Can anyone help me?
I have been using a Magic Partition for multi booting purpose. During the process I got message to install the OS right after the PC reboots. Everything was fine until I got a warning that MP is not capable with Windows Server. Since then I could install the Server version manually (without using MP) but I couldn’t see any other drives I used to see before on my system.
So I decided to use System Commander to resolve those issues, taking into account that SC would be able to work with Server OS. However, when I have installed SC and enabled it in Win Server then rebooted my system, I got error message. SC could not recognize C drive, as it (I think so) was SATA Striped. I tried to reboot again using rescue diskettes. I don’t remember the details concerning SC because I spent probably 24 ours trying different ways to resolve the problem.
Finally I was able to see my drives: ide drive and sata striped. BUT windows couldn’t recognize a file system. When I used PM to see the file system it had shown me HPFS.
I read somewhere that HPFS is not visible by Win NT later then 3.x. So I decided to convert the partitions with HPFS file system using PM to HTFS. However, I couldn’t do it because the conversion feature was inactive in the tools menu of PM. I tried also SC, but there was the same problem.
Then I tried to use Gdisk and Gdisk32. I was able to unhide the problem partitions.
Of course I rebooted my PC and only then my partition have been changed to unhidden status. However windows could see them but no file system neither drive letter appeared in Disk Manager. When I tried to convert the partitions into NTFS file system using Convert.exe command in cli I got message that Windows can’t convert a raw partition.
Again I took a look on my problem partitions using PM and they were indicated as HPFS drives but without drive letter, just with asterisk.
I used TestDisk and could see my files on those partitions and they were unhidden (according to TestDisk). In Windows I can see drive letters NOW, but no file system. Nor I can access them. And If i try then i am being asked to format them.
The question is: What can I do to extract my data from those partitions that windows doesn’t want see again? Or maybe I can nevertheless to make them visible with htfs file system, with its drive letter, and being able to work farther with my problematic partitions again?
Here is some information about my partitions:
D:Partition Basic Primary Healty 35.00 GB 100% Free space /SATA Raid 0
E:Partition Basci Primary Halthy 76.00 GB 100% Free space /SATA Raid 0
J: Partition Basic Primary Healty(Active)80.00 GB 100% Free space(But its not true) /IDE UltraAta