recovery of a SATA drive after not being "involved" in a system restore

By PollyKim ·
I have a maxtor 120g SATA drive that can have either pata or sata power connected. It was my original sata drive. When I upgraded I had it as my third drive. All worked fine for a few months until I did a system restore(windows xp)which informed me this drive was not "involved", I cannot remember the exact phrasing for it was a while ago. I have not been able to access this drive, it doesnot show up in device manager but does in bios and is recognised on startup. Can anyone advise me on why this may have occurred and can it be recovered. Thanx for any help.

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Use the hard Drive

by Jacky Howe In reply to recovery of a SATA drive ...

testing software. Seagate "Seatools"
Works with Seagate drives only

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Well as Seagate owns Maxtor Seatools will work with

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to recovery of a SATA drive ...

Maxtor Drives and tell you if the drive is working correctly.

But as you have done something with Windows here it would appear that Windows itself has locked this drive out of the system while Windows is running hence the ability to see it in BIOS but not Device Manager or Drive Management I'm assuming.

The solution here is to undo what you did to disable this drive though how you go about this I'm not sure as I don't know what you have done to get to this position.


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