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XP hates my secondary hard drive! STILL!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fluorophore, Apr 4, 2004.

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  1. fluorophore

    fluorophore Thread Starter

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    I upgraded to WinXP (not a clean install, just the standard upgrade.. I know.. dumb) on my WinME machine and decided to add an old 30 GB HD for extra storage. Both drives are FAT32, and for a while it worked fine.

    Then a while back, the system couldn't find the second drive. The icon shows up (i.e., assigns it a drive letter D: ), but when I try to access the drive (or any files located on D: ) it tells me the drive isn't formatted. I reformatted the whole thing as FAT32 and it worked fine for a few months, now it's telling me it isn't formatted again. Usually the problem appears after Scan Disk pops up on a reboot. I know I'm toast when that happens. I don't know what is prompting it to flip out, but it seems to be persistent.

    There has to be a way to fix it. Norton SystemWorks couldn't touch it (no big surprise), but there must be a way to reestablish the connection. I think it's a minor bug but don't know where to start. I read on Google about a guy that used some utility to set the drive type as FAT32 and that worked for him, but not sure how he did it exactly.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Dan O

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    The drive may be going bad. I recommend you go to the manufacture's support web page of the drive and download their disk checker, which does a low level verification of the status of the drive. When you boot the drive brand is displayed with the model.
     
  3. fluorophore

    fluorophore Thread Starter

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    Went to the Maxtor site and downloaded their scan utility. Did a full scan. Came up clean.

    I'm thinking this is an XP related problem. Is there any way to re-establish connection with the drive without reformatting?
     
  4. icecube

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    Put the d drive on another machine and see if the data is still there, if it is, the OS could be suspect.

    your biggest problem is confidence in the system--Windows Mil was a horrible OS

    Further, check the capacitors on the motherboard--are they ouzing or leaking

    and last, the power supply you might consider replacing it if its over 3 years old.

    There are basicly 3 interactions motherboard, ide cable, power to the harddrive, the software coordinates everything in a consistent reoccuring pattern. A harddrive winking on and off sounds like a hardware issue but it is conceivable that its a software issue.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    Generally when a drive is "not found or shows that it needs formatting" it is a problem with the drive itself; specifically the mbr. As a test, boot into the repair console and change to the suspect drive. Type "fixmbr" without the quotes. If the drive is recognized now, it is failing.
     
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