Hard Drive Problems

By Mkoll
Aug 11, 2006
  1. Okay for some reason the windows installation isn't recognizing the hard drive. Yet when I boot up it says theres a harddrive connected. I checked that the wires were connected properly already. Help would be nice.
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    What kind of hard drive, IDE or SATA? if it is SATA did you load the sata drivers during boot up?
  3. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Posts: 170

    More specs would be nice

    I am going to need a little more details.

    Perhaps what HD?

    What OS?



    Did you build this computer yourself?

    Are you replacing the HD?

    Has it ever worked?

    I can't determine the problem is if I don't have details?

    When you say it recognizes the HD, is that in BIOS or just part of the post?

    What is the exact error windows gives you during the installation that says there is no HD?
  4. Mkoll

    Mkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes it is a S-ATA HD

    Running Windows Xp Proffesional.

    160 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache]

    Processor- AMD 64 3800+ X2

    eVGA nForce-4 SLI

    No I didn't build the computer.

    No I'm not replacing the HD

    It has worked before.

    I checked BIOS and it does recognize it there.

    "Windows Installation cannot recognize an installed hard disk. Please make sure all cables are connected properly and that it is properly powered. The computer will now restart. Press f3 to continue"

    Ugh. No more letting friends work on my computer...
  5. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Posts: 170


    What is the reason you are installing Windows XP?

    Did you get any blue screens before which caused you to want to reinstall Windows XP?

    If so, give me the error that came up.

    Have you tried another HD?

    I'm trying to find out the purpose of your Windows XP installation.

    Does it boot up into Windows now?

    Let me know.
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    did you search here for installing sata drive
    lots of posts on what to do
    after you search around if you can't find it give a yell

    my new webste 
    for client data recovery
  7. Mkoll

    Mkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Reinstalling Windows Xp...

    Its because I got an error message continually saying that a system 32 file was damaged somehow. Thus it would not let me start windows. No blue screen though. Just came up during boot.

    I'm currently trying to get my hands on another HD to try out.

    BUT the error doesnt even COME up anymore. And that's whats wierd. Instead of giving me the message it goes into a restart over and over.

    So I booted the CD for windows recovery from BIOS and started to repair/reinstall it. And that's when it said it couldn't find an installed HD.

    I've been in the mood to play Rise of Legends for the past like 2 weeks....And I cant..
  8. Mkoll

    Mkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter

    NObody knows what's wrong?
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    You might have had a corrupt file table. Use CHKDSK or norton systemworks registry repair to fix.
  10. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    try F6 and reload the drivers
    look for boot utilitys on the net to help get to the drive
    if you can nav with these then it's xp not seeing the drivers present
  11. Mkoll

    Mkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's windows probably. I tried a different HD and the same thing happened. What do I do now..I can't reinstall windows.
  12. Mkoll

    Mkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I asked my friend what the hell he did to my ******* computer.
    Said he was reinstalling windows for me because he thought that would fix it. Which it might've...And had to restart mid installation. Would that do anything?
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    at worst, you will have a double installation.

    at best, it's an incomplete installation which won't work.

    reformat the hard drive, and reinstall from scratch. YOU do it, not your friend.
  14. Mkoll

    Mkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter did this on TWO different hard drives.

    Could it have to do with damaged hardware? Say a dead cpu or mobo.
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