Windows XP New Install Help Large Drive

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October 5, 2009 at 10:37:51
Specs: Windows XP
Currently I have a 350GB harddrive partitioned
into C: (125GB - Windows OS) D: (225GB -
Storage), though they are physically one drive.

I recently re-formated and installed Win XP OS
on my C: since it was slowing down. Leaving
my D: drive untouched during installation.

I installed SP2 hoping to be able to view larger
drives, but now Win XP doesn't see D

I installed Partition Magic and it can see the
drive, but says its unallocated. I haven't
formated the D drive since new installation,
and the drive contains many of my pictures,
music files, etc.

Is there any way that I can salvage the info on
the drive? I don't want to format it yet until I've
exhausted all options.

Additionally, I'm thinking I may just put the
drive onto another computer which can already
view larger drives and hope that it picks up my
D drive with all files intact.

I hope this makes sense. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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October 5, 2009 at 10:52:55
Without getting into details, I'll just point you to this link about salvaging data with a live CD:

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October 5, 2009 at 11:03:18
Thanks for the reply T-R-A.

I may try that as an option later, but it doesn't seem to fit
exactly what I'm looking for currently.

What I'm trying to figure out is why Win XP / SP2 doesn't just
recognize the D drive as is? And through Partition Magic, it
will only allow me to format the drive (which I don't want to do
since I have files on that I want) thereby making it active.

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October 5, 2009 at 11:13:48
If the drive was working before the reinstall, I wouldn't think that the drive size is a problem.

Try testdisk.

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October 5, 2009 at 11:40:06
Have you tried seeing what appears in Disk Management?
(Start->Settings->Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management)

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October 5, 2009 at 11:53:02
Thanks aegis1 for your suggestion!

I tried testdisk using the deep search function and it located
the drive and I can use the command functions to view the
files. Can you point me in the direction of how I can now get
Windows to view these files?

The only options I'm given are: A: add partition, L: load
backup, T: change type, P: list files -- which listed all the files
that were originally stored on there, which I can't access right

T-R-A, under disk management it says DISK 0 - C: 125GB
NTFS, Healthy (System) and 225GB Unallocated.

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October 5, 2009 at 12:03:38
Hi Recess

?Just worth a try

Try MS KB 308421 take ownership


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October 5, 2009 at 12:15:37
Hey DW,

Thanks for the suggestion, though it may not be what I
currently require. Its not the files I can't access, its the entire

TestDisk has found the drive, and I can view the files but I
can't get Windows to see the drive at all.

My drivers should be up to date. I've only installed SP2 for
now because I've read it will allow XP to view drives larger than

I figured once I installed SP2, the drive would appear under
My Computer, but it hasn't.

I'm looking through my MB drivers/FAQ and there isn't
anything that states it won't accept drives larger than 137GB.

Thanks everyone for you help. Man, I hope I figure this out

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October 5, 2009 at 12:42:06
I'm sorry that I can't answer your question, Recess. I've never used Testdisk myself. I expected it to have a 'Repair MBR' option. I don't feel comfortable with recommending the 'Add' or the 'Load backup'. Maybe someone with experience with Testdisk will jump in with some help.

As an option, there are some free file recovery programs that can do the job, if you have somewhere to copy the files to. Actually, it might be a good idea to use one of them to save what you can, before trying something that might make things worse.

PC Inspector (freeware)

Also free - Thanks to 'Emma Lee'
Glary undelete

Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs

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October 5, 2009 at 23:25:20
Hi Recess

Not sure how far you have got . . .

For safety - try to make a backup

Linux LiveCD is worth a try - see if it can access D: copy files to a good backup before trying anything more complex

Try PuppyLinux - small footprint
or Knoppix


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