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russ_3d
03-30-07, 03:02 PM
help!

i had xp installed on a 300gb hd. the installation only recognized 128gb of it.

from someones help here (nrdstrm or retsam i think) i used the disk administration tool to partition the rest of the disk.

time goes by, other partition gets filled up with my work, then.. computer goes fubar. so i reinstall.

now i have only 128gb again and all my stuff is on the other half of the disk and i cant get at it.

can anyone help please? thanks

Bearclaw
03-30-07, 03:10 PM
Are you using an old copy of XP (Service pack 1 or older?) If so, it won't recognize anything past 137 I believe.

Wolfhound
03-30-07, 03:14 PM
You need at least SP1 installed and use NTFS as filesystem, if you donīt have a CD with SP2, you can slipstream it in you install CD.

Slipstream instructions:

http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html

You need to have Service Pack 1 installed for Windows XP in order to
ensure support for larger hard drives. And your motherboard/BIOS must
also have this capability.

If you want the entire drive to be one single partition then you will
need to use the NTFS file system on that drive.

Windows XP will not create or format FAT32 partitions larger than 32
gb (by design - NTFS is much superior for huge hard drives) but it
will larger FAT32 partitions if they are created and formatted by some
other means (e.g. using a Windows 98 Boot disk).

The practical upper limit for FAT32 partitions is 128 gb (137 billion
bytes). This is because of limitations in most disk utilities (e.g.
scandisk and defrag) that will not allow them to work on drives with
more than 4.1 million (2^22) total clusters. The maximum allowable
cluster size for FAT32 is 32K, hence the 128 gb maximum capacity.

russ_3d
03-30-07, 03:17 PM
thanks for being fast, it is ntfs - any way to get at this stuff from windows now?

i dont want to install on a 300gb partition because ~170gb of this stuff is my artwork, now invisible but intact :/


when i get sp2 will it just show up again?

russ_3d
04-01-07, 12:32 PM
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/957/snap1qc1.png

please can somone help? the 150gb unallocated has all my work on it :(

Wolfhound
04-02-07, 01:18 AM
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/957/snap1qc1.png

please can somone help? the 150gb unallocated has all my work on it :(

Have you installed SP2?, try to reinstall with a CD slip`streamed SP2...

russ_3d
04-02-07, 05:51 AM
no way to get at it from inside windows?


when i make an install of the slipstreamed xp, it enables me to get at the whole 300gb first right?

well the 150gb unallocated has my work on it and surely a new install of xp would create a 300gb partition thus wiping my work?

glObalist
04-02-07, 06:03 AM
no way to get at it from inside windows?


when i make an install of the slipstreamed xp, it enables me to get at the whole 300gb first right?

well the 150gb unallocated has my work on it and surely a new install of xp would create a 300gb partition thus wiping my work?

The problem is not that you can't see the full capacity of your HD, as you clearly can.

I'm afraid this is a different issue- your partition table has been screwed with and thus you can't see the partition with your precious data on it. In fact the partition is no longer there, although your data surely is.

Only thing that comes to mind is Hiren's Boot CD or Ultimate Boot CD. They both contain tools which allow you to either recreate the partition or (if that fails) recover the lost data from it to an existing partition. I would google the specifics on using those tools though as they are not all too noob friendly :D

Hope this helps.

kcnychief
04-02-07, 06:09 AM
I would be careful with what you do, if the drive/partition is unallocated and there is valuable data on it.

I could be a bit off here, but the way I see it you have two options.

You could get Parition Magic - and merge the unallocated space with your C drive. Most other programs would require you to format the partition first, which obviously would put you up a creek here. I don't know 100%, but I'm pretty sure that would merge the space and then allow you to access your data.

Try BartPE (http://www.nu2.nu)to access it from within a WinPE environment - not sure how that will view that space on your hard drive. My thoughts would be that it won't show up but it's worth a shot.

npras42
04-02-07, 06:41 AM
You need to use this:
http://www.partition-recovery.com/download.htm

You should also have XP SP2 installed... :)

retsam
04-02-07, 06:41 AM
I would be careful with what you do, if the drive/partition is unallocated and there is valuable data on it.

I could be a bit off here, but the way I see it you have two options.

You could get Parition Magic - and merge the unallocated space with your C drive. Most other programs would require you to format the partition first, which obviously would put you up a creek here. I don't know 100%, but I'm pretty sure that would merge the space and then allow you to access your data.

Try BartPE (http://www.nu2.nu)to access it from within a WinPE environment - not sure how that will view that space on your hard drive. My thoughts would be that it won't show up but it's worth a shot.
try to use partition magic, just take your time with it when you do use it. just make sure you understand every step you take.

on a side not this is a very important lesson learned, back your data up!!.

russ_3d
04-02-07, 07:01 AM
thanks for the help - i do back my data up - the most important stuff is backed up on 3 seperate drives, but silly head me forgot that one of them was a partition and when i reinstalled i just moved a load of random (but still important) stuff from C: to R: and reinstalled, its a load of reference images and wavs and stuff, its like a scratch disk

nekrosoft13
04-02-07, 07:34 AM
You need to use this:
http://www.partition-recovery.com/download.htm

You should also have XP SP2 installed... :)

lisen to him, if that data is still there, this will get it

remove the drive from PC, and connect it to another working PC.

russ_3d
04-02-07, 01:55 PM
active recovery seems to be the ticket, thanks :)

nekrosoft13
04-02-07, 02:05 PM
that active recovery program saved me about 3 times.