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Hard drive does not show up in My Computer

by tzouras / October 6, 2006 3:37 PM PDT

I have three drives in my PC:

1. IDE, Seagate Baracuda ST3120023A (System Drive)
2 & 3. SATA, Maxtor 6Y120M0 (Data Drives)

Sometimes, after I reboor, one the Maxtors does not show up in My Computer. It's the same drive every time. Recently this drive failed fataly. The PC would not even boot when the drive was connected to the motherboard.

I replaced the drive with an identical Maxtor drive. It's been working fine, but since last week, it had the same problem. Wouldn't show up in My Computer after a reboot.

I am starting to worry that maybe its the SATA controller that is causing this, and that it might damage this new drive as well.

Could this be a faulty SATA controller? Or should I look for updated drivers for the controller?

What else can I check?

Here is some system info:

Motherboard: Intel D875PBZ
Processor: Pentium 4, 3 GHz
Memory: 3 GB
OS: Windows XP Pro, SP2

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I know your problem!
by aaron.rowland / October 6, 2006 4:23 PM PDT

The hard drive says "Maxtor" on it. Resolve this issue immediately.

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by jimco2000 / October 7, 2006 2:25 AM PDT

i have 4 Maxtor Diamonds that have been running steadily for 2+ years with narry a prob so disregard that very helpful and informative last reply. i always love people that reply with absolutely no help. Wasted space and time.
Try goind to My computer>right click>manage and make sure everything looks ok there under the volume it should say online in one area and healthy in the other. if it doesn't right click and utilize tools. Google any problems. There is a world of answers out there. Hope that helps a little.


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Double check your connections
by billzhills / October 7, 2006 6:05 AM PDT

Had one system that periodically would not boot. IDE connectiion at HDD would vibrate out just enough to prevent HHD from being seen by the BIOS. Wound up hot gluing that connection.

You may also want to go to Maxtors web site and download thier diagonstic utility. Tho I think you will find a loose connection.


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by jasonc_78749 / October 14, 2006 9:13 AM PDT

Most likely your jumpers are not set correctly. Typically you want your hard drive to be the master and cd-rw or what have as the slave.

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(NT) (NT) What else is in that RIG.....especially the PSU
by VAPCMD / October 14, 2006 1:12 PM PDT
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