I've recenbtly built a new computer. I intended to use RAID, with two maxtor 80G HDDs. However this didn't materialize (due to my incompetence). XP is now up and running, however despite both drives being plugged in only one is shown in My Computer.
I understand that there's probably a multitude of reasons why this is the case, so if anyone could point me in the right direction to solving the problem I would really appreciate it!
They're not in a raid array, the second device isn't even being seen (by device manager or computer manager)! The cables arent faulty, and neither are the sata ports (ive tried swapping them around).
So would the problem be with bios? I looked in my bios and couldnt see anything too useful: any tips? Also i installed raid drivers at the beginning of the xp installation: do i need to perhaps get a raid controller, or uninstall them?
Assuming your OS is installed on a IDE drive, chances are, windows doesnt have the sata drivers (sata kinda went mainstream after XP came out). so there is a chance that you may have to format to give XP the drivers it needs to run sata drives.
You say you installed RAID drivers, so you may have turned on a motherboard RAID. My ABIT KN8 Ultra does this, so I made a point of NOT installing them. There's a page in the BIOS to set up the RAID. Check there. Check under USB devices too. Did you install anything like a memory card reader? It may look like a bunch of hard drives, and if it was installed before you installed the O/S, might have interfered with drive letter assignments (XP wanted to make my SATA drive I: until I re-installed with the reader removed). What mobo do you have?