we didn't alter anything in that just exited and rebooted. Now it doesn't even try to boot windows. We can't get the boot screen back by pressing the Tab key. It just goes to another screen saying. VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01

Scan Devices, Please wait....
Press <Tab> key into user window!

Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

When we do that we get the first screen we get when we boot up saying:
Press DEL to enter setup
Press <F8> for BBS POPUP
then it lists the controllers
then lists
Auto detecting Sec Master...ATAPI CD-ROM
Sec Master: SONY DVD RW DW_U14A 1.0d
Auto Detecting USB Mass Storage devices..
00 USB Mass storage devices found and configured.

NO Hard Disk Drive Detected.
Press F1 to resume.

When we select F8 we get a choice of the DVD drive or the floppy drive.

I hope I have explained well enough and hope someone can help. Thanks


A:No Bios? No Hard Drive detected? Please help!

Looks like the hard drive(s) or the controller has failed. Could be something as simple as a loose cable too of course.

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Hi there
I bought an old computer at a garage sale and it had Maxtor 40G hard drive in it (that's what the label says, and it is Model D540X-4K). When I start the computer, I go into bios and it detects it as 204MB hard drive. In addition, when I try to install Windows XP on another drive in the same computer, it says that the 40G hard drive cannot be accessed. I have tried changing the jumper settings into all possible combinations, even upgraded the bios, and it still won't detect the original capacity of the hard drive. I know the hard drive was not removed from the mother board, so it cannot be the jumper settings. Is it possible to retrieve the hard drive in some way? I would like to wipe it clean, and get back my original 40G on it but the bios itself won't recognize it as such. I have the Ultimate Boot CD and have tried using some of its utilities but I haven't had any success with having my bios reading its original capacity.

I don't want to install it in my main computer for fear that my system will crash and I have no other computer to test its capacity within bios. Is there something else I can do? BTW, my computer is COMPAQ Presario 5000 (Model 5UVME2). Any help will be appreciated.

A:40G hard drive being detected as 0.2G in bios

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I have a machine that will no longer detect my samsung terra at bios. It seems to make the boot up noise and everything but it wont detect it at all. It does detect my other sammy but not this drive. I tried it in another machine and i get the same problem.

I swapped the circuit board from my working drive to the non working and still nothing. I have quite a bit of data on there if i can get it to boot that would be great and copy it all over.

Before this happened every now and then when i turned the machine on it would not show it as being detected. If i powered off the system a few times and turned it on it would come back, i thought it might be because it was Pentium 4 and it was old and dying but when i put it in my i3 it doesnt work.

A:Hard drive not detected at bios

Is this a SATA drive (probably)? You didn't provide any specifics on the hardware.

Have you tried moving the SATA cable to a different connector on the motherboard? I know you said you tried it in another machine, so that would suggest the drive itself is the problem... but still...

Try using a different SATA connector on the motherboard, and maybe even another SATA data cable.

Pull out the data cable and re-seat it, both on the drive and also on the motherboard.

I had a recent similar situation with a Western Digital Velociraptor drive, that I thought was going bad. Like you, I would try all kinds of different ways to coax it back to "normal operation", and mostly they would work. Eventually, I decided to replace it.

I ordered a new one, transferred the contents, and it all seemed to work perfectly, pointing to the old drive as the culprit. Then two weeks later the new drive began to act up again, just like the old drive had. Grrr..

Anyway, I decided that maybe it was my SATA #4 connector on the motherboard that was at fault. So I moved the cable over to the SATA #2 connector... and it's been perfect ever since (fingers crossed that this holds true forever).

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So my computer crashed on me and after doing research I found that BIOS is not detecting my hard drive. Is there a way I can fix this or is my computer just heading for the scrap heap. I have all the driver and windows discs that came with my computer. The specs are:

Dell inspiron 1525
Intel Core 2 Duo
250 Gb hard drive
Running windows vista home premium 32 bit

Any more details you need I'll be right here waiting and will respond quickly.

A:Hard drive not detected in BIOS.. Help!

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I recently purchased a gaming pc for my son as a xmas present. It was pretty expensive, but came with no operating system. When trying to install window 8.1 pro it gave the error "no signed device drivers were found". After downloading the drivers it still wouldn't install windows, so I went into the BIOS and all the SATA ports are empty. Nowhere in the BIOS does it say anything about a hard drive being plugged in. Tried plugging one of the SATA cables into a different port, but still no joy.

Any help would be much appreciated. Unfortunately the place were I bought the pc from is closed until Monday.

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I have a single 80GB drive in the computer. It's set to master (CD is unplugged). Computer boots up and memory test is fine. The bios gets to the "detected IDE devices" and just hangs...and hangs...and hangs. After about 5-6 minutes, the bios will finish it's POST and I'll get "boot disk failure insert system disk and press enter" on the screen. Big deal..that doesn't do much for me, since my hard drive is never recognized.

When I get into the bios, and I try to auto-detect the drive, it never finds it. I've tried all combo of the jumper on the drive too (including cable select). If I have the cd-rom plugged...no problem there finding it.

I suspect the hard drive is dead (but it gets power because it's nice and warm). What do you guys think? Bios never sees the hard drive (even after I replaced the IDE cable 3x's)....think the drive is dead?

A:hard drive is never detected by BIOS

That's one possible reason. Another is that the cable is somehow faulty, or the Motherboard damaged? Is it worth getting a new HD, installing an OS on that, running the suspect drive as a slave, and seeing if BIOS picks it up then? (this may be pointless - i'm new to this lark - but it's what i'd do if i were you).

I found your thread because I have a similar issue, but sounds like mine is more soluble than yours. Rather than hi-jacking your thread I'll post mine on a new thread.


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Yesterday, my motherboard keeled over and died on me, so I went out and bought another one for my PC. I put it in and hooked everything up correctly according to the manual. My computer starts up, and it stays on the mainboard screen (the one where it says "press <tab> to show POST" and "press <DEL> to enter setup") and does not leave this screen. So I decide to go into the BIOS setup. In the BIOS setup, and look at the boot order. My optical drive is there as SATA2, but my hard drive is nowhere to be found.

I turned it off and reset the BIOS in hopes that it would fix the problem to no avail. Upon closer inspection, however, I found that the hard drive DOES in fact spin for a few seconds, only to stop as soon as the mainboard logo screen shows up.

I have plugged my hard drive into my brother's computer as a secondary drive, and all my files show, so I know the hard drive is not completely faulty. Does anybody know how to solve this problem? If so, please help!

Here are my specs, in case they help:
Motherboard: MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 AM2+
CPU: AMD Windsor 6400+ @ 3.2 Ghz
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 9800 GT @ 1GB
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Thank you for your time

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Got a blue screen and now my computer no longer recognises my boot drive which is a m.2 nvme 970 evo and had w10. The drive was also renamed to boot(X but then changes back to c when i manage to get to my desktop. The only drive that shows up is my hard drive. On rare occasions the computer recognises the boot drive and im able to get to my desktop but after awhile the computer freezes and resets into bios. I also cleared the cmos afterwards

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HiI am using windows xp on a 686running at 750Mhz
and my seagate 80Gb model no ST380011A is not detected in bios or at startup what can I do it was working well last week have changed it to secondary as a master and still no results ?

A:Hard drive not detected in bios or my computer

Hi ally1956

Recheck the drives jumpers and try a different IDE cable. Its possible that the drive has just died. Try downloading the manufacturers drive test and running that. Is the drive under a warranty?


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Hello.I come back to a problem that I did not solve yet. PC was perfectly operating also with a FDD of old type with ribbon cable connected to the proper connector on the Benicia motherboard and separate supply from PC power  wiring.  I updated the BIOS to the version 5.43 and the FDD was not anymore detected inspite of different settings of the BIOS that I tryed.Disk "A" is not detected on W7 and W7 Device Manager is not showing hardware failures. I have to remark that the BIOS updating have been done with ClamWinAntivirus, Malwarebytes and  SUPERantispyware still running. Since v5.43 of AMI BIOS provides the settings for a FDD and the FD is operating ( tested in an other PC) I would like to find a solution in order to detect disk "A": Is it possible to run a second time the v5.43 BIOS updating file,  with all antivirus off, without create damages? is it possible that there would be some settings on the BIOS that I have not discovered? Please give me a suggestion ( the solution of a FDD USB is the last chance, because the hardware was operating ). Thanks.Gianfranco41. 

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Help! Watching videos on my Laptop when it suddenly froze.
Rebooted the computer then suddenly this appeared


disabled network boot on bios then this appeared

No Operating system found

Checked BIOS, laptop's hardrive is not detected but cd drive is

Not an expert on computers
running windows 7

A:Laptop hard drive not detected in BIOS

It's very possible your HD is dead.
You can try re-seating it, or test it on another computer via enclosure or USB adapter, but you probably need a new drive.

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When I opened up my PC, I found out that "My Computer" did not list my Slave drive (40g Seagate rubber type with 2 partitions) My computer has been working fine for four years now until today. My Primary drive (40g Maxtor 7200) with 2 partitions also which contains my OS XP SP2 in C: and D: contains my data.

The thing is, when I check my BIOS setup, it detects my Slave drive with its info.

any ideas why it cannot be detected? solutions perhaps? thanks.


A:Solved: Slave Drive cannot be detected but BIOS can

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Hello guys,
I have 60 GB maxtor hard drive. it had two primary partitions with dual boot,
one is WinME and the other was XP. it had lot of unwanted programs from my friend and was not working well.
my friend had assembled it with AMD 1.8 GhZ, 512 MB RAM.

I bought a new XP pro software and decided to have a clean install.
used GDISK( similar to FDISK) to delete all partitions.
then i put the XP CD to create partition and load XP, it said no HDD found.

i did not open the box nor distrub the box.
i did the following in the sequence i have stated.
I copied all the data files into CD.
then i put the GDISK to delete all partitions.
then put the XP cd and boot from CD,
XP setup comes up and it is unable to identify the HDD, so everything else
stops. everything was working before suddenly after delete of partitions,
HDD could not be detected by BIOS.

then i looked into setup while booting,
the CMOS standard does not identify HDD.
it had the following identified in SETUP - CMOS standard
Primary master: DVD rom - ( i set this in AUTO and press ENTER it identifies
Primary Slave: no installed ( i set this to AUTO and press ENTER- it says
not installed.
Secondary master: CD ROM
Secondary slave: not installed.

it detects Floppy drive.

any ideas..
thanks in advance..

A:Hard drive not detected by CMOS/BIOS

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hello, running my computer on windows vista home premium 64 bit, and i wanted to create a new partition on my harddrive, but then i dont know what i misclick, but the computer started to restart and now windows fails to load
I try using my windows cd, and cant install vista or do a system restore.,

am i missing hard drive drivers?

any help appreciated thanks!

A:hard drive detected by bios but wont boot?

when i try to repair pc with the vista cd it tells me to choose harddrive but theres none listed, and it says if theres none listed to load a driver to access hard drive .. would these be located on the cd or on the cd that came with the computer?

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I've been trying for the past hours to get a 400GB seagate 7200.10 drive to work in my computer. I've downloaded the SATA drivers directly from asus but got to the problem where the viaraid.sys couldn't be copied. I was able to partition the drive into two parts and almost began install win xp though after the reboot, I was stuck in a loop. I thought that by getting everything back into place, I'd now be able to see the drive since it's partitionated, but no.

Like the thread title state, I'm able to see the hard drive at boot time and in the bios though in the system I have no information on it at all.

I'd like to know what step I should take in order to see my hard drive partitions in my hd list in win xp.

My current spec are:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Motherboard: Asus K8V-X
Primary IDE HD: Maxtor 6Y060L0 (60 GB)
The drive I'm trying to install: SATA : Seagate 400GB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Pro

Thanks for your help.

A:Solved: SATA drive detected in BIOS but not visible

Found the answer. The Serial ATA controller was disabled (in the control panel > peripherals > Serial ATA controller)

Drives show up!

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Hello. I bought a little 16 GB flash drive by Emtec yesterday because it was on sale for ten bucks at Office Max. I tested it out transferring a few music files from my laptop to my PC, and it worked like a charm. Around half an hour ago, I decided to see what it can really do. I used Unetbootin and loaded Damn Small Linux. I shut the computer down and opened up the BIOS Boot Options, and I was only picking up my computer's hard drive. Hmm. So I boot it as I normally would, and it went fine. Assuming it was that Linux black magic, I loaded a different distribution, and opened up the BIOS again. What the heck? The USB still isnt' showing up. I restarted a few times just to make sure it wasn't just a fluke, and it's still not showing up.
Any idea what's going on here?

A:Emtec 16GB Flash Drive not detected in BIOS

Quote: Originally Posted by Cross Bones

....... I loaded a different distribution,..........

How did you do that if your Flash drive was not recognised on your PC?

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I have had my Toshiba Satellite Pro P200D-10P for 3 years now and have had a recurring problem. If I shut it down for any reason I then cannot reboot it thereafter, sometimes for several hours and at worst for several days. In BIOS, under 'Main' it has 'None' under the 'Hard Disk' title. If I try and boot it up I get the error; 'For Realtek RTL8100E/8101E Fast Ethernet Network Adapter v1.02 (060529). PXE-E61: 'Media test failure, check cable. PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.' I assume this is due to no hard drive being found in the boot sequence and LAN being used.

I have updated the version of BIOS to v1.07 and have tried removing each of the 1GB RAM to check if its due to bad RAM but that has not helped the issue.

I have removed and replaced the hard drive to ensure it is seated properly but that has not improved the problem.

I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give.

Thank you.

A:Toshiba Satellite Pro: No hard drive detected by BIOS

If I try and boot it up I get the error; 'For Realtek RTL8100E/8101E Fast Ethernet Network Adapter v1.02 (060529). PXE-E61: 'Media test failure, check cable. PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.' I assume this is due to no hard drive being found in the boot sequence and LAN being used.Click to expand...

I would say thats correct

Sounds like a faulty harddrive as its not being seen at all


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I recently upgraded my motherboard from an 'ASRock N68C-S' to a 'Asus M5A78L-M/USB3'
The motherboard worked for approximately a day and a half, then the LAN socket stopped working, then the entire board stopped working. Just my luck, it turned out to be faulty, I sent it back for a refund and bought the same model again.
I received the new motherboard and installed it, and everything seemed fine. After over a week's usage, the LAN socket is working and performance in general is great... except one annoying and worrying thing...

I have 3 hard drives and 1 DVD drive.
Every morning, when I turn on the computer, at least 1 of these things is not detected in the BIOS and so they are unusable.
With the power off (by the mains) I disconnect undetected drive's sata cable an plug them into a different port on the motherboard. There are 6 ports, and then inexplicably it works.
But every day, after not using the computer for 8 - 10 hours (the time that I am asleep), I have to remove the case and route around...

Unfortunately, because Asus are ****, I cannot download all of the drivers I need for the motherboard on their site because I run Windows 8 64bit, for which they have less than a quarter of the drivers compared to other OS's
I have been able to update the BIOS though.
This hasn't helped.

The most obvious cause is another faulty motherboard, because I'm not the luckiest person... this type of **** happens to me.
However, on separate ... Read more

A:Harddrives/DVD drive not detected in BIOS. Have to fix it every day by moving cables

Maybe I didn't make it clear in the initial post, but could somebody help me please?

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I picked up a computer off craiglist was thoroughly enjoying my gtx geforce 680 ( https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/sys/6239989909.html ) when it "crashed" about 6 hours after purchase.When I rebooted I received the "no hard disk detected" message. Upon launching bios setup the hard drive is listed with details as being attached to its corresponding sata port. I am trying to determine if my hard drive is broken or if it needs remounting or some other sort of procedure.

The hard drive is a slightly dated WD Carver 1 TB SATA internal drive interacting with an asus motherboard. I did notice the boot order for drives had been rearranged putting an external and an optical disk drive in position 1 and 2 for boot directories. I disabled both the external and optical disc and selected the WD sata drive as the first preference for booting. Still I am getting the same error. I read somewhere that if the bios is recognized in setup but is still not recognized for booting that I may need to run a 32bit diagnostic. The forum I saw the diagnostic post mentioned on was in reference to a dell machine. I don't really know what this is or if it exists on my ASUS mother board.

In short: how can I tell If my hard drive needs replacement?

If Bios recognizing the drive is sign of life how can I get my computer to recognize this drive again?

are there any programs I could download on my laptop and put on my external that could be used to boot and run diagnostics on t... Read more

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I just added a second SATA drive to my system and now I’m getting some headaches booting up. Maybe because of my limited knowledge – but it all seems quite strange to me…

My first HD was split into 3 partitions: C:Windows, Drogram Files, Eocuments & Settings. It had been running perfectly. The HD I added also had 3 partitions, all containing pure media (documents, films, music).

After adding the 2nd drive the system wouldn’t boot – the BIOS logo screen hung for ages and then I got the message: NTLDR is missing – press ctrl + alt + del to restart.

However, I CAN boot into XP – but only by going into the BIOS setup and pressing f10 to save and exit. Then it boots up fine. But if I merely exit BIOS without saving, it takes me back to the NTLDR message.

Boot priority is CD, HD, Disabled.

Now, when in the BIOS setup, it says the second SATA drive is ‘not detected’ and only one is shown as available for the boot priority options. However, when I actually get into XP it shows up and I can access my media perfectly.

Will anyone here be able to enlighten me as to what is going on?!?!?!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

PC: Home build (but working fine until just now)
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4200+
2 x SATA HD: WD 3200 SD-01KNBO

A:Solved: Strange - Second SATA Drive Working but Not Detected by BIOS

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Lots of BSOD, lock ups, hard drive not being detected by bios, is it failing?

Let me start by saying my PC is custom built, most parts are only a year old.

The oldest parts are the harddrive (about 5 years) and the soundcard (about 7 years).

I have never had major problems until now (a year after building it).

It all started with a blue screen.
Reboot windows and it seems to start up fine, gets to the desktop and locks up.

Reboot windows and I get another blue screen.

I Try to start windows from the last good configuration.
Error. Registry file failure. Cannot load hive file.

I try booting from the windows cd and running a chkdsk.
Harddrive starts making a buzzing sound.
It gets to step 3 of 5 and stops.
Failed to transfer logged messages. Status 50

Now the bios rarely even "sees" the drive.
When I can get it to boot and see it, any attempt at diagnostics and repairs produces errors, locks up, or fails.

Is this a bad harddrive? I would hate to spend the money on a new one only to find it is a bad mobo or virus.

How can I diagnose this? If it is a bad drive I would like to save what juice is left in it and try to recover a few files before it dies.

Most of the important data has been backed up but I would like to try and get a few game save files if I can.

But its not a disaster if the drive data is not recoverable.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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A:Lots of BSOD, lock ups, hard drive not being detected by bios, is it f

I would recommend downloading and burning the DOS version of SeaTools to a CD/DVD and using it to run the short and long tests with the SeaTools diagnostic utilities.

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Hello. I have an Acer Aspire One AOA150 netbook, and it was showing UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME as a stop error for windows XP. I tried using the Recovery Console to repair the disk errors, but the utility gave me an error saying the drive had one or more unfixable errors. After this, the hard drive was no longer recognized by the BIOS. What can I do to fix this problem? If the problem requires a hard drive replacement, what size hard drive do I need to get (1.8" or 2.5")?

A:Acer Aspire One AOA150 hard drive not detected in BIOS

You need a 2 1/2" laptop hard drive either SATA or IDE. Be sure to remove the drive and check for this before you buy a replacement laptop hard drive

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i have a Advent Atom N270 laptop which has encountered a problem.
When i boot my PC i get the following error: Reboot & Select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device & press any key".

I went into BIOS to see the Hard Drive status but i can't see any option where the HD is detected (so i assume it is not being detected).

I thought this issue meant the HD must be the problem. However, i took the HD out of the Advent & tried it on another laptop and it worked fine. Also, i used the working lapyops HD to test the Advent Atom laptop & i get the same error - even though the HD i tried is a perfectly working one.

I have checked to see if the hard drive has power going to it & i can hear it spinning.
I have tried the recovery CDs but they won't install (assuiming thatw ithout a drive, the recovery software can't install).
The hard drives in question are SATA drives

I'm completely confused as to what the issue can be. If it isn't the hard drive then what can it be?
Can anyone please help me with this issue?

regards, Shuja

A:Hard drive not detected in BIOS - reboot & select boot device msg

This is probably an issue with SATA drivers. One vital piece of information is missing from your post, what version of windows are you using and is it already installed on the hard drive?

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i am being trouble by my hardisk coz i can't install windows in it so i came to my friend and tested my hardisk well it's in the bios so i thought it's ok but when the windows start and the message detected new device was shown we go to my computer but it's not there so we thought that maybe my HD doesn't have a format (NTFS/FAT32) so we install partition magic so we can format it but even partition magic can't detect it is my HD done for it? thanks

A:HDD detected in Bios But not in Windows

Look for it in disk management. Right click My Computer > Manage

Click on Disk Management.

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I have an IBM IntelliStation M Pro and wanted to un/re-install Windows XP on my computer. But it could not be done because the HDD is not detected in the BIOS but it works fine in Windows. The Windows installation disk doesn't detect the HDD either. What can I do to get it detected in the BIOS so I can un/re-install Windows again?


A:HDD not detected in BIOS but in Windows

back up your data first off i can help guide you through some different options but just for the sake of it, any data not saved twice is data you dont care about.

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Hi all,
I cannot use my keyboard when the PC post checks and stuff, for example when it says press del to enter setup.

However I can use the keyboard once in windows.

I am using Asus P5W64 WS Professional motherboard

The keyboard is a USB Microsoft one (Its like a USB and mouse through one USB)

Thanks everyone and merry xmas

A:Keyboard not detected in boot, but detected in windows

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Hi there!

I've been trying to get my bluetooth working for the past few weeks with no luck. The device doesn't appear in Device Manager, and the drivers that I've tried (both from dell, and apart from dell since they only support Vista and XP with Studio 1535) all have given me the response of no device detected.

In my bios, in the Device Info section, there are no WPAN detected, which I understood was my bluetooth.

My spec's are:
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Studio 1535

In Device Manager, I have two "Base System Device"
Hardware ID of first:
Hardware ID of second:

Could anyone have an insight on how to fix my bluetooth device? Any efforts are appreciated

A:Bluetooth not detected in windows, or in the bios

*It's a built in bluetooth device*

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I have been facing some strange problems with hd drives lately:

I have a pc (xp pro sp2) with 3 sata hard drives. All of them are connected as ide though, because we did not want to put them on raid... (at least this is what I understood from the tech guy who made the configuration)

HDD 1 (drive C) : WesternDigital 75G / 10.000rpm - has all windows and programs installed
HDD 2 (drive D) : Maxtor 300G / 7200rpm - only for files and storage
HDD 3 (drive E) : Maxtor 300G / 7200 rpm - only for files and storage

(motherboard is MSI 975X Platinum)

2 months ago HDD 3 starts showing "windows write failed" though even if I was not working on this drive. After various efforts I couldn't fix the problem so, I unplugged the drive in order to be able to continue working, thinking I could solve the problem later.

1 month ago the (while working only with the 2 drives) the internal power supply (450w) failed so we replaced it with a 550w and connected again the HDD 3 to check if it was a problem caused by the power supply. Everything seemed to work fine again.

Until 2 days ago, I get a blue checkdisk screen for drive E, which while running it says that almost every sector from drive E is not readable (I don't remember exactly the phrase it was displaying) After that, drive E (HDD 3) has disappeared from windows although it is connected on the motherboard.

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A:HDD not detected by BIOS but visible and in windows

It could be possible that when the old power supply took a bite that it might have messed up the BIOS in the computer just a bit. I usually do not recommend doing this because it could be a bit dangerous if anything goes wrong during the update process like any power outages even just for a split second it will trash the BIOS flashing. If you have never done this before I would strongly suggest getting someone to help you that has experience at this type of procedure.

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I want to be able to boot my Toshiba Satellite laptop P205D-S7436 using an external sata hard drive using an enclosure connected to an Esata express card. The hard drive is detected in windows, but not in the first screen of the BIOS. The BIOS does not allow search for additonal hard drives. I have a internal Hitachi 120 gb hd installed. The external hd is a Hitachi 500 gb 2.5 sata hd. If I use a USB cable, the drive is detected in the boot section of the BIOS but will not boot. From what I have read on the internet the USB is too slow to boot, but a sata drive should be capable. I don't understand why the esata connected drive is detected in windows, but not in the BIOS. I have looked for BIOS updates that address this problem but have not found any. Any sugestions?

A:External Sata Hd detected in windows, not in BIOS

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I went into the BIOS and next to "DVD:" it was blank.  Does this mean it is not recognized? Are there any solutions to this?  I did a search on Google and tried every possible Windows 10 solution.  Nothing.  

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