my hdd is becoming un-accessable

Microsoft Windows 8 pro (upgrade)
August 8, 2013 at 06:03:01
Specs: Windows 8, AMD X4 2.5
recenlty i bought a IDE hdd becuase it's cheap cuz it's second hand and i see it's kinda good time for me to buy lol , I'm using SATA for my main and ide as slave and this noon i take out all my computer part and clean all the dust and after i put them all back 2gether i opened up my pc the IDE HDD became unaccessable , like no gb and my names on it and my photos was in there so any idea how to fix this ?

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August 8, 2013 at 06:56:03
We have no idea what you did. Why would you completely tear your system apart to clean it? Apparently you didn't put it back together correctly. Is the drive properly recognized in the BIOS? Does it show up in My Computer or Disk Management?

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August 8, 2013 at 07:38:24
Hi Lyheng,

As rightly suggested by "riider", if the disk is getting detected in BIOS and Disk Management perform the steps mentioned below:

Click start > Type "disk management" > Open Disk Management > Right click on the Hard Drive in the list that program shows > "Change Drive Letter and Paths" > click ADD and use the drop down menu to select a Drive Letter not in use > Click OK.

Check if the hard drive shows up in list of drives.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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August 8, 2013 at 11:28:33
Remove and reseat your hard drive connections (unplug them and re-plug them a few times to clear oxide). For SATA drives both the signal and power plugs have been known to give issues.

It seems almost certain it is because of disturbance - it is very easy to move something out of place. If necessary clean edge connectors with a pencil eraser (including RAM) because a miniscule movement can move the connection onto some oxide.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 8, 2013 at 20:18:58
Also understand that your IDE drive is different than your SATA drive and has different issues. In taking it apart, you may have:
1- rest the jumper to a different setting (or left it off and/or lost it)
2- used the 'other' IDE connector on the cable (especially an issue if the drive was set to a Cable Select jumper setting)
3- damaged the IDE connector on the cable when removing it from the drive or motherboard
4- blown some dust into the IDE socket/connector

Just to name a few.

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

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August 8, 2013 at 21:15:43
Yes the hdd does appear in the disk management and also appared to be healthy but i cannot access it unless i format it again but I've try to change the drive letter to see if it's work . Others I already replug and cleans the dust again but it still doesn't solve the problem . And @Fingers speaking about IDE yes i kinda don't understand much about IDE but when i about to set the hdd as slave i kinda put something to block the needle kinda like that to make it as slave i guess :3

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August 9, 2013 at 04:19:18
I been going into bios and check my hdd setting it set my IDE as primary master i dunno y and my SATA to fourth device :| , I thought i alrready put the jumper correctly y does it still appear like that and it still unaccessable

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