ok this is a new one for me.computers been running fine since putting in new c drive (original is on its way out)so I decided to get a program and back up my computer (usually just copy to another hard drive unplug and save).I purchased acronis true image home 2009 and used it to copy my c drive to a bigger hard drive (all went well).so I decided to back up my system files to an external hard drive ( 80 gb maxtor )I also have a second hard drive with two partitions on it (western digital wd 1600jb-75guao)and letters are d and e, d being primary active and e being logical drive .now in the past when ever I turned on the external drive it would go to letter f but this time it took letter d away from partition 1 on my second hard drive and left it with no letter and now that partition doesn't work .but partition e boots up and is ok .I used wd diagnostics long test and it found no errors. In my computer it doesn't see partition 1 but it sees partition 2.in computer management it sees both partitions but in partition 1 i can only perform delete partition or help.question is why would hd take letter asinged to partition and leave it unusable.and how do I get it back?
things I tried already:
1:copied second hd to another bigger hd to save data just in case.It copied exactly the same whare one partition works and the other doesn't
2:I deleted the logical partition and all data(have it saved on another hd) to see if it would allow the other partition to be seen.no go still cant see it and now in my computer it will not see hd any more.
3:I also tried to use wd software to get the hd to boot ,no go
4:also tried using old 98 startup disk to get boot back but it wouldn't see the partition.
one more bit of information I installed linux freespire on a separate hd with my second hard drive in computer so now in acronis true image home 2009 that partition reads fat 32 partition :0x83(linux native) linux hd no longer pluged in to computer
any one have any ideas how I can get back the data off partition 1?I was going to try and delete the partition and resetup the drive then copy the data from other hd I copied it all to but im afraid it wont work cause in acronis it doesn't see any data on that partition to copy
thanks curt oh and im running windows xp pro sp3
Edited by kawaman, 23 November 2009 - 04:46 PM.