03-27-2003, 09:27 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
I am running XP Professional.
I had 2 WD 120GB w/ 8MB cache drives, both nearly full, both FAT32.
I purchased a 200GB WD drive, and it came with a PCI card to allow for drives bigger than 133GB (or whatever).
I installed the card, and plugged in the 200GB drive as a slave and one of the 120GB drives as the master.
I installed the drivers for the card/drive, and then formatted the new drive as ntfs using Partition Magic boot disks.
I rebooted, and transferred all my files from one of the 120GB drives over to the 200GB drive. I then deleted the files from the 120GB drive, and again used partition magic to format in NTFS. But I had problems deleting sometimes, it would say that Explorer coudln't find this or that file to delete. So that's why I just reformatted the drive. I was able to access and use files from the new drive
Now I am told that this new 200GB drive has a problem.
I would try to open the drive, and it would tell me that it was corrupted (or something to that effect, I forget if the word "corrupted" was actually used). I restarted, and now the drive doesn't show up.
using Norton Disk Doctor, I am told that there is something wrong with the partitions (I didn't put any partitions, but there was a weird thing with this little 8MB (yes, MB) partition at the front of the drive that I didn't create. I think I found a way to get rid of it while using partition magic , but I can't remember what.
I went back to look at the partitions
NDD asks me if I want to fix the problem, that this will mean going through and searching for DOS partiitons. It also warned me to back up the drive first. But how can I back up without being able to see the drive? So, perhaps unwisely, I went ahead with this, and it is currently goign through every Head and cylinder. It's currently at the 7600th cylinder, and progressing slowly.
I would sure like to get my data back. any ideas?