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Installed XP, now says D; drive unformatted

I have 2 IDE hard drives in my system: 80GB, 250GB.

The 80GB is for my C: drive, the 250GB is partitioned into two sections.

I reinstalled XP Pro today (SP2) and noticed the 250GB drive shows up as D:. When I click on it, Windows tells me the drive isn't formatted and asks if I want it to format. Seeing as how it holds tons of precious files, I obviously don't want it formatted.

Anyway, in the computer Management window, I can see both partitions. D: shows up as Healthy and Active, where was the other partition is "Unallocated". However, neither parition can be accessed through Windows.

I'm currently running OnTrack EasyRecovery, which sees all my files, but it will take forever to recover them, since I don't have enough room on C: and will thus have to burn them to DVD and delete them, about 60GB at a time.

Does anybody have a suggestion as to how I can get XP to recognize these partitions without going about it the long way, as I'm doing now?

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Since SP2 is installed, look up these titles.

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GETDATABACK
ZERO ASSUMPTION RECOVERY

Both will freely show what they can get back.

Just wondering. Are these precious enough to backup?

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Well...

In reply to: Since SP2 is installed, look up these titles.

It's my wife's computer, and she'd backed up most things to DVD over the last week before we re-installed XP. Some things were so large that instead of backing up to DVD, I just told her to back them up to the Slave drive. I've done it this way before and not had an issue, and as I Google around to similar problems, it seems you have about a 50/50 shot of Windows causing this problem.

I'll look into GetDataBack, but I was hoping for a free or easier version, since I've already paid for EasyRecovery.

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Since you have easy....

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Why not add a big drive to copy them off. Geeks has the 500GB for 60 bucks and the 750 for under 99 bucks. Surely the issue isn't the drive cost?

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That's the plan...

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I told her today that I'm going to order a 750GB Seagate in the coming week just so we can have everything from both PCs backed up always, and with more ease. But for now, I need to solve this issue.

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Then with the tools you have...

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That's the plan. Copy, burn, repeat. I don't know of software as good as the titles we listed but are free.

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TestDisk

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I've used that

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But since it sometimes lost the entire drive I no longer mention except for partition recovery.

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