can't access hard drive

February 28, 2011 at 01:55:06
Specs: Windows XP, amd xp3200 barton chip with 1G of ram
I had a disaster over the weekend and now i cant access one of my hard drives.
I have two physical drives. One is an ibm deskstar, which has a partition on it. the 30gig one is C and the 10gig one is D
The other drive is 400gig Seagate barracuda which i use for storage, this has always been labelled by windows as G.

The other day i had a couple of problems with my PC rebooting randomly. When it started again i reported the error to windows error reporting.
When i had done a web page popped up telling me that i needed to download a file to fix my problem...this was odd as windows error reporting has never given me a solution to any problem i ever reported.

Anyway it directed me download http://docs.roxio.com/patches/pxeng...

like a muppet i just trusted windows error reporting, downloaded the file, and ran it. Once i had i was asked to reboot and ever since i have not been able to access my G drive. Which is a nightmare as it has my entire life on it. everything from business records through to family photos.
I have tried everything i know (which isn't much) but no matter what i do i cant fix the problem.

So if anyone can help me out, i would love them to bits and put them on my Christmas card list!



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#1
February 28, 2011 at 03:48:25
Why are using slow hdd for os? U should use the seagate drive for os(50gb) and other space for storage.
Can u see the drive in my computer? If yes what happen when u double click it? Post the info of drive G in disk management.

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#2
February 28, 2011 at 06:29:56
Quite simple really. When the pc was built the 40gig imb drive was about as big and fast as they came. The 10 gig partition was, at the time, as big as I needed it to be for backing up stuff like drivers and install files. It wasn't until much later that I needed more space. So I got a 400G seagate and plugged it in. It was the simplest and quickest solution.
The idea was that if I ever had a problem with the OS then I could simply format the smaller drive and not loose anything from the larger one or have to spend hours backing stuff up.

I didn't anticipate ever having problems with the larger storage drive as the majority of problems would happen to the drive with the OS on it.

Nope cant see it in my computer. Have tried looking for it from many different angles but windows just isn't seeing it. It's just like it don't exist!


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#3
February 28, 2011 at 06:47:20
Create two partitions on segate hdd(drive C 50gb drive D 322gb). use drive C for os and D for data, when os corrupt u don't have to format whole hdd (u will format only drive C) u can still use 40gb hdd as storage.
Right click my computer icon on the desktop>manage>disk management then post the seagate hard drive info.

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#4
February 28, 2011 at 08:02:53
Hmm, the first part of that isn't really helpful. The 400g drive is full of stuff that I cannot afford to loose. So obviously partitioning, formatting and other actions are out of the question.
If it were a fresh disk that I was setting up, then that's most certainly what I would do. The 40 gig drive would however be redundant, 40 gig isn't big enough to store much these days...(hence the need for the 400 when I bought it)
FYI the 40 gig drive was split 30/10 for that very reason...but everything has got much bigger since then..

However the second part of this is very helpful...or at least I hope it is.
I didn't know about the disk management menu until just now.

Looking at the screen that pops up it says:

Disk 0 = basic 38.34GB...online
And in the sub boxes
C = 28.76GB NTFS...healthy (system)
D = 9.58 fat 32 healthy (page file)

Disk 1 = Dynamic...unreadable

There are two more, but I believe they are the CD/DVD drives so I wont bother posting them.

So from this I am assuming that "disk one" is the Seagate? And I am further assuming that the file I mentioned being instructed to download and run in my first post would have changed it from "basic" to "dynamic" and that's why it wont read it?? (fyi, having checked the source of the file they deal with CD/DVD burning software)

But I'm not going to do anything with this until my assumptions are confirmed...you know what they say about assume...it makes an ass out of u and me! ;-)

When I right click disk 1 it gives three options. Convert to basic, properties, and help.
Soooo, should I click the convert to basic option???


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#5
February 28, 2011 at 09:01:31
If u converte to basic u will loose your data but it is possible to converte to basic without loosing data, read this http://www.wilderssecurity.com/show...

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#6
February 28, 2011 at 10:22:34
okey dokey, i have done the download and follwed instructions up to the point of rebooting.
I figured I best say thank you now just in case i have killed my pc and cant make it back here...
If it works i will of course be back to discuss adding you to my christmas card list ;-)

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#7
February 28, 2011 at 12:59:17
okey cokey pig in a pokey!...its fixed!!!
Thank you so much for the time and info. My pc is now running smoothly again! Erm, now i need to make good on my xmas card promise....
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. merry Christmas Mr Kuwese
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. and thank you so much!!!!
(hmm, silly window wont let me draw a full christmas tree, but you get the point ;-)

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#8
February 28, 2011 at 19:15:37
You are welcome.

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