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Q: Solved: Computer doesn't detect hard drive


So i want to switch the HDD's of my 2 computers, i unplugged both drives, then i put one of the drives into the other computer attaching it exactly as it was (the master slave thingy) but the comp said it didn't detect and master or slave. So i took it out again and changed the master slave thingy so that it was the same as the HDD that i took out of the computer i was trying to get this HDD to work in.

Same thing happened, comp said it didn't detect any HDD at all.

Why can't it detect it?

Both drives are unformatted and have windows and stuff on them, i thought it'd be a simple switch a roo.

Does this mean that the HDD is not compatible in this other computer?

Or do i need to do something to make the computer detect the HDD?


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I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

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A: Solved: Computer doesn't detect hard drive

I assume they are not being seen on the bios - correct

check the details on the HDD and make sure you have set to Master - what else is on the cable .....

are these identical machines ? because with windows you have installed all the motherboard drivers and even if you swap them around and get the bios to recognise them - windows may not work correctly

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I use 3 computers, in one that has Windows Seven and other Xp, the computer detects the external hard drive with no problem
But in another Windows Seven pc, it doesn't detect it at all, the hard drive makes a clicking sound and nothing else

So, what can it be?, I even connect it to a TV and can watch movies with no problem, but being detected in that computer, never

A:Computer doesn't detect external Hard Drive

Do other external drives work with that PC?

Does that external drive appear in Windows Disk Management? If it does, does it have a drive letter assigned? If not assign a drive letter.

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My old 320gb SATA hard drive recently died, so I took it out and replaced it with a 1tb SATA hard drive. Now the hard drive is not recognized in the BIOS. Also, the motherboard logo screen hangs. After the logo screen, I recieve a "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter".

I've already checked that all the wires connected properly and tried changing the connectors for the hard drive. I've also tried resetting my BIOS.

If I try booting without a hard drive, the motherboard logo screen doesn't hang anymore.

Please help me

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Here's my hard drive:
Seagate Constellation ES ST3500514NS

I haven't been able to get Windows 7 installation to detect this drive for about two months now. I'm running on a Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H mobo, revision 2.1.

I recently found a list of drivers for my motherboard on Gigabyte, but I'm not sure if any of these will help me.
I also found some downloads for my hard drive.

Oh, and I can use this drive if I'm running Windows 7 on a different hard drive, but I just can't install Windows 7 on it.

A:Windows 7 Doesn't Detect My Hard Drive

Check if the new HDD is being detected in BIOS. Also, the HDD may be formatted as a file system not supported for Windows. Make sure it is formatted as NTFS.

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I am running a Intel D845BG mobo and have a 6.5gb hd connected to IDE0. I launch my machine and I can see the harddrive in bios as well as my other devices. When I start Windows 2000 setup, it says that it can't find boot partition to check signature. It gets to the initial setup and gives me 3 choices. to repair, setup, or exit. I choose install fresh copy. Then I get the error message, "Setup cannot find any hard disks installed on your computer" Press F3 to restart.

I have tried all jumper combinations on the hard drive, I know the hard drive is good but can't get Windows 2K setup to recognize it. Please Help.. I have tried everything.

Thank you in advance.

A:Setup W2K Doesn't detect Hard drive

Have you tried using a different ide cable?
Also have you tried a bios flash?

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I'm using a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R motherboard, and my hard drive is a seagate barracuda 500gb.

The system is brand new, built myself. No previous operating system on it.
I tried installing windows vista. I get past everything, until it asks me to select a drive to install to, and the list is empty. I tried every driver on the mobo's cd, and every driver on their website, none of them worked. I've tried different SATA modes, and ports on the mobo, and it doesn't work (I would dear say I've tried everything, except another OS because I don't have access to one).

However, when I select browse to search for drivers, when installing vista, I can select the local drive and search it for drivers. Does this mean it's there and it's something else, or is it just an option and what not? (there's a floppy there too, but I have none installed on the computer).

My bios sees the HD just fine. I'm out of ideas, and friggin fed up. I tried contacting Gigabyte but that was pointless.

A:Vista doesn't detect my hard drive

set the sata to be seen as ide in the bios

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Install everything, the bios detect the hard drive (it's a new hard drive, never been use) but when installing the Win7 64, the hard drive list is empty.

Here my spec

Phenom II 940BE | Gigabyte 790X-UD4P | Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB | XFX HD4770 512MB | OCZ StealthXStream 600W | NZXT Tempest


A:Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

You need to format new hard drives. no?

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I tried to install Ubuntu and failed. i removed it using the ubuntu boot-repair so i will at least have my windows 7 back. now i get the message "Bootmgr is missing", and the windows repair (the one from the installation disc) doesn't even recognize my hard drive. when i'm loading the ubuntu installation or boot-repair it does recognize my hard drive.

i backed up all my files in case i need to format and install windows 7 again, but right now i can't do that because the installation disc doesn't detect my hard drive.

any suggestions?

A:Bootmgr is missing, startup repair doesn't detect hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by orivolfo

I tried to install Ubuntu and failed. i removed it using the ubuntu boot-repair so i will at least have my windows 7 back. now i get the message "Bootmgr is missing", and the windows repair (the one from the installation disc) doesn't even recognize my hard drive. when i'm loading the ubuntu installation or boot-repair it does recognize my hard drive.

i backed up all my files in case i need to format and install windows 7 again, but right now i can't do that because the installation disc doesn't detect my hard drive.

any suggestions?

Just curious, why are you still running ubuntu's installation or boot repair? I appreciate the fact you may just be testing things, but I would suggest leaving well enough alone.

You may want to check the following link for some help;

Bootmgr is missing - Fix


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I want to do a complete reformat. I have a Windows XP Setup CD, and I backed up all my desired files onto an external hard drive, but after starting the Windows XP Setup (Full Install, not Upgrade) in Safe Mode (regular doesn't work) and having it reboot and continue trying to install, I get a blue screen with a 0x00 type code. Is there any way to tell the computer to completely reformat the hard drive so that I can install Windows XP all over again, with none of the problems that I'm trying to get rid of? If I insert the Windows XP CD and select to boot from CD, it claims I have no hard drives installed and can't continue. http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc273/A...AA/100_5792.jpg The hard drives are in there, but after getting rid of malwares recently, my computer has gone through several stages of problems, and all I want to do now is reformat and start fresh and free. How do I get my computer to recognize the drives in its pre-OS state, so I can install Windows XP on it?

A:Computer doesn't detect hard drives. Trying to reformat.

First what is the make and model of the PC? Also, just to be sure, does the hard drive show up in the BIOS?

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Hi everyone, this is my first time here. I apologize if this question has already been asked but a couple days ago I was trying to install a new piece of software for my daughter and my CD ROM drive didn't start up automatically like usual. I could hear it wind up but then it would stop so I went to 'my computer' and my D drive wasn't even listed there. I haven't used my D drive for a couple of months, so who knows how long this has been a problem. I had the klez virus back in July but then got rid of it. I don't think that caused the problem because after I got rid of the virus I reinstalled Norton and it worked just fine then. A couple people have mentioned that it coule be a lost driver but I don't want to waste time downloading programs that I don't need. Any thoughts?


A:Computer doesn't detect D drive

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Hey all,

When booting my computer, i seem to get stuck at "Detecting IDE Drives". It completes the cycle every once in a while, maybe once every 3-5 restarts. As well, my computer CANNOT boot off of my CD drive, only my disk drive. When I do boot from my HDD, my computer doesn't detect my CD Drive. Additionally, the drive doesn't even open nor does it have a light - although on occassion, it will work fine; it will open and light up as usual.

Can anybody explain how to fix this in lamens terms?

Thanks in advance!

A:Computer doesn't detect CD drive

There are a few things you can try as in this guide: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic137666.html

However, because of the multiple problems you describe, in the end I think you will have to replace the drive with a new one.

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I'm quite "green" at computers so please excuse my ignorance...I am running windows xp...when I place a cd in my e drive it doesn't detect it at all...when I put it in my d drive..which is also my burner...it will detect it and run it once, only if I haven't done anything else on my computer after turning it on and going right to that function...but if I need a second thing done ... nothing...ie. I tried to download a two cd game for my son.
...I turned on my computer and the first disk installed then it said to take it out and
place the second disk in...when I do that it doesn't detect it. I don't have windows xp setup disk since I had it installed when I bought the computer by the company I bought it from....what should I do...? Thanks so much in advance for your help...please use "laymans" terms, if you are replying, so I can understand responses!

A:computer doesn't detect cd drive after using it once

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i put a western digital caviar black hard drive in an azio enclosure.

my dell dimension c521 computer doesn't see it. Belarc Advisor see's my new hard drive.

I have another internal hard drive in an enclosure. It's a samsung hard drive in a Rosewill enclosure.

my computer see's it. There are no drivers for the hard drive or the enclosure on the manufacturer's site's.

I am on vista 32-bit. The enclosure's connection is USB 2.0.

Could it be that my Dell isn't compatible with the enclosure's USB 2.0 connection?

Any other advice? Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: My computer doesn't see my new hard drive

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I recently purchased a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB hard drive with USB 3.0 connector. I connected the 3.0 cable to a 2.0 port(don't have 3.0 ports) and windows popped up saying installing drivers for new device, pretty standard stuff. After it was done I went to My Computer, but the hard drive does not show up.

I checked device manager, and it does show the drive there. When I clicked properties and tried populating the "volumes" section, a 2.8tb section did show up, but had no label, but i don't know the significance of that. Any help with this is appreciated, thanks in advance.


A:Solved: New Seagate 3TB hard drive doesn't show up in My Computer

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Hello everyone. The problem is with my CPU fan/motherboard. For some reason my computer doesn't detect my CPU fan. The CPU fan runs but when I start up my computer I have to press F1 everytime to bypass the system error. I hope nothing serious is wrong and it's just a mis-communication with my CPU fan and motherboard bios. I recently just installed a new CPU fan from Zalman CPNS9500A. What should I try to do to correct this issue?

A:Solved: My computer doesn't detect my CPU Fan

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Hi guys. I have a problem with ez cd creator. i did check for viruses, so don't worry about that. i unistalled adaptec easy cd creator 4 because it wasn't working correctly, and just installed roxio ez cd creator 5. it works fine, turns on, etc. i mean, but in the system tray it says "Direct CD, No supported Drive!". How do i get it to detect my CDRW, an HP CD Writer Plus 7200? Device Manager is fine, shows no errors, and the HP CD Writer does show up in device manager. Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] Roxio Easy CD Creator doesn't detect CDRW drive

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Hello there, I am needing some help with a problem and was hoping that some-one may be able to help.

Start at the beginning.....

A friend brought me his computer to have a look at as it had stopped working, ie: it no longer booted or ran at all, I built this system for him 8 months ago and it has ran flawlessly until this week.
So on getting it back I tried to boot from a floppy emergency disk but the computer would not even put up a boot screen or show any sign of life on screen.

Next I took out the hard drive and tried it in my own computer, this time I was getting a starting bios screen but it would not detect the hard drive, kept hanging at the "detecting master hard drive" screen, but hard drive is spinning up ok so it's not dead, just not being recognized.
Took out his processor, (to see why I wasn't getting a startup screen on his computer), and put it in my system only for it to wreck my system, eg: it will no longer boot, screen is dead, or recognize the hard disk and am getting a constant beeping noise from the speaker. Can't even see the POST and bios screen on monitor. Same as the culprit machine.

As it's an Asus motherboard on mine and I have the I panel I am getting a "C1" error indicating "auto detect on-board DRAM & cache" whatever that means.

So I now have 2 systems sitting that I cannot boot or get to recognize hard drives or even show any startup screens.

I am scared of it being a virus that I have... Read more

A:Computer has died and won't detect hard drive

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I've suddenly been having this problem for the past week or so. Sometimes when I boot up my computer, my other internal hard drives (B and E) are not detected; only the C drive is. The disks don't appear in my computer, and the space doesn't appear to be available in disk partition (all of the files saved on those disks also cannot be accessed obviously).

Usually the problem fixes itself after a few reboots, but it becomes really inconvenient to reboot like 3-5 times every time I want to restart my computer. Does anyone have a possible solution? Any help is appreciated, thanks.

A:Computer does not detect hard drive on startup

Completing this tutorial by Golden might tell other members some needed information.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi All,

I am new to this community and this is the first time i am posting.

My computer doesn't show volume control in system tray and Audio is completely gone. When I tried to get that from accessories it gives me a message that there are no active mixer devices available and tells me to go to control panel and add hardware.

Let me tell you what I have done so far. I ran msconfig and found "Windows Audio" and it was okay since there was check mark besides it. Alternately I ran %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc which takes me to the same place and everything seems okay.

Then in control panel - sounds and audio devices - volume tab completely grayed out, on audio and voice tab it says the default device is modem#0 line play back ( I don't know why..!) and same thing for sound recording.

I have been working on this for 2 days but can't figure out. Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.

And also, none of my USB seems working and doesn't detect any connections like my external hard drive.

Hoping to hear some solution...!!


A:"There are no active mixer devices available" and USB doesn't detect ext. hard drive

Sometimes, it takes a reformat and reinstall to get things working. Others here will have solutions that will sometimes work temporarily. But the complete reformat and reinstall is the most reliable, we have found.
Do you use a USB printer - scan - fax - copier? We find that there is some sort of relationship with this problem you describe, and certain Epson, HP, and Lexmark multifunction printers and USB failures. In those cases, a total uninstall and removal from the registry, then reinstall from downloads seems to be a good fix. In others, the multi-function printer never works right again.

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Hi guys,

I've had this 3TB hard drive for about 6 months with no problems.

However, for some reason my computer cannot recognise it any more.

It doesn't come up in My Computer, but it comes up in device manager ( see pic 1) and in disk management (see pic 2)

Alarmingly, I can't even assign a letter or do anything but delete the volume (see pic 3)

I can't find the driver cd to install it but I didn't think this would be a problem as I installed it anyway through the computer. I've searched for about 2 days on this forums and others and still can't find a solution. I hope I can find one here

oh and i forgot to mention, i tried the hard drive on two different computers and it had the same problem there as well.

pic 1
By piraxtiri at 2012-02-24
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By piraxtiri at 2012-02-24
By piraxtiri at 2012-02-24

A:My Computer cannot detect my Seagate external hard drive 3TB


Your images still dont show - can you repost them using the little paperclip icon?


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Ive got a DELL P4 PC that I have just formatted and installed Windows XP Pro and now when i start up the PC it doesnt detect my 2nd HHD 80GB. It use to be labeled D: but now the DVD Rom is labelled D:
The drive does show in Device manager and it shows there are 2 disk drives, but it says that the drive that isnt showing that the location is 1. Also it says the device is working properly and that status is online and when I click on Computer Management it says that there is 2 HHD, Volume (C and another volume with no name.



I've tried to name the volume but it wont let me.

Can anyone help me out?

Thankyou in advance )

A:Computer doesnt detect my Slave Hard Drive

Hi and welcome. This wouldn't be the same PC, would it?


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I am sick of my computer there is always some issue every single day

i only have 1 sata cable so i usually end up switching it between my cd drive and my HHD

i have to other HDD's but those are ide

today and this has never happened to me before

i switched out my sata HDD for my cd drive so i could install something and which i did.

but then when i reconnected my Sata HDD it won't let me access the files

it shows up properly in the bios

and it will show up in disk management in the control panel

but i cannot access the files on it all of a sudden

it won't display at my computer either

this is very frustrating

any Idea's on how to fix

reformatting is not an option i have files on this drive in which cannot be deleted as they are vital for my work

A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Won't Detect

First of buy another SATA cable, there cheap. Then take ownership of your files.

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Hello all, here is my problem.

I Just formatted my PC and now for some reason my PC (no matter what I do) wont detect one of my hard drives.

I have a 120 gig and a 320 gig so 2 in total, its the 320 gig one that will now show up.

When I formatted I formatted both partitions as they were the hard drives and I wanted them both wiped.

Ive tried unplugging the drive and plugging it into another port on the motherboard, Ive tried stopping it, removing it and then redetecting it and google and youtube dont seem to answer my problem.

So how can I get my hard drive working/showing up again? im really stumped on this and have tried everything I can think of, Ive also asked friends and other tech guys and they are also stumped at what it could be.

Thanks in advance.

A:[SOLVED] PC wont detect my other hard drive

Does it show in bios? If so good, if not make sure connections are
If it does go into disk management, format and allocate. Control
panel, admin tools, computer management, look to left for disk

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My system was running normal last night. Today when I turned ON my PC, it says no primary disk found (OS not found). When I checked from BIOS my 2 other WD Green 1 TB drives shown but my primary drive was not showing. I plugged in/out several times even i checked with sata to usb adapter but no luck. Is it my hard disk dead?

One more question if i buy new Hard Drive for OS Green or blue best?

A:Solved: Unable to detect 320 WD Hard Drive my PC

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I recently got a new S-ATA hard drive; Samsung Spinpoint F1 750gb to my server. Previously the server has only had one IDE hard drive which has worked without any problems. Anyhow, the BIOS (ASUS A7V600-X) does not detect the new hard drive.

What should I do? I appreciate all help I can get.

A:Solved: BIOS does not detect new hard drive

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I've have an IDE 80 gig western digital hard drive which is detected in bios and device manager but, wont show up in my computer in windows. It's on a different ribbon than the drive with the OS on it. I have the Primary master set for the OS(Windows XP SP3) and Secondary Master as the western digital.

If windows is detecting it and it's detected in BIOS, whats the issue here?

A:[SOLVED] Windows Wont Detect WD Hard drive

Unallocated, lul. Silly me.

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I'm not sure if there are Mac experts here or not, but I figured I'd give this a shot.

I was recently given an 800 MHz iBook G4 that supposedly had a bad hard drive. After I replaced the hard drive the computer still will not detect it.

Every once in a rare while, It will detect the Hard drive long enough to boot up, but it loses it before I can even finish registering the OS.

Any thoughts on what could be the cause of this?... any fixes?

A:Solved: 800MHz iBook G4 wont detect hard drive

well... It seems that the connector was losing contact, so all I had to do was add a sticky pad to the casing underneath to push up against it.

Problem Solved.

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i just bought a SONY cd-rw. i hooked up all the cables, and i was trying to install the software that came with the cd. the computer doesn't detect the cd-rw drive and when i tried to use the diagnostic tool, there is no power and i cannot open the drive to insert the disk. However, the power source IS connected to the drive. i don't know what is wrong.

here is my computer information:
microsoft windows xp professional version 2002 service pack 1
intel pentium 3 996 MHz 384 MB of RAM

here is the sony cd-rw info:
model number :CRX230A

please help.

the drive is not detected in device manager and doesn't list the new cd-rw drive in my computer as well.

A:[SOLVED] Computer cannot detect CD-RW drive

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Hi i replaced my CD drive with a DVD Drive on an old computer, but the BIOS will not recognize it. I wanna install ubuntu which is on a DVD and i have a DVD drive, but the computer wont recognize it. Its a very old computer and i dont even think the bios supports DVD(they were not out then). Is there any way i can upgrade my bios to support DVD drives. The model of the computer is Bki810. Thanks

A:Solved: Old computer does not detect DVD drive

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I have an HP pavilion ze4400 notebook. My computer crashed and I reformatted my hard drive using the HP quick restore system recovery cdís that came with the laptop. The reformatting was successful but after a few months it crashed again. I attempted to reformat the hard drive another time but half way through the reformatting an error message popped up and the computer automatically rebooted itself. Now the computer does not recognize that it has a hard drive and the reformatting discs do not work.

A:Why doesn't my computer recognize the hard drive?

Could be the HD is shot. It happens. It might be it's overheating and that's shutting it down. You don't share enough info to really say much...You would have to share the error message for any specific help...Jazz

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computer went to blue screen .tried to recover with disk that was supplied by nec. A friend tried to install win 2000. Ntfl file is missing was response. startup runs says window 98 was recovered. goes to blue screen, say please wait A:/.> comes up when friend tried to go to c drive " invalid drive specification " Now after my friend tried something else I can't say what exactly , new message was no atapi file or something close to that, and check cables and jumpers which are fine as far as I can tell they are secure. Do not know if electrostatic discharge has occurred. but if it did what can be done? any and all information would be helpful. thanks for any and all responses.

A:Help Help Help computer doesn't recognize Hard Drive.

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I currently have two hard drives and run a dual boot setup. On my main hard drive I have a partition for Windows XP and a partition for the rest of my crap. On my other hard drive I run Ubuntu. Normally I have been using Ubuntu and have had no virus issues whatsoever. Today, I seemed to have gotten an "antivirus scanner virus". I have had great success using Malwarebytes in the past, so I kicked off a scan of that and left my computer alone. Turns out this virus shut down Explorer and eventually gave me hard drive error messages. I don't remember exactly what it said, but they were along the lines of this:

1. Cannot write to disk
2. Hard drive clusters failed
3. Hard drive is running out of space (not true)

I decided to let my Malwarebytes scan continue, figuring these might be bogus messages, trying to scare me. Anyway, Malwarebytes finished scanning, found some infections and needed to restart to complete the removal process. I reboot and find out that it goes through trying to boot from my CD drives and then just hangs when trying to boot from my hard drives. Neither hard drive appears to boot up. Both are visible in BIOS. I can boot from a Live Ubuntu CD and access data on both hard drives as well.

Is there anything I can do? Or, should I just try and use the Live CD and reinstall everything? I'd prefer not to do something that extreme...

If you need any additional information, let me know. Thanks for any and all assistance.

A:Computer doesn't boot into hard drive(s)

When you say it hangs when trying to boot from your hard drives, do you get any kind of message? Or just a blinking cursor in the top left of your screen?

Also, I'm assuming you are using the default boot manager to choose which OS to boot?

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I have a full ATX computer case with two mobile racks for hard drives. I just found out about the new SSD discs, bought a Kingston 240GB SSD, because my two mobile racks are Kingwin trayless (KF-1000-BK), I bought one of the Kingwin racks, HDCV-3, which enables the new SSD/HDCV-3 to fit the trayless racks.. My problem now is that when I boot up with both the WIN7HDD, active operating drive, and the new SSD drive, my computer doesn't recognize the SSD drive under "Computer". How am I suppose to patrician/format the new drive when it doesn't show up anywhere?? I seem to remember the same thing happened when I installed my 1TB HDD,  It's working now but I can't remember how I did it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated...


Check the BIOS. Once you get the BIOS to see the HDD, it "should" show up in Windows. Be careful doing this! I would back-up or remove the Active drive while trying to get the SSD "seen".

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I have a WD Elements Hard Drive, 160Gb, when I plug it into my computer, Vista business 32 bit, I cannot access the hard drive, it works on other computers and even when I plug it into my computer the blue light on the hard drive is on so I figured it must be my computer? but other hard drives work on my computer.. any help would be much appreciated thanks.

A:my computer doesn't recognize my WD hard drive

Hello Kevv, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You may need to take ownership of the drive and give yourself full control before it will allow you access.

Hope this helps,

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Win 98 e-machine 450

Last year, I replaced my 3 gig hard drive with a 20 gig. I copied everything to the new drive, and DISCONNECTED the original.No problems, has been working fine.
Yesterday, I was having some trouble with a couple of programs, and decided to run the restore disk. I checked #2 (don't reformat) and ran it. Now, my computer says I have the original 3 gig drive, and all my programs and documents are lost. I had to reinstall my ISP.
Does anyone know how I can get the computer to "see" the rest of the drive ?

A:Computer doesn't recognize hard drive

whoops! Many restore cd's put everything back to the way it came from the factory. In you case it should have left all your data but got rid of any changes you made within windows and programs but it sounds like instead it put an image of exactly what your harddrive looked like when you bought it.

You have two options(maybe) - you can experiment with the recovery cd to see if it will format the full drive and install your windows and applications. Or you can run fdisk and create extended and logical drives in the unpartitioned space on your drive, which would become a new d: drive.

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I want to do a complete reformat. I have a Windows XP Setup CD, and I backed up all my desired files onto an external hard drive, but after starting the Windows XP Setup (Full Install, not Upgrade) in Safe Mode (regular doesn't work) and having it reboot and continue trying to install, I get a blue screen with a 0x00 type code. Is there any way to tell the computer to completely reformat the hard drive (2x500GB set up in a Mirror Array, in case one hard drive has a hardware fault, I'll still have the data on the mirrored drive) so that I can install Windows XP all over again, with none of the problems that I'm trying to get rid of? If I insert the Windows XP CD and select to boot from CD, it claims I have no hard drives installed and can't continue. The hard drives are in there, but after getting rid of malwares recently, my computer has gone through several stages of problems, and all I want to do now is reformat and start fresh and free. How do I get my computer to recognize the drives in its pre-OS state, so I can install Windows XP on it?

A:I want to reformat but it doesn't detect my hard drives.


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I had my WD external hard drive for more than a year now, and it worked fine until today.

My laptop suddenly won't recognize my external hard drive.

I have two USB ports and they seem to be working just fine; I've tried with different devices.

I plugged my external hard drive to my friend's laptop, and that worked fine...so I have no idea what's wrong.

The LED light on the hard drive stays lit (very few or no blinking) and there's no spinning or ventilating sound at all.

Seems like only the light is on without the device actually working.

Could anyone help please?


A:Computer doesn't recognize external hard drive

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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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Hard drive shows up in Device Manager as working properly, but not recognized in My Computer

A:XP doesn't recognize USB connected hard drive in My Computer

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Have been using portable hard drives without any problem until yesterday. Hard drive G no longer shows up in `my computer`. It does show in Disk Management and I can open it up from there but it`s a hassle. How do I get it to show again in `my computer`?

A:Portable Hard Drive doesn`t Show in My Computer

You should be able to give it a letter in disk manager? and then retain it...

I know sometimes that can be a problem with USB sticks not being seen in My computer, but after assigning them a letter in disk management they usually retain it when plugged in.

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I have an older Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. Today I installed a 100GB hard-drive, but my computer only recognizes 27.9GB. I checked on the hard-drive, and it says it's a 120GB hard-drive. (I also installed more RAM so the computer is a lot faster, but I don't know it won't recognize the larger hard-drive.) Thanks in advance for any and all help.

A:New Hard-drive; Computer Doesn't Recognize More Space

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My first post.
I have Windows 98 SE. I have a plug & play Firefly 20.0gb removable hard drive to store information. When I plug it in I used to see it under my computer.. Now I don't see it. I also don't see the fork like icon for the firefly in my system tray. Now I don't see it. So I can't add or remove information. How can I correct the problem?

A:my computer doesn't see firefly removable hard drive

My Computer doesn't see firefly removable hard drive

No one has to answer this anymore. My Firefly(portable Hard drive) couldn't be seen by my old computer/Win. 98. It's too late. I needed to use the firefly to backup more files before my computer died. Little did I know how soon. The computer H.D. died & the power supply also 9-30-5. Too expensive to repair since I wanted Win.XP & a DVD/cd/=/-rw burner too. So we just bought a new computer.. Now I see my firefly.. I found out the fork like icon was the USB port icon. Thanks for the great website.

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trying to install windows 7 but when i come to choosing which drives to install on is says "windows doesn't detect any of drivers "
my laptop have dual hard disks
primary hard is "SSD" 250 GB ,secondary is "HDD" 2000 GB
bios detecting all of them. my OS now is win10 but im not happy with it so i want to back to win7.
bios options has AHSI only not IDE.
when i installed win10 it run smoothly ,it detects all hard drives ,but win7 didn't.
i saw when i googled that when windows 7 didnt detect any of hard drives, you have to install rapid driver so win7 will see all drives. i try that method but when im hitting browse button to install rapid drive ,windows could't install it
guys please help

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my cd drive doesn't detect any cds
it shows the drive in my computer but it says no cd is in it
i tried to reformatt but can't sdince the cd drive doesn't work
if anyone who knows how to solve or have this problem plz help me
thanx alot

A:Help! My Cd drive doesn't detect cd

First, it could be lint or trash has gotten into and covered laser. Second, it could be the drive motor not coming up to speed or not at all! My sugestion would be try a couple of short burst of canned air to make sure you dislodge any dust. Then try a Cd, when drawer closes with a Cd on it, put a finger or two on the face plate you should feel the motor strat up or attempt to do so. If nothing happens then you need to replace Cd player!

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I am writing in because I think I've exhausted all means of trying to fix an issue with my drive.

As title states, I inserted a DVD into my LG GH24NS90 but Windows 7 is not detecting it.
Info about my computer :
GA-Z68XP-UD3 (rev. 1.0) - Gigabyte
1. Installed Windows 7 OS on IDE mode
2. Tried burning a DVD using ConvertXtoDVD but it burns very slowly (even though it was set at x16) and it freezes the computer when burning.

Hence, I tried to change it to AHCI mode as information on the internet says changing it to AHCI would solve the problem,

1. Update drive to latest firmware.
2. Changed to AHCI (in BIOS) and selected my SSD to boot with success!
3. Tried to insert DVD into drive but not detected!
What can I do!!!

A:[Help] LG Drive doesn't detect CD!!!

Bumping thread. Hoping for some help from fellow forumers here!

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can u guys help me my cd drives doesn't detect any of my cd
the drive is located and windows says its properly connected but none of the cd works
the light turns on and everything
tried to reformatt but teh drive won't respond

A:my cd drive doesn't detect cd

If all the drivers are installed and the computer reconises it the the Cd-rom is bad.

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