2nd hard disk was not assigned a drive letter...

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  1. RandysSOHC

    RandysSOHC New Member

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    I just installed win 7 7600 from xp... again...
    my 2nd hard drive is not showing up in disk managment
    ..it shows up in device manager & other programs...
    but not under my computer, also does not have a drive letter so its not accessible..
    their both 80gb hard drives & I kept the other for storage...
    anybody know of a way I can go about labeling this vanished drive so that I can access it?

    p4 2.8ghz
    1.5gb ram
    fx 6200

    thanks
     
  2. tonylwat3

    tonylwat3 New Member

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    need more iformation these ide or sata? raid 0 or 1 or none?

    need to know more about your set-up inparticluar they way your hard drives are attached and in which fashion they are.
     
  3. epk1950

    epk1950 Banned

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    If I am correct, you might have to make that hdd msdos ready, that means formatting with something like Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools which has Quick and Full write zeros, quick takes about 2 minutes, Full takes a bit.

    WDDLG: |MG| Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 1.13 Download

    after that you will need to make it msdos ready using win98 boot disk or gparted.

    bootdisk: Bootdisk.Com
    gparted: GParted -- Welcome

    Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools can format any hdd, usb etc. I suggest use Quick Zeros format, "2 Minutes".

    this will remove a flag aka msftres.

    I repeat do not let win7 manage the disk after the Quick Zero Fill Format. Use Win98 Boot Disk or Gparted to make that disk msdos ready.

    here was my sittuation, and above was is the fix.

    http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-hardware/19013-never-let-win7-manage-your-freshly-formatted-hard-drives.html
     
  4. nehoma

    nehoma Honorable Member

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    Look at "disk management" again.
    It wont be listed in the list of drives at the top but may well be towards the bottom where the drives are shown as bars.
    it will probably be there and shown as "unallocated"
    If it is right click on it and follow instructions
     

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