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windows doesn't recognise hdd but bios does!

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  • Hard Drives
Last response: in Storage
August 30, 2014 3:36:06 PM

hi there, I had a notebook with some important files on its hard drive,its display just break so I opened it and get the hdd out of it and connect it to my computer using sata cable,at first windows came up and everything was fine,then I format a drive which label was "system reserved" by mistake and after restarting my pc windows didn't recognized this drive but bios does it,what should I do?! (I'm only a simple user,not an expert please explain simply)
I just searched and try some tricks like going to manage and etc,but none of em worked.
Please help me

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August 30, 2014 4:02:25 PM

Do you just delete the system reserve dir or full format on HDD ? if you just delete the system reserved then the file still in there. Many ways to gain access to the file inside the drive.
August 31, 2014 1:19:21 AM

I format it using windows but it has still files on it,it just shows a space that is used but nothing shown
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August 31, 2014 10:48:26 AM

ashyoung said:
I format it using windows but it has still files on it,it just shows a space that is used but nothing shown

Connect this HDD to PC who have windows on it, but dont select this HDD as a primary boot device. After you already login to windows browse the HDD using windows explorer, it will show you as storage under explorer windows. I hope this will work.

August 31, 2014 11:39:00 AM

If it is recognized in BIOS but not showing up in Windows at all, it sounds like you need to assign it a drive letter. This is the standard procedure for doing that:

- Open the Start menu, then right-click "My Computer" (or just "Computer" depending on Windows version)

- Click "Manage" from the drop-down menu that appears; this opens up Computer Management

- Select "Disk Management" from the left-hand menu

- Your second hard drive should appear in the list of devices (if not, you've got other problems)

- Right-click on the drive, then click "add."

This should assign it a drive letter and you will be able to "see" it in Windows and explore it. If you've already tried that, I apologize, but if not hopefully it fixes the problem.