My desktop was full of dust so I carefully cleaned some of the inside, since then I have booted my computer and the 2nd hard drive is no longer visible or accessible.
Everything is plugged in correctly and the drive IS showing in BIOS however not in windows explorer (windows 7) and also not in Disk Management.
The 2nd drive is a Samsung Spinpoint F3 (HD502HJ).
Originally when the drive was working, the BIOS was set to IDE however I have just read that this should probably be set to AHCI when using 2 hard drives..?
In attempt to fix my issue, I have switched to AHCI using the instructions found at the microsoft website..
- Exit all Windows-based programs.
- Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
- If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
- Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
- In the pane on the right side, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
- In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
- On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
This seems to have swtiched to AHCI however he problem still remains, I am unable to see the 2nd hard drive although it is visible in the BIOS. I have tried refreshing the hardware list in Device Manager and also in Disk Management but still the drive is not displayed.
The screenshot shows my computers specs and that the 2nd drive is not visible in Disk Management.
Any ideas? I have tried switching back to IDE and still no luck
Also my computer is now taking much longer to boot - instead of 20 seconds or so, it's taking more like 4-5 minutes and stays on the "windows" logo for a much of that time - this is whether I am using IDE or AHCI.
Thanks, any help would be great.... I'm half decent with computers but I don't really understand much of the techy terms I've written above so if I get any replies, basic terms and instructions might be best :D
Edited by uncleslinky, 05 January 2015 - 06:37 PM.