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#1 BambooFun

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:34 PM

I have a new Seagate SATA hard drive.
Installed and loaded windows XP sp2.

When the system boots I see a black screen and it says No drive found, No Drive Detected.
Then winxp Starts to load with no problems.

Is this common for SATA drives? Never used one.

Also, noticed on the front of the case the red HD light is blinking. It never stops. Even when the computer is idol.

I've been told the HD is going bad, or its malware??
The drives been reformatted several times and the only thing on it is Windows XP.
The HD was tested with the seagate HD tool, all passed.
Even changed the SATA cable.

Any thoughts as to why the red light is blinking all the time and why I see ( no drive dectected )
Thanks.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:50 PM

your bios boot settings sound like they need to be adjusted
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:14 PM

Your board may have RAID enabled, if so the "no drive found" may be the RAID controller checking for drives in an array before the normal boot process begins. Some boards have two controllers, a normal SATA component of the motherboard chipset and a separate RAID controller. Some have a controller which can be set to either RAID mode or to simply provide several SATA channels.

Look through your BIOS settings as DaChew suggests, and if there is a RAID provision, try disabling it.

There are a few possibilities for the drive activity light flashing. Do you actually hear matching drive activity? If not, try going to the Properties for your optical drive(s) and turning off Auto Insert Notification. Some motherboards show the media change check Windows does every second or so when this setting is enabled as a flash of drive activity.

If this stops the flashing, you'll need to decide if you want Auto Insert to work (ie disks to Auto Play), or if you'd rather not have the flashing LED.

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