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XPS 15 9560 Laptop not detecting windows installation, windows installer not detecting drives.

Q: XPS 15 9560 Laptop not detecting windows installation, windows installer not detecting drives.

I am having trouble with my windows installation after attempting to install windows 10 a second time on the same machine, but different partition.
I have used a bootable USB device with the windows 10 installation (created with the same machine and the same settings for OS).
After pressing F12 and selecting the USB as the boot device, i started the installation process and got to the stage where you select which drive / partition to install windows. But the list only contained the USB device i used to start the installation process, and the SSD did not appear when tried to refresh / reload drives (or unchecked the "hide incompatible drives" checkbox).
After canceling the installation process, i was met with the following message when rebooting windows:
"Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.
The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0x0000034
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you dont have..."

Before the error occured:
I have tried many different things BEFORE i got to the step above where I was able to start the USB stick and consequently ended up with the error.
However when the error occured the BIOS was reset to factory settings and i was able to log in to windows (and listen to spotify for an hour or so) before i tried the install that gave the error:

I tried installing windows 10 with a stick created from another computer. That time I got to the installation process. But when I tried to select a drive to install windows I got an an error saying the stick was MBR to install but the partition was GPT. So the drive was incompatible with windows (or something like that).
I tried installing the USB sitck with the program "Rufus" to partition it for compatability with GPT drives and UEFI BIOS. That did not work and the drive did not turn up in UEFI BIOS as a bootable device (not very relevant for the issue, but im including it just in case).
I tried setting a few settings in the UEFI BIOS in the hopes that it was just a settings issue:

I tried setting the SATA mode to AHCI (and changed it back to Raid On after testing without any issues occuring). Changing this gave me a warning however, saying i might have to reinstall the OS if i changed these settings, But the options i switched between (AHCI and Raid On) was apparently supported and should not cause an issue as far as i could understand from the warning.

I tried turning Secure Boot off (on and off a few times actually).
I tried to enable legacy boot to detect the installer USB stick.
I reset the BIOS to factory settings a few times (without it causing any issues for the booting process).

I tried reordering the boot sequence so that "Windows Boot Manager" was not on top, but the internal drive of the PC. This was also changed back and forth a few times without it causing any problems. I switched back the ordering before the problem occured.

After the error occured:
I can not see the "Windows Boot Manager" in the list of bootable devices anymore. Im guessing this is the main issue.
I tried startup repair, system restore and system recovery image from the troubheshoot dialog on the USB stick, but i dont have an image and the restore / startup repair fails.
The main SSD drive is still detected in the boot sequence (now on top). And it is also detected in the boot sequence UEFI interface.
I did a Dell diagnostic scan of the system and it did not give me any errors with the hardware. Everything seems to work just fine (only got a warning that the power cable was not plugged in).
I followed a guide after googling the red error text above and tried the following commands in the command prompt:
Bootrec /fixmbr
Bootrec /fixboot

Bootrec /scanos
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

but no windows intallations are detected after running those commands.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
Link: http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/fix-0xc0000034-error-windows-10

So then i figured i would follow this guide: www.lifewire.com/how-to-rebuild-the-bcd-in-windows-2624508
to rebuild the bcd. But when i tried the first command:
bcdedit /export C:\bcdbackup
I get an error saying:
The store export operation has failed.The requested system device cannot be found.
And if i scan for disks (i thought the C letter might be wrong), i get two disks: C and X
however running
bcdedit /export X:\bcdbackup
(with X instead of C) gives me the same error.

This is as far as I have gotten. Maby i simply dont have a bcd device to back up? (i dont really know what that means).

Could this be an issue with the hardware?
The installer shouldn't wipe the boot like that right? Specially since it was booting fine before the attempted install, and since i did not go through with the install (or even begin copying / modifying files). As far as I know windows 10 should suopport dual installations of windows on the same computer.

Maby there is a driver for the SSD that I need to reinstall?
In the windows installer I can load a driver if I understand it correctly, but I dont know what driver that should be. If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be very helpful.

Does anyone have an idea of what I can do next?
Go on with the BCD rebuid without the export perhaps? I dont know if that is risky or not.

I dont expect to get my data back, all im hoping for is a clean install again.

Thanks for any and all replies.

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Preferred Solution: XPS 15 9560 Laptop not detecting windows installation, windows installer not detecting drives.

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Hello all, I am wondering if anyone can help me as I am feeling pretty broken right now trying to fix this all day :(
Basically I am running my drives in non raid mode via the perc H310 card. Due to my windows bluescreening all of a sudden I have to re-install windows.
The installation for windows 10 cannot find my drive and requires drivers for the H310 PERC card.
My problem is that whatever PERC H310 driver I seem to download from the dell site (I change the .exe to .zip and then extract to USB) it does not recognize it as a signed driver or it recognizes some H310 drivers but they are hidden from compatibility and still no drives detected when I install them.
I am so exausted and stressed and not sure what else to do as I feel like I have done everything I have read to do but not getting anywhere.
I also read something about F6 drivers and changing the bios from ACHI mode to ATA, though I am not tech savy with this sort of thing and really cannot understand if I need to do it or if it will do more damage.
I even typed in my service tag but the only windows compatible driver is some sort of H310 Firmware, which did not work. I would really appreciate some help with this. I miss having to just plug the sata into the mobo and life was simple! :) 

A:Windows 10 installation not detecting drives on Dell T7600 (PERC H310)

Hi zenonithus,Thanks for posting.Here is some information you may find helpful: http://dell.to/2siRhij

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Hello all,

I need to fix my PC due to MBR errors, so I burned a Win7 ISO file to a USB drive. From there, I entered Diskpart and the "list disk" command only shows the USB drive itself. GRUB GNU (The bootloader I am overwriting) shows all my HDDs, but is unable to access them. Is there any way to fix this? Thanks!

A:Diskpart not detecting drives (Installation USB)

How did you write the ISO to stick? Do you have a UEFI BIOS?

Everything possible is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start .

In the future best to use this method to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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I have been trying to install windows XP Pro on my laptop, but the installation keeps prompting this message: hard disk not found, please check if the disk is correctly connected and powered.

I have been trying out Ubuntu (linux), and had to create a ext3 and a swap partition. Any idea why this is happening.

And when i use windows 98 second edition, the fdisk utility does not detect the full capacity. Plus, when i format or scandisk it cant fix all the errors. PLEASE HELP.

A:Windows Installation Not detecting my harddisk

hi friend,
its not only ur problem, i bought a new compaq presario v 6000, i am trying to install win XP sp2, its showing this same message: hard disk not found, please check if the disk is correctly connected and powered after we press enter for windows xp setup.
if you find the ans pls msg me to [email protected]


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Hello all,

sorry to raise a common problem again. But im stuck in this for past one week.

I had windows 7 before and thought of reinstalling it as it got the Blue Screen Crash dump problem often.

When i tried to install the Windows 7, i deleted the Hard disk as i wanted to change the partition of the drivers. but the windows 7 is not detecting the hard disk since i delete it. In normal case it will detect the Hard Disk as raw and allow us to format it.

Does this problem has any connection with my 64bit config?

how can Windows 7 detect my hard dishk again?

Even i try to find proper SATA Driver for my Packard Bell 64 Bit, Easy note MB65 laptop, but nothing came good.

please help me from this shit pit...


A:Windows 7 not detecting Internal HDD while installation

Did You format the HDD while in the installation?

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Im having an issue where my 2 dvd drives do not show up under my computer and do nothing when a disk is inserted. i have disconnected the reconnected all cables associated with the drives and that didn't help. i then inserted the windows disk and rebooted and booted from cd and it read the disk, so the drives do work. when i go under device manager both drives have an exclamation point by them and when i click on it under device status it says "Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)". I reformatted my computer a week ago and i installed norton 360 after the reformat with a cd. so it was working at one point. i just noticed the problem today but i haven't used any cds since the reformat. so i dont know how long this has been going on. i have attempted a system restore to right after the reformat and several other points, but i get an error that the restore could not be completed my computer is a homebuild. about a year and a half old windows xp home edition service pack 3 intel core 2 quad q9300 @ 2.50 ghz 2 gigs ram nvidia 9800gtx 512mb any help hould be greatly appreciated

A:Solved: dvd drives have power, but windows xp not detecting them, connections been ch

Thats a common issue, here's the likely solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

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Hi, Yesterday I purchased Lenovo Thinkpad E580 with DOS version (S# PF132P6N), Now I am trying to install Windows 7 Professional (64bit) but my 1TB hard disk (not SSD drive) doen't automatically detacting for the partitioning, and it is asking for hard disk driver. I'll appreciate any support to resolve my issue. UEFI Bios Version: R0PET35W date 22-1-2018.

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I have a MSI A6300 laptop
Windows 7 64 bit operating system
ATI Mobility Radeon HD4270

It will not detect 2nd monitor.. i have confirmed the wire and monitor works on my backup computer. I tried to connect to projector and it doesn't work..

Help please.

(when trying to detect monitor it says "another display not detected")

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When I start up my PC everything goes very slowly, things "chops" or lagged as most say.

It comes up a menu that says:

JMicron Technology Corp.. PCI Express to SATA1 HOST Controller ROM v1.02
Copyright ? 2005-2010. JMicron Technology Corp..

Detecting drives; Done, No Drives Found.


Have tried most but I find no solutions to this problem, if there is anyone who knows anything about this or can help me, please comment on what I should do.

Thank you!


When I get into the desktop, everything quickly, and I have no problems there ..

What could it be?

A:Detecting drives; Done, No Drives Found - Error and Slow startup

That message would indicate that you have an add on card installed inside your desktop PC that adds SATA ports.

Do you?

Mind you, without your System Specs I am just stabbing in the dark.

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I started having a weird problem today.

My computer is running Windows XP, service pack 3 and is current on updates.

I tried to install a media player called UMPlayer, and the installer returned an error, saying that my operating system is Windows 98 and the program required Windows XP.

I tested another installer for a registry cleaner program, and got a similar error.

I believe that somehow that information about the operating system, where ever it's stored, must have gotten corrupted.

Is there any way to fix this?

I should also note that when I go to the Control Panel and run "System", it shows the OS correctly on the "General" tab.

Thanks in advance.

A:Installer programs detecting wrong OS

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I have been having some pretty weird computer problems the last couple days. My keyboard started asking funny, then video conferencing started freaking out...and I was not using it at the time either, last night I had closed IE and went to reopen it and IE started going nuts. It kept opening one page after another, by the time I had gotten it to stop I had 60+ pages open.

I turn on my computer this morning only to find that it will not leave the Detecting IDE Drives.... screen. I have tried to get into the SetUp, but nothing happens. I have files that I would like to possibly save, if I can get past this screen.

I am running Windows XP Home.
Any suggestions or any help would very much appreciated, I only want to get in to save some files then I'll gladly wipe out my computer and start over.
I am currenty using my laptop lol


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Hey there.

I recenlty just got this Athlon 750 for fixing a newer athlon for a friend, and I am having some trouble getting it to detect my drives.

I have check, re check, and now have tripple checked to make sure the the jumper settings are corret for the drive, basic 2 drive system master and slave, hard drive and dvd writter.

On post you can see the drives are there and set properly but it will not boot from disk, and when you get in to cmos under "standard settings" only the harddrive is shown. I also have boot from cd set first. The wierd thing about this is a screen on start up "Biostar" comes up and allows me to enter cmos (which is Award) aswell as "F9 To select boot device after POST". When I do this, I can select cd rom and actually boot from disk, but after Windows begining stages of copying files I am stuck at "Set up is start Windows" (in the bottom left hand corner of the blue XP installation screen)
I figure this is because settings are not right and dvd and hard drive are not truely recognized, making them fail in communication.

Here are a list of things I have tried:

- Checked to make sure harddrive was master and dvd was slave.
- Set the harddrive to master, and the dvd to master on seperate channels.
- Ran with only dvd rom set as master, no dvd rom.
- Used a different cdrom device and followed mentioned steps.
- Reset the bios by jumper, incase something was set I was missing.
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A:Not Detecting Drives

How big is the hard drive? Such an old (750 MHz?) system may have problems with hard drives bigger than 32GB or 128GB. Flashing the BIOS to a newer version may actually fix this

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I tried to fix my son's computer which would not boot.The first tried to reinstall Windows XP Home and was told there was a problem with the hard drive. I formatted the c drive using a Windows 98 boot disk. I then tried to install Windows XP Home butnow the computer couldn't find c drive. I rebooted a few times and now the computer cannot detect the primary master or the CD ROM drive. I'm not sure where to go from here.

A:Not Detecting Drives

first check on the Bios those the bios see the primary master or the CD ROM drive ?
next if bios dont see it check the cable make sure is in on the primary IDE channel
next check on the Hardrive jumpers make sure is set to master if you have any other hardrive unplug from the system and only work with the main drive next will be to download the diagnotic software for your hardrive and have your drive check or write zero to the drive if you dont need anything from the drive and you want to do a clean install of windows xp if you do going to do a clean install setup your bios to boot from the cdrom first put your windows xp cd in the windows xp cd will let you format and partition the drive before you install windows

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*sigh* another day, another tech problem... oh well.

I just bought a brand spanking new Canon Pixma printer, and when I inserted the driver disc into the drive, it didn't autoplay. I looked in My Computer and found that the drives weren't listed there! I did two virus scans (one with McAffe and one with AVG) and found nothing. I'm stumped. I can't remember the last time I used the drives on that computer, because I've been doing most of my gaming lately on my 360 and DS. I have no idea of what I could have possibly done for that to happen, and a freshly baked chocolate chunk cookie goes to anyone who helps . Thanks, guys.

p.s. I've also found that my new printer's card reader won't read my SD card directly. Could it be that it's 2 gig and too big for the reader? My camera uses it just fine. Oh well, at least that's still under warranty.

A:PC not detecting cd/dvd rom drives!

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Sometimes when I boot up my pc it'll slow on detecting IDE Drives, then it'll go again, and then at ask me to boot from cd.

This happens probably 1 out of 20 times I boot up.

I am Windows XP Professional, with Athlon XP Processor 2200. And standard dvd rom drive, and a none working floppy.

A:Detecting IDE Drives........

If your bios is looking for 1st boot device as floppy try changing 1st boot as either cd or system hd.

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I turned on my computer recently and as I watch the normal bootup I see that my hard drive was not listed there. As it would not boot I started trying the cables and switching them with new ones to see if that was a problem but it was not. I tried switching slots on my motherboard with my SATA DVD/DVD DL Burner and the same result, it would detect the DVD drive but not my hard drive. I figured my hard drive probably died since it had been having trouble anyways so I went to the store and bought a new drive. I plugged this back in and made sure all the connections were the same as before then turned it on to install Windows XP. As it booted up again I noticed that it did detect the DVD drive as before but not my 500 GB Hard Drive. I tried switching SATA cables, SATA power cables, with no result. I thought maybe it was a dud so I exchanged that for another hard drive at the store. I took this one home only to find the same thing happening. The DVD drive being detected in both of my SATA ports but not the hard drive.

I switched to using an older PATA DVD drive to see if for some reason this might be a problem and it detected it....but no hard drive.

Is there anything I could be doing wrong that it wouldn't detect this? I would rather not go buy a new motherboard if this isn't the problem since this is a fairly nice one so I figured I'd give your site a go.

A:PC not detecting any hard drives

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My computer randomly doesnt detect my drives even after I restart. This just started happening. Connections are good. Someone help. One is a DVD+RW burner by Khypermedia and the other is a 50 x CD rom

A:System not detecting DVD drives

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I've done many methods for this problem.

-Disconnect each drive and try one at a time
-Use new ribbon cable
-Switch from CS to MASTER on HARDDRIVE

The last method I have done was, resetting CMOS through jumper. Did the usual method and booted PC. Voila! It worked. So I shut down the computer and boot it back up. I am now stuck on BIOS again while Detecting IDE Drives. Also, I hear a clicking sound from the PC. What's going on?

A:Still Receiving Detecting IDE drives

The clicking sound is nearly always the sound of a hard drive dying... if it is a Maxtor or Western Digital or Hitachi.

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My PC has started playing up!

Occasionally on boot up it hangs at 'Detecting IDE Drives.' There are then two ways to get it to boot up.
1: Remove power for a minute or so, replace power then it might boot.
2: Press F8 as it boots (to choose bootup method) and select SATA drive, it will then boot.

As well as this the sound on the PC has started skipping, this only seems to happen once the PC has been on for 30 mins or so.

Does this mean my HDD is on its way out or is it something else, perhaps RAM?

Any help ar advice would be welcome.


A:Hangs at Detecting IDE Drives

Go in to the bios setup menu and make sure (if you do not have a Raid setup) that your Raid is turned off. It sounds like it is searhing for an onboard IDE raid. Might be called something like a Promise Raid Controller or something similar depending upon the board.

Before you leave the bios setup menu, make sure you have the Hard Drive Priority set to boot from your Sata first.

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My PC recently started to cause me a bunch of problems.
I use Windows XP SP2 and for a quite some time it starts popping up BSODs. Then, after I restart the computer, it freezes on the bios screen, displaying message: "Detecting IDE drives...".

The only way to solve the problem (but only for a moment, because after about 20 minutes another BSOD shows up) is to detach a power cable from one of my HDDs, restart the computer and log in to Windows (and turn the machine off). After that, I can plug the HDD back in and use it for a few minutes. The HDD I detach is a slave connected on the same channel as the other HDD I have. WinXP is installed on the master disk. The slave disk is a Seagate, master is WD.

Some of the BSODS i get are:

blah blah blah.. error 0x000000F4 0x837D91f0 0x837D9364 0x805F9F88

another one: kernel_data_inpage_error, number 0x0000007A
atapi.sys 0xF748D384

What may be causing the problem? How can I solve it permanently?

My PC has a 350W PSU, 2 hard drives, one dvd recorder, radeon 9600 gpu and an athlon xp 2200+ processor.

A:Error detecting IDE drives

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I recently built a new system, works great.

However I wanted to transfer my storage hard drives (2xWD 2TB green) into the new computer from the old one.

Once I moved them into the new one they are not being detected by w7/bios. So I moved them back into the old system to access the data I have on them but the old computer isnt detecting them now either!

Im fairly certain the disks are still spinning.

Is there anything I could have done in the transfer process to damage/disable the hard drives?

A:Not detecting hard drives

Hello and Welcome,
I assume the HDDs were handled with as much as possible care. If you didn't drop/place them on a table violently , then they should be working like a charm. However, I'd say there is a very-very rare possibility of damaging (static electricity) the small circuit board which is below the HDDs.

You don't hear any weird noises when your drives are spinning, right? I can't think anything else myself.

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My friend has an old PC, with P-IV. It was running fine till now.

However, it has not been detecting any hard drives at all.

There are 3 hard drives in the PC. Two of them are plugged in at all time, while the third one is spare, and used very rarely. There is a DVD-RW drive too, which is also kept disconnected, and connected when needed. This is done because of the SMPS which isn't as powerful.

None of the hard drives are being detected at all.

I removed all drives, and plugged in the optical drive, and it is being detected in the BIOS without any problem. However, if I plug in any of the drive in that port itself, none of them is being detected in the BIOS, and system gives a boot error to plug in a proper boot drive.

Now, if that port was bad, it wouldn't detect the optical drive too, but it does.

Also, I connected a hard drive as slave in my PC, and it is being detected without any problem. So the hard drives aren't bad too.

I thought that maybe the power supply has worn out, and is unable to lift the hard drives, and so we connected an older power supply, which was kept as spare. Same thing is happening... hard drives are not being detected, but the optical drive is.

I am quite baffled. What can the problem be?

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I've got a pentium (R) 4 3.00 Gh with gigabyte motherboard (circa 2003)
Everytime I startup, it very slowly goes through bootup but stalls at:
"detecting IDE drives".

A:Computer stalls at detecting IDE drives

Turn off the PC and unplug it. Open the case and unplug the cables from all of your hard drives AND optical drives.[1] Turn the PC back on and you should get an error that no disks are present, or something like that. Turn it back off and connect up only your boot drive. Power on and go into the BIOS and see if your drive is seen by the BIOS in the general bios section. If so, then reload BIOS defaults, save and exit, allow reboot and it should boot to your OS.

If it's not there, then try swapping the cables, again using only one drive.

If it still does not find it, slave the drive into another computer to verify that it mounts at all. This message can happen if you have a bad HD controller on one of your drives...

Otherwise, if you can boot, then keep shutting down and adding one drive back at a time until you find the one device that causes the failure. If you're lucky, it's the optical drive...

Post back and let me know what you find. I'll not bother you with worst-case scenarios right off the bat :)

[1] Alternatively, you can make the first troubleshooting step be attempting to boot a bootable cd/dvd from your optical drive to make sure it works. If it fails, then it's probably a bad optical drive, and removing it should get you back to booting.

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First off, I want to let you guys know that I've read through the other IDE threads on this board and have tried their solutions as well. They've worked, to an extent.

My computer (XP) has recently started acting a bit schizophrenic. It works perfectly one day and won't start up at all the next. Every time it decides not to work, I get the same message on the initial diagnostic screen that always pops up: "Detecting IDE Drives..." It just stays this way forever until I restart it.

I find that unplugging devices and plugging them back in helps to fix the problem, but only for a while. People have told me to try finding out which device is broken by starting the computer with different components unplugged. My guess is that its one of the older DVD drives, but I can't be certain, since after I plug the devices back in, the computer works again (for a few days). Any ideas?

A:Solved: Detecting IDE Drives error.

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Hi. I am having problems with vista not recognizing my Plextor IDE pata cd drives. I've already searched all over the place and tried a few things but no dice so far.

Here is everything I know:
- new computer, running vista premium (I put the computer together myself). About 3 weeks old.
- problem started just this past week (unfortunately I can't remember exactly what day or after what may have happened, but I suspect it has something to do with a bunch of windows updates that came one day).
- before that, the drives were working fine.
- my sata hard drives and dvd drive work fine.
- the drives are indeed detected by the bios
- i have verified the drives by booting with a bootable memtest86 cd and running memtest
- i think the pata drives aren't supported by the ICH9 chipset, but this motherboard has some sort of JMicron controller thingy, and it definitely detects the 2 drives because when the computer is running thru the POST messages, it says they are detected and even gives a few seconds to press any key...
- jumpers are set to master and slave right now. This worked before so I don't see any problems with that setting.
- this is the 32 bit version of vista
- right now this is the only issue I'm having.
- so to summarize, the drives don't appear in Device Manager or in My Computer. Scan for hardware changes has no effect. Manually adding new hardware doesn't work either.
Here's what I've tried:
- the registry fix found her... Read more

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When I start my computer I get a black screen with Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk & Press Enter.
The BIOS doesn't list the harddrive, CD, or DVD drives....(The only drive listed is the floppy drive).
I have checked the cables & all seem on tight.

This is a hp pavilion computer (windows XP-home) it was working fine until I turned it on one morning & received a BSOD. I restarted it......Now all I get is the Disk Boot Failure & it won't load windows.

Any HELP would be greatly appreciated!

A:Computer not detecting Harddrive, CD or DVD drives

have you look into the jumper setting?

Some of these pre-build system will only allow you to have 1 HD at 1 channel during boot up, so the boot HD must be it's own channel and set as master.

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Hey guys,

This has been a frequently reoccuring issue. At the moment I have two hard drives I use on my 10 month old computer. Everytime I shut down my computer and try to reboot it I recieve and error message similar to "Reboot or select proper Boot device or Insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key". When I open BIOS to check on the issue one of my hard drives is never dected, but the other very frequently is (sometimes neither are detected).

To solve this issue I have been powering down my computer for about 30 mins then I'd try again in the hope that it would detect both that time. When they both have been successfully detected I then have to navigate my way to Boot>Hard Drives then swap the 1st hard drive with the 2nd so on Boot>Priority the 2nd is the one showing. However, the 2nd hard drive that I speak of is the one that is rarely detected. This is rather frustrating at times and I would like to solve the issue as soon as possible as it seems to be getting progresively worse.

I currently don't have any external hard drives plugged in. I have swapped the hard drive cabels around from hard drive to hard drive (I tried unplugging/re-plugging first) and the issue is still occuring.

Any help or suggestions will be very much appreciated. If you would like further information I will try my best to answer.


A:BIOS not detecting one of my hard drives

Is this a Windows XP O/S system?

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First off: wow, what a big and interesting community that I didn't know about. I'm going to school for computer network systems and becoming a permanent fixture here looks like it might be fun and rewarding.

I currently have an HP P6320f. The specs are available at CNet. I'm unable to retrieve them due to my current predicament.

So, last night the computer froze up on me and I thought it was an issue with Chrome. I tried to bring up the task manager and Windows 7 blue screened on me. I had to forcefully shut it down and everything went well until today. The system froze on me again, but it gave me some kind of disk error. When I tried to boot it up again I got this dreaded "please insert boot disk" error.

I thought for sure that my hard drive was having issues, so I ran the diagnostic from the HP start up screen. The CPU and RAM were good, but it gave me a BIOHD-8 error on the hard drive indicating it was failing. I wasn't satisfied, so I burned a Seagate diagnostic boot disk on my other computer and popped it into the DVD drive.

The software booted fine and it could see the hard drive, but it froze up halfway through the scan and I had to force a restart. This time while booting up I got another "insert boot disk' error and I was completely confused. There was a bootable disk in the DVD drive. When I restarted, I hit F10 to go into the BIOS setup and, sure enough, neither drive was detected.

To make a long story short, I swapped c... Read more

A:BIOS Not Detecting SATA Drives

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I've been having continual problems with my Asus A8N-E motherboard, which ended in my buying a new AMD 4400 x2 CPU, Biostar TF560 A2+ motherboard and new RAM.

I have not reinstalled windows yet because Windows itself seems to be working as it should. However, I am having big problems with crashing, which I think are related to my hard drives. When I bought the new motherboard, processor, and RAM, I also added a new 500gb hard drive, so I now have three SATA 2 hard drives on my machine.

Intermittantly, there will be a noise, that sounds like the noise I get when I switch my PC off, only the CPU and case fans continue to run and get power. I can only think this is one of my hard drives switching itself off. Then the system goes slowly, and quickly freezes up completely. On reboot, the PC hangs 'detecting IDE drives'. Attempts to enter BIOS take forever, and often show one of the hard drives missing from the list, although I haven't done this often enough to know whether it's always the same one.

Usually, after many reboots, the PC detects all three drives without a problem, and everything is fine until the next freeze up.

I opened the case and thought that I had found the solution to the problem. The SATA cables on two of the drives were so loose they were hanging off, and it was easy to see how they might be causing a problem. I replaced all the SATA cables with ones that had a tighter fit and all was well for about a week.

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A:PC crashes and hangs 'detecting IDE drives'

You are very fortunate you didn't have to install Windows, but you need to with new hardware to have it run right, which in spite of what you say, it really is not.

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I added a Vantec Internal Media Reader (UGT-CR960) and now cannot access an external USB HDD I use for system backup purposes. I have attempted to reboot the PC and disconnect / reconnect the ext USB HDD to different USB ports without success. When I plug the ext USB HDD into a port I do hear the detection chime but nothing registers within the file system. My non-Microsoft OS savy wild theory is the Vantec Media Reader may have hijacked a physical drive address/letter that the ext USB HDD once occupied.

Any ideas how I might rectify my isssue?

A:7 Home Premium not Detecting USB Drives

Open Disk Management to view all listed drives and post a pic of it.

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My pc had suddenly decided to not recognising any of my Sata drives.

Win 7 32 bit, 4 gig ram, asus psn d motherboard,ati sapphire 1g pci card, 1 250g western digital Sata drive 1 x 1tb seagate hdd. Sata DVD drive

Yesterday my pc froze up while surfing the web, so reset it and that where the problems started

It only recognised one of the hdd then wouldn't boot got a bsod uncountable boot volume. So opened up the case to check if the cables where loose, nope, so decided to run a repair via the recovery console. Didnt detect my o/s at all ask me to install the correct drivers grrrrr. So stripped the pc down swapped the Sata cables to see if that was the problem, no joy at all would only find one Sata drive and DVD drive. Then it wouldnt recognise any of them, so swapped out the Sata DVD drive for an IDE drive. The booted up nothing bar the DVD drive. Have now come to a cross roads don't know what else's to try. Managed to boot via a USB drive with Linux and everything system wise, pcu, gpu etc works, but still no Sata drives.

Done some digging online and some ideas are not a big enough psu, faulty Sata cables, but swapped in an IDE hdd and nothing again.

So any ideas or pointers would be great, missing my pc, skyrim needs my attention

A:Bios not detecting any Sata drives

Hi jayjay291077 and welcome to W7 Forums

Is the date/time showing correctly in the BIOS (you will need to press F2 or Delete on powering up - see the screen/manual for which key to press) ?

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I currently have an 80GB ATA harddrive with windows installed on it, and I am attempting to add a 200GB SATA Maxtor harddrive. I am fairly sure everything is hooked up properly and when I boot I can press F4 to get to a RAID utility and that RAID utility displays the harddrive, however I cannot get the harddrive to show up in Windows (it is displayed in the BIOS under HDD Boot Order). I have searched several websites for a solution to this but I have come up blank. Any help would be appreciated and if this has already been answered I would greatly appreciate if you could point me in the right direction.

A:SATA Drives and K8NE-Deluxe & XP - not detecting

SATA drivers are installed ?

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I am having a problem with my computer on boot. First off this is my old computer and I have recently been trying to turn it into a NAS using the FreeNAS OS. I installed that on a usb drive and have it booting from that successfully. I configured it to use the hard drive on the system as storage and had everything working great. This was about 3 days ago and since then it has been turned off and unplugged, had an ethernet cord in it. Today I went to boot it up and after it successfully detects the hard drive but then hangs there and doesnt move on.

I tried changing cables and power connectors and that didnt change anything. I then put it in my other computer and it booted up fine. Also, without the drive in the NAS system it booted just fine. So I figured the drive was funky and completely erased and formatted it. Still no luck. We did have a pretty big storm the other day but like I said the power cable was unplugged and all other equipment that was plugged into the same router via Ethernet was fine.

I then went to the BIOS and messed around with settings in there and finally ended up clearing it completely...no luck.

So I am out of ideas, any help would be great. 90% of the forums out there are about getting stuck while trying to detect IDE devices and I couldn't find much else.
If it is any help the MB has a POST code display on it and it is stopping at 75, which from the manual means "Detect and Install all IDE devices: HDD, LS120, ZIP,CDROM...".

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Ok heres my story. PSU went out on my computer and took the motherboard with it, comp would not power up even with new PSU.

I got a new motherboard, exact same model as before so my windows xp would work, installed it and it powered up. Everything gets recognized except my hard drives. I have 2 Western Digital SE 160 gb hard drives that had in a RAID. I have them both plugged into master just like it was on the other MB, I have 'set sata as RAID' set in the BIOS, I've checked the connections which seems pretty simple so I am at a loss. Am I missing something? I have never replaced a motherboard before so I am just wondering. Could my old PSU have taken BOTH HDs out along with the old MB? Thanks for any insight you can offer.

Here are my over all specs:
P4 3.6 ghz cpu
2 Western Digital SE 160 gb HDs
Windows XP Home

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Bought a new Lenovo V330-15ikb just in November and the pre-installed windows 10 has corrupted.Was using it one day and it suddenly shutted off.After that it wont boot, troubleshooting advanced options wont work, boot menu manager options wont respond as well.Tried reinstalling windows 10 using custom install and the Hdrive is not detectable.Tried installing or loading drivers as suggested on a Youtube video and none worked as well.Any ideas exactly what is wrong or it can only be resolved by an expert.

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Summary: I got the infamous DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" a few days ago on my Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Rev 1.0) system.

Setup: Built Nov. 2006. Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Rev 1.0), E6600 Core2Duo, 2GB Corsair 6400 RAM, 2x Samsung DVD-RW's, Seagate 320GB 7200.10 Barracuda Drives, SeaSonic 550W, EVGA 7900 GTO video. BIOS v. F10

Everything day to day goes relatively well, a few problems here and there nothing ever catastrophic, have had at least one HD crash in the past. A little overclocking here and there day in and day out. I came home this past Saturday afternoon to a BSOD--not sure which one, so I rebooted and got the DISK BOOT FAILURE.... First time I had ever seen that. My single HD is plugged in the 0th purple SATAII connector. Previously I had been running 2 320GBs on the 0th and 1st of the purple SATAII in RAID0 but after one crash or so, I just went back to a single drive, and the other just sits on the desk. The 2 Samsung DVD-RW's are Master and Slave connected to the single IDE connector on the mobo.

All of the sudden when I reboot, neither of the DVD-RW's are recognized in booting when it usually lists the devices (HD's, CDROMS) and hence I cannot boot to a CD/Windows/Gigabyte tools. I know they are getting power because the green lights on the blink upon booting and I can open and close them.

Power is getting to the HD I can feel it spin, but it never accesses it when booting so no *crunching* is heard, and no... Read more

A:Gigabyte DS3 not detecting SATA/IDE drives all of the sudden

Further troubleshooting...

I was able to borrow a Promise FastTrak TX4310 SATA board to see if it would boot to one of the HDs. It did detect a drive and attempted to start windows however sometimes it would start starting Windows but then quickly reboot. Sometimes I would show the beginning of the WindowsXP Pro splash screen, but as the splash screen is working on being fully seen, there is instantly a BSOD for a microsecond and instantly reboots. Then when I try to reboot it asks if I wanna start in Safe Mode or Normal. So I try safemode and it loads files as far as "giveio.sys" and reboots.

It still won't see either of the Samsung DVD-RWs even if I run just one or the other (switched to Master or CS on the end of the cable). But during booting both the DVD-RW's green lights flash.


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I have a Targa Ultra AN64 3700+. I had blue screen of death. I had to backup stuff from the drive so i disconnected it and used a USB Universal Drive to back up it to my onto my laptop.

Now the problem i have here is when I try to installed XP or Windows 7 it does not find the hard drives. It displays

Unkown Disk

<There is no disk in this drive.>

Things i have tired:

disable the SATA in the BIOS and still does not detect any of my hard drives.
re-enable it and it still can't find it.
When I go to Standard CMOS Features it can not detect any hard drives.
It detects it then it doesn't detect it. It comes and goes everytime. They don''t have any jumpers on them it came like that. It should be IDE 2 Master and IDE3 Slave.

I know some people are buying USB Floppy disk. I really don't want to buy anything else due to Christmas coming up.

Any ideas to get my PC going?

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Hi there everyone!

I was prompted by my OS last week to install 8.1 because it was gonna be "great!" so I did and on reboot, was greeted with a bsod. My computer dude said that it was time for a reinstall, so that's what I did during the course of the day. It's a fresh install, fully updated (8.1). I have three drives attached; two 500 GB disks and a 250GB. The computer is seeing one of the 500GB and the 250GB disks properly, but the other 500GB is only showing one partition it seems. It's labeled system reserve and is 350MB in size.

My virtual machines are housed on the other partition and I could really use them. How do I get the Windows install to allow me access to the whole drive?

Thanks for your time!

A:Reinstalled OS: No longer detecting drives properly

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I'm installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on an Asus UL80J. When asking where I want to install windows, I get "No drives were found. Click to load a driver". The drive is new, has no problems, and is detected in the BIOS fine. Also, my Windows XP CD detects the drive just fine. I've tried both options in the BIOS for setting SATA to IDE and AHCI. I assume I'm missing a SATA driver needed at installation time, but I can't find one online or from the manufacturer. Any help?

A:Installation not detecting hard drive

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Hello folks thanks in advance for any help offered. My problem is this.. I built my own system and it has worked fine for the past year or so. My problem started when I installed a new graphics card. It installed fine and it all worked well. Then the next day I play a game for several hours.. leaving my system on for most of the day. It crashes out of a game of World of Warcraft I am playing giving some error about loading textures. I try to restart the game but it repeats the error when I try to login. So, I reboot my system and as it starts up the bios it hangs up on the part where it is 'Detecting IDE Drives'. I try to enter my bios and it says it's loading when I hit f8 but never does. This problem stays active unless I let the computer stay off for a while, so I assume it's a heating issue tho I hate to assume and am a bit confused about how to troubleshoot it and need some advice. I'd also like to note that the first time I start the system for the day it always boots fine, it's only after an extended time on that it does the hanging at 'Detecting IDE Drives' screen. I actually took the case off and moved my SATA cords around a bit, then restarted and it worked...a few times. But the sure fix so far is letting my system stay off for a few hours. Any ideas? If you need more info just ask.

Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4ghz
4 gigs ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
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A:Solved: Issue with 'Detecting IDE Drives' Assistance requested

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When I first ordered my T570, I ordered it with the cheapest SATA hard drive, so that I could replace it with a SATA SSD that I've had for a while.  A few weeks ago ago, the machine started intermittently halting at the boot splash screen.  I managed to nuke my linux installation and reinstall the operating system, and all seemed fine, until a few days ago, where, mid-lecture, my computer starts throwing kernel panics like crazy---all errors relating to ext4.  It was my assumption that the SSD had finally kicked the bucket.  Thinking that, I ordered a new SATA ssd that arrived today, and I installed it. The problem is that after I installed the new SSD, I couldn't find the drive enumerated in an lsblk run from a arch linux live environment running on a USB drive.  Prior to installing the SSD, I had not used the laptop since the catastrophic failure. I placed the old SSD into the laptop, and same problem: drive isn't enumerated by lsblk nor is it listed in the BIOS. I've harvested an lspci and lsusb output in the hope that I could figure out what is going on.  Here they are lsusb:Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hubBus 001 Device 004: ID 04f2:b5ab Chicony Electronics Co., LtdBus 001 Device 003: ID 13fe:1e23 Kingston Technology Company Inc.Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0781:556b SanDisk Corp. Cruzer EdgeBus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub lspci:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corpora... Read more

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A few weeks ago one of my three hard drives failed and not long afterwards I noticed that my computer was taking a long time to boot up. It pauses for a minute or two at each of the detecting hard drives screen after detecting the memory, long before Windows starts loading.

Although I removed the failed drive a couple of days ago and did not replace it it is still taking a long time to boot. There are now only two hard drives in the machine, one a sATA drive with Windows on it and the other an ATA drive master on its own cable used for data storage. There is also a DVD writer set to master on its own cable.

Can anyone shed some light on how to speed the boot up again please? It is not seeking the floppy drive, is set to boot off the sATA drive and I can't see anywhere where it might be looking for a USB drive. All drive settings in BIOS are set to AUTO.

A:Long pause when detecting hard drives when booting

Are you sure the remaining drive is jumpered properly? Some drives have a Master with Slave preset jumper setting, make sure its not set to that. You may just want to set it to Cable Select.

Also check the drive configuration in the BIOS Setup to make sure its still not setup/looking for the missing drive.

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I recently upgraded my stationary computer with a bunch of new components, just harddisks remaining. Anyway, I bought 32GB RAM, might've been a bit overkill, but RAM is cheap these days. The motherboard support up to 64GB RAM and I'm running Windows 7 64bit. The RAM is 4*8GB, but in windows it only detects 8GB RAM. What can be the cause of this and how do I fix it?

A:Windows only detecting 8 og 32 - GB RAM.

try downloading cpuid or speccy and check how much the system detects and in what slot it is detected in, after that reboot and check the bios, report back

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Hi everyone,
I'm not sure this is the right place to post this problem, but i believe it may be a driver problem. Please move this thread if it is in the wrong place.

Spec List:

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate x64CPU: Intel Core2Duo D6750Motherboard: Asus P5K-SE - latest BIOSRAM: Geil Ultra 4x1GB 4-4-4-12GPU: Raedon X-550HDD1: SATA WD Raptor 150GB (Primary)HDD2: IDE Seagate ST380011A 80GB (MISC/Torrent)

Problem: IDE HDD not being detected in Windows

A brief history of me and windows vista:
When Vista first came out, I obtained a Business/Enterprise Edition from work and decided to try it on my system. Unfortunately, like alot of people, i experienced quite a bit of problems, and the only reason why i went back to Windows XP Pro was because at the time Canon did not have a Vista driver/program for my laser multifunction centre.

So when the drivers/program did came out for vista (incl x64), I did no hesitate to format and install Vista Ultimate x64 on my system.

Problem #1(Solved):
First problem i encountered was that Vista did not detect my Pioneer DVD burner, and finally after some googling and registry tweaking, it was found that because i installed PowerISO that mucked up a few things. Smiliar problem happened to another user whom installed Daemon Tools. So that's solved *Phew* SOLVED

Everything was fine, except for one little thing that bugs me, in Vista for some reason, each time when i access the second HDD, it makes a click as if it was spun down, and was just... Read more

A:Not Detecting an IDE HDD in Windows

try a system restore to load a configuration that was working before, also reseat the drive, just in case a cable got loose.

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i have 6 gig dual channel ram installed, bios detects it but windows says i only have 3 gig under system properties. i have no problems in the device manager. whats wrong?

A:windows not detecting ram

Are you running a 64 bit system? If not Windows can't handle anything above about 3.2 GB RAM.

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