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If ASUS motherboard not detecting SATA hard drive

Here you will find out:

  • why "ASUS motherboard not detecting SATA hard drive” issue happens
  • how to fix this issue
  • how DiskInternals can help you

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About the “ASUS motherboard not detecting SATA hard drive” issue

This article will consider the case of when the motherboard and SATA do not interact with each other. This can happen with any computer: not only ASUS, and not only Seagate drives. This problem is quite common and definitely worth your attention.

The article contains many effective and simple ways to solve the problem of “ASUS laptop BIOS not detecting hard drive”.

Why does it happen?

Naturally, the problem can be either in the hard drive itself or in the connection.

With the SATA hard drive, it can simply be a physically damaged drive, a failure of the head rotational movements, incorrect SATA settings (including in the BIOS), etc.

Method 1. Change the SATA cable

So, a correct connection and a working cable is the key to success.

Check that the cable and drive are properly connected. Visually check the cable to make sure there are no bends, scuffs, protruding wires, etc. If this is the case, pay attention to the connectors themselves: they should also be in good condition. If there is no problem with this either, then it is best to get a new cable (or an old one that still works) and check if the error disappears. Please note that for safety reasons, the SATA cable should be shorter than 100 cm long (Seagate recommendation).

You can also connect your hard drive to another laptop or computer as an external hard drive and thereby check whether it will be detected or not.

Method 2. Enable the disk

This can be checked in the BIOS menu; if necessary, turn on the disk. Then the problem will be resolved. The order in which you enter the BIOS depends on which laptop manufacturer you have. Often, when you boot your computer, you just need to press the F2 key and the Settings menu will appear on your screen. In Disk Management, just turn on the desired hard drive and save all the changes. The next time you boot, the drive will definitely be detected.

If this doesn’t work, you should not be upset, since there are still enough options for correcting them.

Method 3. Drivers aren't enabled

When installing the OS, sometimes motherboard drivers are not installed immediately; to do this, you need to perform several actions. if you do not do this, then the “ASUS motherboard not detecting SATA hard drive” will continue to appear in the future. More often, this happens with the installation of Windows XP/2000. In order for the drivers to be enabled during installation, press the F6 key. Next, follow the steps laid out for you until the process is complete.

After installing the OS, everything should work and be determined as it should.

Method 4. Drive is faulty or not spinning

It may be that the rotating parts of the hard drive fail and thereby result in hard drive failure.

If the hard drive vibrates when the computer is turned on, it means it is still in service. If there are no sounds, most likely it is dead and you cannot do anything about it.

In this case, the best solution is to restore all the data from it (it is better to use this drive as an external drive) and buy a new hard drive.

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