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Fixed: ATA/SATA Hard Drive Not Detected or Recognized in BIOS

Updated on Nov 18, 2019 by Tracy King to Computer Instruction

Summary:
Your computer cannot read data in your ATA or SATA hard drive? ATA or SATA hard drive fails to show up in PC or cannot be detected by BIOS? Reliable solutions are available here in this article to help you make unrecognizable ATA or SATA hard drive show up in BIOS and usable for saving data in PC now.

ATA/SATA Hard Drive Not Detected in BIOS, Help!

"Hi there, have you ever met this problem that the hard drive suddenly cannot be detected in PC? I'm now having this problem that my computer cannot detect the second hard drive in my PC. My friend helps me to check the hard drive in BIOS, but no information on the hard drive is showing up. This is so strange. Is it damaged? What can I do? I still need the drive. And do you have any methods to fix this problem? Please help me if you do know any solutions, thanks."

Are you having a similar problem with your hard drive? Don't worry if your ATA or SATA hard drive cannot be recognized by BIOS or PC anymore. Just follow quick fixes and effective solutions here to fix and repair ATA/SATA not detected/recognized in BIOS error and make it show up in PC and work again now.

Quick Fix 1. Connect ATA/SATA Hard Drive with Another Cable Port

Sometimes, when the hard drive data cable gets loose, the drive may not be recognized or detected by PC. Therefore, you can try below two ways to make computer detect and read your ATA or SATA hard drive right away:

  1. 1. Reconnect the hard drive with the data cable port or connect ATA/SATA hard drive to another new data cable in PC;
  2. 2. Connect the hard drive with another desktop/laptop as a second HDD;

After this, if the computer can read and detect your ATA or SATA hard drive, then the problem has been solved. If not, don't worry. Try other solutions below to solve your problem now.

Quick Fix 2. Turn on and Enable ATA or SATA Hard Drive in BIOS

If your hard drive is a new disk and connected as a second drive in PC, it won't be recognized by PC till you enable it in BIOS:

  • Shut down PC and unplug data cable from hard drive properly;
  • Reconnect the hard drive with data cable;
  • Restart PC and press F2 to enter BIOS;
  • Enter Setup and check system documentation to see whether the not detected hard drive is turned Off in System Setup or not;
  • If it's Off, turn it ON in System Setup.
  • Reboot PC to check out and find your hard drive now.

Don't worry if your problem is still unsolved. Continue to follow below 3 methods to get your problem solved now.

Method 1. Update Hard Drive Drivers to Make ATA/SATA Hard Drive Detectable

If hard drive device drivers are outdated, the computer won't be able to run a hard drive nor read data on it. You can try below three offered options to get update hard drive drivers now:

  1. 1. Contact hard drive manufacturer for help and update hard drive drivers;
  2. 2. Download and update hard drive driver from manufacturer's website;
  3. 3. Manually update hard drive device drivers in Windows system:
  • Click "Start" button > Type: Device Manager and hit Enter;
  • Select Device Manager, expand categories to find the name of your hard drive and right-click it;
  • Select "Update Driver" > select "Search automatically for updated driver software";
  • If Windows doesn't find a new driver for your drive, find the latest one on the device manufacturer's website;
  • If the above steps don't work, try re-installing the drivers: Open Device Manager > Right-click on your hard drive and select "Uninstall";
  • Then restart PC and Windows will automatically re-install the drivers on the hard drive for you.

After this, remember to reboot PC and keep changes in PC and hard drive.

Method 2. Initialize ATA/SATA Hard Drive to Make It Detectable

When hard drive especially new hard drive doesn't get initialized, it is unusable for users to install programs or save data. If you don't know how to initialize hard drive, never mind, professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free will help you do the job for free. 

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 Windows 10 is supported

You can directly free download this software and follow the tutorial article: how to initialize a hard drive/SSD in Windows 10/8/7 and then make your hard drive detectable in BIOS and PC. 

Step 1: Download the software

Download EaseUS Partition Master. Connect the hard drive or SSD to PC.

Step 2: Initialize your HDD/SSD

Right-click the target HDD or SSD and select "Initialize to MBR" or "Initialize to GPT" accordingly.

Fig 1. Initialize to MBR:

initialize to mbr

Fig 2. Initialize to GPT:

initialize to gpt

Step 3: Apply the operation

A pending operation of initializing disk to MBR or GPT disk will be added. Execute the operation and click "Apply".

click apply to start

Method 3. Check Drive Spinning up or Not

  1. 1. Turn off the PC and open the computer case to remove data cable from the hard drive;
  2. 2. Reconnect the drive with data cable and restart PC;
  3. 3. Check out whether the drive is spinning or not;
  4. 4. If not, try to disconnect and reconnect the power cord on the computer and hard drive, repeat till the hard drive spin up;
  5. 5. It still doesn't work, try to repeat these steps with another new PC;
  6. 6. Or try to connect the drive in a SATA-USB enclosure or similar device;
  7. 7. Or you can even get a warranty replacement order from hard drive manufacturer to see if it works or not.

Extra Tip: Format ATA/SATA Hard Drive to Make It Usable for Storing Data

If you still cannot use ATA or SATA hard drive for saving data, you can format the hard drive in your PC to make it usable for saving data now:

1. Enter Disk Management tool by right-clicking "This PC/My Computer" and select "Manage";
2. Click Disk Management in Device Manager, right-click on ATA or SATA hard drive partitions and select "Format volume" or "Delete volume" to reset hard drive to save data again.