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Old 05-07-2005, 10:41 PM   #1
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I had to reinstall windows and everything went fine but the OS system won't recognize my second hard drive which I use a backup drive. The drive is listed in the bios and when I check under the windows system icon both drives are listed and the drivers are fine but I can't get the second drive listed under "my computer" so I can't open any of the old files I had on it. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Thanks
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Old 05-07-2005, 10:46 PM   #2
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I realized that I did in fact post a similiar problem in the past. I thought I did. The answer before was to use windows to repartion it. The only problem is that I can't format the drive because it has a lot of info that I can't afford to loose. The drive worked before reinstalling windows. I'm not sure why it won't work now.
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Old 05-07-2005, 11:40 PM   #3
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Is it an external harddrive? Or I think even some internal harddrives, mainly if you buy them after then install them, come with some kind of installation disc.
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If its not showing up in windows as a drive but is in the hardware tabs then it seems your partitions may be messed up. You may need to find a non-destructive partitioning tool.

Try going to admin tools in the controll pannel, select "computer management" and from that select "disk management".

This will show you exactly what windows is seeing in terms of partitions on all your drives. If the partition is there try assining a drive letter to it.
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I did what you recommended. Under the second hard drive it states backup disk and then the drive size and then NTFS. Under that is states "healthy active". When I right click on the drive, the only option that is available is "delete partition".
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no "change drive letter" option?
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Go here or runtime.org. to recover the data from the drive to the good drive then partition the faulty one. http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html
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No change drive option. I downloaded the program that per recommended but the problem is that I can't choose the hard drive from the drop down list so I can't get access to it. Its weird because the bios recognizes the drive and windows does to in the system software and in the computer manager. Do you think it has something to do with it being labeled as a backup drive?
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Sometimes restoration won't work. The program GetDataBack from runtime. org usually works when nothing else does.
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Here is something weird. When I go into the Bios and disable the second hard drive it still shows up on the device manager and change management features in windows. This isn't supposed to happen, is it?
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i think to add any new piece of hardware, you need to clear everything and start from scratch.....well thats what you had to do years ago.......i havent done it sence....well forever ago
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How many partitions and drives are you showing. XP sometimes messes up and gets confused with drive letters over "F" , "G", "H". The work around on this is to change your optical drives to a higher letter designation such as "X","Y".or"Z". This particular problem really shows up with removable flash drives but since you had to reformat... windows sees your other hdd as a removable drive and thus was unable to assign a drive letter to it.
This is showing up more and more now with bigger drives and more partitions and the likes.
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I changed my letters but the second drive still doesn't show up. However, when I went under the driver details of each drive, both drives are listed but their drivers both show the letter "E" which is the drive which shows up under "my computer". I'm thinking that both drives are under the same letter which is why the second one won't show up. Any else think this is correct or how to fix it? Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it.
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Disregard that last post. All the drivers refer to the "E" drive. I guess that is because they are all listed under the windows folder which is on the E drive. I guess I'm still confused as to what is going on.
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Morning Lurkswithin. I thought padri was spelled with an e. lol!
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You say windows is installed on E drive? Please post the partition and O/S setup details.
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I had the same problem so if changing the drive letter dont work try this but im no expert. Go into bios and where the drives are listed as master and slave turn the slave to off save changes and exit that worked for me. but as i said im no expert.
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Is the disk formatted correctly, and also check disk management in computer management to see the status of your disks
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