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XP hates my secondary hard drive! STILL!

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I upgraded to WinXP (not a clean install, just the standard upgrade.. I know.. dumb) on my WinME machine and decided to add an old 30 GB HD for extra storage. Both drives are FAT32, and for a while it worked fine.

Then a while back, the system couldn't find the second drive. The icon shows up (i.e., assigns it a drive letter D: ), but when I try to access the drive (or any files located on D: ) it tells me the drive isn't formatted. I reformatted the whole thing as FAT32 and it worked fine for a few months, now it's telling me it isn't formatted again. Usually the problem appears after Scan Disk pops up on a reboot. I know I'm toast when that happens. I don't know what is prompting it to flip out, but it seems to be persistent.

There has to be a way to fix it. Norton SystemWorks couldn't touch it (no big surprise), but there must be a way to reestablish the connection. I think it's a minor bug but don't know where to start. I read on Google about a guy that used some utility to set the drive type as FAT32 and that worked for him, but not sure how he did it exactly.

Thoughts?
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Generally when a drive is "not found or shows that it needs formatting" it is a problem with the drive itself; specifically the mbr. As a test, boot into the repair console and change to the suspect drive. Type "fixmbr" without the quotes. If the drive is recognized now, it is failing.
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