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Sata drive ISSUES... Have i lost my data??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by matt.choules, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

    Sep 11, 2003
    Hi everyone,

    Working through some PC issues and think i may have done a silly thing.

    I installed windows onto an IDE drive and booted but also attached 2 SATA drives (one Western Digital 160gb - a blank new disk, one Maxtor 300gb - with my music and video & work on).
    When booting both of the drives showed up, when i got into windows i think only one was visible. The WD drive.
    I decided to format the drive, but after a few seconds i realised that maybe the drives were working in RAID and that i'd be formatting BOTH drives. I want the info on the Maxtor drive saved so i cancelled the format.

    I restarted with just the IDE and WD drive attached and the SATA drive works fine.
    So I restarted with just the IDE and Maxtor drive attached and although it shows in the boot, it does not appear in Windows...

    Could i have lost my information?? I thought that RAID drives worked in paralel, so wouldn't BOTH drives be not working (e.g. be formatted at the same time), or does windows format one at a time??

  2. Leec65


    Jan 11, 2007
    what OS are you using
    what mobo is it
    what drive did you have in this computer before
    what computer did you have the Maxter in before
  3. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    Sounds like the issue was before you did what you did. Does the bios show the Maxtor drive? Can you right click My Computer, chhose "Manage" and then Disk Management and see it there, and if so how is it described?
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