"finding" backup drive

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grant
"finding" backup drive

Hi, Can anyone please suggest a solution to the following problem I am having:
Windows xp pro is not finding and showing my backup ide hard drive in "My Computer".
It is listed in device manager as working properly, however. It is also listed in the BIos.
I have tried three different loading windows onto 3 boot master drives in concert with the slave, with the same situation. Currently, I have a boot drive that had been working perfectly in concert with the backup drive. But when I reformatted that boot drive (without changing any pin bridges), even that one suddenly doesn't show it in "My Computer", like the other two don't.
Can anyone help, please?
Grant

   

   

Stevie
Re: "finding" backup drive

Do this.  Install Tweak UI (halfway down on the right).  Once installed start it, click the + in front of 'my computer', click 'drives', and make sure all the drives have a check mark in front of them.  Click Apply, OK.

Did that do it?

grant
Re: "finding" backup drive

Hi, Stevie, thank you very much for trying to help. However, I downloaded the tweak as you suggested, opened the 'drives' but do not see the 'D' hard drive. I see many other drives, but none appear similar to the c drive shown. Alot of drives with question marks, but not a second hard drive. They were all checked and for the heck of , I clicked o.k., but nothing. Thank you anyway.

Stevie
Re: "finding" backup drive

Odd.  Device Manager shows it.  It's enabled in BIOS.  But it's not in TweakUI's list?  So you are missing a drive letter from that list.  Have you uninstalled it from Device Manager and rebooted?

grant
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not with this latest boot drive that had previously been finding it. will uninstall now and reboot, as you suggest. If nothing works, I will try using one of my extra hard drives as the backup just to test the motherboard and windows, but I have hard to replace data on the current backup drive. I will report back. thanks again for your input.

grant
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I have just unistalled the drive and rebooted. After a few seconds i get a pop-up in the bottom right that windows has found my drive and installed it. However, I still have no access. The same thing was happening with the other two boot hard drives (one brand new). I just switched the jumper to cable select from slave, but still no luck. How do I know whether I have the right kind of cable for 'cable select'. Do I also have to set the master drive to cable select? I will try that now.

STaRDoGG
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I've run into problems using Cable Select before. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I'd stick with setting the boot drive jumper as Pri(mary) and the exra hdd (hard drive)'s jumper as slave. You might want to check windows update for some updates, especially any service packs. It sounds like it's just the OS not seeig the drive rather than any hardware or the BIOS.

I've had the same issue before and I'm trying to remember what I did to fix it. I'll post again if I do.

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Stevie
Re: "finding" backup drive

I've had sporadic luck using cable select and ended up setting master/slave jumpers on my drives using a normal 40 or 80-conductor cable - master on the end, slave in the middle. 

For cable select, you should use an Ultra DMA cable which has 80 conductors.  On this cable, the master drive plugs into the end plug, the slave into the middle.  If you only have a 40 conductor cable, most likely it isn't made for cable select.  If it was, the number 28 conductor (wire) is severed between the middle and end and the end plug is for your slave drive, master on the middle plug.

Hey.. have you tried setting the jumpers for the correct roles and seperating the two drives - each into its own controller?

STaRDoGG
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Haha, sounds like Stevie and I are onto the same line of thought.

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STaRDoGG
Re: "finding" backup drive

By the way, are you daisy chaining the drives on the same ribbon cable? Or are they both plugged into different channels on the motherboard?

If daisy chaining it needs Master/Slave, but you could try setting them both to Master or one Master and one CS if using 2 different ports on the motherboard.

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grant
Re: "finding" backup drive

That is a brilliant idea--if all else fails, giving each its own cable and port, and calling both master, until I copy the info..
I set up my two extra hard drives and they work together fine as master and slave. I tried a new motherboard, but still the same problem accessing that problematic hard drive as a slave. Thank you very much, stevie and stardogg. BTW-Do any of you recommend going to windows vista to possibly solve this problem?

(stevie, I made a post in response to your comment about your 0 percent apr credit card deals.)

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