3 Drive Swappable Drive Bay-Drives Not Recognized
Posted on 2006-10-22
Earlier this year, I purchased a new computer, a PowerSpec AMD 64 Atholon-x2, for our home. I wanted to have a computer with swappable hard drives so that my wife and I could have our own version of Windows on our own private hard drive (I never have liked the windows system for multiple users). The third removable drive would be for visitors and misc internet usage.
In order to accomplish this, I installed a "CompUSA Removable Rack for 3 SATA Hard Drives" (SKU-333106) (actually MicroCenter installed it for me, but they would not assist with the installation of windows on all the drives). In any event, I now have five hard drives in my computer and can only access one of the drives. 3 of the drives are in the Removable Rack and two are installed permanently in the computer, (the one that I can access is one of the permanently installed hard drives). In any event, to use the computer, the procedure would be to make sure that the appropriate hard drive was in Slot 1 and then to boot off that hard drive. It was my intention to use the permanently installed hard drives as follows: --
Perm Drive #1 for Backup and
Perm Drive #2 for a clean original for when I wanted to wipe one of the swappable drives clean and start over.
In order to install Windows, Microsoft office and misc other software on all the hard drives, I purchased software (not Ghost), but another brand, that would create a mirror images from one disk to the other. It is during this procedure that things got screwed up and what I may have done was to create an archive copy or a backup copy onto the hard drive and now the computer does not recognize them.
Drives are currently:
C: Currently the only accessible drive
D: CD Rom
E: CD Rom
F: Portable Media Devices
G: Portable Media Devices
H: Portable Media Devices
I: Portable Media Devices
If I go to computer management, I show the above configuration. Also, If I go to defrag, I only show drive c: available to defrag
I guess that the first question is how do I get the computer to recognize the three swappable hard drives and the two permanent hard drives? Then, how do I get the computer to boot up from Swappable Drive Bay #1????????
PS: Out of curriosity, could you rate my reasoning on this from 1 to 10? Is this something that you would do?
Thanks for any assistance that you can give.