Solved My D and E drive arent seen ANYWHERE in winxp

September 27, 2011 at 16:09:56
Specs: Windows XP, 2.80 GHz. 1.5RAM
Second Hard drive not detected on windows xp.
followed 10-ish fourms, no luck.
I heard Gigabyte motherboards have this thing for SATAs but I don't know which one I have, and which one's are affected.
What I tried:
Diskpart to find Drive (nope)
Storage (under manage, etc.) (nope)
BUT, reinstalling the OS worked, but there was a catch: I worked for only so long.
Hope you guys can help me. =S

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October 3, 2011 at 15:59:38
Hi Jacky,

Google is your friend and can provide most of the answers for you.

For example, enter:- define cmos

I think you should take my advice and have someone look over your shoulder, otherwise you could create a nightmare for yourself.

You are changing settings etc. unnecessarily, and could cause much (possibly irreversible) damage.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.



#1
September 27, 2011 at 19:23:57
Check in BIOS to see if the drives are recognized. If not then drives(s) are bad, or the board has a problem, but try a different power and signal cable to see if it is that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
September 28, 2011 at 03:28:02
Hi Jacky,

Check the interface cable is connected correctly. Sometimes the mobo connector end is a different colour to the ones for the device(s).

Fingers advice is good. However some bios have autodetect, and others manual setting. This can be required on two different pages.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#3
September 30, 2011 at 14:50:29
Umm...
How do you check the BIOS???
Sorry, my tech skills aren't good. =(

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#4
October 1, 2011 at 00:40:30
HI Jacky,

when the pc post's (powers on and self tests) an option is displayed to enter the bios (basic input output system) setup.The message displayed and the key or keys to press are varied, These should help explain:-

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/terms...

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixth...

Would suggest you have someone more computer literate than yourself look over your shoulder when you do this.

As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.



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#5
October 2, 2011 at 14:45:44
Ok...
I loaded all the Defaults on the BIOS...
I loaded Fail-safe settings...
I checked for Drives... Nothing.
I live in Alberta, Canada.
Well, I'm guessing the cables are messed up, or badly plugged.

*Whats CMOS? Is this what I am looking for?
**It/BIOS doesn't show hard drives (I mean it does, but I shows things like "STA00105543",etc. IF this is what you are looking for, then there is only one)
***Request pictures if you need it.
Great Thanks


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#6
October 2, 2011 at 14:47:33
The drives aren't "Bad", they worked for FIVE YEARS.
Again, I think the cables are unplugged, or just loose.
For the menu I get in BIOS setup that is most concerning right now are these:
Standard (something like that) CMOS setup
and
Advanced BIOS setup
No "Normal" BIOS setup, nor "Advanced" CMOS setup

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#7
October 3, 2011 at 15:59:38
✔ Best Answer
Hi Jacky,

Google is your friend and can provide most of the answers for you.

For example, enter:- define cmos

I think you should take my advice and have someone look over your shoulder, otherwise you could create a nightmare for yourself.

You are changing settings etc. unnecessarily, and could cause much (possibly irreversible) damage.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#8
October 12, 2011 at 17:06:43
Sorry Guys, none of you found the answer =P

This solved my problem:
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...
(It is the TestDisk one/first post, BTW)
This is another forum I went to dig for, and I found my answer there.
Thanks for the help, though this is the one that helped me, might want to look at this.


(DO NOT SELECT BOOTABLE DISKS, I SCREWED MY COMPUTER DOING THAT! I HAD TO RESTORE!!!)

Since Mike here helped out the most, I'm giving the Best Answer to him, even though he didn't actually solve my problem, again, thank you Mike for trying! =)


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