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Windows won't recognize second hard drive


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thefranks5

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I have a SATA 250gig Western Digital hard drive. I ran it on my computer in the fall. Then, in January, I needed to reinstall Windows XP Home 5.1 w/ SP2. I was using it as a backup to the C drive.

A couple days ago, I hooked the 250 gig WD hard drive up again as a slave drive. But found the Windows XP won't recognize the hard drive.

When I start up the computer and go into the setup function >> boot, it lists both the c drive and the WD 250 gig drive.
But, when I load XP Windows and go into MyComputer, it doesn't recognize that the drive exists.

Things I've tried:

* I've used all the suggested jumper settings. (And even tried others.)

* I've gone into Disk Management as well, and the drive is not listed there either, so there is no way to assign a letter to the drive.

* I've also tried MasterBoot.exe, and it doesn't help.

* I've run off a floppy boot disk and then used the Western Digital disk to reformat the hard drive. Still nothing.

I'm sure there's a simple setting or solution, but am have reached the end of my ideas.
I haven't tried putting in new Bios. But it doesn't seem like that would be it, as the hard drive worked previously with this bios.

Any suggestions??

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Hi thefranks5 & welcome to Geeks2Go! You haven't mentioned installing the sata device drivers.

Sata drives need third-party sata device drivers because XP doesn't support them natively (not even XP-SP2). This applies not only to sata drives on which the OS is going to be installed, but also to secondary drives. And calling it a "slave" drive is incorrect, since there's no such thing where sata drives are concerned.
Sata device drivers are usually supplied with the motherboard at time of purchase or with the PC.

Edited by pip22, 01 March 2008 - 05:21 PM.

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Hi thefranks5 & welcome to Geeks2Go! You haven't mentioned installing the sata device drivers.

Sata drives need third-party sata device drivers because XP doesn't support them natively (not even XP-SP2). This applies not only to sata drives on which the OS is going to be installed, but also to secondary drives. And calling it a "slave" drive is incorrect, since there's no such thing where sata drives are concerned.
Sata device drivers are usually supplied with the motherboard at time of purchase or with the PC.


I would have to agree because i had to re-install windows home edition SP2 and it showed as a normal drive, which would most likely mean the drivers were set with the motherboard. You could always check the western digital site or your computers manufacturer site to see if they supply the drivers.

Edited by All About Network, 28 October 2009 - 03:14 PM.

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This topic is almost 2 years old considering the last reply was March of 2008. i suspect the issue has been resolved at this point.
Thanks for the input but please be aware of the date as to not answer topics that are resolved.
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Ok, thanks for the update and since it's old i think it should be locked, don't you?
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The only forum that is locked when resolved is the malware.
The others like this one stay open due to the issue may return so topic can never be considered locked.
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