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2nd Hard Drive not showing up

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by derekbro, Nov 12, 2011.

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  1. derekbro

    derekbro Thread Starter

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    My 2nd hard drive which I store all my media on is no longer accessible. About a week ago I started up my PC, which is attached to my TV, and my Avast antivirus popped up with warnings about a bunch of viruses. I posted in the Security/Malware forums for help, but have not received any yet. I also lost access to my 2nd hard drive where my media is stored, so I am unsure if they are related.

    It was showing up in My Computer and my Device Manager, just not accessible. Every time I would try open it I would get an I/O device error message. Today is the first time it is not even showing up in My Computer or Device Manager.

    I'm a computer noob and do not know how to approach this problem. I am good at following directions and Google, and is the only reason I was able to install the 2nd HDD on my own.

    Where do I start? Is there anything that I can do? I would really like to salvage the data on the HDD if it is possible.

    It is a Seagate Barracuda ST315005N4A1AS-RK SATA 3Gb/s 1.5TB 5900RPM 32MB Cache.

    Here is my PC info:
    Microsoft Windows XP, MCE, Ver. 2002, SP3
    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.40GHz
    ABIT AA8 DuraMAX motherboard

    2.00GB of RAM, 4x Corsair Value Select 512MB PC2-2400 DDR2 SDRAM
    Seagate Barracuda ST3120827AS SATA1.5Gb/s 120GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache
    Seagate Barracuda ST315005N4A1AS-RK SATA 3Gb/s 1.5TB 5900RPM 32MB Cache
    ATI RADEON X800 XL 400MHz 256MB
    L&C LC-B450E 115/230V 450W 60/50Hz

    Thanks for any help in advance!
     
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