Slave drive not recognized, contains a master boot record

December 31, 2011 at 11:32:33
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
I was trying to reinstall my original operating system on my master drive and I believe that I erroneously created a Master Boot Record on my Slave Drive. I can detect the drive in Disk Management; it is present with a single partition and an EISA configuration. Now I cannot access the data on the slave drive, I believe the data is still there as it shows that approximately 250gb of the 500gb capacity is still available (the MBR would not be that big).

Can someone help me remvoe the MBR, or access the data on the slave drive so I can back it up to another drive. I don't want to run the risk of losing the data on the slave drive by reformatting it.

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December 31, 2011 at 14:04:11
You can put the drive in a USB enclosure & connect it to any PC. Radio Shack has one that does IDE & SATA.

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January 15, 2012 at 08:43:52
I tried the USB enclosure and it did not work.

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January 15, 2012 at 10:48:30
Every hard disk has a Master Boot Record, not just boot disks. The MBR on a boot disk does contain extra information that is not present with a non-bootable disk.

If you by chance did manager to remove the MBR it would render the disk so useless it would have to be repartitioned and reformatted. The MBR is placed on the disk when the disk is partitioned and it is the MBR that contains the partitioning information. Every hard disk is partitioned even it is just one single partition for the whole disk.

If the USB doesn't work I would try some data restore software. If you have been messing about with the MBR you may have already done some irreparable damage.


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