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Old 10-03-2004, 07:19 PM   #1
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ok this is nuts. i am in a startup loop that never ends.

so i decide to make the hd as a slave and check it out on my comp. turns out i cannot see anything as it says the hd is not formated.

how can i get the format back. i do not want to reformat as i will lose all the data.

the other option is to fix the boot loop, but that probably wont work as the format from the HD is gone.

any help here? i think this is a big problem.

p.s. i used getback data but i would really like to get the hd working again etc.

thanks
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Old 10-03-2004, 07:43 PM   #2
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Two computers? Was the drive OK in the orig. and when you moved it was it properly recognized in bios. Jumper settings correct on both drives (you do have one to be master on the cable with this slave right?) And do not format you will lose all data. there are utilities to use but not until any and all hardware questions are answered.
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Old 10-03-2004, 08:24 PM   #3
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the first computer is my friends.

i do not know if the drive is ok because it goes in a loop on boot up.

yes, when moved it was recognized in bios (both comps). and yes the jumpers are set as master and slave.

like i said it is in an endless loop on boot up and chkdsk does not work. there are errors on the disk. or so it says.
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Old 10-03-2004, 09:27 PM   #4
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You could check the drive using fdisk utility, don't delete any partitions just use it to display partition information. See what it reports.
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