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Dynamic Disk Unreadable

Hello. Hopefully someone can help me figure this out.

I recently built a new computer and I want to take my secondary hard drive from my old workstation and put it into my new system. This is a large capacity hard drive (250 gig) with a single partition (D drive) that is just holding data (music library, photos, etc.).  It did not show up in Windows Explorer and would not grab a drive letter in the new system but showed up in Disk Management as Dynamic and Unreadable. So I attempted to hook it back up to the old system as it was origionally so I could copy the files off of the disk and then reformat it as Basic and then copy everything back on. However, now I can't get it to come up in the old system. It does not have a drive letter on this system either and shows up in Disk Management as Dynamic and Unreadable. My only option is to convert it to Basic which is out of the question as I would loose the data. What could I have done to make this disk unreadable in the system it was created on? How can I get the data off so I can reformat it as a Basic disk?

I searched first and found this topic http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21305462.html which describes my problem exactly. And the solution for the author was to set it back up as it was origionally. I've tried this without any luck. How perfect does it have to be? I have tried every different IDE cable I have, and also just about every jumper combination for the drives. Hopefully I'm just over looking something obvious.

thanks,

steve

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r-kCommented:
I would suggest trying with a program like GetDataBack (http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm)
See if that can access the disk.

Other than that, triple-check jumpers, cables etc. look for bent pins.
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r-kCommented:
Can you tell if the drive is spinning, and if the heads load correctly?
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rindiCommented:
If you use diskpart from a command prompt, can you set this partition online and can you then assign it a drive letter?
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ajundraCommented:
don't mess up your drive with partitioning tools. it's very easy to get it to work.

"Add the disk to your computer's system configuration so that you can access data on the disk. To add a disk to your computer's system configuration, import the foreign disk (right-click the disk and then click Import Foreign Disks). Any existing volumes on the foreign disk become visible and accessible when you import the disk.

1. Open Computer Management (Local)
2. In the console tree, click Disk Management.
3. Right-click the disk marked Missing or Offline, and then click Reactivate Disk.
The disk should be marked Online after the disk is reactivated."

taken from these microsoft articles:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/dm_reactivate_disk.mspx?mfr=true
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/sag_disktrouble.mspx?mfr=true
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AlexGGGGCommented:
Is the device indicated as 250GB in disk management, or some less size (like, 127, 128 or 137 GB)?
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stevemazichAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay. I've had to deal with plumbing issues at my house. Anyway. Thanks for the responses.

I have tried every jumper combination I can think of.

The drive does spin, but I don't know how to tell if the heads load correctly.

Using Diskpart, I was not ablt to assign the drive a drive letter.

I am not able import it or reactivate it. The drive shows up in Disk Management as Dynamic, Unreadable and when I right click I only have "Convert to Basic Disk" "Properties" and Cancel.

Disk Management cannot read the disk, so it does not know what size it is.

Any other ideas? At this point, I'm even willing to pay for a program if there is one that can read this disk.
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r-kCommented:
Try GetDataBack (http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm)
The trial version is free and will at least tell you if it is going to work or not.
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stevemazichAuthor Commented:
I'm running the demo right now. Looks like it will take just short of forever on this size drive. I should have results by tomorrow morning.
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ajundraCommented:
restorer2000 professional usually does a good job in finding lost partitions and files. give it a try. http://www.bitmart.net/
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stevemazichAuthor Commented:
GetDataBack is working! Hell yeah!

Thank you all for your suggestions.

steve
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r-kCommented:
Good to know. Thanks.
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