Hard Drive Problem

Alright, I have two computers, and i took out my 2nd computers Hard Drives, i took it with me when i took my main computer to a friends so i can grab some Files of there like my DnD Notes, and what not. i was at my friends for a good 3-4 days, but when i got there i realized that the drives were Incompatible with my friends computer (they are also incompatible with My Main Tower) so i left it on his desk while i was there, nothing happened to it. When i get home Yesterday and put it back into my 2nd Tower, and start her up. now here is something went wrong. I replug in my Two Hard Drives into the Tower, and i have an IDE Cord plugged into the Primary IDE in the MB, well it has two Slots CD1 and CD2. I plug CD2 into the Master drive, while plugging CD1 into the Slave drive, as that’s how it looks like it would go. When it finishes starting up, windows and msn loads fine, but when i opened my computer to transfer files, I only had my C Drive in there(The Master), i looked online for a reason, and a couple things said that you should cechk Device Manager and Right click My Computer-> Manage-> Disk Management, And it should show, well i did that and my 2nd Drive isn’t located what so ever in my computer, I Refreshed and Rescanned multiple times and still nothing.

So i was wondering if anyone could help me, i asked my brother and he was no use.

Soo Yeahh… I was never really could at putting an End message… Umm… I also like Reese Puffs Cereal? Haha :slight_smile:

Anyways, If you do help or try to, I thank you Advance and probably will thank you still.

Did you make sure the power was also plugged back into the drive?

Try reversing the the order put CD1 on the Master drive and CD2 on the Slave drive the Master drive always goes
on the end slot on the cable and the Slave drive goes into the second slot try that and see what it does. :iagree:

Yes, when i was looking up an answer in the Mighty Internet, there was a post about it too, and that being the answer, Sadly that is not the Answer here, Thanks though :slight_smile:

Sadly that did not work, the Master Drive starts up again, and windows loads everything it needs, yet there is no sign of my Slave drive at all, its like it never existed at all.

Is the slave drive recognized by the BIOS? If not, then you have either a bad IDE cable, bad drive or bad IDE controller. Try replacing the IDE cable first since that’s the easiest plus only costs a couple of bucks for new IDE cable. I’ve had this kind of problem several times before, and replacing the IDE cable fixed it each time.

how can i tell if its recognized by the Bios?
But the IDE cable was working not to long ago… >_<

[QUOTE=Zerogate17;2306195]how can i tell if its recognized by the Bios?
But the IDE cable was working not to long ago… >_<[/QUOTE]

  1. You have to enter your computer’s BIOS utility…you haven’t mentioned what you have for a 'puter (see your manual) or try hitting DEL as you boot up.
    You need also to learn about BIOS settings and what settings you need to observe/change to get what you want. RTFM here, too :bigsmile:

  2. Some this has been stated and I’ll repeat for emphasis :
    a. Cables can be damaged during the “unplugging” process (80 wire please)
    b. Plug a good 80 wire cable into IDE channel 1
    c. Plug Master drive into end of cable and Slave drive to 2nd connecter on the same cable
    d. Make sure that your drives are [B]jumpered[/B] correctly !
    There will be a M - S - CS setting on each. Use the master and slave jumpers first. If that doesn’t work try Cable Select.