Pc Does Not Recognize 2nd Hard Drive
Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:49 AM
Doing so, my PC would not, it stayed on the Windows logo for hours. I turned off my PC unplugged my hard drive, turn the PC back on then plug the hard drive. PC run fine, but there was no recognition of the hard drive.
It doesn't show in Computer Management. The hard drive is running though, I can feel the disks vibrate.
Since this is a hard drive from an old computer and has a windows vista file and i am currently running windows 7, is that a problem?
I was told that you cannot install a hard drive that has an old windows.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 08:18 AM
Here's my guess: When you installed the old drive, your BIOS decided that that was the first drive--the one to boot from. It attempted to boot Vista and ran into trouble, since every Windows installation is for specific hardware. Thus, the failure to boot.
After you unplugged the old drive, you did something wrong when plugging it back in. A hard drive takes two connectors--SATA and power. If the power connector is plugged in but SATA is not, the drive will power up and spin, but will not be visible to the computer.
If you want to keep the old drive in the PC, check the plugs again, then go into your BIOS settings and make sure that the new PC's original drive has boot priority.
However, I suggest you take the old Vista drive out of the computer. You say you want it for backup. But a backup drive inside the computer doesn't provide much protection. You're better off buying a drive enclosure (about $20), which will effectively turn the old drive into an external one. Then you can plug it in, run your backup program, then remove it.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:26 AM
Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:03 AM
If not, we need to check the jumper at the back of the old HDD, try change teh settings to slave or cable select.
There is nothing to do with the Vista on the old drive or not since we are not setting that as bootable drive.
Hope this helps.
Tech Manager, WPTinc.
Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:34 AM
I don't know if you found a cure to your problem with the second hard drive but I ran across this earlier this year and what I found was that somehow Windows had changed a setting under Device Manager since I had removed a second drive for another project and when I got around to replacing it.
From: My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers> Then check the properties of the > Primary and Secondary IDE Channel controllers > and check that the > Advanced Settings Device Types > are set to > Auto Detection. On my system I found them changed to None and that stopped Windows from recognizing the second drive while the System BIOS showed it correctly. Hope that helps you solve your problem.