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hard drives were there now they are gone

by jmazuelas / March 13, 2007 2:07 AM PDT

So all the sudden when i start the computer i get an error loading OS
after further inspection this is what i have found:
I used to have these:
drice c: with programs
drive f: with windows files (i think) c and f are one hard drive 30 gb
drive d: dvd drive
drive e: cd drive
drive g: music
drive h: pictures and video g and h were the other drive 200 gb

now i get c and f which used to be g and h
f gives me an unrecoverable error when doing chkdsk /r
when i went to reinstall windows it told me that windows set up was unable to access one of the hard drives (the old c and f)

any idea what the problem could be or how to fix it?

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Be sure to apply SP2 since..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2007 2:11 AM PDT

XP doesn't handle over 127GB drives until that patch is in. Sometimes people will install XP and then try to recovery drives before the patch and trash the drives... Let's hope.


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by jmazuelas / March 13, 2007 2:14 AM PDT

the hard drive was split 100 gb to one side 100 to the other. that was done back in november
could it be virus relatedA?

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Not a limitation of the partition size but..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2007 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: partitioned

Any drive over 127GB in total size will be odd to work with until SP2 is in. htpp:// covers all this in deep detail and repeats the XP (note no SP1 or SP2?) limitation of 127GB drive support.

Be sure not to chkdsk or perform any drive repairs until the patch is in.


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by jmazuelas / March 13, 2007 5:25 AM PDT

is there anyway to know if my other hard drive (the one that originally had the OS) in it is dead?
If I unplug the other one (the large one) windows set up says that there are no hard drives installed in my system

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