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2nd ide hdd not detected by os

Bios is dtecting the 2nd hdd, after booting there is no sign of HDD, os is win xp

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Have a look for the drive in "Device Manager" (control panel -> system -> hardware tab) and see if it is there.
If it is, go to the "volumes" tab and press the "populate" button.

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