Unreadable drive

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by meisme, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. meisme

    meisme Guest

    I just did a reinstall, and now my second hard drive wont work. Its a 40gd drive with two partitions. When I go to disk management this is wht it says:
     
  2. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

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    OK.. it has 2 partitions... but did you format them?
     
  3. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

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    Unreadable "dick" huh? did you try reinstalling it? HAHA
     
  4. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    lol :) i think you forgot to format the disk and thats why windows cant read it. try formatting it and see if that solves the prob, or get yourself another dick :p
     
  5. meisme

    meisme Guest

    Disk managent wont give me the option to reformat, which other methods can I use to reformat.
     
  6. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    right click the drive in my computer and there should be an option to format or boot with a win98 bootdisk and type format (drive letter)
     
  7. meisme

    meisme Guest

    so basically all the data on that drive is lost.
     
  8. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered

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    no don't format it look for a file recovery app. I had this happen to me and I wasn't just gonna bend over and take it in the ass I had like 6000 mp3 on my drive and I wasn't gonna loose those. just find a file recovery app and salvage what u can if u have a cd burner now would be the time to go out and buy some cdr's :)
     
  9. meisme

    meisme Guest

    what recovery program did you use.
     
  10. jroc

    jroc Guest

    I don't think were getting all the story here...how did your harddirve become "dynamic"...you must have made it dynamic...and now its offline.....can you right click the drive..and see if "reactivate" is there to put it back online
     
  11. meisme

    meisme Guest

    I recovered all the data from the drive, so my problem is kinda solved. I have no idea why the drive became dynamic, all I did was a reinstall.
     
  12. jroc

    jroc Guest

    A basic or dynamic disk's status is Unreadable.

    Cause:

    The basic or dynamic disk is not accessible and might have experienced hardware failure, corruption, or I/O errors. The disk's copy of the system's disk configuration database might be corrupted. An error icon appears on disks that display the Unreadable status.

    Disks might also display the Unreadable status while they are spinning up or when Disk Management is rescanning all of the disks on the system. In some cases, an unreadable disk has failed and is not recoverable. For dynamic disks, the Unreadable status usually results from corruption or I/O errors on part of the disk, rather than failure of the entire disk.

    Solution:

    Rescan the disks or restart the computer to see if the disk status changes. For instructions describing how to rescan the disks, see To update disk information.
     
  13. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    looks like my pc did after i blew my raid controller and replaced with a pci ide card, no way to recover the info..... :rolleyes:
     
  14. meisme

    meisme Guest

    Ok, I can view the file but i need a free program to actually copy the files. Any reccomendations
     
  15. Krux

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    I'm trying to remember the one I used... in fact one of my partitions is messed up right now its just so small (8gb) that I haven't bothered to get any of the images off of it yet. ill let u know when I find the program I used last time.
     
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  17. meisme

    meisme Guest

    The free version of easy recovery only allows me to view the files not recover them.

    Another problem, windows says its unable to format the drive, so where do I go from here.