NTFS Partition is now a RAW Partition
Posted on 2005-03-29
I have a 160Gb Maxtor Hard Drive that I use as a "Storage Drive" separate from my boot drive , which is a 80Gbx2 Raid 0 stripe setup. I went to remove my 160Gb Drive one day from it's drive enclosure while my machine was on still (thought maybe I could use it as a "hot swappable drive") and that has now caused the 160Gb drive to report the partition as a "Raw or Unknown" file system type under Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
I was wondering if there was a partition utilitiy program that can restore this drive to the way it was and correct the file system problem on the drive, without losing the data that is on it. I've tried using chkdsk and it reports the drive as a FAT32 partition, and chkdsk then crashes, or says that it can't continue in read only mode. When I try and access the drive under Windows it hangs the machine for a few min then says that the Drive needs to be Formatted. I of course do not want to do this, so I cancel out of it, and the drive remains the same.
I've been unable to view the drive for months now, and every utility or tool or technique I've tried to use so far as failed.
If anyone has any advice or could help with this I would greatly appreciate it.