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I have a hard drive that won’t allow any other IDE devices to be detected in windows.  All devices are found in the BIOS but once in windows the HD is there (C) but the other two devices (D & E, CD-ROM Drives) are not there.  I take the C out and put into another machine on the Secondary port as Master or Slave, same thing the drive is gone.  This drive C is found in BIOS but not windows.  I put a different HD into first machine and it works fine and the ROM drives are located in windows as well.  I have no idea what would be causing this.  Any insight would be appreciated.

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The-Scot
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If it's a Western Digital, it makes a difference whether it is jumpered Single or Master with a Slave.
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it's probably in Windows policy!

check this link:
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/148
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The Drive is on the secondary IDE by itself not with another drive.  In the system the drive is suppose to be in it's the two CD-ROM drives one the secondary IDE, One being Master and the other being Slave that wont recognize in windows and the hard drive is by itself on the Primary IDE.  When I move the HD to my Tech machine it's on the Secondary IDE again by itself but isn't recognized in windows???

The drive is a Western Digital.

Again, when I put a different drive (Maxtor) in first system with he Two CD-ROM drives with a clean 98SE load, they system finds them no problem.

I can't get this drive to work in any system when it's not the primary drive.
When I set this WD drive as the primary drive, No other IDE devices are found in the system?

Got me!!  :)

Windows Policy!

One thing that I did notice was that it has a Non-DOS partition on it???

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This drive is not behaving correctly electrically.  I am inclined to say it is broken, and there's no way to fix it.
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by:tanghz
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Does this drive has a jumpers to set it as master or slave? Have you properly set it?
Which  windows system did you use for such test?
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I am with Callandor on this one. Sounds like a flaky HD.
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by:JohnnyCanuck
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Do you have SMART turned on in the BIOS?  This will tell you if the drive has problems.  Also, you can download a windows SMART program here
http://www.ariolic.com/activesmart/
Useful for diagnosing disk problems.
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I tested the drive out and it is fine.  I've backed up the drive and removed the partition to add a new one.  Added a Pri DOS partition and reinstalled windows 98.  The Drive now works fine, as well I can see the Two CD-Rom Drives and can take it to my Tech bench and the drive is recongized??

This is how I chose to solve the problem but, Can anyone tell me or explain to me 'Why this drive wasn't able to be read?"

And yes all the jumpers were correct, No physical problems with the drive.

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That's mainly because the system can not recognize the HDD properly if the HDD was not the original installed drive.
So I asked you which system you tested on. Windows can not really do a plug and play when you changed hardware, esp. for the Windows 98 and Win2k, WinXP maybe better. Another thing is if the system is installed on that hard drive, it will also cause the problem you mentioned here. Sometimes is simple like the drive letter changed, sometime some dirves are missing cos of the internal conflicts etc.

Your way is the quickest way, otherwise you may need to search it from the system manager bit by bit. it is quite painful.

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