Can't detect hard drive


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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.


TechSpot Paladin
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.

Jad Chaar

Elite Techno Geek
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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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.