IDE Drive recognized, but data and partition shown as a different drive
Posted on 2004-04-07
I have a new Western Digital IDE drive at 120gb. (WD1200BB) in a Windows 2000 server. I'll call it drive 2. I transferred some very important data to it. I then shut down the computer, put a drive 3 on the connector drive 2 was hooked up to. I rebooted the machine, and received 20+ "Did not safely remove hardware" messages. I cleared those, shut down the machine and put drive 2 back in it's original connector and put a drive 3 where drive 4 was all along. There's 4 drives total in the machine at a time.
When I received the drive I used the WD Data Lifeguard tool to format it. Now that I'm plugging drive 2 back into the computer it's coming up as one of the other drives, a 40GB drive. It shows drive 2 (120GB) as having only 40GB. And I can't retrieve the data.
I've just plugged drive 2 into an XP Professional machine and it shows it as unformatted with one partition of 37 GB and 70 or so GB of unpartitioned space.
Did I write to some allocation space when I tried to swap out the drives? I'm positive my data is there. I have not reformatted it. I just plugged it back in and 2 computers are not recognizing hte original, single, full partition and the data on it. There about 30GB that I'm desperate to have back.
Thank you, I appreciate any help. -goevan.