New motherboard - 2nd HDD Unreadable?!

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December 12, 2009 at 09:31:12
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all.
My motherboard broke, so i bought a
replacement. Installed it into my tower just
fine, no problems. Plugged everything back in.
Obviously, windows isn't expected to work
normally, if it all, with a slightly different
motherboard (same series and make, different
model). So, i reboot with windows xp cd in,
and begin to format my C: drive. It says unable
to format C: without having some space
available on D:! Never seen this before, so i
powered off, unplugged D: (i only use D for
data, but i dont want to format it!), and tried
windows installation again. This time it worked
fine, installed onto C with a format. Great. My
pc is up and running again. So i poweroff, plug
in my D: drive again, and boot up. It appears in
BIOS , and it appears in Disk Management,
but not in My Computer. In Disk Management I
get -
Disk 0

Did the tower fry the hard drive when i booted it
up the first time i realised the mobo was
broken? (mobo break details = 2 capacitors
came away from the board, near the pci-e slot
(for gfx card), and first boot after i got no
display, and keyboard/mouse lights wouldnt
come on... not a full boot)

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks. I really want to access the data on
my 2nd hard drive, and hope it isn't

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December 12, 2009 at 10:24:06
There was no reason to format...all you had to do was a repair installation.

A little more info about your HDDs would be helpful. How big is the primary HDD? It's not partitioned at all? Were both drives connected to the motherboard when it "broke"? Do you know what was going on at the time that it happened?

I would try running the diagnostics program on your data drive. If you don't have the disc, the software's available at the manufacturer's website.

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December 12, 2009 at 10:31:39
Hi, thanks for the fast reply.

The primary HDD is a Samsung HD501LJ 465GB. It is just 1
partition with windows xp installed on it.

Motherboard - My pc was blue screening, with the IRQ NOT
LESS OR EQUAL, something similar to that error, say once
every month. Then one day it happened on every boot, just as
the desktop finished loading fully. I took out my RAM and
GFX Card to find 2 capacitors not attached to the mobo and
instead rolling away from where they used to be. I put the
RAM and GFX card back in, booted, and that was when i had
no display, and no full boot. Both HDD's were connected
during all of this.

Hope that helps, I'll have a look for the diagnostics program
now. Cheers

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December 12, 2009 at 11:44:19
Do you have more than one hard drive? For some reason you have/had a dynamic disk/volume. Look at the link below for an explanation of what that is.

You MIGHT be able to recover the partition/s using testdisk.

You MAY be able to reconstruct the Dynamic volume by connecting the drives in the same order as before.

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December 13, 2009 at 04:44:40

Thanks for showing me testdisk! It's fixed everything!
I ran the Analyse function, only for it to say both HDD's are
Then I tried the 'Write' function on the broken HDD, and it said
reboot to see changes. And now it's back! All data intact. And
it's showing as a Basic disk now rather than Dynamic.

Would anyone like the TestDisk log to see if they can see
what went wrong?

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December 13, 2009 at 06:22:25
No, we don't need the log.

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