Solved HDD NOT RECOGNIZED on a VIA VT8237 motherboard

March 29, 2017 at 08:32:20
Specs: WIN XP, CELERON/1024
I have the same problem as dragog but with a different configuration:
DVD-ROM on IDE and HDD on SATA and no, it not see it on either SATA CH0 or SATA CH1.

HDD it clincking. Can I hope that I can recover it? How can I access it to recover data if it not detected?

The BIOS can be corrupted or the firmware of the drive? Can be flashed the firmware of the drive for recover it? How and with what tools?

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March 29, 2017 at 10:00:19
It might help to post the link to the other thread. My search for dragog yielded no results.

Did you remove the drive from a functioning system, or did it just stop working in the current computer? If the drive is clicking, then it's probably bad. Trying to troubleshoot a failing drive by making BIOS changes is a waste of time.

You could try installing the drive as a secondary drive in a working system, or use a USB/Sata adapter to access it.

Or, try the old trick of putting the drive in a freezer for a few hours, then see if it's accessible on a functioning system.

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March 29, 2017 at 13:45:39
How do you have the BIOS setup.

You need to use the IDE compatibility mode setting in the BIOS screens. That will allow you to mix IDE and SATA drives.

The clicking may be a sign of a failing drive. Depending on the noise. Could be bad bearings or crashed heads. If heads there is no user method to recover files.

Do you have a boot hard drive also installed in the system. If so, is it IDE or SATA?

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April 1, 2017 at 13:27:20
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At First Step, Disconnect CD/DVD-ROM (To Prevent From Conflicts).
Run BIOS Setup.
Got to "IDE Primary Master", Press Enter, and in new page choose and set "AUTO".
Got to "IDE Secondary Master", Press Enter and in new page choose and set "AUTO".
Also Do It For SATA1 To SATA4.

Set First IDE Controller : Enable
Set Second IDE Controller : Enable

Save BIOS And Restart System.
If Test was successful, Connect DVD-ROM To System.

Good Luck.

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