Go to Control Panel, Administrative tools, Computer Management, Disk management. Activate the drive from there.
In the future, don't bother with those wiper programs. Just use Disk Management to format the drive.
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I have an XP system with 2 hard disks. The 2nd disk which was my d: drive and used as a data drive, became badly corrupted. I decided to completely wipe the drive clean and start fresh with it. I used one of those disk wipe programs that boots the system from a floppy and makes multiple passes to completely wipe everything off from the drive. I think it was called a Gutmann method and wiped the drive with 35 passes. After completing this, I rebooted the system. The drive is no longer recognized. It has no letter designation. I guess all formatting has been wiped off it as well. Perhaps even low level formating (whatever that is). When I go into device manager, however, this particular drive is correctly recognized with no errors. It says the device is working properly. My question is, what must I do to put this drive back into operation. I mean I know I'll have to reformat and repartition the drive but how to do this when I cant very well tell my computer to format drive d: or whatever, when according to "my computer" this drive isnt seen. Any help gladly accepted and most appreciated. BTW, if you could keep your response as non-technical as possible as Im not very computer savvy at all.