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Old 09-09-2006, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need help with hard drive, wife going to kill me :(

About 2 weeks ago i bought a 300gb seagate hard drive. After the instal and format everything looked ok except all the writing on that drive was blue, but i didnt think much of it. Yesterday i did some much needed up-gradeing (p4 celeron to dual core 939) but now i cannot access the drive and windows has split it in half.

My current system is as follows,

amd 939 dual core 3800
asus a8s-x mobo
1.5 gb ram
6600 gt pci-e
40 gb ide maxtor (has xp prof and sp2)
80 gb sata maxtor
300 gb sata seagate

computer management displays my seagate haveing 1 mbr partition of 127gb and 151gb unallocated.

If i try to explore or open the drive a pop up box just opens up and asks me to format the drive.

Is there any way to at least retrieve the files from the drive or am i screwed? i have photos and music ect and the wife will not be very pleased if i have lost them

any help would be very grateful, ty in advance

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Old 09-09-2006, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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this is called the "137gb barrier", i think the data may be recoverable as long as you haven't tried putting too many things on it. you need to install service pack 2 for a start

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Old 09-09-2006, 10:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You should have made the up grade before installing the new hdd, the hdd gets confused with the new CPU. Hopefully someone here can explain this, I have experienced this myself, and have heard similar things from others when they switched out a motherboard.

As for the 127GB, depending on you OS and which SP you have it may not recognize anything over 137GB.
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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you many need to take ownership of the files
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