I recently installed a second hard drive, as a kind of a semi solution to my problems detailed here in a previous thread: click here
The windows boot on my original drive was no longer working, and as I did not want to delete my exisiting partition to do another windows installation (which XP was insisting I do), I bought another drive.
I successfully installed this as the master, and did another installation of WinXP (with my original drive now set-up as slave).
However, although within WinXp it recognises my original (now slave) drive is there, it is not apparent when I double-click on My Computer.
well, I tried the above mentioned advice - and for a moment I thought that it may be the answer.....
.....my drive was there - and it said healthy - and it gave me some info like 75% used, 25% free - which is about right (so fingers crossed all my data is still there).
It was also lacking a drive letter - so I was hoping it would be a simple case of assigning one.
However, when selecting the drive, and right-clicking it, all of the options were greyed out, apart from the option for delete partition (which represents my whole drive). This is obviously not the option I want.
um, i can't do that - as the boot on the original drive does not work (gets as far as the blue screen of death).
So the suggestions i posted above were ways of getting my data back from the original drive.
at present, i am running my pc from my new hard-drive (set as master), with a new os installed. I want to try to access my original drive (now set as slave) and get the data off it. As this drive no longer shows up in explorer (but does in device manager) i can't access the data.
so i am proposing to revert it back to the master (whilst probably just leaving my current working drive disconnected) and see if the above mentioned measures help me to get it going again (or at least accessible as a slave)