Replacement laptop hard drive not listed in BIOS

By LLane
Jul 11, 2007
  1. Hello. I own an Acer Aspire that was purchased in 2002. It used to have a 20GB IBM hard drive. I decided to replace it today with an 80GB Seagate HD.

    When I went to load XP on it, I was told that Setup could not detect a hard drive. Checking the BIOS, I saw that there was no HD listed, either.

    Looking around, I've seen some recommendations about editing the SATA settings in the BIOS, but SATA does not show up at all among my options.

    I'd really appreciate any advice on how I can solve this problem.

    Thank you so much!
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    A machine this old does not have SATA.

    Is the Seagate drive OK? Maybe it's just broken :)
    Maybe you need to do a BIOS update on the laptop to make it work with bigger drives?
  3. LLane

    LLane TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh, thanks. I didn't know that.

    The drive is brand new and comes from a reputable seller, so I wouldn't think it's malfunctioning. How would I go about updating the BIOS?
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You find out what model Aspire you have and go to the Asus site and see what the latest bios versions are and if there are any newer than yours AND a more recent bios fixes the recognition of larger drives issue you then find out how to download and flash.
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