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Q: Hard drive detection issue

Hello guys.
 
I have a small issue with a drive being detected from within my PC that works from an external caddie.
 
For a few years i have had two drives inside my system. C drive and F drive. I recently removed both drives when i went off to India for a few weeks for security reasons. Today i find the F drive is not showing up. It is listed under "Show hidden hardware" in the profiles. I opened up the PC and swapped the ribbon cables around and rebooted. It started to install new hardware and stated it had installed it because i seen the name of the installed hardware (The F drive) yet it was still not listed in "My Computer" alongside the C drive. I then removed it an placed in in an external caddie and booted again. I got the same install message ( I had uninstalled the driver prior just in case) and it installed from the caddie and works.
 
I can not run it from there because i have two other drives that need to be listed for my Music Studio when it scans for files needed to open past and present work that uses files located on those drives my name. The issue can not be the cables as they both run C drive internally. 
 
I will try again later to install it from inside the PC as my main slave drive but it seems null. The issue may be software based or configuration based. But so far , i am mystified by this issue. 
 
Any ideas?
 
Thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Hard drive detection issue

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

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I recently bought a new DVD RW drive to replace my old one which had a burnt out laser. When I put in the drives I set up my secondary hard drive and my new drive as cable select and attached the master connector to the hard drive and the slave connector to the DVD. I booted the system and immediately got a boot error saying it couldn't locate either of the IDE drives. So, I spent the next hour or so trying every possible jumper combination setting and got the error no matter what upon boot. Finally I put them both back to CS and just skipped past the error because I was sick of messing with it. To my surprise, the drives showed up in My Computer and functioned but at a very very slow speed. I ran a PC Pitstop scan and it showed a drive speed of 2mb/sec which is really slow. So, clearly something isn't being detected properly. For some reason also, my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect" option to try to detect attached drives so in the BIOS it just has two unknown devices attached to the primary and slave IDE drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.... thanks !
THanks
 

A:Solved: IDE Hard Drive and CD drive detection issue

And the make and Model of your PC???????

my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect"Click to expand...

use "Load defaults"
 

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I am sure I should know the answer to this, but my brain doesn't seem to want to work right now.
I have just had to reformat and reload win98 on a computer but it is telling me it is only a 502Mb drive. The bios confirms that it is a 8.5Gb drive.Before the reformat it was correctly identifying the drive.
I had to fdisk before a format because the FAT seemed to be corrupted, I also had to carry out a low level format because my start up disk would not carry one out. When formatting low level it seemed to detect only 502Mb.
Any suggestions you guys??
 

A:Hard drive detection

Try deleting your partition again, then install win98, which should create a new partition for you.

I presume that you used the fdisk that came with 98 and enabled large disk support, but anyways I think if just delete the partition and install win98 everything should work out fine. Also make sure you autodetect your hard drive in the bios screen just to be sure it is configured correctly.

Its been some time since I last used win98, so hopefully my instructions will work fine.
 

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I recently forgot the sequence of keys used to flash the BIOS so it re-detects the hard drive installed. I believe it was Ctrl, Alt and W or W, E. Something close to that extent.

I tried searching the forums and Google and can't remember the search string i initially used since it's been years. The cables are plugged correctly. The hard drive spins and all but i get the infamous "Hit F1 to try again or F2 to enter setup" options.

Anyone know this combination of keys i am speaking of?

A:Hard Drive Detection

Hit F2 to enter setup...you can then verify if the drive is recognized or not. If it isn't detected, then you have a hardware issue, drive controller, cable, jumper setting (IDE), or HDD. If it is detected, then there isn't anything else to do.

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Hi,

I'm putting together a computer for my brother and I ran into an annoying problem. First the specs:

Shuttle AK11 MB
700 MHZ AMD Duron
128 MB RAM
13 GB Western Digital HD
8x4x32 Atapi CD RW

I hooked up the HD as the primary master and the Atapi as the primary slave and I made sure the BIOS recognized it. When I insert a boot disk in (Windows ME CD is in the CD RW drive, too) and get to the A: prompt, I run FDISK and I get "cannot change a fixed drive" error. I then go to C: and type DIR and it displays all the contents of the WinME CD. The C: prompt is the CD RW and there is no other prompt for the HD. I also tried booting from the CD dircetly and it just hangs. Anyting else that I could do? Any help would be great!
 

A:Hard drive detection

Hi aerain,
Make sure your cables are connected correctly. Also make sure your jumpers are set to what you want.Pin 1 on the Hard Drive (Red line on cable) is nearest the power connector on the hard drive. Just a Thought!
 

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Hello, i recently purchased a new, second SATA hard drive, which was a bit faster (7200RPM) than my old one, as i thought i could put the windows files on there and put it as my first boot device, to speed up window boot speed. However, after having connected the drive to the motherboard/PSU windows will not detect another drive. I have gone into the bios, and i can see 2 HDD's in there, however, i can only select ONE of them as a boot device. Im very confused and any help would be much appreciated.
 

A:2nd hard drive detection

You want to select the hard disk with Windows on it as the boot hard disk.

Also, is your first hard disk SATA or IDE (PATA) with a ribbon cable?

If its showing in Windows its likely the problem is a RAW partition, rather than any serious issue. Head to Start > control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management and then select the new hard disk, and "create simple Partition", tick "quick format" and then format it as NTFS.

Once formatted it should then appear in "My Computer".
 

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I am working on a P2 350 MHz/ Intel 440BX Chipset/ Award BIOS/128SDRAM/CDRW/CDROM/FLOPPY etc. Should be a simple install of Hard Drive (Maxtor 40GB) using Maxblast and Windows 98SE. What is happening is that when I connect the drive to the system - with BIOS set to Boot to a,c and Maxblast in a: the computer does the Memory Check- goes to the Detecting Primary master and hangs. F4 wont skip and it wont move forward to the a: drive so I can set up the drive.
The twist is this: I have tried the drive in another system- no problem (Its brand new) I have changed the Floppy drive on the problem system in hopes that a bad Floppy (no dice). I have placed a 6.4 GB drive in problem system- boots up like a charm. Cables arent bad (been tested) and I am running out of ideas. The Motherboard is one I am not familiar with P6B40-A4X and not made by Intel (no manufacturer name on it) so I cant even go to a site to see if I am missing something. The board is a 98 model and the only thing different in the BIOS is this:
In BIOS FEATURES SETUP there is
HARD DRISK BOOT FROM- PRI-IDE-M, PRI-IDE-S, SEC-IDE-M, SEC-IDE-S, SCSI
I chose PRI-IDE-M since that is how the drive is jumpered
BOOT SEQUENCE- I set it to a,c
Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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Hi there, i just built my friend a new computer. Everything other than this is going fine. It is a HD from another machine.It has been formatted and had windows installed on it.when the computer is switched on from off ( i think this is a cold-boot ?? ) it will not detect the HD, (It is set to Primary/Master with no other drives on the same IDE port. Other than that there is a CD-ROM on secondary/master which is detected normally all the time), however, if it is restarted it detects the hard drive and all continues normally. If anyone know how to sort this annoyin problem i'd be very grateful.

Thanks

Daniel

Spec:

ECS K7S5A-PRO

XP 2000 model 8

256MB DDR RAM

GF4 64MB VGA

IBM HD 16.8GB
 

A:Hard drive detection.....or lack of!!!

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My primary HDD is 200gb, plugged on SATA, working as a charm, the second drive that I just attached is giving me the problems, Its a 40gb WD disk drive, Its plugged on ATA, detected by device manager as you can see here, but with some strange problems, shown here :/, not listed here either.

Any ideas what to do?

I know that HDD has a working partition (FAT or NTFS, not completely sure) and files on it.
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

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I have just upgraded MOBO/MEMORY/CPU and kept original hard drives x 2, CDROM and AGP Card.

System will only boot maybe 1 in 10 times because it seems to have problems recognising the hard drives. I have checked cables and replaced with the cables that came with MOBO.

I have upgraded to latest BIOS.

Spec is:
Gigabyte 8S648-RZ
P4 2.53 Celeron CPU 533FSB
256MB Kingston DDR333
Hard Drives are Fujitsu MPC3084AT primary, MPG3204AT secondary.

Any ideas greatfully received.
Thanks.
 

A:Hard Drive detection problems

Welcome to TechSpot

When you change your mobo, unless it is an exact replacement of the old one, you will have to reinstall Windows, no matter what version you have. This is because of all the different drivers for the new chipset, audio, LAN, raid, etc.
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

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I have a Seagate 500 GB External HD, and it used to work fine with my PC, and then Windows decided that it didn't want to detect it anymore. Instead of working, it shows up in the Device Manager as "USB Device". Luckily, the computer was due for a reformat, so I figured that whatever the problem was, it would be fixed after the reformat. I was right. Unfortunately, when I started re-installing all my software and drivers, the problem happened again. This is leading me to believe that some of my software is causing this problem. Is there any kind of software/drivers that could cause this seemingly random issue?
 

A:Hard Drive Detection Problems

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Hi,

I am having a problem with my 20 GB Seagate hard drive. I was using this hard drive for about a couple of months when something went terribley wrong. I plugged in another hard drive to slave off of my 20GB hard drive to transfer some files on to the secondary drive when all of a sudden my 20GB Seagate hard drive wouldn't detect. I know the jumper settings are correct and everything is plugged in correctly into the hard drive. After I plugged in the other hard drive, I immediately took out the secondary one when my 20GB wasn't being detected and set the 20GB hard drive back the way it was but the 20GB hard drive would not boot at all. This is what happens.....the computer will turn on normally but will stay at the "Detecting IDE primary master..." for a long time. As a matter of fact, I left it like that for about an hour and when I came back it still had the same message, like it froze when it was trying to detect it. Normally, if a hard drive can't be detected, that message will stay on for about a minute and then tell you the drive cannot be found or detected. This is different. It stays at that screen for a LONG time and never changes. Any suggestions on what may be the problem and any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

AMD Athlon 1 GHZ
256 MB RAM
Windows 98 SE
Seagate 20GB Barracuda ATA III Model ST320414A
 

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So today I get home after school, practice, etc.. and I go to boot up my pc and it starts running tests. It finds that it cannot detect the hard drive. So what do I do I go inside check all cables everythings fine, i even replaced the sata cable just to be sure. Nothing. Then I make sure the Hard drive is spinning of course it is! So I have no idea whats wrong and would like some help PLEASE!!!!
Also I did not touch or change anything inside or software with the computer before this happened.
The Error Message Reads "Hard Disk Not Found, Enter System Disk and Press Enter"
 

A:Hard Drive Detection Errors

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

A:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

Welcome to TechSpot
How are your HDs set up, C=Master and D=Slave or are you using cable-select?
If the latter, change the jumpers on the back of the HD.
Is the D-drive formatted?
 

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Here's the deal.... I recently defragged my third hard drive(Yes I have three. Plus a CDRW.) only now the drive doesn't show up in windows explorer. I can find it in the device manager and the bios though so what's up? I use Norton Ghost to backup my system drive and still have this problem even after I've gone back to a working image.

The three drives are all Maxtors. One 20gig and two 80gigs(The drive that isn't showing up is an 80gig).
 

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Dear Friends
I have put new hard drive (seagate 40gb) in my pc which has following configration
processor-intel pentium 200mhz
ram-32mb
the pc does not detect hard drive. please advise appropriate solution. i shall be gratefull.
omar
 

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I am working on a Dell Dimension 2300 at work. A lady brought it in yesterday and said that she could not get Windows XP to install, and that it would say that she didnt have a hard drive.

The first thing I did was boot up the Windows XP CD to see what happens. I received a list of partitions, one with 25gigs, the other with 8mb, then proceeded to format the 25gig partition, NTFS quick format. Half way through the format I got a message saying the format failed.

The next thing I did was go into CMOS and check to see if the hard drive was listed, and indeed it was not. I then clicked to auto detect the hard drive and it was detected. I clicked again after waiting a minute and then it would not detect. Sometimes it will detect and others it will not.

So then I thought maybe there is something wrong with the IDE cable or the molex. So, I took my toolbox and got a extra IDE cable that I had laying around, and hooked unhooked the Dell's IDE cable and used my extra cable. I also disconnected the molex connector and tried a different one. Same problem so THEN I unhooked the hard-drive and tried another one that we had in the office. Same problem.

I've tried recovery console from Windows XP's CD, and also booting to DOS prompt from a Windows 98 CD. I could not gain access to a C: drive nor do a chkdsk or format.

This happens on two different hard drives, the exact same problem which doesnt make sense.

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A:Hard Drive detection problem

Arguably I am a little tripped out at the moment - having just had a "special" yogurt if you get what I mean - however if the machine is not recognising a hard drive at, then from what you have said it sounds like even the motherboard could be faulty. There are loads of capacitors and stuff all over the board and if even one of them goes, all will be lost in at least one particular department. My money is on the motherboard.
 

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Hey guys, got a question about a fried hard drive. An old system crashed and I am trying to recover the data from the hard drive. Normally I havent had trouble doing this in the past, but it seems that my bios will not recognize this hard drive no matter what I do. The only difference I can see this time is that I am running a sata drive as my master, and the drive I am trying to recover is an ata. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Hard drive: Samsung SV4084H
Running xp pro.
 

A:Force Hard Drive Detection

You installed it as a slave IDE and it wasn't seen?
 

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Hi,
Last few days my primary hard drive has been detected intermittently by the BIOS. My machine has been running fine for a long while when all of a sudden I get this problem. I haven't changed anything in the BIOS or hardware wise. I fired my machine up a few days ago and the only drive detected was my second physical drive. I played around with unplugging and re-inserting the drive ribbon cables to both drives, and by doing this I can eventually get the BIOS to see my primary drive and boot proceeds as normal. One attempt simply involved me removing the ribbon cable from the motherboard for my second drive and the machine booted fine. Both drives are Seagate, the first drive is a few years old, the second only about a year old. I used the SeaTools drive checking facility and both drives pass all tests. There are no unusual noises coming from either drive to indicate a problem. I only seem to get this about once in about every 5 boots. Once the machine has booted into Windows (XP) I get no further indications that something is amiss. Any one else experience this...?

Thanks.
 

A:Intermittent Hard Drive Detection

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i just got a new 80 gig hard drive. and i plugged the baby in and everything. at start up it says its being detected but when i get into windows the drive doesnt show up in 'my computer' i ran a diagnostics program. it detected it under phsical drives but nothing showed up under logical drives. ive put other hard drives in before and they always showed up. why wont this one?
 

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I have a really weird problem with Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition.

I had XP installed and i just inserted the vista dvd, rebooted the system and installed the new OS on a separate partition on my RAID1 array (the array has 3 partitions XP, Vista, Games). And everything worked like a dream, i didnt have a single problem with drivers or detection of the array. And then i noticed, Vista didnt see the 3 extra SATA2 drives i had.

So to fix that problem i thought maybe Nvidias new raid/storage drivers would help (ASUS Striker mobo). I installed them, with the nvidia storage manager, and when i rebooted the nvidia software announced that it had found 3 new hdd. But when i tried to get them to work, the nvidia software only gave me a choice to create a new array out of these discs. Well i didnt want to because all my data is on those drives.

So thats where it ended, i see the drives in nvidia hdd manager but cant initialize them without creating a new array. And vista still shows nothing, in device manager and in disk management.

Help.
 

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I have a Toshiba hard drive that used to work perfectly. I have a lot of things stored on it and I got a larger HD so I wanted to transfer everything. I plugged my old HD into my laptop and to the other 5 computers in the household and they all detect the new hardware but it doesn't show up under My Computer on any of the computers that I've tried. It shows up under my Device Manager but not under Disk Management. I tried to change the letter assigned to it for the drive but under my Device Manager it shows up as a Mass Storage Device. If I could format it I wouldn't want to because of all the extremely precious things that are stored on it. Please someone help me! I don't know what to do. I'm running Windows XP.. the HD is in a separate USB casing. I'm at my wits end! Help!
 

A:External Hard Drive Detection Problem

Sorry, just to reconfirm.
You have tried 5 different computers and none of them detect it properly, is that correct?
If so, then just unscrew the external casing and plug the Sata drive internally, into one of the other computers (as a slave or secondary drive) then boot up the computer and hopefully Windows detects a new mass storage drive
 

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a few months back my computer was working fine but one day it suddenly rebooted with a disk boot failure message.

when this happened both my OS drive and my data drive were not found by bios.
so both appeared to fail at the same time.

when i tested the drives on another person's PC both drives were found by BIOS no problems and my OS drive even booted and shutdown fine.

i narrowed it down to 4 possibilities from my knowledge

bad SATA cables
bad power supply
bad SATA controller/ports
the drives being detected on the second PC was a total fluke and the drives are bad
i bought a new power supply and SATA cables and the BIOS still doesn't find my drives.

so i am thinking the SATA controller/ports is the issue and i am thinking about getting a new motherboard but i want to make sure that i am not missing some else.

also my IDE dvd drives seem to work fine just the SATA is the problem.
does any one have any advice or feedback on this issue such as other potential problem sources i didn't think of etc.
all feedback appreciated.

A:advice on hard drive detection problem

Two things to try:
Reset the Bios Defaults
Clear CMOS/CLRTC procedure
Be sure to make note of all your important BIOS settings before doing either so you can set them back.

CLRTC Procedure (Clear CMOS procedure is similar):
Note all your current BIOS settings
Shut down the computer > remove the power cord.
Remove the 3v battery.
Move the CLRTC jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3.
Touch a metal part of the case and Press and Hold the reset button for approx. 30 seconds to discharge all power from the board.
Put the CLRTC jumper back on pins 1-2.
Replace the 3v battery > replace the power cord > boot.
Immediately go back into BIOS and reset all your preferred settings. If the CLRTC worked you will need to reset the date and time.
See if the ports are active after doing either of these.

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Hi:

I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.

M
 

A:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

Well, though I do not know much at all about RAID, I do know that I have had a bit of trouble with getting windows to recognize my SATA drive. I had to do a couple things in device manager to get it working, though I cannot remember exactly what. Is your E drive an SATA?
 

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First, please forgive me. I am a computer noob. I'm not very savvy with computers, so I might need "extra" help.

We have a shared family computer and today, all of a sudden, a window popped up and said something along the lines of, "Hard Drive Detection Error". My wife restarted the computer and everything on the desktop disappeared, none of the programs were in the Startup menu and we have no idea what happened and how to fix this. I've searched and found that others had similar experiences. I'm not sure if my hard drive really is out of commission or if we've contracted a virus.

I'm running Windows XP (sorry not sure which Service Pack). My hard drive is petitioned into 2 parts, Operating System is on the C:\ and everything else (music, games, pics, etc...) is on the E:\. It seems like everything still shows up on the E:\, that's why I believe I may have contracted a virus???

Can someone please help this noob out?

Thanks in advance!

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Hi,

I have a Dell 8200 w/ 80 gig Maxtor drive. It works well. I recently acquired a new Samsung SP0411N 40 gig drive.

Both drives work well by themselves.

However, if I connect both drives (Maxtor as primary master and Samsung as primary slave), after a very long time the BIOS detects what seems to be like no drive on primary slave and messed up name for primary master (something like CA82smiley-HP#l0d) as a 49999MB drive.

???!?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Dan
 

A:[SOLVED] Hard drive detection problems

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My brother was having startup problems on his Dell during startup. It would continually tell him he had hard drive failure.

So, I get the brilliant idea of putting his C drive into the D drive of my deal to run Scan disk on it. Well, now my computer won't start. When XP tries to load, it goes to a blue screen saying that it is shutting down to prevent damage.

I've gone through the bios and startup options and nothing is giving me any hint on what's going on. Half the time in bios, it does not detect my hard drive.

Help?
 

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Working on my friends desktop computer and the BIOS doesnt detect the haddrive all the time. If i cold boot or reset the machine the harddrive is not detected. However if i pull the CMOS battery and power cord then drain the capacitors (by pressing the power button) and replug the power the drive is detected by the BIOS and starts booting windows (then freezes). The Computer can boot from CDs fine (from IDE cd drives). when i power up the machine without draining all of it's power/ removing the power cord the BIOS gets stuck detecting the SATA drive.

I tried the Hard drive in my machine it and worked fine so i dont think its a drive/cable problem. i also tried one of my known good WD drives in the machine and it doesnt detect it.

i have tried replacing the signal cable

default settings (no options for IDE/AHCI just enable or disable SATA)

i'm not sure if windows freezing is a 2nd problem or part of the first.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-k9ns Version F9
Drive: seagate 500gb sata (also tried a WD green 500gb & black 1TB)

thank you for any tips

A:intermittent bios hard drive detection

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Hi:

I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.

M
 

A:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

how many physical hard drives are in your computer and which ones were set up as a RAID?

When you boot with your xp cd press F6 when it tells you to (at the beginning when it loads everything) and then insert that floppy and it will load the needed drivers from that to recognize your RAID setup. In the bios it will (should) just come up with the separate hard drives and not the RAID drive that you saw in windows.
 

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I'm not really sure where to put this, as it covers many different errors, but basically what is happening is this; when I boot up my computer, half of the time it doesn't detect my main hard drive. Even when it does, it still trys to boot off my secondary hard drive, despite the other one being higher up in the boot order. So, if i select it maually, it boots windows, before bluescreening. I have anywhere between about 30 seconds and 5 hours before it bluescreens. When it bluescreens, it either gives a kernel stack inpage error, a kernal data unpage error, or it tells me that a critical thread has been exited unexpectedly.

Does anyone have any ideas? I will try to find more information if people need it.
 

A:Hard drive detection problems and other errors

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Hi:

I've plugged this guy up to three different computers now, even my new one...and it doesn't show. Not in disk management, or anywhere...no signs of life.

Basically, I have to figure out any way I can get the info off of this thing, if there is a way.

Has anyone ran into the solution?

Thanks for any help.

Specs:

Pentium 4
Windows xP
One Touch Family I USB
 

A:Maxtor One Touch External Hard Drive Detection

Have to start with the obvious...sorry...does it have a power on light that indicates the unit is on?

When you plug it in do you hear the "USB Tone" that indicates new hardware found?

Likewise, if you click on the "safely remove hardware" icon on the taskbar, is the device shown there?

Have you tried different USB cables?

Have you thought about exchanging it for a new one?
 

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Hi, Im trying to add a secondary 80GB Seagate IDE HDD into my machine. I Already have a 120GB SATA installed which works fine.

When i installed the IDE HDD, it was detected on post as the full 80GB HDD, however, when windows had booted, in My Computer, the HDD is detected, but is only read as being 5.99GB in size.

I Tried a format on the Hard Drive to try and clear the issue, but when i open the Format window, in Capacity, the only option i can choose is 5.99GB.

When its finished, the HDD size is still 5.99GB
 

A:Hard Drive size Detection and Formatting Problem

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Hi,

I have a Dell XPS laptop which for whatever reason decided one day not to boot. I took the opportunity to do a backup and full restore using Dell DataSafe (?) which crashed and got stuck at 29%. On attempting to restart my computer I receive an error message from SMART that my hard drive is about to fail, and despite me furiously tapping f8 to enter safe mode the error screen always overrides the safe boot menu (which I sometimes see for half a second but never long enough to do anything about it).

The backup I did using DataSafe prior to my first system restore is on a partition went to a partition on my C:\ drive so I'm loathed to switch out the HDD completely at this point.

I just want to boot in safe mode so that I can move my backup to my external HDD but I can see absolutely no way to do so. I have tried using bcdedit in the command prompt but I get the exact same thing when restarting the computer, just this time in safe mode - still no option to attempt to boot. I have no SMART options in BIOS so apparently I'm stuck with the error message!

I'm sure there are plenty of specifics I've missed out that I can provide if anybody has any ideas, just a case of jogging my memory! I've spent all day trying to work this out and it is beginning to drive me insane.

Thanks for your time (and hopefully help).

Will

A:Help! Problem with system restore and SMART Hard Drive detection

It is a fake virus and I have it too! Fortunately I have my trusty iPad!
Anyway, do a google search on SMART HDD and you will see what I am talking about.
I ended up having to buy PC Tools ($40 Australian) to get rid of the virus though I am not 100% sure if it is completely gone.
http://http://www.pctools.com/forum/...DD-Smart-Check
I have hopefully pasted in the link I am referring to.
For my particular issue I think I am going to have to reload the OS. At present I am backing up to DVDs because any USBs or external HDD is not recognised.
The good news is that once you follow the instructions and unhide your data should still be there. Good luck.

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Hey guys, my drive broke down recently  2100 Detection Error on HDD0 on my t420 thinkpad. I tested the hard drive on another computer as well via sata cables and it isn't turning on. So I figured on buying another HDD right? Well I have been looking up online about this issue and I saw that another possibility for harddrive malfunction could be my motherboard, data controller or something else shorting the hard drive. So I don't want to buy another hard drive and have it be shorted again. So my question is whether I am free to buy another HDD or if something is shorting my hard drive and if so how can I test to make sure that nothing in my thinkpad is shorting the hard drive.  Specs:Lenovo Thinpad T420  refurbished i7 8gb ramHDD-2.5"-SATA (some generic looking hardrive I can't anysort of brand on it ) pic attached

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I am having difficulty with my ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive. My computer is an ASUS UL30A notebook with Windows 7. The strange thing is that it was working initially, but now a few days later, it stopped working for some reason. If I go to My Computer, I can see my harddrives (C and D) listed, but not my optical drive. If I go to Control Panel, and click on Devices and Printers, I see my optical drive listed under Devices as SDRW-08D1S-U, with a small yellow triangle icon with an exclamation point on it. If I double click on it, and then click on the Hardware tab, it states at the bottom – “Device Status: Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing.” If I click on the Properties button, it basically says the same thing, with the addition of: (Code 39). I have tried updating the driver, and it states that I have the appropriate and latest driver. I have tried disabling and enabling driver. I have tried right clicking on the icon and Troubleshooting.

Finally, I tried uninstalling the driver. And then when I plugged the drive back in, it states that the “Device driver software was not successfully installed.”

I am using the supplied USB Y cable with both ends plugged in. I have tried it also with only one of the two ends plugged in, and also with regular non-Y configuration USB cables.

I will add that I never installed the original software on the CD that came with the drive. I was about to install it when ... Read more

A:Driver detection/loading issue with ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive

No replies yet...I guess there is no easy fix for this... I'll probably put up the drive for sale and get something else...
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm currently working on a Dell Dimension 9150 and I have a couple of problems.

Firstly, when the PC boots up, there are squares / dots on the monitor similar to the following picture:



Secondly, I have tried to re-install Windows XP twice, and if I leave the CD in it boots into Windows - but if I remove the CD and reboot the computer it says 'no boot device available'.

Any ideas / comments would be very much appreciated.

Thank you :)

A:[SOLVED] Graphics issue / Hard drive issue? Help!

Also, I've just run the hard drive diagnostics and it looks like the hard drive is fine - so not quite sure what's up with it

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I have been experiencing this issue on a regular basis ever since I got my Vista desktop. Recently I upgraded to Windows 7 and the problem persists.

Every once in a while the hard drive starts working intensively and the computer becomes almost unresponsive. It stays like this for anywhere between 30 minutes and a couple hours. If I reboot the issue does not go away; the "process" continues until it completes at which moment the computer becomes normally responsive again.

I have tried to track down the culprit using both the Task Manager (Resource Monitor) and Process Explorer. It's not obvious what the process causing the slowdown is but it seems to run in a svchost.exe. I am quite sure that changes to very large files on the hard drive (hundreds on megabytes, gigabytes) trigger it. CPU usage is relatively low.

For diagnostic purposes I have disabled several tasks: antivirus/antimalware; defragmentation; system restore; prefetch; windows search; file indexing -- to no avail, the problem persists.

My theory so far is this: when files on the hard drive undergo changes, particularly large files, Windows runs some scheduled process at normal priority to reorganize the hard drive and/or compress or defragment files, irrespective of my settings. The larger the files, the more time it takes to complete and the longer system responsiveness is limited.

The annoyance is that during this time I cannot use the computer; I have to wait it out. As I mentioned, reboot... Read more

A:Hard drive hard at work -> slow down issue

You could try Process Lasso to find it and stop it as well.

Process Lasso, the Windows process priority optimizer!

Free version on right side of the page.

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My Sony computer that I have had since 2000 or so is store bought and came with windows xp. I believed it had two hard drives in it until earlier this year when I found out it came with one partioned hard drive. I now have two physical HDD and three that appear on my computer. I need to restore my computer and would like to make my partioned drive appear as one. I will have all my backup files on my second physical HDD. If it makes things easier at all I do not have a windows install disc only system restore discs that came with my computer. If this isn't clear enough please ask me to try and clear it up.
 

A:Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

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

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

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

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Hello. I have a Thinkpad W550S running windows 10 and outside of warranty that started crashing , basically the screen freezes and after a while the system reboots showing that it can't see the SSD hard drive which happen to be an Adata SSD drive. The error that I get is "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)   Press Esc to continue:..  I tried rebooting, restarting, taking the battery out, taking the hard-drive out and bascially did everything and standing on my head, and somehow, was able to get it to come back up and boot windows.  when in windows, I ran the Lenovo Vantage app and ran the diagnostics.. I ran the full test and in the middle of the hard drive test, it crashed the system so I rebooted the system, and ran Vantage again and this time I only ran the list of hard drive tests and the results showed every test passes including all the SMART tests and it failed the "Full Disk Scan Test" and gave the result code: WHD0440V00400-WO7AED.  See attached photos.  Now I'm wondering what that means? Any help and/or suggestion is much apprecaited. Hooman

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So the same issues i had in Windows 8 Release Preview too and i was hoped to be fixed in Windows 8 RTM but still the same! So the issue about HDD is that i'm using two hard drives; one is Western Digital which is primary with Windows 8 installed on it and the other is Hitachi which i use it for data or recovery and so after installed Windows 8 after 20 minutes goes to sleep and then when i click on its partition which is currently "Local Disk D" i have to wait for a few seconds to get back it to normal but also when i click on Hitachi's partition after 20 minutes it freezes my system until it back it to normal, so this issue i didn't have before in Windows 7 it newer went to sleep but now in Windows 8 yes so that makes me very irritated and i don't know what to do and the other issue about DVD Drive which i had also in Release Preview but not in Consumer Preview is that after i restart Windows 8 for the first time after i get "Desktop" of installing process i can't see then the drive into "My Computer" it lost from there and to get it back i have to to "Command Promt" and to paste this: "reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001" and then it's ok but without doing that it will lost from Windows Explorer. So what exactly are these issues ? Is that becuase we still don't have any chipset drivers or what ? THANK YOU AND SORRY FOR MY POOR ENGLISH

A:Hard drive and DVD RW Drive issue on Windows 8 RTM

Bump please!

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Hello
I think I'm having a problem with my hard drive it used to work with bios set at auto for the primary and now it only semms to work in the user hdd mode heres a copy of what I have from belarc
any help please


System Security Status CIS Benchmark Score
3.13 of 10


Virus Protection
Up-to-date


Microsoft Security Updates
Status unknown

† Advisor security definitions are out of date. Click here for the latest definitions.

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Computer Profile Summary
Computer Name: Home-a0x6mix7g8 (in WORKGROUP)
Profile Date: Monday, December 05, 2005 7:36:41 PM
Advisor Version: 7.0t
Windows Logon: David Cornell
Click here for Belarc's System Management products, for large and small companies.

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) HP Pavilion 04 P7477A-ABA 751n 70000RE101MISSO
System Serial Number: MX212A0322 NA340
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4S-LA REV 1.xx
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software, Inc. 3.04 02/09/2002
Drives Memory Modules c,d
81.95 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
74.42 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-224B [CD-ROM drive]
SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616F [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 4D080H4 [Hard drive] (81... Read more

A:Hard drive issue

What happens with the auto setting? Is the drive not found.
 

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I have recently recieved a 30 GB hard drive that is IBM. I at first had trouble trying to set it to slave but found the correct jumper settings and now that my computer starts up, my hard drive only says 8.79 GB in My Computer. Any ideas whats wrong and what I can do to fix it?
 

A:Hard Drive issue

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This is weird...my hard drive light stays on constantly as if it were being accessed, even when nothing is running. I have checked running processes...even when CPU usage is at 0% it's on. Not blinking, but steady. I also tried rebooting into safe mode and it was the same.

Any thoughts? Appreciate your help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+, AMD64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4095 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 85865 MB, Free - 9199 MB; D: Total - 476939 MB, Free - 285492 MB; F: Total - 476939 MB, Free - 221895 MB; H: Total - 152588 MB, Free - 24453 MB;
Motherboard: , ALiveNF6G-VSTA, ,
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Disabled
 

A:Help with Hard Drive Issue

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