2nd sata drive stop showing up in windows XP

August 28, 2011 at 10:55:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have a computer that is being working for about a year now. all of a sudden the 2nd drive stopped showing in my computer. what do think may be the problem?

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August 30, 2011 at 16:36:20
2nd sata drive stopped showing up in windows XP

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August 30, 2011 at 19:11:40
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model, or at least the model, of your mboard.

The model of a brand name system is usually on a label on the outside of the case,

or if it's a Dell system, go here to find your Service tag number, tell us what it is:

The model of a mboard in a a generic desktop system is usually printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the slots, or near the center of the mboard.

Some computers show a screen with the model number on it while booting the computer.

If this is a desktop computer......

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.

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