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hard drive not showing up in "my computer" ????

Posted on 2004-09-16
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Hi I recently unpluged 1 of the IDE cables that was attached to one of my hard drives as I needed to attach my DVD-rom as I wanted to back up a DVD movie I have bought.

I have to do this as I all ready have 2 hard drives installed on my PC + a dvd writer ( couldnt use the DVD write as I was getting errors when backing up)

Any way I have just re-attached my hard drive and it isnt showing up in "my computer".

i have gone to device manager and the hard drive is showing up under "disk drives".

any ideas on wot I need to do >> ??
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by:Microtech
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Hi jamieuk23,

right click on my computer and go to manage, then go to disk management and right click your disk, if it shows up and selct make active.

Hope This helps
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by:DVation191
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usually when a drive shows up in device manager, but not 'My Computer', it's because it isn't partitioned.

of course that makes little sense in this scenario, since it was obviously working before you disconnected it.

Did you reattach it in the same place on the IDE cable? Did you change the jumpers? Is there something else you are not telling us? I'd really hate to think you lost all your data..but it seems unlikely that would happen by just disconnecting it (you didn't disconnect it while the computer was still on, right?)
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by:DVation191
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lets hope so Microtech  :)
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by:Callandor
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Have you tried re-detecting it in the BIOS?  Look also in Control Panel->Admininstrative Tools->Disk Management
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by:jamieuk23
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Hi  >> ok I have right clicked on my computer and gone to manage + disk managment.

I now see my hard drive that is missing in my computer >> how do I get it back on 2 my computer fully working >??

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by:Microtech
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right click on the space just to the left and select make active
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by:jamieuk23
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how thick am I >>> I dont see any option saying make active.

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by:Microtech
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what options do you see?
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by:jamieuk23
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when I right click on the hard drive I only get options like properties > format >> delete volume >> change driver letter and paths >> delete volume
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by:DVation191
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you need to do this in "Disk Management" not "Device Manager"

Right click My COmputer, choose "Manage" ... click the "Disk Management" icon under storage
Maximize the window and right click your drive on the bottom half of the screen for the 'active' option.

of course if it is already active, it won't be there
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by:jamieuk23
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I am  in Disk Management mate and when i go to the bottom of the screen and right click on the drive there is not active option.

the drive says healthy + online
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change the drive letter to someting like g: and then go to start > run then type g:

if not have you restarted? may fix you up...just a thought...or
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by:jamieuk23
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cheers mate !!!!!!!! most apreciated !!!

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by:Microtech
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no probs
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