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Hard disk problem

Hard disk drive is not recognized in the system. I set auto detect in the BIOS. I already change the cable and reset the power connector to the HDD. Still it does not solve the problem.

I suspect a problem in the drive electronics but i didn't have any experience repairing HDD related to its electronic components. Any idea?

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Is any method to detect the harddisk in the system

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I suggest that you'll buy another hard disk.. repairing hard disk is a tough job.. machines had done it, it is a very difficult job if its manually repaired... your hard disk maybe damaged if your system can't detect it. Just make sure that the cables are properly place/attached.

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My dard disc wont detict

When installing a new hard drive, a PC may not recognize the hard drive. Incorrect cable installations, jumper settings and BIOS settings may cause the computer to be unable to detect your hard drive. Due to the vast differences in hard drive types (IDE versus SATA) and brands, motherboard brands and types, and BIOS types and configurations, please download or acquire your motherboard and hard drive manufacturers' documentation prior to acquiring a hard drive. Make sure that the type of hard drive you plan to purchase is compatible with the motherboard.
Shut down the computer. Unplug all cables and peripheral devices. Clip the anti-static wrist bracelet to a metal object, and attach the bracelet to your wrist. Remove the computer's side panel. (Cases vary. Some will require a small Phillips screwdriver for removal and others feature screwless designs. Please see your case manual if you are unsure.) Locate the newly installed hard drive. Check that two cables are running from the hard drive to the motherboard and to the power supply. If you see only one cable or if either of the cables are not securely seated, plug in the appropriate connector(s). Leave the case's side panel off for now. Reconnect the power cable, monitor cable, and keyboard and mouse connections. Restart the computer. Enter your BIOS immediately. (Your BIOS usually alerts you to the key required to adjust settings. If your screen does not show this information or if you are unsure, consult your motherboard manual.) If it is an IDE hard drive, enter the IDE settings. The BIOS should show the hard drive. Configure it as primary or secondary, according to your computer's configuration. (If you have only one drive, set this to primary. Otherwise, set as secondary.) Save your settings, and exit the BIOS. Once you are certain that the the PC is recognizing the hard drive, replace the side panel. Detect a SATA Hard Disk If you have connected a SATA (serial ATA) hard drive to your computer but are not able to access the files on it, then your system may not be detecting the drive correctly. On either a PC or Mac computer, you can manually detect and mount a hard drive that is locally connected. Once properly detected, the drive will become available for file transfer.
Plug the SATA hard drive firmly into your PC computer and ensure that the drive is powered on. Open the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" icon. Open the "Administrative Tools" folder and double-click on the "Computer Management" icon. Go to the "Disk Management" tool on the left side of the control panel window. This brings up a list of all drives currently connected to your computer. Right-click on the SATA drive that you want your computer to detect and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths." Click on the "Add" button and then select the drive letter that you want to be assigned to the SATA hard drive. Click "OK" to save the settings and detect the SATA drive. b> Mac Instructions b> Plug the SATA hard drive firmly into your Mac computer and ensure that the drive is powered on. Open a new Finder window and navigate to the "Utilities" folder, which is located in the "Applications" section of the Mac hard drive. Double-click on the "Disk Utility" icon. Highlight the SATA hard drive that you want your computer to detect from the list of connected drives on the left side of the window. Click on the "Mount" button at the top of the window to have the system manually detect the SATA drive. Hope this helps.

Dec 29, 2012 | Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA 2MB HDD 80 GB...

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Set The Jumper Setting On Your Hard Disk Drive

The hard disk drive will be detected as 32 GB if the jumper is set to the 32 GB clip pin setting. The common jumper settings for Samsung hard disk drives are listed below. Please check the label on your hard disk drive for the correct jumper setting.

Important: Use the alternate jumper setting listed below under General Pin Setting. After changing the jumper, partition and format your hard disk drive.

Configuring your Hard Disk Drive (Master, Slave, or Cable Select) - Setting the Jumper

If this is the only HDD in your computer, set the pin setting to Master.
If this is the second HDD in your computer, set the pin setting to Slave.
If this is the second HDD in your computer, and the first drive is set to Cable Select, set the pin setting to Cable Select.
If you are replacing the HDD in your computer, set the jumper setting to match that of the drive you are replacing.

Cable Select:

This setting is the default setting for PATA/IDE hard disk drives. With the Cable Select jumper setting, the BIOS determines whether a hard disk drive is Set as Master or Set as Slave by it's position on the UDMA cable.
If the hard disk drive jumper is set to Cable Select and is connected to the black connector on the end of the UDMA cable, it is recognized as Set as Master for that PATA controller.
If the hard disk drive jumper is set to Cable Select and is connected to the grey connector on the middle of the UDMA cable, it is recognized as Set as Slave for that PATA controller.

Note: When using Cable Select, your system must meet the following conditions:
Your systems host controller must support Cable Select.
Your hard drives must support Cable Select.
Your cable must support Cable Select.

Set as Master:

Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable with a hard disk drive Set as Slave, jumper one hard disk drive to Set as Master, and the other to Set as Slave.
Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable and the Cable Select setting is not recognized.

Set as Slave:

Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable with a hard disk drive Set as Master, jumper one hard disk drive to Set as Master, and the other to Set as Slave.
Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable and the Cable Select setting is not recognized.

32 GB Clip Pin Setting:

Use this on computers manufactured before November 1998 when either you start up your computer and see the message, "Hard disk drive controller failure", or your system stops responding during the boot process after installing a new drive. This occurs when the hard disk drive is too large for the BIOS to support.

If after performing the troubleshooting procedure listed above, the full capacity of your hard disk drive is not recognized, click here for information about obtaining a system BIOS update. If you are unable to update your BIOS, another option would be to create a second partition with the remaining unallocated disk space.

Aug 18, 2012 | Hard Drives

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If your HDD is not being detected by your portable system trouble shooting is fairly direct:
  1. Remove and re-seat the hard drive to ensure the connection to the system is effective, sometimes there is enough play that over time the connection loses contact due to thermal expansion/contraction and re-seating the drive resolves.
  2. Reset the BIOS default settings. This can be done from within the BIOS (F2 at boot for most systems, F1, F10 and DEL are the other most common entry prompts, watch you screen at boot for BIOS/SETUP access prompts if unsure) Check the Hard Drive Controller Settings/SATA controller settings and write them down, and once you reset the BIOS defaults, check them again. If they have changed, set the controller setting back to the pre-reset setting to avoid 0x0000007B controller errors on reboot. Most Phoenix brand bios can be reset by pressing F9, Enter. Others will have a maintenance section where default settings can be restored. After resetting, save changes and exit this will force re-numeration of all devices by the system, including the hard disk drive. If using a desktop chassis and you have multiple controllers, swap cables with a know working controller (Usually the Optical drive) and see if the drive is detected on that cable and controller and the optical drive on the HDD controller.
  3. If the Hard Drive is still not detected, you can remove the hard drive and install it in a USB external drive case and see if the drive is detected on another system. If it is not, then the drive has failed, and needs replacement. If the drive works in the USB adapter then the controller is suspect on the system the drive was removed from, and a motherboard replacement is likely the end result.

Jul 17, 2011 | Seagate SATA2 NB- Seagate 320G 7200rpm...

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Hard disk is detected in BIOS setup, but after boot it shows "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT DISK" So what can i do now

it means insert your copy of windows operating system to finish the installation if you already have a operating system on your hard drive and if you dont wish to remove it when in bios scroll down Adavanced bios features and change settings on first boot device

Aug 27, 2010 | Hard Drives

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My maxtor D740X-6l 40GB drive will not boot up. I can hook the drive up to another computer and read the files but it will not even show as a drive on the original computer. The first computer recognizes...


all you have to do is to simply set the jumper at the back of he hard disk, beside where the IDE cable and power enter into the hard disk.

Just keep setting till you put at the right position where the system recognizes it.

There is nothing wrong with your PC and hard drive, just set the jumper of the Hard disk and that should be all.

Take care.

Jan 04, 2010 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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I have HP IDE 40 GB HD,It is not gettin detected in bios,also windows bootup is not getting started


If the drive is not getting detected in bios, either you have a cabling issue, firmware issue with bios or the drive has failed.

If the drive was working previously and you haven't updated the firmware since the drive is failed, jump to the end. Check to be sure all the cabling is seated firmly and all jumpers are set appropriately, if your not sure how please reply back with all details written on the drive and all the large print on your motherboard.if you're trying to install this drive on a new board, please reply with the large print on the board and I'll help determine if it even compatible with your board.

"The end" if we have already ruled out firmware and cabling or if the drive was previously working on this board and BIOS doesn't detect it, then the drive has failed. If there'snothing important on the drive replace it, a 40GB drive is worthless(cash value) these days. If on the other hand the drive is dead but did contain valuable files, reply back with your location(Country, State and City) and I will refer you to a nearby data recovery pro.

Hope this helps FixYa,


Oct 27, 2009 | HP/Maxtor 40GB 3.5 IDE/ATA Hard Drive...

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Does not show up in my computer but does in bios

Can you boot the computer from a boot floppy?
If so, try and partition and format the drive with fdisk and format.

May 20, 2009 | Maxtor DiamondMax D540X (4D060H3) 60 GB...

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Adding a hard drive to a PC

You need to set the little jumpers at the rear of the hard drive and the cd rom drive. Set the hard drive as Master and the cd rom as Slave. Both devices should then be recognized.

Dec 30, 2008 | Maxtor DiamondMax D540X (4D060H3) 60 GB...

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Hard disk problem

Change the other HDD to either Cable Select or SLAVE.

Then make sure you partition it correctly, Windows does a decent job at it.

Right click on My Computer, go to Manage, then under storage, click on Disk Management; you should see the HDD here.

Dec 09, 2007 | Toshiba (HDD2188) 80 GB Hard Drive

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Check the jumper settings on the back of the drive, if this is the primary HD, set it to master, if secondary, set it to slave, if secondary still does not recognize, switch the ide cable so that the two drives are not on the same one.

Nov 19, 2007 | Hard Drives

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