Bios sees it, Windows doesnt

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Old 03-01-09, 11:48 AM
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Bios sees it, Windows doesnt

Hi All....

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Sata Drive as my boot, one IDE slot available on Motherboard.
Added a WDC 160 GB HDD...Worked fine for 8 months..Suddenly windows doesnt know its there.....(Vista Home premium by the way)

The WDC shows in bios, Shows in device manager, and shows in management, but will not appear in "My computer"......

Ive reinstalled windows with no luck, replaced the IDE cable, And used the drive on a spare computer, which detected and used it without Issue.....

Any help would be greatly appreciated.......
 
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Old 03-02-09, 07:04 AM
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have you formatted the drive yet? My Computer will not see the drive until the drive can written too. You will need to format the drive in computer management. this will delete any data that was on the drive.
 
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Old 03-02-09, 08:20 AM
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From the info you gave, i think my first step would be to uninstall the drive from device manager and let the pc reboot. See if it was maybe a problem with the driver.

Let us know what happens.
 
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have you formatted the drive yet? My Computer will not see the drive until the drive can written too. You will need to format the drive in computer management. this will delete any data that was on the drive.
Yes a drive will show up even if it hasn't been formatted. Not that that matters in this instance since he said it worked fine for 8 months.
 
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Old 03-02-09, 03:09 PM
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my first step would be to uninstall the drive from device manager and let the pc reboot. See if it was maybe a problem with the driver.
Thanx much....

I did try that, to no avail. Windows "Installs the driver for Your new hardware" , but never shows it in MY Computer.

The drive displays in computer management without a Drive letter, but the "Assign A Drive letter " option is "Greyed -Out". It shows the drive as "ONLINE", and "Healthy"

Im not really too concerned with the drive itself, but if I can recover ANY of the data on it , It would be a God-send.

If I cant get the drive up and running, my next option was a HDD enclosure and use it as a USB "Removable" drive, until I can get my DATA back.----What do you think???
 
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Old 03-02-09, 03:59 PM
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One of my old laptops died and I put the HDD in a HDD enclosure and had all my data and it was accessible. It just acts as a portable drive.

Have you made the partition active under the computer management window?
 
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