drives missing on laptop

April 5, 2011 at 09:15:50
Specs: Windows Vista home
it appears all my drives are missing except c drive. My cd drive and my card reader port do not recognize anything. I get a message ata channel 0 hardware missing but devise manager shows i channel 0 working properly. WHen i go into computer to look at all disks and drives only c drive is found. Help

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April 5, 2011 at 09:49:29
OK, let's play 20 questions:

Q: Make & model number of computer (be exact)?

Q: What preceded this event? Virus, hardware/software issue or install/uninstall, electrical issue, dropped/liquid spill on laptop, grizzly bear sat on it?

Q: HOW many drives did you originally have?

Q: What type of card reader (be exact)?

- Since you have a sh*tty OS (Vista), make sure you're on Vista SP2 (note there different versions of Vista SP2 for 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems).

- Make sure your PC BIOS is up to date.

- You could have a failing/faulty piece of hardware, like DVD/CD-ROM, or the card reader, USB port, motherboard controller but not sure what it is until you give me more info.

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!

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April 5, 2011 at 11:13:39

It is a computer and you are a computer expert. What more do you need to know,LOL?


You are assuming ATA channel 0 is your hard drive. I am guessing it is your optical (CD/DVD) drive. Your hard drive may be a SATA type. But we can't know that one way or the other because you failed to provide brand and model of your laptop. Didn't you think that mattered?

Is your optical drive mounted in a removable bay, by chance? If so, try removing and re-seating it.

If you re-installed Vista you may need to install drivers for the laptop. Get them from the manufacturers website.

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April 5, 2011 at 12:52:58
OtheHill...I failed the ESP & Crystal Ball classes at PC Expert school though.

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