Lost my secondary disk drive

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toopidpaka

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Help!!!

1. I am currently using XP Pro.

2. My secondary drive(FAT, without OS, only mp3 file, doc, xls etc...) went lost while I was defragging it halfway. It 'hung' up and I rebooted the PC, but my BIOS was unable to find my secondary drive...

3. System restore was switched off, so unable to reset to previous configuration.

4. I then tried to put it as master and used Win ME bootable cd to see if I can reformat the disk. Failed to find the drive too.

5. Was it due to me defragging it(FAT) using XP(NTFS system)?

6. Any comments and help greatly appreciated.
 

~Candy~

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Hi and welcome. If the bios doesn't see it, the drive is either dead, or a connection is loose inside.
 

toopidpaka

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Hi! Thanks for replying.

The problem is: I was able to get into bios setup, do an auto detect of my available drives, and save changes & exit.

Then, computer restarts, starts to list out primary master(hard disk) and stops(supposed to continue to list out my secondary drive, cd, cd-writer drives)... reboots itself, stops for a while, says disk problem: press F1 to resume. Pressing F1 will allow the bios to list my cd and cd-writer but skip finding my lost drive, hence continuing to Win XP...

I was thinking: since bios setup was able to find and correctly show my lost hdd as 20GB, why was bios unable to detect it during booting?

Do you know if bringing it to those hdd recovery companies will cost a bomb?

Thanks again.
 

~Candy~

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Yes, they charge quite a bit. A google search will give you an idea.

What you may try, allow that drive to cool down completely and try accessing it again. It does sound like there is a physical problem with the drive.
 
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