Hard Drive is visible in BIOS and Disk Management, but not in Windows Explorer
Posted on 2006-04-03
I bought my girlfriend a new computer and set it up with XP Pro SP2. I took her old hard drive and set it up to be the slave drive in her system. Everything looks kosher in the BIOS and it shows up in Disk Management, but not in Windows Explorer. I've tried it on 3 different systems and a USB drive with the same results.
1) It appears in Disk Management, but under Volume no drive letter is listed (the volume name is listed correctly).
2) The status is Healthy (Active) and it's NTFS (the old drive was XP Pro SP2)
3) Right-clicking in DM, only allows Delete Partition or Properties, not Open, Explore, or Change Drive Letter.
I've tried changing the jumper settings from Master to Slave to Cable Select, with no change. I've connected the drive as the primary slave IDE, secondary master IDE, and secondary slave IDE. I'm downloading the PowerMax utility for this Maxtor drive (D540X-4K 40GB). If that doesn't work, I'm going to load it up in her old computer as the master and see if I can slave the new drive to transfer the data.
Has anyone come across this before, or does anyone have any ideas?