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Question: Windows 2k not recognize slave drive

I have recently installed Windows 2000 on a new hard drive that I got. Finally, I have installed all my programs and the computer is working great. Recently, My friends computer crashed being unable to boot in to Windows, and needing to be re-formatted. I want to place his hard drive in my machine as a slave, and copy some files for him onto my drive, or else his files will all be lost. Windows 2k does not recognize the slave drive on start up, and I do not receive a drive letter for it. I set my friends drive to slave properly, and am sure that the connections are secure. Do you have any ideas, of how to get Win 2k to recognize the slave drive, Thanks,

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How do I get my computer to recognize a slave drive.I just installed it but the only thing I see is that has affected my D drive which is my DVD drive.

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Hi all,  In an old Dimension 2350 with Win 2000, the machine wouldn't start.  It seemed to hang at the Dell Screen.   With a little more prodding I managed to get the machine to go to Windows Recovery Console, but unfortunately, it was the end of the day - so I shut it down with plans to do some data retrieval in the morning.  No luck.  In the morning, I kept getting a 'Primary hard Drive not detected' or some error of that nature.  I went back to the Recovery Console, but this time got a message that Windows couldn't recognize the hard drive.  So, I grabbed another perfectly working Dimension 2350 and tried to set the bad drive up as a slave.  As far as I can see, the jumper settings are correct, the cables are secured.  If i remove the slave drive (remember, this is the drive that the first pc was not recognizing), from the BIOS settings, the machine boots fine with only the master.  When I set the BIOS to AUTO detect a secondary drive, the machine does not recognize either drive.   That's right, I get a message that says it could not detect Primary 0 or Primary 1.  I go into the BIOS and find 'Unknown' in both slots.   What about the bad drive, when BIOS is enabled to detect it, would be causing the detection of both drives to fail?  What could I be doing wrong?  The good drive in the good Dimension is a Maxtor.  The bad drive coming out of the other... Read more

Answer:Trying to Slave Hard Drive that other PC won't recognize

remove the jumper and see what happens

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I have a Gateway AMD with Athlon chip running Win98SE and IE6.  This computer will not recognize a slave drive, even after I set up Bios for Auto recog.  Deleted Root Hubs in an effort to reorganize, no luck.  Have a HP2355 Printer on one USB and a camera on the other.  I am getting exasperated to say the least.  Nothing seems to work.  Anyone have any ideas?  The slave is set for slave (checked and double checked) and the Master is set for Master.  I can take the slave out in put it into another computer and it works fine.Jim

Answer:Doesn't recognize slave drive

Zevron:Do you see the slave hard drive in the BIOS setup?  If the BIOS doesn't recognize it, Windows will not, either.  Is this an external hard drive connected to a USB port?  If so, Windows 98 SE may need drivers installed before it will be able to access the drive.Let us know if you need more help.Doc

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The original harddrive on my computer (see Belarc below) has started making a buzzing noise. With a view to replacing it, I purchased a “Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 "Perpendicular Recording" ST3250820A 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive – OEM” from Newegg. Because I wanted a clean install of XP, I got a new XP/Service pack 2 disc from Dell (since it was Dell I couldn’t slipstream a disk). I disconnected the old drive from the system and from power, and connected the Seagate as the master. I installed XP/Service pack 2, partitioned (primary 121 GB I think), and formatted the Seagate. Rebooted and the Seagated booted with XP – so far, so good. I then disconnected the Seagate, and reconnected the drives with the old drive as the master and the Seagate as the slave. I booted with the old drive successfully.
I intend to use Acronis Disk Director suite to do the rest of the transition, but I cannot find the registration key, very irritating.
The problem: booting with the old drive as master, the bios does not see the slave Seagate, as confirmed by the Belarc below. Any suggestions? BTW, while Belarc indicates 2 security updates missing, Microsoft Update does not indicate anything missing.

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Computer Name: Dc2ps121 (in MSHOME)
Profile Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:33:40 AM
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Answer:Solved: Bios Does Not Recognize New Slave Drive

Looks like this one got posted twice by mistake.

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Answer:Solved: Bios Does Not Recognize New Slave Drive

One way to make sure there isn't a conflict is to connect the new drive as the only drive on the secondary IDE channel.

If you can't do this, another way is to double check that it does not conflict with another device on that channel.

Also, if you use Acronis True Image, you can completely copy your old drive to the new one.

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Hello. I need some good advice and tips on how to solve a serious problem that started today. I have two hard drives: master( where the OS is installed) and slave. I don't know how happened, my computer just ceased recognizing the slave hard drive. My master drive works well yet.
Each time I boot my pc, only the master drive appears as installed, and the slave doesn't.

Answer:My slave hard drive is not recognize by my computer anymore

I would check the BIOS and not even bother with the OS. Once it is recgnized in the BIOS you are good to go.. We need more information. Are they SATA or IDE. If IDE how do you have them hooked up? On one single IDE port with one cable or two separate ports.. We need more info in order to help you.

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I use a seagate SATA hard disk as a master disk where i have my OS installed etc. and a WD IDE disk as slave where i usually keep files like mp3s, movies and so on.
As long as I had windows xp everything worked fine.

I installed Windows 7 yesterday on the SATA disk, and now i can't see the IDE slave on windows 7. The BIOS (ASUS P5GD1-VM) detects him perfectly fine, but when i log into windows 7 i can't see it in My Computer, Disk manager or device manager.

Is there any solution to this?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:HELP: Windows 7 can't recognize my IDE slave hard disk.


Change the IDE drive to Master, unless you have more than one on the same cable. I'm not aware of a difference in the way Windows 7 detects IDE drives vs. XP, but try that.

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Hi, Im new in this forum, hope you guys can help me out, I usually build my own PCs but I dont really have that much experience, specially not with HP PCs.

So, I took my own SATA HDD to my cousins home, I installed it, but since I forgot to bring my own power adapter, I unplugged my cousins secondary HDD. Anyways there was no problem, my HDD was recognized, I got the READY FOR USE message, and well I got the files I needed.

After I was done with that, I took my HDD, plugged back his own secondary HDD and the bios recognized it. Then we go into windows, it loads, no problem, but the secondary HDD is not recognized, it just wont show on windows explorer or anything.

This is an old PC, its a Pentium D, and its an HP model, media center windows XP, it has a different type of windows bar. I dunno I hate the interiors its so hard to reach everything. Does matter where I plug the sata cable? I never had this problem before with sata HDDs. I went to the Bios and saw both HDDs as recognized, they even show as functioning hardware on windows control panel/add hardware.

I´m just confused that I couldnt make it run, but to be honest I didnt have time to work on it cuz I had to leave, actually I just got home from his house, and Im going tomorrow to try to fix it. hope you guys can help, or give me any clues on what I can try to do tomorrow. bye.

Answer:Windows XP Media Center won´t recognize reinstalled slave HDD

The computer was turned off when you removed the power cable yeah? Or was it running?

If all you have done is remove the power cable there should be no reason for it to stop working. The fact it has, suggests to me that you've either removed it with the computer powered up, or removed something else (like maybe the data lead isn't connected correctly).

The SATA data cable will work regardless of what port its plugged into. I've regularly moved mine around for whatever reason while working on the inside of my computer and its never been an issue.

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Hey. I'm sure this was answered elsewhere, but I didn't see any posts on moving a secondary drive over to be another computer's secondary.

I have an old Pentium 3 with two hard drives on it (a 18GB and a 120GB) on Windows 2000.

Now I just bought a computer that is running Windows XP and I intend to move the 120GB hard drive over to be the secondary drive.

The 120GB was the secondary/slave drive, so I'm wondering: do I still need to follow all the steps including formating it to be current with the new OS or can I just plug it in and it works automatically?

In a less wordy way: does it have system files on it that need to be deleted or will it work perfectly from the start?

I used Seagate's DiscWizard to install the slave drive on my old computer, which was easy enough, but that was a empty hard drive.

Answer:moving a slave drive to be a slave drive on another computer (two operating systems)

Re: moving a slave drive to be a slave drive on another computer (two operating syste

Win XP will just auto detect it and away you go. You won't need to install anything. It will perform better if you formatted it NTFS previously but if it's still FAT32 it will still work fine. Start using it.

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hi -

for several months my PC would only recognize and connect with my slave drive ("E") once in awhile. sometimes if i changed cables or disconnected "E" for awhile, it would come back on being reconnected. i finally posted the issue on TSG, and one member suggested going back to master/slave from cable select. it worked for a couple of days, so i marked the thread "solved". but less than a day later it dropped "E" again.
now it has also stopped recognizing my cd/dvd drive "D"- will not display it under "my computer" (of course doesn't show "E" either), and won't play cds or dvds. i had recently installed iTunes, and last night iTunes opened a window stating that something in its installation was preventing my player from working, and that i would need to uninstall iTunes. i did that today, rebooted, but no dice.
another recent problem (not sure if related) is that during the same week it has begun to get weird with new programs. i installed seagate's diagnostic program. the minute i would click on it, a window would popup stating that it had encountered a problem and needed to close. i also installed a kenwood music editor program, and same thing- the first time i clicked on it to use it, up popped a window saying that "kenwood music editor has encountered a problem", etc. i got the seagate program from their site, and the kenwood software from a disc.

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I just installed Windows Xp on a brand new HDD. The previous hard drive had Windows 2000, and since I didn't want to lose any files I installed that drive as the slave. But when I boot the machine up. And select the slave drive, none of the files, such as pictures, word docs, etc. are there. The folders are blank. What am I doing wrong? The jumper pin setting is correct because the picture is right on the label for the drive. Can anybody help?



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Dell 3 year-old desktop, xp, 40gb maxtor hd (drive c), 60gb maxtor hd (drive f), set to cable-select.

I bought a 160gb Seagate hd (ultra ATA) intending to partition it and clean-install xp on drive c and reinstall some applications on another partition. xp installation (10gb partition) seemed to go ok (didn’t format or install anything else) and new drive boots and opens to xp desktop, utilities work, etc.

Problem: now neither of the old drives is recognized when moved to (or left as, in the case of the 60gb) cable-select slave. They show up on the BIOS, which settings I haven’t changed. Jumpering the 160 seagate to master and either of the maxtors to slave has no effect (i.e., slave still not seen). But moving the 160 seagate to slave (back to cable-select jumper settings for both) gets both hds recognized; system boots from whichever old hd is master.

Any ideas why slave hd disappears (using ‘my computer’ icon) when Seagate is master, but not when Seagate is slave? And what to do about it?


"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master." --Abraham Lincoln

Answer:Won't recognize cable-select hd as slave, but will as master

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I recently had a power supply fail in my pc, its not the first time, I built the PC and have pretty much background knowledge about computers. I am stumped on this however, I replaced the power supply, very routine anymore. Fired it up, booted fine, and am currently using it now; however my secondary hard drive will not show up in ?my computer?. It shows in device manager as ?This device is working correctly? It shows in the BIOS. Every time I restart and go back into device manager the Drive is not listed until I click search for ?plug and play? hardware, then it remains listed as working correctly. Also note that it shows as being only 8mb, it is a 120 gig. I?m thinking it?s a partition problem. I have a lot of personal files on the drive and am looking for a way around formatting it to make it work again. Any help would be great; I?m tearing my hair out over this thing. K8V MB, 3200+ AMD, 30gig WD master drive, 120gig Slave drive, Gig of pc3200 Ram. I?m running Vista ultimate, blah.

Answer:Vista wont recognize slave Harddrive

Is the Drive connected by SATA or IDE?

Have you tried a different Cable and molex connector to the drive.

If that doesn't work try the drive in another computer.

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Can anybody talk me through installing a slave drive on my gateway gm5483e motherboard model 945gct-m3 made by elitegroup also known as ECS

Answer:windows Vista sata hard drive slave drive


It should be as simple as installing a couple of cables. Hopefully you've got a nice flat cable either with the new slave drive, or a spare with the motherboard: it's normally red, but can be other colours, about 1cm wide and 1mm thick. That needs to be plugged in between the drive and one of your SATA slots on the motherboard. They'll normally be black, and unlike most, will have a slight 'L' shape to them. If you get a torch on your motherboard, you should see SATA1 or SATA2 written very close to them. If you've already got a SATA drive, then it should be easy to spot, so just use the second port.

When you start the machine up, go into the BIOS by pressing the appropriate key (it should come up with a screen just after displaying what graphics card you have / testing memory, telling you what key to press - normally F1, F2, F12, Esc or Del),

Then find your way to the 'Boot Order' section (sorry, not sure quite where it'll be for your chipset - but it'll be either on the first screen, or more likely a menu off of it), and make sure that it's still on your CD/Floppy/original drive first and hasn't swapped to your new SATA (it shouldn't have done, but some prefer a SATA drive by default to an IDE).

Any probs or questions, please come back. You'll do fine!


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Good morning.I am trying to install a Western Digital 20 GB Hard Drive as a slave in my Compaq Presario. The HD was used in a Gateway system as a master HD.I set the jumpers for slave configuration and connected the power and serial connector.The problem is the BIOS recognizes the HD and a Windows program from Western Digital named Data Lifeguard Tools recognizes the drive, but wants to set it as a secondary store device and want to erase all the data and/or partision. I need the files on the hard drive unfortunately.Also the problem is, Windows doesn't recognize the Slave and the "DOS" command prompt doesn't have a drive letter for this drive.Within the Data Lifeguard Tools program it lists the Slave HD under My Computer Primary ATA controller C:/Quantum Bigfoot 3.2 GB (my master HD) and the WDC WD200GB-11Bhf0 20 GB (which is the slave. It also lists Seconday ATA controller and there is nothing under that field.Am I missing something? Any suggestions? Thank you.

Answer:Window 98SE doesn't recognize Slave Western D HD

If it' s jumpered correctly, then the next step is to see if it is recognized in the BIOS. If so, then the drive should be seen in Windows and the data should be accessible. Whatever that WD program is should not be necessary.Is the original drive jumpered as Master or Cable Select?

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Trying to remove prior Win7 install from D: drive HDD when Win7 is now on C: SSD.In the past I just formatted the drive and its clean.My problem is that I have data and programs installed on D: that I do not want to completely wipe out, so the easy formatting is not going to work for me. I was thinking of using Linux to remove Windows 7 from this D: drive to get the 17.8GB back. Is this the best method or is there a better method to get around the Access Denied issue when trying to remove when I am the System Admin and should be able to delete it, but cant?

Answer:Removing Windows 7 from slave drive without formatting drive

If you are logged into Windows on your system partition and wish to remove a different Windows installation you should be able to do so after taking ownership. I always use this utility to add "take ownership" to the context menu:

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Hi there,I have searched for this elsewhere but my problem is slightley different.My master HD has 3 o/s (home/pro and 98) and gives me the choice each time it boots. I want to start fresh but not lose the ability to access my current o/s until I am happy with my new o/s. I have formatted my slave drive and begin the xp pro install. After the point where it checks my disks it says it need a reboot. at this point it reboots to my 3 choices on the master. I try it again and press f8 to choose where to boot from. Selecting the slave drive, but it dosent continue the install. Gives me a o/s is not loaded message.How do I get xp pro on my slave drive?I tried Partition magic and only installs a new os on my 1st (master) disk.ideas please.

Answer:Windows XP on slave Drive

Is this a real XP Pro disc and not used elsewhere?I can't imagine why someone would want to pay for 3 legal Microsoft products on the same machine.

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I have two hard drives one 40gb(IDE) and a 2tb(SATA).
I have my 32bit OS installed on the 40gig and all my data on my 2tb. Now I recently got more ram and now need to install 64bit.

My question is can I install the 64 bit on my 2tb and have a dual boot.

I'm installing Windows using a setup that I Downloaded that has a few tweeks added in so no disc to install from just a setup file.

Answer:Can I install Windows on my slave drive?

May I ask what has been added to Win7 you are using? Do you have a link so we can see?

How is this modded Win7 being activated?

Win7 is installed correctly from booted media. I would unplug the other HD during install.

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I've installed a second hard drive to the machine. Windows sees the drive but won't allow me to assign a drive letter. Should have been a simple install and has taken more time to try to get a drive letter than placing the hardware. Anyone know how to fix this very frustrating problem? I have Windows 98, second edition as the operating system. Thank you!

Answer:Installing a slave drive on Windows 98


Did you partition and format the new drive in a FAT32 format?

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hi i need a little help.My friend left her hard drive with me as she was having alot of problems and wanted me to format all partitons and reinstall windows XP on her system.Problem is i may not be as computer illiterate as her but i come pretty close.Formatting the regular partiotions was not a problem but im a little confused when it comes to formatting the partition(in her case C:/) which has windows installed onto it.normally u enter set up and boot from CD and then format and reinstall.but in this case i have made her hard drive the slave .how should i go about formatting her hard d rive and reinstalling windows onto it without accidently doing it to my hard drive

Answer:reinstalling windows XP onto a slave drive

Well, you shouldn't install XP that way. You can install her drive as a slave and format it completely. You then remove your master, make hers the master, leave your drive out, and then install her copy of XP. Here is the problem with all that. Your hardware, like your motherboard, processor, video, and anything else you might have will be set up by XP and if it isn't her configuration, then XP will not boot, you will be forced to call Microsoft and give them the 42 digit number that will appear when you activate XP. In other words, you formatted the drive, you then should give it back to her so she can install it in her computer, and then boot from her WinXP CD and go through setup. That would be the legal way to do it.

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So I have two hard drives in my PC set up as storage drives,, they are getting full and neither boots anymore nor do I care to have them boot. Id like to delete windows 7 from them both but also keep my files that I have on them without having to transfer everything to a new drive.
Is there a way to "uninstall" Win 7??
or should I just delete all the files and folders that pertain to the o/s?
Hmmm did a couple searches but didn't find anything that helped.

Answer:Remove Windows 7 from Old HDD thats now a slave drive

The proper way to do it is to copy your files to the drive you`re booting with now or to an external. Then format the drive, then copy your data back.

But, you could put all your files into 1 folder then delete everything else.

Why do you say they are set up as storage but don`t boot anymore ?

How many instances of 7 do you have on this pc and why ?

Post a shot of disk management. Your boot files may be on 1 of these drives.

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I have 2 HDD, 1 set as slave and another as master. There wouldn't be any problem with installing XP on the slave drive would there? Thanks for your help.

Answer:Install Windows XP on Slave drive

no. but to boot to it you would have to set the computer to boot off of the slave drive first in order to use XP on that drive.

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I owned an eee pc 900 with 20GB SSD, 4GB onboard while 16GB flash drive. My problem is im trying to find a way to install windows pro on drive D:\ instead of drive C:\ due to space shortage.

C:\ is my master volume while D:\ is slave. Is there a way to install windows on slave drive??

Answer:How to install windows o/s on slave drive

If you can give both the drives a volume label in windows (don't know if you have windows installed already), then you should be able to allocate which drive to install to in windows set-up.

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Hello, guys. I recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate to see if I liked it. I installed it on my 1TB slave drive, with Windows XP Pro on my much smaller main drive. I had to reformat XP Pro because I had a really bad trojan, and rather than having to deal with it, I decided to just format and install Windows 7. Now, I'd like to uninstall Windows 7, but when I try to just delete the folders, it says I don't have permission, and it won't allow me to boot up on that hard drive.
I've tried to change the permission rights and ownership... but it's all failed. I got access of most of the main files, however, it denies access on a few files.
Any help here?

Answer:Uninstall Windows 7 off Slave Drive

Now, I'd like to uninstall Windows 7Click to expand...

Uhhh... i've never heard of "uninstalling" an operating system, and im not sure that even makes sense.
What are you trying to do exactly? reinstall windows xp pro and keep the same programs and data or something?

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I`ve installed a slave drive and a second dvd rewriter. Dvd rewriter is working fine but windows is not showing my slave drive when i click on my computer. It`s showing up in the bios and in device manager and says this device is working properly.
But why is it not recognised in windows?

Answer:windows not showing slave drive

Good Evening devil, have a read of Roys fix, I suspect Bob's remedy will see you right also.
Cheers, qldit.

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I need to get info off of an old hard drive so I installed it as a slave in another computer (both HDs set to cable select). I can see and access the drive in the recovery console, but it does not show up in Windows (XP). If I go to disk management, it does show up there, but when I right click on it to assign a drive, I only have the delete partition option and the help option.

The hard drive initially had GoBack on it, and it would not boot up in the original computer. It would give you the option to GoBack, but it wouldn't. It would not boot into safe mode or normal mode. All I got was the GoBack screen.

There are some files, pictures mostly, that need to be removed from the HD. Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. I tried to copy the files from inside the recovery console to the C: drive, but kept giving me errors (invalid parameters). I could be novice enough that I did not use the right format or is it even possible to do that?

Answer:Slave drive does not show up in Windows

bgarten said:
so I installed it as a slave in another computer (both HDs set to cable select)Click to expand...

For clarity PATA hdds.

1. is the hdd recognised by the bios
2. if answer to 1. is yes then try new ide cable.
3. if 2 does not remedy then instead of using cable select jumpers on drive, make the original drive a master and 2nd drive slave.

If the drive shows up in the recovery console I think that the drive is ok and that either changing the cable and/or jumpering the drives to master and slave will correct

Alternative to getting data off drive, is to connect it via an ide/sata to usb2 connector and to use a Linux Live cd.

Good Luck

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Can I do that? I have windows XP right now and i was thinking about buying another hard drive, making it a slave, and installing windows 7 on the slave drive so that i can keep XP on the master drive and have a dual boot setup. Is there any problems i would encounter or does it sound ok? thanks.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 on a slave drive?

i would rather suggest you to set it on Cable Select mode instead of Master and Slave.

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HELP! I am in desparate need of help! I just got a brad new computer and I backed my files up on my slave drive in my old computer to move over and transfer them to my new computer. I plugged it on to my new computer and I got the "This Disk is not formatted... Do You want to format it now?" window. I moved it back to my old computer and I got the same thing. I don't want to lose my files bc that's my whole life in that drive. WHAT CAN I DO?

- K

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I currently have sp2 installed in my C: drive but when I put in the XP Pro CD, it says that I already have the newest version, and it doesnt even let me decide what drive I want to put it on. I want to put it on the E: drive. The slaved drive belongs to my friend, we were transferring all his songs over my computer, then formatting his, then transferring the songs back over. But, I cant re-install windows on his. What should I do?

Answer:Installing windows xp on slave drive

In order to install windows on his you are going to have to unhook your drive and make his the master. After this install yours as the slave and you should be able to access your drive from his and copy the songs over. Then just remove his drive and set yours up as master.

This is a bad idea though, you should be installing windows with the hard drive in the computer it is going to stay in. There are lots of problems that can come up from installing an OS in another computer and just transfering it over.


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Windows XP doesn't start up and I think it's because I got a virus the other day. The same happened to me once in the past, and I hooked up my hard drive to a secondary PC as a slave. When I turned on the secondary PC, it started a repair process of the hard drive I had attached to it. I then removed the secondary hard drive and placed it back in my primary PC and it worked fine.Now when I add the affected drive to my secondary PC, I see it and I can copy the data from it but how do I repair it? I don't remember whether the repair launched automatically the other time I did it, or whether I did something to launch it. So, is it possible to somehow repair the Windows XP installed on the secondary drive?I have Windows XP on both computers.Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank youAJ

Answer:Can I REPAIR Windows XP on a Slave Drive?

Step # 1 - Clean that drive of virus's using 2nd computer with slave drive setupStep # 2 - If you want to keep your data, install that drive back into its original box and perform a Windows Repair Installation from the OEM CD. This will repair windows install without formatting the hard drive.Step # 3 - You will have to reinstall any specific applications that may have been lost through the repair installation to access special data like MS Word documents etc, so install Office or Open Office all over again etc.

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I've installed a new version of XP on a new drive. I want to use the old drive for storage, but not sure how to get windows off. I don't have a CD and I was told just deleting could damage drive. I have a HP 7600 small form factor. It has four cables, but only three slots. Why? Any feed back is appreciated.

Answer:how to remove windows XP from slave drive

It depends. Was the old drive still in the system when you installed XP on the new drive. If so, the system files, Boot.ini, and NTLDR files will reside on the old disk. Delete them and you will get the dreaded NTLDR not found error message and nothing will work.Check were these files reside. They are hidden files so you will have to make hidden files visible to see them. If they are on the new drive then just go ahead and format the old drive providing there is nothing on it you want to keep. If they are on the old drive the easiest solution is to temporary disconnect the old drive and do a repair install of Windows XP on the new drive. This will put the system files on the new drive and adjust all the links to them. You can then re-connect the old drive and safely format it.Stuart

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I tried to install on a slave drive, but ended up installing two copies of windows xp on my master drive (at two different logical partitions of course)

every time i put in the cd, i was never shown my slave drive

is it not possible to do it.

i have got four IDE ports, should i configure my second drive as a master and stick it in a different IDE port.

if i would have two master drives on two IDE ports, will i get two windows xp (if i have installed two OSs) at start up time.

Answer:is installing windows xp possible on slave drive

It is very much possible install Xp on a slave drive ...

No it does not need to be connected to the primary IDE..

My guess is that u just chose the wrong drive letter during installation.
Make sure u check the drive sizes on the installation screen..this will let u ensure that ur installing it on the right drive

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My friend was having problems with his computer and after awhile Windows wouldn't start up. On bootup there would be an error message saying something about Hard Drive not found.

So he bought a new internal hard drive and I installed it as the Primary Master, and i set up the old hard drive as the Primary Slave. Installed XP on the new hard drive. Both hard drives were detected in the Bios, but when windows loads, it only shows the C drive. Is there anything I can try to get the other drive detected? Hopefully its not completely fried since it is detected in the Bios.


Answer:Windows not detecting Slave drive

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drive D-cd to drive E-slave drive

Answer:how to install windows xp on a slave drive

Why do you want to do that? Is it the primary slave or 2ndary slave? What's on the primary master drive? Do you want to dual boot?

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I have updated to windows 7 home premiumi have 2 hdd hard disk installed i can findthe c: drive but cant locate d; drive (slave)this was no probs with vistathis drive holds all my pics etchow do i locate driveeverything things else works okthanks for all your helpbeginner peter

Answer:cant find Slave drive on windows 7

Go to control panel > admin tools > drive management then I think top right is rescan drives try that.

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Hey There BleepingComputer Community,

I have 2 laptops - a Gateway MA7 running Windows Vista Home Premium and a Sony Vaio VGN-NS240E running Windows 8 Pro (which was upgraded from Windows 7). My Gateway laptop all of a sudden stopped booting up, so I went out and bought a SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter to connect the Gateway hard drive as a slave drivonto my Sony Vaio laptop so I could get all my data files off the drive. I was able to do this successfully. I'm still having problems with the Gateway hard drive, however.

In order to see if the Gateway hard drive was bad or if it was something else with the Gateway laptop, I changed the boot order of my Sony Vaio laptop to first boot from an external device (i.e. the Gateway hard drive connected as a slave). I restarted my computer and it booted (well attempted)to boot from the Gateway hard drive, but after the Vista splash screen showed up, the computer restarted (this is the exact same thing that happened when the Gateway hard drive was in the Gateway laptop). After restart, I received the option to either 1) Start Windows Recovery Counsel (recommended) (I don't know if those were the exact words, but I'm sure you understand what I'm talking about) or 2) Start Windows Normally. I chose to start the recovery counsel. When I chose this option, I received the BSOD with STOP: 0x0000007B code. So I did a hard shut down on my laptop and attempted to reboot to the Gateway hard drive again. The exact same thin... Read more

Answer:Cannot Boot Up Windows Vista Slave Drive

Moving a hard drive with Windows already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Each motherboard chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you change the motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error.

If you have the installation disc you might be able to correct this by making a repair installation.

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I have recently upgaded my system with new motherboard, CPU and hard drive. I retained my old drive as slave. This drive ran on 98 until shortly before the upgrade to XP which I did just before the rebuild and it retains all data that were on it prior to the upgrade. I should like to use the slave with 98 (and the master with XP) but fear that I would lose everything if I now un-installed XP. I should like advice on possible solutions. My main worry is about e-mail messages and addresses and Internet explorer data since all other is well backed up.

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Hi all,

I have recently had a second hard drive, a 80GB Seagate ATA to be specific, installed into my home PC. The primary hard drive is a 200GB Western Digital ATA hard drive.

I had a technician help me install the second hdd, and we made sure to configure all the jumper leads and settings ok etc. In BIOS it recognizes the hard drives, I have had Linux installed onto the second hard drive.. so I know all the cables are set correctly.

The thing is, when I boot into Windows XP, I cannot see the secondary hdd when I open "My Computer"... is there anyway I can "see it" and retrieve data? When I boot into Linux I can see my primary hdd which is in NTFS and has WXP on it just fine.

I'm not sure if the issue of not being able to see the second hdd whilst in WXP is because the second one is in a Linux format or not, I suppose if it is the case and there is no way around it this thread will be easily answered...

Answer:Slave hard-drive not recognised by Windows XP!

Windows is not going to "see" a linux file system. Windows supports ie can see fat16, fat32, and ntfs.

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hi all
Doing a windows fresh reinstall on C:drive but need to leave E:drive which is my secondary drive intact.So I disconnected the power supply and IED cable from the slave drive and went to boot up and no boot,so went back and reconnected slave drive and booted up fine.It is not a mirrored drive it's just set up as a slave drive.
Windows is installed on C:drive but I guess it's looking for the E:drive when booting and can't see it.Boot is stopping just before windows logo.Thanks for any information on this Problem- Raner

Answer:windows xp will not boot with slave drive disconnected

Thought about it somemore and I think if I set bios to boot cd first and disconnet slave drive I think that will do the trick-Raner

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Hi all.
Dell Dimension 4400 running XP (yes, I know it's ancient!). Two hard drives a) Maxtor (running the OS) and b) Seagate used for storage only. Both jumpers set to cable select. No problems until yesterday when PC would not boot.
On entering BIOS, neither drive (nor CD & CDRW drives) were showing - only the floppy showing as the only hardware. Changed jumpers to master/slave in the thought that it may be a 'cable select' problem - all now appearing except for Maxtor. Assumed drive dead so swapped drives round (and jumpers accordingly, changed boot priority to CD and installed XP using the Windows disc on the Seagate, which is now master. No problems thus far.
Two service packs and 136 windows updates later, went back into BIOS to ensure boot priority given back to HDD. Fine. Seagate is now showing as Primary IDE Master, Maxtor is now showing as Primary IDE slave. So maybe Maxtor not dead after all...? Great - perhaps I can recover the data, I thought.
Then noticed that Maxtor is not appearing in My Computer. Not showing in Device Manager either. Checked Disk Management, and again, not there. Checked Properties on Primary IDE Channel in Device Manager - both Device 0 and Device 1 showing as Auto Detect - though latter shows Current Transfer Mode as 'not applicable' (does that mean anything?)
But the Maxtor is definitely there in the BIOS.
Is the Maxtor dead? If it was, would it still appear in the BIOS? And would that have resulted in the initial 'disappearing' of all... Read more

Answer:Slave drive showing in BIOS but not in Windows

When did you last put a new CMOS battery in? Motherboard battery might be dead and causing peculiar problems. Try that first. They are only about a couple of quid at Supermarket or half that from Poundland.
Re-seat all the cables and the RAM sticks to make sure they are all okay.
In the BIOS check if hard drives have reverted to PIO mode instead of DMA.

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Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

I have an HP Media Center (M1170n) that had a Western Digital SATA drive (Part # wd2000). Upon initial bootup, the system indicated there was an error with the HAL.DLL file. Rather than mess with the file, I went out and bought a new hard drive and botted the system up with some recovery disks. The system booted up fine and the OS is good.

Now I am trying to run the old Hard Drive as a Slave so that I can pull the old files (Pictures/videos/text) off of it. I plugged the old SATA drive into the SATA2 drive on my motherboard, and it is recognized in BIOS, but once windows starts it does not recognize that the old drive is presents.

I have gone under "Disk Management" and even tried "Add New Hardware" and gotten no results. You can tell that the drive is spinning, so I do not think that there is a physical problem with the disk that is preventing it from being detected.

I am fairly competent in working with my PC, but this is over my head quite frankly. Was there a step that I missed? I have a lot of pictures of my kids on here and it is going to kill me if I cannot retrieve them. I have a backup DVD from 9 months ago, but I really don't want to lose the last 9 months!

Thanks again for any help.

Answer:Windows Can't Find Old Hard Drive as Slave

The OS is windows XP - thanks.

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Hi,i want to install a second hard drive in my HP pavillion so i can eventually directly backup all info on my computer.
I`ve been told it`s more complicated than installing a dvd and/or cd drive (which i`ve done before),because a new hard drive needs partitioning and formatting before it will operate properly.
Is the partitioning and formatting a complicated process? If so ,perhaps i should save myself a headache and stay with one hard drive.
I`m comfortable opening up the case and installing a cd or dvd writer----it`s the partitioning and formatting that i`m hesitant about.
Thanks for any information

Answer:Install a second(slave) hard drive in windows xp

Start - > Run -> type compmgmt.msc, click OK. Under Storage, click on Disk Management. Everything you need is there.

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I have a hard drive with a corrupted version of Windows that cannot be repaired (mainly all the time that would be spent trying to do so would be a waste because I just want to recover files and format the drive.) When I put this hard drive in my new computer, windows Disk Check moved my stuff (Program files, access to My Documents, etc.) to a folder called found.000 broken up in smaller folders with a name like dir0001.chk through dir0028.chk (this is separate from the Windows corruption). So when I get into Windows now, I do not see this found.000 folder (KNOPPIX shows me this only) but the drive indicates all the stuff is there. Also, I am assuming that this happened because of Disk Check but I could be wrong and it could be attributed to the corrupted Windows. So my question is that is there any software I can use in Windows to view this folder or a way to repair the error that disk check made so I can see this folder through windows at least?

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Hi guys,
Here is my tale of bewilderment - my computer was running fine last night when I switched off. Now I switch on this morning and the computer freezes on windows startup - on the blue bar that moves accross the screen when you see the windows splash image (windows 2k). I'm pretty sure nothing has changed between switching off last night and now, I didn't update any drivers, install anything, etc etc.

The setup I have now has been running fine for the past month, which is when I added this hard drive to my comp.

I'm running:

Windows 2000
Seagate Barraccuda 200gb SATA HDD
lots of other lovely components

Any ideas as to where I should start trying to figure out what has happened would be appreciated. I ran some stability checks to make sure the cpu + motherboard are fine, and it seems that they are (since this is an overclocked computer it's easy to blame stuff on a CPU generating errors).

Thanks for any insight

Answer:Slave hard drive preventing windows boot?

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My internal CD-DVD drive worked perfectly on Windows 7 until I upgraded to
Windows 10. if I insert a CD nothing happens. The drive isn't shown anywhere when viewing drives of the computer. Also, my backup drive E: isn't recognized either.
My Seagate manager tells me that no drive is connected.

Answer:Windows 10 doesn't recognize CD-DVD drive nor Seagate backup drive

Open command prompt and type "diskmgmt.msc" and press enter. Under disk management, do you see your CD drive and your E: listed without a drive letter?
Please register and answer these questions for someone to assist you better.

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I used Regseeker *sigh* and now my slave drive is not detected. It does not show up in the device manager list. What may I have removed to cause this? I think Regseeker backed up the registry files I deleted. I tried to restore the files and received an error...

If any more details are needed let me know.

Thank you in advance for any advice.

Answer:Solved: cleaned registry and now windows can't detect slave drive

I finally got the backup files to work.

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Okay little back story i had this 500gWD in this computer for years, after many restores over about 4 years(guess) and dealing with windows vista without ever actually updating to windows 7 the hard drive be came out of my ability to get it to work... I remembered I had a old laptop that I decited to open and fry the mother board(I was young ), I took out the 2.5 hard drive and installed windows 7(SO MUCH BETTER! but put a hole in my teenage pockets lol) and have been using that hard drive for the computer with windows 7, I got most the drivers and stuff its pretty settled thinking about making backups right about now . So my motherboard(Planning on upgrading after I sell my bmx bike, anyone wanna buy? $300) only has 2 SATA ports one in the hard drive(80g with 7) and other to dvd, I figured if I could using the old WD500G as a "slave drive" would be more important/diesarable. I plugged it in and attempted to get my music of of it before formatting or whatever. I got like 3 albums and then my pc froze and made a terrible skipping sound... after about 3 mins i turned the pc off and tryed again but this time when I opened Dthe WD500g) it would freeze... so I put getting my music behind me and decided to run my windows cd with the dvd and old WD hooked up to format the drive, without installing windows... I think I did the wrong thing but clicking format and delete for everything so there were no partitions. Im not sure if this is what caused the drive to not show up ... Read more

Answer:Solved: unpartition hard drive slave. not showing, thanks | windows 7 |

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I want to format an 80gig slave hard drive in Windows 98SE but it does not reconise the full size,I am useing Adaptec drive preparer software!I have no trouble if the drive is 39gig or under.Please help?

Answer:Formatting 80gig slave hard drive in Windows 98SE

use the software that the drive manufacturer provides. For Maxtor, Max Blast or Seagate Disc Wizard, or is a different manufacturer?

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Hello everyone,
I recently experienced a problem with my XP program and was told that I would have to wipe my hard drive out and start out clean. Unfortunately, I have some recent vacation photos that I REALLY dont want to loose!
Somebody suggested I buy a new hard drive use it as my master drive and use my old drive as a slave. This way I could transfer all my photos to the new drive and burn them to disk
My question is mainly this: If my old drive couldnt boot up windows, will I be able to access it as a slave?

I am open to suggestions if there is another way to go about this. I do have a laptop, but I was told I cant just hok the two together and transfer data :knock:

Please help

Answer:Question about setting up a slave drive when windows wont boot.

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Before you do anything, may i suggest that you take a look at the following thread first it may help you.

How to: Repair WindowsXP/2000 if you are unable to boot into Windows

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I am about to do this in a couple of days to help someone out so I would like someone to tell me I have the right idea. Here is what I am going to do.

Friend is buying a new computer with XP Home or XP pro on it.
His old computer is a windows 98

I am going to take out the hard drive on the windows 98 computer and then hook it up on the Windows xp home or pro as a second hard drive and will hook it up as a slave. Then can I drag and drop or cut and paste and files I want from the 98 hard drive to the new xp hard drive and then when done un hook the slave drive and just use the new computer?

When I hook the slave drive up I
turn off the xp computer
hook up the 98 hard drive to the ide cable as a slave
then turn computer on and it should reconize the 98 hard drive in my computer with a drive letter.

Am I right on all of this cause I do not want to ruin a new computer??

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Home or Pro--hooking up hard drive slave-want to make sure I am right??

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Hi, I'm working on my boyfriend's coworker's PC (I was volunteered lol) and am a little stumped. The PC has been in use for quite some time but recently prompted for an activation key. It is indeed a genuine copy. When I called Microsoft I got the runthrough with the installation ID and after having the number repeated 4x (plus once or twice by a rep who couldn't figure out why it didn't work).

It seems pretty clear to me the issue is as addressed here:;EN-US;931573. According to this support post, the problem should be easily fixed by making sure Windows is updated with all necessary service packs (he did mention that Windows seemed to get stuck when doing updates so who knows how out-of-date it is). The problem I'm running into is that I can't actually apply any updates while running in limited access! Sooooo...

My question is this: if I just pop the hard drive into my PC as a slave drive, is there a way to update that version of Windows while I'm not actually running it? I have Windows 7 (64 bit) on my PC and I don't want to screw anything up with my version while trying to fix the Windows Vista (64 bit) on the other HD. Seems like it should be simple, but it's a little over my head (I'm only an aspiring geek still...would be lost without you guys).

I do have the installation disk so worst case scenario I can wipe it clean and start over with a fresh installa... Read more

Answer:Applying Windows Vista fix/service pack to slave drive (activation issue)

theres a standalone installer for service packs 1 and 2
follow the steps for running the standalone installer for both
service pack 1:

this should run while vista is loaded, but Im not sure if it will let you without checking for genuine windows first.

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I recently installed windows 7 home premium 64 bit, previous OS was Vista home premium 32 bit. My desktop is an HP pavilion d4650y.

I have the OS loaded on my main HD which is a SATA.

HD & DVD drive worked perfectly before on vista. I tested both devices on another pc with XP and they work fine. I've triple checked the connections but still the devices are not recognized by win7. I've also tried renaming the HD & changing the drive letter, but still no luck.

Both drives are connected to a PCI E card, and are set to cable select, on separate cables.

In the BIOS both drives show up.

In disk management they do not show up at all.

My HD is a western digital 250 gb EIDE, and the DVD drive is a IDE Pioneer DVD burner (secondary disc drive).

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 won't recognize IDE Hard drive & DVD drive

What drivers did you install? Did you install the necessary drivers for the PCIe card?

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I have an older model Western Digital external drive.

When I plug it into Windows 10, nothing happens.

I have two other WD drives that I purchased later. These show up perfectly, and I have no trouble accessing the files on them.

I am uploading an image that shows the model and serial number of the drive I am not able to access.

Do I need to download "drivers" for this????

How can I access the files?


Answer:Windows 10 not will recognize WD drive

Hi there,

- Are you connecting this Western Digital(WD) hard drive to your computer via USB? If so, try to connecting the USB cable onto another USB port.

- When you have the external hard drive connected to your computer, go into the "Device Manager" look for any exclamation marks. If so, list which hardware section is this exclamation mark is listed.

- Reboot the computer with the external hard drive connected and then go into the BIOS. In there, see if the BIOS recognizes the hard drive.

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My BIOS can recognize my DVD drive but when I go on windows, disk management won't recognize the drive.
Neither will device manager. There isnt even a section for DVD drives in device manager unless I install daemon tools then it will only show the virtual drives.
But my BIOS shows the dvd drive and I even installed windows 8 using a cd.
So I know the drive is plugged in and working.
Windows 8 just doesnt want to recognize it.
I tried installing the drivers for it from toshibas website. All that did was make my computer run automatic repairs and then made me restore my computer.
So I dont really want to try that again.
When I show hidden folders and files and drives then Windows explorer will show Removable Disk D:
But when I put a cd in nothing happens.

Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7829

Answer:Windows 8 won't recognize DVD drive?

Removable Disc D: is Daemon tools virtual drive.
Try the Microsoft FixIt: Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs

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I was trying to back up my files on DVD's using Norton. Got error message that says windows cannot recognize the drive. I went onto Norton's chat room and the tech remotely tried to fix it and said the problem is with windows, not Norton. How do I correct this problem? I wanted to back up all of my files and it the drive cannot be accessed.

Other than that, the drive does play DVD's. It is just the windows interface that is the issue. Help would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to risk losing all of my files.
Thank you.

Answer:Windows does not recognize DVD drive

Right click on MyComputer. Select 'Manage'>Disk Management. See if the drive shows up there and assign a drive letter to it.
If that doesn't work right click on My Computer>Properties>Hardware>Device Manager>Dvd/Cdrom Drives.
Right click on your drive and choose 'Uninstall'. Restart and let XP reinstall the device.

See if Windows now recognizes the drive.

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I have a DVD drive and CD-RW drive, with the DVD drive being the master and the CD-RW being the slave. I've had these two hooked up together since March and they have been fine. However, recently I have been having problems with both drives.

Lately my CD-RW has not been detected by Windows upon booting up. Sometimes the DVD drive isn't detected as well. As I type this, Windows isn't detecting either one.

Is there any way I can fix this so both of them always remain detected? It really is annoying to boot up a computer and not be able to use the cd drives..

Answer:windows won't recognize cd-rw and/or dvd drive

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I just installed a new DVD/RW drive, but Windows isn't seeing it. It only sees it as a CD-ROM drive. All the cables are plugged in properly. I tried Add Hardware from Control Panel and trying through Device Manager, but no success. Usually Windows should recognize it when new hardware is installed.

Could someone please help?

Answer:Getting Windows to recognize new DVD drive

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I have been having a problem with my CD/DVD drive. One day several months back (in May) my laptop (a Compaq Presario F750) just stopped acknowledging the existence of my cd/dvd drive. When I ran the program from Microsoft that troubleshoots issues like this, it just tells me that my computer doesn't have one attached, even though when I put a cd in the drive, I can hear it spin.
Until recently, I have just been living without the drive, believing that it just broke or was misaligned or something, and I was putting off getting a new one. However, last weekend, my hard drive crashed. We were able to rescue all of the info from the hard drive, but had to replace the drive. Somewhere in the process of all this, the CD drive started working again! We were able to get the new hard drive in, then install Windows 7. CD drive was working for a day or so after that, was able to install Office, and a couple of more programs. Then something happened and the computer crashed again. I had to do a system restore to get Windows to run again, and then everything I had loaded on CD from the previous day was gone, and the CD drive was dead again. Same thing, Windows fails to recognize its existence.
We had an old, dead, laptop with a compatible CD drive, so my husband swapped them. The "new" old drive has the exact same problem.

We are unable to figure out if we have 2 broken CD drives and a new one would fix the problem, or if there is some issue with Windows causing it not t... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't recognize CD/DVD drive

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My PC won't recognize my CD ROM drive

Answer:Windows 7 won't recognize my CD ROM drive (D:)

It may simply need to be replaced. They don't last forever.

Have you checked to make sure all the cables are still connected on the inside?

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I have an older model Western Digital 1 TB external hard drive.

The model and serial are as per the attached image.

I can't get my Windows 10 computer to recognize the drive.

I have two more recent Western Digital external drives, and the computer recognizes them with no difficulty.

Any suggestions?

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I'm running windows xp pro on an Athlon XP 3000+, Chanitech 7NJL6 NVIDIA Socket A ATX Motherboard. I have both a Panasonic LF-D521 Dvd burner and some type of generic 52X CD burner.
I used both CD drives to install windows and office and all that stuff, but didn't put in the CD drivers yet. I didn't use either drive for a few days and I noticed that Windows is not recognizing them at all. On My computer neither drive is listed. When I put a CD in and try to boot off them nothing happens. When I disable the driver and reconnect them, windows detects them but I get this message in the device manager 'Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)' I have the drivers on CD, but of course I can't get them off of it.
Does anyone have any ideas of how to fix this problem?
Glenn Smith

Answer:Windows won't recognize my CD or DVD drive

Yes. Open up device manager. Look under CD/DVD drives and find the model numbers. Search on Google for the "firmware" you need for that model number.
Download the firmware and update as neccessary.

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Please help. I'm putting together a computer and my operating system (Win 98SE) won't recognize my DVD as a drive. What do I do?

Answer:Need Help - Windows won't recognize DVD Drive

Did you install the driver and reboot?
Does the system BIOS recognize the drive?
Is the DVD drive on the secondary (port/cable) by itself?

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Windows XP (on my Sony Vaio computer) will not recognize a DVD-RW when it's loaded in my drive. I receive the message "Please insert a writeable CD". I've tried a few things, but to no avail so far. (I did try a hotfix from Microsoft which did not do the trick).
Any ideas ? Thanks !!

Answer:Windows XP will not recognize DVD-RW in drive

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When I insert CD the light goes on and it appears to be working but doesn't and doesn't show up in My Computer?

Answer:T-30, Windows XP does not recognize CD drive?

Delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters as per this guide. Let us know if this helps.

\\ I do not respond to PM regarding individual tech support. Keep discussions in the forum for the benefit of others //

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Motherboard bios set to boot from optical drive. BIOS of motherboard recognizes optical drive. Windows XP does not recognize optical drive .Computer will only boot to Windows.
How can I get optical drive to work to repair or reinstall Windows XP?

Answer:Windows does not recognize optical drive

Did you change the boot options in the BIOS...making the optical drive the 1st boot device, then saving the changes in the BIOS?

System manufacturer and model?

Are you using recovery/restore disks to attempt the install?


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I have a Samsung SE-218 External DVD drive, and I cannot seem to access it in Windows 8.1 (though I have not had a chance to try it on any other computers yet, so there is always the possibility that something is wrong with the drive). Whenever I plug it in the light comes on and it will spin the disc for a bit, but nothing shows up in File Explorer or in Device Manager.

I've tried the command prompt command noted in this thread with no luck:
How to make empty ODD show? Registry edit?

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 8.1 doesn't recognize USB DVD Drive

Hi there
Try plugging it in BEFORE booting your system ==> check USB settings in the BIOS you might have to enable USB in Legacy mode depending on the USB drive.

Unless the computer is REALLY OLD the BIOS should recognize it as a BOOT device too -- try booting anything from it --if you haven't got a bootable CD program download something free and simple like GPARTED and just see if the CD / DVD boots.


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Hi I formatted my flash drive with HD low level format tool and now Windows can't see it it knows it is there but it doesn't show up I want to format it again to fat 32 but I can't thanks.

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I am trying to install a second hard drive on a IBM intellistation 6898. The bios of the computer recognizes the second drive but when I go to windows NT it does not recognize the second drive.Could anyone give me any suggestions on how to handle this problem.



Answer:windows nt does not recognize second hard drive

have you installed the latest drivers?

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This my set up AMD A10-5700, Silverstone SST-PS07B - System Build - PCPartPicker

Windows tech support confirmed it was not a software problem. Here's where I stand. Before just now, the disc drive would open, the power light would come on, and it would take discs, but Windows would not acknowledge that I had a disc drive.

So I opened it up and saw that the power and sata cables were properly in place, but I gave it a different output from the power source, and put the sata cable in a different slot on the motherboard.

NOW, Windows STILL doesn't acknowledge my disc drive, and the disc drive very quickly closes on it's own without the button being pressed.

I've actually had this problem for a year now, it's just that I've RARELY had to use discs until now. Funny thing is though, I'm pretty sure I installed Windows 8 using this disc drive.

Can anyone help? I can take pictures of the insides if it helps.

Edit- I tried downloading this, but it says "error, no disk drive detected"

It's like Windows doesn't even acknowledge it's existence.

Answer:Windows does not recognize my disc drive.

Did you set up the drive for BIOS to boot from?

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windows 7 does not recognize my flash drive, it thinks it is a cd and looks for audio files on it.I have tried all 6 usb ports and get the same thing.When I use them on a computer with windows xp, I have no problems.

Answer:windows 7 does not recognize my flash drive

HiDo you have any other spare USB FLASH DRIVESin order to check wether your Windows 7 does or does not recognize them too!?

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DVD drive not recognize by windows-8 after update

hi all

i installed WINDOWS-8 RP 64bit for trail on DG41RQ mobo
(as well as on other PC (DG31PR) where there is no problem).

all was well till i updated the intel chipset driver (Intel Chipset Device Software version

and the BIOS version (to RQG4110H.86A.0017.EB)

now the system doesn't recognize my LG DVD drive (HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20) , (also in device manger and also in SAFE MODE)
my BIOS dose recognize it and i CAN boot a live Win-XP from it.

i tried to roll back the IDE intel controllers drivers, but no change.

i have an IDE HDD as master, and the DVD Drive as SLAVE (recognized as such by BIOS).

my UEFI is desabled in BIOS (i don't know what it is actually).

(i have Activation Key (PRO) but i want to make sure all is well before activation)

please HELP

Answer:DVD drive not recognize by windows-8 after update

i have a similar situation with a lite-on dvd drive not being detected by win8, but it is detected by winXP and win7 on the same system so it is not a hardware cable issue. the funny part is that i used the dvd drive to install win8. i havent checked for a firmware update for the dvd drive yet though.

my thread from 3 days ago

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I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, 32-bit version, on my older PC. I got a virus, so I figured it was a good time to upgrade. I currently run Windows XP Pro. I have a PE845MAX2 motherboard. When I try to install it, I get to the screen where they are asking me where to install Windows 7. It does not recognize any drives, and asks me to browse for drivers. I have installed the SATA drivers ( I double clicked on the .exe driver file but saw no results), and disabled RAID in my bios. Still having the problem. Can you help me diagnose this problem? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 doesn't recognize my drive

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Tried to use a 64G flash drive for a backup. Windows 7 recognizes 32G drives but doesn't 'see' the SanDisk or PNY drive. Tried fixes I found on the internet, such as using Disk Management, trying various USB slots, but nothing has worked. Has anyone solved this problem? Thanks.


Have you tried these suggestions? USB Device Not Recognized in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 USB Devices not working in Windows 8.1 / 10

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I had a hard drive which I wanted to reformat. So I back it up and went did a "quick format" on it.

At that point my 4tb which showed 3.6tb reformated to 1.63tb.

When I go into disk management Windows which previously saw 3.6 of 4tb only sees 1.63tb.

So I started over from scratch.

I deleted the volume, initialized the disk to GPT and but still all it sees is 1.63.

I have two storage drives on this computer and my other storage drive is recognized as 5.45tb on a 6tb drive, so it's not an issue of Windows not being able to recognize the drives.

It's not that it's not formatted properly as it is initialized to GPT.

Out of curiosity I went into Linux with a live usb stick and used GParted. I was able to see the full allocation on the disk and I formatted it in Linux.

Upon exiting Linux and going back into Windows, NOW Windows shows me the full 3.6 capacity. However other partition managers like Easeus, or MiniToolPartion now report 122% capacity .

I figured I could just use it since Linux seem to get it formatted correctly, however since it will be used for storage I was a bit nervous and still don't understand why Windows which once allowed it to be formatted correctly won't let t.

I also checked the drive with the SMARTS tools by Western Digital and they found the drive fine and report 4.0 as the capacity for the drive.

I thought perhaps a driver issue, but it just then the other drive is fine and so was this one previously.

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Hey guys,

Updated to windows 10 today. Had to do a clean install on a new hard drive. Now that it seems I have everything settled, for some reason my disc drive doesn't show up in the file explorer. It obviously worked as I installed Windows 10 onto the hard drive since it was off a disc. Is this some sort of issue that'd be resolved by updating drivers/getting essential Windows 10 downloads for clean installs?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows 10 won't recognize my disc drive?

hi put a disk in the drive does it show up then? on laptop here at work a disk has to be in drive to show up in exployer

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So I bought a new WD caviar blue 500gb from newegg. I know that Sata II is hot swappable.

Anyway, I plug it into the psu and you can hear it spin up and it vibrates a little. Gets hot after a while. So it works.

Can't get it to be recognized in Windows after plugging it in to the mobo. Tried it on my good computer (Vista HP 64) and my old one (XP MCE 32)

Defective drive or am i an idiot.?


Answer:Windows won't recognize my new hard drive

Have you formatted it? New HDD's come in RAW format, which is not recognized by Windows or any other OS. Go into Start > right click "My Computer" (or 'Computer' in Vista) > go to "Manage..." > click on 'Disk management' on the left-side pane > now find your 500GB drive on the right side pane when it loads > right click it and choose to format it/create a new partition. Make sure you do a full format since its a new drive.

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I have a serial ata harddrive and a ultra ata/133 hardrive connected to a ecs k8t890-a motherboard. The bios recognizes my dvd drive but windows vista does not. Windows keeps stating that I need ATA Device drivers for my dvd drive. What can I do to correct this problem.

Answer:Windows Vista will not recognize dvd drive

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I just removed my DVD-ROM and replace it with a new CD-RW. The problem is that windows does not recognize my CD-RW and ZIP drives. THey don't appear anywhere in "My Computer". However, during boot-up, both devices appear as the secondary IDE master and slave drives.

When I checked the Device Manager, there are exclamation marks on Primary Ultra ATA Controller and Secondary Ultra ATA Controller. I have reboot the computer into Safe Mode and removed the Intel PCI Bus Master IDE Controller. Hoping that the next time I boot the computer, Windows will rectify this problem. Turns out that Windows detected new hardware and installed a suitable driver. But I still can't get the computer to recognize both CD-RW and ZIP drives.

Can someone please help me???


Answer:[SOLVED] Windows does not recognize CD-RW and ZIP drive

Found the solution to my problem. I downloaded the updated drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's website and install them. After rebooting my computer, both ZIP and CD-RW appears miraculously.


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Hey, I'm almost done with the long process of building my first PC *confetti* and I need a little bit of help.
My Hard Drive is RECOGNIZED by windows but my PC isn't using it. See Below

Thanks again mates!

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Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1) 64bit
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (3500MHz) x4
GPU model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (2048MB) x1

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Answer:Getting Windows 7 to recognize my Hard Drive?

Are you talking about DISK0?

If so, you need to partition it first in order for Windows to be able to access it. Here is a tutorial:
Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hi I am building a computer fort the first time and I am having trouble getting Windows 7 to recognize my hard drive. My har drive and mother board are as follows:

Hard drive-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive,
Mother Board-GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
So when I go to install windows 7 I eventually get to a screen where it ask for an install location, unfortunately it doesn?t seem to recognize my hard drive. It gives me an option of installing driver so I went to the gigabyte website and downloaded the drivers that it said I required. I believe there was an ACHI driver and a Raid driver. After I stalled both of these drivers the hard drive still was not detected. One strange thing I noticed was that when I browse for a driver my hard drive is listed as a place I can search. I then proceeded to the Bios to try and match the drivers.
The hard drive is detected in the Bio. When the HD is set to IDE my BluRay play is able to read the windows install disc. But windows won?t recognize my HD. If I set it to ACHI or Raid I can?t seem to get the windows CD to load. Do I need an IDE driver?
Out of frustration I tried installing a windows XP to see if it would be able to recognize my hard drive. It seemed to load on the hard drive fine but entered this weird loop where windows would install itself but wouldn?t actually load as the operating syste... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't recognize my hard drive

Your HDD needs to be formatted to NTFS in order for Windows 7 to recognize it. This option to Format is available in the installation Menu. Please read this tutorial and see if you are able to format your HDD during the installation.

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My 1.5TB USB( using the EZ-dock adapter) drive is about full, and I'm looking at a 3GB drive to replace it. My system is a Netbook with USB 2.0 as the only external drive interface so that limits my options considerably if I want to keep it to something I can throw into my suitcase easily when travelling.

Could someone verify that Windows 7 32bit will recognize it?

Answer:Will Windows 7 32b recognize 3GB External USB Drive?

As lond as you make it a gpt disk and not an mbr disk it won't have any problem. You are talking about a 3tb disk right..

Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

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I bought a new hard drive today, a Western Digital OEM Cavier 80gb SATA hard drive.  I currently use 2 IDE hard drives, a 6 gb for XP as primary master, a DVD burner as primary slave, and a 80 gb in secondary master.  I use an Asus A8v-vm mobo.My problem is that my bios recognizes the hard drive when I go under hard drives in the BIOS, but Windows does not recognize the new drive.Anyone got any help?

Answer:Windows XP won't recognize new hard drive

You need to press F6 at the beginning of the installation and when prompted, provide the SATA driver diskette so setup can see the drive.

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I have an external HD, it works fine for me at home, but won't show up in windows on either of the computers I tried it on at work. The drive is an Acom Data, the computer at home is Windows XP Pro SP2, computers at work are Win XP Pro SP2 and Win 2K. I am hooking the drive up through a firewire 400 connection. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows won't recognize external drive

Perhaps the computers at work need a specific firewire driver to work with your device.
Do you know if the firewire connections on the computers at work - work?

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I have 2 Lacie External Drives which work fine on one of my PC's running Windows XP. However, they will not install on my other PC also running Windows XP. This other PC also has problems with some memory sticks. Windows Update is up to date.

I am using the same cables and I have power to the drive. I am plugging into rear USB ports on my tower.

When I plug in the USB I get a message for new hardware detected. Windows goes through the process of installing new hardware and when complete I get a message telling me that the item was not installed. The drive does not appear in Windows Explorer.

If I go to Device Manager the drive appears with a yellow question mark.

Help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Windows will not recognize External Drive

This -> is the 'stock' response to your issue.

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DVD maker (also Polorid's my memmories suite) does not recognize my DVD/CD drive. However, the drive IS recognized when playing a DVD commercial movie and it IS recognized when I insert a previously recorded CD disk. The drive is NOT recognized in Windows Explorer when I insert a blank DVD or CD disk.

Device Manager states the DVD/CD-ROM drive is working properly.

It is labeled:HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8163B

I experienced the same problem when usxing Win XP. I have upgraded to Windoes 7. Anyone have a solution?

EBrown Nov-12-09

Answer:Windows DVD maker does not recognize the DVD drive

Go back into Device manager and uninstall the DVD drive.

>>Then restart your computer immediately. That should fix the problem. Otherwise you can get back to us.

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My fresh install of Windows XP will not recognize the hard drive in my 3000 N200. When I install Vista it goes right on. I performed a complete wipe of the hard drive before trying this and I have tried it 5 times getting the same error message each time. Windows can't find a hard drive.

Answer:Windows XP won't recognize hard drive

You have to go into the bios and disable the SCSI interface and set it to IDE. Windows XP doesnt come with prepackaged SCSI drivers. Had the same problem on my n200.

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After installing Windows 10 (I had 7 before), my computer does not recognize the D: Drive at all.

I have a Lenovo H410 Desktop (Lenovo Windows 7PC).

My scans show that all my drivers are updated, but there does not seem to be a driver for the disc drive.

Is that what I am missing? If so, could someone suggest where I obtain it? I have tried the Lennovo website, but am having some trouble getting to the drivers.

Thank you.

Answer:Windows 10 does not recognize Disc Drive

Hi, what do you see if you
a. From the Cortana search box or a Run box execute diskmgmt.msc?
b. Use a partition manager boot disk?

(It might be helpful if you could complete your system specs- thanks)

Have a look at this- might be relevant (it probably depends how you have determined Windows does not 'see' your drive):
Drives in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Early on in the Windows 10 update process, I was able to upgrade an HP Stream 7 and a Stream 11 to Windows 10. Both had the same 32GB RAM and nominal 32GB eMMC as the Stream 14 I am wrestling with. Both came to a point where they told me the device had insufficient space on its C:\ drive. In both instances I selected an external Micro SD drive, and off it went with the upgrade.
In this instance I cannot get past that point. I select the external drive (a 320GB external USB spinner) but it doesn't accept that or any other external device I offer it.
When I click "Refresh" it says that it needs 10GB on C:\ drive, and eventually says that the upgrade failed.
The computer has been wiped, and reset to factory spec for W8.1 with all updates installed. It has ~20GB on C, and 7GB in another partition, so even if I find a way to remove the partition it wont be enough.
I'm about to have to give up on this thing and just make the poor user run with W8.1 until further notice, unless some kind soul can give me some idea of how to get past this point.
Thank you!

Answer:How do I get Windows 10 update to recognize my external drive?

Maybe try a USB flash drive?

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I just completed building my own PC from scratch. I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate OS 64 bit. The Bios is recognizing my western digital Hard drive, but once Windows 7 tries to install it is not recognizing my Hard drive. It is asking me to install the driver for the hard drive. Is there some other setting I should be changing in the Bios to have the OS recognize my hard drive. What exactly is Raid and AHCI Sata Mode and should this be set to default. The Motherboard comes with a driver CD, but it says to install and OS 1st. Help ASAP would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 Install won't recognize my hard drive.

One option Im sure some one will frown upon but it worked for me on my Lenovo T500 was to turn AHCI to Compatibility Mode and then try it. Otherwise you will need the raid/SATA drivers from your computer manufacturer on a flash drive to install Windows 7 (Press F6 during Setup start).

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