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HDD not being detected

By king21092
Oct 7, 2008
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  1. Ok, I'm to excited to think since I just got my latest piece to my computer, but anyway my PC isn't recognizing the hard drive, its not found. I was wondering if anyone knew how to get to to recognize the drive.

    Any help, much appreciated!!!

    -King

    NOTE: Specs are in system specs and sig.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Is this the main drive that you are trying to install Windows on?
    If so, you may need to download the Dos Sata Drivers from your Motherboard's (or computer manufacture's) support driver page

    Is this an extra HardDrive (ie Slave) that you are setting up in your computer?
    If so you may need to inialize the Drive by going to Disk Management in Control Panel (under Administrative tools)

    Probably more info required
  3. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    My mobo has all drivers and BIOS updates.

    Kim, I dont think you read my post last night.
    My 80GB HDD that I originally had windows on, went corrupt again,so I've declared it DEAD, it still runs, but always corrupts things.
    Now that that's said I can't get my 400GB to be detected, all the cables are plugged in and it should be running fine.
    So in the end I cant load windows b/c its corrupt and I can't detect the drive to install windows on.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    No I didn't. Damn!,
    You might want to provide a link to that TechSpot post

    Anyway,
    Have you pressed F6 during setup and installed any required drivers?

    Is Bios reset to defaults?
    Is the drive being detected in Bios?
    Is Sata enabled in Bios?
  5. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    Yes, its the only drive plugged up, so it should be the master.
    Note: There's neither jumpers on the back to make it the master/slave, nor anything in my BIOS to make it the main drive. I'll keep looking and tell you if I find a section where I can set it as the master, but for now, I'm still taking suggestions.

    No, I haven't reset BIOs yet.
    No, it's not being detected in BIOS, that I can see.
    Yes, SATA is enabled.

    Here is the thread where I mentioned that.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    ok

    So read my last post again

    And Sata does not have those jumpers to make it Master/Slave

    I just want to know if Bios actually sees it ? (firstly)
    Then, the other things I mentioned too

    You can even quote my post, and say done that it says this, done that it says this (or something like that)

    Oh, I'll check that link while you're going through that.
  7. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    This is in response to my last post, I enabled AHCI and now I'm trying to see if its detected at all. Still I can't see in my BIOS wher it lists HDD.
    There is a section that says "Standard CMOS features" in that section it lists IDE channel master thats listed as 0-4 with a slave 4.
    I've yet to find ANYTHING dealing with SATA, besides that setting I changed.
  8. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    I've looked in every available setting and option, and still can't find it.
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    hmm, some keywords

    sata
    pata

    Actually are you scrolling all the way down in cmos (bios) sometimes the page is bigger than you think
  10. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    I've used every available key on the keyboard, including the keypad, WITH num lock on. Also I've used ever option at the bottom, where it tells you what the keys do.



    For precaution, I'm going to switch sata cables.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Can you please email Gigabyte support and ask where Sata enable is
    It might just be enabled by default (ie both Sata Pata)

    Actually maybe the manual, yes that would do
     
  12. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    KIM!!! I figured out what was wrong.
    I have a 850W PSU that has GOBS of cable that I don't need, it was prob meant for a server with like 8 HDD+. Anyway I have the unused ones tied up in a ball to maximize airflow. Well apparently all that wire when set up straight was putting weight on the cord, cause the power cord to be pulled out slightly.
    I moved the wires around.
    AND
    It's being detected now!
  13. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    The board has SATA already enabled BTW. Thats why theres no option, just 4 SATA ports.
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Arrrgh I didn't say check cables ?? I'll have to read the thread again (another stupid mistake by me!) Any other support members reading, do not quote that !
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    This is the part where I needed to then make a new reply on (afterwards)
    But I got boggled down with CMOS settings

    Sorry about that :eek:
  16. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    Yes, after i fixed the wire setting, it showed up as being detected. : )
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Solved

    Issue found to be sata connector loose




    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
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