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Second Hard Drive not found after Windows XP re-install

By townsend11
Feb 12, 2010
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  1. Hi,

    I reinstalled WIndows XP SP 1 on my old Dell Desktop. I added a Hitachi Desktar 250gb hard drive to it a couple of years ago and was working fine until the reinstall; now the hard drive does not show up (Neither in Disk Management nor in BIOS). It is like it isn't there at all. Unfortunately, Hitachi doesn't give out the drivers for the hardware because they are compatible with XP. Any suggestions on how I can get my hard drive back?

    BTW: The hard drive has data on it but I don't need it; I was planning on wiping it clean after reinstalling XP.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,053   +76

    It should show up in the BIOS; if its not showing there its a trouble sign; check all cables (power + data cable)

    Check if you have "IDE Emulation" or "AHCI" enabled so XP can see it; also its good idea to update your xp installation to sp3/newer updates.
     
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