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Windows not detecting HDD

By kinknoppix
Mar 25, 2008
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  1. I just finished rebuilding this comp for a friend and im trying to install windows and its not detecting the hard drive. I did the jumpers right, reconnected everything, switch with the cdrom(maybe work??..lol) cord. I cant figure it out = (
    thanks
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    To confirm your computer is seeing the harddrive you need to check in bios (not Windows) if bios (cmos or setup) sees it, then it may be a driver issue (that F6 prompt when installing Windows)
  3. kinknoppix

    kinknoppix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    looks like the bios sees it i tryed other hhd that do work and still not detecting hhf
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Reset the m/b bios jumper (or load opimal defaults)
    Confirm HDD on CS (Cable Select on ATA drive) and plugged into IDE port 0
    Also confirm CD/DVD also CS and plugged into IDE 1
    Remove floppy cable, or any other non essential connection (including any PCI cards)

    Here is Delpart http://www.juliatexas.com/delpart/Delpart.exe
    can be used to blow away a HardDrive fully (which Windows can then use again

    Here's some info on it: http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/DELpart.htm
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