Case of the disappearing drive

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Rudiger Gussett, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. I've got a 30gb FAT32 (Seagate 5400rpm ATA) drive set up as slave on my 1st
    IDE channel of my XP system. It doesn't get much use beyond keeping a
    secondary copy of some of my more important files. However, at some stage
    over the last few days, it has apparently disappeared. It no longer shows up
    under Windows, although it does for BIOS. When I look at it in Device
    Manager, it shows up as not initialized, as it does in Partition Magic
    (unallocated).

    Has anyone ever heard of a drive just losing it's entire index like this,
    and is there any known cure? Can anyone offer any suggestions for recovery,
    prior to me formatting it and seeing if it's still alive?

    Thanks all.
    Rudiger Gussett, Oct 13, 2003
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  2. Rudiger Gussett

    Rod Speed Guest

    Rudiger Gussett <> wrote in message
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    > I've got a 30gb FAT32 (Seagate 5400rpm ATA) drive set up as slave
    > on my 1st IDE channel of my XP system. It doesn't get much use
    > beyond keeping a secondary copy of some of my more important files.


    > However, at some stage over the last few days, it has apparently
    > disappeared. It no longer shows up under Windows, although it
    > does for BIOS. When I look at it in Device Manager, it shows up
    > as not initialized, as it does in Partition Magic (unallocated).


    > Has anyone ever heard of a drive just losing it's entire index like this,


    Yep.

    > and is there any known cure?


    Yep, something's likely stomped on the MBR etc.

    Thats why the bios can see it find but the OS cant.

    > Can anyone offer any suggestions for recovery,
    > prior to me formatting it and seeing if it's still alive?


    Yep, run findpart on it and see whats possible recovery wise.
    Rod Speed, Oct 13, 2003
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