Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard disk

Discussion in 'Windows XP General' started by Guest, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is P4 2.8
    Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video, Partitioned PATA 80GB
    Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB
    hard disk (F:). Installed is Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by
    Microsoft. This setup is already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a
    fresh copy of Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP
    SP2, I couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my WIndows
    XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk because I'm afraid that
    I might loose my valuable data if scandisk corrects the problems found by
    scandisk.

    Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I opened
    Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out that my 320GB
    hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in the BIOS it says 320GB
    hard disk. After doing some research on the net, I found out that Windows XP
    doesn't automatically support large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think).
    I edited the registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my
    PC. After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk has
    problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard drives.
    Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has 130GB (healthy)
    and 170GB (unallocated).

    I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.

    I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured the
    partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard disks greater
    than 130GB.

    Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk and 250gb
    hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my hard drives are
    working in good condition because I just bought them a few months ago.

    Thanks
     
    Guest, Jan 15, 2007
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  2. IJVelas wrote:
    > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is
    > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup is
    > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    >
    > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on the
    > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard
    > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has
    > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    >
    > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    >
    > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured
    > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard
    > disks greater than 130GB.
    >
    > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    > them a few months ago.


    Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports drives
    larger than 137GB.
    Your results from your research was incorrect or at least incomplete.

    As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not updated it to
    SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.

    You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover that.)

    No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information you
    gave...

    When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with SP1 or SP2?

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
    Shenan Stanley, Jan 15, 2007
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013

    Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is it that
    my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP? What I did was, I
    installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and reinstalled Windows XP SP2.

    "Shenan Stanley" wrote:

    > IJVelas wrote:
    > > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is
    > > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    > > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    > > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    > > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup is
    > > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    > > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    > > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    > > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    > > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    > > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    > >
    > > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    > > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    > > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    > > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on the
    > > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    > > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    > > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    > > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    > > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard
    > > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has
    > > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    > >
    > > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    > >
    > > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured
    > > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard
    > > disks greater than 130GB.
    > >
    > > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    > > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    > > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    > > them a few months ago.

    >
    > Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports drives
    > larger than 137GB.
    > Your results from your research was incorrect or at least incomplete.
    >
    > As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not updated it to
    > SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    >
    > You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    > Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    > (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover that.)
    >
    > No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information you
    > gave...
    >
    > When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with SP1 or SP2?
    >
    > --
    > Shenan Stanley
    > MS-MVP
    > --
    > How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    >
    >
     
    Guest, Jan 15, 2007
    #3
  4. Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard

    IJVelas wrote:
    > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP
    > is P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup
    > is already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    >
    > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on
    > the net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my
    > hard drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard
    > disk has 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    >
    > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    >
    > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically
    > reconfigured the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't
    > support large hard disks greater than 130GB.
    >
    > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    > them a few months ago.


    Shenan Stanley wrote:
    > Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports
    > drives larger than 137GB.
    >
    > Your results from your research was incorrect or at least
    > incomplete.
    >
    > As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not
    > updated it to SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    >
    > You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    > Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    > (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover
    > that.)
    >
    > No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the
    > information you gave...
    >
    > When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with
    > SP1 or SP2?


    IJVelas wrote:
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
    >
    > Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is
    > it that my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP?
    > What I did was, I installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and
    > reinstalled Windows XP SP2.


    Unfortunately - my experience with this issue is limited - as I normally
    integrate all of the patches into my installation media as it is released.
    What this means is I always install with the latest version of the OS.

    I cannot say if your data is okay or not. One of the more interesting
    quotes I can find on this issue is:
    "Usually its preferable to use Windows XP SP1 or Windows XP SP2 for
    installation with drives larger than 137GB, and NOT using Windows XP
    (original release) AND updated to SP1 or SP2. If its the UPDATE TO SP1/SP2
    type, then setting the EnableBigLba registry is required for drives larger
    than 137GB. To add more.. NEVER attach larger than 137GB drives while the
    48-bit LBA feature is not enabled or not present! Enable first before
    attaching the drives!"
    ( http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?act=ST&f=2&t=21489 )

    What that says to me is that your theory is correct - when you thought
    Windows (non-SP that you initially installed) could not see your drives
    correctly - it may have written something to them and - well - messed things
    up majorly. The proper way - without slipstreaming/integrating SP2 into
    your installation media - to do what you were trying to would have been to
    unhook all drives but the one you were installing on (the 80GB?) and
    installed, patched, etc - then reconnected the larger drives once Windows XP
    had been patched to support such drives (SP2...)

    There may be nothing wrong and a simple solution to this - but I have not
    found in in my searches and like I said - I am unfamilar with this issue
    beyond what I have read. Perhaps someone who has more experience can help
    now that we know how it happened...

    All drives - including the ones too large to be recognized without at least
    SP1 for Windows XP - were available to Windows XP (non-SP) when it was
    installed and now - even after upgrading to SP2 - you cannot see your data.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
    Shenan Stanley, Jan 15, 2007
    #4
  5. Guest

    Anna Guest

    Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard


    >> IJVelas wrote:
    >> > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is
    >> > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    >> > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    >> > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    >> > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup is
    >> > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    >> > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    >> > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    >> > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    >> > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    >> > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    >> >
    >> > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    >> > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    >> > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    >> > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on the
    >> > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    >> > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    >> > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    >> > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    >> > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard
    >> > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has
    >> > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    >> >
    >> > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    >> >
    >> > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured
    >> > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard
    >> > disks greater than 130GB.
    >> >
    >> > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    >> > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    >> > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    >> > them a few months ago.



    > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
    >> Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports drives
    >> larger than 137GB.
    >> Your results from your research was incorrect or at least incomplete.
    >>
    >> As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not updated it
    >> to
    >> SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    >>
    >> You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    >> Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    >> (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover that.)
    >>
    >> No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information you
    >> gave...
    >>
    >> When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with SP1 or
    >> SP2?
    >>
    >> --
    >> Shenan Stanley
    >> MS-MVP



    "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    news:D...
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
    >
    > Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is it that
    > my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP? What I did was, I
    > installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and reinstalled Windows XP SP2.



    IJVelas:
    It would appear that when you originally installed XP (sans SP1 and/or SP2)
    the 137 GB disk capacity limitation was invoked, i.e., both your 250 & 320
    GB HDDs would have been affected. So the system would not recognize disk
    space > 137 GB (approx.) under those circumstances. Presumably while you
    were using those two HDDs during the time SP1 and/or SP2 was *not* installed
    you could not have utilized any disk space > 137 GB (approx) so I don't
    understand how you could create any data on that space - data that you infer
    has been lost. Are you certain about this? Are you perhaps referring to data
    on the 137 GB partition? And (in this connection) you mention only the 320
    GB HDD as being affected by lost data. Not the 250 GB one although you do
    indicate there is a problem with lost files & corrupted data re that HDD but
    it's not clear whether you're referring to the problem involving disk
    capacity recognition here.

    Now when you fresh installed XP w/SP2 to your 80 GB HDD (it *was* to that
    HDD, right?), the system would now recognize the full capacity of your 250
    GB & 320 GB HDDs, however the additional disk space > 137 GB (approx) would
    have been designated as "unallocated" - disk space that you could
    partition/format on both the 250 GB & 320 GB HDDs. Again, I'm assuming the
    250 GB HDD was similarly affected as the 320 GB, presuming that the 250 GB
    HDD had been installed when you originally installed the XP OS without SP1
    or SP2.

    The problems you mention re scannow and that "Windows XP tells me that my
    320GB hard disk is not formatted" indicate that something is amiss with your
    system - probably having something to do with your fresh install of XP or
    something else. Assuming this is practical I wonder if at this point it
    would be advisable to undertake a new fresh install of XP - making sure that
    *all* other HDDs and storage devices are disconnected from the system during
    this fresh install (presumably to your 80 GB HDD - I take it for one reason
    or another you prefer the OS to reside on that HDD rather than on one of
    your large-capacity HDDs. I don't know why - it wouldn't ordinarily be my
    choice but I take it you have your reasons). I'm assuming you would have no
    difficulty re:installing your programs & applications following the fresh
    install.

    Or in lieu of a new fresh install of the OS you could perform a Repair
    install on that boot drive. Again, ensure that all HDDs & storage devices
    are disconnected from the system during that operation.

    I'm not sure whether you'll be able to restore any lost data from your two
    SATA HDDs after this. There may be other problems affecting this situation.
    Anna
     
    Anna, Jan 15, 2007
    #5
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard

    On my previous setup, I just addedd the 2 hard disks and set them up using
    Computer Management that's why I didn't encounter some problems. But when I
    did a fresh install, that's when I encountered problems with my hard disks.

    Regarding the scandisk, It only scans my 250GB hard disk so I'm sure that
    there is no problem with my latest install of Windows XP SP2. But just in
    case I will also try your advise.

    The reason why I use the 80GB hard drive as my operating disk because if my
    system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows XP.
    That's what I've been doing ever since. This problem happened because I was
    not familiar that Windows XP does not handle large disk not until it happened
    to me. I hope you guys could help me find a way to restore the data in my
    hard drive.

    Thanks.

    "Anna" wrote:

    >
    > >> IJVelas wrote:
    > >> > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is
    > >> > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    > >> > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    > >> > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    > >> > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup is
    > >> > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    > >> > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    > >> > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    > >> > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    > >> > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    > >> > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    > >> >
    > >> > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    > >> > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    > >> > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    > >> > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on the
    > >> > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    > >> > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    > >> > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    > >> > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    > >> > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard
    > >> > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has
    > >> > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    > >> >
    > >> > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    > >> >
    > >> > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured
    > >> > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard
    > >> > disks greater than 130GB.
    > >> >
    > >> > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    > >> > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    > >> > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    > >> > them a few months ago.

    >
    >
    > > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
    > >> Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports drives
    > >> larger than 137GB.
    > >> Your results from your research was incorrect or at least incomplete.
    > >>
    > >> As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not updated it
    > >> to
    > >> SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    > >>
    > >> You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    > >> Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    > >> (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover that.)
    > >>
    > >> No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information you
    > >> gave...
    > >>
    > >> When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with SP1 or
    > >> SP2?
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Shenan Stanley
    > >> MS-MVP

    >
    >
    > "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    > news:D...
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
    > >
    > > Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is it that
    > > my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP? What I did was, I
    > > installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and reinstalled Windows XP SP2.

    >
    >
    > IJVelas:
    > It would appear that when you originally installed XP (sans SP1 and/or SP2)
    > the 137 GB disk capacity limitation was invoked, i.e., both your 250 & 320
    > GB HDDs would have been affected. So the system would not recognize disk
    > space > 137 GB (approx.) under those circumstances. Presumably while you
    > were using those two HDDs during the time SP1 and/or SP2 was *not* installed
    > you could not have utilized any disk space > 137 GB (approx) so I don't
    > understand how you could create any data on that space - data that you infer
    > has been lost. Are you certain about this? Are you perhaps referring to data
    > on the 137 GB partition? And (in this connection) you mention only the 320
    > GB HDD as being affected by lost data. Not the 250 GB one although you do
    > indicate there is a problem with lost files & corrupted data re that HDD but
    > it's not clear whether you're referring to the problem involving disk
    > capacity recognition here.
    >
    > Now when you fresh installed XP w/SP2 to your 80 GB HDD (it *was* to that
    > HDD, right?), the system would now recognize the full capacity of your 250
    > GB & 320 GB HDDs, however the additional disk space > 137 GB (approx) would
    > have been designated as "unallocated" - disk space that you could
    > partition/format on both the 250 GB & 320 GB HDDs. Again, I'm assuming the
    > 250 GB HDD was similarly affected as the 320 GB, presuming that the 250 GB
    > HDD had been installed when you originally installed the XP OS without SP1
    > or SP2.
    >
    > The problems you mention re scannow and that "Windows XP tells me that my
    > 320GB hard disk is not formatted" indicate that something is amiss with your
    > system - probably having something to do with your fresh install of XP or
    > something else. Assuming this is practical I wonder if at this point it
    > would be advisable to undertake a new fresh install of XP - making sure that
    > *all* other HDDs and storage devices are disconnected from the system during
    > this fresh install (presumably to your 80 GB HDD - I take it for one reason
    > or another you prefer the OS to reside on that HDD rather than on one of
    > your large-capacity HDDs. I don't know why - it wouldn't ordinarily be my
    > choice but I take it you have your reasons). I'm assuming you would have no
    > difficulty re:installing your programs & applications following the fresh
    > install.
    >
    > Or in lieu of a new fresh install of the OS you could perform a Repair
    > install on that boot drive. Again, ensure that all HDDs & storage devices
    > are disconnected from the system during that operation.
    >
    > I'm not sure whether you'll be able to restore any lost data from your two
    > SATA HDDs after this. There may be other problems affecting this situation.
    > Anna
    >
    >
    >
     
    Guest, Jan 15, 2007
    #6
  7. Guest

    Anna Guest

    Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard


    >> >> IJVelas wrote:
    >> >> > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is
    >> >> > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    >> >> > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    >> >> > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    >> >> > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup is
    >> >> > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    >> >> > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    >> >> > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    >> >> > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    >> >> > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    >> >> > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    >> >> > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    >> >> > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    >> >> > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on the
    >> >> > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    >> >> > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    >> >> > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    >> >> > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    >> >> > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard
    >> >> > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has
    >> >> > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured
    >> >> > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard
    >> >> > disks greater than 130GB.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    >> >> > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    >> >> > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    >> >> > them a few months ago.



    >> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
    >> >> Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports
    >> >> drives
    >> >> larger than 137GB.
    >> >> Your results from your research was incorrect or at least incomplete.
    >> >>
    >> >> As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not updated
    >> >> it
    >> >> to
    >> >> SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    >> >>
    >> >> You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    >> >> Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    >> >> (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover
    >> >> that.)
    >> >>
    >> >> No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information
    >> >> you
    >> >> gave...
    >> >>
    >> >> When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with SP1
    >> >> or
    >> >> SP2?
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >> Shenan Stanley
    >> >> MS-MVP



    >> "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    >> news:D...
    >> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
    >> >
    >> > Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is it
    >> > that
    >> > my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP? What I did
    >> > was, I
    >> > installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and reinstalled Windows XP
    >> > SP2.



    > "Anna" wrote:
    >> IJVelas:
    >> It would appear that when you originally installed XP (sans SP1 and/or
    >> SP2)
    >> the 137 GB disk capacity limitation was invoked, i.e., both your 250 &
    >> 320
    >> GB HDDs would have been affected. So the system would not recognize disk
    >> space > 137 GB (approx.) under those circumstances. Presumably while you
    >> were using those two HDDs during the time SP1 and/or SP2 was *not*
    >> installed
    >> you could not have utilized any disk space > 137 GB (approx) so I don't
    >> understand how you could create any data on that space - data that you
    >> infer
    >> has been lost. Are you certain about this? Are you perhaps referring to
    >> data
    >> on the 137 GB partition? And (in this connection) you mention only the
    >> 320
    >> GB HDD as being affected by lost data. Not the 250 GB one although you do
    >> indicate there is a problem with lost files & corrupted data re that HDD
    >> but
    >> it's not clear whether you're referring to the problem involving disk
    >> capacity recognition here.
    >>
    >> Now when you fresh installed XP w/SP2 to your 80 GB HDD (it *was* to that
    >> HDD, right?), the system would now recognize the full capacity of your
    >> 250
    >> GB & 320 GB HDDs, however the additional disk space > 137 GB (approx)
    >> would
    >> have been designated as "unallocated" - disk space that you could
    >> partition/format on both the 250 GB & 320 GB HDDs. Again, I'm assuming
    >> the
    >> 250 GB HDD was similarly affected as the 320 GB, presuming that the 250
    >> GB
    >> HDD had been installed when you originally installed the XP OS without
    >> SP1
    >> or SP2.
    >>
    >> The problems you mention re scannow and that "Windows XP tells me that my
    >> 320GB hard disk is not formatted" indicate that something is amiss with
    >> your
    >> system - probably having something to do with your fresh install of XP or
    >> something else. Assuming this is practical I wonder if at this point it
    >> would be advisable to undertake a new fresh install of XP - making sure
    >> that
    >> *all* other HDDs and storage devices are disconnected from the system
    >> during
    >> this fresh install (presumably to your 80 GB HDD - I take it for one
    >> reason
    >> or another you prefer the OS to reside on that HDD rather than on one of
    >> your large-capacity HDDs. I don't know why - it wouldn't ordinarily be my
    >> choice but I take it you have your reasons). I'm assuming you would have
    >> no
    >> difficulty re:installing your programs & applications following the fresh
    >> install.
    >>
    >> Or in lieu of a new fresh install of the OS you could perform a Repair
    >> install on that boot drive. Again, ensure that all HDDs & storage devices
    >> are disconnected from the system during that operation.
    >>
    >> I'm not sure whether you'll be able to restore any lost data from your
    >> two
    >> SATA HDDs after this. There may be other problems affecting this
    >> situation.
    >> Anna




    "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On my previous setup, I just addedd the 2 hard disks and set them up using
    > Computer Management that's why I didn't encounter some problems. But when
    > I
    > did a fresh install, that's when I encountered problems with my hard
    > disks.
    >
    > Regarding the scandisk, It only scans my 250GB hard disk so I'm sure that
    > there is no problem with my latest install of Windows XP SP2. But just in
    > case I will also try your advise.
    >
    > The reason why I use the 80GB hard drive as my operating disk because if
    > my
    > system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows XP.
    > That's what I've been doing ever since. This problem happened because I
    > was
    > not familiar that Windows XP does not handle large disk not until it
    > happened
    > to me. I hope you guys could help me find a way to restore the data in my
    > hard drive.
    >
    > Thanks.



    I really don't have any further comments to make re your specific problem(s)
    and I would suggest you re:read my former comments together with the
    questions I raised...

    But I did want to comment on your statement that the reason you install the
    OS onto your 80 GB HDD (I assume it's a PATA drive) rather than on one of
    your large-capacity (and presumably faster) SATA HDDs is "because if my
    system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows XP.
    That's what I've been doing ever since.". In my opinion, what you *should*
    be focused on is establishing & maintaining a comprehensive backup program
    that you will routinely use. In that vein you might consider employing a
    disk imaging program or any other backup program that you're comfortable
    with. And in so doing use your 80 GB HDD as the recipient of the backup
    material (assuming it can handle the backed-up data) either as a internal or
    external HDD. And use one of your large-capacity SATA HDDs to install the
    OS together with your programs & applications. Your overall performance
    should significantly improve.

    I realize all this is for the future. First you have to solve your present
    problem(s). Good luck.
    Anna
     
    Anna, Jan 15, 2007
    #7
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard

    Thanks Anna, really apprecieate your tip. I might gonna try that after I
    recover my lost files. Thank you very much. Do you know a good software that
    could restore my lost partitions?

    Thank you.

    "Anna" wrote:

    >
    >
    > >> >> IJVelas wrote:
    > >> >> > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP is
    > >> >> > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    > >> >> > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    > >> >> > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    > >> >> > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup is
    > >> >> > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    > >> >> > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2, I
    > >> >> > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    > >> >> > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    > >> >> > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if scandisk
    > >> >> > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    > >> >> > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found out
    > >> >> > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but in
    > >> >> > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on the
    > >> >> > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    > >> >> > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    > >> >> > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    > >> >> > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard disk
    > >> >> > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my hard
    > >> >> > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk has
    > >> >> > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically reconfigured
    > >> >> > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large hard
    > >> >> > disks greater than 130GB.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    > >> >> > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    > >> >> > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    > >> >> > them a few months ago.

    >
    >
    > >> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
    > >> >> Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports
    > >> >> drives
    > >> >> larger than 137GB.
    > >> >> Your results from your research was incorrect or at least incomplete.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not updated
    > >> >> it
    > >> >> to
    > >> >> SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    > >> >> Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    > >> >> (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover
    > >> >> that.)
    > >> >>
    > >> >> No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information
    > >> >> you
    > >> >> gave...
    > >> >>
    > >> >> When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with SP1
    > >> >> or
    > >> >> SP2?
    > >> >>
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> Shenan Stanley
    > >> >> MS-MVP

    >
    >
    > >> "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:D...
    > >> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is it
    > >> > that
    > >> > my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP? What I did
    > >> > was, I
    > >> > installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and reinstalled Windows XP
    > >> > SP2.

    >
    >
    > > "Anna" wrote:
    > >> IJVelas:
    > >> It would appear that when you originally installed XP (sans SP1 and/or
    > >> SP2)
    > >> the 137 GB disk capacity limitation was invoked, i.e., both your 250 &
    > >> 320
    > >> GB HDDs would have been affected. So the system would not recognize disk
    > >> space > 137 GB (approx.) under those circumstances. Presumably while you
    > >> were using those two HDDs during the time SP1 and/or SP2 was *not*
    > >> installed
    > >> you could not have utilized any disk space > 137 GB (approx) so I don't
    > >> understand how you could create any data on that space - data that you
    > >> infer
    > >> has been lost. Are you certain about this? Are you perhaps referring to
    > >> data
    > >> on the 137 GB partition? And (in this connection) you mention only the
    > >> 320
    > >> GB HDD as being affected by lost data. Not the 250 GB one although you do
    > >> indicate there is a problem with lost files & corrupted data re that HDD
    > >> but
    > >> it's not clear whether you're referring to the problem involving disk
    > >> capacity recognition here.
    > >>
    > >> Now when you fresh installed XP w/SP2 to your 80 GB HDD (it *was* to that
    > >> HDD, right?), the system would now recognize the full capacity of your
    > >> 250
    > >> GB & 320 GB HDDs, however the additional disk space > 137 GB (approx)
    > >> would
    > >> have been designated as "unallocated" - disk space that you could
    > >> partition/format on both the 250 GB & 320 GB HDDs. Again, I'm assuming
    > >> the
    > >> 250 GB HDD was similarly affected as the 320 GB, presuming that the 250
    > >> GB
    > >> HDD had been installed when you originally installed the XP OS without
    > >> SP1
    > >> or SP2.
    > >>
    > >> The problems you mention re scannow and that "Windows XP tells me that my
    > >> 320GB hard disk is not formatted" indicate that something is amiss with
    > >> your
    > >> system - probably having something to do with your fresh install of XP or
    > >> something else. Assuming this is practical I wonder if at this point it
    > >> would be advisable to undertake a new fresh install of XP - making sure
    > >> that
    > >> *all* other HDDs and storage devices are disconnected from the system
    > >> during
    > >> this fresh install (presumably to your 80 GB HDD - I take it for one
    > >> reason
    > >> or another you prefer the OS to reside on that HDD rather than on one of
    > >> your large-capacity HDDs. I don't know why - it wouldn't ordinarily be my
    > >> choice but I take it you have your reasons). I'm assuming you would have
    > >> no
    > >> difficulty re:installing your programs & applications following the fresh
    > >> install.
    > >>
    > >> Or in lieu of a new fresh install of the OS you could perform a Repair
    > >> install on that boot drive. Again, ensure that all HDDs & storage devices
    > >> are disconnected from the system during that operation.
    > >>
    > >> I'm not sure whether you'll be able to restore any lost data from your
    > >> two
    > >> SATA HDDs after this. There may be other problems affecting this
    > >> situation.
    > >> Anna

    >
    >
    >
    > "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > On my previous setup, I just addedd the 2 hard disks and set them up using
    > > Computer Management that's why I didn't encounter some problems. But when
    > > I
    > > did a fresh install, that's when I encountered problems with my hard
    > > disks.
    > >
    > > Regarding the scandisk, It only scans my 250GB hard disk so I'm sure that
    > > there is no problem with my latest install of Windows XP SP2. But just in
    > > case I will also try your advise.
    > >
    > > The reason why I use the 80GB hard drive as my operating disk because if
    > > my
    > > system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows XP.
    > > That's what I've been doing ever since. This problem happened because I
    > > was
    > > not familiar that Windows XP does not handle large disk not until it
    > > happened
    > > to me. I hope you guys could help me find a way to restore the data in my
    > > hard drive.
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >
    >
    > I really don't have any further comments to make re your specific problem(s)
    > and I would suggest you re:read my former comments together with the
    > questions I raised...
    >
    > But I did want to comment on your statement that the reason you install the
    > OS onto your 80 GB HDD (I assume it's a PATA drive) rather than on one of
    > your large-capacity (and presumably faster) SATA HDDs is "because if my
    > system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows XP.
    > That's what I've been doing ever since.". In my opinion, what you *should*
    > be focused on is establishing & maintaining a comprehensive backup program
    > that you will routinely use. In that vein you might consider employing a
    > disk imaging program or any other backup program that you're comfortable
    > with. And in so doing use your 80 GB HDD as the recipient of the backup
    > material (assuming it can handle the backed-up data) either as a internal or
    > external HDD. And use one of your large-capacity SATA HDDs to install the
    > OS together with your programs & applications. Your overall performance
    > should significantly improve.
    >
    > I realize all this is for the future. First you have to solve your present
    > problem(s). Good luck.
    > Anna
    >
    >
    >
     
    Guest, Jan 16, 2007
    #8
  9. Guest

    Anna Guest

    Re: Lost data on 320GB hard disk and corrupted data on 250gb hard

    You might want to undertake a Google search for "data recovery programs".
    There are many of these programs that purport to resurrect lost data. Many
    of them are available as demo programs so you can determine if they're able
    to identify such lost data.
    Anna


    "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    news:D...
    > Thanks Anna, really apprecieate your tip. I might gonna try that after I
    > recover my lost files. Thank you very much. Do you know a good software
    > that
    > could restore my lost partitions?
    >
    > Thank you.
    >
    > "Anna" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> >> >> IJVelas wrote:
    >> >> >> > My computer setup before reinstalling a fresh copy of WIndows XP
    >> >> >> > is
    >> >> >> > P4 2.8 Ghz on a Intel PERL Motherboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB Video,
    >> >> >> > Partitioned PATA 80GB Seagate (C: 40GB, D: 40GB) hard disk, SATA
    >> >> >> > 250GB hard disk (E:), SATA 320GB hard disk (F:). Installed is
    >> >> >> > Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates by Microsoft. This setup
    >> >> >> > is
    >> >> >> > already a year old so I've decided to reinstall a fresh copy of
    >> >> >> > Windows XP. After successfully installing a new Windows XP SP2,
    >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> > couldn't access my 320GB hard disk and everytime I boot up my
    >> >> >> > WIndows XP scandisk always run. I always cancel the scandisk
    >> >> >> > because I'm afraid that I might loose my valuable data if
    >> >> >> > scandisk
    >> >> >> > corrects the problems found by scandisk.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > Windows XP tells me that my 320GB hard disk is not formatted. I
    >> >> >> > opened Computer Management to see the list of drives and found
    >> >> >> > out
    >> >> >> > that my 320GB hard disk is only detected as 130GB hard disk but
    >> >> >> > in
    >> >> >> > the BIOS it says 320GB hard disk. After doing some research on
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> > net, I found out that Windows XP doesn't automatically support
    >> >> >> > large hard drives greater than 130GB (I think). I edited the
    >> >> >> > registry and added DWORD EnableLargeLba = 1 then rebooted my PC.
    >> >> >> > After the reboot, Windows XP still reports that my 250GB hard
    >> >> >> > disk
    >> >> >> > has problems. Opened Computer Management again and checked my
    >> >> >> > hard
    >> >> >> > drives. Computer Management now reports that my 320GB hard disk
    >> >> >> > has
    >> >> >> > 130GB (healthy) and 170GB (unallocated).
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > I also lost some data and corrupted files on my 250GB hard disk.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > I think the cause of this was Windows XP automatically
    >> >> >> > reconfigured
    >> >> >> > the partitions on my hard drive since it doesn't support large
    >> >> >> > hard
    >> >> >> > disks greater than 130GB.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > Is it still possible to recover all my data on my 320gb hard disk
    >> >> >> > and 250gb hard disk drives? What should I do? I am sure that my
    >> >> >> > hard drives are working in good condition because I just bought
    >> >> >> > them a few months ago.

    >>
    >>
    >> >> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
    >> >> >> Windows XP SP1 and later 'automatically' (out-of-the-box) supports
    >> >> >> drives
    >> >> >> larger than 137GB.
    >> >> >> Your results from your research was incorrect or at least
    >> >> >> incomplete.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> As long as you installed Windows XP SP1 or SP2 initially (not
    >> >> >> updated
    >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> to
    >> >> >> SP2) - the support was there from the beginning.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> You may be having trouble with the drivers for the controller?
    >> >> >> Update those from the controller card or motherboard manufacturer?
    >> >> >> (If built into the motherboard - the chipset drivers should cover
    >> >> >> that.)
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> No one should have suspected a hard disk issue from the information
    >> >> >> you
    >> >> >> gave...
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> When you installed Windows XP - was it from a CD integrated with
    >> >> >> SP1
    >> >> >> or
    >> >> >> SP2?
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> Shenan Stanley
    >> >> >> MS-MVP

    >>
    >>
    >> >> "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    >> >> news:D...
    >> >> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Thanks for correcting me, I reviewed the article again. But why is
    >> >> > it
    >> >> > that
    >> >> > my hard disks is not recognized correctly by Windows XP? What I did
    >> >> > was, I
    >> >> > installed a Windows XP (not SP1 and SP2) and reinstalled Windows XP
    >> >> > SP2.

    >>
    >>
    >> > "Anna" wrote:
    >> >> IJVelas:
    >> >> It would appear that when you originally installed XP (sans SP1 and/or
    >> >> SP2)
    >> >> the 137 GB disk capacity limitation was invoked, i.e., both your 250 &
    >> >> 320
    >> >> GB HDDs would have been affected. So the system would not recognize
    >> >> disk
    >> >> space > 137 GB (approx.) under those circumstances. Presumably while
    >> >> you
    >> >> were using those two HDDs during the time SP1 and/or SP2 was *not*
    >> >> installed
    >> >> you could not have utilized any disk space > 137 GB (approx) so I
    >> >> don't
    >> >> understand how you could create any data on that space - data that you
    >> >> infer
    >> >> has been lost. Are you certain about this? Are you perhaps referring
    >> >> to
    >> >> data
    >> >> on the 137 GB partition? And (in this connection) you mention only the
    >> >> 320
    >> >> GB HDD as being affected by lost data. Not the 250 GB one although you
    >> >> do
    >> >> indicate there is a problem with lost files & corrupted data re that
    >> >> HDD
    >> >> but
    >> >> it's not clear whether you're referring to the problem involving disk
    >> >> capacity recognition here.
    >> >>
    >> >> Now when you fresh installed XP w/SP2 to your 80 GB HDD (it *was* to
    >> >> that
    >> >> HDD, right?), the system would now recognize the full capacity of your
    >> >> 250
    >> >> GB & 320 GB HDDs, however the additional disk space > 137 GB (approx)
    >> >> would
    >> >> have been designated as "unallocated" - disk space that you could
    >> >> partition/format on both the 250 GB & 320 GB HDDs. Again, I'm assuming
    >> >> the
    >> >> 250 GB HDD was similarly affected as the 320 GB, presuming that the
    >> >> 250
    >> >> GB
    >> >> HDD had been installed when you originally installed the XP OS without
    >> >> SP1
    >> >> or SP2.
    >> >>
    >> >> The problems you mention re scannow and that "Windows XP tells me that
    >> >> my
    >> >> 320GB hard disk is not formatted" indicate that something is amiss
    >> >> with
    >> >> your
    >> >> system - probably having something to do with your fresh install of XP
    >> >> or
    >> >> something else. Assuming this is practical I wonder if at this point
    >> >> it
    >> >> would be advisable to undertake a new fresh install of XP - making
    >> >> sure
    >> >> that
    >> >> *all* other HDDs and storage devices are disconnected from the system
    >> >> during
    >> >> this fresh install (presumably to your 80 GB HDD - I take it for one
    >> >> reason
    >> >> or another you prefer the OS to reside on that HDD rather than on one
    >> >> of
    >> >> your large-capacity HDDs. I don't know why - it wouldn't ordinarily be
    >> >> my
    >> >> choice but I take it you have your reasons). I'm assuming you would
    >> >> have
    >> >> no
    >> >> difficulty re:installing your programs & applications following the
    >> >> fresh
    >> >> install.
    >> >>
    >> >> Or in lieu of a new fresh install of the OS you could perform a Repair
    >> >> install on that boot drive. Again, ensure that all HDDs & storage
    >> >> devices
    >> >> are disconnected from the system during that operation.
    >> >>
    >> >> I'm not sure whether you'll be able to restore any lost data from your
    >> >> two
    >> >> SATA HDDs after this. There may be other problems affecting this
    >> >> situation.
    >> >> Anna

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "IJVelas" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > On my previous setup, I just addedd the 2 hard disks and set them up
    >> > using
    >> > Computer Management that's why I didn't encounter some problems. But
    >> > when
    >> > I
    >> > did a fresh install, that's when I encountered problems with my hard
    >> > disks.
    >> >
    >> > Regarding the scandisk, It only scans my 250GB hard disk so I'm sure
    >> > that
    >> > there is no problem with my latest install of Windows XP SP2. But just
    >> > in
    >> > case I will also try your advise.
    >> >
    >> > The reason why I use the 80GB hard drive as my operating disk because
    >> > if
    >> > my
    >> > system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows
    >> > XP.
    >> > That's what I've been doing ever since. This problem happened because
    >> > I
    >> > was
    >> > not familiar that Windows XP does not handle large disk not until it
    >> > happened
    >> > to me. I hope you guys could help me find a way to restore the data in
    >> > my
    >> > hard drive.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks.

    >>
    >>
    >> I really don't have any further comments to make re your specific
    >> problem(s)
    >> and I would suggest you re:read my former comments together with the
    >> questions I raised...
    >>
    >> But I did want to comment on your statement that the reason you install
    >> the
    >> OS onto your 80 GB HDD (I assume it's a PATA drive) rather than on one of
    >> your large-capacity (and presumably faster) SATA HDDs is "because if my
    >> system gets damaged, I could easily reinstall a fresh copy of Windows XP.
    >> That's what I've been doing ever since.". In my opinion, what you
    >> *should*
    >> be focused on is establishing & maintaining a comprehensive backup
    >> program
    >> that you will routinely use. In that vein you might consider employing a
    >> disk imaging program or any other backup program that you're comfortable
    >> with. And in so doing use your 80 GB HDD as the recipient of the backup
    >> material (assuming it can handle the backed-up data) either as a internal
    >> or
    >> external HDD. And use one of your large-capacity SATA HDDs to install
    >> the
    >> OS together with your programs & applications. Your overall performance
    >> should significantly improve.
    >>
    >> I realize all this is for the future. First you have to solve your
    >> present
    >> problem(s). Good luck.
    >> Anna
    >>
    >>
    >>
     
    Anna, Jan 16, 2007
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