Hardisk Problem in bios

May 28, 2012 at 01:31:27
Specs: Windows XP
Hello Everybody!
My problem is.
My hard rive is showing in Bios and not showing in windows, i have tried to boot, but when i boot my hard rive it gives error that "NO BOO TABLE DEVICE FOUND!" i have also use slave but it is not showing the hard rive and also check in device manager it is not showing also,
So please help me how can i recover my data?
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May 28, 2012 at 04:19:21
How have you been able to look in Device Manager if your hard drive won't boot into Windows? Please explain better.

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May 28, 2012 at 05:02:00
Pc files Inspector and Recuva are two free data recovery programs. I would use another computer install the software and try data recovery. If you install on the hard drive you are trying to recover from you may lose more data.



They are not likely to work unless the bios can see the hard drive, but it's free and worth a shot.

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May 28, 2012 at 07:41:10
If the HDD isn't seen in the BIOS, you're out of luck. If it is, did you try running a HDD diaganostic? You may be able to make it bootable again by running FIXBOOT & FIXMBR from the Recovery Console.


If that doesn't work, create a bootable Linux disc & see if you can access the HDD & move the contents to an external device.

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May 28, 2012 at 11:57:59
I have used both drive to slave , i have plugged my damage hard rive to secondary....

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May 28, 2012 at 11:59:36
how can i recover dat from my damage hardisk which is not showing in windows and also not showing in secondary hardisk used as slave?? please guide me how

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May 28, 2012 at 12:01:25
how can i diagonstic the HDD?

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May 28, 2012 at 13:04:19
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.

How many hard drives and optical (CD / DVD / Blu-ray) drives do you have connected to the mboard ?

Are they all IDE drives, or are some SATA ?

If the problem hard drive is a SATA drive , SAY SO ! That's a whole different situation !

XP has no built in SATA drive controller drivers. The XP CD may NOT detect the hard drive depending on a setting in the bios, and an existing XP installation may NOT detect the hard drive depending on a setting in the bios if the SATA drive controller drivers have not been installed in Windows.

If you have more than one hard drive, is Windows working on one of them ?

"My hard rive is showing in Bios and not showing in windows, i have tried to boot, but when i boot my hard rive it gives error that "NO BOO TABLE DEVICE FOUND"

If you have more than one hard drive, WHICH hard drive ?

Does it (the problem hard drive) have any data on it ?
If it doesn't, it CANNOT show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer!

However, in any case, if it's detected by the bios, it SHOULD show up in Device Manager and in Disk Management, if the drive is not failing, if the drive is jumpered correctly, and it there's nothing wrong with it's data cable connection.

If it (the problem hard drive) does have data on it, does the hard drive have an operating system installed on it ?
If it doesn't, IT'S NOT BOOTABLE !

The bios will detect the hard even even if it has no data on it, if it's data cable is connected properly, has a good connection, and there's nothing wrong with the data cable.

IDE hard drives / optical drives must be jumpered correctly for their situation on the back of the drive.

If it's by itself on a data cable, it MUST be set to Master, or be set to Cable Select and be on the END connector of a three connector data cable
If it's on a data cable with another IDE drive, one drive MUST be set to Master, the other to Slave, or both drives MUST be set to Cable Select.
If you set both drives to Master, or both drives to Slave, NEITHER drive will be detected by the bios.
If one drive is set to Cable Select, the other to Master or Slave, at least one drive won't be detected correcly in most situations.

Some hard drives, e.g. many Western Digital models, have TWO ways they can be set to Master - Master, single, or similar, for when it's by itself on a data cable, and Master, with Slave, or similar, for when the drive is on the same data cable is set to slave. That MUST be set correctly for the situation

Note that some bioses may detect a single IDE drive connected to a data cable when it's set to Slave on the drive, but Windows / whatever operating system will NOT necessarly recognize it in that case !

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt

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