Can't see both drives


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John Williamson

Diamond69 said:
I can't see my two drives,any ideas?
Internal or external? HD, floppy or DVD? If external, are they powered
up and have you checked all the leads are (a) okay, and (b) connected at
both ends? Some system details would help.
 
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James Silverton

Open the computer case - they're inside it.
I suppose the question might refer to which drives are displayed by
Computer. All should be there if the drives are powered up and cabled
correctly. For example, I have two hard drives, one internal and one
eternal USB disk and my CD drive is also displayed.
 
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Bob I

Go to Control Panel, Folder options, View, and UNcheck the box in front
of "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder"
 
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Paul

Diamond69 said:
I can't see my two drives,any ideas?
Go to the Start menu, where you type in commands
for programs.

Type in "diskmgmt.msc" without the double quote
marks, and run it.

What does that show ?

Do you see two disks now ?

Or, one disk with two partitions ?

Post a link to a picture of your disk management
display, for further comments. One like this.
The diskmgmt.msc thing, is available in multiple
Windows OS.

http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Disk_Management_XP.gif

Paul
 
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Nil

I suppose the question might refer to which drives are displayed
by Computer. All should be there if the drives are powered up and
cabled correctly. For example, I have two hard drives, one
internal and one eternal USB disk and my CD drive is also
displayed.
Yeah, and it could also mean that he took his car down to the corner
store and back while blindfolded.

He would be foolish to think that anyone could answer such a vague
question with no explanation or detail.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I suppose the question might refer to which drives are displayed by
Computer.
Somehow I thought that Nil knew that, even before I read his reply :)
All should be there if the drives are powered up and cabled
correctly. For example, I have two hard drives, one internal and one
eternal USB disk and my CD drive is also displayed.
My reaction to the OP was like Nil's and others' in this thread, namely
"What - no details?".
 
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Alex Michael

What kind of drives? SATA, PATA, optical, flash, or what?
This my friend's computer, he just brought to me. It is 2 Sata drives
on an HP A6700y running Vista home Premium.I tried all the possible
solutions the other posters posted, they still don't show. I saw
something about the driver corrupted in the regisdtry registry
 
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Paul

Alex said:
This my friend's computer, he just brought to me. It is 2 Sata drives
on an HP A6700y running Vista home Premium.I tried all the possible
solutions the other posters posted, they still don't show. I saw
something about the driver corrupted in the regisdtry registry
Do you know how to enter the BIOS setup screen ?

There should be a section in the setup screen, with the names
of the detected disk drives. See if the two drives are evident
in that screen.

You can also try listening for "spinup noise" from each drive.

If the controller board on the drive, cannot successfully get
critical data off the platter, the drive will "refuse to communicate"
with the motherboard. Even if you hear spinup noise, it's possible
for a drive to fail, because the controller cannot get
the critical data it needs, to operate the disk drive.
The controller board only contains a portion of the bootup code
it needs, and the rest of the critical information is on
the platter, and must be read off at startup of the drive.

Paul
 
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Nil

This my friend's computer, he just brought to me. It is 2 Sata
drives on an HP A6700y running Vista home Premium.I tried all the
possible solutions the other posters posted, they still don't
show. I saw something about the driver corrupted in the regisdtry
registry
Who are you? Are you talking about the same issue that "Diamond69"
was?

What exactly is this "something" about a corrupted driver, and how did
you see it?

Error messages are important. You need to relay them precisely.
 

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