View Full Version : Hardrive wont recognize!

05-30-07, 04:17 PM
So Im building a low end pc for a friend.

It boots up fine, detects everything, except the 80gb Hitachi harddrive.

The Vista installation wont detect it either.

What could I do?

05-30-07, 07:22 PM
Please help, this needs to be resolved by late tonite or early tomorrow.

05-30-07, 07:55 PM
power connected?

05-30-07, 08:28 PM
SATA cable out from HD into SATA 1
Power cable firmy in
I didnt think you needed a jumper really for SATA, im sure there is one in there.

05-30-07, 08:32 PM
some sata drives do have jumpers

not sure about 80gb hitachi, but for example seagate have driver to set mode between SATA and SATAII.

also, if you bought the drive used, on 250gb hitachi, you use DOS application to set SATAII mode, when drive is in SATAII mode, and system doesn't not support SATAII, drive won't detect.

05-30-07, 08:44 PM
Make sure SATA is enabled in the bios. Google images for the brand mobo and bios settings. Should help.

05-30-07, 09:03 PM
There is no jumper on the hd, i just checked

05-30-07, 09:09 PM
was it used?

read this

Feature Tool
Version 2.06

The Feature Tool is a DOS-bootable tool for changing various ATA features. It can modify certain features of our Deskstar and Travelstar high-performance ATA hard disk drives and supports 48-bit addressing for new, large-capacity drives.


Feature Tool User's Guide
Contains instructions for creating the bootable media under Windows and Linux, and information on how to use the program.
Diskette creator for Windows (1,689 K)
Click here if having trouble creating bootable diskette
Binary diskette image (for non-Windows OS) (1,440 K)
CD image (2,592 K)
Create a bootable CD for Windows, Linux and other operating systems (requires CD-RW drive and software).


Does not support Travelstar 8E, 10E, or C4Kxx series HDDs, or drives mounted in external enclosures.

Features in Version 2.06

Supports the latest Deskstar and Travelstar HDDs.
Enhances Serial ATA (SATA) support.
Enhances capacity clip function.

Changes ATA Drive Settings

Enable or disable the read-ahead or write cache.
Change the drive automatic acoustic management settings.
- Lowest acoustic emanation setting (quiet seek mode) or maximum performance level (normal seek mode).
Change the predefined capacity of the drive.
- Used when BIOS limitation exists and the drive is not recognized.
Switch the Ultra DMA mode.
Change advanced power mode.
- Switch between lowest and highest power consumption (maximum performance level).
Configure SATA interface.
- Adjust maximum speed and enable/disable spread spectrum clocking.

Warning! Switching your drive to support 3.0Gb/s, or enabling spread spectrum clocking and then using it, may render your drive unusable in a system that cannot support these functions. If in doubt, please contact your system manufacturer.

Shows Drive Temperature

Displays temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

05-30-07, 09:17 PM
Ill look into that. Thanks. And no the drive is brand new.

05-31-07, 11:46 AM
So does anyone else have any recommendations?

05-31-07, 12:47 PM
Get a new hard drive.

heh seriously though I'd take any other sata drive I could get my hands on and hook it up in that system and see if it gets detected. Then if it does I'd take the Hitachi and put it in the system the other drive was from, that will tell you where the problem lies. Since you are posting on this forum clearly you have access to at least one other pc, hopefully it's got sata (looking at the specs in your signature I'm sure that's a safe bet).

05-31-07, 03:17 PM
Hm, ill do that. Thanks.