Try fixing the d drive, before installing the operating system


I just lost the ability of my system to see my D drive and my cd_rom which are connected on my secondary IDE cable. My C drive and Zip drive that are connected to my primary IDE cable are working OK. I have reinstalled the drivers for the IDE devices. I have also reconnected the primary IDE to my C drive and cd_rom and it works OK.

A friend suggested that I need to reinstall the operating system. I really don't want to do that.

Any help would be appreciated.


This question was answered on November 4, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.


Your friend might be right by re-installing the operating system.But before doing that, try doing this to see your d drive:

click on my computer icon.

select the control panel

from the control panel, select the system/device manager tab.

click on " " in front on CDROM If there is a yellow circle with an"!" the drive isn't your computer manufacture

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Posted by Dan of Mesa Community College on November 4, 2002