hi, i have 2 hard drives , My C drive is the system drive , my d drive is for storage. i have just had to reformat my C drive and now the D drive no longer shows in my computer. I went to computer management to sort it out and it says the D drive is dynamic and unreadable , it says the C drive is basic and healthy. Is there any way i can access the data that is on my D drive? I am using windows xp. P.S i used the "rescan discs" option but nothing changed. Thanks
You must have converted the drive to dynamic sometime, but that should not make it unreadable. There should be no need to have dynamic discs on any home system. Their main use is on domain servers.
Anyway you can move it back to a basic disc, if it is possible with your existing problem, but the process is completely destructive. All data will be lost. First delete all volumes, then right click the disc and choose Convert to Basic Disk. Thats it.
Win XP is able to move drive letters around and while not wishing to be a "gloom pot", it follows that XP gives amazing opportunities for a big mistake.
Wise after the event....... it makes sense when doing that fundamental thing of Reinstalling from scratch, to unplug any other drives temporarily which are not concerned with the operating system.
If you look in the BIOS you will probably see the "missing" hard disk there, just Windows that won't recognise it.
I am on shaky ground from now because I have no direct experience, but Win 2000 offers the opportunity to install as a FAT 16 system, and I think XP does the same.
If somehow one hard drive is using FAT 32 and the other FAT16 that (I think) could be the cause.
Do nothing drastic at the moment, there are plenty of good people on this forum who will confirm my theory or poo-poo it! At least they might offer a way out from a better understanding of the problem.
Sorry i thought i had ticked this problem as resolved , but anyway i ran windows update a few times until all updates had been installed and after that was done all my drives were once again visible. Obviously having reformatted all files needed to show this kind of drive were no longer present on my pc. Thats the solution to this problem anyway . Thanks
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