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Hard drive formatting

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by msp, Feb 15, 2004.

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  1. msp

    msp Thread Starter

    Feb 15, 2004
    I just re-installed windows XP and can not access my 2nd harddrive. I have two 120gig hard drives in my gateway both were operating correctly prior to reinstalling XP. After the install XP will not let me access the second hard drive with out formatting it. The drive is healthy and recognized in Computer Management's disk management. But when I try to use windows exporer or access this drive I get the message "The Disk in F: drive is not formatted" and ask me to format the disk.
    I would like to try and save the info on this disk if at all possible, but it is not critical. Is there any way to access this info or save it on to one of the CD/DVD drives?
    Thanks for any help
    Newbie to the group
  2. tdi_veedub


    Jan 29, 2004
    I am having the same problem, if you find out how to fix it, please let me know.

    The data is still there, because it can read/write in DOS. I checked.


    Jun 11, 2002
    Have you tried going through the "Add Hardware" wizard?
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