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How to disable hard drives in bios?

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  1. envaanjaksa

    envaanjaksa Thread Starter

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    Hi!

    I'm reinstalling Windows 7 on an Asus laptop to get rid of potential malware, and when I reboot from DVD I get the error message "More than one hard drive has been detected. Please remove additional hard drives to ensure... etc."

    There are four hard drives in my computer. I enter BIOS -> Advanced -> SATA configuration which only shows the option of switching between IDE and AHCI. Where should I look to TEMPORARILY disable the three other hard drives? Or is there any other solution?
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Personally, I open the case and disconnect the data cables. Then there is no chance of the drives being accessed.

    As for disabling in the BIOS, you should be able to disable each individual port (ie: SATA0, SATA1, SATA2, etc.).
     
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    You have 4 hard drives in a asus LAPTOP?????
    Maybe partitions???
     
  4. flavallee

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    That's impossible for ANY laptop.
    Yours either has 1 hard drive divided in 4 partitions or it has 2 hard drives divided into a total of 4 partitions.

    What's the complete model number of your ASUS laptop?

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  5. envaanjaksa

    envaanjaksa Thread Starter

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    Yeah, they're most likely partitions. ASUS K73S
     
  6. flavallee

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    That model laptop does appear to come with 1 or 2 SATA hard drives with capacities of 320 GB or 500 GB or 640 GB or 750 GB.

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  7. envaanjaksa

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    The ports appear to be grayed out in the BIOS unfortunately. There is only the ahci/ide option and it refuses to select anything below that.
     
  8. envaanjaksa

    envaanjaksa Thread Starter

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    There are two hard drives with 320 GB each.
     
  9. replay

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    disconnect the harddrive u want to keep the data (pull power plug or sata)
    then see if u can install windows on the remaining drive..... u will lose all data on this drive
     
  10. kenbok51

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    Wouldn't it be better to disconnect one drive at a time and see if the thing will boot. That will tell them which drive is the boot drive (unless they're in a raid configuration). Then with both drives connected transfer anything you want to keep from the boot drive to the second drive before you disconnect the second drive to load windows on the boot drive. It might also be a good idea to do this off line and rescan the second drive for viruses in Safe Mode after connecting it back before booting into Windows or going online. You might be able to do that by copying a malware installer to the second drive so you can install it from there in Safe Mode since the new install will not have any programs on it yet.
     
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