HDD not detected in BIOS

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario sr2170nx...
November 6, 2009 at 18:10:16
Specs: Vista sp1

I started out trying to find why the Problem PC would not boot in Normal Mode. It just rebooted at this time and performed an Automatic Startup Repair which failed.

I tried:

At boot/Startup
-Automatic Startup Repair - failed.
-System Recovery - Startup Repair failed.
-Memory Diagnostic - No probs found.

In Safe Mode: (Barely stable)
-Malwarebytes' - Anti-Nalware
-found 5 trojans and 6 viruses.
-Removed but still would not boot in Normal mode.
-System Restore - All points failed.
-Modified MSCONFIG for "Clean Boot"
-No effect - still no Normal Mode boot.

-I removed the Problem PC's HDD to scan it for viruses on my (Good) PC when I realized the connection to the HDD from the Problem PC is different than that on my PC. My PC uses standard ribbon cable to attach to Hard Drives. The Problem PC uses a red, 1/2 inch wide, flat cable & no power cord to attach to the HDD. I realized I shouldn't/couldn't connect this HDD to my PC the instant I disconnected it. Oh well. So I put it back.

-The Problem PC BIOS will not detect the HDD that I just removed from it and put back. (It is a Samsung HD160JJP). It only references the CD/DVD player in the disk drive and Boot drive areas of the BIOS.

1. How do I get the drive recognized/detecrted again.

2. AND IF, PLEASE MAY THIS BE TRUE, I GET THE HDD DETECTED AGAIN, If the virus/trojan problem is/was too extensive for me to fix on the HDD can I reinstall windows (Vista SP1) from the recovery D:\ partion? If so How?


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November 6, 2009 at 18:53:14
We need to go back over the connection issue.

Recheck the IDE and the power cables. See that the cable for power is not a spare one. Check that you put the IDE cable on correctly and didn't bend any pins. Also you might need a new cable. It may have been damaged.Check that your jumpers for M/S/CS are correct and not fallen off.

If all is mechanically correct most bios auto detect on their own or you tell it to detect drives on some page. Sometimes on the hard drive page by may be on another page.

Bios doesn't need to see the drives for most modern OS's. It is good to but not always needed. Could use a live cd such as barts or linux to try to repair.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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November 7, 2009 at 08:04:34
Thanks for the reply. I am checking the ide and power cable again now. Will respond soon. Thanks.

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November 7, 2009 at 08:34:02
I just pulled a BIG NOVICE MISTAKE.

I apologize. I just noticed that the power cable was off on the HDD. It was behind the red 1/2 inch connection cable and I missed it working in the dark here..


So now I am back to the original problem of the OS (Vista SP1) not booting in Normal Mode.

Any ideas?

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November 7, 2009 at 12:06:02
I guess I should re-post this on a new thread - Thanks for the help

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November 7, 2009 at 12:23:22
P.S.S. How do I close this post?

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November 10, 2009 at 13:24:08
You don't. Stick with this thread unless you have a totally different problem.

BTW you are working with a SATA drive not an ide drive.

And when you said "The Problem PC uses a red, 1/2 inch wide, flat cable & no power cord to attach to the HDD" that was the first clue you didn't have the power cable connected.

Is this hp still under warranty? If so you have technical support. Might want to give them a call for how to use the recovery partition to restore vista to factory defaults [after you have backed up any important data.

Understand that virus's are not what they used to be. It is all about id theft and stealing your money. Cybercrime.

Learn to protect yourself. Google safe computing practices.

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November 10, 2009 at 14:49:42
Also, this thread is educational. Others could make the same error.

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November 10, 2009 at 14:55:26
Wanderer, you are of course correct re: the SATA HDD. It is sata and as mentioned above it was my bad re: missing the power cable.

The HD is recognized now.

So I was back to my initial prob w/ Vista not booting.

I attempted EVERY option given for Repair/Recovery. They ALL failed.

I will probably install an XP version onto the HDD until friend can get a clean Vista or Win 7upgrade. He needs a working PC more than a correction to Vista.

Thanks for the follow up.

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