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Hard Disk Not Detected in BIOS

November 10, 2005 at 16:48:51
Specs: Windows XP, N/A

Hi, I removed a hard drive recently to pull of data from it and store it on my other computer, while that was a success and this computer detected it as soon as I plugged it in and got all of the information I needed off of it, I tried to put it back in the original computer and now it's not recognized in the bios at all and I have tried just about every jumper setting on it. When I try to install windows on it it says it's not detected and when I look at bootable devices in the bios it doesn't show up either. I don't really know what happened and I have no idea what happened to it. I don't think it's dead, but I'm lost.

Thanks in advance.



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#1
November 10, 2005 at 16:50:01

By the way, the specs on this hard drive, or at least what I can get off of it are this:

60 GB AT Maxtor D740X-6L


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#2
November 10, 2005 at 17:28:08

If it's not seen by the bios:

1. Plugging wrong
2. Cable installed wrong or bad.
3. Bad drive.
4. Bad controller


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#3
November 10, 2005 at 17:40:58

How'd it die if I just took data off of it? I'm pretty certain it's not dead, but I need a way to determine what I'm doing wrong. Plugins never changed and it's almost impossible to plug it in the wrong way as it falls out in this configuration. I really don't know what else to say.

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#4
November 10, 2005 at 17:58:56

Can you slave it back in the PC you used to backup your files? Is it working there?

Check master/slave/CS jumper position.
Check IDE cable to ensure it is securely plugged in to both motherboard and HDD connectors.
Try a different IDE cable.
Check it is getting power. Do you have a multimeter to test the power output at the molex connector?

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#5
November 10, 2005 at 18:02:52

Getting power, have a multimeter on hand and tested it. Works as a slave on other computers just fine, but my gripe is that I reformatted it in my main PC when it was a slave to an NTFS format. Would that have anything to do with it?

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#6
November 10, 2005 at 18:09:02

NTFS is not the problem.

Is the IDE controller enabled?

Can you enter the drive type manually?


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.

M2


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#7
November 10, 2005 at 18:25:09

Now I'm getting some new message after messing with it some more. It's not a good one either.

"PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE Rom"


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#8
November 10, 2005 at 18:46:54

Weird, it is detecting the hard drive now and I think the boot order is messed up. It now lets me change the boot order of the hard drive, removable device, and some IBM with a bunch of numbers crap. What should I put first in the boot order because now it hangs after the POST.

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#9
November 10, 2005 at 19:09:52

I get the same error messages now but it does recognize the hard drive now, but it won't let me boot CDs or floppies now. What the hell? Still getting the:

"PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE Rom"

Error.


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#10
November 10, 2005 at 20:36:05

Alright, update. I have everything recognized now, hard drive, floppy drive, cd-rom, etc but now when I try to run the Windows software or even boot disks, it hangs forever and won't proceed.

This is really really weird.


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#11
November 10, 2005 at 20:56:53

Reset CMOS?

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#12
November 10, 2005 at 21:01:31

How would I go about that? Removing the motherboard battery or what?

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#13
November 10, 2005 at 22:00:41

That is one method. Some boards have a jumper.

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#14
November 10, 2005 at 23:05:58

Yeah, so I'm pretty sure I reset the CMOS to no avail. I don't know what's up anymore.

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