Windows XP lists drive as 'Unallocated' with data on...wants to initialize...what should I do?
Posted on 2004-10-04
Hi everyone, I wonder of anyone has an answer for this problem? I have a Windows XP SP2 machine running two drives, 1 x 40 GB IBM (Master Boot Drive) and 1 x 160 GB Samsung (Slave Backup). Both were working fine until last week when the IBM Boot disk gave up the ghost and I could not repair it due to damaged disk sectors. I had most things backed up so eventually ran a disk repair utility, reformatted and re-installed XP which worked fine, but the drive started to make such weird noises that I didn't trust it any longer...so out with the IBM and in with a brand new Seagate Barracuda 80Gb Drive. Most of my work was backed up and stored on the 160 GB Samsung drive anyway...so I assumed no worries there as that drive was working fine under XP anyway.
I installed the new Seagate drive as a master boot disk, checked it in the bios, it worked fine, formatted it, re-installed XP and everything is now functioning great. However, I then re-attached the Samsung 160Gb Backup drive to my IDE cable, checked it in the bios which was fine only to have Windows XP tell me that the drive was unallocated and did I want to initialize or convert the drive? Well as I have got important work stored on there...initializing a drive is something I do not want to do...at least until I can get my work backed up onto DVD!
Can anyone tell me if there is a way to get Windows to 'see' the old Samsung disk, which had been working perfectly under the old installation of XP before the IBM drive crashed? My PC can see it perfectly in the Bios, but Windows XP does not want to know?
Anyone got any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.