View Full Version : Bios Does Not Recognize Hdd(s)

07-06-2005, 01:38 AM
My motherboard has failed to recognize my hdd (more then once)

however, the hdd is accesable over the motherboard, because the windows install disk finds the hdd and all partitions on it and CAN copy files to it, however the bios fails to recoginze it on its own

I fear that I must reinstall the bios, however... omg the batter....

oh, well I fear that I must reinstall the bios, but how?

can somebody please help me

this is not a joke, im not kidding, not testing, and I do not want flames, or replies telling me to "google" it, I have done this

I will be very thankful for any constructive reply, and please let this be known

this is serious sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif

please I seriously seroiusly need help

PS. im going to try the batery now

thanks in advanced

the exact message:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Primary hard disk drive 1 not found

Strike F1 to continue or stire F2 to enter setup


the hdd is on IDE 1 and on the plug that is labeled HDD 1 (the black one, not gray... ?) the jumper is set to master

please help

07-06-2005, 02:16 AM
I don't think you can reinstall BIOS and if you can thats a new one on me. I'll look into it because I too want to know but I'm not promising results.

Good luck :thumbsup:

07-06-2005, 02:19 AM
Under normal circumstances, I would first check the hard drives in another system to ensure that they are not failing. However, some other things to consider as a bios does not get easilty corrupted.

1. Checking the jumper settings on the hard drive(s). Make sure that they are not on cable select.

2. Changing or trying a new cable. Sometimes your cables connectors can go bad or multiple times of removing the cable from the drives can cause the cables to bend and lose connectivity.

3. Try changing your hard drives to the secondary controller. This will tell if your motherboards primary controller is failing on you. To do this successfully, you will need to go into the bios and disable your primary controller.

If all else fails, your motherboards manufacturer should have a website with all available bios and firmware updates for your motherboard. To update the bios and/or firmware, normally you will need one to two blank disks. The rest is handled by the image extraction tool. On the other hand, I have seen it where the motherboard manufacturer requires that you download their utility to a bootable disk. In either case, once the disk(s) are made you usually have to boot your machine with the floppy disk. I would however suggest that attempting to flash your bios/dmi or update your firmware as a last resort. The problems you describe are more than likely hardware related and not necessarily software related.



07-06-2005, 03:40 AM
ha, my motherboard manufacture is a complete ******** *****

so for that, but im just um, two days away from death

ITS DELL alright, no cd, no nothing :(

I will try everything you told me

try new cable, if that dont work, ill hook up my hdd to the port that my cd drive is on, cuz i know that one works

and the HDD is fine it works in my other pc....

but the WINDOWS install CD actually STILL detects the HDD.... so it cant be the cable

07-06-2005, 03:51 AM
If it is a Dell, they should have the BIOS/DMI and Firmware updates posted in the support section for your model.




07-06-2005, 04:12 AM
how do I upgrade, reinstall ?

07-06-2005, 04:54 AM
well, it seems my primary IDE port is gone :(

im going to DIE in exactly 39 hours... a few minutes

bye bye... known world :(

07-06-2005, 12:40 PM
Hrm...sounds like the actual board is dead to me, but a bios update might work ;)

07-06-2005, 06:22 PM
Yeah if your Primary Controller is gone, your board is not far behind... If your system is still under warrenty, then a quick call to Dell will fix that, otherwise, it is a trip down to your local computer store to get a new motherboard... Some things to consider before doing this.

1. Processor and memory (ensure that you get a mother board that will work with both of these)

2. Onboard devices - Video, LAN (Network Interface Card), Sound, etc... Any of these devices will most likely need to be replaced. Although there are motherboards available for sale on the open market that have these devices onboard, I personally would shy away from them.



P.S. --> You still got time if you hurry... ;)