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2nd Hard Drive Disappeared


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#1 Rondar

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 08:55 PM

I have 2 hard drives installed, and the second drive no longer shows up on my computer. I have looked at the status on the device managerm, and both show to be installed and operating properly. How do I get my second drive to show back up??

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:35 AM

When you're in Disk Management, click on the Action tab and select Rescan Disks Does anything change? .Was the disk formatted?
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:21 PM

There was no "rescan disks", but there was a "scan for hardware changes". I ran that and nothing changed.

The second drive has been in use for over a year, nothing was formatted, it just wasn't there one day.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 10:22 PM

In Device Manager, UNINSTALL the drive.
Reboot the computer. Hopefully it will be seen and reinstalled on boot up.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 14 August 2008 - 10:22 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:06 PM

I uninstalled the drive. Rebooted. And the drive reinstalled itself, but i still cant see it on my computer.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:34 PM

What drive letter is assigned that drive?

Do you have any other drives (including flash) which have the same drive letter assigned?

Go to Disk Management (Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter).

Is you drive visible in the lower listing? If so, what does it reflect status, size, name, letter assigned?

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:12 PM

It is a 10gig hard drive that was partitioned into 5 2 gig drives. E,F,G,H,I No other drive used those letters

I ran diskmgmt and the drive was not visible in the lower listing.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 09:39 AM

OK, thanks.

How is the drive connected (USB/IDE/SATA)?

Does the drive appear properly in the BIOS?

If it shows in the BIOS, yet does not appear in My Computer or (more importantly) Disk Management...the drive may have a connection problem or be dying/dead.

If no one has changed anything on the system (moved the drive, changed the connecting cable, reset the jumpers), that would have to be my conclusion.

FWIW: Yesterday, I installed a new, additional drive in a friend's system...and was perplexed because it did not show in the BIOS or My Computer or Disk Management. After a few moments, I realized that I was trying to use Cable Select jumper settings on both drives...but the cables (which were old) did not support such. Going to Master/Slave settings corrected everything :thumbsup:.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 10:01 AM

Is this an old IDE drive or a SCSI drive?
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Posted 18 August 2008 - 11:23 AM

It is an IDE drive.


I do nto know if it shows in Bios.... Not sure how to check that.

It was originally set up as a master/slave connection and was working fine until a few weeks ago.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 12:14 PM

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

The main screen in the BIOS...or one of the first screens...will show all hard drives and CD/DVD drives which are connected directly to the motherboard. It will not show USB-connected drives.

If both of your drives are connected and working, they should be properly detected and reflected in the BIOS. If a drive is not detected in the BIOS...chances are that it won't show inside Windows and that it has a major malfunction.

Howstuffworks How BIOS Works - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios.htm/printable

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 08:29 PM

The second drive does not show in BIOS.




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