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This is a discussion on Can't access external hard drive (error 100, table is bad) within the Windows XP Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. Well here's what happened. I was doing some repartitioning of my internal hard drive using Partitionmagic 8.0. While I was


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Old 04-19-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Well here's what happened.
I was doing some repartitioning of my internal hard drive using Partitionmagic 8.0.
While I was doing it, external hard drive was plugged in.
When I rebooted, my internal hard drive partitions were fine just as I wanted them to be but I got some error messages (can't remember exactly which) saying some data on external hard drive partitions was lost.
Now when I open 'My computer' I can't see any of the partitions of the external hard drive although I can see hard disk itself in Device manager under 'Disk drives'.
Also, if I open Partitionmagic while external disk is plugged in I got this message:
error 100 init failed
partition table is bad

and after that Partitionmagic crashes.
I also tried few data recovery applications like 'PC Inspector' or 'Data Doctor Recovery NTFS' but none of them wasn't able to do anything.
I might be wrong since I'm not expert for this kind of stuff but it seems data is still on disk but it's not accessible because of the table problem.
Anyway, do you have some advice or can suggest me what to?
I borrowed the external drive from my friend's father who has some really important stuff on it so I'm dead if it's lost.
Thank you in advance.
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Hi bokiopaki, welcome to TSF..

have you tried running chkdsk on the drive...probably an idea to add /r /f switches.

Are you able to plug the device into another machine to see if the file structure is intact there?
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Well, first you have to be aware that you're talking to noob here so you have to explain me how to run chkdsk.
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Anyway, I doubt I can run chkdsk on partitions I can't see.
And I didn't plug the disk into another computer (yet) but in the meanwhile I reinstalled windows so technically it's another system and I still can't see any partitions.
As I said in the original post, 'Device manager' recognizes the disk, but when I open My computer I still can't see any partitions of external hard drive.
Can anyone help pls? It's quite urgent...
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Well it seems that on the on of the partitions of the problematic external hard drive (there were 2 on it) guy possibly had Mac file system, or Mac data or something like that?
Could that be a problem?
And if yes how should I fix it? Should I try to plug it into a Mac?
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