Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-On H

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  1. Seidell23231

    Seidell23231 Guest

    Hello ALL,

    Background:
    I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    Supply of 350:

    Situation:
    Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.

    Problem / Question:
    The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    indicating a problem.

    So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    show me the light...

    Joey
     
    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
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    freddy Guest

    Seidell23231,

    Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    self explanatory.
    --
    freddy


    "Seidell23231" wrote:

    > Hello ALL,
    >
    > Background:
    > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > Supply of 350:
    >
    > Situation:
    > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    >
    > Problem / Question:
    > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > indicating a problem.
    >
    > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > show me the light...
    >
    > Joey
    >
     
    freddy, Jul 20, 2007
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    Michael Guest

    Joey,

    I am not familiar with the phrase 'Online' in computer management,
    however.....

    In Disk Management under computer management does the drive show with a
    drive letter? Most of Vista will not see anything if it does not have a
    drive letter.

    Right click the partion, Change Drive letter and paths and set one if it
    doesn't already have one.

    Michael
    Vista Home Premium


    "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello ALL,
    >
    > Background:
    > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate
    > 500GB
    > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5
    > 5.1
    > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > Supply of 350:
    >
    > Situation:
    > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is
    > a
    > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd"
    > HD
    > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    >
    > Problem / Question:
    > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It
    > is
    > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin
    > Tools
    > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > indicating a problem.
    >
    > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > show me the light...
    >
    > Joey
    >
     
    Michael, Jul 20, 2007
    #3
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    David B. Guest

    There is such a thing as providing too much information, the fact that your
    keyboard lights up isn't really relevant to the problem ;)
    Have you tried to assign a drive letter using Disk Management?

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    "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello ALL,
    >
    > Background:
    > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate
    > 500GB
    > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5
    > 5.1
    > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > Supply of 350:
    >
    > Situation:
    > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is
    > a
    > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd"
    > HD
    > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    >
    > Problem / Question:
    > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It
    > is
    > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin
    > Tools
    > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > indicating a problem.
    >
    > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > show me the light...
    >
    > Joey
    >
     
    David B., Jul 20, 2007
    #4
  5. Seidell23231

    Seidell23231 Guest

    RE: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    Hey Freddy,

    Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive shows
    up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?

    "freddy" wrote:

    > Seidell23231,
    >
    > Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    > (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    > can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    > self explanatory.
    > --
    > freddy
    >
    >
    > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    >
    > > Hello ALL,
    > >
    > > Background:
    > > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > > Supply of 350:
    > >
    > > Situation:
    > > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    > >
    > > Problem / Question:
    > > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > > indicating a problem.
    > >
    > > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > > show me the light...
    > >
    > > Joey
    > >
     
    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
    #5
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    Michael Guest

    Re: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    I seem to remember that in XP there was a setting that limited the drive
    letters visable. Perhaps there is something in Vista of same function (did
    not find it with casual check). You might try changing drive letter to as
    low as possible without messing with your primary drive.

    Michael

    "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hey Freddy,
    >
    > Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    > been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive
    > shows
    > up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    > showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    >
    > "freddy" wrote:
    >
    >> Seidell23231,
    >>
    >> Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    >> (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management.
    >> You
    >> can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty
    >> much
    >> self explanatory.
    >> --
    >> freddy
    >>
    >>
    >> "Seidell23231" wrote:
    >>
    >> > Hello ALL,
    >> >
    >> > Background:
    >> > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2
    >> > EE/HT,
    >> > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate
    >> > 500GB
    >> > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    >> > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe,
    >> > Logitech
    >> > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5
    >> > 5.1
    >> > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    >> > Supply of 350:
    >> >
    >> > Situation:
    >> > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust,
    >> > I
    >> > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD
    >> > is a
    >> > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the
    >> > "3rd" HD
    >> > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    >> >
    >> > Problem / Question:
    >> > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows.
    >> > It is
    >> > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin
    >> > Tools
    >> > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been
    >> > formatted
    >> > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a
    >> > NO
    >> > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming
    >> > up
    >> > indicating a problem.
    >> >
    >> > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled,
    >> > Someone
    >> > show me the light...
    >> >
    >> > Joey
    >> >
     
    Michael, Jul 20, 2007
    #6
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    freddy Guest

    RE: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    Seidell23231,

    Try assigning a different drive letter. Maybe it doesn't like the partition
    and format if it wasn't performed in Vista. It does no harm to try different
    approaches, even repartitioning and formatting. Just some thoughts.
    --
    freddy


    "Seidell23231" wrote:

    > Hey Freddy,
    >
    > Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    > been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive shows
    > up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    > showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    >
    > "freddy" wrote:
    >
    > > Seidell23231,
    > >
    > > Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    > > (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    > > can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    > > self explanatory.
    > > --
    > > freddy
    > >
    > >
    > > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hello ALL,
    > > >
    > > > Background:
    > > > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > > > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > > > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > > > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > > > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > > > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > > > Supply of 350:
    > > >
    > > > Situation:
    > > > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > > > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > > > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > > > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    > > >
    > > > Problem / Question:
    > > > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > > > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > > > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > > > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > > > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > > > indicating a problem.
    > > >
    > > > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > > > show me the light...
    > > >
    > > > Joey
    > > >
     
    freddy, Jul 20, 2007
    #7
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    freddy Guest

    RE: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    Seidell23231,

    Also, in Disk Management, is the drive listed as a Simple/Basic type?
    --
    freddy


    "freddy" wrote:

    > Seidell23231,
    >
    > Try assigning a different drive letter. Maybe it doesn't like the partition
    > and format if it wasn't performed in Vista. It does no harm to try different
    > approaches, even repartitioning and formatting. Just some thoughts.
    > --
    > freddy
    >
    >
    > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    >
    > > Hey Freddy,
    > >
    > > Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    > > been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive shows
    > > up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    > > showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    > >
    > > "freddy" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Seidell23231,
    > > >
    > > > Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    > > > (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    > > > can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    > > > self explanatory.
    > > > --
    > > > freddy
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Hello ALL,
    > > > >
    > > > > Background:
    > > > > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > > > > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > > > > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > > > > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > > > > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > > > > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > > > > Supply of 350:
    > > > >
    > > > > Situation:
    > > > > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > > > > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > > > > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > > > > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    > > > >
    > > > > Problem / Question:
    > > > > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > > > > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > > > > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > > > > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > > > > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > > > > indicating a problem.
    > > > >
    > > > > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > > > > show me the light...
    > > > >
    > > > > Joey
    > > > >
     
    freddy, Jul 20, 2007
    #8
  9. Seidell23231

    Seidell23231 Guest

    RE: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    Thanks Freddy & Michael,

    Tried your suggestions and still a NO SHOW under "Computer". BUT, I think
    the limit on Drive Letters may be the solution or problem.

    Michael wrote: "I seem to remember that in XP there was a setting that
    limited the drive letters visable. Perhaps there is something in Vista of
    same function (did
    not find it with casual check)."

    I removed the drive and added a partition to the external drive. You
    guessed it, it did NOT show up! It seems that VISTA will not allow more than
    6 HD letters. So it would seem that the limit may be the issue.

    Now, how do I overcome this???



    "Seidell23231" wrote:

    > Hey Freddy,
    >
    > Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    > been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive shows
    > up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    > showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    >
    > "freddy" wrote:
    >
    > > Seidell23231,
    > >
    > > Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    > > (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    > > can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    > > self explanatory.
    > > --
    > > freddy
    > >
    > >
    > > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hello ALL,
    > > >
    > > > Background:
    > > > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > > > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > > > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > > > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > > > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > > > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > > > Supply of 350:
    > > >
    > > > Situation:
    > > > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > > > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > > > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > > > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    > > >
    > > > Problem / Question:
    > > > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > > > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > > > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > > > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > > > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > > > indicating a problem.
    > > >
    > > > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > > > show me the light...
    > > >
    > > > Joey
    > > >
     
    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
    #9
  10. Seidell23231

    Seidell23231 Guest

    RE: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    All drives are BASIC.

    "freddy" wrote:

    > Seidell23231,
    >
    > Also, in Disk Management, is the drive listed as a Simple/Basic type?
    > --
    > freddy
    >
    >
    > "freddy" wrote:
    >
    > > Seidell23231,
    > >
    > > Try assigning a different drive letter. Maybe it doesn't like the partition
    > > and format if it wasn't performed in Vista. It does no harm to try different
    > > approaches, even repartitioning and formatting. Just some thoughts.
    > > --
    > > freddy
    > >
    > >
    > > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hey Freddy,
    > > >
    > > > Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    > > > been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive shows
    > > > up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    > > > showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    > > >
    > > > "freddy" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Seidell23231,
    > > > >
    > > > > Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    > > > > (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    > > > > can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    > > > > self explanatory.
    > > > > --
    > > > > freddy
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > > Hello ALL,
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Background:
    > > > > > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > > > > > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > > > > > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > > > > > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > > > > > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > > > > > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > > > > > Supply of 350:
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Situation:
    > > > > > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > > > > > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > > > > > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > > > > > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Problem / Question:
    > > > > > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > > > > > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > > > > > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > > > > > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > > > > > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > > > > > indicating a problem.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > > > > > show me the light...
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Joey
    > > > > >
     
    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
    #10
  11. Seidell23231

    Michael Guest

    Re: Internal HD "NOT" Recognized by "My Computer" (This is an Add-

    There was a 'lastdrive' in config.sys and a L:<> parameter in autoexec.bat
    and tweakui could make changes in the registery (all prior to Vista).
    From your machine description I sorta assumed that you installed Vista from
    scratch rather than upgraded. If you upgraded or transfered your settings
    from a XP machine then the transfer may have tried to set things up as the
    origional.

    You could check your current environment variables for funny stuff:
    Right click Computer
    Properties
    Advanced system settings
    environment variables

    Also if the partion/drive is/was compressed then its real drive letter is
    suppressed, its state may be partially retained in its current
    configuration.
    A drive that was compressed but not properly installed would mess up and
    hide letters for drives other than itself!

    I think that if tweakui was used to hide the drive then it was really
    inaccessable. If lastdrive was how it was done then it could be accessed, it
    just didn't show in explorer. That is you could get to it by opening "x:"

    I THINK that tweakui did its stuff at
    HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies that was in XP!!!
    Nothing there in my Vista.


    Hope you are having fun,
    Michael



    "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thanks Freddy & Michael,
    >
    > Tried your suggestions and still a NO SHOW under "Computer". BUT, I think
    > the limit on Drive Letters may be the solution or problem.
    >
    > Michael wrote: "I seem to remember that in XP there was a setting that
    > limited the drive letters visable. Perhaps there is something in Vista of
    > same function (did
    > not find it with casual check)."
    >
    > I removed the drive and added a partition to the external drive. You
    > guessed it, it did NOT show up! It seems that VISTA will not allow more
    > than
    > 6 HD letters. So it would seem that the limit may be the issue.
    >
    > Now, how do I overcome this???
    >
    >
    >
    > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    >
    >> Hey Freddy,
    >>
    >> Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    >> been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive
    >> shows
    >> up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    >> showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    >>
    >> "freddy" wrote:
    >>
    >> > Seidell23231,
    >> >
    >> > Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    >> > (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management.
    >> > You
    >> > can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty
    >> > much
    >> > self explanatory.
    >> > --
    >> > freddy
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Seidell23231" wrote:
    >> >
    >> > > Hello ALL,
    >> > >
    >> > > Background:
    >> > > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2
    >> > > EE/HT,
    >> > > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit,
    >> > > Seagate 500GB
    >> > > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both
    >> > > @
    >> > > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe,
    >> > > Logitech
    >> > > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion
    >> > > 5 5.1
    >> > > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a
    >> > > Power
    >> > > Supply of 350:
    >> > >
    >> > > Situation:
    >> > > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting
    >> > > dust, I
    >> > > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The
    >> > > HD is a
    >> > > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the
    >> > > "3rd" HD
    >> > > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    >> > >
    >> > > Problem / Question:
    >> > > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into
    >> > > Windows. It is
    >> > > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the
    >> > > Admin Tools
    >> > > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been
    >> > > formatted
    >> > > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its
    >> > > a NO
    >> > > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages
    >> > > coming up
    >> > > indicating a problem.
    >> > >
    >> > > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled,
    >> > > Someone
    >> > > show me the light...
    >> > >
    >> > > Joey
    >> > >
     
    Michael, Jul 21, 2007
    #11
  12. Hi, I know for a fact that I am almost certainly dreaming as I am shooting for a "Long-Shot" I am in desperate need of a Recovery Disk for a Sony Vaio System that you once had a few light years ago!

    NOTE: I would appreciate anyone who reads this message as it is very well a "Cry For Help"

    It's the Sony System VGCRA-710G It has Windows XP Media Center Edition. Of course Sony has discontinued it and I can not find it anywhere. If by some small Miracle you would still have or know where I locate this recovery disk. I would greatly appreciate it. Of course I would be willing to compensate you for it. Please response with any information you wish.

    Thanks ...

    SINCERELY,

    Keiana

    > On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:10 PM Seidell2323 wrote:


    > Hello ALL,
    >
    > Background:
    > I have a Sony VAIO VGC RA-710G (Liquid Cooled, Runs Silent); P4 3.2 EE/HT,
    > 3GB PC3200 RAM, ATI 1600XT 512MB GDDR 3, Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, Seagate 500GB
    > 16MB Burst Internal (Ultra ATA), Western Digital 750GB External, Both @
    > 7200RPM, Sony DVD/CD DL R/RW +/-, LG DVD/CD R/RW +/- Lightscribe, Logitech
    > G15 (Keyboard Illuminates and has a small LCD Screen), Bose Companion 5 5.1
    > Dolby Digital USB Speakers, Acer AL 2216W 22" WS LCD Screen and a Power
    > Supply of 350:
    >
    > Situation:
    > Rather than having my original HD just sitting around collecting dust, I
    > have decided to add it to the system as the Internal Slave HD. The HD is a
    > Hitachi Deskstar 250GB @ 7200RPM. As noted above, this will be the "3rd" HD
    > for this system, 2 internal and 1 external.
    >
    > Problem / Question:
    > The HD (The add-on internal) is recognized prior to Boot into Windows. It is
    > recognized in the Device Management area. It is recognized in the Admin Tools
    > Computer Management area as an "Online" Drive, where it has been formatted
    > and partitioned. HOWEVER, it is NOT recognized by "My Computer", its a NO
    > Show in that area! There are NO error codes for system messages coming up
    > indicating a problem.
    >
    > So how can it appear in every area, except that one? I'm Baffled, Someone
    > show me the light...
    >
    > Joey



    >> On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:26 PM fkirsche wrote:


    >> Seidell23231,
    >>
    >> Try assigning a drive letter in Disk Management. Right click Computer
    >> (formerly My Computer), then select Manage, and then Disk Management. You
    >> can also partition and format there. Once you get there, it's pretty much
    >> self explanatory.
    >> --
    >> freddy
    >>
    >>
    >> "Seidell23231" wrote:



    >>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:26 PM Michael wrote:


    >>> Joey,
    >>>
    >>> I am not familiar with the phrase 'Online' in computer management,
    >>> however.....
    >>>
    >>> In Disk Management under computer management does the drive show with a
    >>> drive letter? Most of Vista will not see anything if it does not have a
    >>> drive letter.
    >>>
    >>> Right click the partion, Change Drive letter and paths and set one if it
    >>> doesn't already have one.
    >>>
    >>> Michael
    >>> Vista Home Premium
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...



    >>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:29 PM David B. wrote:


    >>>> There is such a thing as providing too much information, the fact that your
    >>>> keyboard lights up isn't really relevant to the problem ;)
    >>>> Have you tried to assign a drive letter using Disk Management?
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>>
    >>>> ----
    >>>> Crosspost, do not multipost http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
    >>>> How to ask a question http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
    >>>> How to Post http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >>>> _________________________________________________________________________________
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    >>>> news:...



    >>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:52 PM Seidell2323 wrote:


    >>>>> Hey Freddy,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Been there and tried that. The drive is designated as drive "T" and has
    >>>>> been formatted. Disk Mgmt shows it as Online and Healthy. The drive shows
    >>>>> up here with no issues and shows in device mgr, also with no issues. NOT
    >>>>> showing under the old title, my computer. Whats next?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "freddy" wrote:



    >>>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 5:22 PM Michael wrote:


    >>>>>> I seem to remember that in XP there was a setting that limited the drive
    >>>>>> letters visable. Perhaps there is something in Vista of same function (did
    >>>>>> not find it with casual check). You might try changing drive letter to as
    >>>>>> low as possible without messing with your primary drive.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Michael
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:...



    >>>>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 5:50 PM fkirsche wrote:


    >>>>>>> Seidell23231,
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Try assigning a different drive letter. Maybe it doesn't like the partition
    >>>>>>> and format if it wasn't performed in Vista. It does no harm to try different
    >>>>>>> approaches, even repartitioning and formatting. Just some thoughts.
    >>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>> freddy
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "Seidell23231" wrote:



    >>>>>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 5:56 PM fkirsche wrote:


    >>>>>>>> Seidell23231,
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Also, in Disk Management, is the drive listed as a Simple/Basic type?
    >>>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>>> freddy
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> "freddy" wrote:



    >>>>>>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 6:04 PM Seidell2323 wrote:


    >>>>>>>>> Thanks Freddy & Michael,
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Tried your suggestions and still a NO SHOW under "Computer". BUT, I think
    >>>>>>>>> the limit on Drive Letters may be the solution or problem.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Michael wrote: "I seem to remember that in XP there was a setting that
    >>>>>>>>> limited the drive letters visable. Perhaps there is something in Vista of
    >>>>>>>>> same function (did
    >>>>>>>>> not find it with casual check)."
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> I removed the drive and added a partition to the external drive. You
    >>>>>>>>> guessed it, it did NOT show up! It seems that VISTA will not allow more than
    >>>>>>>>> 6 HD letters. So it would seem that the limit may be the issue.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Now, how do I overcome this???
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> "Seidell23231" wrote:



    >>>>>>>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 6:24 PM Seidell2323 wrote:


    >>>>>>>>>> All drives are BASIC.
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> "freddy" wrote:



    >>>>>>>>>>> On Friday, July 20, 2007 9:03 PM Michael wrote:


    >>>>>>>>>>> There was a 'lastdrive' in config.sys and a L:<> parameter in autoexec.bat
    >>>>>>>>>>> and tweakui could make changes in the registery (all prior to Vista).
    >>>>>>>>>>> From your machine description I sorta assumed that you installed Vista from
    >>>>>>>>>>> scratch rather than upgraded. If you upgraded or transfered your settings
    >>>>>>>>>>> from a XP machine then the transfer may have tried to set things up as the
    >>>>>>>>>>> origional.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> You could check your current environment variables for funny stuff:
    >>>>>>>>>>> Right click Computer
    >>>>>>>>>>> Properties
    >>>>>>>>>>> Advanced system settings
    >>>>>>>>>>> environment variables
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> Also if the partion/drive is/was compressed then its real drive letter is
    >>>>>>>>>>> suppressed, its state may be partially retained in its current
    >>>>>>>>>>> configuration.
    >>>>>>>>>>> A drive that was compressed but not properly installed would mess up and
    >>>>>>>>>>> hide letters for drives other than itself!
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> I think that if tweakui was used to hide the drive then it was really
    >>>>>>>>>>> inaccessable. If lastdrive was how it was done then it could be accessed, it
    >>>>>>>>>>> just didn't show in explorer. That is you could get to it by opening "x:"
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> I THINK that tweakui did its stuff at
    >>>>>>>>>>> HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies that was in XP!!!
    >>>>>>>>>>> Nothing there in my Vista.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> Hope you are having fun,
    >>>>>>>>>>> Michael
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> "Seidell23231" <> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>>>>> news:...
     
    Keiana Martin, Aug 2, 2011
    #12
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