Can't Access 2nd internal SATA Drive
Posted on 2008-10-30
Background: I had a trojan of some sort on my hard drive. It was caught, and Avast appeared to have removed it, but this trojan made Windows Explorer function abnormally. I do back ups, so I restored the OS files rather than do a repair install. This resulted in Windows not loading- the pc boots, but Windows is stuck on a black screen after logging in.
I bought a new SATA hard drive which was needed anyway. After a fresh XP install (didn't go for Vista - my pc has only DDR, and someone told me you need DDR2 for Vista), I added my first SATA hard drive as a second internal drive. The problem is, I can't access this drive- it does not show up in Explorer. I have gone into Computer Management, and the drive is listed as a Healthy (Active) Volume on Disk 1, but right-clicking on it only gives the options "Delete Partition..." and "Help". The obvious answer is that the software problem on the original drive is causing this, but I am surprised that booting from a new drive would not allow access. So the question is- are there any other options? Would I have to hire a data retrieval service to get my files back? I will try putting the original drive in an external usb case.