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  • Pedro Oliveira May 11, 2010

    Not detect when you start your computer? or when formats?

  • McVerick May 11, 2010

    Is this a new Hard Drive? are you adding this Hard Drive as a secondary Hard Drive to another system?... or are you trying to install an Operating System and the installation is telling you that it cannot find a Hard drive to continue? - Is it a SATA?


  • kiran_g4e
    kiran_g4e May 11, 2010

    make it clear..
    when u faced this problem..?

    r u reassembled it????



  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    what brand is the hard drive ??? maxtor by chance ?

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Check the hard drive setting in you bios at start up. SATA or ATA or IDE

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Hard drive not detected


First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.

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Try removing the data cable connectors on the hard drive and motherboard and the reconnect them. Then boot up your computer. If it does not boot up and the BIOS cannot detect the hard drive then the hard drive is faulty.
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2nd. Go into the BIOS configuration and see if the BIOS detects the hard drive.

3rd. If the BIOS can't detect the hard disk, the remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer detects this drive as an external disk drive and you can see the contents of the hard drive, then the hard drive is OK and the fault is in the laptop.

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