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    Does anyone know why sometimes my computer can see my second harddrive, but most of the time it doesn’t?

    When it does see it and I can get access to it, I try not to turn off the computer because I know it might not show up again for a while.

    Win XP Pro.

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    Firstly, how have you got it connected to the computer in terms of IDE? It could be a bad IDE cable, or the fact that you might not have a jumper set correctly (although if that was the case then it wouldn't show up at all with most cases.)

    It could also mean that the drive itself is on the way out. Is it ALWAYS detected in the BIOS but just doesn't show up in Windows sometimes?

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    Long time no see, weazel.

    The drive always seems to show up in the BIOS. It's connected first on the IDE cable with the main drive, but I've had it second before with no difference. It's set as slave now, but I've had it as cable select before. Again, no difference - sometime good, other times bad. If I put it to Master, then the whole system won't boot.

    When I do get it to work, I don't move or change anything, but if I reboot, it'll usually take a few tries to get it to come back. I've tried moving the IDE and power cables around, but that shows no change either.

    I think your idea that the drive itself is on the way out might be the right one - this drive has always been my backup storage on my last 3 computers.
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    I have kind of seen this once before with a failing hard drive. If I powered off the machine and powered it back on, this one drive might not get detected. If I did it a couple of time it would eventually pick up and run fine. Since the machine was on typically 24/7 it wasn't a big deal but about 6 months later the drive finally failed for good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticFox
    Long time no see, weazel.
    Hey dude, how's it going?
    and I'd get your stuff off that disk (even though it's backup!) and purchase a new drive as a matter of urgency. Outta interest, what drive is it? make/model?

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    Okay, thanks. I'll go get an external USB drive this payday... maybe another one for the regular system files - both drives are a bit old.

    Maxtor D740-6L 20Gb; and now that I'm really looking at it I see I wrote "Won't Read?" on the side, so it must have given me problems on another computer.

    Thursday, payday, new drives, I got it.
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    Fair enough, and owch..I thought you'd say Maxtor. I couldn't trust em as far as I could throw em tbh!
    I've had problems with every Maxtor hard disk I've ever owned

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    Smile

    LOL. Do you know anything about external USB drives? I'll be visiting the local Fry's Electronics for one (or maybe two).
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    Ermmm I'd make my own personally -get a 3.5" IDE caddy with a USB to IDE card in it and then geta IDE hard disk and whack it in. Alternatively, you could get a pre-made branded USB hard disk.


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