See both HD's; can access only boot drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • Just installed Win 7RC on a quad-core based PC whcih I build new in January. Reformatted and installed W7, got the 275GTX Nvidia card, networking, and even Creative X-fi to work well together. However......... before taking this action I moved all "keeper" files, docs, SS's, etc to a seperate HD which worked fine under both XP and Vista. So, I'm booting and operating from a WD 500GB (same as before). If I look in device manager, it shows the other Seagate drive on a different channel, etc.

    But, in My Computer, or also via any other way I can think of, I cannot access this Seagate drive. I absolutely need the files on there, and PDQ.

    Can someone help? It seems strange that device mgr sees it fine, but I can't get to it. DISK MANAGEMENT does NOT see it, but Device Mgr. does.
    Also: I did not disconnect this drive when I installed the RC. I installed the intel/asus chip drivers before RC installation, as I guessed the SATA/IDE/ICH10 controllers might be needed. Did NOT install any SM bus devices, or anything else. 

    Many thanks,
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:55 PM

All replies

  • jwilley,

    All problems I've seen along these lines have been corrected by one solution only: reinstalling Windows 7. As this is needless to say less than desirable, you could try loading your Windows 7 install DVD while the computer is running to perform an "in-place upgrade," as if you were upgrading from Windows Vista - this, too, will re-install needed OS components, and sometimes works where SFC fails.
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 8:15 PM
  • right click on computer, -> manage -> disk management -> assign a drive letter
    Sunday, June 14, 2009 3:16 AM
  • It does not allow me to assign the disk a drive letter.

    any other thoughts? I pretty much don't want to reload the OS, as I finally got X-Fi, video card, etc working OK.
    Sunday, June 14, 2009 5:01 PM
  • a shot in the dark, unplug the hard drive giving you grief, boot up w/o it connected, then shut down, try maybe installing it on a different channel, ie, master instead of slave, or a different SATA port? let it get re-detected and cross your fingers...
    Sunday, June 14, 2009 5:18 PM