My BIOS does not Detect a new Hard Disk Drive

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I am having a problem when trying to install a hard disk which I have recently acquired. Every attempt at installation returns the message indicating: “No HDD detected, aborting” implying that BIOS does is not able to detect the hard disk drive. I have tried a number of actions to deal with the problem. First is checking the BIOS and also inspecting the cables which are functioning properly. I also configured the pin so that it can select both cables and forced master. All these did not solve the problem, since BIOS could still not detect the hard disk drive. I am confident that the Hard Disk Drive is in good condition. I happen to be unfamiliar with BIOs and that makes the problem big for me. Would you please assist me on this?

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Answered By 80 points N/A #109084

My BIOS does not Detect a new Hard Disk Drive

Hello, There are many causes for this error. First of all, please be reminded that hard drive is just a commodity. Eventually it will fail after it has been used for a long time. 
If a new drive is installed, it shall appear in BIOS. If the hard drive is invisible on BIOS, please gather all information about your PC and post here so that we could try to figure out the cause of error. The information shall include manufacturer and model of the hard drive, manufacturer of the motherboard and the computer, and the manufacturer and the version of BIOS. You can find the BIOS version splashed across boot screen. If you could not find the hard drive on your computer BIOS, it will be invisible on Windows. 


Answered By 10 points N/A #109086

My BIOS does not Detect a new Hard Disk Drive


Hello Audrey,

In case the drive you're using is IDE you will need to try one of the disks with cd support. In the event that the cd is accessible with it you will just need to copy the appropriate files to the c drive and then edit the hdd config.sys and autoexec.bat files to suit.

Also check the following:

  • Check if the IDE/SATA channel enabled in BIOS, for some BIOSs also allow individually enabling and disabling of drives.
  • If you have not tried a second connector cable, you will need to do that.
  • You will need to check that you're using a 80-pin cable.
  • Also check if the power connector that you're using provides power.



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