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HD Disappeared from My Computer

sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
edited Mar 2008 in Hardware
I have a 250gb Maxtor ATA HDD (about 4-5 yrs old maybe) in my computer that I've been using as a backup and general file storage drive for a long time. Recently, I've noticed it to be missing from My Computer. Typically this only happens after I've hibernated the computer, but re-appears every time after a restart. I've hibernated and restarted the computer many times, but it still hasn't come back. Is the drive dead, wired wrong (slave/pri, all that), or what? Any ideas? Thanks

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  • sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
    edited Mar 2008
    Bump... :confused:
  • Your-Amish-DaddyYour-Amish-Daddy The heart of Texas
    edited Mar 2008
    Does the Bios see it?
  • sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
    edited Mar 2008
    good question.. I'll have to check that
  • sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
    edited Mar 2008
    It was not showing up in the BIOS. I took it apart and played around with the jumper settings and primary/master cables. It seems to be working fine now.

    Here's my configuration... let me know if you see a problem.

    IDE Master - Maxtor 250gb
    IDE Slave - DVD Drive
    Floppy - Floppy
    SATA 1 - WD Raptor X (C: Drive)
    SATA 2 - empty

    I think it was getting messed up because although the Maxtor drive was plugged into the Master SLOT on the motherboard, I was using an IDE cable with 2 plugs on it (one master, one slave - like THIS). The drive was connected to the connector labeled Slave.

    Hopefully this fixes it. Thanks
  • Your-Amish-DaddyYour-Amish-Daddy The heart of Texas
    edited Mar 2008
    That doesn't really matter. As long as it's set up on the jumpers to some order, or cable select.
  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Mar 2008
    You know, the problem could be as simple as a possible unreliable drive cable. Try a different cable.
  • sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
    edited Mar 2008
    I thought I had it solved, but it is still disappearing. I can't get it to show back up again. I'll try a different cable and different configuration when I get a chance.
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Mar 2008
    try a different cable, if that works great.
    else
    try a different IDE port on the motherboard. if that works, be happy or RMA the board if you think you'll need 2 IDE eventually.
  • edited Mar 2008
    sfleuriet wrote: »
    I thought I had it solved, but it is still disappearing. I can't get it to show back up again. I'll try a different cable and different configuration when I get a chance.
    can you be able to see it from the computer management ?
  • sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
    edited Mar 2008
    Device Manager just shows my one working WD Raptor (C:\) drive.
  • Your-Amish-DaddyYour-Amish-Daddy The heart of Texas
    edited Mar 2008
    Then you've probably got a bad drive. Try it in another computer.
  • edited Mar 2008
    Then you've probably got a bad drive. Try it in another computer.
    Yep, you are right, I got the same case, I tried it on another pc, yep, I can see them ........ now, all I did is backed up all data ........ and you know what I do next ........ bye bye it .......... :p
  • sfleurietsfleuriet Texas New
    edited Mar 2008
    Dang.. I guess I'll try and get it going again and copy it over. Hopefully I can.
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