Windows XP ate my hard drive

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  1. MartinTeller

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    This morning my D: drive disappeared from Windows XP. It was there last night. Nothing unusual happened between then and now. But when I try to access programs on my D: drive it says it can't find the link. When I try to access the drive in Explorer it says "The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

    If I boot up to a DOS prompt I can access the drive and see my files there just fine. But if I open up a command window in XP and try to switch to D: it says "The volume does not contain a recognized file system"

    Please, please help if you can! I really can't afford to take it to a repair shop now.
     
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    32 views and no replies, eh? Help!
     
  3. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

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    Was that a bump? naughty naughty [​IMG]

    I had a computer that did this, and it turned out to be that the power supply started to mess up. I replced it and never had the problem again. Try using a different power connector to the HD and see if it works. If so, you PS may be going bad.
     
  4. Gordon Moore

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    Also check your cabling to the drive. Could be loose. Could be a bad ide cable (unless you have SATA).
    (Though it's a little strange you can access it from DOS).

    What does your BIOS report about the drive?

    Another thing, do you have a virus checker that updates at regular intervals?

    Do you have access to another pc that you could pop the drive into to see how it's performing there?
     
  5. MartinTeller

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    I did check the cabling and the PS, wasn't either of those. The BIOS didn't seem to think there was a problem, and it definitely wasn't a virus.

    I dunno what caused it but managed to recover the data, so I just reformatted it.
     
  6. Kyle McKnight

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    Damn, I just formatted and did a clean install on my main drive, and now my backup drive is crapping out [​IMG] Oh welll..
     
  7. Glenn Overholt

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    I think I need to take an emergency poll. How many of you have either/and Nortan AV & Firewall 2004 running?

    Glenn
     

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