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2nd Hard Disk Missing (disappeared)


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arachnee

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Hi to All,

I had a virus on my computer that Norman could not erase. Therefore I formatted my hard disk C and installed Windows XP. Then I formated my disk D. But I had some problems with Windows XP (to install other programmes), therefore I formated C again and installed Windows 98 but Windows 98 did not recognise my disk D anymore. Stupidly I formatted C again and reinstalled Windows XP but the problem is still existing (no D). I made a scan disk under Performance and Maintenance/Administrative tools/Computer Management/Disk Management but no results. My hard disk D does not appear also under Disk Management. I tried to reconnect the cable several times to the computer but it did not help. Any idea? Thank you for your help.
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does the BIOS see the drive?

is the drive recognized by an alternate OS, for example, boot with a windows98 boot disk and type fdisk (don't initiate any command, just see if it will see it)
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1. I think the BIOS does not see the drive. This is what I have in the BIOS (version AMIBIOS Simple Setup Utility version 1.21.06 ©2000 American Megatrends) under "Standard Cmos Setup":

Pri Master: User size 40020 MB and other infos
Pri Slave: Not installed
Sec Master: Not installed
Sec Slave: CD Rom

I think it means that the BIOS cannot see the drive...

2. It did boot with a windows98 boot disk and chose "Start computer without CD Rom support" then I got the message that "Windows 98 has detected that drive C does not contain a valid FAT or FAT 32 partition". I typed fdisk and I was informed that my disk is larger than 512 MB. The next question was "Do you wish to enable large disk support (Y/N)?" I stopped at that point.
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that is enough...if bios cannot see it, neither will windows.

It's a hardware issue of some sort....are they on the same ribbon cable? try moving the drive to a second cable off the second ide controller
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Thank you for your help. I found the solution to the problem (finally).
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