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Date:      Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:53:13 +0000
From:      Martin Smith <>
Subject:   Re: Cannot find Windows drive
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In-Reply-To: <alpine.CYG.2.20.1703090334120.27356@Lars-PC>
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On 09/03/2017 09:52, Lars Eighner wrote:
> A lightning-related surge zapped the motherboard of my old SYX, but my 
> whole life was in its hard drives (which were mirrors of each other 
> except for fstab, so that either could be booted). So, I got something 
> called an HP 8000 dual core tower refurbished by Joy Systems. It was 
> supposed to come with Windows 7 biz on a 1 Tb drive -- and the drive 
> is in there. So I installed my 2 1-Tb drives in its internal stack, 
> having plenty of power and SATA plugs. I left the supposed Windows 
> drive alone.
> I was concerned about how I would get to the FreeBSD drives if it 
> booted in Windows, which is what I expected. But low and behold, it 
> booted into FreeBSD. The old drives had 10.x AMD kernels and worlds, 
> and they took off. I could boot to one or the other. But I cannot find 
> the Windows drive. It does not seem to show up in /dev. And when I go 
> to the BIOS set up, the BIOS does not seem to know of the existence of 
> the Windows drives either. I checked that all of the SATAs are not 
> hidden.
> bsdinstall only gives me a choice of the two known BSD drives -- I 
> thought I could adjust the MBR to include Windows, but bsdinstall 
> denies all knowledge of the third (original to the machine) drive. I 
> tried to get into the Intel BIOS Management, but it wants a password 
> -- I have no idea what. I suppose I should be happy to have my data 
> back. But the missing drive is preying on my mind.
> What happened?
will it boot into windows if you disconnect the BSD drives? if not the drive

may be DOA, its not altogether unknown for that to happen



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