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Old 08-04-2013, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BIOS won't read SATA hard drive

I just built a new PC but the BIOS won't read the SATA hard drive.

Sequence of events:

1) Tried to install Windows 7
2) Got to the partition screen and the hard drive shows up.
3) I go to Advanced -> New Partition
4) I get a loading cursor for 30 seconds and the hard drive disappears! I click "refresh" but there are no hard drives/partitions/nothing!
5) I check in BIOS and the hard drive is not there as well... tried IDE mode as well.
6) I have a DVD SATA drive that's being recognized by BIOS so I try swapping the SATA cables and ports that they're connected to... no luck.
7) I install the hard drive into an external enclosure. My other computer reads it but I get an error "unable to format" when I try to do so. I see that there are 2 partitions: (a) 100MB "RAW" format and (b) 940GB unallocated space.

Help!

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: BIOS won't read SATA hard drive

With the drive in the enclosure and connected to your other pc, download Data Lifeguard Diagnostic ( if you have the WD Blue drive) and use that to check the health status of this hard drive in question
WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: BIOS won't read SATA hard drive

If BIOS is unable to read it, chances are it's bad.

Like Joe said, if you're able to, use the WD tool to see if the drive is bad. If it is, warranty it to get a new one.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just bought a new hard drive and confirmed that it's a DOA hard drive... thanks guys!
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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carnageX,
it was #7 in the first post that made me think he could run data lifeguard tools
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