BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

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Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard drive was still alive, and it booted and worked perfectly until I turned it off. When I started it again it would not boot. I bought new SATA cables, assuming that the one I had was not seating properly (it was cheap and wobbly), but no dice.

Upon start-up I am presented with a message telling me to insert boot media into the selected drive or add a drive and restart. Neither the new or the old drive is detected by BIOS, my Vista install disk, or from my bootable Linux USB drive. When I remove all of the RAM the computer ceases outputting visual information, and upon reinstalling the ram and starting up again gives me a "failed overclock" error.

So, does anyone have an idea as to what might be going on? I'm completely lost at this point.

Best Answer

  • Is your hard drive one of the ready to fail Seagate drives? I had a problem very similar. Was working until I turned the machine off and the bamb the drive was gone. I later got it replaced as Seagate had a firmware problem that killed hard drives. There is information on their site so you can check out weather your drive is effected or not.

    A computer is never going to boot with no memory and the error about failed overclock is likely because the system knows it started but couldn't successfully POST.


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