Now it is my turn to beg, plead ignorance..:) this one has me beaten, and i am tired of googling for a solution.
I recently added a second SATA hd [my boot disk is also SATA, there are no IDE drives on my sys apart from my DVD combo on IDE secondary]. Anyway, my sys knows SATA.... so I plugged in the drive to SATA 02, connected power and turned on, went directly to disk management console and initialised the new drive and next dropped a couple of primary partitions onto it. They are listed as healthy, hardware manager, device manager see the new drive with no errors and enabled. But does Explorer know about it? Oh no, it refuses to list the drive or partitions as present. I could force them into it only by going back to disk management console and rclicking a partition [they are not Hidden..] and selecting Explore. Bingo. Now you see that one in Explorer. Or if you do it to another partition it pops up in a new Explorer window, but never is more than one available in any one Explorer window.
So I can use them... I can copy onto them, out of them, but not between them.... , one is even my working page file. But if I close the explorer window that partition is unavailable to me [but working in background with whatever process may be using a partition.. eg, playing music, or saving to at end of job].
Now I had a drive letter mis-ordering on my boot SATA, and thinking that could be the cause of it I fired up GParted on liveCD and did a rather massive reordering of both drives, copying to backup partitions from one drive to the other [tedious, but safe, and faster than resizing and moving, and you would copy important stuff anyway, wouldn't you, if resizing? Moved my apps partition, my temp partition [outlook folders, temp inet files, cookies, history, all that stuff], gave them both more room, gave windows OS more room in its partition - all this went without a hitch, not a single error or loss or hiccup. My drive letters are ordered now, also. But Drive 01 is still invisible in Explorer. Usable as before, paging happily in one partition, but invisible.
What am I missing here?
BTW, GParted is cool. My display hates it, have to force VESA, but I guess that's fine...