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Windows 7: Won't detect SATA drives, trying to repair

08 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Won't detect SATA drives, trying to repair

The computer froze while I was using it so I had to hard reset it, but the systems files got corrupted and needs to be repaired. There was a "CPU Over Temperature error", so I replaced the thermal grease. It seemed to help a bit, but still reaches 90c in a short period. CPU Heatsink fan seems to be working. The SATA Hard Drive and SATA DVD burner are not getting detected at all as shown on the POST and BIOS screen even when it is already set to Autodetect by default. I know for a fact the DVD Burner is working, but it is just not getting detected, but I am not sure about the hard drive. I've also tried switching ports, but the problem is the same.

If I try to use a Bootable USB with Windows 7, I would get the following error:

File: \Boot\BCD
Status : 0x0000098
Info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file does not contain a valid OS entry.

If I try to use a Windows 7 DVD or without a disc, I would get the following error:

Reboot and Select Proper Boot device
or insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press a key

The reason here is because the hard drive isn't detected.

If I try to use bootable USB with repair software like gparted and easeus to reinstall the drivers, it would just load the software, but cannot detect any hard drives to fix because the SATA is not detected.

What could be the cause of this and is there a way to fix it?

UPDATE 1: I just tried to a different hard drive. The motherboard still won't detect it as well as any other SATA drives. I think I'll have to replace the motherboard along with CPU and RAM since those are outdated. If anyone has any idea how to fix it before I do it, let me know.

UPDATE 2: If I leave the PC off for several hours, it would detect all SATA drives for a less than a minute and then loses connection. It also loses connection after a restart, but if I'm lucky it still detects it after one restart, but after that nothing is detected.

UPDATE 3: After UPDATE 2, I load the Windows 7 DVD, and choose Windows Setup [EMS ENABLED]. It loads the white bar, but then suddenly gives this error:

Status : 0xc00000e9
Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred.

UPDATE 4: Tried a brand new Hard Drive and even tried swapping SATA cables with the SATA DVD Drive. Still not detected.

If I try to use a Bootable USB with Windows 7 at this time, I would get error 0x0000098 again.

UPDATE 5: Recreated the Bootable USB with Windows 7 and tried it. It finally loaded the software, but still no hard drives were detected and it's a brand new hard drive.

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