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Windows 7: New computer, "no drives were found," HDD not on BIOS


22 Jun 2012   #11
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Try changing to another HD port to see if HD will register in BIOS, until you have tried them all.

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22 Jun 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try changing to another HD port to see if HD will register in BIOS, until you have tried them all.
I believe, if I understood correctly, he already has, Greg.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chalkman View Post
I'm really quite stuck here, I tried all the combinations of SATA that I could, and still the HDD didn't show up.
My question about that, basically references Greg's suggestion, was the drive not showing in the BIOS, regardless of the SATA port, or was the drive not showing in the Windows 7 install menu?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chalkman View Post
After meddling with the BIOS settings
Since we don't know the exact meaning of this statement, go ahead and clear the CMOS and load the fail safe defaults in the BIOS, save reboot and see if the drive will register in the BIOS.
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22 Jun 2012   #13

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Does sound like the HDD is bad, im with gregrocker i would run HDD diagnostic SeaTools | Seagate if that doesnt see the disk then i would send it back for replacement
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22 Jun 2012   #14

Windows 7 Student 64bit
 
 

To answer the questions about what went wrong with the SATA, I had not realized that the SATA 3 ports (ports 1 and 0 on this mobo) looked radically different on this computer. I had tried all the other SATA connections, without the primary ones. derp.

I cleared the CMOS, and lo and behold, the HDD appeared! I tried to install Windows again, but it black screened after the first Windows is loading bar finished. I waited for about 10 min, and nothing happened, so I turned the computer off and tried to run SeaTools. That time, the boot failed, "BOOTMGR is missing. Press ctrl + alt + delete to restart."

Also, when I was changing the CDs, I confirmed that the whirring/ keening/ skipping noise was coming from the HDD. I'm pretty confused, because the HDD shows up in BIOS, but nothing can boot properly, and it still makes that awful noise.
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22 Jun 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP

 

That noise is never a good thing. You can check the connections and ports again but if it doesn't register in BIOS I would contact the manufacturer to RMA it if it's less than a year old, or replace it otherwise.
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22 Jun 2012   #16

Windows 7 Student 64bit
 
 

Well, its acting oddly. I just tried to boot it 3 times in a row, and my BIOS settings changed each boot, without me actually changing them.

The first time, I accessed BIOS to show my parents how it wasn't being recognized, when lo and behold, it showed up in the BIOS menu. I didn't change any SATA connections or anything. I tried to install Windows, and it failed just after I selected the partition of the HDD to use.

There were two errors, the first was "The file or directory D:\$Secure is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the ChkDsk utility." The second error was "Windows setup could not not reinitialize the deployment engine. To install Windows, restart the installation." Could this be a problem with the HDD, or does this mean my Windows 7 OEM might be damaged as well?

I restated the computer and accessed BIOS again, to make sure that there were no issues like IDE SATA connections instead of AHCI connections, but this time the HDD did not appear in the BIOS.

So the third time I put in the SeaTools, and go to the BIOS. There is no HDD. I exit and go to the boot menu, and the HDD shows up. I try to boot from the optical drive, but I get a BOOTMGR is missing error.

That noise is still present. I think that there is something wrong with the HDD, it only works for a part of the installation before if fail and the BIOS fails to recognize it. It's brand new, I think I'm going to return to to samsung/ seagate and get a new one.
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22 Jun 2012   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Chalkman you may be on to something with the bad drive, it's too bad you don't have a spare hard drive of any capacity that you could test to see what it does. Keep in mind that if you really want to step up performance then replace that Seagate spinner and also look into a 60-128gb SSD drive as they have fallen in price like crazy. Clean install Windows 7 and all essential software on the SSD and then all the data goes on the spinner. Then consider you back up plan to another internal or external drive later or look into a cloud back-up solution. I found that moving from my spinner to a SSD for this purpose has added to the enjoyment and productivity of my computer like nothing else that I've added or upgraded to. Just an FYI as you kind of starting over at this point anyway !
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23 Jun 2012   #18

Windows 7 Student 64bit
 
 

I'd honestly love to get an SSD, but I've already spent too much on this computer as it is! I need to save some spending money for college! The list of upgrades I want to make on this computer is quite long, and unfortunately, it will probably be 9 months before I can make any of them. I'll probably make the switch to SSD whenever a) my current hard drive dies AFTER its warranty expires, or b) whenever I need to upgrade to Windows 8. Until then, I'll stick with what I have right now.

Thanks for all the help, I'm going to return the current HDD today. I'll let you all know how well the replacement works.
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23 Jun 2012   #19

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Yeah totally understand and wish you better luck with the replacement drive. Here is my suggestion and you can see it's very modestly priced, this will hold all the OS and software for school and business you can throw at it, then regarding gaming place only your fav's here and the rest on the spinner and of course all data and even an image of the (C) drive SSD on the spinner.

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-64-2-5...rds=crucial+m4
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23 Jun 2012   #20
Microsoft MVP

 

When you receive the new HD, everything is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall including the latest official ISO with SP1 to save hours of updating.

If you have Student Upgrade version then you'll need to leave the Product Key blank during install, afterwards do option Three here to activate Upgrade version on a new HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If you saved a Windows 7 backup image you can apply it to the new HD.

Let us know if you need any help.
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