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Dynamic Unreadable, NTFS on Windows XP help!

by alex75000 / September 8, 2006 4:31 AM PDT

I have been able to able my last problem where my computer was always rebooting, but now that this is fixed.

I have ran in yet another problem... a BIG problem.


My 300 GB Maxxtor Hard Drive now lists as Dynamic Unreadable...I am now trying to find a way to recover my files...

I am running a PC Inspector File Recovery Scan and then will be a recovermyfiles Scan.

Was wondering if anyone has other ideas to fix this/get the files.


Thanks for your time.

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Windows XP can't read that size drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 4:48 AM PDT

XP SP1 and XP SP2 can.

I think we found the problem.

Bob

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It is SP2
by alex75000 / September 8, 2006 6:23 AM PDT

Sorry , I have XP SP2, forgot to specify -_-.

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So this means you can boot to the Recovery Console.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 6:25 AM PDT
In reply to: It is SP2

And run CHKDSK against it there?

Just so you know, I don't see a need to detail how to get to the Recovery Console with all that google and more. Ok?

Bob

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I'll run CHKDISK
by alex75000 / September 8, 2006 11:47 AM PDT

As soon as I find my Windows XP CD and add to this thread what happened to so far.


Thx for your help. Happy

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Nothing solved
by alex75000 / September 12, 2006 12:06 PM PDT
In reply to: I'll run CHKDISK

CHKDISK doesn't even see the disk...


Weird thing though: on the bios and at the start of the computer:

Primary Master:1st HD
Primary Slave:2nd
Secondary Master:DVD burner
Secondary Slave: DVD Reader

But as soon as my Windows XP SP2 starts, the P.Slave doesn't exist in the explorer and the DVD Reader gives me errors even though there's a disk inside.

I plugged everything like it was before all my problems(noted it on a paper so I wouldn't forget)

and now on the Disk Manager, my 2nd Hard Drive(300GB Maxtor) reads as: Dynamic Unreadable Disk...

Dang! Sad

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TRY to Change the battery on the
by ask4anu / September 12, 2006 12:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Nothing solved

Motherboard and see if that fixes the problem but if that dont i am sorry to say that you will need to use your xp cdrom to boot from making your cd rom frist boot device in the bios and boot from it and SORRY here comes the bad part A you will loose all your files period if you did not back them up THEN SHAME ON YOU but the good news is you can rebuild it maybe if the drive itself has not failed when in your bios look for an exit menu and use the load system defualts then try and reboot and see if it sees it then also if you change the mobo battery then you will also need to use that setting again and also reset time and date in bios
winxp has a repair feature that you may be able to use after you boot from the cd then proceed like you are installing a new os and then choose repair if you have a system restore cd then my freind you got screwed over on an actuall os cd and will have to use restore but frist i would see what is causing your drive to fail if it is the drive itself or other problems if you have owned this pc for a while and never changed the mobo battery this indeed could be the reason for drive failure

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Review prior discussions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2006 12:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Nothing solved
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After all this time, I'VE FOUND A SOLUTION!
by alex75000 / October 5, 2006 5:48 PM PDT
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