Western Digital - unallocated space

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2016-06-26

I have a western digital hard drive (external USB) and I have copy all my datas on the disk.

After reinstalling the OS, XP (sp2) doesn't want to see my hard disk.
If I go to my computer / manage I see my disk but with 232GB Unallocated.

If I see in the system, XP regonize as well the hard disk.

I have tested the disk on some computers and it's the same problem.

Can anybody help me ?
It's possible to retreive my informations ?

Question by:abissa
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Try downloading the demo of Partition Table Doctor from - it's probable that you've just lost the partition table information, this program should be able to restore it, but you'd have to buy it.  You CAN use the demo to see if it will find the partition (no point in buying it if it doesn't see the partition).
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    Try another hard drive. If it works, you found your problem. I know that isn't what you were wanting to hear though...Good luck!
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    seems like the drive went bad and need to be formatted or even replaced

    use a recovery software to get at the data in the hdd

    after retrieving all the data, you will probably need to format the hdd

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