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Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

I have a USD ext hard drive 640G SATA.  Win XP will not see it when plug in.  I took the drive out, use Kingwin USB dock, XP saw the drive. I opened it read files fine.  I copy it to another USB drive, XP report can't copy, can't read file I believed.  I turn off dock, restart.  Now the drive won't even show up in my computer.

I use different computer, 2 in all. It recognize the new hardware but hang when it tried to read the drive I think.  I opened my desktop, put the drive in the 2nd SATA for hard drive, XP froze before the welcome screen, just black.  I tried Safe Mode, after F8 I select safe mode but XP won't continue.

The data is not corrupted since I can see it originally.  I am looking for any suggestion to get to the data and copy them to another drive.


RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

By the way, the drive did not show up in Disk Management either.  I did turn off system restore on the drive months ago too.

Thanks for any help.

RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

One more thing, the disk is good. I can see it as a Samsung when I look at the boot sequence.  Hope this help for any solution.


RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

See this thread here:

EXCEPT, for you - start further down on the page where I talk about testing the hard drive using the manufacturer's utility (link provided).

Then you can work your way up in the thread (if the drive is good) and start to try to recover data.

RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

Hi Goombawaho,

Thanks for the info.  I got some more info which may help.  I use Ghost boot disk.  I saw the drive as "H" when I attached to the PC as a 2nd drive.  It should have been "F".  When I 1st plug it in the PC via the SATA dock, I also have another USB drive plug in.  This would explain the "H".  The data is there.  I think the drive boot is corrupted so Window just hung.

How to I rest this?  Should I try to use a Linux boot to look for the drive?  Apple?  Is there a registry fix?


RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

Check the BIOS for BOOT ORDER and place that drive as the LAST drive in the list!!! a wrong order of the HDDs can cause the hangup that you are experiencing...

causes for an HDD not being seen by Windows:

1. Drive FAULTY - TEST per Gooms suggestion...
2. cable damaged..
3. power connector not seated correctly...

once you test the drive with the DIAG software that Goom suggested and it turns out fine (let us know this TOO), then proceed to use a LINUX LiveCD, such as Knoppix or Parted Magic (GOOGLE), to try to gain access to said drive and it's files...


even if the BIOS sees the drive, it does not state that the drive is GOOD...

even if you ONCE seen all the files, this does not preclude that the drive is fine and that the files can be accessed there after...


"If it works don't fix it! If it doesn't use a sledgehammer..."
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Only ask questions with yes/no answers if you want "yes" or "no"

RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

I tried but it turned out to be a firmware issue.  The firmware became corrupted after the USB cable was disconnected too early I believe.  I can't get any Samsung firmware to flash and it's still under warranty so I sent it bak to ADATA. I got a replacement after I've recovered the data with EASUS.

Thanks for all the helps.

RE: Win XP won't see SATA hard drive

Thanks for the update.

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