I recently gave my PC a quick clean, opened up the case and gave a few blasts of compressed air. When I started it up again it won't allow me access to my 2nd hard disc. I get the message that the local drive isn't formatted and do I want to format it. I have about 100Gb of mp3 files on it!!! I tried disconnecting/reconnecting all cables but it's still the same. Can anyone suggest anything?
When you say you disconnected the cables, did you do the motherboard end as well, and having reconnected them are you a pin out - I've done that many times, looks right but is in fact one pin displaced.
I'd dismantle and try again even removing the drive and putting it in the primary position just to see if the BIOS recognises it.
Checked disc manager and its showing as "healthy active" although it states 100% free space and no file system. I had used over half of the drive for storage!!! I do not have smart enabled. I think I'll try the dismantle routine.
I wouldn't keep messing about with the connections.Its possibly just XP acting dumb,get yourself a file recovery app,and use it to extract all the files you want to keep.I use an app from the ultimate boot cd click here It has MaxBlast 3/[email protected] Partition Recovery and a whole load of other usefull apps.
Forgive me if this is wrong but a lot of Boot disks and applications assume that you are in FAT32 and won't see an NTFS partition, that's why I was suggesting using Maxblast as it gets to the disk 'first'.
I still thinks shando34's problem will work out to be something simple.