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I can't locate my IDE hard drive


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aaronhm16

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Ok, I'm helping out a friend of mine by trying to copy files off his old hard drive and burn them onto a cd. It is a western digital IDE hard drive with about 6GB of memory. I start my computer (a dell Dimension 4700, with XP, 2.8gz P4, 512mb RAM) and the bios recognizes the hard drive. When I load XP the drive wont show up under my computer or under device manager. Any ideas?
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Have you made sure that his drive is set to slave and yours is set to master???

have you forced the detection in the bios???

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it is not showing under device manager(devmgmt.msc) but is it showing under disk manager(diskmgmt.msc) seeing that it is a harddrive
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Click Start, Control Panel, Computer Management.
Under Disk Mangment, see if the drive is present like the other drives.
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Have you formatted the drive because if its not formatted under the NTSC format or FAT32 then windows will not see the drive at all

go to teh one which sees the drive and select the formatt option

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Well, formatting the drive would be the worst possible idea, since he's trying to get the existing data from it...
Be sure it's set to Slave. Since it was previously a drive on a Windows system, it has to be NTFS or FAT32. Jumpering the drive properly will probably fix the issue.
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I apologize for not replying sooner. I followed troppo's advice and changed the jumber on the back to slave and low and behold it worked. I didn't realize if you had a SATA and a IDE that the IDE had to be set to slave. My bad. Thanks for all the help
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sorry didnt realise he was trying to keep the data :whistling:

replying to to many similar posts lol

sorry for the confussion


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