Second SATA unreadable after new mobo

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August 11, 2010 at 00:33:42
Specs: Windows XP
I am having two Sata hard disk on my PC, one with OS(winxp sp2) and other jst for data. Recently i changed my mother board. Bt nw my second hard disk is not showing in My computer.It is visible in BIOS and Disk Management as Disk 1 status unreadable. On right clicking I get only one option "Convert to Basic". I dnt want to format my disk in any case since the problem is bcoz of mother board. I also tried to Install Fedora9 in a blank partition but the Fedora9 asks for CD/DVD driver.
How to solve the problem.Wats going wrong.Plz help.

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August 11, 2010 at 00:53:09
Rather than installing Fedora, download and burn the iso for Ubuntu and run it as a live disk - doesn't need to be installed.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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August 11, 2010 at 01:18:40
The problem is to make my second hard disk drives visible in My Computer.
I have already installed fedora successfully with this cd on this pc before changing the motherboard and had never faced the "CD/DVD driver" error.
Thanks anyways dear

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August 11, 2010 at 05:09:21
So, what does Disk Management say the current type of disk is for that drive? Does it say dynamic, by chance?

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August 11, 2010 at 05:27:19
yes it is Dynamic.

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August 11, 2010 at 07:28:42
Look at the link below to understand what a dynamic disk is.

You MAY be able to rebuild the dynamic volume using test disk.

If you don't really want to do that then you MAY be able to recover the data on that hard drive using a live version of Linux or professional recovery programs. How much data is on the second hard drive?

You can get testdisk at the second link below. Be sure to read all the instructions before using.

If you connect the hard drives just like they were connected on the old motherboard the dynamic volume may show correctly again. Not sure about that but worth a try. If both drives were on one cable then connect the same way.

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August 11, 2010 at 11:25:21
My disk is a 300gb WDC internal disk having 250 gb data.Thats why I dnt want to format it.

I have Fedora installed on my system.Bt it too only shows the disk0 drives only.Thats why I ws planning to reinstall or update my Fedora installation.But stopped after the "CD/DVD driver error".

I have tried connecting the drives in a diffrnt order bt that too does nt make big difference.

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August 11, 2010 at 12:00:18
Did you look at the MS article explaining what a dynamic volume is? Basically, the second data drive was an extension of the primary drive.

I THINK testdisk can fix that problem but I am not sure because I haven't used it for that purpose. However, testdisk is suitable for rebuilding partitions, which is what you need.

Did you modify the primary drive at all? Like perform a repair install?

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August 12, 2010 at 03:09:15
Ya I did see that article. Bt did nt find it relevant in my case. I used few hard disk check tools (One from WDC site too) which say the disk is in perfect health and has no errors.

I tried test disk for copying a folder from the disk and it works fine.It was showing all the files and folder of that disk.

Bt still nt able to understand the exact problem.Why the drives are nt appearing in My Compter.Can it be case of chipset driver failure?

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August 12, 2010 at 03:10:35
I have nt modified any drive. Since i dnt want any risk of data loss.

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August 12, 2010 at 04:48:42
Dynamic volume is a type of RAID. As such, disassembly of the volume can cause problems. The file information for the second drive is located on the first drive. That is why I suggested using testdisk.

If you really want to be cautious you could get another hard drive large enough to clone the second drive to. Then you would have a backup of everything. After that, run testdisk to attempt repair of the dynamic volume.

Dynamic volumes have some practical uses. That said, in home use I can't say there are any advantages. In your case the volume may be fixable. If the first drive were to die the volume would be permanently broken. The only option then is data recovery.

In the future when using XP you must take care to use the basic disk option. I have seen this many times in the past. Don't quite know why it happens. You would think you needed to go out of your way to create a dynamic disk/volume.

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