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Hard drive not showing up on the BIOS!

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April 3, 2013 3:51:55 PM

My new secondary hard drive won't show up in the BIOS boot devices when i try edit them. I've tried Resetting the BIOS to default settings and Plugging the SATA data cable in different sockets but I'm not sure if the hard drive is dead or not because I cannot test it. Any ideas?

a b G Storage
April 3, 2013 4:09:24 PM

Is it only in the BOOT menu that it's not showing up or does it not appear in the BIOS setup program? What happens in Windows - is it visible in the Disk Management console (right click Computer --> Manage)?

If it's a no to every question above, it's likely a bad HDD. Testing it in a different machine can help you be sure of this.
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April 3, 2013 4:16:36 PM

SchizTech said:
Is it only in the BOOT menu that it's not showing up or does it not appear in the BIOS setup program? What happens in Windows - is it visible in the Disk Management console (right click Computer --> Manage)?

If it's a no to every question above, it's likely a bad HDD. Testing it in a different machine can help you be sure of this.


Hmm I'm not sure in hard disk management
there is a sort of hard drive there with no name or file system just a simple layout basic type and a status of healthy (recovery partition)? Is that it?
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a b G Storage
April 3, 2013 4:22:41 PM

Yep, that should be it. Right-click on that, select "New Simple Volume" This will format teh hard drive, after which it will show up in Explorer. The reason it's absent from the boot list is possibly because it's blank.
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April 3, 2013 7:54:17 PM

Is that drive on a separate line in disk management from the other drive or is it on the same line as the other drive? What I'm asking is if what you see is a partition? I only ask because you had recovery partition in ( ) so I wasn't sure if you were asking or stating that it is a recovery partition. Does it show the size of the drive or partition?
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April 3, 2013 7:58:29 PM

OOps, I read that the OP saw a volume in the disk management but didn't see it was marked "recovery partition." Yes, the secondary hard drive would appear on a separate line and if it's not there it's probably a bad drive.

My mistake.
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April 4, 2013 12:13:18 AM

It is incredibly difficult to use disk management it is really really slow and keeps crashing! Not just slightly slow PAINFULLY slow to the point where the program just doesn't really work!
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June 5, 2013 8:58:46 AM

SchizTech said:
OOps, I read that the OP saw a volume in the disk management but didn't see it was marked "recovery partition." Yes, the secondary hard drive would appear on a separate line and if it's not there it's probably a bad drive.

My mistake.


Okay I've sorted out the Hard drive...by throwing it in a bin the thing was completely broken it wouldn't even start up. So instead I went down to my local store with £60 and got myself a 2TB hard drive! I'm very pleased with it so far there is lots and lots of space! It's a big transition my old drive was only 226GB's!
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June 5, 2013 1:48:23 PM

Glad you got it solved and are enjoying the new, larger capacity, hard drive.
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February 23, 2014 11:16:34 PM

maybe the hardrive firmware is changed if you are using the segate barcuda hardisk then this problem may occure
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