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Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:37 AM

Hi, I hope someone can help me. I used Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBaN) to wipe a computer's hard drive so that I could install Windows 7 Home Premium on it; it originally ran on Windows Vista. However, after DBaN finished, the BIOS no longer can detect my hard drive, even though I did not tamper with any of the physical connections. It's a bit of an old computer but is for general use only with a Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33 GHz processor and 2 GB of memory.

When I go into BIOS > Standard CMOS Features, SATA-0 is empty though I know that the 320 GB drive is attached to it. It used to show up before DBaN. How do I make the hard drive recognizable again?

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:10 AM

Are there any options in the BIOS to change SATA to Legacy or IDE mode? This can help when a SATA drive isn't recognized on an older system.

What is the make/model of the computer? And what is the version of the BIOS?
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 03:22 PM

The computer's a Dell Inspiron 530S with BIOS version 1.0.5. In the BIOS under Integrated Peripherals there's an option to change the SATA Mode to either IDE or RAID and it's set to IDE, but there's no "Legacy" option.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 07:39 PM

That's the setting I was thinking of, some computers display it as legacy, others as IDE mode. Dell has a newer BIOS available (1.0.18) for your system, but being that it worked before, I don't know if this will necessarily fix the issue. What option(s) did you select in DBaN?
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 07:44 PM

I used the 'automatic' DBaN mode to wipe my hard drive.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 08:10 PM

Unfortunately I don't know DBaN well enough to know what happened, none of the articles I've found seem related to your issue. Did you consider updating the BIOS or just resetting it to factory settings? Do you have another PC you can put the drive in to see if the drive or BIOS is the issue?
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