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\015 I have an old (about 7 years old) IDE 40 GB hard drive that I use as a second data drive in my desktop PC. It\342\200\231s worked flawlessly for years. For background, I\342\200\231m working in Windows XP SP2 on a Dell 2400. I have the drive set in the \342\200\234slave\342\200\235 mode via the jumper pins. When I originally installed the drive, my PC recognized it right away, automatically assigned it a drive letter, and life has been fine since. Until the other day, when the drive suddenly disappeared \342\200\223 when I click on \342\200\234My Computer,\342\200\235 only my main \342\200\234C\342\200\235 drive shows up under Hard Disk Drives. It used to show a \342\200\234C\342\200\235 and a \342\200\234J\342\200\235 drives.However, when I go into Devise Manager and look under Disk Drives, BOTH hard drives are there, with their unique ID numbers. So to some extent, my computer is recognizing this slave drive. However, there\342\200\231s no way to get to the data on it.I hear no obviously clicking or noise from the drive. The drive appears to be getting power since it\342\200\231s warm (not hot) to the touch when the PC is on, and I feel a slight vibration when I touch the drive when the computer is on.A few things I already checked:* I changed the power cable and the ribbon cable. No help.* I installed this slave drive in another similar desktop that I own. Interestingly, Windows XP automatically detected the new hardware and installed it. However, like on the original PC, the drive is visible in Devise Manager, but does not appear in My Computer. (No drive letter was assigned.)* As a double check, I took the slave drive from this other computer and installed it in the original PC. It recognized the slave drive right away, assigning it the drive letter \342\200\234J\342\200\235 in My Computer and allowing full access.So, it appears that I ruled out any motherboard problems, cable failures, or Windows problems.I would like to be able to recover the data on this slave drive. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do? Is there any recovery software that might work? Or, does this sound like a mechanical issue with the drive?\015

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You might try to set this drive as master and connect it on the second IDE chanel. Identify it in Bios than boot XP.
Sounds like the IDE controller has decided to misbehave, more than a drive issue. If the drive works in other computers I suggest you put the drive there, restore your data and work on the IDE problem.
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