Resolve Windows® not Detecting Hard Drive Issue
How to resolve the problem of Windows installed on your system is not detecting hard drive?
Windows Operating Systems are very popular all around the world. This is because they are very light on system resources and simple to use. Windows operating systems also extract better performance from different hardware components and the OS is also less susceptible to issues. Nonetheless, there are some problems that might come up with the use of Windows. These include system freeze issues, blue screen errors, system not detecting some hardware components etc. Windows not detecting hard drive is a very common issue and this means that users would not be able to access any of the data on the hard disk. The hard drive not detecting issue might also come up when users are trying to upgrade the Operating System or installing a different Operating System. The Windows OS on your computer might not be detecting hard drive because of many reasons. These include connection between the hard drive and the system loose or faulty, hard drive got damaged due to some shock or impact, BIOS related errors etc.
Following details give users more information regarding tips to fix hard drive not detecting issue:
- Check connection
- Verify BIOS settings
- Hard disk damage or corruption
The hard drive on your computer is connected to the rest of the system via connecting ports. If your system is a desktop, it would be easy to check the connections between the hard drive and the system. Users are advised to check the interface of the hard drive (either SATA or IDE) and then make sure the connection is provided using the correct port and connecting hard ware. Users are then suggested to remove the connections and then connect it again back and then restart the system to solve the issue.
Verify BIOS settings
All computers have a service known as BIOS. BIOS checks whether all the components within your system are working properly so that system is not started up if there are some issues with some components. If the BIOS on your computer has developed some errors or the hard drive has not been enabled in the BIOS, Windows would not detect the hard drive. All Windows users having the hard drive not detecting issue are advised to check the BIOS settings and ensure that the hard drive has been enabled and that it has been configured properly (SATA hard drives allow users to pre-configure maximum RPM, speed etc). Users can also try updating the BIOS as that would clear off any errors and get the hard drive working again.
While reconnecting the hard drive and verifying the BIOS on your Windows, if the system did not get the hard drive detected, it is very likely that the hard drive has some physical damage or the sectors of the hard disk are corrupted. In such cases, users would have to either take the hard disk to an authorized service centre or replace it to get the system working.
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