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Computer loses the second hard drive.


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#1 alorac

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 09:44 AM

I have an old Dell computer running XP/2 with two hard drives. The second hard drive appears to vanish. When I reboot, the second hard drive reappears, but sometimes vanishes again. Believing the drive might be defective, I bought a new hard drive, but the problem persists. Should I try replacing the battery? Is the BIOS defective? If so, what can I do? What else can I try to fix this problem?

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 11:37 AM

"Disappearing" partitions/drives...are often indicators of drives or file systems (FAT, NTFS) with problems, IMO.

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

I'd take a look in Event Viewer for any error messages...that relate to either subject. Double-click on the line item for details.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 01:09 PM

Is it likely to be a file system error since I had the problem with my original hard drive and am now having the same problem with a replacement hard drive?

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:26 PM

I cannot say that it's "likely" to be either, I just provide my guesses at this point...based on what you describe.

Did you take that look in Event Viewer?

Does the BIOS reflect the drives?

Check connections on each? Jumper settings?

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