HD Problem with WinXP Installation

By werty316
Sep 9, 2006
  1. Here is the situation, I have a system that was upgraded so the motherboard was chnaged and when I went to boot to WinXP setup/installation the HD was listed as "[unknown]" and not NTFS. It was originally formatted to "FAT32" but then was converted to "NTFS". Could converting it from "FAT32" to "NTFS" without formating the HD have caused this problem? Weird thing is I can view the files but WinXP setup shows the HD as an "[unknown]" partition.

    Is there an app that can fix this so WinXP setup recongnizes the HD as "NTFS "and not "[Unknown]"? Formatting would be a last resort as there are files that are needed.

    I have "Ultimate BootCD" and "Hiren's BootCD v8.4" but couldn't find an app that can fix this issue.
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you could try 3rd part soft
    acronis or paragon
    try to remount
    be careful with a force ntfs file system change could corrupt files
    at this point more n portant back up backup
    invest in another drive do copy with seagate disc wizard or above mentioned soft
    I have not heard of any errors with one time file system change
    just can't do mor'n once
  3. 210gray

    210gray TS Rookie

    Disconnect your hard drives, make sure that the correct one is set on master and the other drive is slave. boot your computer without the drives. turn off , replace the drives check CMOS activate auto reconignition and reboot.
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