Can't See second hard drive

March 14, 2005 at 19:01:48
Specs: Win ME, 128

I have a hard drive that initially had my OS installed on it. It became corrupt, so I removed this drive and installed another HD and put the OS on it. To retrieve the files on the old drive, I installed it as a secondary drive. The BIOS seems to see this fine, but in windows, theregg is no drive letter assigned.

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March 15, 2005 at 02:37:14

dave, first thought is reboot. Windows should redetect, assign drive, etc. If that fails, I'm lost. Sure there's not some sort of mechanical problem with the drive?
Ed in Texas.

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March 15, 2005 at 02:42:12

Open a MS-DOS window and run FDISK and see if it sees the second physical drive and you can switch to it and see the partition information on it.

If it can, you will have to boot with a Windows ME startup diskette and see if you can run SCANDISK D: on it to repair its file system.

Last hope, is to disconnect the new drive, jumper the old one back to Master by itself and boot with the Windows ME startup diskette and see if you can run FDISK /mbr command on the drive. Then try accessing it with a DIR command.

If that does not work you are going to need some good disk drive recovery tools.

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March 15, 2005 at 02:47:46

Hi JackG,

Good stuff.

And MAYBE, after fdisk /mbr and before heading to the hospital, A scandisk from the prompt.

It saved one a few days ago.


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March 15, 2005 at 08:43:42

I'd first check the cables and make sure you have any jumper settings configured correctly.

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March 26, 2005 at 11:23:54

If the drive is less then 2GB you might want to try hard drive mechanic. Make sure you are not using FAT32 though!

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