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Second Hard Drive Not Working

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#1 thisismydisplayname


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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:01 AM

3 day I ago I reformatted/reinstalled Windows XP Home edition on a computer my friend gave me. It has 2 5.99GB hard drives, both same model and everything, but only the with the OS is accessable/showing up.

My computer knows its connected, and windows knows it connected, saying it and my other hard drive are both working properly (it is in the Device Manager and such), but I can't access it. But it's not in "My Computer." Me and my other friend couldn't figure it out. It works fine in this computer (this is my original, the one haveing the problem has no antivirus software yet, so it's not connected to the internet).

The jumpers are set to Master/Slave, they are both on the same IDE, the master is working fine, and is on the end of the IDE, the slave is in the middle of the IDE, and both have their power cords/IDE's correctly in them. It also reads USB flash drives correctly as removeable hard drive like things, and one of my flash drives has a CDFS part to it that also is read correctly.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:29 AM

Are both drives formatted with the same file system? (NTFS of FAT)
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:36 AM

Try assigning a letter to the drive. Click Start, right-click My Computer and then click Manage. Under Computer Management, click Disk Management. In the list of drives in the right pane, right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Change, and in the drop-down box, specify a drive letter for the drive, choosing one that is not assigned to a mapped network drive or any other device.
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 06:52 PM

The second disk is apparently not formatted as anything.

It has no letter, and is not comeing up in the top-right pane of the Disk Management window; only my C: drive comes up.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 09:35 PM

Is the cable FIRMLY plugged into the drive? Yeah, I know what you're thinking-"of course they are".
However, double check to be sure. A simple thing to check, and either it will or it won't solve the issue.

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 06:55 AM

Try right clicking on the missing drive and selecting "format" (this will destroy everything that's on the disk now) and then assigning it a drive letter.
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