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Secondary Harddrive Missing from "My Computer"

by coax74 / March 22, 2007 8:48 AM PDT

I've looked everywhere and I can't seem to find a solid answer.

I'm running a Pentium 4, 1.6ghz, 1gig RAM, Windows XP Pro (w/SP2) computer.

My Maxtor Diamondmax plus 9 secondary hard drive (160gig "D:" drive) has been running great for over 3 years now. I use it to store vids, Mp3s, pictures, computer games, etc...

I ran defrag this past week on my Maxtor, left to go to work, came back later and saw that defrag had not completed. I decided to cancel the defrag and reboot since I had so lovingly brought my work home with me and didn't want to wait.

Upon reboot, I go into "My Computer" and notice that my Maxtor D: hard drive is missing. The shortcuts to various folders I have on my desktop are dead and can't access D: either. I check my device manager and see that both my C: and D: drives are there and are "working properly".

I reboot again, jump into my BIOS and see that my BIOS still recognizes the secondary hard drive. I bought a new IDE cable (I'm using the Master/Slave combo), reconnected the hard drives and rebooted. Same thing. I double-checked my power connections and those are fine.

On a whim, I took the hard drive to my office computer and it's doing the same thing on a different machine.

I have a brand new hard drive standing by, but before I install, I just wanted to see if anything can be done to revitalize this Maxtor Diamondmax I have or if it's a lost cause? I hear the drive power up fine and it's not making any unusual sounds. Am I looking at some kind of corruption or virus that my regular virus and adware/spybot scans never picked up??

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


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Look at demos of...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 9:09 AM PDT

Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR) and GetDataBack. The program SPINRITE sometimes helps but it's all down to how much is it worth to buy these programs to you.


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by coax74 / March 22, 2007 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Look at demos of...

You were reading my mind. I was just reviewing both of these pieces of software.

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what was your solution
by heyjerzygirl2 / March 28, 2007 12:37 PM PDT
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i'm having a similiar you go w/ anyone of the softwares recommended?

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