Hard drive not size not correct anymore...

March 19, 2011 at 18:42:02
Specs: Windows 7 64, Athlon ii x2 250/4gb
I had two hard drives in my computer. 80g seagate and a 40g maxtor. The 40 is for my OS only. The 80 was filling up to its limit so I cleared some junk and moved all my pictures and what not to a 200g seagate. The computer had no issues recognizing all 3 at one time. I had them all hooked up for a while, but decided to take out the 80 since it wasnt being used anymore. Now the 200g is only reading 31g (200g in bios) and tells me I need to format the drive for it to work. I have been using it for a few weeks and pulling info from the 200g, so I know its got to be something I am missing. I dont want to lose the pics and stuff I have. Any ideas?

Biostar TA785g3
Athlon ii x2 250
Sparkle 9600gt
4g DDR3

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March 19, 2011 at 19:19:16
If restoring the 80GB to it's original position/state doesn't work, remove the 200GB drive and install into an external USB case. See if that allows the machine to see the "full" capacity of the drive.

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March 19, 2011 at 19:34:27
I just noticed this in Disk Manager. Says it formatted as RAW and not NTFS. What is RAW and why would this have changed on its own? It was NTFS a while ago. Would this cause it to show as it is?

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March 19, 2011 at 20:14:46
Problem fixed. Did some research on the RAW format. Found a free data recovery application called MiniTool power data recovery. Allowed me to scan the disk and save all the info to my other disk. Reformatted and all good again.

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