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BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Q: BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

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


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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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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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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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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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Upgrading a faulty hard drive for my wife's laptop; but then I saw a previous buyer returned a hard drive as his laptop did not recognise the size.

We have Dell Inspiron 510M using 40gb IDE HDD

I want to buy 160gb IDE HDD, how can i be sure the BOIS and mother board will accept the drive?

Any help appreciated

(BTW, we went to Dell website and they require a product service number, which has fallen of the bottom of our pc so we can't even ask Dell the question in the support section)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

A:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

A:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

A:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

A:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

A:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

A:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????

A:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.

A:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

A:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7 http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?


A:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot

A:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

A:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


A:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

A:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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Basically what has happened it like 9 months ago I got a second hard drive and ever since then I can't have my two hard drives plugged in and the CD drive plugged in too otherwise it won't boot.

Fixed that but changing SATA PCH mode in bios from IDE (default) to AHCI, it worked but then got BSOD on booting so had to change back to IDE, do a registry edit then switch back to AHCI and it booted.

Now it boots with 2 hdd's and the drive plugged in but it does not recognize the CD-drive (it works).

I've tried different cables and different slots.

The CD drive works when just the HDD and cd drive are plugged in.

Super confused.

My mobo is: gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R
Windows 7 64 bit
gtx 760
2x4GB corsair 1333mhz RAM
1x samsung 232GB hdd
1x WD 2TB hdd

A:PC/BIOS won't recognise CD drive?

What type of CD drive is it? Is it a IDE (PATA) or a SATA?
Boot into Setup (Bios) and see if the CD drive is being recognized on the Main page. If it is IDE make sure the IDE port is enabled in the bios. The same if it is SATA, make sure the port is enabled.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.

A:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?

A:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???

A:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



A:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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I have a Windows 7 32 Bit mini pc (SPO-Book Turo) It has 4Gigabytes of installed memory but windows will only use 3.The mini pc hasn't got a CD drive.I have put my windows installation files on my second partition of my 1000 gigabyte drive. My BIOS will not identify that the windows set up is on it what so ever.I am trying to install Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.

any help will be appreciated...

A:Bios wont recognise my partitioned drive with the windows set up on it

Has anyone heard of this happening before?

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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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Have just upgraded to a 120 Gb drive, partitioned with Bootitng, but winXP pro can only recognise 3 of the 4 partitions. Have checked Bootitng site where it says a bios update may be necessary, amongst other things (have tried).
No joy from asus site, any help would be much appreciated.



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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 !

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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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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