Hard Drive Not Showing up in XP

Dell Dimension 4600
March 7, 2006 at 17:34:44
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP2, 2.8Ghz/768Mb RAM

Hello all,

I am having a crisis here! Any help is extremely appriciated!!

Problem:
Okay, so my primary hard drive (set as Primary IDE in System Setup) fried and I got it replaced. It re-installed Windows XP, put on the Service Packs, and downloaded some new drivers, etc. Well, in addition to having this IDE hard drive, I also have a SATA Hard Drive. It is set as SATA Secondary Hard Drive in System Setup. It shows up there. It shows up under Windows XP Setup (although I couldnt format it to use for installing Windows on, but thats not important). To make matters more confusing, it shows up in Device Manager (so its not really a BIOS problem) and it shows up as working properly there as well. But, alas, it refuses to show up on My Computer AND when I go to Administrative Tools > Computer Management> Disk Management (also known by some as Right clicking on My Computer, then clicking Manage...) and it doesnt show up there. I have very important things backed up on this hard drive, so it is imperative that I get this working as soon as possible. I just need to somehow assign it a drive letter, but it won't show up in XP except for Device Manager. Is there ANY way I can get this to work?

Hard Drive Specs:
160GB SATA (Serial ATA)
Drivers are okay
It has worked before



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#1
March 7, 2006 at 20:56:36

Did you try setting it as an ide??

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#2
March 8, 2006 at 01:07:38

Have you installed the mobo's SATA drivers? They should be on the CD that came with the mobo.

I had the same problem when I installed a SATA drive on XP that wasn't installed with the F6 (install RAID or SCSI drivers) option in the very beginning of the XP install.

You should be able though to install the driver on an existing XP from the mobo CD.

good luck
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