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

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Seidell23231

    Seidell23231 Guest

    Hello ALL,

    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:

    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...

    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
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    freddy Guest


    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, Jul 20, 2007
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  3. Seidell23231

    Michael Guest


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

    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.

    Vista Home Premium
    Michael, Jul 20, 2007
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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?
    David B., Jul 20, 2007
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    Seidell23231 Guest

    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?
    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
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    Michael Guest

    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, Jul 20, 2007
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    freddy Guest


    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, Jul 20, 2007
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    freddy Guest


    Also, in Disk Management, is the drive listed as a Simple/Basic type?
    freddy, Jul 20, 2007
  9. Seidell23231

    Seidell23231 Guest

    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, Jul 20, 2007
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    Seidell23231 Guest

    All drives are BASIC.

    Seidell23231, Jul 20, 2007
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    Michael Guest

    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

    You could check your current environment variables for funny stuff:
    Right click Computer
    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
    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, Jul 21, 2007
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