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« on: August 09, 2006, 04:41:54 PM »

I restored Windows XP with restore disks.  XP originally read primary and backup drives with their partitions. Since restore, Computer Management in Control Panel recornizes the backup drive.  Device  Manager also lists the drive; but I cannot access the backup drive.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2006, 09:58:16 PM »

Hi and Welcome to MyTechSupport.ca

Are you recieving any type of error message, if so plz post it here
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006, 01:31:31 AM »

Hi and Welcome to MyTechSupport.ca

Are you recieving any type of error message, if so plz post it here
There are no error messages.  "My Computer" shows all other drives,even a flash drive and an external drive.  Another thing - in The Device Manager, under "volumes" both "C:" drive and the backup drive have the same partition style, Master Boot Record(MBR).
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006, 10:02:55 PM »

Did you restore the system with the backup drive connected ? So when you try to access it what happens, nothing?
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2006, 02:12:19 PM »

I had restored once before  last year with no problem.  This time, I had the same setup.  Local drive, "C:" and " backup" installed.
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2006, 02:21:10 PM »

I also tried using "backup" drive as an external drive, same result.  No recognition by XP, no access.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2006, 07:18:12 PM »

For fun, and Im sure you have a friend that will help you with this, trying connecting your drive to a differnet computer. This will help greatly as if you cannot then we know its not your system and it is the drive itself.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2006, 04:04:42 PM »

I tried installing the drive in another computer using Win98. The results were the same,so I suspect that the fault lies in the drive, not the OS.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 11:10:29 PM »

Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2006, 02:43:05 AM »

I tried WD's Diagnostic  Utility, and the Data Lifeguard tools. The drive is healthy and passed the tests.  The partition "MBR" is the problem.   I can erase all the files, repartition and format the drive, then I'll have a useful ,but empty drive.  I really did want to get to all that info.
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2006, 06:15:48 PM »

Have you tried fixing the MBR using the Recovery Console?

Boot from the windows XP CD, press the "R" key in the setup in order to start the restoration console. Select your windows XP installation from the list, and enter the administrator password.
Enter the command: "FIXMBR" (without the quotes) at the input prompt and confirm the next question with a "Y" (without the quotes). Use exit to restore the computer.
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2006, 09:49:45 PM »

I don't have the Windows XP CD. Only the three recovery Cds included by the manufacturer.  To anyone who have them:  be very careful when using these disks , when they are included with your machine.  They can be unpredictable!
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2006, 12:14:30 AM »

Depending on what they are they mostly used to restore the system back to manufacturer state, one is probably a driver cd, one is application cd and the last is the O.S.

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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2006, 05:54:13 PM »

The third disk contains just drivers; but I didn't see the XP O.S.  At this point, I've given up on recovering the files on the drive; repartioning and formatting it and going on from there.  I don't want to go into XP again.
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2006, 06:02:02 PM »

To GEEK Girl and all the others who offered advice or just looked in, I offer my heartfelt thanks.

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