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Windows 7: Hard Drive is not detected in the BIOS

23 Sep 2011   #11
ishmael9100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have comfirmed that the Hard Drive is in fact, dead. I have tested it in my Dell Inspiron 1545 and my computer didn't detect it at all.

I'd like to thank everyone who has posted in this thread and I will award everyone with Rep for doing so.

This thread will be marked as solved shortly.

Again, thank you everyone for your help.

Sidenote: I still don't know why Ubuntu and Windows detected the HDD fully but the BIOS didn't. All I know now is that the Hard Drive is gone, dead, finished.

It'd be a real shame if my HDD was to fail on my current computer (Inspiron 1545). Any ways of preventing this? This'll be the last question I ask.

Thanks!!

EDIT: Does running the occasional CHKDSK prevent it from failing? I know all HDD's fail, but I want mine to last its longest and get the best out of it.


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23 Sep 2011   #12
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Sorry to hear about the hard drive failure, but the fact is they can give up at any time. I've recently replaced one on a computer that is less than six months old.

CHKDSK won't prevent a drive failing, but it will give a warning of impending problems, as will unusual clicking noises as the platter spins.

Your best defence against a hard drive failure is regular backups to an external hard drive, network, online or even DVDs or a combination of all of them as you can rest assured the day you don't do backups something will go wrong.

Thanks for posting back Ishmael, it's appreciated.
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23 Sep 2011   #13
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
CHKDSK won't prevent a drive failing, but it will give a warning of impending problems, as will unusual clicking noises as the platter spins.
OMG... OMG... please say no... sometimes, when working on my laptop, I hear a click from the touch pad (below, there is the HD, a Western Digital one...) it only happens once, and not daily, sometimes twice, and last year, I got freezing problems using the AMD SATA driver, which was reduced (it almost never happens now) by not installing the driver on a wiped instalation of Windows 7... anyway I feel that the whole system is not as fast as it should be (my lap specs are on my sig)... is my HDD dying? Forgot to emntion that I Used HDD Regenerator 1.7 and it didn't find any bad sectors...

I'm surprised how many times OEM vendors use hardware that fails at a very short range of time (my lap is only 1 year old...) vs assembled PC's, for example, my desktop HDD is more than 2 years old, and it stays as fast and healthy as the first day...

Well... I hope my lap is not needing a new HDD, otherwise, I'll need to start looking for a new one (Seagate... SEAGATE!!!!)

See ya!!!
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10 May 2012   #14
raven2751

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 
Similar issue

I have an Acer Aspire X3400 that has a very strange problem, as both AHCI 1 & 4 (which are my HDD and DVD drive) are showing as not detected, i have tried both drives in a different pc and they are working fine so i know they are not failing, i think this fault may lie with the BIOS which i have noticed when i make a change from AHCI to native IDE then do a cold boot the BIOS has reseted back to the default which is AHCI.

I have considered flashing the BIOS but not sure if this will make any difference.

I have also checked all the standard stuff like cables, cards are inserted correctly and memory however i am drawing a blank as to what could be the problem.

Thanks in advance
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03 Oct 2012   #15
northernsmith

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Similar issue

Yesterday my Wife's laptop stopped booting for her so I started to troubleshoot it.

What I've discovered is:

- If the BIOS setting for the hard drive controller is AHCI it will not recognize the drive. (This was the default setting in the BIOS)

- If changed to IDE mode it recognizes the drive but come up with an "No operating system detected" message.

- If the hard drive is installed in a second lap top it works fine.

- If another hard drive is installed it works fine in AHCI mode.

Only the combination of the original hard drive and the original lap top wont work.

Am I missing something?

Sean
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03 Oct 2012   #16
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by northernsmith View Post
Yesterday my Wife's laptop stopped booting for her so I started to troubleshoot it.

What I've discovered is:

- If the BIOS setting for the hard drive controller is AHCI it will not recognize the drive. (This was the default setting in the BIOS)

- If changed to IDE mode it recognizes the drive but come up with an "No operating system detected" message.

- If the hard drive is installed in a second lap top it works fine.

- If another hard drive is installed it works fine in AHCI mode.

Only the combination of the original hard drive and the original lap top wont work.

Am I missing something?

Sean
Hi -- Welcome to the Forum. You will have a lot more luck if you start your own thread. Working with two problems on one thread is rather confusing. Thanks,
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