I went into Computer Management and used "Disk Management" and it shows up listed under the C: drive as "Data Storage," Partition Basic NTFS Healthy (Active). Right clicking on it shows all selections as greyed out except the "Delete Partition" function. The C: Drive shows 127.99 GB as System and 104.89 GB as Unallocated. Shouldn't that be partitioned? Anyway, I cannot access the data drive. I open up My Computer and I click on it and get this - "Please insert a disk." I cannot explore it or rename it or reassign a path. Right clicking on it says it is functioning properly.
I found this in an older post:
"I've been fighting the drive letter not assigned problem for several hours now until I found the following over on the Experts Exchange forum, courtesy of "truenorthtn" who wrote:
I had the same problem. After a bit of research I figured it out. It would appear drives that have GoBack installed will not be recognized by Windows XP due to changes GoBack makes to the MBR. The solution is to simply put the hard drive back into the old computer and uninstall GoBack. This is done in two steps. First you need to hit the Space Bar while booting to access the GoBack menu. From this menu you need to disable GoBack. Once GoBack is disabled you need to load Windows and uninstall GoBack. Worked like a charm for me. "
So, I'm wondering, even though I had not installed Norton System works on the fresh install yet, somehow a ghost of GoBack was there and somehow that has something to do with my data drive being misread as removabel storage? Should I do as this person and install GoBack ( I did not do it yet even tho I installed SystemWorks) and see if that helps? I have precious data on this drive. An odd thing, just now when I went to My Computer to check it one last time before sending this post, it has disappeard from the drives listed. It's now gone! I will try a reboot and see if it is there.