|I didn't have acces to edit the original post, so here it is broken into paragraphs and some wording changes to hopefully make it easier to read. Sorry about the first run on sentence, I was rolling...|
Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive that I hadn't moved to my storage drive yet and I'd really like to get that back too, but I know they're probably toast.
I have a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. I have probably 40-50 gigs of pictures and documents on it.
So, in the meantime, here's what I've done:
- I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in my spare drive and loaded XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new).
- Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged back in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there.
Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever.
As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable.
Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said RAW. I can provide more details tonight after work, but any help anyone can provide in the meantime would be great. I've read post after post searching the site, but don't want to just blindly try things that might jeapordize the data on my secondary drive. Thanks much in advance!