This article provides you with feasible solutions to recover data from hard drive which is not detecting in PC and BIOS. If your ATA or SATA hard drive fails to show up on your PC or in the BIOS, recover data first with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and follow tips here to repair a hard drive that is not detected in BIOS effectively.
This page covers complete solutions to help you fix hard disk or SSD not detected in Windows 10/8/7 desktop computers and laptops without losing any data.
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'Hi guys, I'm having this problem that my second hard drive in PC fails to show up in PC. I tried some instructions to see whether it can be detected in BIOS, but nothing was found.
The hard drive even disappeared from BIOS. What can I do? And how about the data saved in the drive? Do you know how to fix such a problem? If you do, please let me know. Thank you very much.'
BIOS will not be able to detect a hard disk when the hard drive data cable is damaged or improperly connected. If the serial ATA or SATA drivers are not properly installed, hard disk is not enabled in BIOS, hard drive keeps spinning up, or the hard drive is corrupted, failing or dying, BIOS may also fail to recognize your hard disk.
Are you having a similar problem that your data hard drive fails to show up on your PC or in BIOS? Don't worry! Right here in this article, you'll find quick fixes and advanced fixes to repair your undetected/recognized hard drive in BIOS and a reliable way to restore all precious data. Just follow the guide to get your problems solved right now.
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Two quick fixes||1. Reconnect hard drive; 2. Connect the hard drive to another desktop/laptop as a second HDD...Full steps|
|Three advanced fixes||1. Enable BIOS connection by yourself; 2. update driver; 3. repair hard disk corruption...Full steps|
|Recover data from disk||Create a bootable disk > Boot from the bootable USB > Recover...Full steps|
Two Quick Fixes for Hard Disk Not Detected in BIOS
In this part, you'll get two effective and quick fixes for hard disk not detected or cannot be recognized issue in BIOS and help you to re-gain the access to your saved data.
#1. Reconnect Hard Drive to Your PC
Applies to: Reconnecting hard drive helps to define if it's the faulty hard disk cable that prevents BIOS from detecting your hard drive.
When you get a faulty hard drive data cable or the hard disk is not properly plugged to your computer, your hard drive may not be able to show up on the PC even in the BIOS. Therefore, you can directly reconnect the hard drive to your computer's motherboard USB port, to see whether you can access the saved data.
Step 1. Shut down your PC at first.
Step 2. Open your computer cases and remove all the screws with a screw driver.
Step 3. Unplug the hard drive which fails to be recognized by Windows BIOS, and remove the ATA or SATA cable and its power cable.
If the ATA or SATA cable and the power cable are broken, change a new one. If the cables are covered by dust, clear the dust.
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Step 4. Remove the hard drive, clear all covered dust, insert the hard drive back to the computer case.
Step 5. Reconnect the hard drive to your computer motherboard with the SATA or ATA cable, and plug in the power cable on the drive.
Remember to connect the hard drive back to your computer correctly and fasten the cables.
Step 6. After this, restart your PC and check if the hard drive shows up in your PC.
If your hard drive shows up and you can access your data on the drive, congratulations. If the hard drive fails to shows up, try the next quick fix to regain access to your disk data.
#2. Connect No Detected Hard Drive to Another Desktop/Laptop as a Second HDD
Applies to: Help you check whether the hard drive itself is damanged.
Another efficient way to access your hard drive is to connect it to another PC or laptop as a second HDD. If you have a second computer at your office or home, try the following tips and access your hard disk data on the new PC:
Step 1. Shutdown the old computer and remove the computer case with its ATA/SATA cable and power cable.
Step 2. Open the new computer or laptop case.
Step 3. Locate the hard drive slot and insert the hard drive into the slot.
Step 4. Reconnect the hard drive as the second HDD on the computer via the ATA/SATA cable and power cable.
Step 5. Restart the laptop or computer to check if the hard drive shows up.
If the hard drive shows up, congratulations and you can re-access the data on your disk again.
But if the hard drive is still not recognized, it may have other issues. Or, if the hard drive shows up but you cannot access the data, don't worry. You can move on and try the advanced fixes to get this issue resolved.
Three Advanced Fixes for Hard Drive Not Detected/Unrecognized Error in BIOS
If the above quick fixes don't help, don't worry. Try the three troubleshooting tips here:  Enable BIOS connection by yourself  update driver  repair hard disk corruption.
Fix 1. Enable Hard Drive in BIOS
Applies to: Fix HDD not detected in BIOS error directly by enabling hard disk in BIOS.
Step 1. Shut down the PC and restart the PC and press F2/F8/F11 or Delete to enter BIOS.
Step 2. Enter Setup and check the system documentation to see whether the undetected hard drive is turned Off in System Setup or not.
Step 3. If it's Off, turn it ON in System Setup.
Step 4. Reboot the PC to check out and find your hard drive now.
If the hard drive fails to show up on PC, update its drivers in Fix 2.
Fix 2. Update Hard Drive Driver to Make Your Disk Detectable
Applies to: Fix hard drive not recognized due to outdated hard drive driver.
To update hard drive drivers for your computer storage controller, you have three options here:
Option 1. Update hard driver by contacting the manufacturer for help.
Option 2. Download and update hard drive driver from manufacturer's website.
Option 3. Manually update hard drive drivers in the Windows system:
Step 1. Click the Start button, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
Step 2. Select Device Manager, expand categories to find the name of your hard drive and right-click it.
Step 3. Select 'Update Driver' and Select 'Search automatically for updated driver softwar'e.
If Windows doesn't find a new driver for your drive, try to find the latest one on the device manufacturer's website.
If the above steps don't work, try reinstalling the drivers: Open Device Manager > Right-click on your hard drive and select Uninstall.
Then restart your PC and Windows will automatically reinstall the drivers on the hard drive for you.
Fix 3. Run CHKDSK CMD to Check and Fix Internal Disk Errors that Make Hard Drive Not Recognized
Applies to: Fix internal errors that cause HDD/SSD not detected or not recognized by PC, not showing up on laptop.
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After the hard drive is detected in BIOS, you can try to open it on your PC. If you still cannot open it on the PC, here you can run CMD to repair the internal hard drive error that causes the hard drive undetectable or unreadable by your PC:
Step 1. Press Win + R to open a Run dialog and type: cmd to open Command Prompt by hitting Enter.
Step 2. Type chkdsk /f x: (x should be the drive letter of your undetectable hard drive.) and hit Enter to run the disk checkup process.
Step 3. Type exit to finish the process when the disk checkup process is finished.
If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.
EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.
To fix file system error or disk error:
Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.
Step 2: Open the software and select the 'File showing' option.
Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the 'View' button to check the drive.
Recover Data from Unbootable, Undetected Hard Drive
Logically, if you have follow through the above fixes, you should be able to access and reuse all saved data on your hard disk again. However, if the hard drive is a system drive which fails to boot from BIOS, it would be more complex to regain the data.
Suppose your hard drive is the system drive and it failed to boot from BIOS, don't worry. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media is capable of helping you out of this issue and you can follow the steps below to get your data saved on the system disk:
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Step 1. Create a bootable disk.
Prepare an empty USB. If you have important data on it, copy the data to another device. When you create a bootable disk, the data on the USB will be erased. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will help you create a bootable disk. Connect the USB drive to PC, launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition. Select the USB drive and click 'Proceed' to create a bootable disk.
Step 2. Boot from the bootable USB.
Connect the bootable disk to PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 at the same time to enter BIOS. Set to boot the PC from 'Removable Devices' (bootable USB disk) or 'CD-ROM Drive' (bootable CD/DVD) beyond Hard Drive. Press 'F10' to save and exit.
Step 3. Recover files/data from a PC/laptop hard drive that won't boot.
When you boot from the USB, you can run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk. Select the drive you want to scan to find all your lost files.
Click Scan to start the scanning process.
Recover data from the computer or laptop. After the scan completed, you can preview all recoverable files, select the targeted files, and click the 'Recover' button to restore your files. You'd better save all of the recovered data to another place to avoid data overwriting.
To use any of these key combinations, press and hold the keys immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac, or after your Mac begins to restart. Keep holding until the described behavior occurs.
- Command (⌘)-R: Start up from the built-in macOS Recovery system. Or use Option-Command-R or Shift-Option-Command-R to start up from macOS Recovery over the Internet. macOS Recovery installs different versions of macOS, depending on the key combination you use while starting up. If your Mac is using a firmware password, you're prompted to enter the password.
- Option (⌥) or Alt: Start up to Startup Manager, which allows you to choose other available startup disks or volumes. If your Mac is using a firmware password, you're prompted to enter the password.
- Option-Command-P-R:Reset NVRAM or PRAM. If your Mac is using a firmware password, it ignores this key combination or starts up from macOS Recovery.
- Shift (⇧): Start up in safe mode. Disabled when using a firmware password.
- D: Start up to the Apple Diagnostics utility. Or use Option-Dto start up to this utility over the Internet. Disabled when using a firmware password.
- N: Start up from a NetBoot server, if your Mac supports network startup volumes. To use the default boot image on the server, hold down Option-N instead. Disabled when using a firmware password.
- Command-S: Start up in single-user mode. Disabled in macOS Mojave or later, or when using a firmware password.
- T: Start up in target disk mode. Disabled when using a firmware password.
- Command-V: Start up in verbose mode. Disabled when using a firmware password.
- Eject (⏏) or F12 or mouse button or trackpad button: Eject removable media, such as an optical disc. Disabled when using a firmware password.
If a key combination doesn't work
If a key combination doesn't work at startup, one of these these solutions might help:
- Be sure to press and hold all keys in the combination together, not one at a time.
- Shut down your Mac. Then press the power button to turn on your Mac. Then press and hold the keys as your Mac starts up.
- Wait a few seconds before pressing the keys, to give your Mac more time to recognize the keyboard as it starts up. Some keyboards have a light that flashes briefly at startup, indicating that the keyboard is recognized and ready for use.
- If you're using a wireless keyboard, plug it into your Mac, if possible. Or use your built-in keyboard or a wired keyboard. If you're using a keyboard made for a PC, such as a keyboard with a Windows logo, try a keyboard made for Mac.
- If you're using Boot Camp to start up from Microsoft Windows, set Startup Disk preferences to start up from macOS instead. Then shut down or restart and try again.
Remember that some key combinations are disabled when your Mac is using a firmware password.
- Learn what to do if your Mac doesn't turn on.
- Learn about Mac keyboard shortcuts that you can use after your Mac has started up.