Why would a hard drive be detected in Windows but not Linux?

Andy Kamsan October 8, 2012
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I reformated an internal hard drive that was used by a Mac. When I connected it to a Windows computer it could be detected by BIOS or Disk Management, but when I tried on another computer that has Linux neither BIOS nor the disk utility manager would recognize this. Any ideas why?

  1. Jim Chambers
    October 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Is it a PATA, SATA or SCSI drive? If its a PATA (IDE interface) it could be a jumper and/or a cabling problem.

  2. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Yeah I would also suggest checking the cabling and cheking

  3. ha14
    October 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Run tail -f /var/log/messages while you connect the driver. this can give you some info on what is wrong, perhaps driver missing?

  4. ahmed Fouad khalil
    October 9, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Check any hardware issue for the HD connection like jumber not in the right position (master- slave issue)

    then when it is recognize by BIOS, we can check the system issue

  5. ashish khajuria
    October 9, 2012 at 6:06 am

    BIOS is not detecting the reason due port problem or cable problem not a OS issue. BIOS and OS has no relation with detection of hard drive.

  6. Bruce Epper
    October 9, 2012 at 12:38 am

    As far as BIOS detection goes, the operating system doesn't matter becase we have not even hit that level of complexity yet. Check for a bad port or a cabling problem on the Linux machine since it is not seeing the drive in BIOS (gotta be a hardware issue of some sort).

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