D: drive vanished after format

April 3, 2009 at 10:56:37
Specs: Windows XP
I re-installed windows xp, and I had previously had a C: and a D: drive, the D: I had previously set up using partition magic, when i went to format i got to the screen during the blue screen installation process when it lists the drives for windows to be installed on, the D: drive was missing, I didnt think anything of it at the time, but when i re-installed windows the D drive was completely missing.

Ive had a look for it in computer management, and its not there, but the C: drive is showing its size minus the missing D drive so I know its there somewhere

Does anyone know of any freeware or bought programs or any other ideas I can use to get this drive back as i dont want to lose the data

thanks


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#1
April 3, 2009 at 11:03:02
What is the total hard drive size and what is the C partition size?

Do you have any service packs installed at all?


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#2
April 3, 2009 at 11:11:08
the current c: drive partition size is 127GB the drive is a 200GB drive, the re-installation does not include any service packs, i was going to download them, do you think the drive will show up if i install SP2 ??

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#3
April 3, 2009 at 11:20:19
Yes I do.

You do need to verify your BIOS is seeing the full capacity of that drive though.

Watch the POST screens at start up to see if the drive is identified by the model number and the FULL capacity. If not then your BIOS is not 48 bit LBA compatible. Using the drive that way will eventually result in data corruption. If it shows as 200GB in the POST screens then you just need to install a service pack. You will still have a primary partition of only 127GB. You may need to take ownership of the files/folder on the D partition.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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#4
April 3, 2009 at 11:52:35
hi the drive must have been 250GB as in disk managment ive now got 104.89GB unallocated

The D drive still isnt showing in my computer , if i give this drive a drive letter will the data be ok?

thanks


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#5
April 3, 2009 at 12:14:49
mmm its not giving me the option to change driver letter all im getting is new partition/properties and help ...

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#6
April 3, 2009 at 12:16:27
Not if it's unallocated.

What did you do before you booted to the XP CD? Did you backup your data first?

EEOC


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#7
April 3, 2009 at 12:27:24
Windows XP without any Service Packs will only recognize a max. HDD size limit of 137 GB.

I think you need SP1 or SP1a to see the full HDD size.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
How to enable 48-bit Logical Block Addressing support for ATAPI disk drives in Windows XP


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#8
April 3, 2009 at 12:35:19
I couldnt back up my data .. i had no space to do it ... although ive never had problems installing windows before, with this happening? the c: is normally separate from the d: and isnt affected when i re-install windows onto C:

ive had the D drive for a while but this is probably the first time ive used a windows installation disk with no sp2 on it

chuck ive currently got sp2 installed.

is there anyway round this ? as i really dont want to lose the data .. do you think if i take the drive out of this pc and connect it up to another as a spare drive i will have access to the d: just thinking of options

thanks


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#9
April 3, 2009 at 13:01:57
Do you remember what size the primary partition was before?

Look at the link below.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...


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#10
April 3, 2009 at 15:35:10
thanks this program is allowing me to rescue my files onto c anyway .. i will worry about reconfiguring the d: once ive got the ones i wanted

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#11
April 3, 2009 at 15:40:35
Slipstream SP3 into that WinXP CD using nLite.

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