Can't find hard drive

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lola2001

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I have an extra storage drive on my system. To avoid erasing anything during a reformatt of drive c, I unplugged it. Reformatted C and then plugged it back in again. Now it's not showing up. I checked the connections and robooted several times but nothing so far. Not sure what I should do now.
 

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You can start by telling us the O/S you use, the type (brand/model) of external storage you're talking about, and how it's connected to the system.
 

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I'm using windows 2000 and I have an extra 80GB Maxtor hard drive attached inside my computer. I moved everything over to that drive while I reformatted the C drive, now I can't find it to put everything back. I installed the maxtor software and it's not detecting it either.
 

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Is the drive being detected during bootup ie do you see both drives listed?

Have you checked disk management to see if your drive is listed? Was this a dynamic disk prior to the format?
 

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If the drive is not being detected, enter the bios and see if the channel the problem drive is on is enabled and set to auto detect the device.
Do you remember if you used any Maxtor software to install the problem drive? Do you have any controller cards installed such as a promise card or a highpoint card?
 

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I do not have another system to try it on.

I checked bios already, it was set to auto so I changed it to HDD, rebooted, didn't work so I changed it back.

I do not have a promise or highpoint card.

Is not showing up in Device manager either.
 

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Open your case and check to make sure the IDE and power cables are in, and the slave pins are set right.
 

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I checked the cables and everything is tight. I checked the pins on the drive and it's set for slave...as it always was. I disconnected and reconnected all power and data cables on both drives. Still nothing.
 

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There is the possibility that the drive has died or you may have damaged the connector when you unplugged it. I would try another cable and boot with the mgfs utility / install disk. See if the utility can find the drive. If the drive is plugged into a standard controller and the utility cannot find it, you will need to pull the drive and connect it to another system and see if you can recover any data.
 

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No, can't hear (or feel) anything, I don't think it is spinning.

I will get another cable tomorrow and see if it works.
 
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