How to Fix ATA/SATA hard drive not detected in BIOS?

Summary: A hard drive is one of those data storage devices, which often comes to us with caution – to be handled with care. While physical damage to a hard drive costs wealth, the loss of important data saved on it affects the peace of mind. Therefore, among all problems faced with ATA or SATA hard drives of computers or laptops, some are less known by the common people.

Moreover, you can identify and resolve minor technicalities through troubleshooting methods. Such few cases of ATA/SATA hard drive not detected in BIOS are explained in this blog.

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How will you fix a hard drive, which is not detected in BIOS

First of all, the diagnosis of the problem is essential to certain the cause of the problem. Some of them being:

  1. Faulty or unplugged data cable
  2. Disabled drive in the BIOS
  3. Improper installation of Serial ATA/SATA drivers
  4. Drive not receiving power
  5. Faulty/damaged hard drive

If your hard drive has any of the above problems except 5th, you can adopt the following measures to troubleshoot and resolve them.

  1. Check for faulty or unplugged data cable

When an electronic device or a part of it is not working, the first step should always be to check for proper power connection or fault in cables. Sometimes, it’s hard for us to detect a problem with data cables even if there is.

In such times, try the following:

  • Reconnect hard drive with data cable port
  • Replace old data cable with new
  • Connect the hard drive with other desktops/laptop
  1. Check if the hard drive is disabled in the BIOS
  • Restart PC and enter system setup (BIOS) by pressing F2
  • Check and switch on hard drive detection in system configurations
  • Enable the auto-detection for future purpose
  • Reboot and check if the drive is detectable in BIOS

Note: New or secondary ATA/SATA hard drive will not be detected in BIOS until auto-detection is enabled.

  1. Fix improper installation of Serial ATA/SATA drivers

There are three ways in which you can update drivers:

  • Contact manufacturer for updating driver
  • Download the updated driver from the manufacturer’s website
  • Follow the below-mentioned manual process to update drivers

For Windows:

  • Go to ‘Control Panel’
  • Select ‘Device Manager’
  • Choose and click on the hard drive to expand categories
  • Right-click on the name of the hard drive and choose “Update Driver”

If the above method fails, re-install drivers with the help of the following measures:

  • Open ‘Device Manager’
  • Right-click on the hard drive and ‘Uninstall.’
  • After that, restart PC and Windows will automatically reinstall the drivers

For MAC:

  • Click on the Apple in the upper left corner of the screen
  • Select ‘Software Update’
  • Update and reboot
  1. Drive not receiving power

One of many reasons for ATA/SATA hard drives not detecting in BIOS could be the improper power supply and thereby hard drive not making a spin. A glitch in power or spin can easily be detected by following specific steps:

  • Switch off the computer
  • Remove data cable from the hard drive

Switch on the computer and see whether the hard drive is spinning or not. You can also touch at the side of the hard drive to check for a slight vibration and humming sound.

  1. Faulty/damaged hard drive

Well, similarly in most cases, you would be able to resolve minor ATA/SATA hard drive detection problems with the help of the methods mentioned above.

Nevertheless, if you still find it difficult to locate the main error, there are chances of physical fault/damage in the hard drive. In such cases, one must immediately take assistance from professionals.

Additional Reading – How to Fix Boot Device Not Found 3F0 Error?


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