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Windows 7: IDE hard drive not recognized

28 Oct 2009   #11
TyMyShew

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Jonathan King: I tried that and it gave me the same options.

whest: In BIOS, I can only find (to my knowledge) SATA AHCI. I found the IDE HD though, but didn't know how to make it "active".

NEWS: I made it work!!!

However, it wasn't through the various means that you both have provided (though I am very grateful for your help!)

I still don't really know how it worked or why it worked but this is what I did:
In the third picture in my previous post, you see that I right-clicked the "blank drive" and no options were available. However, when I right clicked the "Disk 0" (which it was assigned to) and selected "Convert to Dynamic" it suddenly went "online" or it worked. Now, I don't know what dynamic is or what basic is (which is what my SATA drive is currently at).

The problem is fixed but I'd still like to know what these "Dynamic" or "Basic" drives mean. Do you two know?

Again, thanks for all your help!


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28 Oct 2009   #12
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Yes open help in disk management it will give you the details, and how to change back to basic, as that is what it should be set as - you will understand when you find it in help.
Disk management - help -contents - change a basic disk to a dynamic disk - read thoroughly.
I would be careful if you have data on that drive, and also be hesitant to accept that its fixed, and look for another solution - on the other hand hopefully when you change it back to basic you can assign a drive letter to it.
Read this link also http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...96(WS.10).aspx
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28 Oct 2009   #13
TyMyShew

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Whest: So, I read up on Dynamic and Basic and...I'm still a bit confused at the difference (I mean, I read the differences, but the terminologies are above my head). I don't know their specific uses or "pros"/"cons" of using either. If I'm using a disk as Dynamic for pure file storage, is that bad? Will it randomly "corrupt" or "break"? I kind of don't want to go through the hassle of backing up, deleting and then re-assigning volumes or what not. If it's a must, I guess I'll do it!

Also, there is now a drive letter (ever since I converted it to Dynamic). It is now F:.
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28 Oct 2009   #14
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Please convert it to basic,and see whether it works - the drive letter remains, and you can still access it , that way you have no problems - i know your worries - but im still learning from my experiences, and thats how Ive survived by trying things - for one you should check your bios to see what it says under sata configuration, and i'll try to find out whether the matrix driver supports IDE - you might of stumbled on a great solution but be careful.
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28 Oct 2009   #15
xtreampctek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

EDIT* didn't read last page and realized the problem was fixed when I posted this.
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29 Oct 2009   #16
TyMyShew

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xtreampctek View Post
EDIT* didn't read last page and realized the problem was fixed when I posted this.
It sort of is fixed...but not really. It's currently in Dynamic drive and not Basic drive. Still not sure if it's good or bad but I guess better to be safe with Basic!
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29 Oct 2009   #17
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Put it back to basic - as that will cause you less problems, and if you check your other drive it will be basic also, you can easily return to dynamic.
Check in the disk column furthest to the left it will be basic (where it says online etc.)
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31 Oct 2009   #18
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Does The Intel Matrix Storage Manager support both Sata and Pata drives -
I found the link on intel site, as I thought the intel storage manager supports both pata and sata drives - below is a link to the page - you will find it under General Information plus all other valuable info on the matrix manager.

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31 Oct 2009   #19
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TyMyShew View Post
Before I get into the problem, here's my HD configuration:

1 x 500GB SATA HD (2 partitions) -- Master Drive -- Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed in one of the partitions (150GB partition)
1 x 250GB IDE HD (no partitions) -- Slave Drive -- just for file dump.

Here's my problem:

I installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on one of the partitions of the SATA HD. It works great and recognizes both partitions of this drive. However, I cannot "see" my IDE HD. I went through to disk management and I can see the drive there with no drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter via right clicking, but all options were grayed out (meaning, not clickable). I read other posts but they either have the same solution (assigning drive letter) or the problem is slightly different from mine. I've had this HD configuration before and had Windows XP Pro 64-bit on it too.

Anyways, I'm not sure what to do and I don't want to delete the files on that HD. Anyone have a solution to this problem? Thanks!
I'm sad to say by the looks of your screenshot from Disk Manager it looks like your 250GB HDD - Disk 0 is not formatted... it doesnt say NTFS or FAT32 on the image representing the HDD! But it could be an issue with Win7 and mixing PATA with SATA.

Do you have a 2nd PC you could throw the 250GB HDD in to test? That's an easy way to know if its formatted and working! Or get one of these or similar... Newegg.com - SABRENT USB-DSC5 Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE 2.5" and 3.5" to USB 2.0 Cable Converter Adapter - Adapters & Gender Changers

I swear by mine but Im a fix and repair guy and use it often!
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31 Oct 2009   #20
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Its ok I only left that comment & link, as we were interested in whether the intel matrix storage manager supported pata drives. He solved his issues just by clicking the column with online/offline in disk management eventually, but he shouldnt of needed to do this. He is happy, so we will just have to leave it as that for the time being.
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