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I have an 80 gig Maxtor hard drive that I can not gain access to.  BIOS recognizes the drive, Device Manager recognizes the drive, but it does not show up under My Computer and can not access it.  FDISK will not recognize it, I can not load an operating system onto it.  I have some valuable information that I had not backed up before this happened.  Currently I have the drive set as slave and a working hard drive at primary.  Any suggestions as to what I can do to recover the drive?  It is almost as if there is not a good partition to access.

I would appreciate any suggestions.
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See if any of these help:

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are you running windows XP? if yes, what options show if you right click the drive in diskmanagement? can you assign a drive letter?
to get there, type diskmgmt.msc in the run box
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HTeunis earned 750 total points
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Hi,

If your running Windows XP, then try Computer Components - Disk Manager.
If you see the hardrive listed there, then maybe you need to click Import Foreign Disks first (right click the harddrive), before you can assign a drive letter to it.

If there is a partition/mbr error with the disk then try a tools Coral47 supplied
Or get your hands on something like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director Suite.

Good luck.
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by:brelms
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Partiton Magic worked.  Thanks.
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