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Solved: BIOS sees additional hard drive,s o does device manager but windows explorer does not

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by eVILRigby, Sep 11, 2005.

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  1. eVILRigby

    eVILRigby Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I've just pulled a 160Gb hard drive from a second machine with various data on it, which I want to keep. I've stuck it in my primary machine as a slave, and the BIOS recognises it no problem. It is apparently there in system, device manager, but if you look for it in Explorer it isn't there.

    Looking at local disk management, my primary hard disk (0) is classified as basic (rather than dynamic), but the second drive (1) is classed as dynamic and foreign. I appear to have two options, import foreign discs, or convert to basic disc. What is the difference between the two options? And which do I do if I don't wish to lose any data?

    I'm running XP SP2 etc.
    Thanks,
    Jonathan
     
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    eVILRigby Thread Starter

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    thanks for the link. It gave me enough confidence to go for the import foreign disks option. I was running XP Pro on both machines, but I'd never heard of the basic/dynamic disc thing. For some reason the primary disc on this machine was set at basic and the other machine's primary and secondary discs dynamic. No big deal as it turned out. After importing the 'foreign' disc, it retained it's dynamic status, even though the primary disc on this machine is still set at basic, and is functioning perfectly normally. Again, many thanks.
    eVIL R
     
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