reinstalled xp pro and 2nd drive says it need

June 2, 2009 at 14:20:14
Specs: Windows XP pro amd sempron3200+ 1.79ghz 960 ram
i recently reinstalled xp pro to my c:drive(40gig) and also have a 300gig as d: drive. after it all installed i looked at my d: drive too access files. it said i needed to format... what........ if i do that i will loose everything.i looked at management and said it was healthy.. ive done this 100's of times and this is the 1st time it said i needed to format 2nd drive.. i transfered all my important data to the 2nd drive D: -- anyway to access it without formating ? helppppppp email

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June 9, 2009 at 23:48:02
It sounds like (in order of likelihood) corrupt file system, dying hard drive, or bad hard drive controller on motherboard.

To test the last one, move the drive to another PC. If it still doesn't read, it's a bad drive or corrupt files system - likely due to the system being shut down before it finished writing updates to the files system. You would need to try jumping into DOS (NTFS for DOS) or perhaps inserting into a Linux system to try reading the file system.

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