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Old 08-25-2003, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hard Drive Disappeared

I am running Knoppix from a cd on one of my older computers. Everything was fine, it booted up just fine and everything, and after when I made some changes, I tried saving my configuration to one of the two hard drives in my computer. I did this without making a persistant home directory first. anyway, it said that it saved just fine, so I went to logout, and when i restarted my machine, the second hard drive was not detected my the BIOS. It doesn't show up in Windows 98 and it doesn't show up when I boot into Knoppix. Any ideas on why this happened, or how I could get the hard drive back?

Old 08-25-2003, 01:19 PM   #2
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Check your connections inside, IDE connector, Power to drive, etc. Also see if you can't manually or try to make the BIOS try to scan for the hard drive from the BIOS. If it can't find it and nothing wrong with the connectors, could be a bad drive that just died on you.
Old 08-25-2003, 09:40 PM   #3
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I checked the connections, and everything seems to be fine, but there was no way they could have gotton knocked loose anyway. but i don't think i provided enough information up above. when i first booted up knoppix, it detected both of the hard drives in the computer. it called them /mnt/hda1 and /mnt/hdc1 where /mny/hdc1 was the one that went missing. anyway, i'm new to linux and i didnt know that you could save your configuration settings. so i logged out of the default user "knoppix" and after it went through the final "sent term signal" and "sent kill signal" i booted into knoppix again, and still both the hard drives were there. it was then that i decided to try saving my config settings. so i went to knoppix menu - configuration - save configuration, and i saved it to my /mnt/hdc1 hard disk drive. after i logged out, and it went through the same processes, i rebooted my computer but this time the hard drive was not detected by the BIOS, and therefore, was not detected in windows 98. I really dont think its a problem with the drive, but then again, you never know i guess. hopefully, this lot of information has helped more.



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