Help accessing my slave drive
Posted on 2006-05-21
Hello and Thanks if you can help me!!!
Situation: I have a dual boot computer. It functions perfect in every other way. It is a dual boot, in the sense that it has 2 hard drives in which it can boot to - one hard drive with a english version of windows xp - the other being a hard drive that is loaded with the chinese version of windows xp. I also have another hard drive installed in this computer (which is my problem right now) - which was my old drive, which contains many files I wanted to save but did not necessarily want on the new drive.
The problem is that although I can access this third drive from either the english or the chinese windows - BUT I CANNOT SEE BUT A FRACTION OF THE FILES ON THE DRIVE!!! For some odd reson all I see are a very few files that makes no sense to me? I cannot see any of the major files or folders. What I do see are actaully some letters I had written at some point. I do not see any of my programs, the windows folder itself, my huge folder of images, etc.
I am not new to computers - but I am at a loss as to why I do not see but maybe 1% of the drives contents. And what makes it even more confusing is that it seems that most of what I do see has their titles displayed in random characters - which is characteristic for windows to do when it is in a foreign language that it does not know what to do with??? I'm assuming the chinese version of windows has had some effect on these files or the drive itself?
I assume I can reconfigure my computer to boot to this drive - and then copy what I want off of it on a DVD or CD - But I hate to go to this trouble if not necessary. I would like to be able to access this drive directly - at least long enough to copy my files over.
Can somebody give me a clue as to what may be wrong? Or how I can easily copy some of the files over to the new drive? I hope somebody can help me with this problem???
If you need further details - please ask. I will try my best to provide anything you need to make a good evaluation of my situation.