SATA HDs used for data storage won't open after systen reinstall

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syko150

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I have winxp pro on a ide drive, computer was crashing a lot and going slow so I reinstalled and formatted c:. Also present are two SATA drives on a pci contoller card, that I use for data storage. When rebooting the new install, the sata drives were not there in my computer or in disk management. I reinstalled the card drivers and they are now present but with no letter mapped as if they were newly installed drives. I followed disk managements prompts and made them dynamic and gave them their drive letters. They now appear in my computer but will not open behaving as unformatted drives. Disk management also says the are empty which they most definitly are not. I don't want to format them as they have home movies and photos which I have not backed up. I don't want to use data recovery software as it is expensive and anyway the disk are not damaged in any way. It seems windows has lost its way to opening instuctions on them. Help!
 

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When you converted them to dynamic drives, I suspect the data went with them. Why in the world are you screwing around with dynamic drives? The fact that it asked you to convert to dynamic drives tells me that Windows didn't recognize that there was any data on the drives.
 

syko150

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Well they would not open anyway and that was the only choice windows gave me. I figured if it wants dynamic then at present they musy be static. I don't even know what dynamic drive means! I scaned the drives with a demo version of R-studio and everything is on them they are just inaccessable to windows.
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syko150

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OK I have read microsofts blurb on dynamic disk. Boy have i cocked up. I think a disk recovery operation is my only option. Cheapest way?
 
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