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BIOS Won't Detect SSD, Fix It Now

When you click on this page, you must have encountered the problem that the BIOS cannot detect the SSD. This article will tell you the reason why the BIOS won't detect SSD, and how to fix this problem.

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"I have 1TB storage on an HDD and I have a 240GB storage on an SSD. After I woke up this morning to hop on my PC. I realized I was booting from my HDD. Thinking I knew how to solve the issue, I opened my BIOS settings and went to boot order. My primary boot was my HDD so I tried to change it to my SSD. My SSD wasn't detected in my drives so I was confused. Why can't the BIOS detect my SSD? How to make it be detected again?"

One user had asked this question in an IT forum, wondering why the BIOS won't detect his SSD. In this article, we will focus on this issue to help any other users who encounter the same issue.

Why Can't the BIOS Detect My SSD?

First, we need to figure out the reasons why you can't see the SSD in BIOS. Actually, many factors would lead to such a problem. Below are the most common ones:

  • Hardware Faulty. A corrupted SSD port or SATA cable would also be the reason why you can't see the SSD in BIOS.
  • Outdated Motherboard. If your computer's motherboard is too old, it is possible that the motherboard or the onboard storage controllers were failing, and causing the BIOS to fail to detect your SSD.
  • The Default Boot Disk is HDD. If you had that HDD attached to the system when you installed Windows on the SSD, the EFI and boot partitions that existed previously on the HDD would trick the installer into believing that it does not need to create a new EFI and boot partition.
  • Corrupted SSD. Another common reason for BIOS won't detect SSD is that your SSD is corrupted.

Solution 1. Troubleshoot Hardware Faulty

If you can't make sure whether the SSD port or the SATA cable is working properly, follow the below guide to have a check.

1. Unplug your SSD, switch to another SSD port and see if it can be detected by BIOS.

2. Unplug the SSD, but keep the SATA cable connected. Then connect an HDD with the same SATA cable to your computer. Power back on and see if the system will boot into Windows. If it will, then you can make sure the SATA cable is well-functioned. You can try other methods to solve the problem.

sata port

Solution 2. Change the SSD Settings in BIOS

This method work for the wrong SATA controller mode. If the SATA controller mode is not set correctly and that's why your SSD is not recognized by BIOS. Change the SATA controller settings in BIOS would solve the problem. Here we take Lenovo laptops as an example.

Step 1. Restart your computer, and press the F2 key after the first screen.

Step 2. Press the Enter key to enter Config.

Step 3. Select Serial ATA and press Enter.

Step 4. In the SATA Controller Mode Option, choose the IDE Compatibility Mode.

Step 5. Save your changes and restart your computer to enter BIOS.

bios sata controller

Now you can check if the BIOS can detect your SSD.

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Solution 3. Disable HDD

This method only works for the condition that you have two hard disks, and have installed Windows on both of the two disks, but booted with the HDD before. As mentioned above, under this condition, the EFI and boot partitions that existed previously would trick the installer into believing that it does not need to create a new EFI and boot partition. Here is what you should do.

Step 1. Backup the data on your SSD to another safe location.

Step 2. Reinstall Windows over again without that HDD attached to the system.

Step 3. If Windows on the SSD failed to boot, it implies that your computer has an undesirable configuration and should be properly reconfigured as soon as possible.

Solution 4. Recover Data from Corrupted SSD

If any of the above methods won't help, it is suggested you run a series of drive health tests on your SSD, which is recommended by Seagate. If your SSD got corrupted, the only thing you can do is to get a new SSD. Before buying a new one, you should recover the data on the corrupted SSD.

First please check in the Disk Management, if you can see your SSD is detected as RAW partition, you can apply the following method to recover data from the corrupted SSD.

To do this task, you need to seek help from third-party data recovery software. One of the recommended software is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Here is the reason why we pick this software.

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  • Recover data from corrupted devices, including SSD, external hard drive, and USB flash drive.
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You can download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the download button and follow the guide to see how to recover data from corrupted SSD.

Step 1. Scan the SSD

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the SSD where you lost data, and click the "Scan" button.

select and scan the SSD

Step 2. View the results

When the scanning finishes, find lost SSD data by using the "Filter" and "Search" options after checking the "Deleted Files" and "Other Lost Files" folders.

Preview lost SSD data

Step 3. Recover SSD files

Select desired data and click the "Recover" button to get back lost SSD files.

recover data from SSD

The Bottom Line 

That's all about BIOS won't detect SSD. Actually, there are way more than four reasons that would cause SSD detection failure. Once it happens, it is difficult to fix the problem. The only thing we can suggest to avoid further loss is to back up your SSD regularly.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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