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Mrcobra

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Just reformatted my winxp machine which has 3hd's. Unfortunately I am only seeing "C" drive. What the hell has happened ? I partioned all three drives and reinstalled XP on C
 

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In the control panel open the Administrative Tools, then open Computer Management which is used for your disk drives. Did you also format a file system as well as partitions on these other 2 hard drives? If not, you will need to format each with a file system to be detected and then usable. Check in there for options for a possible fix. The Event Viewer may also list some error or warning messages related to this issue.
 

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ok i got the one drive now showing but I still am not seeing the other. Now someone told me that since it's a sata Dr ( i think) that I have to allow it to be seen from the bios, but I just don't know how to go about doing this. I mean I know how to get to my bios but I have NO idea what I am looking for.

APon further review of the bios screen I see only this that looks like my HD's

IDE Primary Master Quantium
IDE Primary Salve WDC
IDE Secondary master None
IDE Secondary slave CD rom

where the NONE is I am thinking that is where my other darn drive should be.
 

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I just don't get it lol.....something so simple is so hard. In the device manager I see listed under "other devices" Multimedia audio controller & Raid controller, both with yellow explanation marks
 
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Some older BIOSs (like mine:D ) will not show a SATA drive on that screen. You say that you have 3 HDs and that you partitioned them. Where did you do the partitioning? What I'm asking is did the SATA ever show up during the reformat? Also suggest that you download and run this utility Everest to see what you have for HDs. The make and model of the MB might help also.

Edit: You also will need to reinstall your sound card drivers. Unless you have a RAID setup with your HDs don't worry about the RAID controller.
 

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I went under disk management and I do not see the other drive. I partioned them before reformatting the computer via the xp disc. Now that I think about it I can't be 100% sure I saw the other hd there or not. I'm almost certain that I did though.

I have sound so I don't know why that is yellow. I have a different sound card in and I am not using the onboard sound card if that means anything.

Everest does not show the other dr.
 
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Since you've done a reformat you may have to reinstall the SATA drivers for Windows. Do you have a CD that came with your MB. I would ignore the yellow exclamation devices.
 

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Other HD is now found. Got the SiS SATA RAID Driver for my MB:

Thanks all for the help
 
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