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Windows 7: pc can't find hard drive

17 May 2010   #1
Uncle Seamus

Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
pc can't find hard drive

Hello everyone,

just now I tried to boot my pc when he "told" me he couldn't find the requested boot device. I checked my BIOS settings: the hard drive was selected as my primary boot device, as normal. When I had a look at the "devices" tab, I saw a list of the available SATA's. SATA 2 was my CD-ROM drive but SATA 1 wasn't recognized.

In short: my BIOS settings don't seem to be wrong but the computer just can't find the hard disk. I haven't made any hardware changes recently.

As always, any help would be appreciated.

Greetings


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17 May 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Does your computer recognize the hard drive in the popup boot menu? Usually F11 or F12 during POST.
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17 May 2010   #3
Uncle Seamus

Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

no, only cd-rom and floppy
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17 May 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sounds almost like the drive is failing. Try testing the drive in another machine. Also double-check and make sure the power cable is in all the way, and swap out the SATA cable.
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17 May 2010   #5
Uncle Seamus

Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

alright, I'll have a look at the cables

just want to say that I never experienced any problems with the drive...is it possible that it fails so suddenly, without any warning?

btw, I don't think I'll be able to test the HD in another computer
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17 May 2010   #6
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Also, if available, try switching both power and drive cables to different ports.

Monk
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17 May 2010   #7
Uncle Seamus

Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

So, I have put the HD in a different computer and I can hear it spinning around, but the pc can't boot either

small remark: I have win7 x64 and the test pc (this pc) is win xp 32-bit
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17 May 2010   #8
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

HAL of one computer may prevent boot in the other.

Monk
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17 May 2010   #9
Uncle Seamus

Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

my motherboard has a reset button...I'll give that a try.
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17 May 2010   #10
Uncle Seamus

Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I switched the hard drives of the two pc's and now, my pc starts up just fine
--> the HD is indeed "kaput"

I'll contact the firm and ask for a new one

in the past, I have had some trouble with "system service exception" BSOD's,
maybe my HD has got something to do with that
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