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Dear Sirs,

I've unistalled my GEforce 6600 GT drivers and when I restart the PC my Hard Disk #2 doesn't work. The problem is that the HDD needs to be formatted... and in those HDD I've all my documents: infact, for security, I have redirect my C:documents to D:documents path. Without words...
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by:irwinpks
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check your cabling and reseat your GEforce..

Reinstall the drivers..as it may contain chipset drivers that make your drive work.
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by:orlando71
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Thank you but I've tried to install HDD on another PC and the partition can not be found. Probably the problem is on MBR or in format: infact when I try to enter HDD it ask me to be formatted ( displayed format RAW).
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by:irwinpks
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did you reinstall the Geforce 6600?
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by:orlando71
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Yes I did
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by:DjDezmond
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Try downloading an 'undelete' program. These applications are designed to scan the actual drive's data rather than its TOC. This should allow you to 'restore' data off that drive. I strongly recommend you save what you need off it and then format it. Its obviously become very corrupt.

A few examples of undelete programs are:

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Utilities/File_Maintenance_and_Repair_Utilities/Active__UNDELETE.html    <<--Shareware
http://officerecovery.com/freeundelete/     <<--Free
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Undelete_d3936.html   <<--Shareware

Hope these help
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Program Cannot Access a Raw Partition on Your Computer's Hard Disk
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822653

Storing Tablespaces on Raw Partitions
http://saturn.uab.es/win.920/a95491/ap_raw.htm

File system or raw partition?
http://infocenter.sybase.com/help/index.jsp?topic=/com.sybase.dc34982_1500/html/mig_gde/mig_gde117.htm

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by:orlando71
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Thank you. Now I'll try some of these programs.
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by:magpie2000
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How old is your harddrive? I had a problem last year with a brand new external HD that I used to store my music files (about 30GB). After copying them I tried to play a few- most seemed to be half of one song and bits of another!!! After resetting, I was prompted to format and when I checked the HD it was in RAW format. I reformatted and everything seemed ok for about a week, then everything became jumbled again, then HD was reporting RAW format.....and I lost all my tunes!! Tried several recovery progs but no joy- turned out to be a defective HD. Hope you have better luck with recovery of your data.
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