Hard disk not detected [Solved/Closed]

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my laptop(acer Aspire 5570Z) while booting says hard disk not detected.....it all happened suddenly ..nothing was wrong with my hard disk as well...my hard disk is 4 months old (HITACHI TRAVELSTAR ) and my notebook is 1 year old...the mesage while booting says.......Pre Boot Execution Environment(PXE) v2.1
Client MAC Addr. 00 1B 24 15 B5 54
GUID 206CA6E6-DB02-D911-8EB7-001B2415B554
PXE-E53:No Boot Filename Received
Operating System not found

I have tried every thing..have been to almost each and every forum on internet to search the solution but nothing had been working...
I have tried booting from WINDOWS CD ..tried to go into recovery console and also tried to set up windows but nothing worked it says the same thing no hard disk detected.....
I am really very upset and dont know what to do. Is it my hard drive which has gone...i have also tried resetting the bios option to default...nothing hapened ..also took my hard drive out and again put it in the same place ...again no breakthrough....


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I think i'm way too late but just in case, go to the BIOS setup and change the disk controller settings from AHCI to IDE.

Might be worth the try.
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thanks it really worked!!!!
Wow.. Thanks for guiding me in right direction. My lappy didn't have option of SCSI or IDE. But there was SATA Enable/Disable option. I disabled SATA, and then XP bootable cum installer worked fine !!

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i have a laptop TOSHIBA Model No.PSU40E recently bought from my frined there was windows vista installed in it, as I have formated it and tried to install win xp I could see the hard disk was not detected and the instalation halted saying press F3 to quit instaltion, as I just came accross to this link to get solution I was curoius if in case you help me to get this problem fixed, I would be thankfull for this, waiting and hopein for your early reply
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You need to have the Sata drivers. XP does not come with them already but vista and 7 do. once you have them make a new disk image with nLite which is FREE, burn the disk and should work, it did for me.
thanks a lot man,

finally after 3 days intense hard work, solved in 5 sec. many experts guided wrong, but I can name "tech guru" - thanks a lot again

I have IBM Think PAD suddenly it is having same problem which
all are discussing , I tried with CD to install new window but its not working . Each time
prompt coming harddisk not found and press F3 to restart computer. please help me out with suggestions if I can save money to give to computer repairman.

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The initial question sounds as though the hard-drive connection had somehow been knocked loose but if you have a data recovery scenario then it's really best to take the machine to experts to solve it. If you are using linux then it's probably something very simple and basic but even if it's quite advanced they might charge at a cheaper rate because linux is so much easier to work with. Data-recovery can cost quite a lot of money so get a quote before telling them to get on with it.

This guide might help other people with a data recovery issue

Good luck and regards all from
Tom :)
I too had a similar problem with my laptop. My laptop had a virus attack and somehow I managed to remove all the viruses. However there was one persistent problem which was while booting, My documents used to open automatically. Hence I wanted to repair the Windows XP SP2 and so I went to BIOS and changed the settings to boot from CDROM. While booting the installation CD from CDROM, suddenly I get a message: Hard disk not found! This was nightmare. Then I got this solution:
My laptop was new and the HDD was connected to motherboard with SATA, and we need SATA drivers before installing OS. In the likely event of not getting this driver, we could still solve this problem by confusing the computer. Go to BIOS settings and change the SATA to IDE or any other. Then restart the computer. The HDD now can be seen and you can repair or reinstall the Windows XP SP2.
Dear All

I'm facing the same problem, I browse the net and get differnt opinion to download differnt software but it won't work then one of my freind suggested that go to BOOT and disable SATA, then system will detect your drive install wondow xp .

I tried this and this works.

So you too can try.
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First thing is to retrieve those Family Photographs - buy an external drive adapter or case - remove the drive and put it in the case - attach it to another computer and copy the files you need.

Just because the drive is 4 months old does not mean it did not fail. I hope you get your photographs back.
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there was window 7 installed my computer.one day it was corrupted and shut down automatically when I was playing one of my music file. now when I try to format it with window xp,it shows message like hard drive is not detected...configuration of my pc is- 2gb ram,core 2 duo 2.55ghz processor, 250 gb hd. please provide appropriate solution.
change your hard disk on bios from sata to IDE
I have a problem like this which I suspect is connected to the fact that the drive - a WD 1600 Caviar - was once partitioned between XP and Linux.

However, I can access it by loading a Linux "live" system from DVD ( Ubuntu in this case). I can then transfer the files I need to another drive.
do not reformat yet.
is it possible to boot in safe mode? try that, I had a problem similar to that before
cant enter the windows, but when I chose the safe mode it did
you can copy your files if youve entered the windows


try to buy a new hard disk, then use it as the primary, and see if your old hard disk will function as a slave.
sounds a bit expensive but it might work, if it works, you can copy your files then

With the downgrades from vista to Xp it could be a driver issue? - you will need to go to the laptop manufacturers website and get drivers for xp the main one you need, the one to get the HDD working is a RAID driver, you can download the rest after the install works.