Hard Drive not showing up on Boot Menu in Windows 10

So let’s start with a question today. Do you turn on your Windows 10 PC and it fails to boot successfully and you access the BIOS/UEFI and notice that the disk drive (HDD/SSD) is not showing or listed on the boot menu? If your answer is yes, then you are on the right page! In this article, Android Jungles had got you covered over how to go about this issue.

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Hard Drive not showing up on Boot Menu in Windows 10

Follow the steps mentioned below if you are facing the issue of your Hard Drive not showing up:

  • Update or reinstall disk drive drivers
  • Check cable and USB port connection
  • Initialize disk drive
  • Turn on USB port in BIOS

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Explaining the Process in Detail

  1.  Update or reinstall disk drive drivers: A damaged or outdated device driver may be the cause. Try to update/reinstall disk drive drivers and see whether the problem is fixed or not.
  2. Check Cable and USB Port Connection: To use a disk drive with your computer, you need to connect two different power cords. One SATA cable will be between the motherboard and the disk drive. The second SATA cable will be between the hard disk and SMPS or any other source, where it can get the power from. Plugin the SATA cable on the right port on the MOBO.
  3. Initialize Disk Drive:  When a disk drive is not initialized, you cannot save data on it and BIOS cannot recognize the disk drive which can be the reason for the issue. This issue often happens to a new disk drive. Try to initialize the disk drive and see if it works.
  4. Turn on USB port in BIOS: You might encounter the error if your drive is not detected successfully because the USB port is turned off in BIOS. Some motherboard manufacturers disable unused ports in the BIOS by default. In this case, you will need to access the BIOS setup to verify its current state.

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Reminder: BIOS setup varies from motherboard to motherboard. Review the documentation that came with your computer if you have a difficult time navigating the BIOS.

Follow the steps below once you have successfully gained access to the BIOS environment

  • Use the arrow key to select Advanced
  • Click on Onboard Devices or Integrated Peripherals from the menu and hit Enter.
  • Select the USB Controller.
  • Press + or – to change the setting to Enabled.
  • Next, press F10 to enable the USB ports and exit the BIOS

After completion of the above-mentioned steps, you can now restart your computer to check if it boots successfully.

The disk will now be mentioned in the boot menu.

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this article and found it informative. For more such articles stay tuned on Android Jungles your one-stop destination!

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