How do I make bios recognize my Hard drive?

April 5, 2011 at 16:47:18
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I reformatted my hard drive, and started having all kinds of problems, so I decided my hard drive was shot, I bought another one. Now My computer doesn't even detect the hard drive. I also wanted to put Windows 7 on it, but when I am able to get far enough on the computer to try and install it, It tells me it can't find boot media and to restart. I don't know what else to do to fix this problem, and tech support here in town wanted 130 dollars just to install my windows onto my hard drive if I were to take both in for them to do so. I figure I surely can find someone online who can help me to do this myself? I hope? Please? Thanks so much.

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#1
April 5, 2011 at 17:50:45
Make sure your disk's jumper settings are correct: master, slave, or cable-select.

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#2
April 5, 2011 at 20:22:43
Make sure your boot order is set in your BIOS to boot to DVD drive first in order to find the boot media on the Windows 7 install disk.
Go into BIOS and see if your hard drive is listed at all (Are you assuming it is not recognizing it because it cannot boot to it? -- (no boot sector) Make sure.).
Important! How did you format your hard drive? Windows OS's will not let you format the drive the OS is on (some aftermarket programs are not as safe to use, you should have left the formatting up to the Windows 7 install disk). Remember that you need to initialize the new hard drive, but this should be no problem for the Windows 7 install disk, though you may need to choose the Custom option so you can initialize, partition, and format the drive.

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#3
April 5, 2011 at 21:11:21
you can try downloading the free tools from the drive manufacturers site if fingers advice fails, these tools will format the drive, install the correct drivers and install the drive so that the bios can see it correctly.

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April 15, 2011 at 10:29:05
Thanks for all the replies, I'm sorry for my delay in response. I wound up having to get a new computer. It was not repairable. We still don't know what happened to it. We finally sought the advice of Best Buy, even though they weren't the people we bought it from. The company I bought it from never responded. No response from them even still. But it's too late now anyway, since I now have a new computer. With a two year extended warranty!!

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#5
April 15, 2011 at 14:47:15
Good luck and thanks for letting us know.

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