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Hard Drive Not Listed in My Computer

by kd8bny / March 27, 2008 2:51 AM PDT

I have this old hard drive that was working earlier. I connected it the other day and it wouldn't show in my computer. I checked for it in disk management but it wasn't even there as unallocated. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The Hard drive is an Western Digital 16gb. It is not new.

System Specs-
mobo-MSI K9VGM-v
Processor-2.2ghz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Boot Drive-300gb Seagate (Not the problem drive)
OS-Windows XP Pro SP2

P.S. Has anybody heard of having a slave drive that would stop your computer from booting?

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Yes, a dead slave often causes a failure to boot.
by Edward ODaniel / March 27, 2008 3:15 AM PDT

Is tha old hard drive you added listed accurately in the BIOS?

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western digital hard drive don't work
by pc_tech2008 / March 27, 2008 5:32 AM PDT

reference: wd home page


you may need the latest driver for the drive

1. get a piece of paper and a pen or pencil

2. from the hard disk copy down the model #, serial #, year of manufacturer or just have it handy next to you

3. go into the above site

4. search for the latest driver for your hard disk to see if there is any may be missing some driver or patch that you need to install into your computer to recognize the drive.

6. sometimes and this have been seen where drive are sold to consumer and it will not be recognized by the software

7. if you windows operating system is a real one one that you own not one that you copy off from your friends. do a window update and get the latest update and patch at

8. I have seen this problem with cd writer that once sold in best buy. it took the manufacturer a long time to issue patches to support the drive.

9. western digital have customer support you can call them and ask but before you start talking ask if what you are about to ask them is free or be prepare for expensive charges being put onto your credit card this is something you want to avoid.

above is just some tips
good luck

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by kd8bny / March 31, 2008 9:33 AM PDT

My hard drive is working is working now thanks very much.

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