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BIOS recognizes hard drive, but can't boot

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September 23, 2009 3:56:43 AM

hi, as the title says, my BIOS recognizes my hard drive, but I can't boot for some reason.

My motherboard is a M4a79xtd EVO and my hard drive is a Samsung Spinpoint F3 OEM that i got off newegg

I've checked the power and sata cables and nothing seems wrong, and i can hear the hard drive spinning.
So is it because i have a crappy hard drive? or did I do something wrong in trying to recognize the hard drive?
September 23, 2009 4:06:20 AM

You'll need to provide more info. Did you format the drive and install an OS?
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September 23, 2009 5:08:09 AM

What error messages are you getting?
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September 23, 2009 11:26:17 AM

Proximon said:
You'll need to provide more info. Did you format the drive and install an OS?


not yet. I basically just built it and when i started it up, it didn't recognize the hard drive, even though the BIOS recognized it.
I tried to install an OS, but because the hard drive wasn't recognize, I couldn't.

The error messages i'm getting are

"Hard disk is not detected"
"Reboot and select boot device..."
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September 23, 2009 12:05:31 PM

When you boot from the Windows CD it doesn't recognize and format the drive?
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September 24, 2009 12:38:43 AM

Right. Sorry to hijack, but I have the same issue. Bios reads HD but when I start windows CD says No hard drive detected.
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September 24, 2009 1:02:34 AM

i had a similar issue, turned out i was using the slave end of the ide cable not the master end, try that, short of that i cant think of any other reason
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September 24, 2009 1:06:09 AM

Spinpoint F3 would be a SATA drive. Could be a BIOS setting though.
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September 24, 2009 1:21:25 PM

well, it turns out that my optical drive wasn't plug in all the way or something to that affect because when I put in the Windows CD, it started working.

But I'm still getting the screen that says the hard disk isn't detected, but Windows has been installed anyway.
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October 8, 2009 10:27:07 PM

What you could try is changing the bios setting for the sata drives from AHCI to IDE.

Some motherboards don't seem to find sata drives in the enhanced (AHCI) mode.

Give it a try and see what happens

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