Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk
Something made the second drive inactive or hidden for some reason. It still should be seen in the bios regardless if the drive is working and plugged in correctly.
Don't hesitate to double check cables just the same since they can fool you at times especially if they have loose contacts or the port or drive end is seeing a bit of play where the end lifts up or eases out a little unnoticed when moving the case around to get in and out of it.
The bios part is strictly cable or drive related when not showing there. The vanishing drive originally came in en external enclosure and was simply installed for internal use when finding this. Not being seen in the bios however can be the power connector as well as the ends of the data cable being loose.
With all this done have you booted back into Vista since the drive was reinstalled to see if it still shows? If so you may have seen a bad install of 7 being another likely cause to consider. 7 generally spots any changes on the spot having multiple drives in use here.
No, no, no. The vanishing drive has nothing to do with an external enclosure, and no the cables aren't loose. There was no way for them to get loose in the act of inserting a windows 7 disk and installing it. I did not open up my computer and loosen the cables when I installed 7, nor did I kick my desk, the tower, or jump around the apartment in lead shoes. It is physically impossible for the cables to have become an issue. *headdesks* Here's why:
1) the cables couldn't be the problem because there was no change to them and everyone has ignored the fact that I said that I had checked them in the first post, which is a little insulting and makes me wonder if I'm being told to do the noob stuff because I'm a girl when anyone with a brain would have already checked that stuff at least 3 times; 2) that notwithstanding, they were checked multiple times and they work, and, again, I said that in the first post. Please get off of the cables because it is completely 100% impossible for that to be the problem. In fact, there is no hardware problem at all. Every piece checks out. How do I know it checks out? Because I triple checked it before I made post 1.
Additionally, I can't go back into Vista, because Vista is gone. I would have to reinstall it to get it back and I'm not about to do that.
Thanks, but no one here has suggested anything that I haven't already tried that I could do. This has been a frustrating experience... but I'm convinced this forum can't help. Thanks anyway for your time and your responses.