reinstalled Windows.. cant see secondary hard drive.

By descarao
Sep 8, 2005
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  1. Cant find secondary hard drive.

    Hi everybody,

    I have a computer with two hard drives, I use the first one for operating system(Windows XP professional) and the second one for storage only. I formatted my primary hard drive and reinstalled Windows, I did not touch the secondary one. After installation, I cant find my storage(secondary drive) anywhere. Did I loose all the data there? Is there a way to fix this? Thank you in advanced for any assistance

    Descarao
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Look in Disk Management if and how the second drive is recognised. I sincerely hope you didn't use the silly dynamic disk thing..
  3. descarao

    descarao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I went to disk management and it doesnt detect my second drive. What is the dynamic disk setup you mentioned? I just reinstalled windows the same way I've done it b4. Any ideas?
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    I think they mean this
    xp disk management basic or dynamic
    there was some discussion bout this awhile back
    seems from what I remember (HA) you can go from one to other but not back or something like that
    Fisrt thing I tell people about adding drives from another install on boot watch out for chkdsk.
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Do you have two physical harddisks in your PC?
    Check that all cables are properly connected on both ends.
    The second drive should still be there.

    Or did you at some time partition your single harddisk?
    If you only formatted the first partition, the second partition (also called drive sometimes) should still be there.

    Or did you do the silly thing (as per Nodsu)?
    Then you are in the proverbial creek.
  6. descarao

    descarao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    nm... I got it..

    I should have known better to check the cables first... thank you guys for all the help
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