Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

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Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 23 March 2011 - 01:06 PM

Hello !

I have problem with my hard drives. If I connect my new hard drive then my computer won't recognize any hard drives. Sometimes it recognize both, then new is gone again. Sometimes it recognize only old HDD.

I have tryed to connect them with different sata ports, but no result. Also the new HDD worked in my friends computer.

I think motherboard SATA controller is fucked up.

Any ideas ?

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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 23 March 2011 - 01:32 PM

Well how about the usual pertinent information.
- Motherboard make and model
- hard drive make and models

It is possible the HD or the MB are jacked. Do you have another system around you can test that new HD on?

If you remove the previous (and is assumed to be working) HD and plug the new one in what happens?
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:30 PM

usual pertinent information.
- Motherboard : 945PL-A (V3.0)
- New HDD : WD5000AADS

New HDD works on other systems.

If I plug only new HDD, then system won't recognize it or recognize it a very little time.

I had this NEW HDD before also, all were working. Time went on and that new hdd was getting bad sectors. I sent that HDD back and got new same HDD. Now computer won't recognize that same new HDD.

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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:50 PM

Sure - sounds like a bad SATA connection. I remember an old motherboard doing something similar.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:15 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 23 March 2011 - 04:50 PM, said:

Sure - sounds like a bad SATA connection. I remember an old motherboard doing something similar.


I had the same issue
I agree with modi123_1
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:22 PM

Strange question, but did you try a different cable with the new hard drive on the old computer? A bad cable can cause the problems as well as a bad SATA controller.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 25 March 2011 - 06:54 AM

View PostSixOfEleven, on 24 March 2011 - 01:22 PM, said:

Strange question, but did you try a different cable with the new hard drive on the old computer? A bad cable can cause the problems as well as a bad SATA controller.


Yes, I did. Anything didn't change.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 27 March 2011 - 06:43 PM

Try using a different power supply, there is a chance that the power supply is bad and it is not putting out all of the required voltages.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:14 AM

View Postqtex, on 23 March 2011 - 02:30 PM, said:

usual pertinent information.
- Motherboard : 945PL-A (V3.0)
- New HDD : WD5000AADS

New HDD works on other systems.

If I plug only new HDD, then system won't recognize it or recognize it a very little time.

I had this NEW HDD before also, all were working. Time went on and that new hdd was getting bad sectors. I sent that HDD back and got new same HDD. Now computer won't recognize that same new HDD.

Hi !

I don't know what OS do you use but if you use Win Xp-they dont have SATA drivers by default (WIN 7 have), but reading this topic I also agree that must be something with SATA( cable or drivers). If you can try to download updated SATA drivers for your motherboard, or you can ask if any of your friends have slipstreamed version of WIN XP (with embedded SATA drivers). I tried to do my best to help you. Bye ! :D
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:07 PM

I had this same issue before too. I had two IDEs and a SATA and sometimes the SATA wouldnt be seen in BIOS and other times one of the IDEs wouldnt be seen in BIOS. It ended up being my power supply. I swapped it out from a 400w to 600w and now my three IDEs and two SATAs run fine.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:21 PM

you have a faulty hdd
chkdsk & pray..
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 04 April 2011 - 05:21 PM

I'm confused by your answer. How does one chkdsk a hard drive if it isn't assigned a drive letter by Windows? I mean, I'm assuming that if Bios doesn't see the drive, Windows can't very well address it.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:01 AM

ohh ok,
Start > Run, type diskmgmt.msc
if the drive shows up, right click and select 'assign drive letter'

if the drive does not show up, you will need to get your hands on a windows disk.
make your way to the formatting part of the installation process and look for your drive.
press delete if necessary, then format.

reload windows and with a bit of luck you'l see the drive. otherwise reattempt to assign a drive letter.

hope that helps

also running a chkdsk once youve found the disk wont do any harm.

**you wont need to reinstall windows, just fix the drive under boot conditions..
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:03 AM

unless it really is knackared, in which case you should try a different sata port, use a different sata cable or buy a new drive.
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Re: Bios and computer won't recognize new HDD

Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:12 AM

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in which case you should try a different sata port,

I believe he said he tried that.

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use a different sata cable

.. and this.

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or buy a new drive

.. and did this too.

Also your post #13 - how does that help if it doesn't recognize the drive to even attempt to format it?
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