Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:15 AM
Thanks Acklan and Siggyman,
I repositioned the 'guest' drive on the Primary Slave IDE cable position, with the Jumper in the Slave position, (in place of my 'resident' Slave drive), and BIOS actually recognised it properly, whereas it hadn't done in either position on the Secondary IDE cable. Sadly, however, My Computer still failed to find the 'guest' drive.
Nevertheless, I scanned all local hard disks with my Virus Scanner (Avira AntiVir PE Classic) to see what would happen, with the result that there was no infection detected on my 'resident' Primary Master drive, but it failed to notice or interrogate the 'guest' Slave drive.
Continuing my optimism, I performed a full system scan with AdAware SE, but with the same result (apart from finding and removing a TAC 3 Tracking Cookie from @real-dot-com in my 'resident' Primary Master drive).
Because My Computer and both scans failed to notice the 'guest' Slave drive, I did not continue to perform further scans (Spybot S&D, AVG Anti-Spyware and McAfee Stinger 2.6.0), because it seemed unlikely they would find the 'guest' drive.
Two questions pop to mind:
1) I normally have 'resident' Master and Slave hard-drives connected on the Primary IDE cable, and two CD/DVD drives (one reader, one re-writer) on the Secondary IDE cable, all of which have been working just fine. Does the fact that BIOS recognised the 'guest' drive properly on the Primary Slave position, but not on the Secondary cable in either position, indicate that I have a problem with my Secondary IDE cable?
2) Is there anything else I can do to the 'guest' drive to try to recover the drive, or at least the personal files from it? N.B. I'll need to be able to have both 'resident' hard drives connected at the same time as the 'guest' drive to back-up files from it, because I have Windows installed on my 'resident' Primary Master drive, but the only place I have any space for backing-up the files from the 'guest' drive to is on my 'resident' Slave drive.
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