xp 2nd disk is not seen.

January 4, 2010 at 12:00:38
Specs: Windows XP
OK, so here's the scoop.

My computer is running XP pro. I started suddenly having major issues with it not allowing me to get on line, then I could not scan with any anti virus or mal ware program with out the machine crashing. I got everything fixed, or so i thought, for about a week, then it was worse. It got to the point it would crash every 10 minuets. All of the restore points were deleted also.

So, I did what everyone was telling me to do, and tried to do a repair install on the existing XP system. Well, that failed. It would get to registering componets, and crash back, and restart the install. I tried this about a dozen times, and gave up. It would not even allow me to format the disk, so I assume the disk is bad.

Now, I took a couple of sata drives I have, set them up in raid config, and installed a frsh xp on that. My system has a heart beat again.

When I plug my other hard drive in from the old install, it assings drive D to it, and says it is not formatted and is unusable currently. This drive is formated, and contains all of my programs and files.It was partitioned into 3 seperate drives.

1. How do I make the new XP see these files.

2. Can I make the drive and the paritions active again?

3. Is there a program that will remap the programs to the fresh install of XP?

4. any other tips on this?

Thanks guys and gals, any help is apperciated!!

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January 4, 2010 at 12:12:21
1. try importing the disk via Disk Management

2. boot up on a knoppix cd or other drive utility program and review the drive from outside of windows to see if you can see anything.

3. no can do. you must reinstall everything

4. remember to backup

BTW how big are your sata drives and how big is your raid array?

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January 4, 2010 at 12:50:42
2 drives, 160 gig each, running in striped mode, just for the os.

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January 4, 2010 at 13:47:35
Stripped mode? You mean Raid 0? Vs mirrored = Raid 1?

If that is the case this is the worst possible configuration you could have chosen. One drive so much as hiccups you lost everything.

PS all raid levels are stripped in one manner or another. Some like Raid 0, have no fault tolerance. I figured I would ask about your disk setup before you got everything reinstalled.

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January 4, 2010 at 19:38:06
OK, I can change to mirrored , that is not a big deal. Now I just need to reaccess my old hard drive. Why does XP not recognize the old drive, as that was the operating system before? seems it would just see it and use it like before.

Thanks for the help.

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January 4, 2010 at 20:57:25
Some of your problems MIGHT have originally been a hard drive issue, if this is the case, you may not be able to save the data yourself (and expensive to recover). Try the disc utility running from a bootable floppy or CD ('outside windows') and test the disc to be sure.
All programs will always need to be reinstalled under these conditions. Recovering everything else will be important to you though (if possible).
When everything is up and running, BACK UP either with the RAID mirroring, or a back up program running on automatic to save to another drive completely (I prefer internal but external is good too) [DVD back ups you will never get around to doing and a separate partition goes south with a mechanical drive problem]

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