My XP o/s cannot see the hard drive

By David Guy
Aug 24, 2005
  1. Hi All

    I have a hard drive that will not register on any of my computer systems, it does not show if I master or slave it. I have tried it with various leads and various other hard drives.

    The HDD is only 10Gb but has some important info on.

    I have downloaded some data recovery info but this is all no use as the HDD cannot be seen in DOS or Windows.

    I would gladly purchase software to sort out the problem but am unsure if it will work as the HDD cannot be seen, I tried AVG anti virus as I did read there could be a virus problem and again the hard drive does not show up as an option for scanning.

    Thanks in advance

    David Guy
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    Partition Magic will look at the table and let you see if it's still valid
  3. David Guy

    David Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Yep you was right, (and thankyou for the help) Partition Magic does see the Hard Drive although it shows it has no information on and only registers as 7 GB and it states 10 GB on the case.

    Any more ideas please?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    Unless you find some other solution, I see only two choices:
    1) send the HD to a data recovery vendor OR
    2) repartition to the full 10gb and start over.

    If you had any kind of backup what-so-ever, then use (2) and then
    follow with the restore.

    real bummer!
  5. David Guy

    David Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19


    Thanks Jobeard

    I need a stiff drink before I make this decision.

    Thanks again

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