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Windows 7: Old hdd will not show up in "my computer"

21 Apr 2012   #1
bigbuffs

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Old hdd will not show up in "my computer"

So my freind got his parents a new (old) computer and we are trying to pull off some pics and files they had on their old computer but I cannot get the drive to show up in explorer with the other drives. I have tried it in 2 different computers now, the new one my friend bought them which is running XP, and my computer which has win7. I get the same result in both. The drive loads fine and shows as working in device manager but it will not assign it a drive letter and it wont show with the other HDD's.

I have also tried to go into computer management and assign the drive a letter but it will not the me. The drive shows as Disk 0 and is marked as Healthy (Active, Primary partition) but if I try to right click on it the change stuff the only to option I can click on are "delete volume" and "help".

The dive is an old quantum fireball kx20.5 and I am told it has windows 98 on it. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I have to do to get it to show? It has the old EIDE connection type and I have set it to slave with the drive jumpers.


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21 Apr 2012   #2
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Sometimes W7 Will ignore drives/partitions that are marked as Active. The assumption is that it is a dual boot scenario and the non-running partition can be safely ignored.

You can try un-marking the drive as active to see if it will show up:
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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21 Apr 2012   #3
bigbuffs

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I gave that a try but the drive does not show up on the list when I enter the diskpart and then type list volume. All other drives seem to show but that one does not.
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22 Apr 2012   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Try jumpering it to Master or Cable Select and test.

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management with the drive connected?
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22 Apr 2012   #5
bigbuffs

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Is seems the same no matter what I set the jumper to. Here are the screen shots. In the disk management it is listed as disk0 as you can see it has no description and no drive letter under the volume list.


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22 Apr 2012   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Right click it and select change drive letter or path, next screen select add then assign it a drive letter. You will then be able to see it in explorer. I am not sure about what type partition is on it. You may have to initialize it. If you do, all data on it will be lost, but the drive will be usable then. just select new simple partition and format it if there is no data on it you want to keep.

EDIT: In disk management
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22 Apr 2012   #7
bigbuffs

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When i right click the only options it gives me is delete or help, all others are grayed out. Im sure if i deleted it it would let me format it and then it would work, but i am trying to get data off of it so i do not want to format it. I am wondering if 98 used a different file format from fat32 or ntfs and that is why it is not working.
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22 Apr 2012   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

To the best of my recollection, it used FAT32. You may try a Linux distro to recover the data and then format it.
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25 Oct 2012   #9
pdelisle22

Windows 7
 
 

Bigbuffs,

Did you figure out the solution. I have the exact same problem.
Thanks
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26 Oct 2012   #10
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

In the OPs device manager screenshot the drive is listed as SCSI. Does this mean a SCSI driver is needed ?
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