Second hard drive isn't showing???

FXGuy3369

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Hey I have 2 hard drives hooked up to my computer right now. One has my OS, and everything, the other has some files from an old comp I want to bring over. The secondary hard drive shows up in the bios, when it boots, and in device manager, but when I go to "My Computer" it isn't there. Hopefully this is something stupid and simple I am overlooking
 

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Originally posted by: FXGuy3369
I cant format it :( I need the information on it.

go to control panel -> administration -> Computer administration -> disc handeling

does the drive show up and has it been assigned a drive letter?
 

FXGuy3369

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Ok I go to Control Panel-> Administrative Tools-> Computer Management and then Click Disk Management, and it shows my main hard drive as Disk 0, Basic, 74.52GB, Online and my 2nd as Disk 1, Unknown, 27.95GB, Not Initialized. So what do i do?
 

FXGuy3369

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Doesnt say, but when I click disk management it automatically pops up a box to "Initialize and Convert" My main drive is NTFS
 

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What was the OS on the computer it was taken from?
Was it taken from a RAID-0 array?
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: FXGuy3369
Doesnt say, but when I click disk management it automatically pops up a box to "Initialize and Convert" My main drive is NTFS

Yoy will need to do this for it to work, but I don't know if it will erase the data on the drive.
 

FXGuy3369

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I am pretty sure it was NTFS on the other machine..... I go to Control Panel-> Administrative Tools-> Computer Management and then Click Disk Management, and it shows my main hard drive as Disk 0, Basic, 74.52GB, Online and my 2nd as Disk 1, Unknown, 27.95GB, Not Initialized. All my files are on that 2nd one
 

V00D00

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Funny story. I typed my responce but left this window open. I didn't realize the thread changed already, and I just hit reply. But yeah, at least you're not one of those people who says something like that and never ends up helping out. My mistake, sorry.
 

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Originally posted by: V00D00
Funny story. I typed my responce but left this window open. I didn't realize the thread changed already, and I just hit reply. But yeah, at least you're not one of those people who says something like that and never ends up helping out. My mistake, sorry.

no problem it's around 1 am over here so I might be a little tired not reading that carefully :p
 

V00D00

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"When you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, any existing partitions or logical drives on the basic disk become simple volumes on the dynamic disk. "

From the help file.

I'm about 90% sure you won't lose your data.
 

FXGuy3369

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Ok so now it is drive E: and shows up as a "Healthy" Dynamic Drive thats online but still can't explore it or anything. When I double click it, it says it is not formatted, and offers to format it to NTFS
 

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.... very strange. Seems to me like there must have been some kind of corruption on it or something. I wish I knew what to tell you.

If I were in your position I would fire up GetDataBack or Partition Magic (it has a feature where you can browse the drive that isn't windows dependant) and see what you can recover

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get data back:
http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm