Solved SATA worked as FAT32, convert NTFS = Won't

Netgear / Dg834g
June 30, 2011 at 06:58:30
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 4000+ / 2gb DDR
Please can someone help me, I was having some stability issues as this was my very first SATA drive am a bit green around the gills, when I got this drive I decided at the time to have a small paging file partition for the swap file and also as a place to store important documents in FAT32 format in case I ever had to rescue them via another boot up OS running windows 98, something rather strange has happened, here are the steps I took.

1, I first disabled my swap file on drive D: my fat32 SATA partition, then moved all the files onto another partition the second extended partition of the same physical SATA drive this partition was already NTFS and is still visible and accessible.

After cleaning out Drive D: I reformatted the drive into NTFS and everything seemed fine, I could not of coarse un-install the drivers because it would make the drive unusable and I would not be able to reformat it, if it was not their as they say.

I moved some of my files back to the newly formatted partition as their was no message about having to reboot, but still when everything seemed fine I re-enabled my SWAP file on the drive then I rebooted, and alas to my horror when I rebooted my partition was not their, I look in My Computer / Manage section and under Disk Management it says Healthy (Unknown Partition) and I can't get it back to show under drive D:

I have another disk utility here called EASEUS Partition Master 5.8.1 Home Edition, I run this and it says my partition is HIDDEN so I go to advanced and select UN-HIDE it then tells me to reboot, and after the reboot NOTHING its still hidden what can I do ?

I am stuck and my files I moved back their are not accessible, I have over 400 GB of data on the other partition so reformatting the whole physical HD is not an option if anyone can help it would save my life. I will post my disk details below.

My SATA drive in question is the STM3500418AS SCSI Disk Device (465 GB)
but in actual fact it is a 500 GB drive so the missing amount is due to the hidden partition!

Regards Michelle

Storage:
IDE Controller ALi M5229 PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
Storage Controller A13NIS98 IDE Controller
Storage Controller ALi SATA/RAID Controller (M5289)
Storage Controller NERO IMAGEDRIVE SCSI Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive HDS728080PLAT20 (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Disk Drive STM3500418AS SCSI Disk Device (465 GB)
Optical Drive NERO IMAGEDRIVE2 SCSI CdRom Device (Virtual CD-ROM)
Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:12x, DVD+RW:20x/8x, DVD-RW:20x/6x, DVD-RAM:12x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
Optical Drive UBCPQRE 670TM305MFK SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive UBCPQRE 670TM305MFK SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive UBCPQRE 670TM305MFK SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive UBCPQRE 670TM305MFK SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me get my drive back oO


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#1
June 30, 2011 at 08:45:30
Your explanation is a bit confusing. What about the C: drive? Is it IDE or SATA? I'm guessing there's just one partition that takes up the entire drive space? How many partitions are on the SATA HDD? You keep mentioning D: but it seems there must also be E:, & possibly F:?

The swap file should have been placed on it's own dedicated partition. It seems this may be where things have gone wrong?

"I could not of coarse un-install the drivers because it would make the drive unusable and I would not be able to reformat it"

The drivers are installed in the OS on the C: partition. I'm not sure what you're getting at about uninstalling them?

"My SATA drive in question is the STM3500418AS SCSI Disk Device (465 GB)
but in actual fact it is a 500 GB drive so the missing amount is due to the hidden partition!"

The "missing amount" is NOT missing at all. The actual size of a 500GB HDD is approx 465GB. This is because drive manufacturers consider one Gig to be 1000, but the OS considers one Gig to be 1024. If you do the math (bytes to MB to GB), you'll find that the actual size of any hard drive is approx 93.1% of the advertised size. 500GB x 0.931 = 465.5GB.


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June 30, 2011 at 12:22:11
Dear mickliq, Thank you so much for getting back to me so fast, well I feel such a fool I should have clicked what was wrong but that's what lack of sleep does to you, it turned out my BOOT MANGER which offers a choice of which OS to boot up, had been hiding my SATA partition to preserve drive lettering, but the thing never bother to touch the fat32 partition it only got nasty with me when it saw it had become an NTFS partition, so the boot manager would not even see it in the menu so had no way of telling it NOT to hide it, so decided I had it with this win98 partition were my Boot manager was installed by the way! which I can't boot anyway since putting in 2 x 1gb sticks of ram because win98 can't see it, so tonight deleted the win98 partition moved both my win 2000 and xp partitions down a notch with a partition manager program and Installed another boot loader and hey presto my drive is back yayayayay :) so now I get a bit carried away when I finally succeed after a big panicky attack, so most of my files are ok still on the drive as I put them before, just a few text files got lost.

I have these partitions C:\ D:\ E:\ F:\G:\H:\I:\ so it could have been messy what with windows swapping around all my drive letters as well but no harm done.

Thanks again mickliq xxxx


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#3
June 30, 2011 at 13:35:38
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I'd throw away the W98 disk as it doesn't support sata.

Get a few other cd's. Live linux and BartsPE based disks for recovery.

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