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    In the process of moving to my new apartment, I took my media drive out of my file server and put it in my desktop so I could listen to music without setting up the network. Everything was fine. I then put the drive back into the file server today and XP is giving me a message saying "Disk is not formatted". What would cause this and are there any methods to extract the data from it. I have no idea why swapping it from one PC to another, and then back again would throw it out of wack. I would really really be upset if I lost the data off of the drive. Any help is appreciated.
    Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

  • #2
    Maybe it was FAT/FAT32 on one and NTFS on the other?

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    • #3
      Try switching it back to the previous computer and back up the files that way. And if it does have to do with fat/32 or NTFS, why would switching computers make a problem? Especially if it worked with both at one point and he didn't say he formatted it when switching computers. The first thing I thought was also a problem with how it was formatted but after thinking about it it doesn't make sense...

      MGM out

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      • #4
        All drives are in NTFS. Did some reading and found that its just a very odd XP bug. I found a freeware program called GetDataBack which will hopefully recover all of the missing files. Tried moving it back to the desktop, switching from slave to master, etc. Nothing. Guess this is the only solution
        Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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        • #5
          Is the drive over 120GB?
          :)

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          • #6
            300GB IDE drive. In Computer Management, it only reads 120GB though. Any suggestions?
            Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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            • #7
              Either the bios is acting retarded or the jumper is wrong would be my guestimate.

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              • #8
                Bios sees the drive as 300GB, but Windows says 120.
                Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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                • #9
                  Is it Windows XP? Do you have a Service Pack installed? I believe Windows couldn't see a large harddrive until XP SP1.

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                  • #10
                    It is Windows XP. My desktop is XP with SP2 installed. The file server is Windows XP with no service packs because I had to do a clean install on it just recently.
                    Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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                    • #11
                      After reading some more, this is what I think what happened. After getting a fresh XP install on my file server, I put the 300GB drive back in the system. Without SP2 or even SP1, Windows tried to mount the drive using its 137GB max, thus corrupting the drive.

                      I also just realized that GetDataBack is not freeware, but just a demo. In order to actually recover the data, I have to pay $80. Its going to take a good chunk of time trying to figure this out before I throw down the cash for that.
                      Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tgillespie
                        After reading some more, this is what I think what happened. After getting a fresh XP install on my file server, I put the 300GB drive back in the system. Without SP2 or even SP1, Windows tried to mount the drive using its 137GB max, thus corrupting the drive.

                        I also just realized that GetDataBack is not freeware, but just a demo. In order to actually recover the data, I have to pay $80. Its going to take a good chunk of time trying to figure this out before I throw down the cash for that.
                        I actually had the exact same problem. I had a 160GB hard drive that I moved to my new computer, running Windows XP (fresh install, no service packs).

                        The computer gave me the exact same error until I patched up Windows, after which a restart was all it took for it to recognize the disk and all its data.

                        Windows had a limit to the maximum size of a hard drive it could support, which has since been patched.
                        :)

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                        • #13
                          I am installing SP2 on the file server now, but if this were the case, wouldn't I be able to see the drive on my desktop since I have SP2 installed already. Hopefully the updates fix it.
                          Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tgillespie
                            I am installing SP2 on the file server now, but if this were the case, wouldn't I be able to see the drive on my desktop since I have SP2 installed already. Hopefully the updates fix it.
                            I thought the drive was in your file server? After you got the error, did you try it in your desktop again?

                            I wouldn't think it'd mess it up unless you actually told it to format it. In that case, installing SP2 should resolve the problem.

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                            • #15
                              I did try putting it back in the desktop after I got the error and got the same exact error message. I've braught the file server up to date and still get the same error message so I think my only solution now is to extract the data and format the 300GB. I was about due for my bi-annual computer fart. God these things suck.
                              Trent Gillespie Mod Theater Gillespie Photography

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