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I run WIN XP Pro on a Dell desktop that has two hard drive. I recently installed a CD drive and upon rebooting, the secondary drive (D), although recognized by the startup (BIOS), is no longer present when Windows finally opens. It's not present in the device manager and all shortcuts to it are null. All the bables are correctly installed and I've tried rebooting, re-installing the drive to no avail. Any ideas what might be going on?:confused:
 
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If you just installed new hardware I would check all the connections in pc.Check your jumper settings since you added hardware
 

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All connections are as previous to the installation. So, it should work. Can the new CD drive have something to do with this situation? I can't see how. If the BIOS "sees" the drive, then it must be a Windows software problem, no?
 
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If you add a new drive to any IDE cable there are drive select jumpers on the drives and if one of the drives disappears then the drive select jumpers ARE set wrong. Sometimes the secondary hard drives do not go by the setting rules and you have to say experiment to get it to work with whatever it has on it so start moving the jumper around and write down what you do as you do it just to keep the original settings and stuff.
 

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What I did was change an older CD drive by a newer one. So I guess that all jumpers should remain as they where...I'll check the jumpers on the CD drive.
 

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I removed the CD drive and rebooted. Same effect. I'll check to see if the jumpers on the CD drive might hinder the second hard drive.
 
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What kind of IDE cable do you have is it a 40-wire or an 80-wire? The 80-wire is smoother than the 40-wire.
 

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Not too sure: seems stiff, but it's been there since...1999! Markings are: IDE 1, DR2, 30AWG 150V...
 

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I've swithed cables; removed the CD drive; put it back; changed the jumper settings around on the CD drive nothing works.
 
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pideja said:
I run WIN XP Pro on a Dell desktop that has two hard drive. I recently installed a CD drive and upon rebooting, the secondary drive (D), although recognized by the startup (BIOS), is no longer present when Windows finally opens. It's not present in the device manager and all shortcuts to it are null. All the bables are correctly installed and I've tried rebooting, re-installing the drive to no avail. Any ideas what might be going on?:confused:
I think it is your boot configuration.If you can see it in BIOS. Repair the BOOTCFG with your Windows cd,then boot up to cd to the recovery thingy. ADD drive to BOOTCFG command and add the drive you are looking for. EXIT to reboot,and that's it ,your done.
 
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