Second Drive does not appear

Seagate / Baracuda
December 23, 2009 at 15:50:14
Specs: Windows XP Media SP3
I am running Windows XP SP 3 Media Edition on an HP A1320 Desktop machine. I am trying to add a second drive ( Seagate 160G ATA100). The drive shows up in bios and in the device manager under disc drives but it does not show up in Disk Manager nor does it show up in My Computer. The drive also shows up as a secondary IDE master in the Seagate Utility and the drive tests fine using that utility. The original drive is a Seagate SATA drive that is on a differnt bus. There is no problem with the priamary drive.
The new drive is installed on the secondary IDE bus. I have formatted the drive using the Seagate utility. I have checked the cables and the drive is set to Master. It is the only drive on the secondary ide bus.
I have narrowed down the issue to Windows loading multiple secondary ide device controllers. There is only one device on that bus. Through a process of elimination, I know that the third instance of the Secondary IDE device controller is the one that should be there. It is the only one assigned an IRQ. I have tried disabling all the controllers and rebooting but the three device controllers re appear and the windows pops up threee different new device messages on loading.
I have another external USB drive that I can attach. My computer see that drive and has no issues.
My question is what could possibly be causing XP to load two phantom ide device controllers that arent needed that are causing an obvious conflict? I do use Zone alarm and StopZilla for virus/popup/firewall protection.

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#1
December 23, 2009 at 16:09:33
If the disk is identified properly in devicemanager then rightclick there and select Properties> Volume Info and press the Populate button to see if there is anything revealed. Might tell you something.

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#2
December 23, 2009 at 16:27:19
Richard:
Thank you for your reply. There is no volume info for either the main drive which works or the secondary drive that I am having the issues with.

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#3
December 23, 2009 at 16:31:26
Dbb

reread Richard59's post. When you first open volume it is normal not to see anything. Near the bottom there is a button that says Populate. press it and see what comes up.


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#4
December 23, 2009 at 17:15:54
Thank you Othehill. When I populate the missing drive it says status unreadable.

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#5
December 23, 2009 at 17:40:25
Is it possible the drive is formatted using a method Windows can't read?

Download Seatools from the Seagate site and run it to determine the condition of the drive. Get Seatools from the link below.

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...


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#6
December 23, 2009 at 18:27:28
Here's a thought.

Disconnect your SATA drive. Leave the IDE drive connected and boot up using an XP Install disk. Use that to partition & format the drive as NTFS. then exit without installing the operating system. Now re-connect your SATA harddrive and boot windows normally. Can Disk Management now see the disk? If so take ownership and allocate it a drive letter.

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