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07-05-2010 07:48 PM
"Deciding it was worth a little more trouble shooting I removed the drive and put it on a SATA to USB adapter. Everything seemed to be there and operate fine. After trying again I noticed the BIOS was also not detecting my SATA CD/DVD drive. I reseated swapped SATA ports cables etc. No detection of either drive."
I think im having the same issue. I only have the one harddrive. Your saying I can purchase a sata to usb adapter and boot it from that. Or connect the harddrive to another computer and be able to retrieve all my files? Sorry, I'm a bit of a newb but its weird how this is happening to a few people around the same time.
07-05-2010 08:03 PM
Windows will not boot via a USB connection. You can get an installation USB flash drive or stick to boot.
If you buy an external sata drive enclosure that also has a USB port then you have an option to use the drive as a boot drive. However, you do need to have an available motherboard sata port. Otherwise just use the drive as an external USB data drive.
I used a new bare 2.5" drive, an external sata/USB enclosure and the sata extension bracket. I don't use the USB port for connection as the sata connection is a lot faster. I do use a USB power only cable to provide power to the external enclosure since mine didn't come with a power cube.
07-28-2010 01:55 PM
I tried cleaning and replacing all of the cables, but still nothing also. I too can access my harddrive when I turn it into an external drive and be able to view everything on my parents labtop. Would replacing the power supply and motherboard be the next best option? or should I try the recovery disks first. If so which exact models do I buy?
08-06-2010 08:31 AM
Hey i tried reinstalling my harddrive and puting my computer back together and now i cant even select anything at the hp screen and it goes straight to a screen saying detecting harddrives. and it looks like its trying to read something but no luck. This is getting worse and worse, I'm never going to get my computer back. lol
08-07-2010 02:31 PM
Oh, wow! I am having the same problem with my Pavilion a6720f. I think it will probably need a new MB. What else could make ALL the SATA ports in a computer mess up at the same time? Did you ever fix your problem?
By the way, when my computer first started making trouble, I was looking at a Word document I downloaded from the Internet. I was thinking "Macro virus", but it was Word document being displayed in OpenOffice 3.2, which doesn't run Visual Basic for Applications like Word does. (It uses a slightly different macro language.) Anyway, could a virus damage a motherboard?
08-08-2010 11:48 AM
Yeah, both the m9350f and the a6720f use the Pegatron M2N78-LA motherboard. Search this forum for "a6720f" and you'll find a lot of people (including me!) with the same problem. Just ordered a replacement (used) motherboard from China. But if it has the same weakness--they say it's the NVidia chipset--how long will it last?
Good luck to you all. I'll tell you if the
new old motherboard I ordered worked. Digital Anny has a few more left!
08-25-2010 12:33 PM
What motherboard do I need and what recovery disc do I need to purchase? Can you provide links pls? I went to a few shops and they all said it was the motherboard
You haven't said what computer you have or what OS you use. If you have a Pavilion m9350f, you need the Viola-GL8E motherboard. Note: DO NOT order an M2N78-LA, even though that's what is written on your old MB. There are 4 motherboards with that manufacturer's name, and they aren't interchangeable! Search EBay for "Viola-GL8E". As for recovery disks, it depends on your OS, but since your computer should run fine with the new MB, you probably won't need one.