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PC no longer boots operating system, HDD stopped appearing in BIOS

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December 18, 2013 5:13:40 PM

So, last night I did my normal routine and before going to bed I powered off my PC (Normally I go to the Start Menu and then click "Shut Down" but I was being lazy and just held the power button this one time, which I've done before with no problem). This morning I turn my computer on and for some reason it starts to boot from my optical drive, so I hit reset and entered my BIOS (my Mobo is an AsRock Z77 Extreme 4) and went to the Boot tab. Normally, there'd be three devices for me to choose from if my computer was operating properly: My HDD, My SDD or my Optical Drive however this time it only displayed two: my SDD and my Optical Drive. My Hard drive, despite being connected and powered as always, was no longer appearing as an option. I have looked everywhere in my BIOS and it can not detect my Hard Drive.

I believe this is related to a secondary, more pressing issue which is my SDD is no longer booting my operating system. I have Windows 7 installed on my SDD and use my HDD for storage for things like music, games, and less crucial applications. When I go to the BIOS, disable my Optical Drive so that the SDD is the only possible option, I can not boot Windows 7 still, I just get a simple error message saying "Reboot and select Boot device, or Insert Boot Media and press any key to continue".

My SDD is an OCZ Agility 4. Does anyone know what can be done about this?


THINGS I HAVE TRIED SO FAR:

-Re-secured all power and SATA connections.
-Using different SATA cables
-Connecting to different SATA ports
-Gone to my BIOS settings and changed it from AHCI to IDE
-Restored defualt CMOS settings by pressing the "Reset CMOS" button at the back of my mobo

This really sucks because I have invested a lot into my PC and use it very very regularly. Any ideas anyone? I feel like this is heavily related to my BIOS not detecting my HDD any longer, despite the fact that, again, Windows 7 is installed on my SDD not HDD.
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December 18, 2013 6:35:02 PM

Reinstall windows, buy a new harddrive.
Holding in the power button and forcing the power supply off does not give the mechanical drives warning or time to get ready to power off and park the heads. It sounds like you did damage this time.

You can configure what the OS will do when you momentarily press the power button so If you dont feel like clicking start>shutdown, you can set it to do that and all you need to do is press the button and walk away.
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December 18, 2013 6:52:21 PM

popatim said:
Reinstall windows, buy a new harddrive.
Holding in the power button and forcing the power supply off does not give the mechanical drives warning or time to get ready to power off and park the heads. It sounds like you did damage this time.

You can configure what the OS will do when you momentarily press the power button so If you dont feel like clicking start>shutdown, you can set it to do that and all you need to do is press the button and walk away.


I see, I guess my laziness has caught up to me and bit me in the rear end. So will I need to also get a new SDD? Like I said, this is the drive that has my OS installed on it and IS being detected by the BIOS (despite not properly booting), so I feel like if I just put in a new HDD it wouldn't boot properly. Also, is there any feasible way to retrieve some of my files on my hard drive? I had several gigs of precious music and it'd really suck to have them all go away.
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