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Windows 7: Cannot access second hard drive

18 Feb 2012   #11
ignatzatsonic

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"hasn't been able to see my other harddrive" where??

In the BIOS?

In Windows Explorer?

In Windows Disk Management?
I can't see it in Windows Explorer, but I think I can see it in Device Manager, I'm not sure :C
You may have to do a "refresh" or "rescan" in Windows Disk Management. The drive needs to be formatted and assigned a drive letter.


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19 Feb 2012   #12
inaniloquent

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19 Feb 2012   #13
inaniloquent

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inaniloquent View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
"hasn't been able to see my other harddrive" where??

In the BIOS?

In Windows Explorer?

In Windows Disk Management?
I can't see it in Windows Explorer, but I think I can see it in Device Manager, I'm not sure :C
You may have to do a "refresh" or "rescan" in Windows Disk Management. The drive needs to be formatted and assigned a drive letter.
Formatted????? Is there anyway at all I can recover the drive without formatting? Some very valuable files on there.
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19 Feb 2012   #14
whs
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You could try to image it with a live CD. Maybe that can find it. Options that come to mind are:

1. The Hirens CD 15.1 where you can boot into an XP environment which has Macrium 4.2. as an option. That is a fast aprroach. http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

2. The other option is if you burn the WinPE CD from the free Macrium program. That gives you a bootable Windows7 option. It is a bit long though to burn it because Macrium downloads the WAIK from MS which is 1.7 GBs. But if you are patient, that is a good option. http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

In both cases you get a VHD on your external disk which you can later mount (just double click on the image) and retrieve your data.

I would probably first try the Hirens because it is the quicker way and with the XP environment, you may have more luck accessing the drive.
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02 May 2012   #15
inaniloquent

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Solved when I had to reinstall windows on my PC. for some reason it meant i was able to see/use my other HDD and all the files were still there. weird
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