Sata drive problem

By bender255
Dec 18, 2007
  1. I have three hard drives that were running ok but after having to re-install windows I now have only 2 of my 3 drives showing and my other drive showing as a partition now.The drive I had showing before re-install is a 500gb western digital.When I do click on the drives it says disk is not formatted and would I like to.
    I dont want tro have to format it because I know it containd data I need,can anyone help?
    My drives read as
    c:/ operating system 120gb
    d:/ partitioned with f 250gb
    e:/ cant access 500gb
    f:/ other part of d drive
    g:/ cant access
    h:/ dvd drive

    I did not have the 500gb drive partitoned when it was running before
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    You didn't mention it but did you reinstall the SATA/RAID controller drivers, motherboard chipset drivers, etc. after reinstalling Windows? BTW, which Windows?
  3. bender255

    bender255 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sorry i didn't mention my system is windows xp i have installed all the motherboard drivers and sata drivers also installed the service packs 1 and 2
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you could try 3rd party disk manager to try and take possession of drive
    I don't think thats the problem
    try installing in another machine if you get the same thing
    it is corrupt
    format and get data recovery software
    do not write to drive after format
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