HELP!!! cant see my hard disk

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  1. obsidianx2

    obsidianx2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    i recently added an old 40gig ide hard disk back into my destop pc
    it is detected by BIOs and in device manager of windows

    however i cant see it in "my computer" as a drive... previously did the same thing b4 and all was fine...

    i installed alcohol 120 between the last time i plugged in the 40g HD

    pls help, got important info inside the drive
     
  2. Johnny

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    do you have it set for slave or master ??
     
  3. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    When you look at it in the device manager ... try this instead , right click on my computer icon, go to manage, disk manager , see if you see your hard drive there and if so what does it say for example ... basic ? dynamic?
     

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  4. kcnychief

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    Kermit is in the right direction, it sounds like your drive needs to be initialized and then formatted. Until this action happens, Windows doesn't know how to interpret it because there is no File System. Follow his directions above and right-click on the drive to get the ball rolling....
     
  5. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Umm, I dont know about formatting.
     
  6. egghead

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    do not format this drive if you are trying to retrieve important info that is on it.
     
  7. Shamus MacNoob

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    You can still get a look at it without formatting the way I showed, I wanted to see if the OS see's his hard drive .
     
  8. Admiral Michael

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    Well kcnychief mentioned formatting. I was just making sure you guys saw that sentence before providing directions to format.
     
  9. Shamus MacNoob

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    Yes and formatting is not what we want here , just want to see his hard drive
     
  10. obsidianx2

    obsidianx2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    hmmmm device manager sees the hard disk...
    and i have it set as slave
     
  11. bush dogg

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    By chance did you forget to connect the power cable?
     
  12. obsidianx2

    obsidianx2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    of COURSE...

    if not i wun be able to see it in device manager rite?
    :p
     
  13. kcnychief

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    Sorry for not reading the OP carefully enough, feel free to slap me silly :s

    EDIT: Back to Kermit's original suggestion, since you can see it within Device Manager, does it show up in Disk Management?
     
  14. Shamus MacNoob

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    Until we know this there really is no going anywhere, if it is in the Disk Managment , we need to know how it is seen
     
  15. kcnychief

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    Seconded.

    Can you post a screenshot?
     
  16. Johnny

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    Can you see it in safe mode ?? also, is it the same format as the first one ? if the first one is fat32 and the second one is ntfs, you won't be able to see .. I am thinking that once you format it you will be able to see it ... If you can see it in safe mode try it in there .
     
  17. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    You can run two different file systems. I've done it before. Besides, he can't format. He needs to grab data off it.

    Myabe he needs to assign a drive letter to it. I'll wait for a screenshot first tho.
     
  18. Shamus MacNoob

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    Yes windows xp will see both fat and ntfs , we just need to hear from the person with the problem ...seems he is not around at the moment.
     
  19. obsidianx2

    obsidianx2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    no its not in disk management but
    at the same time
    a pop up appeared wif "disk0" and a check box next to it
    tink it wants me to format my old HD
     
  20. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    OK, now I'm lost.