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Can't Access Extra HDD

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#1 Waffler


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Posted 24 May 2009 - 07:24 PM

I just went from an XP Home to XP Professional installation due to virus problems on my primary drive. Now for some strange reason one of my extra HDD's can't be accessed as it's not being assigned a volume number. According to Device Manager it's connected and the drivers are up to date but I can't actually access it because. I tried everything suggested by the Windows Help thing, short of pulling the thing out and installing it into a different machine to see if it still works. I've got no drivers to rollback to and uninstalling and re-installing the thing through device manager doesn't help. I've also looked in the BIOS and it recognizes the thing exists as well.

I'm not really sure what brand the thing is off hand. But the information displayed to me in Device Manager is: HDS722580VLAT20 (Google-fu claims that makes it a Hitachi Deskstar) Also it's the third hdd in my machine, installed on the same IDE as my cd\dvd drive which is working perfectly fine.

According to diskmgmt the drive contains only unallocated space. I take this to mean the whole thing got erased?

Edited by Waffler, 24 May 2009 - 09:24 PM.

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#2 ZuBrain


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Posted 26 May 2009 - 05:20 PM

.....it sounds like (if the drive was in before you re-installed windows) you may have deleted the partition. If it is a new drive try switching placement with the cd drive(master/slave to slave/master) or switching jumper settings (try one set to cable select).

#3 pizzaking50


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Posted 26 May 2009 - 07:19 PM

Yeah sounds like the problem is usually with the jumper settings, you can't use cable select unless you have the right cable for it. You can find the jumper settings either on the HDD or online, also make sure its on the slave portion of the cable.

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