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~ H E L P ! ~ My Hard Drive Disappeared!

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#1 moonsp9


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Posted 14 January 2007 - 10:05 AM

Ok you computer gurus I need your help ! Pretty please!

I have 2 hard disks on my system. The first is divided into 2 drives C:\ and D:\. I use C:\ for installing Windows and small programs. The other drive, which I have problems with, is a "WDC WD800JB-00ETA0", which had the driver letter X:\.

I had Windows XP Professional installed, and there was no problems accessing the drive X:\. But there was too much virus on C:\ so I decided to reformat with a fresh copy of Windows XP Home SP2.

After I installed Windows XP Home SP2, the 80gb X:\ drive disappeared from My Computer. And of course I cant access it via Run> X:\ , or from DOS for that matter. It shows up in Control Panel> Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management, in the bottom. It says Disk 1: Dynamic and Foreign -- instead of: Basic and Online for the working drives.

If I click onto it's properties and Volumes Tab, it says
Disk: Disk 1
Type: Dynamic
Status: Foreign
Partition style: Master Boot Record (MBR)
Capacity: 0 MB
Unallocated space: 0 MB
Reserved space: 0 MB

It also shows up in BIOS, as a Slave Master drive with the correct WDC WD800JB-00ETA0 name.

I think there is no partition in X:\ now. And I can try the 'Convert to Basic Disk' function when I right click the Drive on Disk Management, but I am afraid to lose all the data on it, since they're irreplaceable data.

I have tried uninstalling the driver of the malfunctioning harddrive and getting windows to install them again, but it didn't do no good.

Okay I think one of these might have caused the problem.
- Installing Windows XP Home SP2
- While repairing a device in my computer (the PCI Sound Card), I tilted the computer box sideways, maybe that caused the wires to haywire? But I have checked the wires of the hard drives and they seemed fine. I even gave them a good shove to make sure they're inserted.
- Lettering on X: might have been a problem for the system to recognise.
- The malfunctioning drive was using compression, so files on it were smaller. It was NTFS formatted.

What do you think I should do??
Reinstall with Windows XP PRO again?
Is there a solution to this?

Ask me if you need screenshots or some more details. Thanks in advance!!

--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180
Computer Name ANOTHERA-80FB5D
User Name Rene
Logon Domain ANOTHERA-80FB5D

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 1400 MHz (3.5 x 400)
Motherboard Name Asus P4T (5 PCI, 1 AGP Pro, 4 RIMM)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Tehama i850
System Memory 256 MB (RDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Medallion (03/02/01)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (128 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Monitor ViewSonic VG2030wm SERIES [NoDB] (QCC0637A1167)

Audio Adapter C-Media CMI8738/C3DX Audio Device

Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive Apple iPod USB Device
Disk Drive ST330621A (30 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Disk Drive WDC WD800JB-00ETA0
Optical Drive LITE-ON LTR-48125W (48x/12x/48x CD-RW)
Optical Drive PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-115 (16x/40x DVD-ROM)

C: (NTFS) 10001 MB (3555 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 18605 MB (6965 MB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical

Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC

USB Device Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

Edited by moonsp9, 14 January 2007 - 10:48 AM.

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#2 moonsp9

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 11:03 AM

OKay I have looked around the net and found this


People were discussing that Windows XP Home does not support Dynamic drives...

So I will try looking foir a Dynamic to Basic disk conversion software...

If i can't find one, I'll try installing Windows XP Pro.

Anyone with other ideas?
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#3 moodyblue


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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:51 PM

Try re-installing motherboard drivers{motherboard proggys disk came with computer?}
You may find motherboard drivers have been wiped on re-install.

Then seek to upgrade from Asus site

Edited by moodyblue, 14 January 2007 - 06:52 PM.

#4 arcman


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Posted 14 January 2007 - 07:10 PM

Dynamic usually means that the drive's partition was linked up with another partition to make a dynamic volume. Any of that sound familiar?

Regardless, there's a partition recovery tool called TestDisk that might be able to help you. Documentation on running it is located at the bottom of the page.
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