Edit: Never mind for now. I nust saw the sticky on the "testdisk" program and I'll try that. Should look before I leap.
Hopefully, I can explain this where someone other than me can understand. Here goes...
There are 2 hard drives.
#1 is the main drive with Windows Vista, partitioned into C, D, E, and F.
#2 is the slave drive, only 1 partition, G.
#2 is the one having problems. One day, my G drive just stopped showing in "my computer". I tried to restart to see if that helped anything (This had happened once before about a month ago and restarting fixed it). This time, while trying to restart the computer hung up on the “shutting down” screen so I had to use the power button. When the computer started back up, it went through the ugly Vista splash screen and hung up showing a black screen. It did this every time I tried.
I then went into the BIOS setup and it showed both drives. I went to boot options and it showed both drives. I ran some kind of “smart” test on the drive through the BIOS setup and it showed everything ok. I restarted and it hung up again. I then tried to restart in safe mode and it hung up after loading drivers. Safe mode with command prompt, same thing. Last known good configuration, nada. Nothing worked.
I finally decided to crack open the case and check the drive. I unhooked the problem drive and restarted the computer. Of course, it started perfectly. I switched cables, ports, all that junk and everything else is fine. It’s definitely something with the hard drive.
After I was able to get the computer started, I had a brilliant <ahem> idea. I let it start up, THEN plugged the drive back in. I then went into the system properties and had it scan for hardware changes. It took a while but it did find the drive. I go to the properties and click on the “populate” button and it finds no partitions or anything. I go to “my computer” and it doesn’t show there. I restart and I go through the same mess again. Won’t shut down, then when I do it manually, it won’t log back on to windows. So here I sit, unable to even do a chkdsk or ANYTHING to see what’s wrong. Any ideas?