Unable to see NTFS and FAT32 partition of Win2000 in WinXP

Hi All,


I had the following setup in dual boot.

Master Internal HD - WinME (3 - FAT32 partitions)
Slave Internal HD - Win2k (1 NTFS Boot & 3 FAT32 partitions)

Looks like someting got corrputed in the Win2K book setup and I am unable to boot Win2K - It says corrupt or missing ntoskrnl.exe. When I book WinME I see the FAT32 partitions in the slave drive.

I purchased a WD new internal hard drive and installed XP.
Now the new setup is (no dual boot).

Master Internal HD - WinXP (3 - NTFS partitions & 1 - FAT32 partition)
Slave Internal HD - Win2k (1 NTFS Boot & 3 FAT32 partitions)

From XP, I am unable to see the paritions in the slave drive. The disk management shows the slave drive as one single drive. The only option I see is "Delete partition".

When I swap XP with WinME, I see the FAT32 partitions of my slave drive.

I have lots of pictures and outlook data in this NTFS Win2K boot partition.

I also purchased a external Seagate 200GB drive for backup purpose.

Please help me in recovering this data.

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you can try the disk part command in xp : (from the run box)

Microsoft DiskPart versie 1.0
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Use the 'diskpart' utility within Windows to do assign drive letter...
1. Enter command prompt (Start => Run... => type 'cmd' and press 'Enter').
2. Winthin command prompt type 'diskpart' and press 'Enter'.
3. Type 'list disk' and press 'Enter'.
4. Type 'select disk <the number of the destined drive>'.
5. Type 'assign [[letter=l]/[mount=path]] [noerr]'.
1. Enter the command prompt (Start => Run... => type 'cmd' and press 'Enter').
2. Within the command prompt type 'diskpart' and press 'Enter'.
3. After the 'diskpart' utility initializes; type 'list disk' and press 'Enter' to view the list of drives available on the computer.
4. Type 'select disk <destned drive's number>' and press 'Enter'.
5. Now type 'list partition' and press 'Enter'.
6. Type 'detail disk' and press 'Enter'.
otherwise, here a list of recovery softwares to recover the data :

http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                        Active undelete
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html                        flash recovery
http://www.ontrack.com/                                    ontrack
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.cgsecurity.org                                    Test Disk + utils
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe                              zero assumption
Yancey LandrumTechnical Team LeadCommented:
It sounds like the partition table is jacked up on the slave which is why you can't see the two partitions. Diskpart will not allow you to mount a partition that it cannot see or is corrupted so that's not going to help you; in fact it could jack it up even worse. Diskpart is not a recovery tool.

Basically you'll need either a disk repair tool (like Norton Disk Doctor) to try to fix the partition table, or a raw recovery tool like Disk Commander or ERD Commander (winternals.com) that can find the files and allow you to copy them to a good drive. If you fix the partition table you may still need to boot into the Recovery Console using the Win2000 CD and run chkdsk /r.
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anilshekharAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your replies ...

I am able to see the FAT32 partitions when this drive is used as a slave with Win ME.  Win ME does not understand NTFS (boot partition in this slave drive) which is know. Does this still means that the partition table is corrupted?  

For some reason Win 2K and Win XP are not even able to see the FAT32 partitiion.

I should look into some tools to go for a raw read for now ... then try to repair ... I have NDD which came as part of Norton System Works 2005.  I will give this a try.  Hope this guy does not mess up :-)

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