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Hard Drive Not Recognized


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#1 doorman111

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:32 PM

I recently purchased a used Toshiba latop. Everything was there except the HDD, A very clean unit. I have tried installing several differant Hdd's, and the bios still doesn't see them.(I found this out when I tried to load windows xp) I have several working Toshiba laptops that I pulled the HDD's to test this new one and still can't get it to see them, any idea's?

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:56 PM

You didn't mention whether the HD is IDE or SATA? The model number of Toshiba as well as of the HD would also be very helpful. :flowers:

Typical reason would be that it needs drivers loaded before it can see the HD. :thumbsup:

Can you get into BIOS? :trumpet: :inlove: :cool: :woot:

Good luck.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:41 PM

Another thing might be that the BIOS is not reflecting the current drive. That's where I would start my search for answers.

You might also check the jumper settings on the drives.

You didn't say, but...the optical drive on the system works? You get a POST?

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Edited by hamluis, 22 July 2008 - 04:42 PM.


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Posted 22 July 2008 - 05:35 PM

I believe thew HDD is 2.5 IDE - it does post to BIOS, does boot from cd, I was loading xp when I found out about the HDD issue, it loaded start up files , then stopped and said no hard disk installed,this is a Satellite 4200 series

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 05:57 PM

Are you using a Toshiba Recovery Disk? (I'm not familiar with Toshiba so I don't know if they have one or not)

If the model was 'designed' to use the recovery disks, then they probably hold some drivers on the recovery disk as well as the OS. You can usually purchase replacement disks from them for $20-40.

I know you said Satellite 4200 but that model number is incomplete.


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Posted 22 July 2008 - 06:05 PM

I don't have a disk for this model, but I have one from a 2800 series, should I try it?

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 06:25 PM

But...does the BIOS show the correct drive as being installed?

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 06:38 PM

I guess I really don't know how to check that, the bios shows "no hard disk installed.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:01 PM

Then...I'd say that hard drive is dead or not properly connected.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:32 PM

I've tried 3 differant HDD's(good ones) same problem - I'll keep on try'n

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 08:27 AM

It occurs to me that...maybe the hard drive was missing for a reason, since there is no way to determine proper functionality of the system without one.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:05 AM

Thanx again -when things slow down for me I will get inside of this one and check cables and connections

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 03:44 PM

Can't seem to find the cmos settings to change HDD to "Auto Detect", How do I get to the CMOS page?

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:15 PM

How to get into your computer's BIOS - http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-...enter-BIOS.html

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 05:36 PM

Thanx, Lewis!
Just to let you know - I installed a HDD from another older Toshiba that had XP on it and this Laptop works just fine. I still don"t know why my new HDD's don't get seen.
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