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XP can't read 2nd HD after re-install

by mouse8b / December 15, 2005 12:47 PM PST

I just reformatted and re-installed XP SP2, and my 2nd hard drive is unreadable for some reason.

When I look at disk management, it says it is unreadable. Does the fact that it is a dynamic disk affect anything?
It is a Maxtor 160 GB hardrive with 2 partions as the primary slave.

Before I reformatted and re-installed, Windows would get to the blue "Windows is starting up" screen and freeze. This only occured after I defragged my now lost drive. Are all of these events related? And is there any way to get my data back?

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Figured it out, more problems
by mouse8b / December 15, 2005 6:01 PM PST

Ran the Maxtor hard drive scan, found out my drive is failing. Any suggestions on data recovery?

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Get a windows98 bootdisk
by TONI H / December 15, 2005 9:00 PM PST

that will get you access to MSDOS and the A: prompt...

Restoration - file undelete utility
Restoration 2.5.14 Kato's own link at

Restoration is an easy to use and straight forward tool to undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin or directly deleted from within Windows, and we were also able to recover photos from a Flash card that had been formatted. Upon start, you can scan for all files that may be recovered and also limit the results by entering a search term or extension. In addition, it also provides the option to wipe the found files beyond simple recovery. The program is small and standalone, it does not require installation and can also run from a Floppy disk. Restoration works with FAT and NTFS as well as digital cameras cards.


Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake. Conversely, delete files completely.

[OS] Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows Me Windows NT Windows 2000 Windows XP
IBM-PC/AT Compatible PC [Author] Brian Kato

REST2514.EXE 193 KB

Also here:

Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on.

You don't have to install it, so it doesn't leave any garbage in the PC. (You can also run it from a floppy disk.)


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