Bit of a complicated issue this but please bear with me while I try to explain...
I have a Dell Vostro 200 desktop. When I purchased it, I hooked up my IDE HHD to the SATA MB by using a PCI IDE Controller card. You can follow how I did this here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic123549.html
I used it as my secondary drive for file storage and no OS was installed on it.
Recently the drive picked up some Malware which prevented me from opening files without giving an error message and saying I needed to download Windows something or other to defrag and repair the disk.
Much to my shame, it looked legit...but I quickly realised it wasn't. So I uninstalled the program and then tried to run Combo Fix to clean things up. I've used CF 100s of times before and never had an issue.
Anyway, CF asked if I wanted to update so I did and then it began doing its thing. However, an error message appeared saying there wasn't enough disk space to create a restore point and then it restarted and then I was given a BSOD death issue and could not boot up - either normally or in safe mode - without getting a BSOD.
I reinstalled Vista onto my primary HDD and things are fine now - except my machine cannot locate my secondardy HDD.
However, when the machine boots, it ackowledges the HDD is there because it lists the drive and it's details - Hitachi Deskstar HDT722516DLAT80 164GB.
Does anyone have any idea what this issue could be and how to resolve it? I am wondering if it is a driver issue? I am seriously hoping I have not lost the data on the drive for ever!