PC hardware issue- IDE hard disks

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by macEfan, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. macEfan macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Forbidden, you do not have access to that server
    I've got a PC problem here- I figured all of you are excellent troubleshooters. I'm stumped, and this is quite a surprise because I rarely get this stuck.

    I had an OLD PC set up as a server, with 2x 250gb hard drives for storage and a 40gb for windows server 2003. It was in use for ~3 years, but I recently ran out of space and decided to upgrade.

    I obtained a Pentium D server and installed a 750gb SATA drive in that, along with the old 250gb and 40gb IDE drives.
    The 40gb IDE & SATA drives are on the motherboard and the 250gb drives are still on the IDE card.

    After plugging everything in, I reformatted the 40gb OS drive and reinstalled windows server 2003. The problem is, my two 250gb drives (with all their data) do not show up in "My Computer"

    Actually, they showed up the FIRST time windows booted up after the reinstallation, but never again. I can see both drives under device manager, and the IDE card has drivers.

    Why would they not show up in "My Computer"?
    I really need my data back. Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks!
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    So, you installed a PCI IDE card and have the two 250gb drives connected to them? Windows may have tried to assign the same drive letter to the drives. Check the disk manager and see if they show up there. You may need to assign different drive letters to those drives for them to show up properly.

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