Avatar of ferranti02
Flag for United States of America asked on

Disk Access Issue

I am running Win 7 and can not access my drives without initializing and formating.  IS there a way not to format and lose all data?
Windows XPMicrosoft Applications

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment

8/22/2022 - Mon
Gerwin Jansen

There are several options:

- Boot from a recue CD and copy your important data to an external (USB) device
- Disconnect your internal harddrive and connect it to another PC in an external casing

What is exactly your issue with your W7 system, how many drives do you have, what is the configuration etc?

First power down your machine and reseat and look at your conectors to make sure they are connected properly you may have a slightly loose connector.
r you may have a bad drive controller. Put your drive in another machine or USB connector to extract data.

It's not a hardware problem.  I had to reinstall windows and now it won't recognize the drives without formating them which I don't want to do.
I started with Experts Exchange in 2004 and it's been a mainstay of my professional computing life since. It helped me launch a career as a programmer / Oracle data analyst
William Peck
Gerwin Jansen

What drives are nog recognized? You say you reinstalled windows, on a primary drive, C partition I presume. Do you have other physical drives that are not recognized or do you have additional partions on your primary drive that are not recognized? Please clarify, I feel we do not understand your issue fully yet. Thanks.

I have three drives C: D; for Data and a USB back up drive.  When I reinstalled windows with Raid 1 it won't recognize the d: or back up drivs and they show up as "raw" not NTFS or FAT.

I can not access them, it wants me to format.
Gerwin Jansen

Ok, so you have 2 internal hard drives (called C and D), you are now talking about a RAID 1 configuration? Please provide more details on what you did because adding important info like an existing RAID setup afterwards does not help us solving your issue.

- Did you have the RAID setup prior to the reinstall of Windows?
- How is your RAID setup (hardware), is it just RAID 1 (mirror) and not RAID 0?
- On what harddrive, partition, driveletter did you reinstall Windows?
- Did you have Windows setup format and driveletter/partition?
- Can you still access data on your external USB drive?

Please add more detail as I'm beginning to think that your RAID setup could be the cause of your problem.
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question

I ended up using runtime.org and it worked.

tx for feedback - may i assume the free ones did not work ?

Correct, The ones that worked had a try out but only for a limited amount of data could be recovered, so I had to buy the full version.
Experts Exchange has (a) saved my job multiple times, (b) saved me hours, days, and even weeks of work, and often (c) makes me look like a superhero! This place is MAGIC!
Walt Forbes