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Question: memory missing from hard drive

i have a new samsung laptop running windows 7 64bit.when i first set it up the 1tb hard drive partitioned. that was ok, everything worked fine. a couple of days later i couldn't start windows, no idea why. as it was new and not a lot of files on it yet i reset it to when i first recieved it. now the hard drive shows 2 partitions ,one of 360gb and one of 54mb. how do i get back to 1tb of hard drive?

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Preferred Solution: memory missing from hard drive

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Answer: memory missing from hard drive

You can do it two ways - Windows 7 has its own built in Disk Management Partition Tool or you can use a 3rd party Free download (EaseUs) - this link provides instructions for both - enter link description here

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I've just had a Corsair SATA 120Gb hard drive installed in my new computer. Trouble is when I checked how much memory I've got it said that it's only 111Gb in total with 67Gb free! I understand that a big chunk of memory would be taken up with basic systems memory, but it said I only have a drive with 111Gb in TOTAL, not the 120Gb as it says on the box! Can anyone explain where all the memory's gone?

Answer:Missing Hard Drive Memory?

For the record, memory and hard drive space are two separate things. That being said, hard drives have always had lower actual sizes than advertised. For years, the explanation was printed on the sides of the boxes, but it's become common knowledge, so the warnings typically aren't printed anymore.

A gigabyte isn't 1000 megabytes, it's 1024 megabytes. A megabyte isn't 1000 kilobytes, it's 1024....and so on. 111 GB of actual space on a 120 GB drive is normal.

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I'm in the process of fixing a horribly infected computer, so the most logical thing to do is to reformat, but the problem is after the reformatation, i found that the other partitions were infected, and to make matters worse they re-infected (to my surprise) the partition i JUST formatted (virus scan of the reformatted partition showed approx 60 virues, bugs, trojans)

so the genius in me thought that i could just delete those partitions and re-allocate them into the c drive, and then reformat again...
when i tried that the d:/e: (2 other probably infected partitions) did NOT became unallocated space, instead, they just disappeared!
so when i look at the windows setup reformation screen, it only recognizes my C: drive to be active, even when i use various other programs to look for the other partitions, they exist, and can be restored, but only to replace the C: and will not recognize the full hard drive memory of 80 gigs.

Currently my computer stands at this status:
C: 40 gigs Recognized, allocated, windows xp installed, cleaned of viruses (because d/e are missing)
D: 30 gigs missing, ?, windows xp installed (inactive,used to originally take out important files after the initial virus issue, c drive did not have enough memory to carry another copy of Windows XP), probally still virus
e: 10 gigs missing, ?, just memory, probally still viruses

Of the 80 gig hard drive, only 40 recognized

So my problems is, i'm missing 40 gigs, it should have been una... Read more

Answer:Missing Hard drive Memory

If all else fails, reformat with Fdisk. Check your disk manager (start>control panel>administrative tools>computermanagement>disk Management), and do a print screen.
 

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Hard Drive Memory missing HELP
I recently hard to start off fresh by reloading my OS.....

The problem is..All my old files are seperated on the drive and also has cut my drive memory substanially since the drive appears smaller than actually is....

I believe my old files and information is in the absent memory block of the drive(s)..

Need help..

OS Vista Home Premium 32bit
 

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Gday
I recently re-booted windows home and then upgraded windows to professional SP2 straight after. Ive noticed that my hard drive has nearly halfed in capacity though.

I have 232GB hard drive in NTFS that registers as having only 122GB left, straight after installation. Adding up the files within the drive, it comes to about 4GB... I'm missing 108GBs...

The drive is NOT partitioned. Could it be possible that it was not fully wiped during installation and that the old files still remain on the hard drive? I have performed a defrag but it only comes up that there is no need to defrag.

Help is very much appreciated.
 

Answer:Missing Hard Drive Space/Memory

did you delete the existing partition when you reformatted?
 

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i HAD FORGOTEN THE WINDOWS PASSWORD and formated the hd from the blue button goig to install Linux soon so what the hell clean it up been a few years since I had used this brain box anyway start anew well didn't do any prior copies no back up now im stuck with out that hd option any good ideas i have copied pc doc master boot and some patch works thru this forum but noting seems to work booting sequence @ #1,cd #2ubs & hd last it had window 2000 in it... How can I get bios fixed??? any ideas out there???

Answer:r-50 1830 MISSING FOLDER (hard drive direct memory) +(internal network device)+(internal erthnet )

I read your message 3 times but still didnt get what are you trying to say.

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I am having a serious problem with my pc.Windows disk is showing me these following errorsBoot sector of the hard drive disk is damagedBad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation tableRead time of hard drive clusters less the 500 msHard drive doesnt respond to system commands40% of hdd space is unreadableWhat does this mean and can I fix itI cannot access my documents folder or other programs Any Help would be greatI tried the defrag thing but it didnt workEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum, at the recommendation of forum staff. ~ Animal

Answer:Critical Error Hard Drive not found. Missing hard Drive

When you say "Windows disk". Can you give a little better description of just what\where the warning message is coming from?

You "tried the defrag thing but it did`t work".

Where did you go to access the defrag? What does "it did`t work" mean?

The reason I am asking these questions is not to give you a hard time. There is a virus going around that is very similar in it`s behavior.

I am just trying to find out exactly what it is we are dealing with.

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like most have said on here about the missing file it keeps coming up
Windows root\system32\hal.dll. when i try going to system restore it also said
that i cannot continue with that action because my hard disk drive cannot be detected plz if any help i could really use a good walkthrough
 

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My 8GB Kingston Data Traveler is missing 6.09 GB!

I used HDD regenerator to make a regenerating flash to repair an external drive, and i hadn't used it since. Now it tell me its only 1.91 GB in capacity , i formated it with device defaults and nothing it still remains the same.


Any thoughts or ideas on what could have happened?

Answer:memory missing from flash drive

Out of curiosity, where did you buy it?

If it's eBay, there's the possibility that the device is counterfeit - not actually a "Kingston Data Traveller" at all but instead a no-name device of dubious size and quality purposefully made to resemble a product from a known brand.

By some statistics, the majority of "branded" flash devices on eBay are actually fakes, though some are so good that the purchasers don't even realise because at least the size really does match what's printed on the packaging.

I have no idea whether that is really what's causing the disparity in your case but I thought I'd mention the possibility. I hope I'm wrong

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge.

Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan with malwarebytes but no answers.

I also noticed a new file listed named c:\END. When you open this with notepad it says "conduitok"

There also seems to be ads and a new toolbar listed in IE. Any ideas how to find out what the heck is going on here?

Thanks!

Answer:Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive

jffl29,

welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

Also look here

Remove toolbars in IE

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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So I bought a Dane-Elec 4GB flash drive 6 months ago.. And the first thing I did was to test wether is capacity really was 4 gigs or not.. and it was.. I transfered 4 gigs of data onto it and back.. no problem there..

But now I tried to move a file of 3 gigs onto it and XP told me that there wasn't enough space!
I was like "WTF"

So I checked it, and now it sais that it only has 1,42GB available place!

I tried to format it, and nothing.. Still same amount of space!

What could have caused this? And how do I recover my missing space?
 

Answer:Solved: Missing memory on USB Flash Drive

Nevermind.. I forgot I've made some Linux partitions on it in the past.. That's why I couldn't get more space out of it in windows!
 

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I have five hard drives in my system. Recently after a reboot, one of my drives "vanished"
I rebooted again, it's back. SMART shows the drive is flawless - I suspect a loose connection or something.
My problem is that before the drive vanished, it was G:. Now it's D: (first open drive letter.) When I go into drive management and try to change the drive letter, it's not there. None of the drives showing have it, but it's not in the list.
I need this drive to be G: - how do I find where Windows thinks that letter is allocated and release it?Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

Answer:Drive letter missing after removing hard drive

The problem was that the drive letter I needed wasn't in the list.
A note for anyone who reads this in the future who does support - when working with someone who says "a drive letter is missing" make sure to understand if they mean the drive doesn't have a letter assigned, or if the problem is that the letter they need
isn't available. I saw a LOT of this while I was researching this problem - I could tell that the person asking the question was saying that the letter wasn't in the list, but the person trying to help would just point them towards drive management (where
they already were, if you read carefully)
In my case, it turned out I have software running that mounts iso files as CD drives. That's where the drive letter was - it had taken the assignment, but without an iso mounted, it didn't show up in drive management.
Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

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Question: hard drive memory

my problem is my pc needed a reinstall.it had two partions c drive/data d a total of 224gigs 112 on each partion.i took it to my brothers as i was installing more ram this he did as well as reinstalling op system.it now only has 127 gigs on c drive i not know whats gone wrong.is there a way to restore lost memory.

Answer:hard drive memory

Is your copy of XP(if its XP) pre service pack?.The original XP could only see HDD up to 127GB.Also did you delete both partitions before installing a new copy of XP.

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I would like to install a new motherboard, CPU and memory in my current computer using my current hard drives and current Windows XP.

My question is, can I install the above items in my current case and just hook up my current hard drives and have my current configuration of Windows XP boot? Or will Windows XP not allow a boot up?

OR, if is install the MB, CPU and memory, will I have to reinstall XP?

Thanks for advice,
GM
 

Answer:New MB, CPU, Memory and Old Hard drive

I believe that if you were just changing your cpu and ram, you would be OK to keep you're current copy of windows, however I have always had to do a new windows install when I have got a new mobo.
 

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I partition & formatted my hard drive, when I check to see memory on my computer icon, most of the memory is gone, how do I retrieve the memory back?
 

Answer:memory gone from hard drive

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Hi,
ok basically I'm running low on memory on my laptop, now my other hardrive area is preety much vacant, now how do I begin to save on that area?

I'm not sure whether its a seperate hardrive or psrtitioned or anything.





thanks.

Answer:hard drive memory help

You can make your page file bigger but that will slow your computer down a ton and put a lot of wear on the hard drive. (and use more battery power)

You should get more memory.

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Well I got all my info backed up finally thanks to you guys here, and now I have a new hard drive to install. At the store I also bought my self a new stick of memory. And my question is should I install the mem or the hd first, the same time or does it matter?

Thanks!!

Jessica
Win 98 2nd
600 Mhz Proc
192 ramm
 

Answer:Hard Drive VS Memory

I see no problem with doing them both at the same time

 

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Question: Hard drive memory

Properties show free space 20% on 180 GB drive.   When I check the program files and my documents and C drive, the total is only half of what is shown as being used.   What is going on that the pie chart shows most of the drive being used and not free?  

Answer:Hard drive memory

check your rescue and recovery backup files, it is probably used by the backups of your systems. start -> program -> thinkvantage -> rescue and recovery. Delete those that you don't need.

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i hate to sound like a noob but well umm i am still learning .
i have alot of games but only so much space on my hard drive i also do movies and music what i am wondering do they all have to go on your hard drive?can you dl games to your memory?
i guess what i am saying is i need more room on my hard drive how can i get that without haveing to buy a new one or constantly dl and uninstalling games so that i can play another or store music and movies without useing all my harddrive space?will they function from a different location?how does that work?
point and i will read just need to know where and what to read so this dummy can get better performace out of what his cheap arse has
ty in advance for the info!

example: i do guild wars online it is a big program if i dl alil music and another game (call of duty 2) and then see a movie i might want to duplicate : i have to unistall something to make room for back up?

it is a real pain in my rear and i really want to figure out what i am doing wrong?
 

Answer:hard drive or memory?

the best bet would be to get another hard drive whether internal or external. Otherwise you could burn music to cd's so they dont clutter up the hard drive. you could also clean up the hard drive and get rid of old stuff you dont want or need and defrag it. you cant install stuff into ram, ram is what your system uses to operate . hope that helps
 

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Hi all, ive got an old thinkpad x22 2662-59d model, and want to see about upgrading it. what memory and hard drive can i get? i was looking on a site called zoombits at their memory, but they haven't got anything for my model that i can see. thanks all!





thinkpad x22 2622 95g

Answer:what hard drive and memory?

Hi darthballs,It supports PC-133 SDRAM (maximum of 640Mb) memory and  2.5" (9.5mm) IDE / ATA / PATA drive up to whatever the maximum size is available in market.Hope it helps.





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Question: Hard drive\memory

I am running windows xp on a hp pavillion desk top
A friend is sending me another hard drive and some more memory.
Can I connect two hard drives or should I just keep the other as a spare.
Is memory the same as ram( a stick that I can just put into the slot)
I am not new at computers but I am not knowledgeable about this
 

Answer:Hard drive\memory

You can connect the hard disk together and you find a standard cable has a spare plug too. There is a small jumper to connect two pins together for you to select

(1) Master
(2) Slave
(3) Cable select

Some manufacturer has another setting for a master working alone. There should be small diagrams on the disk showing the three positions of the jumper.

Best way is put both hard drives on cable select. The one goes to the end plug is alway the master and the one to the middle plug is automatically a slave. With one drive only alway plug to the end of cable.

Ram is a solid state memory (no moving part) while hard disk is like a record player with moving parts. Both give storage but the latter is for large volume of data that does not disappear when you switch off the machine.
 

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I'm just wondering why my hard drive memory increased from installing a game (Fate)?
It went from 44 gb to 44.4 gb, is there a reason to this?
 

Answer:my hard drive memory went up

Which one went up, the free space or the used space?
 

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Hello, recently my computers hard drive memory has been almost completely filled up. I recently re installed windows so i had practically nothing on my computer. I had about 3 video games and about 100 pictures on my computer. I have a 250gb hard drive on windows vista sp2. For some reason it says around 245gb of memory is taken but the games and pictures come nowhere near that amount of memory. Any clues as to what may be the problem?
 

Answer:Hard drive memory gone

A reinstall can and will often leave the "old Windows" on the HDD taking up space. Unless you did a thorough cleaning (wipe and reformat) of the HDD I will assume this is the case. Have a look at the C: drive and see if there are "Old Windwos" folders.
 

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I have a question, not sure if it's possible... I have 2 HD, 160 and 40gigs... i hardly use the 40... no i have 512mb ram, is it possible to convert some of that 40gigs and kinda make more ram from that then go out and buy more ram?

Answer:hard drive and memory

you can increase the Paging File
right click My Computer
-> properties
-> advanced
-> settings (performance)
-> advanced
-> change (Vitual Memory)

paging file is a file on the hard drive used as RAM.
the advantage is the ability to increase virtual memory
the disadvantage is the speed of the hard drive. it is much slower than normal RAM.
for that reason, I disable paging file on my system completely. but I have 1GB RAM, and I wouldn't recommend disabling it if you have any less than about 768MB RAM, unless you really do not run enough programs to take much RAM

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Hey, this is my first post so please bear with me.......
My hard drive memory is really low. I regularly clear my temp files which improves matters a little but not conclusively. I really cant understand why it is so low as i use an alternative drive for storing all large files such as music and photos, and do not play games so have no large programs installed. its showing 9% free but it should be over 50% i think.
I would be very grateful for some help here. Many thanks

Answer:low hard drive memory

Welcome
Three things to do to find the cause
Update your anti virus, then run a full scan
Download, update and make a full scan with malwarebytes

If Negative

Take memtest
Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

If memory is ok test with clean boot
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...n-startup.html
same for Vista

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HI, COULD SOMEONE EXPLAIN WHAT IS ADDED TO THE HARD DRIVE AND WHAT IS PUT ON TO THE MEMORY WHEN USING THE PC ALTHOUGH I HAVE A 200GB HARD DRIVE I THINK THAT THE 512MB MEMORY IS OVER HALF OCCUPIED,!! ALREADY I FEEL THAT I NEED TO UPGRADE THE MEMORY BUT THE HARD DRIVE STILL HAS AMPLE ROOM ALMOST THREE QUARTERS LEFT asrobs.

Answer:pc memory/hard drive

The hard drive stores files such as image files word documents etc and u can instal programs on it.The Memory is where programs run and is emptied when u excite a program or shut down your PC.

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My System is
Windows 10 64 bit Home
AMD A10-7700K
16GB(4x4GB) DDR3 RAM
ASUS A88XM-Plus Motherboard
NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti Graphics
250GB SSD
2TB SATA Drive (Optical) - Main Storage
3TB Seagate SATA (Optical) - Main Backup (Missing Drive)
I installed the backup Drive about 3 months ago, and did not have a proper system in place for backing up files, so I used CC Cleaner to wipe the drive so I could start again. All was well until I started to back up my music onto it. (I am an online DJ, with around 1.5TB music.

What would happen is that after about 10 mins the backup drive would simply vanish.

There is nothing in the error logs, I get no fault, it just stops copying and vanished.

Restarts does not detect drive again .

I have changed out the SATA cables, changed ports used on Motherboard, Cheked for BIOS update, and nothing is working . I have checked the advanved power options, and set the Hard Drive to only turn off after 9999 mins, so that should not be affecting anything .

Now at the banging head stage, what on earth am i missing here .

I just swapped SATA cables yet again, and restarted. Drive appeared as though nothing was wrong. I then started to reformat it (hadn`t tried that yet), and less than 5 mins in, Poof !! gone again . :'(
 

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Question: Missing Hard Drive

When I junked my last laptop I took the hard drive out and put it somewhere safe.Now I can't find it.Any ideas where it might be?(Sorry everybody, just a Monday morning joke!)

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

:) Cheered me up no end....The bin?

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Question: Missing Hard Drive

I've just got my pc back from the repair shop and one of my hard drives isn't being recognised. One of them is connected by a standard grey ribbon connecting the dvd drive and one of the hard drives to the mobo, the other hard drive has a thin flat cable going to the mobo. I don't think they disconneced anything as the report said there was Windows files missing which was causing the trouble. Is there anything I can do to make it search for the drive?

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

"Is there anything I can do to make it search for the drive?"I am describing it from using Vista although I believe XP is the same or very similar.1: Right click on MY COMPUTER, from the menu select MANAGE, on Vista a window opens called computer management, down the left handside you will see an option called DISK MANAGEMENT, can you click on the this with the left mouse button and see if your hard drive (that is missing) is shown, if not go to the ACTION MENU and choose RESCAN DISKS and see if this solves missing hard drive.

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Question: Missing hard drive

Don't laugh. I just dug my old 486dx 50mhz computer out of the closet after a 5 yr hiatus. It turns on and powers up but it says the hard drive is missing. I read somwhere that there is a way to jog its memory to find the hard drive but at the time I didn't believe I would need that info. I know this is a waste of time but it is a learning experience. Does anyone know how I can get it to recognize the hard drive?
Thanks
mike
 

Answer:Missing hard drive

Press del during boot to set up the bios.. Being as the PC is so old, you'll probably have to input the specs off the sticker on the drive manually. Also, you want to leave the PC on overnight in order to charge the cmos battery if it has any life left in it..

486dx isn't too bad. It'll still play warcraft 1 and 2. The problem is going to be finding a copy of win 3.1 or 95 to run on it..
 

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I am running Windows XP
I was recently throwing things from my external hard drive onto my computer when I recieved the message my disk space is low and I only have 7 GB left out of 111 GB

I decided to check things out because I was sure that was not right. When I right click on the C: Drive it says the 104 GB are being used but when I select everything inside of the C: Drive and right click properties, it says I am only using 38 GB

It should be known that about 2 months ago I did reinstall windows XP (home edition, and home edition 64 bit), I recieved two disks and gave one to my Father to upgrade his computer and I took the 64 bit and installed it on mine.

The one wierd thing I noticed is that some of my program files were there, and it created two program file folders (Program Files and Program Files x86). So thinking that was the main disk space hog I cleaned out the old program files but to no avail it only cleared up a gig or two.
 

Answer:60 GB on my Hard Drive Missing

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hello. i dont really know too much about computers so i hope this thread is in the right place and if so that i get some help.
basically when i go into 'my computer' the 250gb hard drive is there however the 2gb(i think) 'mini hard drive' has disappeared. i presume this contains vital system info. i already tried a system restore but i dont know how long ago the drive went missing.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
thanks

Answer:missing hard drive, please help

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
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I recently purchases a 40Gb secand hand hard drive, when I installed it with windows xp home i find that there is approx 2.7b of hard drive unaccounted for. Any ideas n how to access this?

Answer:Missing Gb on Hard Drive

Do you mean that the disk is 37.3GB? If so, that is correct for 40GB when formatted.It all has to do with two ways of counting megabytes / gigabytes. 1000 mb = 1GBor 1024mb = 1gb

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I added a second Hard Drive (slave) to my computer, Pentium 3, Win XP Pro. The new Drive z: does not always appear on My Computer. Sometimes it does sometimes not.
When I look for the HD with the Device Manager it is always there and works properly. But again after restarting the computer it will not always be there.
What should I do ??
Thank you.
Rampanov
 

Answer:Sometimes missing the 2nd Hard Drive.

welcome to the site
try resetting the cmos either by the jumpers or by pulling the battery
check that the eide cable is secure
if no good try another eide cable the one in there may be faulty
 

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Question: Missing hard drive

I run 98SE, 2 h/ds. Reformatted c drive using quick format and boot disc. C drive is ok but d drive doesn't appear in my comp. It shows on boot up, and setup and in systems/device manager but has not been assigned a letter.It contains only backups, which were backedup to cd before the reformat so I only want my d drive back, the contents don't matter.Any help appreciatedRichard

Answer:Missing hard drive

Try removing it from the device manager and see if it is recognised when you reboot.

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hello, i have a t61 which has 160 gb hdd. i installed windows xp from the recovery cds and after the installation the hard drive capacity has dropped down to 143 gb.. i know there is a place where the recovey is stored on the harddrive... but why is it taking 17gb of space?? i checked the recovery partition in the disk management and its taking 5 gbs of space... then where the hell is my remaining 12 gbs of space??





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Answer:12 gbs of hard drive missing???

mFn, Our recovery partition can possibly take up anywhere between 5-7 Gbs. Also keep in mind that by default, the Rescue and Recovery software in your ThinkVantage folder creates backups (one full backup and the others are incremental) and stores them on a different section of the HDD that you won't be able to see just by going to the properties of the C: Drive. Check Rescue and Recovery in the ThinkVantage folder  Start -> All Programs -> ThinkVantage (or Lenovo Care) -> Rescue and Recovery Once you are there, you will see a menu bar at the top with 4 or 5 options. Here, you have the ability to view the size of your backups. You also have the ability to delete them. Look for the word "Advanced" in the menu bar, then select "Delete Backups" to remove them and free up your hard drive space. Don't forget that you can also "schedule" your backups and you can elect to change the location you want the backups going to. For example, you can have the backups save on a CD or on a "network" drive.  If you have Vista as your operating system, you can go to this document on our Lenovo site to get a general understanding of our HDD partitions: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-70829 Hope this will explain why you might appear to be missing HDD space. Let me know if this helps you. (You can always give me "Kudos" if this answers everything *grin*) Cheers,Mark  
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HELP i turned on my computer today and my d: drive
mysteriously is not showing up. i have tons of stuff in there please help me find it

thanks
 

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Purchased a Dell 6000 laptop about year and half ago. Daughter was downloading songs according to her and computer shut down, restarted and went black. She accessed CMOS and no hard drive is found. Any suggestions???
 

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

I don't know what harddrive that you have, but I would try to run a diagnostic on the harddrive with whatever is available for that brand.
 

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Hi, My computer has 320 gb hd., I add/installed new 1tb hard disk, and it's working normally, i save all downloaded movies and music in that hd. until the problem came, the icon suddenly disappeared, i looked in the disk management and it's not there, i reboot to see if it will detected but still no luck..i removed the connection of that 1tb hd, but the system did not boot up.. what could be the possible reason and solution for this problem...

thank you very much...
 

Answer:Missing hard drive

The hard drive could have failed suddenly (It happens, but rarely), or a loosely inserted cable came loose. Cables are notorious for failure as they age and components shrink in dry air or heat. Then it can be an infestation, or Windows error... or heat related issues.
It could also be a failing power supply where one section continues to work, causing the fan to blow air, but the power to the drive or board is dead in some way.
First test would be to unplug and reseat all cables. Then trying another drive.
 

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I just found out that i have another Hard Drive .
Screenshot : http://oi52.tinypic.com/34qtdht.jpg

But when i Open My Computer i cant find it ??
Screenshot : http://oi54.tinypic.com/2w55zk0.jpg

How can i add this Hard Drive to use it????

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!

Answer:Missing Hard Drive [ Help ! ]

Does this HDD display in your diskmanagement.?

And welcome to the forums.

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When I turn computer on, it says no operating system. If I try to reload windows disk, it stops and says no hard drive found. I have checked and it appears to still be plugged in. It has done this a couple of times before but I have always been able to leave it off a little while and it loads back up fine. I figure the hard drive was going out and now it seems to have gone out completely. Is there any way to be sure? Maybe a way to get it to work again just so I can get my saved email off of it?
 

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Hi. Not a massive problem but after installing windows 7 on my primary C: drive at 100gb, my secondary drive/partition S: drive is missing. It was only about 2gb of space but before I installed windows 7 it had data on it. Probably about 1gb worth and now It's missing from my computer and my C drive isn't any larger.
Any thoughts?

Answer:Missing hard drive

Sounds to me you deleted all partitions & format.

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
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I believe I have a fairly unique problem. I have an e machines computer with a 160 GB hard drive. It is split into a 5.3 GB recovery (D:/) and a 148 GB (C:/). I guess the rest is used as virtual memory. (And yes, before you ask, I know that just because it says 160GB on the box that it doesn't exactly mean that I have 160 GB of space.) Now before you dismiss this as a problem of me being a complete idiot, (though I may very well be) hear me out. When I check the amount of space through properties menu of C:/ drive it looks like this:

Nothing odd so far, but when I select the properties of everything in C:/ drive, I get this:

I made sure that all hidden files were being shown before taking this image. I have already defragmented and used Disk Cleanup to deleted all temporary files, emptied the recycle bin, etc. I transfered all of the files and programs I need off of the computer and onto an external hard drive and subsequently deleted them (before the images were taken). I am out of ideas and could really use any thoughts or ideas, in or out of the box. Thank you very much!

-A very confused Dave

Answer:My hard drive is missing 63.4 GB

check in disk management and see if there is any unallocated space

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Help please.....My computer is not recognising my second hard drive (e drive) - it is not showing up if you go to Start/My Computer and if you click on any programme short cuts to launch from that drive it can not find them. The only thing of difference that I (think) I have down is remove a couple of programmes from the Start/All Programmes/Start Up file to clean up start up. I was getting a couple of error messages for a Symantec programme - so decided to delete the whole programme to see if rebooting would bring the hard drive back but nothing.Any help on locating the hard drive and re-installing without losing the info on it would be much appreciated.

Answer:Missing Hard drive...

Is the drive listed in Disc management ?Start /Right click My Computer / Manage / Disk Management.Assuming xp/Vista

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I have 4 internal hard drives on my computer. The computer became unstable with a black screen problem which I hope I have isolated to a Video Board/driver problem. I rebuilt my system, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and one of the hard drives no longer shows up except in the Disk Management window. The object name shown via the Security tab seems to be the problem, but I do not know how to change it. For a good drive C (Disk 2), it shows "Object name: C:\", but for the missing drive (Disk 1), it shows
"Object name: \\?\Volume{0587F7A2-29A8-11E0-BAED-806E6F6E6963}\"
I noticed that "sythe13" had a Missing Hard Drive problem, but not of this type. "Anthony" was prepared to try to help him. I would appreciate any help that Anthony or anyone else might offer.

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

Your Disk1 is shown as active. Set it ti "inactive". If this is only a backup drive, it should not be active.

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Ok I recently got a bunch of new parts for my computer GPU/CPU ect. Now since then as always when I do this sort of thing something has tripped over itself and caused me some headaches.

My backup Western Digital 37 GB Raptor Drive is not showing up in My Computer, and when I go to disk manager it tells me it's Dynamic and Unreadable. I've tried all sorts of remedies that have done nothing, and all sorts of HDD recovery programs which only end up asking me to cough up 80 bucks to recover my important files so that I can format the drive back to basic or something that WORKS.

So I'm totally lost here - need some help.

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

Is there a reason for this disk being a Dynamic disk? Or is this something that occurred without your knowledge?Since I haven't used dynamic disks I'll have to presume that data recovery is similar to basic disks - but don't let it surprise you if some of this just doesn't work.Try the free PCInspector ( http://www.pcinspector.de ) to see if anything is recoverable. If it is, then recover everything that you can with it. If the program is too technical for your use, I'm afraid that the only suggestion that I've got would be one of the $80 solutions.

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I have two internal hard drives on my computer and it hasn't been a problem through multiple windows operating systems. A while ago I had to reinstall windows 7 and it didn't show up in My Computer. Admittedly I haven't really tried too hard to find a solution but now that I started I ran into a wall pretty quick. It shows up on my device manager and if I populate in its properties I even get the name I gave it but it just won't appear anywhere else. After uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers I'm already at a loss. Can someone help me out?

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

Can you post an Image of your Disk Management? Type 'hard disk' into the start menu search and hit enter to view it!!

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I installed windows xp service pack 2 and my backup drive [E:]seems to be missing,it's not a serious prob. but i'd like to find out why.

Answer:Hard Drive Missing

RECTEC

I can't answer your problem but MS will give you free assistance for a problem with updates.

If you go to START/right click on My Computer/Manage/Disk Management, does it not show up there either. Or how about in Device Manager?
At this stage, I would probably go back to Windows Update and see if a later KB is available which could possibly fix your problem. MS only supports XP2 now, so you could find a heap of updates to install.

Cheers

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Hope some one can help
I have a amd 2.6 64 bit system, 1 gig ram some tv ati video card running Xp pro

two days ago i unplugged both my hard drives and connected a hard drive with Vista on it, it wouldnt see the drive so i unplugged it and replaced the conectors.The computer now only see's the primary master and not the secondary master, have tried looking for it in the management console, unplugging and restarting, but to no avail....any help would be well appreciated

Thanks Guys
 

Answer:missing hard drive

I would check the device manager to see if the secondary controller is recognized and has it's driver loaded. If it's shown in the device manager it could be that the secondary controller was accidently disabled in the ROMBIOS.

John Hensley
www.resqware.com
 

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hey, the other day i installed partition magic on my computer. It said win 7 does not support it but i installed it anyway... it opened the first time then i never opened again! It kept showing an error... After i rebooted the computer one of my partitions went missing!! and this is the partition i keep all my stuff on!!! I didn't do anything on partition magic and now my partition is missing! HELP!!!

Answer:Missing hard drive!!!

"It said win 7 does not support it but i installed it anyway"That is a lesson learned the hard way I would say!Try tapping f8 on bootup and then selecting Repair my computer.If you don't see that, you may have to make up a repair disc on another PC:http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windo...Hopefully that does it for you.Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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W7 Prof
3Gb DDR2
250GB H/D x 2
asus PK5 S/L

HI, I have a desktop with two H/Ds 9 times out of 10 the second H/D does not show in BIOS disk management or control panel/"Computer". sometimes there is a clicking noise about once every 2 seconds from the case
I had this problem before and got fed up with the drive not being available and bought a replacement M/B I have also replaced the H/Ds so there is nmothing coomon except the chip and memory I have tried different sata sockets and cables to no avail
If anyone can suggest any solution to this I would be very grateful

Answer:missing hard drive

Clicking sounds from the HD usually means it's about to die.

Did you replace the cable going from the hard drive to the motherboard?

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Hello from a noob!

Here is my situation. My computer has 2 hdd. HD1 is the main drive (36gig Raptor) with Windows XP Pro installed on it. HD2 is a 200gig Seagate used a data storeage only (pictures, music, etc...). Both are SATA drives. I had to re-install Windows and now the 2nd HD does not show up in Windows Explorer. It does show up in the bios, disk management and device manager. In disk management I have tried to assign it a drive letter, but that is not an option.

Do I need to change it from a Basic disk to a Dynamic disk to get it to appear and show all of its data? I really do need to get at the data on that drive, or else I'm dead meat!

Thanks in advance for any and all help!
 

Answer:Missing hard drive

Never mind, I figured it out on my own.
 

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I reinstalled windows 95B the second hard drive did not appear in MY COMPUTER.The bios is set the same as before windows was reinstalled.
In device manager disk drives generic IDE disk type 46
under properties states device is working properly
under settings current drive letter is blank no drive letter displayed.Tried auto detect no luck.
SYSTEM windows 95B
256K RAM
233mhz pentium
Maxtor 20gbh working
Maxtor 1.6 gbh not working
Award Bios

Any help appreciated.
Thank You
James
 

Answer:Missing Second Hard Drive

"generic IDE disk type 46" if thats the only drive in Device manager then you need to check the bios settings, drive cabling and master/slave settings of both drives.

Is the 1.6Gb drive partitioned and formated? It must be to appear in My Computer. This can be done from a command prompt using FDISK and FORMAT.
 

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Question: MISSING HARD DRIVE

HI,MY OLD PC HAS 2 H/D DRIVES,C-5GB AND D-30GBWIDOWS 95B INSTALLED ON C. THE H/D D USES FUJITSU DISK - GO OVERLAY DUE TO AGE OF PC. BOTH DRIVES HAVE WORKED OK TILL NOW(BOTH FUJITSU)AT START UP AFTER A SLOW START UP THE SCREEN SHOWS DRIVE C, NO SIGN OF D ANYWHERE PC WILL NOT BOOT TO WINDOWS. IF DISCONNECT D PC BOOTS UP IF DISCONNECT C NO DRIVES DETECTED ( IN FDISK AS WELL )CAN ANYONE HELP PC AND DRIVES WORKED OK UNTILL I TRIED TO LOAD BCM DIAGNOSTIC IS THIS A COINCEDENCE.THANKS BODS

Answer:MISSING HARD DRIVE

Sorry, I can't read capitals, it hurts my eyes.

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I have a dell dimension 8400 2yrs old windows xp pro I was going to reformat hard drive and reinstall xp and software but the program (killdrive) would not find my hard drive yet the system recognizes it I tried a couple other programs(name unknown at this time) from a cd usb and they wont recognize either. any suggestions would be helpful. I thought of trying wipedrive, but i am a little short on funds for new programs
 

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

Why don't you boot off the widows XP cd and format your drive from there?
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313348
 

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Recently my second hard drive has gone missing...i cant see it in 'My Computer' and when i save a document i cant see it!. My other hard drive (C Drive) is still showing.Can anyone help the missing Hard Drive.Thanks in advanceMark

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

Can we get more info about your computer?  What operating system are you using?  Have you made any hardware/software changes prior to the hard drive going missing?

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I just reformatted my computer and discovered that its only showing one hard drive (see screenshot). I have two Seagate HDDs, but I think Windows used one for the system reserved files. Before I reformatted I always had two HDDs showing my my computer, but now there's just the one (C drive).

If anyone can help me fix this I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

When you reinstalled Windows did you unplug the second hard drive?

When you're installing Windows you want just 1 drive to be connected unless you're doing a RAID which by the looks of it you're not.

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I posted several days ago of my stupidity when I blew away the partitions on my physical "D:" drive by mistake, taking out about 20 years of family photos with very little backup.

Since that time I have tried various recovery tools, but suspect I am just slinging mud at a wall. Though Easeus's data recovery software saw a lost drive, the fast mode didn't see files nor a partition to restore; I have yet to run the deep scan.

Why I post now is I realize I don't know the best course and I am looking for direction. Though the bios sees the physical "D:" drive (Hitachi, which is seen as the Master) on boot, Windows only sees the "C:" drive (Western Digital, I believe, seen by bios as the slave. It is this condition that causes me to further wonder if I could have confused the two at any point. The "D:" drive is seen by some of the recovery programs I have tried, but the 935GB of space is seen as unallocated). I do not wish to write anything to the "D:" drive such as even a new partition table, but I wonder if I should I be it in Windows Explorer. I suspect not, but in the event I am missing a crucial step or that this piece of information might mean something to those knowledgeable, I thought it best to ask. A little late, but finally taking things slow.

If there is any advice of the best path by which to proceed, especially if we simply start with the fact that I don't know what I am doing, I obviously blew away the partition t... Read more

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Hi,

I just installed Win 7 on an old Compaq pc that had been running XP. The computer has two 160GB hard drives on it. When going through the installation process I formatted both drives and deleted any partitions that I found. There were more partitions than I expected but I deleted them all. Win 7 installed perfectly and is working fine except that the 2nd drive isn't showing up. After searching a bit online it seems a 100MB partition is created during installation. By deleting the partitions I may have caused the setup to use the entire 2nd drive for whatever is in that 100MB partition and now I can't access the drive from Windows.

Does any of this make sense? From what I have read it sounds like I may have to reinstall but I'd like a second opinion before I go do something like that.

Thanks

Answer:Missing 2nd hard drive

Can you see the 2nd drive in Computer Management > Disk Management ?

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Question: Hard Drive missing

I currently have three Seagate Barracudas 7200.11 1.5 TB drives in my system for media storage.

I just added a Hitachi Deskstar 2 TB drive.

Once I added the Deskstar one of my Seagate drives disappeared from Windows.

I have a WD 500 gig setup as my bootdrive
I have a Seagate 1.5 setup as my D: drive (this is the one that's showing failed in disk management)
I have the other two Seagates and the Hitachi drive setup as E: and as a spanned dynamic drive.

I have run SeaTools on the three Seagate drives and they all test as fine. They are all showing up in the BIOS too.

Any ideas?

Answer:Hard Drive missing

Can post a screenshot of Disk Management.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

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I just completed a new computer build (First is about 10 years) In the computer I installed a 250 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. The SSD is installed on 0 and the Hdd is installed on 1. I can see both drives in the Bios but in Windows 10 I can only find the SSD which is my boot drive and is identified as the C drive, Where is my other drive and how do I access it? It will probably need Formatting as it is a OEM drive (WD Blue).
 

Answer:Missing Hard drive

You need to go to Disk Management, there you should be able to see it and it'll probably ask you to Initialize it then you can partition, format it, and assign it a drive letter.

How to access Disk Management: http://support.wdc.com/KnowledgeBase/answer.aspx?ID=1284

Right on the drive in the bottom half of the window to perform any actions.
 

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I have just done a Windows XP Reinstall (with reformatting) and cannot access my second hard drive.

Originally the drives were:
A Floppy
C Hard Drive (first hard drive)
D Hard Drive (partition of second drive)
E Hard Drive (second partition of second drive)
F CD Drive
G CD Drive

As shown above the secondary drive was partitioned and listed as (D) and (E) in the "Hard Disk Drives" section of "My Computer" and is now occupied by "CD Drive (D)" and "CD Drive (E)".

The secondary drive is recognized in the Device Manager.

What I tried to do was partition my C Drive and obtained Drive C and Drive H. I thought windows would reassign new drive letters on bootup and disconnected the power to my secondary hard drive (D & E) and the CD Drives (F) and (G)

I got the desired results of Drive (H) being moved up to Drive (D)

Problem is that when I reconnected the power to my secondary hard drive and rebooted, the secondary drive was missing in the "Hard Disk Drives" of "My Computer", although the letters for the CD Drives did not originally change.

So I reformatted my C drive without partitions and reinstalled Windows with the result that the CD drives moved up to (D) and (E)

Dumb? Probably? Tried doing it this way because my XP books recommended against changing the hard drives letters manually.

My system is:
P4, 1.3Gh, 1.128 Ram
Windows Home XP

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

I reassigned new letters "I" and "J" to my so-called CD-drives to get them out of the way in case my secondary drive may be using "D" and "E"

Right clicking My Computer and selecting "Manage", I enter the "Computer Management" window.

Clicking "Disk Management", gives me a listing of my volumes.

My 60 gig secondary hard drive was divided into 3 gigs and 57 gigs

In the upper part of the screen, the 3 gig partition is listed and is shown as being "Healthy (Active)" in the Status column.

In the first column labeled "Volume", there isn't a drive letter although it's name is listed.

In the bottom part of the screen, the 57 gig partition is listed by name and is also described as being "Healthy (Active)". It too doesn't have a drive letter.

However in both cases, the only option available is to delete the partition while the other devices have other options such as "Change the drive letter and paths" and "Properties".

Does anybody have any ideas on how to either fix the problem or to gain access to the 57 gig partition to copy the data?
 

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What do these mean and how can I fix the problem? Please help me out cause I'm gonna go crazy over here if I can get rid of this crazyness. Just last night a bunch of things kept saying my hard drive was missing and now everytime I restart my computer this "Win Scanner" says its defragmenting my computer and its just annoying.what does this mean?C:\ProgramData\ykAGlpHBmWgv.exeC:\ProgramData\iH5KwqLPnNHiAT.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeI'd like to add that NO I don't have an anti-virus on my comp. Its a Gateway

Answer:Im getting that my hard drive is missing?

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Anybody out there could offer me some help.

Just bought a new hard drive to replace my old 200gb. Got a 500gb IDE133 DESKSTAR from Dabs. Plugged it in and only got 131gb on the install windows screen. At this stage wasn't too worried as my previous drive needed a enable big drive patch to find all 186gb. So all was well I though escept windows won't install on this partition.

I have added it as a slave to my original and it shows up in drive manage but not on my computer. I try to format and NTFS it but all I ever get on my install is once i reach my reset computer the whole install goes back to the beginning ie choose directory format etc , Never gets to the stage of choosing language and display etc.

Can't run it as slave either as I need to give my old drive to my gran! (not that i can at moment anyway)

Is it broke?

Any help gratefully received .

Cheers

Austin
 

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My Computer doesn't display a second hard drive. It is listed on the screen as the system starts. It is shown on the system under device mangager. I lost it when I reconfigered the the connections. I eliminated a ide addon card that was not working. I eliminated a super disk drive that I couldn't get to read 120 mb disks. Then I connected the two drives, one as master and one as slave on one 80 cable ribbon. I connected the dvd and cd readers on one 80 cable ribbon. On startup the system shows the two hard drives and the two cd readers. The device manager shows them also by My computer only shows the C: (hard drive), D: (dvd)and E: (cd).

Stranger yet I have reconnected using cable select instead of master/slave. Also I reconnected with the each hard drives as master and cd as slave. Still I cannot read or write to the second hard drive.

On my first effort to start up after eliminating the hardware that was not working the system would short cycle going so far in the startup process and then shutdown and restart. I reinstalled Windows XP/pro. Then Partition Commander come up on start up and ask which operating system I wanted to start with. ??? I choose XP and then the next screen ask XP or ME. I haven't used ME for a long time. I choose XP. When it came up all of my startup stuff was gone, I had nothing except XP and a fresh screen. When I look at My Computer all my files were there. But under programs on the start menu all of the stuff was missing.

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Answer:Missing hard drive

Whew, I have to say that I'm not sure that I followed all of the trials and tribulations described above!!!

However, the symptoms that you have with the drive showing up during Boot, but not showing up in Windows generally indicates that the subject drive is not partitioned, not formatted, or both.

Based on the other problems you have with missing data, anything is possible!

I recommend pursuing that possibility.
 

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I have a Packard Bell Legend 486 that I was loading Dos 6.2 with a disk that had the empire monkey virus on it. It crashed my hard drive and will no longer recognize the C: drive, therefore I can't format it. How can I get to the the hard drive since a boot-up disk only bring me to the A: prompt? Does the monkey virus kill the hard drive for good? and if I put a new drive in it will it also die? Does the virus get into the c-mos or other parts of the system? Please help thanks
 

Answer:hard drive missing

I believe that virus infects the master boot record so you'll want to look here.
 

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Ok so when i booted up my box this morning in the device manager it comes up that my 200 gig hard drive is missing, it is a dynamic disk that is partitioned 3 times and is also has an extended partition on to another hard drive. BOTH of wich are not working. When I go to reactivate the 200 gig it prompts me to run chkdisk if any drives start, then the error pops up 'the specified disk cannot be found' this is an xp pro machine. PLEASE help, I want to get my files back.
 

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Since reinstalling WinXP+SP2 my slave HDD has gone missing in My Computer & Explorer. It shows in BIOS, Disk Manager & Partition Magic8.I've tried uninstalling & reinstalling the driver & the cable to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.Bancholtaff

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

have you tried uninstalling SP2?

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I am hopping someone can help me This is my second hd in less than a month so i am thinking there is another issue
I am running Vista Home Premium with 3 1tb sata drives and all my media is on drive E: well it has disappeared I have no more video folder and when I go to my computer it is gone but when I restart my pc it is back for a little while then it disappears again this has prompted me to buy a new drive but that did not fix the issue

any help is greatly appreciated
Thanks !

Answer:Missing hard drive

When you go to device manager is it showing there?
When you right click computer and go to manage,storage,disc management
is it showing here?

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my second hard drive is not showing up anymore on my computer. not sure where it went....i have music and pictures on it only. please help
 

Answer:Second hard drive missing now

Hi and welcome to MG .. can you give us a bit more info and the specifications of your computer with the operating System you are using XP or Vista etc. When you start computer press ''DELETE' button a few times to get into the BIOS/CMOS set up, using your arrow keys go to 'Standard CMOS Features' or equivilant, press enter and see if your lost hard Drive is listed there then post back.
 

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Question: Missing Hard Drive

I have an AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor running Windows XP Pro with 512 Mb of RAM. I have a 120Gb primary drive, an internal 80Gb second hard drive which was taken from an old PC, is partitioned and still has XP installed on one partition, and an external 160Gb hard drive.

I have made no changes to my system but all of a sudden the secondary drive has disappeared from Explorer, Disk Management and Device Manager in Windows. I have checked in the BIOS and the drive exists and also have booted through the secondary drive into the old version of XP without issue so the hardware seems to be fine. As no physical changes were made to the set up, the only thing I can think it could be would be a software change such as Windows Update or virus. I have run a Norton virus check and the system is clean.

I have searched through forums for the last couple of days for a similar problem but not found a solution just workarounds of the type reinstall windows which is not practical for me.

I'd appreciate any direction or suggestions of what could have caused this and ways to move forward
 

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Windows XP SP2.

Running 80gb HDD on master with Seagate 160gb as slave from my old PC.

This has worked OK for 12 months but today its gone ?

OK, it's there in the BIOS and I can do auto detect and it comes up with the head size etc.

However it doesnt load into windows, isn't in My Computer, nor in Disk management in 'manage' when right clicking My Comp.

It's on its own power wire, and is in the middle part of the ribbon (as always).

Seeing as it's in the BIOS, it can't be 'dead' but it isn't being loaded.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Missing hard drive- used to be there

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I installed Vista on a seperate hard drive. Now it doesn't show up in XP and I want to reformat the drive with Vista on it and just keep running XP.. Any ideas how to get the Vista HD to show up in XP? And how to format the Vista drive if I can't get it to show up?

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Hard drive missing?

Is it showing in the Disk Management console?
 

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I know its careless but I have lost a Hard Drive. I have 2 Maxtor 160Gb 133ATA drives in my machine one with windows and various programs and the other with my documents and used as a dump for data. The drive with my ducuments on it has vanished as windows shows it is missing however when I boot up the machine both drives show up stating smart capable and status OK!I have opened up the tower and checked connections and all seems well and I have a backup from a couple of weeks ago so there is no major disaster apart from the missing drive.Does anyone have any ideas on where to start?Thanks in advance guys.Barry.

Answer:Missing Hard Drive.

Assuming it's WinXPStart - Settings - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer management - Disk managementDes it show up here?

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Hello for 3 days my computer has been saying no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 Setup Utility press f5 to run onboard diagnostics the only thing that comes back when I run the on-board diagnostic is I have no boot device available everything else passes how can I fix this problem the only new thing that I added to my computer was a Canon printer and that was over a week ago maybe 2 weeks ago now all of the sudden that doesn't work can someone help me?
 

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Hard drives is missing.My laptop is Dell latitude E6400.My windows is Vista Business.Now four hard drives is missing.In device manager SCSI/RAID Host Controller is yellow marked and windows can't update it. Please help me.
 

Answer:Hard drive is missing

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ok my computer is having a snowball effect in a bad way. it started with windows xp home edition update yesterday. after the update it is required to restart computer. during the restart it quit halfway through and told me NTLDR is missing...press ctrl+alt+del to restart. so i did,many times. it turns out i need to repair or re-install windows to fix this. so i put in my windows disk and now my hard disk drive cannot be detected!!! i discover that maxtor is a bad name for hard drives and tend to die fast. so today i bought a brand new western digital which im told is a much better name. along with this new HD i get a new SATA cable for good measures. I unplugg the maxtor and insert my western and still nothing can be detected. i go through bios but during restart i keep getting this msg "No Drive attached to fasttrack controller, the BIOS is not installed" so i found a place to help me with this.to do this i had to disable "OnBoard Promise Controller" because i do not have raid and it was set for raid somehow.

Also in my bios it tells me my PRIMARY IDE MASTER is HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GS
and i have nothing detected for primary slave or secondary master/slave. HOW DO I FIND THIS NEW HARD DRIVE!!
 

Answer:missing hard drive.

I'll assume by your comments that your new WD drive is a SATA. Sata drives won't show up when your IDE devices are listed of course. Your DVD drive is listed as the primary master IDE device and nothing else is showing on your IDE connectors. Is that how you have things set up?

As far as not finding your new WD, does that happen when you are trying to install Windows?
 

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i have no clue what happened, one night i was up late and everything at the time was working fine, but when i woke up the next morning, i was logged off of windows and the fonts seemed to change on the welcome screen. some were now italic.
when i logged in, i noticed a bunch of missing shortcut path icons on my desktop, and it turns out that my D: drive (where i store everything, c is for windows only) is gone from My Computer. I also have limited connectivity for my network connection, which there was no problem with the night before.
i cant think of anything, im stumped. a drive just doesn't disappear. i checked my bios, and it finds the drive, but its set to third primary slave, or something to that effect.. its way down the line and i dont know how to change it.
i shut it off and left it off for about a day, until i come home today to turn it on and see what happens. it never reached the welcome screen, it froze after the windows progress bar seemed to be finished. so, i start in safe mode to try a system restore and it says something about not being able to recover the changes made to my D: drive because the settings may have been disabled. i disregarded it and went through with it anyhow, and when that was all said and done, windows booted up the same as it did the previous day, without the D: and with different fonts.

i dont know whether this is a hardware failure or simply a virus, but im leaning more towards the virus side because i regularly defragment both c:... Read more

Answer:Hard drive D: went missing

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So, today I was using my computer, and all was well. Later on in the day, I had gone off to my cousins house. Well upon arriving back, I noticed that my HDD's light was always on, well that aroused suspicion, so I thought maybe some process was constantly using my main HDD, but nope, that wasn't the case. So I looked in Computer, and noticed that my second drive, being G, was missing from it. This is very alarming because I JUST had my computer looked at, I received it back on Friday and everything appeared to be working alright. I'm afraid to reboot my system because I fear I might not be able to get back on. What should I do? I even looked in disk management, my only drive is C that shows up still.

Answer:Second hard drive missing! help!

I suppose I should also note that I just had my Windows 7 reset also. So I'm scratching my head here, also, I just checked the cables and they appear to be secure on the 2nd hard disk.

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Question: missing hard drive

I reinstalled Windows XP on my desktop computer, but my second hard drive isn't showing up.  it's connected but windows doesn't see it

Answer:missing hard drive

Assuming your hd's are properly configured [jumpers for master and slave] and on correct ribbon plugs - open the BIOS screens at boot up and check that you have 2 hd's showing, if not scroll to "auto detect" which should bring up both hd's.  Reboot and you should be good to go.

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Hi,
Can anyone please help me!!!I just carry out a session of defragmenting on my Drive:C,Drive:E and Drive but unfortunately my Drive went missing in the midst of defragmentation.I tried to do a system restore but it states that "Changes made to drive(s)D: after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System Restore monitoring,or was turned off or removed." What should I do to get back my Drive?This Drive of mine is Maxtor 80GB.I am currently running on a windows XP operating system.Pls rescue!!!!Thks Alot!!!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Missing???

Look in the event viewer for errors. It's possible the hard drive is failing.
 

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Hi all,I have just upgraded my C: drive to a larger one using Acronis Easy Migrate. The migration appears to have work fine apart from this problem. When I cloned the C:drive, I temporarily removed the D: drive to us the IDE cable position for the new C: Drive.When cloning was completed, I removed the old C: drive (master), switched the new C: drive (master and replaced the untouched D: drive (Slave).Windows explorer no longer shows my d: drive! the BIOS recognises it, and system devices shows it as working fine. Even reports back the correct capacity etc. I uninstalled it in devices and repbooted - windows reported new hardware found, installed it and it still does not show in explorer. I need to get at it because my data is on there. Please help

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

Have you looked at start/right click on my computer/manage/select disk management and is the drive letter shown? right click gives the option to set drive letter.

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Hi, I'm new and don't know much about computers so you'll have to explain as if I were a kid - sorry! (I had a mate who was really good at it - but we don't talk anymore so I no longer have my own personal IT expert)  I recently turned my pc on to discover my 500gb hard drive that my mate installed a few months ago wasn't showing up. I tried going to add hardware but I don't know what it's called, I opened the pc up wondering if something had come loose but I don't THINK that's it (I pushed all the plug/connector things in to be sure) but it's still not showing up.HELP!!! Pretty please with a cherry on top!

Answer:Missing hard drive

Go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Drive Management. Does the drive show up and does it show as healthy?

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Question: Hard Drive Missing

I have an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor running Windows XP Pro with 512 Mb of RAM. I have a 120Gb primary drive, an internal 80Gb second hard drive which was taken from an old PC, is partitioned and still has XP installed on one partition, and an external 160Gb hard drive.

I have made no changes to my system but all of a sudden the secondary drive has disappeared from Explorer, Disk Management and Device Manager in Windows. I have checked in the BIOS and the drive exists and also have booted through the secondary drive into the old version of XP without issue so the hardware seems to be fine. As no physical changes were made to the set up, the only thing I can think it could be would be a software change such as Windows Update or virus. I have run a Norton virus check and the system is clean.

I have searched through forums for the last couple of days for a similar problem but not found a solution just workarounds of the type reinstall windows which is not practical for me.

I'd appreciate any direction or suggestions of what could have caused this and ways to move forward
 

Answer:Hard Drive Missing

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I recently purchased a Western Digital 120Gb external HD. Once installed and "quick format" were complete the size displays in Disk Management as 111.79 Gb. Where's the rest of my money, I mean drive. Currently using Win2k. 1133Mhz with 256 RAM and my current C drive is 18G and dangerously close to being filled, hence the purchase. Any ideas? Thanks.
 

Answer:missing Gb on new Hard Drive

It's an old hard drive marketing trick. Western Digital defines a GB as one billion bytes, whereas Windows defines a GB as 1,073,741,824 bytes. 111,75GB is therefore normal.
 

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Question: Missing Hard Drive

I just reloaded XP and it's had all the updates etc. There are 3 HDs installed plus a DVD - Primary controller has drives C & D and both visible, Secondary has the DVD (Master) and a 3rd HD (Slave) which does not show.
This 3rd HD is visible in XP Device Manager I can uninstall/disable & install/enable under device manager but it never gets a drive letter and so I can't do anything with it.
As part of troubleshooting I've physically swapped this drive with the "D" on the primary controller and could see the D on the secondary but not this one even when on the primary.
This drive previously had Ubuntu installed on it but that shouldn't matter, jumpers are correct it's correctly identified at the hardware and XP levels. any ideas anyone?
 

Answer:Missing Hard Drive

OK - forget it - figured it out - it was the ubuntu install on that drive XP couldn't identify the mbr
 

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