I was wondering if anyone can help me. My secondary HD has a deleted partition. I have software that can recover my data, but the problem is BIOS is detecting the slave, but when the pc boots up, I get the message "primary slave hard disk fail". I don't think it's a mechanical problem. There's no noise grinding or clicking coming from the drive, which is a Maxtor 6E040L0 40 GB ATA drive. I have the jumpers set correctly, and the cable is fine.
Is there any way to get XP to recognize the drive so that I can recover my data? My floppy disk drive is broken, but I do have a CD burner.