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2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

Q: 2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

Does anyone know how to get a 2.5" SATA External Case to show up(plugged in by usb (2.0))? Ive spent over 2 days trying to figure it out, please let me know if you know how to fix this...... below is the list of my problem & the things ive tried so far

Heres a little back ground:
I used to have a Sony Vaio computer with a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 Hard Drive. One day the screen just went black on start up and it says "Error loading operating system" & since then ive tried
1) reinstalling Windows XP on the computer.....didn't work

2) recognizing the drive through ms dos.....didn't work

3) Opening the old computer & taking the Travelstar 5K100 hard drive & inserting it in a 2.5" Sata External Case and plugging the usb on to my current computer, it seemed like there was hope as the red light was solid red & when I felt the box, the hard drive seemed to be spinning and working shape, but still.....didn't work

4) I've went the "most popular solution" selected computer, right clicked Manage scrolled down to the left panel & clicked Disk Management, my hard drive is nowhere to be found, only my current drives in the computer so.....didn't work

4.5) I went to Device Manager right clicked all of the usb ports to make sure to turn off the power so that it would save enery or something like that, then restart...... still.....didn't work

5) I tried to find it in bios but I didn't seem to find nothing but my current drives & I head it is extremely dangerous to mess with anything in bios.....no luck

6) Since my drive is from an XP os & im currently on a Windows 7, I decided to plug the external case on to a functioning XP operated computer to see if that was the problem but, .....didn't work

7) I tried locating a driver in hopes of possibly getting the driver but no luck.

Preferred Solution: 2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: 2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

not seen in the bios

faulty data cable or [connection]

or drive has gone

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

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I'm really hoping you can help me with this, my first post.

My old hard drive was saying "operating system not found" so I installed a new hard drive and set up the old one as a second hard drive to try to recover the data off of it. I installed Windows XP on the new drive.

Although "Device Manager" shows both drives as enabled and working properly, only the new one appears under "My Computer" so I can't work out how to transfer the data. The old drive does not show up in "Disk Management" either.

Is there another step I need to take before the second drive will show in "My Computer" please?

Thanks for any help you can give.

A:Second hard drive not showing in "My Computer"

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I have fitted an extra WD SATA Hard drive 1TB for the intention to use for backing up files. The drive at first was not recognised I had to create a New Simple Volume through computer management. The new drive is displaying in computer management Disk 0 (see pic).
However, I cannot find or access the drive in "My Computer"
Any ideas please?

A:New Hard Drive Not Showing in "My Computer"

In the bottom half of the window in Disk Management you need to right click the partition and assign it a drive letter in Disk Management You seem to have given it a name with "D" at the beginning of it but that's not actually how you assign a drive letter.

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I've been trying to get a new machine I just built up and running, and after some initial stupid things that happened, I'm now on my way to loading the OS and other tasks. First I have to mention that, when I initially installed the two 640 GB SATA hard drives, I jumpered them on jumpers 5 and 6, or third column from the left.

Now I know that normally you do not need to jumper SATA. At least that's what the label on top of the Western Digital said. But it also said something about an exception. I can't even remember what it was now, but it must have been convincing enough to talk me into jumping the drive.

Anyway after finding out that the jumping of the two drives was affecting my boot in my new machine, I decided to take them out and after that, the machine booted into the BIOS fine.

Then I booted into my Acronis Disk Director to start partitioning the drives, but I noticed that the readout for unallocated space for each drive was only 597 GB's. So where did the rest of it go? Did that have anything to do with those jumpers I removed?

A:Large SATA hard drive not reading it's capacity!

No the difference you see btween what the Manufacturer states is the capacity of the drive and what you actually will is because of a math difference. Advertising uses the decimal system. 1 kilobyte under that system equals 1000 bytes but the real equation is 1 kilobyte equals 1024 bytes If you carry this into the Gigabyte range you will see a much larger difference. So your 597 GBs is the correct size of the drive. Both numbers are correct though given the sense that they are used. 640Gbs is the correct number using the decimal system and approximately 597GBs is the actual size that will be read by your computer and operating system. It is confusing and sometimes misleading to start with. THere are on IDE Drives jumpers that will limit the size useable on a drive. This is because of an old limit that was imposed by system bios's.

so you did nothing wrong nor made any size changes by removing the jumper.

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I have a SATA 1TB Seagate Barracuda that has been acting wonky for a while now. I have been meaning to back up the data on it (which is ~700gb of music and videos) but never got around to it. I think now I may have waited too late.

The drive was bought brand new roughly ~18 months ago and has never been dropped or physically damaged. I take very good care of my hardware. Regular cleanings, maintenance, no damage, etc. Anyway, the drive started acting weird a while ago and was sometimes not coming up as a drive but more often than not the performance was terrible. I had to check cables a few times and tightened them in and everything would be ok for a bit but the performance issues would start up again. I mean terrible performance. Sometimes it would take me 60 secs or more to access the drive after double clicking it. After that initial start up the drive would run fine for a while. It seemed like almost when the drive went to sleep it had an issue waking up or starting up.

Well it finally stopped reading. It won't show up now no matter what I do. I swapped cables, SATA ports, etc. I tested it with my 500gb Seagate Barracuda. That one works fine and when I swap in the 1TB.. nothing. I think the drive may be finished. But as I said, there is no physical damage done to it and also it powers up. I can hear the disks spinning when I connect it. Windows is just not reading it. When I go into my Intel Rapid Storage it comes up as a SATA device (0gb) so something is being read, bu... Read more

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Hi all.

My freecom external hard-drive is playing up on me.

When i plug it in, it recognises, it shows up in my computer, but when i double click the icon, it tells me "please insert a disk into drive w:" and it won't let me access the drive.

I have tried restarting computer, safely removing and re-inserting the drive, and changing the disk letter via the computer management tools.

Is there anything else i can do?

Cheers for any help lads,


A:External hard-drive recognising, showing, but not reading?


Now i am getting a message to say that the "usb drive is not recognised" and that the drive is malfunctioning.

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This is a rather perculiar problem. I built my own system with a seagate 250 gb 7200.8 hard drive and an msi K8N NEO4 Platinum Motherboard. It was working fine for 3 months and when I installed windows it immediately recongnized the 250 GB of storage on my hard drive. Though I'm about to sell my computer so I was planning on re-formatting the hard drive and doing a fresh install of windows. When I stuck in the windows xp cd I erased the 250 gb partition, but when I tried to set up a new partition windows only recognized that the hard drive had 130062 mb of storage. I've tried switching cables and switching sata ports on my mobo but whenever I stick in my xp cd it still says it only has 130 gb. Curious to how another program would respond I took out my Suse linux 10.0 CD and it did in fact recognize 232 GB of storage which I think is normal because you can never use the full amount of space, right?

Anyways I'm stumped, has anyone ever had similar problems with their hard drive. I should have a warranty, do I need to replace it? Should I try booting with a cd that has some sort of disk fixer? I tried booting with a Norton disk but it had no such option. Now that I'm writing this I actually remember one detail that might help explain the problem. Right before I decided to sell my computer there was actually some sort of error on my hard drive and when I ran disk check it had to erase a bunch of my files. Does that mean there is some sort of bad sector on my ... Read more

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2 days ago I did a re install of windows becuase of hardware upgrade..

Since this new install my new SATA Drive shows up as a detachable item..Like a USB Pen drive..

Any Ideas..

Info in screenshot..
Thx for any info..

A:SATA Drive showing up as a "Safe to remove drive" ?

From your sig, you have an nforce mb. That is normal. After you install the nforce drivers, it shows as a removable drive. It is because the board supports hot swapping the drives.

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I have the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in my system tray. One of my drives, a WD20EARS (WD Green 2TB) is listed there. I want the icon to go away since I obviously have no need to eject the drive.

How can I stop Windows from thinking it's a drive that's ejectable?

A:Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"

Is this a new drive recently added? Is this drive the primary drive or just for storage? Is this an internal drive or external drive? Did you follow the manufacturers directions for installing the drive if it's an internal HDD.

SATA Hard Drive - How to Install and Setup

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I have just bought a second hand PC .
It has sata connections on the Motherboard but when i installed a sata hard drive its not showing.
And i cannot find any setting in the bios that says sata its says ide.
Please HELP
Kind regards

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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Hi guys
My laptop is not displaying my Sara drive in the my computer screen. I have had this issue before with an IDE drive, a strange issue where my external drive only appears in the list when I unplug it and then when I plug it in, it disappears.

With this drive, I get the message the device can perform faster in a USB 2 port (something my prehistoric laptop doesn't have,) then I get the message that the device is ready to use.

If I go into device manager it does appear as a USB Mass Storage Device and I've tried updating driver, rollback, uninstall and everything else I can think which all seem to work ok until I go into my computer and it isn't there.

Any ideas? Thanks

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.

A:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

A:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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Since changing to 7, I've had a really hard time cleaning infected hard drives. In fact, it's been impossible. With XP, I could connect the infected drive using a SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter, take ownership of the drive and get rid of the offending files. With
7, however, the drive isn't recognized until I initialize it which, naturally, will blow away everything on the drive. 
It's another MSoft catch-22. If I back up the data so it's safe to initialize, then I have to be able to access the data to back it up so I can initialize it, right? If I do that on the infected computer, chances are I'm backing up the virus anyway.
Same goes for old hard drives I have lying around. I'd love to see what's on them but I can't unless I first initialize them which precludes my ability to see what's on them. I don't have an IDE port on my desktop so some of these drives cannot be connected
Finally, I don't do this kind of stuff all the time anymore due to health reasons so it's not worth building a retro machine just for this purpose.
Is there not some kind of work-around for this or is another shining example of planned obsolescence? 

I'm out of my mind, please leave a message

A:Cannot "see" hard drive connected via SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter

Something must be wrong with your disks, there should not problems with connecting old sata disk with a sata-to-usb adapter.

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when i edit the "send to" folder in my user profile the shortcuts are not listed. i have file menu tools installed and under the send to section they don't show up either. i searched google for the location of the "send to" folder in the registry but, google is not my friend . i also searched here before posting but...
im using se7enx64 ent.

thanks to anyone who can help me pull my head out,
michael clyde

A:"send to" menu showing hard/removable drive shortcuts

Oh, this is a good one. I didn't know about this until I found it just now:

Hidden Registry Settings for the "Send To" Menu in Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog

Scroll down to, or use Ctrl+F to find, the NoDrivesInSendToMenu section.

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I recently bought myself a 2.5" USB Hard Drive Enclosure off Ebay and fitted it with a 60GB Hard Drive out of my old laptop. All the drivers and stuff installed fine and I can access it at home, but the problem I have is that the computer see's the device as a 'Hard Disk Drive', not a 'Device with Removable Storage'

I need the drive to show up as a 'Device with Removable Storage' because of the restrictions on the computers at my school. If the computer shows up as a 'Hard Disk Drive' I won't be able to access it because I won't have enough privilages to access it. The admins blocked the hard drive category of storage devices for when a student logs into the computer.

The computers at the school all run on XP Pro and my computer is XP Home.

Thanks in Advance

A:USB Hard Drive Showing as "Hard Disk Drive"

Have you tried it at school? It may not be recognized the same way on another machine.

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I have a Samsung 160GB SATA drive as the boot drive. I don't have a problem with that - it works fine. The only problem is that I've tried to add a Seagate Barracuda 40GB drive on, and it's IDE/ATA100. The BIOS does not detect the drive and therefore neither does the OS. Basically, nothing is being recognized. What's going wrong?

I've got experience in putting them together and pulling them apart, but I've never come across this problem before. Got any ideas?

Things I've checked:

1) Everything's up correctly.
2) The cable isn't damaged (it's new, infact)
3) The drive isn't dead (it was working five hours ago and SMART reports didn't have any problems)

A:SATA Hard Drive with IDE "Slave"

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I installed windows xp pro sp2 with the hard drive on the secondary ide and the 2 cdroms on the primary. This made the 2 cdroms D & E and the hard drive F. I need the hard drive to be C now becuase a program that I need won't install without a C drive (which I belive to be one of the lamest things ever). I tried to put the hard drive to primary and the cdroms to secondary but it is staying the same! Help!

A:The hard drive is showing as the letter "F"!

Was this install on a clean hard drive? (as in no other OS on it)

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I need to repalce my hardrive for my Dell Studio 1555 notebook. I think I need to get a 2.5" 9mm SATA notebook hard drive, any suggestions for good products under ?40 ??


A:Which 2.5" 9mm SATA notebook hard drive for under 40??

Here's a 500GB Toshiba HDD for ?30. That's a pretty decent price.

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My dog recently desrtroyed my labptop, and for the past 4 days I've been trying everything I can think of to recover data from the old computer's hard drive. my latest attempt was to plug the old hard drive into a hard drive enclosure. Both the USB cord and the enclosure work when pluged on they're read as a USB mass storage device however as soon as the hard drive is plugged into the enclosure th computer fails to read anything, nothing appears under my computer, device manager, or disk management.

The Hard drive is a Seagate Momentus 7200.3
2.5" SATA, Capasity:320 GB, 7200 RPM

The enclosure is a Tsunami Elegant 2500, 2.5" HDD Enclosure

if you cant think of how to make the enclosure work for me other suggestions for removing the data from the hard drive are also welcome

A:Computer not reading external hard drive

make sure the jumpers on the IDE hard drive are set to Slave

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I recently purchased a WD My Book, Essential Edition, external hard drive. It worked for about 2 weeks but now my computer does not recognize it. I have always removed it safely from the computer but have always received the message (on start up) that I don't have a high-speed USP port but that has never been a problem before in using the device, it may be slow but it always shows as being active. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Computer not reading external hard drive

I have some additional information about my problem.

Under Disk Management, my E: Book displays and I can even open it from here and see all of the files I have on it, yet it still does not show up under My Computer.

I don?t know how to do a screen shot, so here is what is displayed under Disk Management

Volume Layout Type File System Status

IBM_preload (C:) Partition Basic NFFS Healthy (System

IBM_Service Partition Basic FAT32 Healthy(Unknown Partition)

My Book (E:) Partition Basic FAT32 Healthy

I don?t know what the IBM_Service is? Do you think this is my problem? I appreciate any help you can give me.


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see above, i have 2 200gb internal hard drives in a lacie external case, is there a program that can help, i have i lot of data that would realy be a bummer if i lost it
please help!

A:My computer just stopped reading my hard drive today, what should I do?

You are going to have real trouble with a LaCie external drive. They are famous for their failures.
I would be it in another USB enclosure that has a separate power adapter, then not turn it off until you have made many attempts.
The problem with those drives is that one or more of the chips on the back goes dead... or the system board.
But if it is not the board, you can usually recover the data as long as the bearings are turning.
As for programs, you must find a way to get it detected, then do NOT turn it off again... There is a decent program we like called Recuva. And many others at www.majorgeeks.com that can rescue most data... if the drive will turn, and if the chip or system board is not bad.

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Hello from Maine,

I am running XP SP3 on my computer. My friend's laptop's Vista installation was all messed up with viruses and what-not.

I pulled the drive and connected it to my computer via USB. But I am having trouble going into the "my documents" folder to backup the files :

E:\Users\Zombie\My Documents

When I try to go there it says "...refers to a location that is unavailable..." and I thought I fixed the ownership wiyth the security tab but I guess I did not do it right.

Can you tell me how to just make everything viewable ?

I wish there was a hack to just strip all folder properties from an entire drive so everything would be viewable.


A:[SOLVED] XP SP3 computer having trouble reading a Vista hard drive

Proper method of taking ownership is at: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=308421

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My Laptop has stopped being able to read from my Cd drive, and doesnt even think its there...is their a way to fix this by myself??

A:Windows has stopped showing my Cd drive on "My Computer"

Check if it listed in your bios.

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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

A:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Computer...select Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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Hi, the computer I'm currently using is probably 5 years old so of course does not support SATA devices.

The setup is as follows:

MASTER 40GB IDE Seagate (99% full)
SLAVE 120GB IDE Seagate (99% full) or IDE DVD-Writer

My plan is to copy the contents of both 40GB and 120GB to a new SATA 320GB so that my setup will be like this:

MASTER 120GB IDE Seagate (30GB partition for Windows files)
SLAVE 40GB IDE Seagate or IDE DVD-Writer

Then I'll buy a new computer in the future... I just need space right now, but can't be bothered burning DVDs. My backing up of files onto SATA will be one-time use only.

Question 1: From what I understand, I'll need an IDE-to-SATA adaptor or PCI card to be able to use my SATA hard drive on my non-SATA motherboard?

Adaptor: You plug one end of the plug into an IDE slot on the motherboard and the other end to the SATA hard drive? Easy as that?

PCI Card: Works similar to above, just put it into PCI slot?

Question 2: I'm going to get a new AMD dual core CPU + decent ASUS motherboard. How feasible is it to use my 120GB (30GB Windows partition) IDE Seagate HDD as the master boot drive, and the 320GB SATA Seagate HDD as the "slave"?


A:IDE Hard Drives, Old Computer, Use SATA Hard Drive, Then New Computer

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I just reformatted and installed XP and my floppy drive is not showing in "My Computer". How do I get it back? I have backup files on floppies and need to restore them.

A:Floppy Drive not showing in "My Computer"


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I am running Windows XP Home Edition. I had two drives working fine before I put in a new slave dirve. Before, my old slave drive was a 40g and I put in a new 160 g which will be my new slave dirve. All I did was move my files to my master so I could put in the new one.

Well I put it in and everything went Ok. Windows Xp detected it and said found new harware. Now, it just won't come up in My Computer where I use to see two drives, C: & D: I went to device manager and it says it is working properly.

How can I get it to work so I can move some of my files to the slave drive.


A:Slave Drive Not showing In "My Computer"

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When I go to "computer" the only drive icon I see is my main hard drive c:. The DVD and the SD drive
are gone. How can I restore them?

A:Drive Icons not showing up in "my computer"

Hello Trainman and welcome to Seven Forums.

Suggest you create new Restore Point at a minimum.

System Restore Point - Create

1. Open regedit. Go to:


2. Under this key, you should see "DriveIcons". Delete it and restart your computer.

3. I found this will usually solve the problem and you'll get back your default drive icons. If by some chance it doesn't work you could use the restore point you created earlier.

If you're not comfortable editing the registry you could try try to rebuild the icon cache.

Icon Cache - Rebuild

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com

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i installed a new western digital 160gb SATA hard drive and i have another SATA hard drive that has windows on that i was using before

the hard drive will show up in the device manager but will not show up under my computer

both hard drives are show up on the boot screen

im still goin to use the old one to boot windows off of but i needed the new one for more space

thanx in advance for any help

A:Hard Drive Not Showing up in my computer

It sounds like you haven't formatted your new disk yet. Right click on My Computer and choose Manage. Then browse to your disks and find the unformatted disk and format it as NTFS or FAT32, should be all better.

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I recently purchased a 9600xt. While I was installing it, I foolishly plugged in the Floppy Drives power supply into the hard drives jumper settings slot, plugged in the power supply of my samsung 80 GB HD, and turned on the PC's power. Fired something on the HD. Don't know what though (most likely the jumper pins). Is there any way to get my data from the HD? I have over 5 years of family photos and over 20 GB or songs (Have them on my mp3 player but the software that I got with the Gigabeat added a .SAT encryption and now it can't be removed). Being the lazy bum I am, I never printed them or took any backups. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Edit: Here a couple of pictures.

A:Hard Drive not showing up in My Computer

Its not a at-home job, unless u can get hold of some software & hardware that can do it for u. But otherwise, u can only go to one of those disk-recovery companies and give it to them. They'll probably get it for ya, but it'll cost ya.....

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hard drive 1 keeps coming up on my comouter showing error

A:hard drive 1 keeps showing on my computer

@3Tulips Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! Telling us "showing error" is not really saying anything useful. We need to know the details, beginning with the specific error message you are seeing. And, what are you doing on the PC when this message shows?We can proceed when you provide the information.Thanks

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i recently got a trojan virus. it took me a long time to remove it but i finaly have. after i realised when i went to 'my computer' my c: drive and d: drive was not shown.

i opened disk management and i saw my drives there, then i went to defragment to see if my drives were there, they were.
so i went on to explorer to see my drives, they still were not showing.

i can see my drives on programs but not on windows explorer, my computer. however, i can see them on my network devices.

can somebody help me try and solve this problem as ive tried all sorts of programs to fix, restore my hard drives and nothign is working.

please help. cblair91

A:Hard drive not showing on my computer

This one is meant for CD\DVD Drives missing (It might work, and it can't hurt trying)

Xp: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_cd_dvd_fix.htm

Vista: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461/en-us

Restart, once complete, and test again

Otherwise, have a look at:

Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

Please put your System Specs information in your Profile

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Hi, I added a second hard drive for storage in my computer (Win XP Pro). I can see the drive in the device manager but it doesn't show up in My Computer. How do I fix that?

A:Hard drive not showing in My Computer

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So I have a hard drive that is pretty old and has been sitting there (HP 1000H 1TB hard drive). I wanted to start using it again so I plugged it in and nothing showed up. Absolutely nothing, anywhere. It's like if I never plugged it in. Anyway, I tried displaying all hidden files and folders, going through computer management, and running diskpart. Nothing worked. Is there any way to fix this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Hard drive not showing up on computer

Greetings, Please refer to this Microsoft MSDN document for help. Cheers!

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I got given 2 IDE hard drives which I put into a computer of mine. After some BIOS issues I got it into windows where it only recognises one of the drives. I have the 2gb original C drive and E drive which is one of the new hard drives.
Only the two shown in my computer show in Disk Management.
ALl 3 show in device manage
All 3 show in HD Tune 2.53

Any ideas on how I can get to use it? Doesn't matter if a format is needed.

A:3rd Hard drive not showing in my computer

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Long story short ive had many problems with this ext hhh turned dock hd. This hd does have 4+tb of data on it.
It shows up in Device Manager and windows makes the sounds when connecting it but it never pops up in windows with the drives.
When i also open disk management it wants me to initialize the drive and im sure this will erase the data wont it?
Is there a way to by pass initializing it to be able to get windows to see the whole drive again?
I already have a drive on the way to copy it over and then will do a RMA for this drive but i need to be able to get back into the drive again.

A:Hard drive showing in DM but not in my computer

Doubtful....it sou DS like the boot files corrupted.....its possible could be repaired but unless you have third party software and equipment for data recovery I suggest you take it to a data re oceey expert at a local shop if the data is important to you

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I have a Western Digital Caviar Se WD 2500 hard drive that does not show up in 'My Computer' anymore and gets extremely hot on the circuit board closest to the middle of the drive within about 30 seconds to the point it will burn your hand.

I'm guessing something has ceased etc...?

A:Hard Drive very hot and not showing in my computer

R.I.P. hard drive

If there is data on the drive that is worth spending loads of money on to recover then it may be possible if you take it to a specialist. Otherwise, hit it with a large hammer and then bin it.



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I just ordered a new computer with windows 7 professional 64. My old computer has Windows XP. I would like to install the old hard drive in my new one (new one has a bay for 3 hard drives). After the installation, will I be able to access files from the old hard drive?

A:Adding old sata hard drive to new computer


The C drive on the new computer should still be in charge if you connect the old drives and allow you to view, copy, or delete any files.

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Hi all , First I must give my thanks to JOHN WILLS for his terrific help in the thread below, it had been closed but his trick worked a treat . I just had to say THANKS!!

Regards Ozzie


A:DVD drive not showing on "my computer"

One of the common problems in Windows 7 is about the DVD drive which is not being detected on windows. The DVD drive sometimes appears but is not functioning properly. Here are the things you can try.

1 Check if the CD/DVD drive is detected on BIOS.
If the drive shows in BIOS, go to step 2.

If the drive doesn’t show in BIOS, open the chassis and secure the connection of the CD/DVD drive Data and Power connection.

2.If the drive shows in BIOS, go to Device Manager and check the driver status.
If the driver shows red X mark, simply right click on it then Enable.

If the driver shows normally or shows an error, update or uninstall and reinstall the CD/DVD driver.

If the driver appears with a yellow exclamation mark (!), right click on it and check device properties. IF it shows error 10, 19, 31, 39 or 41, it indicates a conflict with the previous burning software.

Upper and Lower filters need to be removed. Go to search then type Regedit. Follow the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Class > 4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318. Locate the UpperFilters and/or LowerFilters at the right pane then delete it

Restart the computer and test the Drive.

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My drive doesn't show up in "My Computer". When I go in to Device Manager there is no listing for DVD/CD-ROM drives. But when I "scan for hardware changes" it shows up. I'm using a HP dv9815nr laptop with Vista Ultimate 64-bit and the drive is listed under Device Manager as a TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632N ATA Device. I don't know if its a driver issue or something else. I've tried to update the driver, but it says its up to date. The problem started a few days ago after I hooked up a new WD My Book Essential 1TB external hard drive. After reading other posts regarding CD/DVD drives I disconnected the drive and uninstalled the software that came with the hard drive and restarted the laptop. Unfortunately my CD/DVD drive still didn't show up and I had to go into Device Manager and rescan for hardware changes. The drive does work after I rescan, I've burned a couple CD's and played a DVD. Its more annoying than anything else, but I have a sneaking suspicion this might become a permanent or larger problem. I'd appreciate any help (keeping in mind I'm not that computer savvy). Thanx.

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