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Server hard drive not recognized

By Alexexex
May 8, 2011
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  1. So basically, I decided to take a 120gb seagate hard drive from an old server I had laying around for extra storage on my desktop. The thing is it is not recognized by my desktop, however is recognized in the bios. I've looked at computer management and its recognized, but is not assigned a drive letter. When I right click I don't get any options...

    I'm sort of stumped with this, please help. :)
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Is this an IDE or SATA hard drive?
     
  3. Alexexex

    Alexexex TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Sata! Lol I have to type at least 10 letters.
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    If you haven't already, make sure you have installed all the SATA controller drivers for your motherboard. Some motherboards have more than one brand.
     
  5. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

    also make sure that the drive initialized. there should be a red symbol with white cross if so.
    in the disc manager is the drive marked black or blue?
    if it is black you should create a volume on it before you can assign a drive letter to it.
     
  6. Alexexex

    Alexexex TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    So basically http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5N73AM/#download I can't find any other drivers I need to install. Also, both hard drives are Barracuda, just the capacities are different. As for what Codisha suggested I'm not sure what the disc manager is, although in the computer management there are no red symbols that I know of.
     

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  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    You installed Windows 7 but it appears that motherboard does not have any Windows 7 compatible chipset drivers. You need those drivers to run Windows 7 properly.
     
  8. Alexexex

    Alexexex TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Lol I know but I'm not sure where do find them if they aren't on the official motherboard website...
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Sorry I wasn't clearer before. What I'm saying is you can't run Windows 7 with this motherboard because there are no compatible chipset drivers for it. The official motherboard website is the place to get them but since they aren't there, you are out of luck. You will have to go back to a supported OS like XP or perhaps you can get a new motherboard that does support Windows 7.
     
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    OH.

    I just looked at your Disk Management snapshot. Is Disk 1 in the snapshot the disk you are talking about? If so i'm not so sure it's a driver issue. Here's why

    The disk is recognized in Disk Management. That means the drivers have been installed OK as far Device Manager is concerned. The physical disk is being detected and logically exists now in Disk Management. In fact, Windows detects the disk and sees TWO partitions on the drive. (So it's physically detected and even logical partitions exist)

    Question is why it won't allow you assign a drive letter at this point :confused:

    /* EDIT */
    I have an idea.. will post more sometime tomorrow when i have a chance
     
  11. Alexexex

    Alexexex TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Hmm so I'm thinking I could try the Vista x64 drivers because its almost like Windows 7 and they contain the chipset as well a complete set of the other drivers. What do you guys think? Lol Vista blows I can't ever go back. :(
     
  12. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    WAIT!!!

    The problem you described "The disk exists in Disk Management but you can't assign a drive letter to the disk partition" sounded sooooooo familiar / similar to some other problems i've seen but it took a bit of time for my brain cells to kick in! and remember how and why!

    Your problem may <fingers crossed> be due to something called "filters".

    See CD/DVD or Disk Problems? How to Fix Problems Caused by Filters. Try removing the upper and lower disk filters, reboot and try again. This might help

    p.s. i also did a quick google and found at least one other person with your same problem who also fixed it by removing their filters! see [Solved] Win7 Wont Assign Drive Letter (Solved)

    Hope it might work for you as well!
     
  13. Alexexex

    Alexexex TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    AHHH... windows wouldn't start anymore and I had to rely on system repair to get me booting again!
     
  14. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    YIKES!

    1. Are you sure you navigated to the right registry key?
    ==> Did you navigate to the key manually, by hand? Or did you use the Regjump command, per the instructions, to get there?

    2. Are you now back to original problem and unable to assign a drive letter? If you want to just a provide a snapshot, navigate back to the registry key again, take a screen shot and attach. I can take a look
     

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