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My computer is not showing drives in Windows XP

By awahab79
Jun 26, 2008
  1. i have windows xp. when i open my computer, it does not show drives, but if i do scan then it shows drives, but after sometime, it shows a data error message.
     
  2. bobm

    bobm TS Rookie Posts: 39

    more than one HD or a partitioned HD? how old are the drives?
     
  3. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    I really think that you need to provide more detailed information to recieve any kind of useful help awahab79.

    For a start, what do you mean when you say drives? Hard Drives, Optical Drives, Flash Drives?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  5. bobm

    bobm TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I am shore he is reffering to Hard Drives
     
  6. awahab79

    awahab79 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    drive means hard drive, i have 2 partitions, but both partitions are not viewable. i cant access them by My Computer, Explorer, even by command prompt. but windows is working properly.
     
  7. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    Have the partitions been formatted?

    Do they show up in Disk Management?

    Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
     
  8. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    Below I attached a reg file I use to fix this type of problem 1 out of 20 computers will not get fix with this file just double click it select yes then ok and reboot also you may want to change the IDE cable
     

    Attached Files:

  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes but that's for CD (just like I thought)

    Try going to Device Manager:
    Start-->Run-->devmgmt.msc
    Click on the + sign to expand IDE ATA Controllers
    Right click on your ATA Controllers and select uninstall (note: this does not hurt your data)
    Restart
    Allow Windows to find and install your ATA Controllers again (basically the HardDrive)

    Open My Computer and confirm you see your HardDrive and partitions.

    If that doesn't help, you may want to do a full updated Spyware scan, or Antivirus updated scan.

    If that doesn't help, consider replacing the IDE cable
     
  10. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    its for both look at the file open it with notepad
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I opened it before, I had to re-open it to copy the below:
    Also I have set all my reg files to open with Notepad (just in case)
     
  12. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    ? didn't he say that was the problem DVD/CD
     
  13. bobm

    bobm TS Rookie Posts: 39

    No HDD with partition.
     
  14. bobm

    bobm TS Rookie Posts: 39

    is it fixed
     
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