Hey in my PC I am currently using 4 out of 8 SATA ports for HDD's. The 4 ports that i'm using are for standalone drives (non raid). My BIOS setup is as follows...
1st IDE Master = DVD-ROM/CD-RW
1st IDE Slave = none
3rd IDE Master = Maxtor 80Gb
3rd IDE Slave = Maxtor 300Gb
4th IDe Master = Maxtor 300Gb
4th IDE Slave = Maxtor 300Gb (Not entirely sure why the SATA's are showing as IDE)
My system started to hang and became non responsive last week, after careful investigation I find that one of my HDD's is being abit touchy (3rd ide slave). It works one moment then all of a sudden it just hangs again. I went out today and bought a 500gb drive to replace it with but I want to get the data off, only the dodgy drive doesn't show up in my computer anymore, the 500gb shows up and the dodgy one is in device manager, when I looked in Disk Management, it shows up all the drives I have apart from the dodgy one and says it is a foreign disk, I look at my options (Reactive or convert to basic), upon trying to reactive I get an error pop up saying it can't complete the operation and I should look it up in event log (this shows nothing). I've tried this in both normal and safe modes, how am I going to be able to get my data off dodgy drive and onto the 500gb??? Oh and sorry about the length...