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Internal Drive NOT Being Recognized

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by smeagol75, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. smeagol75

    smeagol75 Guest

    Hello ALL,

    Background:
    I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT, 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @ 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1 Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power Supply of 350:

    Situation:
    I have Re-Installed my Original Internal HD, but set as a slave instead of the master. The HD is a Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM.

    Question:
    The HD is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized when I select My Computer. It is a NO Show in that area!

    So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone show me the light...

    Joey
     
  2. smeagol75

    smeagol75 Guest

    By the way, I am receiving NO error messages. Forgot to add in the message above...
     
  3. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    it isn't formatted. Go to disk management (Start->run and type diskmgmt.msc) and find the relevant drive, format it and give it a letter. If it had data on before, you may want to consider a data recovery program.
     
  4. smeagol75

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    Already was done. Here is what Computer Management says:
    Disk 0:
    Basic
    465.76 GB
    Online
    Healthy (Primary Partition)
    Healthy (Primary Partition) This HD has 2 Partitions
    EVERYTHING OK Here

    Disk 1:
    Basic
    232.88 GB
    Online
    Healthy (Primary Partition) Just 1 partition
    PROBLEM NOT SHOWING in My Computer


    Disk 2:
    Basic
    698.64
    Online
    Healthy (Primary Partition) This HD has 4 Partitions
    EVERYTHING OK Here

    DISK #1 Is the one NOT showing under My Computer, but shows every where else! GRRRRRRR
     
  5. sammorris

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    Right click, go 'change drive letter and paths' and choose one.
     
  6. smeagol75

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    Had that already set at drive "Q". Next?
     
  7. sammorris

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    Then Q should work, if not change it.
     
  8. smeagol75

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    Tried it. Seems nothing is getting this drive to the "My Computer" area. I have even switched jumpers, still nothing. This is weird! It shows up in EVERY area except My Computer. Weird. Maybe it just isn't going to happen. Well, I did buy the Seagate to replace it, so I guess I will just stick to the original plan.

    I just thought I could make use of the HD rather than having it sit around as a back up drive, but I guess the back up option is the only way to go!

    Thanks ALL!~
     
  9. RickyMan

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    right click computer then click properties then go to device manager and look for the hd then right click and put properties and then click at the top driver(s) then update driver and that should do it
     
  10. sammorris

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    That's your solution to everything. I'd be very surprised if it works in this case.
     
  11. RickyMan

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    but that works lots of times

    like if you just updated windows os you would need to update some drivers to work
     
  12. sammorris

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    Not for hard disks.
     
  13. RickyMan

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    it worked for a harddrive i bought i didnt recognize it and i updated driver and it worked but i took that one out and now i have a better harddrive
     
  14. sammorris

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    So you base the fact that it works for every computer problem on the fact that it worked for you once?
     
  15. RickyMan

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    well im just trying to help cuz it worked for me it might work for someone else sorry for trying to help
     
  16. sammorris

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    It could, but it's not the answer to every problem. Every post asking for help in the hardware forum you've replied to seemed to say the same thing. I wish there was a quick fix for all issues...
     
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    RickyMan, what you posted is not really right because windows uses it's own driver for hd's & rom drives. that only works if the driver is corrupted whether slightly or bad. that method can be used on any device in device manager.
     
  18. RickyMan

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    okay guys i just got done saying im sorry
     

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