From: Computerpilot on 06/28/2002
Start with the computer manager program. ARe you an Administrator for your computer? You can then access all the tools necessary for this.
Go to the control panel, find the administrator tools folder and open it. You will find 'Computer Manager' inside. Open it. (Another way to get there quicker is to right-click over 'My computer' then click 'manage'). Click on the Disk MAnager item in the left margin. This should give you all the information you need about your drives. It is smart enough to distinguish the difference between a disk drive and a partition. here you can check if your disk is formated correctly and even set up a 'mini RAID' system! It has all the tools necessary to diagnose your problems. Do your hard drives indicate 'healthy'?
I would suggest you remove the partition of your second hard drive from this tool (you can right-click) and reformat your drive. Make sure there is only one partition on your drive (unless you need more than one). I would also use the NTFS partition. Windows 2000 likes this. There are a few other bene's like compression capabilities, security, and larger file size capability. You can run a FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS file structure on your hard drive with Windows 2000 Pro. Like I said, NTFS or bust. I would even convert your main hard drive to this new system if you don't need another file structure (if you are running another Windows environment on another drive/partition, then you need to have FAT16 or FAT32). Same goes for Linix users.
If your disk does not even show up on your list, then you have connected the drive incorrectly or the disk is damaged. My next step would be to see if your BIOS settings are set to load the second hard drive. Sometimes, the computer BIOS settings are set not to scan primary slave or secondary slave to speed up boot speeds. you may need to enable the scan at bootup to find the disk or set up the hard drive parameters in the BIOS.
Check those cables and jumpers! Look at the red stripe on the IDE cable. Make sure that it is facing the same direction for the other hard drive and CDROM.
If all else fails, do you have another computer that you can test the drive in? Try that! See if another computer recognizes it. Then you know that it is a setting that is not correct.
This should get you started. If you need further assistance, post back and we can give more suggestions.