Solved invisible internal hard drive in My Computer

July 24, 2012 at 03:21:34
Specs: Windows XP, Intel 2.4GHz / 2 GB
I had formatted my hard with MacDrive 9, because I needed something. Then I wanted it formatted back and could not. Then I deleted MacDrive and then the hard drive became invisible

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#1
July 24, 2012 at 04:44:33
If this is your primary boot drive you will need your XP install or recovery disk.
If this is another hard drive and your Windows XP is running go to Disk Manager. If it shows up there, delete any partitions and create new one(s) and format.
If it is not showing up in your BIOS, then either the drive is dead or the power or signal cables are bad. Try a different signal cable and a different power connector from your power supply. I am assuming a SATA drive, but the same applies to PATA (IDE) drives plus double check the jumper settings.

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


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#2
July 24, 2012 at 05:53:14
This is another hard drive and I saw it in BIOS.
How to get to the Disk Manager?

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#3
July 24, 2012 at 06:05:32
Ok I found the Disk Managment and it says:
Volume:
Layout: Partition
Type: Basic
File System:
Status: Healthy (GPT Protective Partition)
Capacity: 37.27 GB
Free Space: 37.27 GB
% Free: 100 %
Fault Tolerance: No
Overhead: 0%

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#4
July 24, 2012 at 08:38:53
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#5
July 24, 2012 at 19:29:38
Right click on the drive and select Delete. Right click on it and select Partition, let it select the full size of the available space, Primary Partition, proceed and have it formatted to NTSF. Quick format should be fine unless you want to make sure everything is overwritten, then select full format,though this will take quite a bit longer longer.

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


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#6
July 25, 2012 at 15:01:06
Hi pileboy2704
My name is Sneha Mangalam and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell.

In reference to your query, there is a possibility that when you formatted the hard drive with MacDrive 9 the drive partition name would have been deleted and that is why computer is able to detect a drive but not able to show because there is no name. so you can try to create a drive letter. Please follow the link which will show you how to create a drive letter.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Let us know if this helps

Thanks & Regards
DELL_Sneha_Mangalam
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