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Hard Drive Not Show in WIN XP Disk Management

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by psst, Feb 6, 2009.

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  1. psst

    psst Thread Starter

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    My machine O/S is Windows XP SP3 with all current updates.

    A few months ago I had a problem with my boot Hard Drive :mad: (blue scree and error code indicated lost boot sector). I installed a new hard drive and rebuilt my system (y).

    I have some files that were not backed up on the HD and would like to try to recover some of these files :rolleyes:.


    The HD is Samsung SP4002H 40GB IDE Drive. I have put the HD in an external Drive enclosure (Sabrent ECS-STU35) and connected it to my PC via USB. When I turn on the drive enclosure:
    • Device Manger shows a SAMSUNG SP4002H USB Device entry under Disk Drives; and
    • a USB Mass Storage Device entry is under Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
    • The HD from the Drive enclosure does not appear in My Computer or in Windows Explorer.
    • The HD from the Drive enclosure does not appear under Disk Managment.
    • Under Disk Management I do see 2 Hard drives (Disk 0 is a 500GB and Disk 1 is 120 GB) - the 40GB drive is not present.
    I suspect that my original problem with the 40 GB HD was a damaged boot sector and partion table.

    :confused: I am looking for ideas on how to make the drive visible to to Windows XP and also some thoughts on how to partition table and files.

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. getsugatenso

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    how about putting it into slave and then you can use it to recover all files that have not been corrupted by the bad sectors. you can also get your HDD tables by formatting it when it's slave...

    although its not clear why you didnt bother replacing the damaged boot file with the install disc, its only one or two files...and if your lazy like me put the install disc in and do a recovery install, it looks like a normal install but it replaces all the original files like bootloader and other things that i cant think of right now...
     
  3. psst

    psst Thread Starter

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    I have tried putting the HD in as a slave - still get the same result.
    HD is recognized as Disk Drive, but not by Disk Management.

    I did try using the Windows Install disk to do a recovery Install - that did not work - so I went down the path of installing new HD.

    Now I have gone back to try and recover the data from original problem drive.
     
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