Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:18 AM
I just built a new system. I've had a multitude of problems, most of which I've handled myself, but this one has me stumped.
I brought both of my internal hard drives over from my old system. I had to delete the old partitions on both and start new ones. I have loaded windows Xp onto my most efficient drive(the bigger faster one, Maxtor 250gb), and planned on using my 80gb Seagate(ST380011A) as the slave spare drive.
Well I accidentally put Seagate on the master end of the wire jumpered on cable select, with Maxtor jumpered on slave on the slave part of the wire; all prior to installing windows. I selected to have windows installed on Maxtor of course, but it was jumpered on slave I found out later.
When I looked in My Computer, I noticed that my spare hard drive(master) was nowhere to be found. There was only one drive letter under hard disk drives. This is when I found out the orientation of the drives and fixed it, jumpering both on cable select and reversing the drives' places on the ribbon. Problem is, my spare hard drive is still not listed in My Computer after the fix. It(ST380011A) is listed under Device Manager as working properly, but I have no way to access or store files on it. It is also listed correctly in the BIOs. I heard somewhere that it probably needs to be reformatted, but how do I do that without installing Windows on it, and I can't even access it? It's only 80 gb, but that space is always useful for something.