Windows 7 see 500GB SATA as 10.1MB

Wd Wd caviar blue 500gb hard drive
September 2, 2010 at 21:37:05
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 2.61 GHz
My computer crashed in XP. I inserted windows CD. I pressed 'r' for repair. C promt came up and I typed "FIXBOOT C". I did this 3 times because my computer still would not start windows. Then my computer came up to a black screen after restarting that said
NTLDR is missing
press any key to restart
I ended up purchasing a new harddrive and "windows 7 home premium". I set the new hard drive to SATA 1 and the old hard drive to SATA 2 but left it unpluged until I finished installing windows 7 with updates and antivirus. I then turned off the computer, pluged in the SATA 2 cable to the old hard drive (500 GB hard drive) and when I open My Computer it displays the old hard drive as Drive E with 10MB free out of 10.1MB total. Where is my 500 GB of pictures, files, movies, data that was on my old hard drive? How can I recover my files?

See More: Windows 7 see 500GB SATA as 10.1MB

Report •

#1
September 3, 2010 at 04:24:52
Watch the POST screens at start up to verify that all your drives are being identified by both the drive model and the FULL drive capacity. If the drive in question shows incorrect information run a hard drive fitness test on it from the drive manufacturer's site. If the information listed is correct then proceed to the step below.

View the old drive while in Disk Management to see what type of format is listed?


Report •

#2
September 7, 2010 at 17:35:27
can you recommend a drive recovery software, the drive shows 500 GB in BIOS, the file format is now showing FAT

Report •

#3
September 7, 2010 at 18:18:48
Try running testdisk to repair the partition. Be sure to read the tutorials before using. Get testdisk at the link below.

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


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
September 8, 2010 at 03:55:41
Causes:

1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
6. New hard disk drive being added.
7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
10. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.

Solutions:

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source

Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD-ROM. First verify that no floppy diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette.

Note: This error has also been known to occur when a memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it. If you have any type of card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras, ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer.

If you are attempting to boot from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files and/or is corrupt.

If you are attempting to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot device, and not the hard disk drive.

Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.

Press any key to boot from the CD

Important: When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.

Note: If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be booting from the CD-ROM properly. Verify the jumpers are set properly on the CD-ROM drive. Additional information about checking the CD-ROM drive connections can be found on document CH000213.

Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS

Verify that your computer hard disk drive is properly setup in the BIOS / CMOS setup. Improper settings can cause this error. Additional information on how to enter the BIOS / CMOS setup can be found in document CH000192.

Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file

Windows 2000 users
Windows XP users

Windows 2000 users

If your computer is using Microsoft Windows 2000 and you are encountering the NTLDR error. Create the below boot.ini file on the floppy diskette drive.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files from another computer using the same operating system. Both of these files are located in the root directory of the primary hard disk drive. For example, C:\NTLDR and C:\NTDETECT.COM should be the locations of these files on many computers.

*

Please keep in mind that these files are hidden system files, if you need additional help with viewing hidden files in Windows please see document CH000516.

Once these files have been copied to a floppy diskette reboot the computer and copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files to the root directory of the primary hard disk drive. Below is an example of what commonly should be performed from the A:\> drive.

copy ntldr c:
copy ntdetect.com c:

After the above two files have been copied, remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.

Windows XP users

1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.

Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file

Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows operating system and that the partitions are properly defined. Additional information about the boot.ini can be found on document CH000492.

Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32

If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME running FAT32 please try the below recommendations.

1. Boot the computer with a Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME bootable diskette.
2. At the A:\> prompt type:

sys c: <press enter>

3. After pressing enter you should receive the "System Transferred" message. Once this has been completed remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.

New hard disk drive being added

If you are attempting to add a new hard disk drive to the computer make sure that drive is a blank drive. Adding a new hard disk drive to a computer that already has Windows installed on it may cause the NTLDR error to occur.

If you are unsure if the new drive is blank or not try booting from a bootable diskette and format the new hard disk drive.

Corrupt boot sector / master boot record

It's possible your computer's hard disk drive may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. These can be repaired through the Microsoft Windows Recovery console by running the fixboot and fixmbr commands.

Additional information and help in getting into the Microsoft Windows Recovery console can be found on document CH000627.

Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP

If you have tried each of the above recommendations that apply to your situation and you continue to experience this issue it is possible you may have a seriously corrupted version of Microsoft Windows. Therefore we would recommend you reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

If you are encountering this issue during your setup you may wish to completely erase your computer hard disk drive and all of its existing data and then install Microsoft Windows 2000 / Windows XP. Additional information about erasing the computer and starting over can be found on document CH000186.

Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable

This issue has been known to be caused by a loose or fault IDE/EIDE cable. If the above recommendation does not resolve your issue and your computer hard disk drive is using an IDE or EIDE interface. Verify the computer hard disk drive cable is firmly connected by disconnected and reconnecting the cable.

If the issue continues it is also a possibility that the computer has a faulty cable, try replacing the hard disk drive cable with another cable and/or a new cable.
Additional information:

* See our NTLDR dictionary definition for a complete definition on this term.

* Useful links
* Home
* Site map
* Computer help
* News
* Q&A
* What's new
* Tools
* Print page
* E-mail page
* Edit page
* Share page


Report •

#5
October 11, 2010 at 14:20:12
Atupele it is respectful to post the link you copied all that data from.

BobMaria you do not format a drive you wish to recovery data from.
davidr1701 wants to recovery the data that was on the drive before it went gunnybags. Formatting would not help this.


Report •

#6
October 11, 2010 at 22:53:31
you can do a quick format on the old drive, so that installs correctly in win 7, you can then use file scavenger or recovermyfiles to recover all your data and then save to a different drive.
once saved you can fully format the old drive and use it for storage again.
its not difficult but it does take a couple of days to find and recover 500 gigs of data so have lots of patience.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


Report •

#7
October 15, 2010 at 15:53:49
If oyu are running WIN 7 FAT format is not what you want on the 500Gb disk. Try NTFS as the file format for this drive.

Report •

#8
October 15, 2010 at 18:58:40
Looks like a lot of fingers in the pie LOL

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


Report •

Ask Question