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Greetings,

Working with a PC running Windows XP for a friend... Apparently their 2nd hard drive (Maxtor 40GB) has "disappeared" from Explorer. It shows up in BIOS, hardware profiles and disk management, however every option in the dropdown menu is grayed out except for "delete partition." Is there any way to fix this, preferably without losing the data on the drive? Thanks in advance.
 

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Initially when I got the PC, it looked as though the CMOS battery was dead, because it booted into the BIOS with improper processor speed settings and whatnot. I restored the default settings and everything worked fine after that, except of course that the 2nd hard drive was no longer accessible. Other than that I didn't make any changes to the system at all. For now I've managed to get Norton Ghost to make a backup of the files somehow, but the drive still seems lost to any other program. Even Partition Magic will only either let me delete the main partition, or format the drive. Maybe deleting and creating a new partition will fix it, and hopefully Norton Ghost will restore all the files properly (I bloody well hope so considering it took 4 DVD-Rs to make the backup).
 

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I personally would not modify any partitions or physical properties of your drive with any 3rd party software until you get the problem fixed !!

partitions modifying progs arent for diagnostics they are designed for healthy "working" drives / you will compound your problems if you do so.

I would use this prog to restore your drive
http://www.ptdd.com/ this is the proven king of paritition and MBR restoration

here is another / i dont have as much "feedback" on this one ??
http://esd.element5.com/demoreg.htm...klink=http://www.recovermyfiles.com&oplayout=


regards

joe
 

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linderman said:
I personally would not modify any partitions or physical properties of your drive with any 3rd party software until you get the problem fixed !!

partitions modifying progs arent for diagnostics they are designed for healthy "working" drives / you will compound your problems if you do so.

I would use this prog to restore your drive
http://www.ptdd.com/ this is the proven king of paritition and MBR restoration

here is another / i dont have as much "feedback" on this one ??
http://esd.element5.com/demoreg.htm...klink=http://www.recovermyfiles.com&oplayout=


regards

joe
Thanks a ton... That program picked up the problem right away and fixed it almost without me having to do anything. Apparently the partition was labelled as "UNKNOWN" somehow, so it just restored it to FAT32, and everything is peachy now.

Thanks again!
 
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