no hard disk drive detected, any help appreci

May 9, 2009 at 12:29:31
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2
Hey everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Here's my problem. I'm trying to boot up my computer, but when I do, I get this error saying
"NO Hard Disk Drive Detected!
Press F1 to resume"
and when I press F1 it gives me another screen telling me to reboot and select a proper boot device, and then the screen goes black after a second.

So, my first thought was that my hard drive must be shot. But when I tried to swap it with a different drive, it gave me the same message. I tried to unplug the hard drive from my computer and put it in the other one, and it was detected, but still failed to boot completely, although I'm fairly certain that it's an unrelated problem. That drive was always a little quirky.
So then I think, maybe it's the cable. Luckily, I had an extra cable that came with my motherboard, but unfortunately it didn't resolve my problem at all when I switched it with my old cable.

Finally, I checked out my bios to see if it had any hints to a solution, and I saw that my hard drives were listed as "[Not Detected]". And on the screen to change boot order, the only 2 options were the floppy drive and my cd/dvd drive.

I'm starting to think that I may have to replace my motherboard. But before spending money I should probably be saving, I thought I'd do some research online, which is when I stumbled upon these forums. Hopefully you can offer a better alternative.

And if it helps in your diagnosis at all, I assembled my computer myself, and it's been working fine for a while, until now. I have a 40GB samsung hard drive, and an Asus k8v SE motherboard.

Thanks again for reading all of that, and for any suggestions you could give me. =]

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May 9, 2009 at 13:53:03
"I tried to unplug the hard drive from my computer and put it in the other one, and it was detected, but still failed to boot completely" It won't boot since the other computer has different hardware, etc. It sounds like your hard drive might be OK, and that it's possible that the bios settings are incorrect for some reason. Is this an IDE or SATA drive ? If SATA, what mode ? I would try:
(1) Plug into a different connector on the motherboard, if possible.
(2) If that doesn't work, try reloading the bios defaults.

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May 9, 2009 at 14:34:59
If this is an older board it may have 2 ide channels on it, a primamary & a secondery, you can swap it to the other channel and see if bios detects it.
Failing that, try a different power connector, if you have a spare one that's not used, if not use the one off the cd rom to test.
I'm guessing you have the cd rom on the second channel, if that's the case, swap it with the hdd connection.
If the cd fails and the hdd shows up you have a faulty ide connector on the board.
In that case put both on the same cable, set hdd to master and cd to slave, or both to cable select.

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May 9, 2009 at 14:58:36
Sorry for not mentioning it earlier. It's an IDE drive. I tried reloading the defaults in my bios, but I still get the same message.
I've also tried switching the power cable from my cd drive to my hard drive, but that didn't work either. I'm not too computer literate, but by 2 different channels I'm assuming you mean the two ends to the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard. My motherboard is fairly new, I bought it in 2006 and the cables that came with it aren't labeled master and slave like on the older computer I'm using to test the parts, so i guess I don't fall into that category.
I tried testing the IDE connector by plugging the cable I was using for my hard drive into my cd burner, and it shows up on the bios just fine. So I guess that means it's not a problem with the connector.

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