Reinstall XP, secondary hard drive not recognized now
Posted on 2008-06-22
Hey all, here's the dilemma:
Athlon X2 4200+
ASRock Dual-SATA939 motherboard
2 GB RAM
nVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
Disk 1: C: drive: 300 GB Maxtor SATA drive
Disk 2: Ubuntu installation...drive is detected in Windows....Primary IDE drive
Disk 3: D: drive: 500GB Western Digital - SATA 2 drive
Windows XP Pro SP2
That was my configuration.
System kept locking up repeatedly and after many tests I knew it wasn't a hardware issue. Rather than troubleshoot I figured I would just transfer my data to my D: drive (the 500GB WD drive) which is my storage drive, and then reinstall XP to the Maxtor SATA drive.
Reinstalled XP, started installing in the following order:
1) XP installation
2) Motherboard drivers (installed ULi SATA and USB drivers)
3) XP Updates to SP2.
4) DirectX updates
5) video card updates
Everything installed perfectly and the system has been running flawlessly without the lockups that plagued me.
The only problem now is that Windows doesn't see my Western Digital drive so I cannot retrieve all the data I backed up to it.
NOTHING has changed in the BIOS.
NOTHING has changed hardware wise (nothing removed or added, no jumper changes, etc.).
The system is the SAME as right before my XP reinstallation and no, I am POSITIVE I did not overwrite the Western Digital drive.
The drive is detected in BIOS but not in Windows XP. Not in Device Manager or Computer Management.
Any ideas? I'm at wits end here!
Thanks in advance. :)