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New Install Not Reading Hdd


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#1 MotherNature66

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:27 PM

After battling with a virus that I could not remove I decided that the only real fix was a full reformat & clean reinstall of XP home. The install went fine. I have always run a 20gig HDD that has windows on it & also an 80gig HDD that holds our pics/music/games etc. I find now that XP isnt seeing my other HDD(80gig one). All the numers(name) is on the screen when I first boot up and I can see the HDD in device manager. Its not seen in My Computer though & I cant access it at all.

Is there anyway of getting it to run without a complete format of it or am I destined to loose the data on that HDD too?

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 05:17 PM

What drive letter is assigned the drive?

Can you see the drive in Disk Management...see it properly?

If so, try changing the drive letter assigned to something like Z.

Hard Drive Letter Assignments - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...844&sd=tech

You might also check to see if your BIOS is properly detecting the hard drives now installed.

How to get into your computer's BIOS - http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-...enter-BIOS.html

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for your quick response.

I have checked all that you have asked and the BIOS is seeing the disk as it is.

In disk management the 80gig is called disk 1, Dynamic, foreign. There is no letter assigned, nor is it giving me the option to assign one. The smaller HDD is reading Disk 0,Basic, 18.65GB, Online.

This HDD has been in the computer for some time, working brilliantly & I did not remove it when I reformatted the smaller drive. Im worried I should have removed it before the big crash now :thumbsup:

What drive letter is assigned the drive?

Can you see the drive in Disk Management...see it properly?

If so, try changing the drive letter assigned to something like Z.

Hard Drive Letter Assignments - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...844&sd=tech

You might also check to see if your BIOS is properly detecting the hard drives now installed.

How to get into your computer's BIOS - http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-...enter-BIOS.html

Louis



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Posted 20 January 2008 - 06:59 PM

I think I have found the problem. The OS that was on this computer was XP Pro it seems that because I now have XP Home on the computer it will not read the disk as it is a dynamic disk.

Looks like I will loose all the music I have stored but at least I have my pictures & other important stuff burnt to disc.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 03:01 AM

Is there any way you could organise to temporarily install the drive into a system running Win2k or XP Pro, and with sufficient spare storage to back up the existing contents, recreate a basic disk partitioned how you want and copy the contents back?

Edited by Platypus, 21 January 2008 - 03:01 AM.

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