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Hard Drive Problems!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gatenby, Jul 14, 2006.

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  1. gatenby

    gatenby Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2006

    I have a 160 GB hard drive, as my main hard drive. I installed windows on it, and during setup, partitioned it in to three drives. Loaded up windows, worked fine. 3 drives there, all good.

    My windows got corrupt, and kept on gettin caught in a reboot loop when starting up. So i decided to install windows fresh and see what happens. I couldnt do nothing else. So i installed, and when Xp asked me where to install, there was only a 32GB drive showing. This was about the size of the first partition of the hard drive, c:/. I selected this and installed windows thinking that i would see the other 2 partitions. But i havent! All i ever see is the 32GB one.

    Iv tried stuff in DOS, partition software, disk management, nothing will show the rest of the hard drive. Whats happened here? And can i get the other partitions back?

    Im starting to think my hard drive may be dying!
  2. bassetman

    bassetman Moderator (deceased) - Gone but never forgotten

    Jun 7, 2001
    Welcome to TSG! ;)

    Try downloading diagnostic software from the HD manufactures site, run that and see what that says as next step.
  3. Rumpo-Stiltskin


    May 9, 2006
    You need to tell us about the rest of your computer.
    Age, motherboard type etc. etc.

    Is this a new drive?
    What were you using before?
    Has this just started happening?
  4. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    Wondering if you somehow formatted Windows in FAT32 and that's why you cannot see the other drives and Fat32 had a 32 Gb limitation in XP if I remember right.
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