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Help with HDD after XP Install

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Help with HDD after XP Install

Hi

I have just installed XP after several years of W2K and have met a problem accessing my hard drives.

I have three HDDs (20, 60 & 80GB respectively). Both the 60 & 80 drives are around 90% or little more full.

I did a clean install (reformatted the 20 GB drive - all drives were NTFS formatted under W2K).

All three drives can be seen during the bootup proceedure but the 60 & 80 BG drives cannot be accessed within XP. The are not shown within My Computer!

When I go into Control Panel-Administrative Tool-Computer Management--Storage-Disc Management Disk 0 is seen as on-line but both Disks 1 & 2 are showing as Dynamic & Foreign. Rescan discs and refresh makes no difference.

All drives are ATA 133 and all cables are ok. No changes have been made hardware-wise. All drivers have been installed correctly and are showing as available.

If I right click over each off the two drives I can select 'Convert To Basic' but this will cause the loss of all data which I don't want.

Can anyone offer any advice as to how I can access these drives?

Cheers.

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Help with HDD after XP Install

It depends how you installed the drives in Win2k did you do them as dynamic drives? The only way around it is to use ghost see

Linky

this will change it to a basic drive you could take a look here

http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-1940606.php

It is possable to change the MBR but it depends on your compuer knowledge. You could try acronis or partition magic to see if it will convert it.

The only other thing is do you have the right drivers for the disk controller as if they are wrong it could give simliar results.

Other usefull links
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309044&sd=tech

http://www.mcse.ms/archive65-2005-2-1437063.html

Have you got SP2 on XP ?

[Moderator's note by Tom (tomspcs): I have shortened your link as it was stretching the page too much.]
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Help with HDD after XP Install

Thanks for your reply.

I will tranfer the data over my network to another W"K PC I have then reformat the drives and transfer the data back.

Seems the best option now.

Cheers.

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
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