After an XP reinstall, backup drives go RAW

November 21, 2009 at 19:23:25
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4Ghz Q6600-4 gigs memory
This happens every time I do a fresh reinstall of XP after the computer seems to slow down in speed after 4-6 months. Just reinstalled Windows XP on 1 HD and made sure the other 2 backup HDs were unplugged so I did not accidently overwrite them. Install went smooth, go into XP and shut down. Then plugged the other 2 drives in, booted up and if I click on one of them in Windows Explorer, it asks if I want to format it. Right click properties states it is RAW. In Disk Management they show up as basic, but nothing listed under the file system.

Any ideas on how to fix this and prevent this in the future? I have some recover software, but why should I have to do that every time, doesn't seem right.


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#1
November 21, 2009 at 23:49:00
Monte406SS, SWAG, I've been running XP for years now and never had to re-install. Suspect you just need to renew 'index.dat' rather than re-install? A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
November 22, 2009 at 04:46:57
That is good to know, thanks. Bad thing, I already redid the original drive with a clean XP install.

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#3
November 22, 2009 at 08:49:16
Did you go into disk management and let xp write a signature to the drives? Disk management is your first stop not explorer. You may need to import foreign disk which also is done in DM.

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#4
November 22, 2009 at 09:05:19
How do you do that? In Disk Mangement I do not see an option for that. If I right click on one of the 2 drives not working, it gives me the following options:

open
explore
mark partition as active is faded out, can't click on it
change drive letters and paths
format
delete partition
properties
help

Tried to rescan disks and refresh and nothing.


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#5
November 22, 2009 at 11:11:27
You reinstall XP every 4-6 months? I haven't reinstalled it on my system since I built it several years ago & it still runs fine.

"made sure the other 2 backup HDs were unplugged"

By 'unplugged', do you mean just the power plug or both the power & the data plugs? Hopefully you unplugged both.


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#6
November 22, 2009 at 11:27:27
Both cables were disconnected.

You never find your computer bogs down after some time? After a reinstall, this baby flies.


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#7
November 22, 2009 at 15:19:09
"You never find your computer bogs down after some time?"

No, because I know how to maintain it.


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#8
November 23, 2009 at 13:25:30
Might be sure you have SP3 installed too.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#9
November 23, 2009 at 14:24:59
What controller are these drives attached to? Same as the one you reloaded the OS?

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#10
November 23, 2009 at 15:27:51
SP3 is installed, no change.

Yes, all drives connected directly to Asus MB.

I have a feeling it was the XP disc. It is an old copy I bought early, before SP1 even came out. I did update to SP3, but not until after I tried plugging them in.


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