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Solved: Problems with secondary hard drive (E).

Q: Solved: Problems with secondary hard drive (E).

When I had my latest PC built, I had them transfer the old hard drive out of my previous machine into this one as a second hard drive, so I could retain all my old files. I have run into problems lately when restarting my PC, I get a message saying my disk needs to be checked for consistancy
(E) . When I let this check run it ran for about ten hours or so and shut down before completing it's task. I would like to remove or disable this drive so I don't have the problems it is causing. I know nothing about the innerds of a PC, or how to remove a hard drive. Is it possible to disable the drive from my desktop and if so, by doing so, would it cause any problems with the performance of my PC?

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A: Solved: Problems with secondary hard drive (E).

You could leave the drive inplace and just disconnect the cables from this drive. It will then be disabled. The bios will not even detect it. Usually no problems.
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A:secondary hard drive problems

how did you format drive
what kind of drive
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A:Problems with Secondary Hard Drive

Right click on the drive in My Computer (unless it's not showing there?). Choose properties. Choose tools.

You'll see the options to check the disk.

Otherwise, do it from the command prompt:
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man i hope someone can help me with this please i would really appreciate it

A:secondary hard drive problems?please


Why not take the drive back (restore it back) to where you had it and see if everything is O.K. with that. You might even select a date that is not so far back and see if you can do a restore with that and see if your D drive works that way.
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A:Secondary Hard Drive Problems

sounds like a failing drive. You had trouble with it so you replaced it and now its giving you problems as a slave drive but everything else has changed in the system right? I had a similiar problem with a 20 gig maxtor - slow as hell but no errors at all, not even a smart failure. I had to be patient with it until i got the data off they sent it away for warranty. If your in a similiar situation formating it won't help.
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by the way in my computer my d drive is regognized but cant open it, when i try it says it needs to be formatted.
man i hope someone can help me with this please i would really appreciate it

A:secondary hard drive problems please help

Lets get some more information regarding the D: HDD:

Go to Disk Management and in the upper right pane, post what is shown under the headings, LAYOUT, FILE SYSTEM & STATUS. In the lower right pane, what does it show as the type of partition (e.g. is it blue, for primary?)?

Go to the following registry key and look to see if the D: HDD is registered with a partition signature, as follows:


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A:Hard drive failure, switched to secondary, having problems now

I think all you can do is start all over and do another reinstall because i dont think you can just transfer one operating system from one hard drive to another harddrive and have it work or be activated.or you can get restore/recovery disks for your model of computer and unless im wrong those rarely if ever have to be activated unless a motherboard gets changed.
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A:Solved: How do I disconnect secondary hard drive?

Have you pulled the jumper from the SATA drive?
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A:Solved: Secondary Hard Disk Drive occasionally disconnects.

Sounds like a faulty drive. You can test it with the disk utilities available from the drive manufacturer. Run the short and long test. If either test has errors or fails, the drive is faulty. But based on your description, the drive is faulty. Time for a replacement.
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A:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

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A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

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A:Secondary hard drive gone?

it's a possibility, check in the BIOS and see if it sees the secondary drive.

try to put the secondary drive as primary on 2nd IDE controller. Most likely the drive is gone if it had been working properly. Hope not as that is a rude awakening.
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A:Secondary hard drive

First thing you can do is boot to a Windows 98 startup disk (floppy) and see if you can access the drive using dos commands.
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A:Secondary hard drive

Can you format the 2ndary hd, in the pc its currently in ?

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A:New secondary hard drive

Hello and welcome to Techpot.

It might be better for you to connect the new drive to the primary ide channel as a slave drive. If you really must use the secondary ide channel, set the drive up via it`s jumpers as master and then set the cd-rw as slave. Don`t use cable select.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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A:Secondary hard drive disappeared after install of Blu Ray DVD drive


I would double-check both the power and SATA cable connectors between this 2nd disk and the motherboard. Then, when booting, enter the BIOS screen and see if this 2nd drive is listed in the BIOS.

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A:Secondary hard drive not detected

Welcome to TSF....

Put the hard drive back into the external enclosure with the jumpers set the exact way they were before removing the drive. Then take the drive with power supply and USB cable to another computer and turn it on and plug it into a USB port on that computer, if it is recognized I would suggest backing up all of the data to a set of DVD's immediately. If it does not get seen or recognized by the other computer then you more than likely have a bad external drive.

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A:Secondary hard drive goes to sleep

Originally Posted by Morpheus

I've been using Windows 8 CP for couple of days now, and I really like it. But, there is one thing that drives me crazy. I have two hard drives and the secondary hard drive turns off constantly. After not using it for a while, I have to wait for 10-15 seconds before it starts responding. I know that there is a setting in power options that prevents hard drive from turning off, but it seems it only works for primary hard drive... any idea how to fix this?

Hello there!

Have to selected "Turn off hard disk after." to "Never" Power options? If nothing works then try this program. NoSleepHD
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A:Secondary hard drive failure

Hi sarah,

Go into the bios and see if both hard drives are recognized. If not, you probably had a hard drive failure.
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A:Secondary hard drive invisible!

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In Bios Boot Priority click on that drive and disable boot.
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A:Secondary hard drive and apps

It's unlikely that these games will run without re-installing them, because they have to configure the registry and make sure the OS is configured correctly for their needs.

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Check your file system with command chkdsk /f. (run cmd with Administrator privileges )
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A:Secondary Hard Drive Disappears

Hello Admiral, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check in your Advanced Power Plan Settings to see if you may have the Turn off hard disk after idle option set to X amount of minutes. If so, change it to Never to see if that may help.

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A:HELP! Secondary Hard Drive Issue

Hello there viyu!

Sorry to hear you are having some troubles setting up your new hard drive, but it seems you haven't said if you had done any of the steps on initializing and formatting your hard drive. So I will provide a few short steps on how to do so.

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A:Secondary hard drive not showing up

Issue solved!

When using a P5Q Pro motherboard, do not connect your secondary hard drive to the white SATA connector.
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Windows 7 ultimate. Sata Seagate barracuda 2tb

A:Missing secondary internal hard drive... HELP!

The first thing I would try is uninstalling ITunes and then performing a System Restore to a date before you installed ITunes.

See if that clears up the hard drive problem, then deal with the ITunes installation problem.
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Hi All

I'm new to the forums and hoping that you can help me. I've been searching for an answer to this for weeks now. I recently upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 (upgrade) and now I am unable to index anything not on my C drive. All of my media is on my secondary drive, which is my F drive. I have tried going into Indexing Options> Modify> Show All Locations, but nothing changes. All of my media libraries also show up as "Unresponsive" because of this. Any ideas of how I can get my F drive to be listed so that it can be indexed? Thanks so much in advance!


A:Can't index a secondary internal hard drive

Hello Tyler, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Check using the tutorial below to see if you may be able to add the F: drive to the index.

Index Locations - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Help Forums

Afterwards, rebuild the index to force it to update to have search results include files on F.
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My brother's hard drive got corrupted.

I was able to hook the drive up to my computer as a secondary drive, get all of the important information off, and reformat the drive. Now, I would like to install his OS (Windows XP) on the hard drive.

Unfortunately, I cannot find an easy way to do this. The XP cd just looks at my primary drive, determines that I've already got a "newer" version of Windows installed (updates, etc.), and doesn't let me go any further. It doesn't give me an option to do an install to my secondary, empty hard drive.

What can/should I do?

A:Want to install Windows XP on my secondary hard drive...

I would make the secondary drive the primary drive. If it is formated you should be able to boot from the Xp install CD and go from there.
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Hi guys i m completely new here and i don t know what i can expect but i d be happy if you would look at my problem Overnight I ran a defragment on my secondary hard drive which is my largest one containing WoW and some other after Hard Drive disappeared drefragment! Secondary programs but not windows When i got Secondary Hard Drive disappeared after drefragment! out of bed i looked at the defragment menu and the lower harddrive was not on the list Secondary Hard Drive disappeared after drefragment! anymore Well that wasn t so weird i thought it must have removed it since it s now completely defragment But there was an error message in the lower right corner I don t remember it exactly but it said that there was some file which couldn t be stored on this drive and this might cause some error later on I clicked my shortcut for WoW and windows told me that it couldn t find the program that the shortcut was referring to So i opened My Computer and discovered that my entire secondary drive was completely gone I ve tried rebooting but i just can t see it anywhere It makes little sense to me as does many things about computers and Windows I m using Windows XP Professional I m not sure what other information you could use but i d be really happy if you could help me solve this problem Thanks in advance Pete nbsp

A:Secondary Hard Drive disappeared after drefragment!

Does it show in bios?
Is this a sata drive?
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Well, I recently installed an internal hard drive onto my computer, and it was recognizing it for at least a week or so. But now, it doesn't even show up that it has been installed or being used on my computer and won't let me access it at all. It's not even on My Computer. I tried reinstalling it, but it won't work. What should I do?

A:Computer not recognizing secondary hard drive

Can you hear or feel the problematic drive "spinning up"?

If he drive is not "spinning up" 1st check the voltage on the power source connected to the drive. If the power source voltage is correct, and the drive is not "spinning up", then you may have a defective drive controller board.
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Cant find secondary hard drive.

Hi everybody,

I have a computer with two hard drives, I use the first one for operating system(Windows XP professional) and the second one for storage only. I formatted my primary hard drive and reinstalled Windows, I did not touch the secondary one. After installation, I cant find my storage(secondary drive) anywhere. Did I loose all the data there? Is there a way to fix this? Thank you in advanced for any assistance


A:reinstalled Windows.. cant see secondary hard drive.

Look in Disk Management if and how the second drive is recognised. I sincerely hope you didn't use the silly dynamic disk thing..
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Hey guys this will be my first post here so be gentle Let s start off with my computer specs I bought this computer off of Dell then added some stuff Dell Dimension i Windows XP Pro Intel Pentium CPU GHz A Gb hard drive that came with the computer when I bought it this is the original hard drive Seagate Gb Ultra ATA hard drive my second hard drive that I added Here is the issue ever since I bought the new HD it has been running considerably slower than my original HD For example when I want to copy anything to or from the second HD it would take forever and all other programs including mouse movement would become choppy like mouse movement This is also true when I copy one file from one partition of the second hard drive to another partition on the same hard drive However this only happens to my second hard drive My original drive works fine Is there anything I can do to fix the slowness of my new hard drive My roomates and I have tried various methods from changing cables to changing jumpers to no avail Any suggestions If you need more info please tell me This has been bothering me for quite some time nbsp

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Will I run into trouble connecting a hard drive to the secondary IDE port/cable--the one that's normally used for CD and DVD drives and such? Or should this not be done? I have two hard drives hooked up to the main IDE-0 connector and want to add a third, large-capacity drive to be used for backing up the other two drives, connecting this to the available IDE-1 cable connector--the other connector of which is hooked up to a DVD drive. I would want to put this new hard drive in a mobile rack & tray fixture that would mount in the 5 1/2 drive bay below the DVD unit--or above, depending on how things fit.

Would the computer recognize this as a hard drive even though it would be connected on the same cable as the DVD drive? Or does this mean problems?

A:Secondary IDE port/connector for hard drive

Set its jumper setting to slave and is will work perfectly well!!!!
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i`m so new to all this so i hope someone can help me.....turned on my computer this morning to find that my secondary hard disc drive cannot be F1 to continue or F2 to go into bios to fix it.....i went in there only to find out i dont know what i`m looking at.....i ended up finding out that it needs to be enabled...but how.....then later it all`m going can i get my computer to find this disc drive?

A:secondary hard disc drive not found

Welcome to TSG
BIOS setups are not all the same but usually what you are looking for is in the "Main" heading. Look for something that says Primary IDE master, Primary IDE Slave, Secondary IDE Master, Secondary IDE Slave.

Where the "missing" hard drive should be located in the above scheme depends how it is actually hooked up. If it's on the same cable as your main drive it probably would be the Primary slave. (not sure what you meant by secondary).

The drive may have died but the most common problem is just the cable is loose. Are you comfortable checking that inside the case.
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I own an Hp Pavilion, Model P7 - 14446s PC with a 1 TB hard drive.I want to install a secondary hard drive and clone the primary hard drive on a daily basis.I understand that if my primary hard drive fails, it is a simple procedure to switch to thesecondary hard drive and to continue "computing".What hardware do I need beside the new 1 Tb hard drive and what is the procedure to install the new hard driveand how would I switch to the secondary hard drive if the primary hard drive fails? Thanks,            hpannken

A:Installing secondary hard drive in my Hp Pavilion

@hpannken, welcome to the forum. You will need the hard drive and SATA power and data cables.  You will leave the boot drive attached as it is and connect the second drive to another SATA port on the motherboard.  You can't leave the second drive connected when booting if you have an OS on it.  This can cause conflicts and problems with booting. If the primary drive fails, you would simply disconnect the SATA cables for it and connect the second drive where it was connected. Now, some food for thought.  I never use internal drives for backup.  I have two external USB hard drives and a thumb drive that I use for backup.  They are far easier to connect and don't block airflow inside of the case. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.
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OK well I built a new computer Bought a GB SATA drive installed a fresh copy of Windows XP on it So Today I decided to take my old GB SATA can't on access secondary files drive hard drive from my old desktop put it in as a secondary drive to get some files off of it Now most of my personal files are in the My Documents folder in the Administrator folder When I try to navigate there on the new computer it says access is denied I did have the Administrator account password protected so I m pretty sure that s why I can t access it Is there no other way other than putting it back into the old machine and somehow unlocking the files so i can just put it in the new machine and take all the data I need from can't access files on secondary hard drive it Also if that is can't access files on secondary hard drive the only way how can't access files on secondary hard drive do I go about making the data available without moving it all to another folder nbsp

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I have a Dell Dimension PIII- After a power outage wouldn t boot Some testing showed bad hard drive I replaced the HD with a Maxtor gb drive At first I couldn t locate my XP Pro disk and being anxious to test the new drive installed Win Pro At that point I could see the IDE controller Original setup had been Primary IDE controller had hard drive in master position jumpered for Master drive hard controller troubleshoot secondary Secondar IDE controller had cd drive in master position jumpered for Master This worked troubleshoot secondary hard drive controller fine with old setup and with new HD and Win Pro I located my XP disk OEM and legal so I wiped the drive and installed with XP CD wasn t recognized Did various tests troubleshoot secondary hard drive controller including adding CD to Primary controller as Slave Works fine that way I assumed the cable might be bad starting with easiest and cheapest That didn t help Tested all cables in both controllers All worked in primary - none in secondary So I assume the controller is the issue I m thinking hoping that it s just a software issue since the secondary controller worked with Win P In device manager in W secondary controller was listed and fine In WXP pro it s not there Since I only have hard drive and cd I can configue both on primary controller and is what I ve done so far to be operational However the darn cable is too short between the primary amp secondary connectors The only way it fits is to have the box open and CD sitting on top The new cable I bought when testing is longer but is the same distance between the two connectors Because of the slots in pc I can t get the two pieces of equip close enough to work I imagine I can get a custom cable someplace but have two problems with that I live in a rural area and will have to travel order on internet to get a custom cable More importantly I want it to work as it should as I may likely want to add additional hard drive Any help will be greatly appreciated nbsp

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A few weeks ago, my old system decided it didn't want to boot up anymore. I wanted to know if i put a new hard drive in the CPU and make the old drive a secondary drive, will I be able to access it?. In other words - because I'm not booting from it anymore, will it be readable?

A local geek told me it would cost between $200 and $2900 for him to recover data from the old drive, depending on how much data was on it and what the problem was (that last figure isn't a misprint - $2900!. That seemed excessive. He also advised me not to spend a lot of money trying to fix a 6 year old system. But I am desperately seeing a way to recover the files from the crashed drive that won't cost me 6 week's salary. I'm not savvy on manipulating the innards of the computer, either.

A:making original hard drive a secondary

Hi debodum,

It all depends what has happened to your HDD.

Can you not take it out and put it on a friends system as a slave, just to see if you can access it?
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I would like to say I inadvertently made by secondary hard drive active.. It was not. Is there a way to make it not active? As it is listed in the BIOS as the non-boot drive, there doesn't appear to be a conflict at this time. But I would like to correct it if possible. Thanks for all assistance.

A:How to make a secondary hard drive NOT Active?

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not used as a boot drive)

Partition - Mark as Inactive

Make sure you choose the correct Disk / Partition !

Open an elevated command prompt in Windows:
1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:

SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the active partition you wish to make inactive)
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Hi, from whence can I buy a cable: "643638-001 - CBI HDD CABLE SLAVE", or get  desoldering scheme? Bought from here: "" not approached... With gratitude for the response,Valery
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Hello, I'm trying to find out the specs for the secondary hard drive bay in the Pavilion Wave, i.e. the physical form factor (2,5" / 3,5") and interface (SATA?). Does anyone know what it is? Thanks,Mattias
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I replaced my primary hard drive after a major failure and installed Windows XP but now I m having trouble with my secondary hard drive According the My Computer the drive is empty but the Properties tab shows GB of used space Here s what I know Primary drive WD GB PATA drive Listed as E drive GB of GB used This is the new drive where Windows XP is freshly installed Jumper set to cable select Secondary drive Maxtor GB Serial ATA drive Listed as C drive GB of GB used This is the older drive that s coming up empty Jumper set to cable select When I installed Windows XP I had the jumper on the new drive in the wrong spot I copied what was on the busted original drive instead of following the new drive s directions Could that be the problem I tried setting the primary E drive to appears drive Secondary hard empty master and the secondary C drive to slave but the secondary drive is still quot empty quot The letters associated with the hard drives are a surprise The secondary drive used to be G and now it s C I m not sure why the new primary drive is labeled E Any ideas nbsp

A:Secondary hard drive appears empty

Hi and welcome to TSG.

Ok..... im a little confused:

SATA drives don't have Master/Slave Config........

Compare THESE TWO DRIVES to the ones you have... And we will try to establish what were dealing with.

If you do have a SATA drive and you have been setting jumpers on it; Depending on where you have set the Jumpers HERE IS AN OVERVIEW of What you Have been Actually doing.

Its not advisable to install your OS on a PATA Drive they are a thing of the past. if what you say is true, you should Copy any Important Data to a safe location and Install your OS on your SATA Drive, and use your PATA Drive as storage.

But we will cross that Bridge bridge when We come to it.
Could you post your spec please.
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I installed a secondary hard drive in my HP dv8408, which has a two drive bay. The device shows up in the device manager and troubleshooting says it is working properly, but there is no letter assigned to the drive. I would like to assign F, since D is a recovery partition on the primary drive and E is the optical drive. Shouldn't the drive letter assignment have been automatic? Is there some step I have skipped?

HPdv8408 with 2GB of patriot ps2 5300 ram, XP media center 2002 edition, service pack 3.
The primary hard drive is 80GB hitach travelstar 5k100, the new secondary hard drive is a seagate 80GB, I think the model number is 370063768795.

A:new secondary hard drive not in tree, hp laptop

You need to partition and format the drive for windows to see and use it, this is done from the Disk Management utility
See this MS article
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The capacity of my SSD is compromised and I would like to move programs to the secondary hard drive. I also would like to make the secondary the default drive for all my photographs. Are there any tutorials to which I can be directed for assistance. Thanks

A:How to move programs from SSD to secondary hard drive

Hello and welcome fawmaine I don't know if this is of any use to you post #8 may be the stuff you are looking for.

SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

Me I just copy / paste but I could be doing the very wrong thing for all I know