Cannot access some partitions after ghosting ide to sataII ??

Posted on 2006-05-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Hardware is an Epox 8RDA3G mainboard with AMD XP2400, 1Gb ram and running under Win98se.
I have been using a 60gig ide which has been running pretty full for a while now and I decided to update it to a 340gig sataII. (WD320gig/7200/16)
The epox does not have sata interface so I fitted an 'ide to sata' adaptor (plugged into the ide1 socket) and ghosted (ghost7.5) the ide drive to sata drive.
All seemed to go ok, however ... after booting up with the new sata drive (only hdd installed in system) I found that all seemed ok until I went to win explorer and found I have no access to the last couple of partitions.
My original drive had 7 partitions: C,D.E,F,G,H,I  ..... now I get C,D and E but no F,G,H,and I. (system properties reports that these partitions are using ms-dos compatability mode file system)

A solution to getting these last partitions 'seeable' again would be most appreciated.

Question by:rapserv
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    Expert Comment

    can you see the partitions in disk management?
    Otherwise try this :
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    Just comments, not necessarily any solutions.

    Normally you can only have four partitions in a hard disk.  To have more than one partition one of your four partitions must be an extended partition, this can be divided up into other partitions.  I presume that this is what must have occurred in some way on your original hard disk.

    More information here

    It seems that Ghost has copied 3 of the partitions across but the extended partition with the other partitions in has had problems.

    I can only suggest you get a good partitioning tool and use that to fix the last partition on your new SATA hard disk and repartition it.

    Then slave your old IDE drive to your computer and copy the missing F, G, H, I to the new SATA partitions.

    Ranish from

    is a free partitioning tool.  Use with care and caution.
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    If you ghost your partitions to a new, larger disk, Ghost will extend the partitions. So imagine you clone an 80 Gb disk to an 160 Gb disk, all the partitionssizes will double. Unless ofcourse you correct them manually before cloning. (Ghost shows the new partition-table with a purpose).

    Now, I don't know whether Ghost 7 takes the maximum partition-sizes into account. Therefore I wonder how large the new partitions are and what filesystem you use. If those partitions are larger than Windows expect them to be....
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    Have you checked Epox's site for a BIOS update?  The MB may not like you having a drive that big under the current BIOS.  
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    Accepted Solution

    Windows 98 FAT32 has some major limitations.

    Number 1 on the list is that it CANNOT use drives larger than 137GB using FAT32 because it uses a 28 bit addressing scheme unless you use a program like DataLifeGuard Tools.

    W2K and XP could not use > 137 until they were Spacked to use 48 bit LBA.
    So what you need to do is setup the partitions on your new drive using the WD software and use the copy function of Ghost to move your data.

    This may or may not work because of Ghost expecting the file allocation tables to be standard.


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