My Dell Dimension 8300 has a primary hard drive "C" on which I have the Windows XP Home Edition OS and various program files and applications, as well as a second hard drive "F" on which I have all my important data, documents, folders, Word and text files and Internet web sites/pages (URL's).
After recently reloading XP Home Edition with Dell's telephone technical support and disconnecting the "F" hard drive ribbon cable while I performed the reloading, when I reconnected the "F" hard drive ribbon cable after the reloading, I now can not find the "F" second hard drive. While it doesn't show the "F" hard drive on My Computer page, System Information, Device Manager and other parts of the system shows the F drive is present and working. Also, Drives "A", "D" and "E" are fine, and everything else in the computer is functioning okay.
How do I find and access the "hidden" "F" hard drive without reformating it and thus deleting all my data, documents, folders, Word, text files and Internet web sites/pages (URL's) on it. Dell and Microsoft have been unsuccessful in solving my hidden hard drive problem.
You could try making sure that the hard drive with the missing partition drive letter is correctly identified in the BIOS ... and you could also attempt to delete the IDE channel in the Device Manager where the hard drive is connected, so that the channel is reinstalled after a reboot.
Give this a shot, and if it doesn't work, we'll try something else.