second internal hard drive not visible

March 19, 2010 at 11:14:20
Specs: Windows XP
I have been moving files from C: to D: (internal hard drive). Some folders were large (total space was > 10GB). As my recycle bin started to become full, I reset its values a bit higher. Just after this, there was a fail write message to Drive D:. In retrospect changing the values of the recycle bin may not have been a good thing. Then as I started to empty the recycle bin, D: suddenly disappeared and did not reappear after a restart and did not show up under system device driver. The recycle attributes have been changed back, but to no avail. How can I restore?

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#1
March 19, 2010 at 11:44:04
What about disk management?

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#2
March 19, 2010 at 12:34:53
The drive is not visible, so things like checkdisk will not work.

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#3
March 19, 2010 at 13:02:36
Check in bios if the drive is recognized. If bios can't recognize the drive try to remove or replace data & power cable. U mention 2 drives, try to start the system with one drive connected and check the bios if the drive is shown.

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#4
March 19, 2010 at 13:17:20
Yes I have two internal drives (WD), and I can operate from C:. I am not sure how to check the bios (ASUS P4S8X motherboard), but have the user manual handy. It is unlikely to be a cable issue as nothing has moved, and the problem occurred after about 10GB of data were moved from C: to D: and I had changed the size of the space allocated to the recycle bin on the hard drive because the recycle bin was full. The disk is not recognized under device manager and disk mangement.

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#5
March 19, 2010 at 13:43:11
If the drive isn't recognized on disk management then windows don't recognize the drive, that's why i told u check in bios. It's good that u have motherboard manual. When pc start tap f2,f5,del it depends on bios manufacture. Look @ manual on how to enter bios after u enter look for "ide configuration" or similar and see if the drive is there.

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#6
March 19, 2010 at 14:28:35
I do not see the second hard drive in the ios set up. Primary master: shows the WD drive; secondary master says:auto; primary slave shows: DVD ROM, and secondary slave says: auto.

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#7
March 19, 2010 at 22:49:55
The problem is the system refuse to recognize the second drive, open pc case a try to swap cables. It's connected to secondary channel try to connect it in primary channel.

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#8
March 20, 2010 at 13:55:17
Please note that today's succesful boot was from a complete power off, whereas the unsuccesful reboots of yesterday were done from 're-starts.'

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