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Hard drive conundrum

by ajnomai / October 25, 2008 6:05 PM PDT

I have a hard drive that shows up in BIOS and Device Manager (Running Windows Vista 32bit) but does not show up in my computer or computer management under "storage." It is an SATA drive.

I may have done something stupid:
I was trying to reconfigure my hard drives so that they would not be listed as removable storage (with six drives, I was constantly worried I'd accidentally select the wrong one for removal when taking an external drive offline). In device manager, I selected this one drive to change it's properties from "optimize for performance" to "optimize for quick removal" (I'd read this tip on another forum). Well, the computer didn't seem to like it and it stopped responding. I quit out of the program and rebooted my system.

I didn't notice anything awry until after I installed IDE drivers from my motherboard's (Gigabye N650SLI-Ds4) installation disk. After I did that, I noticed a question mark over the drive's shorcut I had placed on my desktop. That is when I saw it was missing from the My Computer list of drives, but was listed in the device manager.

It gets weirder: When I right click on the drive in device manager, I'm told that the device is enabled. But when I look in properties, it is disabled (code 22). When I try to enable the device, I am told "windows could not enable the device."

I did some searching around, but can't find any help. Hoping someone here might be able to tell me how I can rescue this drive. If that's possible.

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Can you
by Sovereign Forum moderator / October 25, 2008 6:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Hard drive conundrum

right-click on it and uninstall? If so, do that and reboot. Check it again after reboot and make sure it has a drive letter assigned.


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That worked!
by ajnomai / October 26, 2008 2:52 AM PDT
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