I am having a strange problem. A couple weeks ago, I sat down at my computer, and discovered that my G drive had disappeared (note: this is not my boot drive, but a storage drive I use predominantly for music). I went into the Disk Management utility, which saw the drive, but reported it as 'not initialized'. At this point, I tried to use a recovery utility to get the data off, but I didn't have enough room on my other disk to complete it. However, this does tell me that the drive is still functioning and readable, as I got about halfway through the process before realizing I didn't have enough space. So, I left it alone for a few days, not sure what to do.
Then, about a week later I got a message when I logged in that said "Windows has recovered from a serious error". I went to event viewer, which said it was a system error, event ID 1003. I got it again a couple days later. I never figured out what caused it. I tried looking up some info on the web, but there were about a million different possible reasons for getting this error. So, I did a system restore to a few days earlier, and low and behold, my hard drive reappeared! Complete and intact, with no noticable problems whatsoever.
A couple days later, I had to reboot the computer for some reason or another, and boom...now my drive is gone again and hasn't reappeared. I've tried doing system restore again to several different dates, and can't get the drive to reappear again, although it still shows up in Disk Manager, reporting as 'not initialized.' Now, I could just initialize the drive, but I have 300 gigs of important stuff on there I don't want to lose.
I'm pretty sure the drive still functions, (I accessed a bunch of files with no problems the day it reappeared) but for some reason Windows thinks it's not initialized. Could a virus/spyware/trojan etc. cause this kind of problem? Drivers, maybe? Since I've done system restore several times, I don't think it could be registry-related (or am I wrong?). I'm completely stumped. Does anyone know what could cause this, (or even seen it before)?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, sorry - guess I should post some stats. I'm running Windows XP SP2. The drive in question is a Maxtor 6L300R0 - 300GB. The computer itself is a Micro Express, only about 5 months old, with a Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4G. I run AVG free edition antivirus, Spyware Terminator, and Comodo personal firewall (if that matters). I can also send a Hijackthis log if need be. Thanks again.