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#1 stlolth

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:26 PM

I've just changed my configuration and gotten a new motherboard and SATA II disk. I went and hooked up the old disk to the IDE cable to copy my old files, but when i go to open it in my computer it says "the disk in drive D: is not formatted" and asks me if i want to format it. Anyone know what happened? How did a working formatted disk full of data suddnly become unformatted between simple cable changing, and how can i bring it back or rescue the data?

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#2 FrankOtheMountaiN

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:52 PM

are you sure that D is the drive? rt clik my computer/manage/disk management. What does it say there?

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:55 PM

Yes, i'm sure that D: is the drive. It's the only other HD drive next to C:

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:59 PM

I know it might sound like a stupid reply, but DON'T format it or write anything to the disk until you find the problem. Were both drives NTFS format?

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:06 PM

Do you have a new Copy Of the OS installed on the new C: drive? Or are you trying to copy the drive while its attached to another computer? Are you trying to boot off the Old drive? Finally What version of Windows or linux are you using and is it the same on both drives?

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:17 PM

Were both drives NTFS format?


Yes, both drives are NTFS format, the new SATA II working drive, and the old IDE showing up as unformatted.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:19 PM

Do you have a new Copy Of the OS installed on the new C: drive? Or are you trying to copy the drive while its attached to another computer? Are you trying to boot off the Old drive? Finally What version of Windows or linux are you using and is it the same on both drives?


I've installed XP on C: a while ago, this is all happening post-install. I'm trying to copy from the old drive by attaching it to the IDE cable in the "new" computer. ("new" because it's just a new motherboard and HDD). I'm not trying to boot off the old drive, i'm just trying to copy data. I'm running windows XP pro, SP2.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:25 PM

funny question:

If you disconnect the sata drive, will it boot to the old ide one?

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:28 PM

What does it say next to the drive in Diskmgmt? Go into the start menu (or hold down the windows key and Press the "R" key) and select run then type diskmgmt.msc and look next to the Offending drive (the D: drive in this case) tell us what it says.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:54 PM

What does it say next to the drive in Diskmgmt? Go into the start menu (or hold down the windows key and Press the "R" key) and select run then type diskmgmt.msc and look next to the Offending drive (the D: drive in this case) tell us what it says.


It says;
Disk 1
D:
31,50 gb healthy (active)
43,03 gb (unallocated)

I have no idea why there are two partitions on it now, it was an unpartitioned disk.

funny question:

If you disconnect the sata drive, will it boot to the old ide one?


It won't because the old IDE disk isn't a system disk, it's a data disk where i just stored stuff.

Edited by stlolth, 18 April 2009 - 08:55 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:55 PM

sorry. sounds weird. wait i think ive got it!!

Edited by FrankOtheMountaiN, 18 April 2009 - 08:56 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:57 PM

did you do windows updates yet? this may be the problem. need service pack 2 to report right drive size!

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:33 PM

Thanks everyone for your help, but i found a freeware tool that solved my problem, Partition Find and Mount. I recommend it to anyone having similar problems. http://findandmount.com/

I hope that's not considered advertisement. If so, i don't mind this post being removed.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:39 PM

well good, just make sure about having sp2, or it may not be finding ALL of your data. (only what pre sp2 windows can detect)

I have had this one fool me before.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:41 AM

Thanks for posting your solution. Its not wrong to to link to a free site or even a pay site IF they offer a free trial. As long as its not Blatant advertising. Its up to the discretion of the staff. Freebies are always allowed.

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