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Hard drive shows up in BIOS, but not windows?

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Like i said it shows up in BIOS, but not Device manager, Disk management, or Windows Explorer. Its a seagate 160GB that was in my friends computer, but his computer crashed, so i told him id look at it and try and fix it. I took the HDD out and put it in my computer so i could get all the music/pictures and stuff off he wanted, but i cant get it to show up. i even downloaded the seagate seatool and it wont show up in that either, it shows all my other drives and my seagate that u have twice, could it just be a bad HDD?

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Edited by Krazykid122 - 9/9/12 at 3:40pm
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post #2 of 59
MY only recommendation if you cannot get it to function past bios is to get a hdd enclosure. I just had an issue similar to this yesterday. While it recognized it in bios it would not let me even boot the computer and when it did it wouldnt show that the hdd was plugged in. A hdd enclosure with a usb may work. Or like in my case, i have a top mounted sata hdd docking station on my case and it works for me.
post #3 of 59
I always test my disks using Hirens Boot CD and booting into parted magic or any other distro of Linux, I have enough trouble with hard drives that work and windows. So download Hirens or another Linux live cd and test it there.
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IDE or sata?
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post #5 of 59
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Its SATA, and i think they would rather buy a new HDD than buy an external enclosure.
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post #6 of 59
go into the windows start menu, and type in "disk management" without the quotes and when you find the drive hit format.
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the drive isnt in disk management as i said in the first post tongue.gif only shows up in bios, its not there for me to format, even on the windows installation disc, when i tried to re install windows, it said no drives available.
Edited by Krazykid122 - 9/10/12 at 1:49pm
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post #8 of 59
Tried a different SATA cable?

Most likely a dead HDD though. I've a had a bunch that could be seen by the BIOS, but not in the OS. Really they aren't "seen" by the BIOS. They are just identified.
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post #9 of 59
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i have not tried another cable, but i tried a spare HDD i have and it worked, so i guess the HDD is faulty.
Edited by Krazykid122 - 9/10/12 at 2:09pm
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post #10 of 59
WAIT, this will sound weird, some bios have a sata compatibility mode, either seeing the sata as IDE legacy, native, or AHCI. Check there really quick.
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