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Windows 7: IDE drive not being recognized in Win7.

12 Feb 2010   #1
Evolitile

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC.
 
 
IDE drive not being recognized in Win7.

I know IDE drives are old, but this one has never failed me thus far, It as all my backups to my programs on it plus personal data/media.
I have tried going into Control PNL/Admin Tools/Comp Management/Disk Management, to select manually give drive location (Volume and normally it's there. I am a little flustered on this, it is usually there after I do a OS install (every 6 mon.) This time it was not. I recently took my pc apart to upgrade my CPU cooler from an Ultra TEC to the Corsair H50. Wipped my primary OS hard drive, deleted partition/select NEW/Format and did a fresh install. As I do every six months. I will take my pc apart again if needed, unless someone (one of your more experienced users) can help me with this issue. Any and all help will be much appreciated. Thank you.


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12 Feb 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Is the drive recognized in Disk Management this time?

If not, is the drive recognized in the BIOS?
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12 Feb 2010   #3
Evolitile

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC.
 
 

No still not in Disk Management. And actually no it's not shown in the BIOS, ideas? I do have an IDE DVD-RW drive installed on the same cable.
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12 Feb 2010   #4
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Try disconnecting the DVD and just have the HDD connected, then go into the BIOS and try to re-detect the drive. If this works then you may have to play around with the jumper settings on both drives.
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12 Feb 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, play around with the jumpers, setting the drive as master and cable select. If that does not work, try a different IDE cable, and do some tests to make sure the power cable works.
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12 Feb 2010   #6
Evolitile

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC.
 
 

Can't sleep, it's bugging to much. Thanks will give these a shot, I appreciate the help will get back to you asap.
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12 Feb 2010   #7
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If it's the hard drive you want to get working first - remove the CDRW off the lead.

2. There are TWO types of IDE lead. ATA 100 and ATA 133 (ATA133 one has loads of Xtra wires)
If you have modern ATA hard drive it won't work on the older type of ata lead!

3. Hard drive may require a pin connecter on the back, to set drive as master or slave.
You will have to look up your hard drive manufacturer webpage/manual to find out which pins to short for master or slave configuration.

Another idea.
The hard drive heads sitting on the platters can stick and stop it from firing up.

Only hard drives i know are the modern Western digital sata Caviar black 750gb/1tb(and up) which park the heads right off the platters - their ata drives might do it too!
You will have to look this up as I have forgotten what they call this feature. Great for more realiability on drives which sit around for ages!

Another classic for prevention of hard drive (not) starting is putting the lead in the drive or M/board socket - THE WRONG WAY ROUND.
Double check red stripe on ata lead goes to PIN1 on drive & motherboard
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12 Feb 2010   #8
Evolitile

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC.
 
 

Thanks for the info, I fiddled with it for another 2 hours before I could not kee my eyes open and just crashed. This drive (Seagate Barracuda 250g Date Code:07247) I have been using with this same system now for 3+ years. And never had a problem. I did what what was suggested above and had no success. I tried in so many scenerios (at least 30 different setups). I am now at the point were I am going to take the pc back apart and just go with the basics and go from there. I need it to work, crucial data. I have changed this rig so many times with add-ons, upgrades, and never had a problem, this isn't my first time. I do appreciate all the help, but my pc is going to be off for a little while. i have to figure this out. Probally just the wire, that is what I am getting to. In every way I have had this( during troubleshooting) it never post in the BIOS. That's never happened before, wish me luck, see you when I fix it.
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12 Feb 2010   #9
Evolitile

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC.
 
 

Okay took it apart, and opened the sleeve on the IDE connecter, and found that it is broken on both sides of the middle connecter. Just from being bent and manipulated all those years and mods. So the cable is the problem, good thing I was getting worried. Thanks for all you help again guys/gals, I really do appreciate it, plus I learned a couple new things. All in all this case is closed. Thanks
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12 Feb 2010   #10
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Lol, you need a new cable? PM me your address and I will send you one for free.
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