Corrupted / Lost Partition on Second Hard drive

By Sancho
Dec 4, 2005
  1. Hi everyone, have been searching the boards for something similar to my problem but no luck, so here goes...

    Long Story short, i reset my comp when it was writing to disk (Bad idea i know, i'm impatient) and when it rebooted, my secondary drive (250GB maxtor diamond max 10) was missing from explorer (xp). It can be seen in BIOS ok, and appears in Disk management as unallocated. I ran the Maxtor Powermax program (good advice from another post) which confirmed the drive is fine apart from 'absent' partion information. I have tried the drive in another pc and got the same symptoms.

    The drive contains about 180GB of video files and editing which i haven't backed up due to its size, and i really need to get them back. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Any help will be muchly appreciated,


  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    How was the disk partitioned? If it was just one big primary partition then filling in the missing partition table manually should fix it..
  3. Sancho

    Sancho TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Definitely a single big partition, not sure about what sort, i had a friend do it for me (too lazy for my own good sometimes)...

    I'll have a do at that and let you know how it goes.

    Thanks again,

  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    try reactivating the drive
    you should be able to reset file system without damage also
  5. IntermeDx

    IntermeDx TS Rookie

    Can I tag along to help fix the same problem on my SATA drives?

    I am having the same problem with my Seagate SATA RAID 1 configured drives. I recreated the RAID set but the parftition information is missing. When I ran the Seagate diagnostic to fix it (The drives are bug Seagate 300GBs) only the Silicon Image controller came up.

    The ironic thing about these disks is they ARE the back-up drives for my system and were working fine until last thursday.

    I am running this on a Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra SLI with an AMD Dual core running 2.6GHz and XP64.

    Arigato puke:
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Ranish Partition manager is a utility that lets you fill in information to the partition table and will show you the results in real time. I can't vouch for NTFS support though - it may not give you the fileysstem info automatically.
  7. IntermeDx

    IntermeDx TS Rookie


    Thanks Nodsu. It seems the XP64 is not well supported and the partition manager from Ranish won't run.

    My mistake for 'upgrading' to XP 64.

  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The only partitioning utility I found for Win x64 is BootIt NG, but I have no idea if it helps in this case.
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