BIOS not detecting SATA HDD

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hello,

just as what the title says, my computer is not detecting its hard drive. During start-up, it only displays "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.". Also, when i power on the computer, i could not feel hard drive spinning.

- I tried testing my hard drive to other computer along with its data cable, and its working just fine.
- I tried reseating all cables, still not working.
- I tried reseating cmos battery, still not working.
- I tried arranging boot priority device, still not working.

is there any way that i have not tried?
I am afraid that if my motherboard or power supply is bad as it will cost me a fortune. :(

My pc spec is:

- winxp 32bit
- pentium(R) dual-core E5400
- 2gb ddr2 ram
- i only have 1 hard drive, Seagate Sata (don't know specific details)
- ASUS P5G41-M LE

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Mar 27, 2014 at 07:52 PM
The hard disk should spin up to speed if it has power. I would try another power connector if there is a spare one in the case.

A new standard power supply is not costly. The motherboard is no longer produced and would be difficult to find except as a used part.

Good Luck
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Mar 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Hi thanks for taking the time to reply.

I did what you said on trying other power connector and turns out that it is still not working. I also did it on my cd/dvd rom, but it also did not give it power. I tried the cd/dvd rom on another pc and it worked, lol.

If power supply is bad, then why is it that the computer turns on? and also, can I plug my hard drive's power connector to Computer-A but data cable is at Computer-B? that would save me time and money. cheers! :D

Hoping to get some reply as soon as possible.
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Mar 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM
If the power cable can stretch between computers. That will work. Just don't pull too hard and break something.

The power supply puts out 12 volt and 5 volt on different wires (also both plus an minus voltages). The motherboard probably uses only the 12 volt lines. So the PS might only have a problem with the 5 volt lines.
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Mar 28, 2014 at 03:27 AM
Hey there,

So I did what i had in mind about connecting between computers. Now that hard drive is detected, there comes this new problem. Everytime it boots up, it asks me to choose:

- Starts with safe mode
- Start with last known configuration
- Start windows normally

those kind of stuff, but it restarts automatically after i chose one. Do you have any idea what is happening? Oh, by the way, there's this anti surge stuff in the way, i know what it is but i think it would do just fine with it, yea? I hope it helps.

Thank you for very much for aiding.
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Mar 28, 2014 at 03:36 AM
I also tried replacing the PS, but it did not work.....So i work my way on both computers. =/
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Mar 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM
So it looks like Windows needs to be reinstalled. You don't say what version of Windows you are using. With Vista and Win 7 you can start from the disk and do a "Repair". That has small chance of repairing Windows without reinstalling.
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