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Thread: O/S can't find 'slave' drive




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    The second hard drive installed was originally the master, until XP hung on a reinstall after an agp440.sys error, and since then the setup utility on the XP CD never saw the hard drive again. I got an identical replacement from dell (WD 120G) and formatted, installed a fresh copy of XP, then attached the drive with the bad O/S as the second drive. I was hoping to recover some of the 60G of data I had on the drive. BIOS sees them identically, Primary 0 120 GB and Primary 1 120 GB. But when the system boots, the operating system doesn't see it, can't seem to locate it through disk management either. I have the correct jumpers in place, verified that on Western Digital's site....anyone have any suggestions ? thanks

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    You may have that certain drive ltter disable in Wondows, also try removing all the cdroms/HD's from the Device manager and rebooting

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    ok...disabled all hardware, when the system boots up, it sees it, but does nothing about it. It shows up in Device Manager and says it's working properly, I disabled/reenabled it and uninstalled/reinstalled it...it sees it and learns it each time but doesn't show up in explorer and doesn't show up in Disk Manager. hmmmm, very strange...if I could only force it a drive letter somewhere...

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    Wot about Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Managemnt. Then click Disk Management on the left......does it show up there?

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    nope, doesn't show up in Disk management (I incorrectly called it 'disk manager' in the previous post)...even tried a 'rescan' of the drives with disk management.....getting the feeling that the drive probably had all it's pointers blown away during the failed install .............

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