Can't detect hard drive

By Trini
Dec 27, 2014
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  1. I am building a new system, only part used is the power supply. My motherboard can't detect my hard drive. I tried switching cables but it only detects my dvd drive. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    First make shure the data & power cables are plugged in securely, on both the MB and hard drive. and no there is not a power cable for the hard drive on the MB.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Try plugging the HDD cable into a different SATA port. If that works and the HDD is detected, then the port is messed up. If it still does not work, then it is most likely a faulty HDD.
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  4. Techpumpkin_WD

    Techpumpkin_WD TS Member

    Hello there,
    You can try connecting the SATA cable to a different SATA port on the motherboard. If it still doesn't show it's most probably DOA. If you want to make absolutely sure about that test the HDD in a different system.
    Hope that helps.

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