How To Fix Solved: SATA drive detected in BIOS but not visible

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Solved: SATA drive detected in BIOS but not visible is the name of the error that contains information about the error, including the reason why it occurred, which system component or application was malfunctioning that caused the error, and other information. The numerical code in the name of the error contains data that can be decoded by the manufacturer of the faulty component or application. An error using this code can occur in many different places in the system. Although the name contains some details, it is still difficult for the user to find and eliminate the cause of the error without specialized technical knowledge or the appropriate software.

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I thought that by getting everything back into place, I'd now be able to see the drive since it's partitionated, but no. I'd like to know what step I should take in order to see my hard drive partitions in my hd list in win xp. I've been trying for the past hours to get a 400GB seagate 7200.10 drive to work in my computer. I've downloaded the SATA drivers directly from asus but got to the problem where the viaraid.sys couldn't be copied.

Like the thread title state, I'm able to see the hard drive at boot time and in the bios though in the system I have no information on it at all. I was able to partition the drive into two parts and almost began install win xp though after the reboot, I was stuck in a loop. The Serial ATA controller was disabled (in the control panel > peripherals > Serial ATA controller) Drives show up!  

What causes Solved: SATA drive detected in BIOS but not visible

If you received this error on your PC, it means that there is a malfunction in your system. Common causes are incorrect or unsuccessful installation or removal of software that could leave invalid entries in the Windows registry, the effects of a virus or malware attack, an incorrect system shutdown due to a power failure, or another factor in which a person with little technical knowledge accidentally deletes the required A system file or registry entry, as well as several other reasons. The immediate cause of "Solved: SATA drive detected in BIOS but not visible" is a failure when one of its normal operations is properly started by a system or application component.


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Solved: Strange - Second SATA Drive Working but Not Detected by BIOS

Now, when in the BIOS setup, it says the second SATA drive is ‘not detected’ and only one is shown as available for the boot priority options. However, when I actually get into XP it shows up and I can access my media perfectly. It had been running perfectly.

I just added a second SATA drive to my system and now I’m getting some headaches booting up.

After adding the 2nd drive the system wouldn’t boot – the BIOS logo screen hung for ages and then I got the message: NTLDR is missing – press ctrl + alt + del to restart. PC: Home build (but working fine until just now)
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4200+
2 x SATA HD: WD 3200 SD-01KNBO

Will anyone here be able to enlighten me as to what is going on?!?!?! However, I CAN boot into XP – but only by going into the BIOS setup and pressing f10 to save and exit.

Then it boots up fine. The HD I added also had 3 partitions, all containing pure media (documents, films, music). Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Maybe because of my limited knowledge – but it all seems quite strange to me…

My first HD was split into 3 partitions: C:Windows, Drogram Files, Eocuments & Settings. But if I merely exit BIOS without saving, it takes me back to the NTLDR message. Boot priority is CD, HD, Disabled.

SATA drive neither detected in Windows or BIOS or startup

I tried booting normally again.. no drive detected, not even the error message!So I tried to plug the hard drive on my desktop computer but it could not be detected in the BIOS and in Windows. Hay!My friend's laptop had a windows file corrupt (Error message before Windows starts about HAL.DLL) so I booted up with Ubuntu to correct that but I could not see the hard drive and could not mount it.

Solved: SATA III not detected in bios Asus P6X58D Premium

Is there a way to get the drive to work at 6 Gb/s? Is there any advantage? Also, grab the motherboard manual as well and see what settings should be enabled for the Marvell controller to work and how to enable AHCI on it:

The 6Gbs ports on your motherboard are provided by an additional Marvell controller, therefor they should not show up in the BIOS but in the Marvell ROM that loads after the initial BIOS.

However, when I connect to a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface the drive works fine. The Marvell controller also needs to be enabled in the BIOS, and it may be disabled. My build includes
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8183 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4670 (Microsoft Corporation WDDM 1.1), 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1907626 MB, Free - 1883943 MB; D: Total - 99 MB, Free - 70 MB; E: Total - 1907599 MB, Free - 17 MB; F: Total - 615058 MB, Free - 10905 MB; G: Total - 100241 MB, Free - 4105 MB; I: Total - 476898 MB, Free - 7309 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P6X58D PREMIUM
Antivirus: None

(this is still an ongoing clean re-install so av didn't show yet)


Only the burst speed will increase going to SATA 6Gbs, sequential read and write speeds do not exceed SATA 3Gbs speed...

HDD not detected by BIOS but visible and in windows

In XP I can see drives HDD 1 (C) & HDD 2 (D). Do you have any suggestions on how to proceed with it? Today, I decided to take a look at this problem and as i check the bios first to see if drive E is detected from the BIOS I realize that : neither maxtor drives are detected from the bios. So, I quit without saving (in case I lose HDD2 as well) and login XP.

Meanwhile I have been facing many problems with the print spooler as not starting at all but I guess that this is a different issue and I will post another thread for this. If you have never done this before I would strongly suggest getting someone to help you that has experience at this type of procedure.

I am just mentioning it here in case someone sees some connection to the drives issue.

Everything seemed to work fine again. I cannot see of course HDD 3 (E)

Can this be possible? It is working, I can see files and folders, I run Tune-Up utilities, it is showing fine. Until 2 days ago, I get a blue checkdisk screen for drive E, which while running it says that almost every sector from drive E is not readable (I don't remember exactly the phrase it was displaying) After that, drive E (HDD 3) has disappeared from windows although it is connected on the motherboard.

So, bios detects only ONE drive, (the HDD1 with the windows installations and everything)
If I try to autodetect, it finds only one more drive but with 136G space, so I guess that this is the problematic HDD 3. Thank ...

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ThinkPad T410s - Primary Micro SATA HDD not detected by BIOS - Only Detected By OS Platforms

errors.  I just can't use this as my primary drive anymore because it will not initialize with BIOS.  I am hoping that I do not need to replace the MOBO as they go from $50 - $150 US plus shipping.   OS's used:Win10x64Win7x64WinXPWin98SELinuxMintBT5-R3KaliLinuxUBCD - FreeDOS - LINUXDoss6.22 Any thoughts on this issue would be greatly appreciated

It sounds like something is timing out.  It is hard to be sure without swapping either the drive or the MB.  You might go into the BIOS and select diagnostic mode for boot.  That would do a memory test and it might slow things down enough to mask the problem

I have a Lenovo T410s - 29123RU BIOS - V1.5 (6UET70WW) 2012-10-11 - (updated from V1.1 this morning hoping it wold solve the problem)ECV - 1.14MTM - 29123RUCPU - Intel Core i5 M520 @ 2.4GHzRAM - DDR3 - 4GBx2 - PC3-10600s This laptop uses a 250GB - 1.8" Micro Sata HDDTOSHIBA MK2529GSG - 250GB - HDD1F07 M BL02 The other day the laptop was running fine then all of a sudden crashed.  I tried to reeboot and i got -  ERROR 2100: HDD0 (HARD DISK DRIVE) INITIALIZATION ERROR (2)PRESS ESC TO CONTINUE I have run scans on the drive itself using: HD Tune ProHDD RgeneratorCrystalDiskInfoTestDiskUBCD- ViVard v4.0- TAFT v1.2Passmark B...

Solved: Sata drive no longer detected after conecting headset???

I'll post the results of how it turns out as soon as i know.

Both PC's were running perfectly up until i pluged in the new headsets, in fact I shut them both down to plug them in so the fault wasn't there up until that point. Proceeded to turn off my 2 Gladiator Titan Systems ( both running Win XP Pro Sp3 btw (i forgot to include that in my details when i registered)) and pluged in the new headsets.

Ok I know this sounds crazy but i received 2 new Creative Fatal1ty headsets in the post yesterday.

Checked in the BIOS and neither is detecting the HDD's. Working on steps to remedy this now, ie
1/.remove M/B battery discharge power
2/.Replace battery
3/.flash bios
4/.Format MBR and delete partitions
5/.Reinstall everything

Obviously won't be doing steps 4 & 5 unless i get to see the HDD again after the 1st 3, but heres hoping. If anyone has any ideas what could have caused the problem or how to remedy it i'd be most appreciative.

When i came to turn the systems back on BOTH systems wouldn't boot both showing an identical couldn't find system disk message.

Solved: Slave Drive cannot be detected but BIOS can

My Primary drive (40g Maxtor 7200) with 2 partitions also which contains my OS XP SP2 in C: and D: contains my data. any ideas why it cannot be detected? The thing is, when I check my BIOS setup, it detects my Slave drive with its info.


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Solved: Hard Drive not being detected in BIOS

My computer starts up, and it stays on the mainboard screen (the one where it says "press <tab> to show POST" and "press <DEL> to enter setup") and does not leave this screen. My optical drive is there as SATA2, but my hard drive is nowhere to be found. So I decide to go into the BIOS setup.

I turned it off and reset the BIOS in hopes that it would fix the problem to no avail. Here are my specs, in case they help:
Motherboard: MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 AM2+
CPU: AMD Windsor 6400+ @ 3.2 Ghz
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 9800 GT @ 1GB
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Thank you for your time

I put it in and hooked everything up correctly according to the manual. Does anybody know how to solve this problem?

I have plugged my hard drive into my brother's computer as a secondary drive, and all my files show, so I know the hard drive is not completely faulty. If so, please help! In the BIOS setup, and look at the boot order. Upon closer inspection, however, I found that the hard drive DOES in fact spin for a few seconds, only to stop as soon as the mainboard logo screen shows up.

XPS 8910 added second SATA HD now optical drive no visible

I still believe Dell's documentation for the XPS 8910 special edition is either wrong or confusing (or both) concerning the functionality and thus the proper use of SATA ports 4 and above.
Based on my reading the XPS 8910 manual the SATA ports are as follows:
4 - optical drive, 5 - hard drive, 6 - drive connector, 7 - drive connector
When I first open the machine the optical drive SATA cable was connected to 5 and the hard drive connected to 4. Using Windows 10 pro with all latest updates.  So....I ran one of the Windows fix-it/trouble shooting tools and MAGICALLY, best I can tell, the DVD now recognizes and reads DVD.

As for the links discussing how to add a second drive, installing and accessing the second drive was not the problem  The second drive worked fine.  As I mentioned it was visible and viable in both bios and the OS disk management.  The problem was the DVD was no longer visible even when I inserted a valid DVD. jtorri
I assumed they knew what they were doing more than I.  I added a second SATA HD using SATA connector 6.  The second drive came up as drive F: and worked fine (first HD is C: and the memory card reader is D:
However, the optical drive (E:) was no longer visible.  When I look at the BIO is seems to recognize both HDs and the optical drive. 
Any help appreciated.

Solved: Bios setting for sata drive

In my bios I see that the setting was set in the ACHI mode.? to run windows xp the setting is usually SATA,ATA,IDE, or compatability.if theres another reason why maybe someone will be along with a better answer.most brand new computers at least laptops now have SATA drives and no longer use IDE drives.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8188 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238368 MB, Free - 192442 MB; D: Total - 238467 MB, Free - 238370 MB; E: Total - 95385 MB, Free - 89351 MB; F: Total - 95385 MB, Free - 95293 MB; G: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 318811 MB; H: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 379385 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-MA785GM-US2H, x.x,
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enable

Im guessing its in that mode because you have windows 7 in the computer and a SATA drive.

vista and windows 7 are set for ACHI.

Solved: SATA No longer visible....

Anyone got any suggestions as to how I can see them in explorer? Now, I can see the new main drive, and the two other drives are visible in the bios, as well as in Computer management, but they do not appear in Explorere/My Computer. Within Computer Management they show as active, so that seems a dead end, and after going through a full reinstall on the new c: drive they are still not accessible.



and put in a new SATA HDD (As my C: drive) alongside two SATA HDD's I had from my previous machine. All worked well, and all drives were visible. Two weeks in the C: drive developed a fault, so a new drive was installed, and during that installation I installed all the ASUS software from the CD that came with the MoBo after I installed the OS (XP HOME).

Thinking that I may have tinkered with the BIOS, I have reset that, but they are still not visible.

SATA HDD not detected by the BIOS

I've got a SATA HDD which is not detected by the BIOS. how about transferring that HDD to a diff computer ., that may be help , if not contact this phone number 8005513917 Data Recovery By CBL - Hard Drive and RAID Recovery
this maybe a bad sectors ..

Is it over or there is software or something that can bring it to life? So basically you cant boot the computer to normal mode right?? It has important data.

SATA HD not detected in BIOS

I had an old 80 Gb IDE drive that I plugged in while I was waiting for the SATA drive and it was working fine, but I want to get the SATA drive back up and running. Any ideas????

Hope somebody can help me out on this one, I disconnected my hard drive to install a chipset fan that had failed on my ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard and when I tried to plug in the harddrive the computer could not detect a hard drive on start up.

I also checked the BIOS settings and noticed that with the drive plugged into SATA port 1 that it was also not detected in BIOS. I tried another SATA cable and another power cable to no avail since the HD, a Seagate Barracuda 7200 300 Gb, was still covererd under warranty, I sent it in and received a repaired HD. When I plugged it in I got the same problem, no disk detected on start up and BIOS.

2nd int sata detected in bios but not in xp

I have tried several different Sata drives as a 2nd internal drive but none of them are detected in Disk Management or Device Manager. Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

As an XP system the Sata mode in the bios is set to IDE.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 630 Processor, x86 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 402520 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, K10N78
Antivirus: avast! I have also tried relocating my working Sata from my C drive to one of the other Sata slots but that is also not detected.

SATA Not detected in Bios-CDROM and HDD

I will need steering round the Bios because I tried searching for SATA controller to enable and couldnt find it nor it anywhere mentioning RAID to fiddle around with.

I replaced my motherboard today with an Asus P5KPL SE because my computer refused to boot at all (no beeps, nothing). All suggestions welcome because I am at a dead end.

Anyway I plug it all in and start the PC up but am quickly led to a screen telling me:

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Meia in selected Boot device and press a key"

This was a problem so I popped into the Bios and quickly saw that no sata devices were detected at all (which is my HDD and CDROM).

I would presume a HDD failure as its a seagate.11 drive but the fact that the CDROM is not detected either seems to indicate a problem within Bios perhaps. Any idea what the problem could be?

Sata AHCI Inf for XP not detected & BIOS

Go to Solution. Other folders have x64 and Vista drives. (I'm assuming that "All" means previous OSs)* BIOS version:  06CN30WW (I have not updated the BIOS as I think this BIOS is newer. Very strange.Try integrating this universal AHCI driver that I usually use to integrate drivers. As I don't want to loose AHCI features, I have integrated the drivers on my XP Pro CD with nLite.

Solved! What could it be?* I integrated the folder "All" present in the downloaded file. After install remember to install Lenovo driver.

//help will save the world

I integrated the Inf files according to the FAQs of this support forum.XP installer does not detect any hard drive.

Bios SATA 1 device not detected

I know the hard drive is spinning because I could hear it. I went into Bios (v02.61) American Megatrends and the SATA 1 device was not detected. I wasent tampering with anything it just randomly came up with this message. BIOS is not detecting my hard drive for some reason.

It detetcs my DVD player in SATA 2 but every other SATA slot is empty. There was also some message regarding express gate but I dont know if thats part of this problem. Hey I just bought a new computer recently and having some problems.

I tried to make sure the wires were in correctly and they were but that didnt solve my problem. It was working fine and then I shut it down and then it came up the the error "reboot and select proper boot device".

SATA hardisk detected as IDE in BIOS. Please help

I am trying to install new WD SATA hard disk in my dektop . Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Maybe Win7 is not recognizing it yet if it is not initialized or formated.

Can you do a Disk Management screen snip ? But Bios recognized as IDE. So its not properly detecting in System.

I need your help to resolve this issue.

Here is my cofiguration

Motherboard - ASRock -Wolfdale1333-D667
IDE - 80 GB Samsung - Master - windows 7 installed
IDE - DVD writer - Slave

My new wd SATA hardisk model - WD5000AAKX - WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II) -500 GB

What i already did:

Checked with another data cable to detect HD correctly
Tried all SATA port on my mobo
Set Enhanced option on BIOS
Please please someone help me.

External Sata Hd detected in windows, not in BIOS

The BIOS does not allow search for additonal hard drives. I have a internal Hitachi 120 gb hd installed. I have looked for BIOS updates that address this problem but have not found any.

If I use a USB cable, the drive is detected in the boot section of the BIOS but will not boot. From what I have read on the internet the USB is too slow to boot, but a sata drive should be capable.

I want to be able to boot my Toshiba Satellite laptop P205D-S7436 using an external sata hard drive using an enclosure connected to an Esata express card. Any sugestions?

I don't understand why the esata connected drive is detected in windows, but not in the BIOS. The external hd is a Hitachi 500 gb 2.5 sata hd. The hard drive is detected in windows, but not in the first screen of the BIOS.

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