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Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive

  1. #1


    1HugeBacon Guest

    Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive

    I have a 2nd hard drive that I use for storage. Both of my drives are IDE,
    drive C: is disk 1, Basic, my 2nd drive is Dynamic. the 2nd drive shows up in
    BIOS as well as during the post. It also shows up in disk management as
    offline. It isn't labeled missing, but there are no volumes on the disk. I
    can't get to the reactivate option. I can't see it in My Computer. I've
    checked all the cabling and power, and everything is in order. It shows up in
    the device manager as working properly.

    What else can I try?

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  2. #2


    mooka Guest

    RE: Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive



    "1HugeBacon" wrote:

    > I have a 2nd hard drive that I use for storage. Both of my drives are IDE,
    > drive C: is disk 1, Basic, my 2nd drive is Dynamic. the 2nd drive shows up in
    > BIOS as well as during the post. It also shows up in disk management as
    > offline. It isn't labeled missing, but there are no volumes on the disk. I
    > can't get to the reactivate option. I can't see it in My Computer. I've
    > checked all the cabling and power, and everything is in order. It shows up in
    > the device manager as working properly.
    >
    > What else can I try?



    I wish I had an answer to your problem, but I have the exact same thing
    happening to me. Second hard drive worked fine in XP, now not showing up in
    vista. Using some S.M.A.R.T readers, for hard drive temp, some will show the
    second hard drive and others wont. My Bios shows it. Strange... Can someone
    help?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Jules Guest

    RE: Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive

    I have a similar problem. x2 sata disks. (Both bootable Vista and XP) In
    the beginning I could 'see" the second disk (XP) in vista using My computer
    and explorer, but now it is not recognised.
    The other disk is a bootable disk with XP on it (and a lot of my old files)
    and if I boot off the XP disk I can see the contents of the vista disk, but
    not vice versa.
    What has changed? (Could it be any of the 'updates' that have been installed?)

    "1HugeBacon" wrote:

    > I have a 2nd hard drive that I use for storage. Both of my drives are IDE,
    > drive C: is disk 1, Basic, my 2nd drive is Dynamic. the 2nd drive shows up in
    > BIOS as well as during the post. It also shows up in disk management as
    > offline. It isn't labeled missing, but there are no volumes on the disk. I
    > can't get to the reactivate option. I can't see it in My Computer. I've
    > checked all the cabling and power, and everything is in order. It shows up in
    > the device manager as working properly.
    >
    > What else can I try?


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Jules Guest

    RE: Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive

    Well today I solved the problem.
    Before I start I will add that I could 'see' both disks in the bios, but I
    couldn't 'see' the XP disk(storage) when in disk management when I booted off
    the Vista disk.
    I was correct about the Vista updates. According to the Tech at MS there
    was a Vista update that updated the system files containing drivers and
    overwrote it. Unfortunately this removed the driver for the XP disk (which
    is Sata1) (The Vista disk is Sata2).
    The solution is was to remove the XP disk(storage) disk and reboot the
    machine without it. Then close down. Then reinstall the XP disk (storage)
    and re-boot. The driver was then reinstalled (by Vista) . Problem solved.

    "Jules" wrote:

    > I have a similar problem. x2 sata disks. (Both bootable Vista and XP) In
    > the beginning I could 'see" the second disk (XP) in vista using My computer
    > and explorer, but now it is not recognised.
    > The other disk is a bootable disk with XP on it (and a lot of my old files)
    > and if I boot off the XP disk I can see the contents of the vista disk, but
    > not vice versa.
    > What has changed? (Could it be any of the 'updates' that have been installed?)
    >
    > "1HugeBacon" wrote:
    >
    > > I have a 2nd hard drive that I use for storage. Both of my drives are IDE,
    > > drive C: is disk 1, Basic, my 2nd drive is Dynamic. the 2nd drive shows up in
    > > BIOS as well as during the post. It also shows up in disk management as
    > > offline. It isn't labeled missing, but there are no volumes on the disk. I
    > > can't get to the reactivate option. I can't see it in My Computer. I've
    > > checked all the cabling and power, and everything is in order. It shows up in
    > > the device manager as working properly.
    > >
    > > What else can I try?


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    mooka Guest

    RE: Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive

    Tried it out and works fine. Thanks for the solution Jules!

    "Jules" wrote:

    > Well today I solved the problem.
    > Before I start I will add that I could 'see' both disks in the bios, but I
    > couldn't 'see' the XP disk(storage) when in disk management when I booted off
    > the Vista disk.
    > I was correct about the Vista updates. According to the Tech at MS there
    > was a Vista update that updated the system files containing drivers and
    > overwrote it. Unfortunately this removed the driver for the XP disk (which
    > is Sata1) (The Vista disk is Sata2).
    > The solution is was to remove the XP disk(storage) disk and reboot the
    > machine without it. Then close down. Then reinstall the XP disk (storage)
    > and re-boot. The driver was then reinstalled (by Vista) . Problem solved.
    >
    > "Jules" wrote:
    >
    > > I have a similar problem. x2 sata disks. (Both bootable Vista and XP) In
    > > the beginning I could 'see" the second disk (XP) in vista using My computer
    > > and explorer, but now it is not recognised.
    > > The other disk is a bootable disk with XP on it (and a lot of my old files)
    > > and if I boot off the XP disk I can see the contents of the vista disk, but
    > > not vice versa.
    > > What has changed? (Could it be any of the 'updates' that have been installed?)
    > >
    > > "1HugeBacon" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I have a 2nd hard drive that I use for storage. Both of my drives are IDE,
    > > > drive C: is disk 1, Basic, my 2nd drive is Dynamic. the 2nd drive shows up in
    > > > BIOS as well as during the post. It also shows up in disk management as
    > > > offline. It isn't labeled missing, but there are no volumes on the disk. I
    > > > can't get to the reactivate option. I can't see it in My Computer. I've
    > > > checked all the cabling and power, and everything is in order. It shows up in
    > > > the device manager as working properly.
    > > >
    > > > What else can I try?


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Jules Guest

    RE: Can't get to my 2nd Hard drive

    Your'e welcome Mooka. Glad it worked for you. I hoped it would help by
    returning to the thread and posting.

    "mooka" wrote:

    > Tried it out and works fine. Thanks for the solution Jules!
    >
    > "Jules" wrote:
    >
    > > Well today I solved the problem.
    > > Before I start I will add that I could 'see' both disks in the bios, but I
    > > couldn't 'see' the XP disk(storage) when in disk management when I booted off
    > > the Vista disk.
    > > I was correct about the Vista updates. According to the Tech at MS there
    > > was a Vista update that updated the system files containing drivers and
    > > overwrote it. Unfortunately this removed the driver for the XP disk (which
    > > is Sata1) (The Vista disk is Sata2).
    > > The solution is was to remove the XP disk(storage) disk and reboot the
    > > machine without it. Then close down. Then reinstall the XP disk (storage)
    > > and re-boot. The driver was then reinstalled (by Vista) . Problem solved.
    > >
    > > "Jules" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I have a similar problem. x2 sata disks. (Both bootable Vista and XP) In
    > > > the beginning I could 'see" the second disk (XP) in vista using My computer
    > > > and explorer, but now it is not recognised.
    > > > The other disk is a bootable disk with XP on it (and a lot of my old files)
    > > > and if I boot off the XP disk I can see the contents of the vista disk, but
    > > > not vice versa.
    > > > What has changed? (Could it be any of the 'updates' that have been installed?)
    > > >
    > > > "1HugeBacon" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > I have a 2nd hard drive that I use for storage. Both of my drives are IDE,
    > > > > drive C: is disk 1, Basic, my 2nd drive is Dynamic. the 2nd drive shows up in
    > > > > BIOS as well as during the post. It also shows up in disk management as
    > > > > offline. It isn't labeled missing, but there are no volumes on the disk. I
    > > > > can't get to the reactivate option. I can't see it in My Computer. I've
    > > > > checked all the cabling and power, and everything is in order. It shows up in
    > > > > the device manager as working properly.
    > > > >
    > > > > What else can I try?


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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