Drive failing?

Posted on 2006-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I've been swapping a couple of drives around so sort my file system out, and one of my main data harddrives now has a problem. I've basically went for 3 SATA drives (two of which are currently disabled), and I've got problems accessing the IDE drive.

Please see this pic - it's the screenshot from computer management:

How can I access the data on this drive? Any recommendations or tools to try? I know I can probably delete all the data to get the drive back, but the data is important to me, and I don't want to send it off to a professional company. It was working fine before swapping all the disks around etc, my other spare drives work fine, not sure why this one doesn't.

The drive I need is the drive split on to partitions (both saying failed). Drive F only shows when this drive is plugged in, but I can't access the contents, it just says it needs a format.

:(  Can anyone please help?
Question by:dj_humpyg
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    Assisted Solution

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    Thanks both... I'll have a look this evening when I get in from work.
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    One of the the things to look at is that the Disk Manager is indicating that they are dynamic disks.

    If you right click where it says Dynamic one of the options is to Import the drives, try this. This should not affect the data as it only writes a new signature in an unused part of the MBR.

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    you can dow,load the free trial to see if the soft is able to recover, then pay for the full version
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    Hi deleting the data is not recomended this is what microsoft has to say:

    "Missing" dynamic disks

    If Disk Management shows a "Missing" dynamic disk, this means that a dynamic disk that was attached to the system cannot be located. Because every dynamic disk in the system knows about every other dynamic disk, this "missing" disk is shown in Disk Management. Do NOT delete the missing disk's volumes or select the Remove Disk option in Disk Management unless you intentionally removed the physical disk from the system and you do not intend to ever reattach it. This recommendation is important, because after you delete the disk and volume records from the remaining dynamic disk's LDM database, you may not be able to import the missing disk and bring it back online on the same system after you reattach it.

    To reactivate a missing or offline dynamic disk

     Open Computer Management (Local).
     In the console tree, click Computer Management (Local), click Storage, and then click Disk Management.
     Right-click the disk marked Missing or Offline, and then click Reactivate Disk.

    The disk should be marked Online after the disk is reactivated.

    If this does not help then it could be a hardware problem

    Good Luck

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    Thank you much.    : )

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