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Pelvis

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My computer ceme with Windows ME. I upgraded this to Windows XP proffessional. I installed a second hard drive to my computer and formatted it. I then had drive C: @20 Gig(original drive), and drive E: @40Gig(new drive).
All was well untill my computer got a virus which i couldn't get rid of. I tried installing Norton Anti-virus, but every time i tried to run it my computer shut down. To get rid of the virus i had to use the master CD supplied with the PC to reboot the system from scratch with windows ME, and then re-install Windows XP again. Now Norton works fine.
The problem i have is that now i don't have my 40Gig hard drive. My device manager is listing the drive and trouble shooting shows it as working properly, but if i go through windows explorer it isn't listed. In fact i can't find it anywhere.
I have tried shutting down, removing the drive, and restarting the system. This removes the hard drive from the device manager list, but when i refit the hard drive and turn the unit on again plug and play finds it but lists it as before. Can anyone help me.

Many Thanks. Pelvis
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Welcome Pelvis <_<

Try this, Start -> Control Panel -> Adminitrative Tools, Click on the Computer Management icon, then the disk management folder. Is your 40gb rive displayed? Does it show it as partitioned and formated?
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Thanks for your help.
I did what you said and found that the drive is there, it is partitioned and it shows as healthy(active), but there is no volume letter allocated to it.
How can i allocate a volume letter to it so that i can use it? Do i have to delete the partition and then reinstall it from scratch.

Regards Pelvis
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it sounds like the virus could have effected the root directory of the drive. i would repartition it and reformat it. it that doesn't work if you have it slaved set it up as a master drive because some drive are not compatible to be slaved together. if that doesn't work buy a new harddrive.
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