2nd HDD detected by BIOS but not Windows 7

February 26, 2011 at 10:58:32
Specs: Windows 7
BIOS can detect my second SATA HDD (WDC) but my OS (Windows 7) can't.
I am using Asus P6T motherboard. I've checked device manager still can't find the disk drive.
Also checked disk management but still no sign. Ever, once, it appeared in disk management but when I tried to change the drive letter and rename the disk it didn't work. Please help, important data on the disk..

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#1
February 26, 2011 at 11:08:22
BIOS can detect my second SATA HDD (WDC) but my OS (Windows 7) can't.

Why not use a usb transfer cable and get your info off the drive?
http://www.google.com/products/cata...

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#2
February 26, 2011 at 12:55:03
Was the data on the second drive written while in Windows, or some other OS?

Are you using some version of RAID?

What is the capacity for each SATA hard drive and what does Disk Management show for the one drive that does show?


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#3
February 26, 2011 at 13:33:56
Yes the data was written in windows. No am not using RAID.
The capacity is 1Tb and that exactly read by disk management at the time. BIOS also shows the same and detect the hard disk perfectly well and detail. Sometimes it appears in disk manager but this time it shows no partition and no drive letter and every time it shows, windows asks me to format it. I keep cancel it as I am afraid of losing the data. Any solution?

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#4
February 26, 2011 at 13:51:45
Try running the install/diagnostic/repair software from WDC that may help.

Likely


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#5
February 26, 2011 at 14:41:44
As I asked you above post everything that Disk Management shows about that drive. Does it say the drive is RAW?

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#6
February 26, 2011 at 15:06:26
Well the one time worked in disk management wasn't RAW, it detected as Primary Partition and can be opened in windows

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#7
February 27, 2011 at 00:16:08
anyone..pls help

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#8
February 27, 2011 at 05:55:25
As mentioned briefly above, download hard drive test utility from the manufacturer's site, in this case Western Digital. They know their hard drives best. Also try using a different SATA connector on your motherboard and a different SATA wire to connect it through. I know you said that the BIOS 'sees' it, but windows may see the drive anew when you reconnect it through a different port and there might actually be a problem with the SATA port or you could have a bad connector on the wire set you are using.

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


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#9
February 27, 2011 at 07:55:48
a usb caddy would be your best bet

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
The above is a dock, that is the easiest way for you, even easier than a HD caddy

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#10
February 27, 2011 at 07:59:05
Does the second drive consistently show in the POST screens at start up? How do you know the BIOS sees the second drive?

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