My 200GB Wester Digital which was partitioned as follows (all NTFS); C: 10GB, D: 120GB, E: 60GB, and is having a rather huge problem.
A mate rang me said his HD wasnt working, windows kept BSOD’ing on boot and he needed some stuff of it. So I plugged it in, couldnt access his C partition. Not much of a problem, he’ll just re-format it.
So I take the open case opportunity and swap the IDE cable from IDE controller (promise Ultra133) to on-board IDE contoller as sound wont skip that way (MP3s would skip whenever the HD was real busy when connected to Promise controller). Bam, E: is gone. Check drive manager, its listed as unallocated space, not good. So I download a few programs, the demo of Partition Recovery tells me that its recoverable, but needs a FAT partition of equal or larger size and would I please purchase it.
So in the end I bit the bullet and formatted it. Sad, but no biggie, Ill just re-rip and copy over from my backups. Only really time lost. So I re-format windows (on C:, needed doing anyway, some programs were behaving strangely) update from Microsoft to make an image with all updates as of creation. Restart, D: is missing.
Now, D: had around 60-70GBs worth of non-backed up data that I know Ill not be able to find again, plus work to hand in to pass my course.
Thinking oh crap, not D:! I unplugged it from on-board to IDE controller all the while kicking myself as I remember that my motherboard doesnt support HD’s over 160GB, and still no go. Ive got a 10GB C: and the rest is ‘unallocated space’.
And as such Im fretting, and begging for help. Please can someone help me with my predicament!!!