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Solved: Can't access Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lola2001, Nov 18, 2004.

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  1. lola2001

    lola2001 Thread Starter

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    I had some problems with my hard drive, downloaded the Maxtor diagnostics tools and was told it was toast. So I used the tools to do a low level format. Now my computer is reading the drive but I can't access it. In Disk Managemnt it is there but says "unallocated". Right clicking only shows properties (not format). Is it really toast or is there anything I can do?
     
  2. bill.aam

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    Did you fdisk it?

    If not run fdisk and reformat
     
  3. Lightning

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    So the manufacturer's utility says the hard drive is bad, but you're not convinced? Do you honestly plan to put your data on this drive?
     
  4. lola2001

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    Did not run Fdisk, just ran the format command from the utility disk. I'll try that. Thanks.

    I do not believe that drive is bad. I think the data was corrupt. I only use it for storage and back up stuff on DVD once I have enough, so it's not a huge deal. If it goes bad again then I will get rid of it. Thanks.
     
  5. JenniferRuth

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    Lola, I love your signature!! That's fantastic! (Sorry, not very computer related!)
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Put delpart.exe on your boot floppy and run delpart.exe from the floppy boot prompt to remove all the partitions. Then use fdisk to create whatever new ones you want. Reboot into XP and format NTFS. If the drive is going, NTFS is more likely to be able to keep your data safe than FAT32.

    http://www.juliatexas.com/delpart/delpart.exe
     
  7. lola2001

    lola2001 Thread Starter

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    I'm on windows 2000 and drive has always been NTFS. I ran FDISK and reformatted. Everything seems to be ok now. Loaded a bunch of files on to the drive and so far so good. Just wish I knew what the problem was to begin with. I'll save that delpart link if I need it again. Next time I'm going with a different brand. Thanks for all the help.

    Jen - Thanks.
     
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