BIOS/OS Can't recognize my IDE Hard Drive

January 11, 2010 at 10:28:32
Specs: Windows XP
I'm fixing my friends computer which he told me he has problems starting up. I took the hard drive out connected to my laptop with IDE/USB adapater and recovered his files. After I formated the hard drive through my laptop and put it back in his desktop, I'm having problems. BIOS id not recognzing the hard drive and Windows setup says "Hard drive is not not powered...etc" I thought the HD is bad so I went bout a Pata/IDE HD. Guess what? It gives me the same error. I can't seem to have goo options in BIOS to fix it. Any help guys? Thoughts?

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January 11, 2010 at 11:10:58
"Hard drive is not not powered" Did you connect both the wide flat data cable AND the 4 pin power connector?

When you returned the drive to the original computer did you connect it to the same place it was connected to before?

When you connected it to your laptop computer did you make any jumper changes on the back of the drive?

Did you have the other computer unplugged while doing all the swapping?

In the process of connecting/disconnecting you may have damaged the IDE cable. They are fragile. Damage won't be visible.

When connecting two IDE devices on one cable you need to jumper one as Master and one as Slave OR both as CS (cable select). One as Master and one as CS won't work. Get it?

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January 11, 2010 at 11:48:48
Everything went back to the same order. THe new HD I bought i connect the same way it was connected. No mistakes with connection parts. Its connected to MOBO with only single IDE cable. So my jumpers need to be set for master right? Any other suggestions?

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January 11, 2010 at 12:09:05
So you were in the BIOS options. Go back and verify the IDE controller/s is/are Enabled in the BIOS.

Is this a second hard drive?

What are you trying to do with it?

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January 11, 2010 at 13:11:42
That is the only HD in the computer. I'm trying to put the new WD HD in the Computer and install Windows XP. The setup tells me the HD is not powered properly & BIOS says <No hard-drives installed>

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January 11, 2010 at 13:14:40
So did you check the BIOS to see if the IDE controller is Enabled?

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January 11, 2010 at 13:49:11
You have to make sure the controller in enabled in the BIOS as OtheHill said & if you're using a PATA/IDE HDD, you have to make sure the jumper is set correctly on the rear of the drive.

If it's an SATA HDD, it should be automatically detected by the BIOS but it won't be detected by the Windows installer until you press F6 & load the SATA drivers.

It's too late now, but why would you format the HDD without 1st trying to determine what the problem is?

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January 11, 2010 at 14:22:49
I thought it was windows error with the HD. That is why I did data recovery, put it back in the computer and it gave me the same problem. I went and got a PATA/IDE Hard Drive and I have the same problem. Anything elese I need to check in the Bios? Also my HD is connected to my MOBO with one wire. So it has to be set to Master?

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January 11, 2010 at 14:39:34
If the new hard drive is what you are now using and it is a Western Digital there is a special jumper for Master alone that you need to use.

If you have a new IDE cable I would change it out. You should be using an 80 wire 40 pin cable. They can be identified by the colored connectors. MBoard end usually blue, center connector gray, end connector black.

How many times must I ask if you checked in the BIOS to see if the IDE controller is Enabled. The setting specifically mentions the controller. Look in the second or third screen.

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January 11, 2010 at 15:15:11
"I thought it was windows error with the HD. That is why I did data recovery"

There was nothing wrong with doing the data recovery...that was a good move. But there was no reason to format the drive until you were absolutely sure it was necessary.

We're kind of going in circles here because you're not giving us all the info. If the HDD you're using is a WDC PATA, the jumper on the rear of the drive MUST be set correctly. Generally the choices are master, slave or cable select but WDC does it a little differently...their settings are single (master), dual (master), dual (slave) or cable select.

If the HDD is the only device connected to the cable, the jumper MUST be set to either single (master) or cable select. If it's set any other way, it won't work. I recommend using the 'single' setting.

Here's the jumper diagram:

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