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Hard Disk Drive Not Detected

I have 160 GB SATA Seagte HDD, suddenly it stopped woring & giving a message Boot drive fail, when i tried to reload the Win XP, I received message no HDD found. Kindly give me some solution, my HDD is still under warranty period. I contacted the vendor he told that he will replace the HDD but no guarntee for Data

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Re: Hard Disk Drive Not Detected

Does your hard drive get detected in the BIOS? If yes then you can recover data by plugging that hard drive as secondary and running a recovery application like Recover My Files.

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SMART stands for "Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology".

You BIOS has detected a pending error in your hard drive.

take the hard drive out and use an enclosure to extract all the data you might want to take out of it soon, since that hard drive is failing.

If possible, try going into the BIOS and disabling SMART, so you can boot into Windows and copy all the necessary files you want to get off of the hard drive.

Removing the hard drive would ultimately get rid of this problem though

Restart your computer
during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key usually Delete or F2 to enter setup
this will differ depending on which bios you have

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS

Navigate the BIOS menu using your arrow keys and use the on-screen legend for reference on how to change settings.

Look for a menu titled "Hardware" "Hard disk" or something similar. You are looking for an option that references "S.M.A.R.T."

Highlight the "S.M.A.R.T" option and set it to "Disabled" or "Off." Once you have changed the setting, choose "Save and Exit" from the menu or press the keyboard key corresponding to it (as listed in the legend).

Select "Yes" or press "Y" when the BIOS asks you to confirm your choice.

hope this helps

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I have Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 160 GB SATA Hard Drive bios is detected but we cant format

If the operating system can't format the hard drive then the chances are that the drive is either failing or Failed.

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Ihave a sagate 320 inturnal HD that was installed on my desktop Comp. 1.5 years ago I am getting window massage to download all my data due to the HD failing. I am looking at the date code and it appears...

It sounds as if the SMART measurements on your Seagate 320GB hard drive are triggering the Windows message advising that the drive is failing.

You would be best advised to backup your data from this drive to a different drive or on to DVD media (depending on how much data is involved).

To test the failing Seagate disk, download a copy of Hiren's Boot CD which is a CD image file (.ISO) and must be burnt to a blank CD disc - then boot the computer with the failing disk from this CD - then select DOS Programs on the initial menu, then choose Hard Disk Tools and then HDAT2 - this is a tool which will let you try to recover any bad sectors on your boot disk.

On the Hard Disk Tools menu there is also a SMARTUDM - HDD S.M.A.R.T. viewer which will let you examine exactly which areas of the Seagate disk are giving the problem leading to the failure message.

Jan 08, 2012 | Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815A -...

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Shows up as "Initio Combo Device Class" not a "Disk Drive"


Hi, Yesterday I get into similar problem of having my USB Drive ( WD passport Elite 320gb ) not being detected by my PC and as soon as I connect to it, Initio Combo device class drivers gets loaded and Drive do not show up in the device list...!!
I tried several options.1. Freezed my hard drive for 12 hrs in the freezer. It did not help me today.2. I have opened the USB drive shell ( becareful, I have damaged it.. see the instructions before you try t ). You can find the 2.5' HDD inside and there will be SATA to USB bridge adapter. I was having doubt on this bridge unit as I read through several blogs.3. luckily I have a unused 2.5' Laptop HDD. So I have removed this bridge unit carefully and tried to connect to my HDD. If the bridge is good, my HDD must be detected right away..But it is the same problem.. It did not work.. Hence I have confirmed that it is the bridge problem..
4. I bought a Rs. 250/- ( 5$ ) 2.5 SATA casing that is available in the market to use the 2.5' SATA HDD through USB. ( actually I do not know where I can buy only the bridge..hence bought the entire unit..which is still cheaper )
5. From the new unit, I have the USB to SATA bridge, which I have connected to my WD HDD SATA USB hard drive... Bingo.........It is detected by OS and I have started copying my important data immediately...
6. This Unit comes with a casing ..hence you may continue using this case... But some units may not fit well..still the bridge is usable..!!

I GOT all my data..with just Rs.250/- ( $5 ) ..I am happy to try this on my own..!!

Good luck with your drive..!!

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Boot device

your hard disk has upto 3 years warranty from the day of purchase

May 26, 2010 | Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA II 300 7200rpm...

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Hdd is not getting detected it is new hard disk the hdd is 160 Gb,cables are good solution to be not to open hard disk

u have installed the hdd properly
but not the bios..
open biios
press <del> or the key suggested by the computer when the computer boots.
u will enter bios...
now go to boot section
make first boot as the hdd shown in the list....
save the settings and reboot.
if it fails ..
unplug ur hdd. a and plug it again...
and follow the instruction again

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I've connected my Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA drive (from a Linkstation) to my PC with a sata-ide adapter. It's recognised at boot time but I get the message 'primary master hard disk fail'. It isn't...

You may need to address the way that the old HDD was used in the BIOS. Meaning that if you had regular IDE drive the setting that may be in the BIOS might need to bee disabled and that could be the cause to the new SATA IDE controller you have installed as a boot device. Also if you are trying to boot from you new SATA drive you will need to install some form of and operating system on it like windows or whatever you have been using.

Sometimes it’s easier to create a disk image of the old drive and transfer it to you new SATA, using a disk image utility like Norton Ghost.

Of course I am assuming that you are using a PC and not a MAC.


Dec 05, 2009 | Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA II 300 7200rpm...

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Error in loading Operting System

you can download and create a "repair" disk that will be able to scan your hardware without the need of windows. click here to download the disk, unzip it and create a disk.
follow the directions in the setup menus.

from the sounds of it your boot sector has become corrupt
good luck

Mar 12, 2009 | Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA II 300 7200rpm...

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Seagate 40 gb big problem please

I'd take a look at the <a href="">Segate</a> website.

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SumsungHDD Fails to load OS


Have you got a decent spinup?

Are the rest of the drives working properly, if they are not it may suggest faulty PSU.

Try connecting to a diffrent pc, or purchase a USB sata convertor

Aug 13, 2008 | Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA II 300 7200rpm...

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