Unallocated 2nd hard disk on XP

October 17, 2012 at 04:49:50
Specs: Windows XP
I have two hard disks installed for XP, but the 2nd Hard drive is unallocated, thus no volume for it. The only option from Disk Management is (right hand click) prompted for "New Partition".
I have files on it, I do not want to lose any data on the drive.
So what can I do to make visible and accessible within XP, without losing data?

Thanks,


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#1
October 17, 2012 at 05:01:17
Your story is incomplete.

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#2
October 17, 2012 at 05:09:48
If the disk is formatted with a Windows compatible file system then it should not show as unallocated in Disk Manager. Sounds like the file system is corrupt or is not recognized by Windows. Where did the disk come from?

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#3
October 18, 2012 at 10:41:20
Hi there,

The two hard disks came from another PC, which became broke. The two drives were working perfectly with data on them.

The problem was shown after moving these two drives to a new PC.
It is a puzzle. I do not want to create a new partition in fear of losing data on the 2nd.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,



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#4
October 19, 2012 at 14:53:59
"I have two hard disks installed for XP, but the 2nd Hard drive is unallocated"
Are they IDE or Sata?

"The two drives were working perfectly with data on them"
When? In the old comp or the new comp.

"The problem was shown after moving these two drives to a new PC"
Did you install a new copy of XP?

"I do not want to create a new partition in fear of losing data on the 2nd"
Back it up.
Does it also have an operating system on it?


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#5
October 19, 2012 at 15:05:41
You need to use a data recovery software to try and recover the partition information which in turn will recover the files/data on the disk. This assumes this is a logical error and not a hardware error.

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#6
October 23, 2012 at 04:12:51
1) Thanks to Wanderer: Partition, Find and Mount failed. Will try others.

2) Thanks to John:
Are they IDE or Sata? Yes IDE
The two drives were working perfectly with data on them in the old comp.


"The problem was shown after moving these two drives to a new PC"
Did you install a new copy of XP? - Yes a new copy of XP was installed on the first primary Drive. The 2nd drive was not added after.

"I do not want to create a new partition in fear of losing data on the 2nd"
Back it up.
Does it also have an operating system on it? - I tried to use the 2nd Drive alone as Master, but could not start the PC. So no operating system installed on the drive.

Thanks.


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#7
October 23, 2012 at 04:25:51
"Are they IDE or Sata? Yes IDE"
Does the drive with the operating system on, have a jumper setting > master with slave?
Are both drives on the same cable from the motherboard?
If so, the slave should be in the middle.

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#8
October 25, 2012 at 05:16:50
"Does the drive with the operating system on, have a jumper setting > master with slave?
Are both drives on the same cable from the motherboard?
If so, the slave should be in the middle"

Yes, the master has OP on it.
Jumpers settings are correct for both drives (1st as Master, 2nd as Slave). Both are on the same ribbon cable, and slave in the middle. Other combinations will not be recognised by the PC.

Thanks,


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