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can't access my slave hard drive

Posted on 2004-10-28
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hello,
i recently put together a new computer. the one thing i kept from my old computer was the hard drive (all my old music files are still on it). anyway, i also installed another hard drive with a fresh xp home install and made it my master drive. the old one is the slave. when i go into the bios setup, i can see the drive displayed as being connected. when i go into the device manager, the disk drives drop down menu displays both hard drives. now, my problem is that i cannot seem to access the slave hard drive. i can't find it in my computer or anywhere else. help!
-miguel
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    by:Callandor
    Did you try installing WinXP with the slave drive connected?  Adding the drive afterwards can sometimes cause the symptoms you describe.
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    by:miguel0666
    i'm fairly certain that i had everything connected when i installed xp. if so, what next.

    in the off chance i didn't, would i just reinstall xp? is there a way to do that without formatting everything on the hard drive?

    last little wrinkle: i'm not sure if the slave drive i have attached use to be my master drive on my old computer. i may have installed xp on that one. would it screw things up if my slave drive has an operating system on it? would i still be able to access my other files?
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    Check if there is an active partition on the slave drive (the old OS drive) - very likely, it does,  Deactivate it with fdisk, so that when the system boots, it sees only one active partition.
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