Cant see my 2nd Hard drive

May 20, 2009 at 10:55:06
Specs: Windows XP, Kentsfield oc'd, 4gb
Due to driver and hardware errors, I had to reformat my main hard drive. Everything went flawlessly, but now I cannot see my 2nd hard drive. It is not set up in any kind of raid format...it is only used for storage. I can see it in the BIOS, but in Disk Management it is not listed at the top with an assigned name. It is showing in Disk Management as "Disk 0" and it's showing "Unpartitioned". When I right click on it I get "Convert to Dynamic Disk", "Properties", and "Help". It is also not visable in My Computer. Only the Main (C:) harddrive shows. I have about 150gb of pics and stuff on this 2nd drive and I do not want to erase it if possible. I do have some of it backed up, but not all. Please advise...thanks again.

XP Pro sp3
C: WD Raptor 150gb
D: Optical
E: Optical
F: WD 500gb (CANT SEE!?!?)
evga nForce 680i
QX6700 oc'd
Geforce 295gtx
4gb DDR2 Dual Channel
Creative Fatal1ty sc
Thermaltake 1000w ps

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#1
May 20, 2009 at 11:40:36
Are you sure the drive wasn't configured as a Dynamic drive before? If it was that could be a problem.

You can try using a utility called testdisk to recover the partition/s on the 500GB drive. Be sure to read the tutorials before attempting the use testdisk. Get it at the link below.

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


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#2
May 20, 2009 at 11:55:49
Not sure...just sent the manufacturer an email. If so, couldn't I just configure to Dynamic, or would this destroy all data?

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#3
May 20, 2009 at 12:14:57
A dynamic disk is an extension, if you will, of the primary disk. As such the data is tied to the original disk. You reformatted the original disk. So if it was a dynamic disk testdisk may not work.

Another method to recover the files would be to use a live version of Linux.

Knoppix is one that installs to an runs from ONE CDR/DVDR. You boot to knoppix and it may be able to find the files on the second drive. You can download Knoppix from the link below. You will need a fast connection and burning capability.

Did you try accessing the second drive before any service packs were installed?

http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free...


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#4
May 20, 2009 at 12:21:47
yes. Drive wasn't visable then or now.

Thanks for the help. My connection should be fast enough, np.

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#5
May 20, 2009 at 13:30:53
Trying to access a 48 bit LBA compatible hard drive by using WinXP original can mess things up. In the future it is best to disconnect other drives before re-installing.

Eventually you may need to take ownership of the files/folders after you have a partition back. The link below can instruct you how to do that.

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


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