Trying to get into unallocated space of SATA drive
Posted on 2006-06-17
I am working on a friend's Gateway 7200XL that has 2 - 250GB SATA drives. The machine runs XP Pro. The guy was having problems getting the machine to boot so he started running the Gateway System restore CD's. The machine would go and then freeze. So he brought it to me. I couldn't get the primary SATA drive to boot - NTLDR errors, other errors. No data was on secondary SATA so I thought I would just use the Gateway Restore CD on the secondary drive and then transfer over the music, photo and video files the guy had on his Primary SATA drive. I would make the secondary drive the primary and vice versa.
Got the secondary SATA set up as the primary. Hooked up the original primary SATA drive, went into My Computer and the original drive shows just a 5GB drive. Went into Control Panel/Admin Tools/Computer Management. Disk 0, the new primary looks fine. Disk 1, the old primary, has a 5GB Recovery partition and 228GB in Unallocated space. How do I get access to that unallocated space? I want to transfer files from that unallocated space to the new primary drive and then just reformat Disk 1 for storage.