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Hard drive device name changed: no data

By mr.xiede ·
I'm running XP. Installed a new ST380011A 80 gig second HD, the same as my boot drive. Installation OK. Transferred 20gig to new drive. Rebooted this morning: data not found. Device manager now has the wrong device name: CT#80!1A. The data is still on the drive as only 60gig is shown available on the drive under Properties.
How do I get it back to being an ST3800011A without losing my data?

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by mr.xiede In reply to Hard drive device name ch ...

One note: System Restore does not work. I didn't remember to add the new drive to hard drive list.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Hard drive device name ch ...

The two HDD are jumpered properly?
Try diferent jumper settings on both of HDD. (attention of boot order in BIOS)
If not working, try to install the new drive in other computer.

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Thanks for your help. Reattaching the cables was the answer...strange and heart-thumping sh*t. Thanks

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by ManISKid In reply to Hard drive device name ch ...

What do you see in the disk management utilty?
(control panel - adminstrative tools - disk managment)

If the disk showing an error or is the drive letter not displaying. If the option is available run the reactivate, repair on the disk. Run scandisk on it for errors.

Try and run the computer with only 1 harddrive then add the other, the drive names may be duplicate.

Try the harddisk on another computer.

Reinstall the disk drive drivers, these may have been corrupted.

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Thanks for your help. Reattaching the cables was the answer...strange and heart-thumping sh*t. Thanks

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by mr.xiede In reply to Hard drive device name ch ...

Thanks to you both for helping me seek an answer.
In Device Mgr the disk shows up unformatted.
In Bios, auto detect still brings up the incorrect hard drive: CT#80!1A rather than ST280011A that it is. The parameters are very close, but not the same: cyl, 38308 rather than 38309 for the ST380011A. Is there some way to choose the hard drive other than auto detect?

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by mr.xiede In reply to Hard drive device name ch ...

Again: On boot up, the new, second drive is incorrectly identified: as a 5gig drive rather than an 80 gig drive. In bios, auto detect does not solve the problem.
Is there some way to force the system to see this new drive as the Storage Tech 80gig drive that it is?

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by mr.xiede In reply to Hard drive device name ch ...

Problem solved, but not understood what happened!
I detached the cable from the motherboard to the HDs and reattached them reversed: end to slave, 2nd connector to the master. Result: no boot. I reconnected them: end to master, 2nd to slave, rebooted: all is well. The drive is recognized correctly and all my data is available.
I do not know: must have been a faulty connection????

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