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Solved: Lost spare drives after vista install

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Cebby, Feb 5, 2007.

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  1. Cebby

    Cebby Thread Starter

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    I recently loaded vista premium onto a dedicated O/S drive.
    It did not get rid of my Win XP files, rather it created a Windows.old folder.
    This was not a problem.
    I have 3 other SATA Drives away from my O/S drive.
    A 200, a 400 and a 500Gb WD.
    The O/S and the 400Gb drives are the only ones working.
    The other two can be seen in Device Manager as working properly.
    But, in Disk Management, these two drives are seen as Dynamic and Offline.
    You right click them to activate but the only option is to convert to basic disk, which will wipe all data.
    Is there an easy way or do I need to take these drives out and save data first on another PC???
    Any options would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Carolkey

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    I believe that you will need to get updates for those drivers. If you check, the BIOS will display all your drives, however VISTA's device manager cannot recognize them until they are updated.

    Cool.
     
  3. Cebby

    Cebby Thread Starter

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    After an hour on phone to Microsoft, they also said to upgrade firmware on disk drives.
    Unfortunately, doing this can also wipe your data.
    I have had to get an external SATA case and save everthing onto a WinXP mc.
    A long way but at least I won't lose anything.
    Thanx Carolkey for the reply.
     
  4. Gwills

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    I have been scouring forums for an answer to this exact problem. Sounds as though I will have to empty my 2x 200Gbs SATA HD's onto another machine and install again using basic volume :(
     
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