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Switching partitions

Q: Switching partitions

Just got a new laptop and the hard drive is split in to two partitions C: which has the os and a small amount of memory(50GB) and D: (150GB). My problem is that everything I install or download goes to partition C: which is now full. How do I make all downloads installs go to D: from now on? I am using windows 7 premium.

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A: Switching partitions

On most program setups will allow you do change the directory to where ever you want. If its not in plan sight the you will have to select a custom installment. if your taking about downloads from IE, Internet Explorer, when you download something you will have to save it as "save as" and select where you want it. If your talking about in FireFox you will have to look in the opinions, in the general tab you will see downloads.
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I am using a very old and slow MPC computer running Windows XP.
Someone gave me [out of pity] a 3 year old E-Machines computer running Windows 7. [beggars can't be choosy].
Anyway, how can I safely get my data from my old PC to the newer one?
I am not the sharpest tack in the box, so if you can tell me how to do it in simple terms, I sure would appreciate it.
Thanks guys.

A:Switching information from PC to PC

Doctor Gallop said:

I am using a very old and slow MPC computer running Windows XP.
Someone gave me [out of pity] a 3 year old E-Machines computer running Windows 7. [beggars can't be choosy].
Anyway, how can I safely get my data from my old PC to the newer one?
I am not the sharpest tack in the box, so if you can tell me how to do it in simple terms, I sure would appreciate it.
Thanks guys.Click to expand...

Someone else may have a better idea, but if you have a large enough flashdrive, save it all to that & transfer it.
I don't know if you could use TeamViewer for that or not .
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Just signed up although I have been following these forums for a few weeks now

Just after some advice. Basically I have the FX-8350 but I'm looking at switching to Intel (specifically the 4770k) as I've been told it's better for the GPUs I have, currently running dual-290x setup. Someone said the 8350 causes a lot of bottlenecking and that I would get a lot more out of them if I switched to the 4770k? Can anyone attest to that?


A:Switching to Intel

The 8350 is more than enough. The i7 could gain you a few frames per second (FPS) depending on the game (somewhere from 5 FPS to as much as 15 FPS). I would keep the 8350 until more attractive CPU options come out like Haswell-E or the next generation of AMD FX CPUs or even the 5th generation of Intel's i7.

The reason I am saying this is because the 8350, while it may not perform as well as the 4770K (not by much), the 8350 completely serves your needs and there is no need to upgrade to a 4770K at this moment since it wont bring you that much of an improvement.

I hope this helps.

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A:How to find partitions other than in MBR?

The MBR is not in the partition table(s) but in sector 0 of the HD.

Only RARELY does anyone (or software) play with the partition type numbers as getting it wrong and the P.T. gets creamed.

If you *must* know, see this.
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A:Unable to access both partitions on external hard drive

Back-up all your data on the first partition.​
Right click on "My computer" and click "manage".This should take you to the computer management screen.​
Look at the left, you should see an option that says "Disk Management"; Click on it.​
You should be able to see all the disc partitions, find your External HDD partitions.​
Right-Click on the 2nd partition and delete it.​
After that right click on your first partition and select the option to "Extend Partition"​
​If you are confused, or need confirmation for anything please don't hesitate to ask.​
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Hi, I just got rid of Win7 32 bit and installed 64 bit, but I screwed up the partition when I was doing the clean install. Right now I have:
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System Reserved is at 100MB
(C 14.9 GB
Unallocated 59.5 GB

Is there a way that I can remove the partitions all together? I am in the Disk Management in Admin Tools, but unsure of what to do at this point. Any help is greatly appreciated......

A:Just installed Win7 64-bit and screwed up the partitions...

Nevermind..... Figured it out.
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A:Format / remove partitions on old HD

xauss said:

I have an old 2 1/2" HD from a previous laptop that I have successfully convrted into a external harddrive with an appropriate HD Enclosure, and recovered whatever data I wanted onto my new win8 laptop.

since I no longer need the operating system, the data, or the partitions on this reborn external harddrive since I would like to use it for backups/ storage, it makes sense to me to wipe it clean to start afresh. does reformatting essentially wipe it free of data and restore as a single volume?Click to expand...


since I have never formatted or wiped a hard drive in my life and a quick google search suggests I can format a new harrdrive (no mention about an old one!) with Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management (pic uploaded I hope) I dont really understand what the four sections represent on Disk 0 (the new lappies harddrive) and they dont appear seperately as far as I can tell on file explorer. Disk 1 does however appear as drives E F G H when plugged in (though E is completely empty)Click to expand...

Let's make sure you never get these mixed up.
get a command prompt (click start and in the SEARCH box enter CMD hit enter.
In the new window, enter DISKMGMT
In the Disk Mgmt window, there's two major sections: Upper half and bottom half and this is where you see Disk 0, Disk 1, ...
Mine show three blocks Recovery, Win7-OS (C and one with only a size and 'healthy'
The biggest block should be your Windows partition and have status like

Healthy (Boot, Page file, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
For my system(s), I did a right-click on this partition -> properties -> General Tab and created the name WIN7-OS
so that I never screw-up.

For your DISK 1; do the same thing and give a name like EXT_HD
TAKE NOTICE OF THE DRIVE LETTER (I'll assume it's Z: below)

anyway, if anyone can explain in simple id-iot-proof language that I cant screw-up how to wipe clean Disk 1 into a single usable 300GB volume I would be a happy bunny.Click to expand...

Assuming you've given disk 1 this name, in the command window, enter the following:
Format Z: /X /FS:NTFS /V:EXT_HD

aditionally I would appreciate any comments as to a good strategy for backing up (I thought I would initially make a full image of the harddrive, then just periodically save just the data manually) is it possible to boot from the image if required? (I could always just plug in the 2 1/2" into the drive bay if the computer doesnt support booting via the USB)Click to expand...

Let's deal with that after the above is completed
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A:I am thinking about upgrading my CPU and switching over to Intel but...

Depends on what you're doing - if you do a lot of video encoding or CPU heavy tasks then it might be a worthwhile upgrade but if not then either upgrade your GPU if your main focus is gaming or SSD if you just want a more responsive machine for general use.

Unless your current CPU is frequently running at 100% there's no real reason to spend so much on an upgrade to a 3570K especially as Intel's next gen Haswell processors are coming out in a few months.
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A:AMD mobile graphics switching "Enduro" technology has problems...

The silence from AMD on this is deafening. I honestly can't in good conscience recommend anything AMD related unless they get this situation fixed. The fact that they have tried to silence other manufacturers on forums says a lot. I would feel much better if they were just open about it and said what they are doing to fix the problem.
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A:Merging partitions

Try this:
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A:Problem switching on CPU

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A:Radeon HD 4880 crashes after switching to M2N-SLI Mobo

When you changed motherboards did you re-use the old hard drive? If so, did you reinstall Windows or perform a Windows repair? If neither, then try a repair first. If that doesn't work, you may have to reinstall Windows from scratch.
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A:Switching from ATI Radeon 5570 to GeForce 7900 GT OC

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A:One of two partitions detected, hard drive itself is not

Did it start just doing this on it's own?...Or maybe you installed something or fiddled around with disk manager?

It could have somthing to do with the fact that when you created the M partition, the system made it 'Active' (basicly meaning that this is the daddy ..or if you boot from your drive this is where it will look first for your OS)..Now when you created the K partition the system may have made that 'Active' instead and cancled out M (probably did i'm thinking).

Your HDD not showing up in your BIOS either means that..You have a dodgy lead, Its taking up the same slot as somthing else.. or the drive is broken (There may be other possible reasons that i can't see from here)

For example on taking the same slot:

WD 500 Gig: Set to Primary Master in BIOS (First boot drive) !!!!Seagate 1TB: Set to primary Master in BIOS!!!! (this won't work right)
WD 250 Gig: Set to Secondary Master in BIOS (Second boot Drive in line)

Liteon DVD-RW: Set to Primary Slave in BIOS (Third Boot Drive in line) (Slaves are normally for cd drives but you can have HDDs if you like)

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Only 1 drive per time can be set to these, so if your Seagate is in that position it won't work.
Maybe you could try taking out your HDD and trying in as an external...that way you wont conflict in the bios(or shouldn't do)

Oh and to change a drive from 'Slave' to 'Master'..Its done by a 'Jumper' (or little plastic thing on the back of yor HD)...If you have a look , it should give you some idea as to where the 'Jumper' is put in order to class the HDD as either 'Master' or 'Slave'.

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A:Power supply (PSU) keeps blowing when switching on

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A:Dual video/audio switching

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A:Switching hard drives with Vista

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A:Hard drive switching question

psych89 said:

this isnt a problem, but more of a general question. I'm currently using a 160GB hard drive that's dying, and have a newer 100GB hard drive on my desk across the room, in an enclosure (bare, just got enclosure yesterday).

I received (or hassled my best friend into giving me) one of The Sims games for PC. I installed and tried to play it, but it kept freezing on me. I;m wondering if i can switch hard drives (as i was planning), play the game from the external hard drive to-be, and if i can do that? I might need more RAM, that's no problem, but will i need to reinstall The Sims, or just let it collect dust until i can get a better laptop?

(by the way, yes i do realize that if playing from external hard drive, i could lose information if the hard drive goes awry. I think i can handle saying goodbye to The Smiths better than "Psychology Term Paper", if you know what i mean).Click to expand...

Wouldn't you be better replacing your dying 160GB with the 100GB drive in your laptop? Or is this what your trying to suggest you want to do?!?

If its 'dying', putting data onto another drive so your not effecting the capacity of the internal drive isn't going to help your problem.

I'd just use the 100GB drive, a fresh install of whatever OS, and then install Sims, but go lightly on other software and just keep essential stuff on it. I'm assuming your reason for asking is that your concerned with filling the drive up to capacity quickly?

There is no reason why study work, and games cant be mixed on the same drive, but make sure you keep regular backups. Memory sticks are cheap these days, even a 1GB would be more than enough to do a back up of your data after every study period.

I kept two 1GB memory sticks soley for backing up all my degree study work and materials, research, and well everything for my B.Eng Metallurgy degree. They were both identical, in case one failed. I didn't care for any other data on the laptop, just this stuff which is a nightmare to replace. Be wise though, I've had friends in there 3rd year lose all there data, including project work and with no backups your screwed!!
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80MB ?????

if you meant 80GB thats ok, if your having trouble doing anything with a drive download the tools from the maker and check the drive for errors
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A:Advice on partitions?

Yes, you are asking about Dual Booting Windows

There is lots of info about this, here is MS info:

It really depends on if you are using two different Windows versions or which OS you currently have etc

Just putting the same OS twice on your computer, doesn't really seem worth it though
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A:RAID Partitions?

Using RAID-1 on partitions makes not sense; neither does RAID-0.

RAID-1 is mirroring for redundancy to protect from hardware failures. A hardware failure on one partition will also be a hardware failure on the other.

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Your E and your C are what and what?
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A:Stupidly Switching Hard Drive

This should be fixable, but may require some time... several steps...
For a 6-year old laptop... you gotta ask yourself... is it worth it?

Still, my guess, at this point, is that it should be fixable.

First step... Questions...
1. How did you determine that the drive was bad on one, and the "hardware" bad on the other...
Specifically what hardware was bad?

2. Do you have the restore cds (or original OS disks) that came with the computers?
If not, we may have problems unless you wish to purchase an xp pro from someplace like Micro Center.
(your original OS was xp pro, yes?)
If you have another os such as 2k that you could migrate, this too could be an option.

Step two... go into your bios, on both, and set up to boot first from the cd...

On the one that has the data you wish to save... turn it off and wait.

On the other... attempt to follow the prompts for a restore installation.
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A:No display when switching users and other times

"There are no secondary monitors or display adapters to disable in device manager. There is, however, two entries in Display Settings-Monitor tab:
1. Hanns.G HI221 D-sub on ATI Radeon HD 4670
2. (Default Monitor) on ATI Radeon HD 4670. I can't see a way to disable the second entry"...

Your ATI video card has at least 2 video output connectors, and maybe even a S-Video out... The second entry is the other video output on the video card. Is your system free of virus or other malware?
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Download EASEUS Partition Master 3.0 Home Edition

Should allow to do what you want!

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A:HD switching and subsequent RAID and BSOD failure

Try installing a new power supply before you give up
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Use the Windows CD and do a full install. It should offer to takeover the HD and format it.
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It depends are you going to:
Dual Boot to OS, or possible want the option to one day? Then 2 Partitions
Have many users documents (gigs) including movies\pics or whatever? Then another 1 for this

Now I'm quite sure most will reply with all these multiple partitions required for OS and Programs and Data and Backup (including image) and even extra one, just in case!
But personally I say just one! even on 320Gig. Partitions just allow data to be on another part of the disk, that's all. Isn't that what folders are for? Except if data is placed in folders it can be contiguous across the disk (without having these possible big gaps, that the hard drive's head has to move back and forward to)

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I recommend doing it the way that you want to

I can't tell you how many thousands of times I have plugged another HardDrive in internally, then backed up, without issue. (as long as not set to boot from the secondary harddrive )

It is possible that Windows (not the boot part though) may assign different drive letters to your CD\DVD drive or new HardDrive
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When the HardDrive is later removed
And Windows starts up again (with the original HardDrive)
Any drive letter change will return to as it was before

Note: C: will not change drive letters (but external USB drives may <- eg just for the sake of the argument)

Go for it :grinthumb

Warning: replying will make your posts 4 And therefore becoming a recent member again (old post status gone!)

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I like Gparted:
Free Boot CD
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BIOS will recognize the HD however most likely it will not boot since the 160GB had XP installed/drivers installed on a different computer. You can't clone hard drives that have your OS installed and use it on different computers. They only work with identical computers. What you can do it is when your new computer comes home, put the 80GB into the computer (format it) containing your 160GB HD. Transfer all your data from the 160 to the 80. Now install the 160 into you new computer and re-install windows your OS.
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A:Geforce 8800GT - monitor switching on and off


Maybe the monitor is going on the fritz or the graphics card is ready to "kick the bucket"
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A:Switching Hard Drives?

Why don't you just leave the 80GB drive in place and add the 40GB as extra storage. There is no need to have a separate "recovery" partition in a custom computer. OEM computers like HP, Gateway and Dell have recovery partitions to save money by not having to supply recovery CD's and extra hard drives...

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A:Installing an 8600GT and switching off onboard video

You should go to the Nvidia website and downloard the latest driver for your graphics card. It is a self executing file and either double clicking it or opening it with Start > Run will start the installation process. I could be wrong but I have the feeling you are not using the CD correctly to install the driver on it properly (outdated though it may be). You need to guide the wizard closer to the actual folder containing the appropriate driver file. But regardless, I recommend using the latest driver from Nvidia instead.

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2 SATA drives ?

Does your Motherboard have 2 SATA connections ?
As you know each only has 1 Master connection.
But yes don't overload your C: OS drive.20 % for sure.
Also have room on D: for any on C; you might want to keep and store on D:
if you Format and install OS Favorites,My Documents etc.
With the other one as D: you shoudn't need to partition C:
With D: depending on size you could make it D: and E.
In my case D is pictures and E is Music.
What are yours each in size ?
Caution though,SATA drives aren't easy to install
You need the Motherboard cd and Manual,definitly.
and i don't feel mine is any faster.Still 7200.Look for 10,000 i hear is around.
But you say you already have them.
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There are several things that can affect transfer rates... things like system CPU, memory and motherboard, and running programs
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You can do all of that with Norton Ghost. The only real problems I forsee are:

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Remember that CHKDSK requires exclusive access to the hard drive when it runs, or it will quit, and tell you it will run when all files and folders are closed.
Remember that it can sometimes take a very long time to run, depending on the size of the hard drive, and the number of folders and files.
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Click Start->Run->Open-> Type CMD <enter>
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C:\ <right click>
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Why pay $400.00 for a processor, motherboard, memory, hard drive, and operating system that you have little control over.






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A:Help with switching between partitions - XP on both (Partition Magic, Boot Magic)

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I have deleted your other thread, as two threads for the same problem are not required.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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Okay heres my deal, a friend of mine gave me their old PC thinking it would be something for me to play around with. In my current PC i'm running WIN XP with an intel cel. 1 processor. My friends PC has a Intel Pet 3 which i'd rather be using. Is there anyway to take my hard drive out of my system and put it in the other system? Friends system has WIN 98 OS, i would want to use my drive with XP. Is this possible? Is there any kind of info need to help me. thanks in advance!

P.S cant switch the CPU's diff slots

A:Hard Drive Switching????

If you swap the hard drive to the other pc you will need to reinstall xp anyway.
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Hello I have a large problem that I want to ask you knowledgable folk I have a GB IBM Deskstar It is in partitions of GB Due to an unfortunate accident earlier today partitions amp C and E have become corrupted D is accesable though and all files are ok C contains Windows allot of valuable files that I cannot afford to lose E contains years worth of mp s and other important Corrupt Partitions files that I Corrupt Partitions have collected throughout the years along with my work The information on both drives are very valuable to me and I cannot replace the files especially the years of work that is on it I know I should have made a ghost of the drives and or kept a regular backup but I was one of those people that thought it could never happen to me how wrong I was My question is this How can I recover the Corrupt Partitions data from these drives I have a spare HD that I have installed win k on Win k recognises the drives but will not allow me to access them same with DOS I get this message quot The drive in drive E does not appear to be formatted do you want to format it now quot or something along those lines Is there any way that I can ge the data back Thanks in advance Emohawk Additional Win k Disk Checker says that all drives are healty FAT except quot C quot and quot E quot Which are healty but not FAT or any other type of format C is also registering as active which I m guessing is the reason why the drive sounds like it s writing all the time Also FDISK says that C and E are both FAT however they have wierd labels like amp kinda label Emo nbsp

A:Corrupt Partitions

I don't really know much about your problem, but I can point you to this thread dealing with hard drive failures and recover programs:

It might help you with your problem, at least more than I can.
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I don't have much time before the main partition becomes bruised so how can I merge them (no demo crap, something that will solve the problem in anout 14 minutes) because I have 18GB on the otherone. Plenty untill the next upgrade. HELP PLEASE!

A:Merging partitions

No partitioning utility will merge it in 15 minutes. Count on it taking hours.

Merging partitions is rather fishy business and only the most advanced utilities can do it (Partition Magic). You can just resize-copy-resize-copy-delete of course.
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software glich with my burner & 2 hardrives only = 127 each not 500gb


heres another burner problem ha.

the burner works and runs but when i send items to be burned by win xp. the burner stops recignizing the dvd part and only does Cd's i bought a new burner NEC but nothing changes.

does anyone know a way install harddrives with out having the things only recignized as 127gb's? i have 2 seagate hardrives one 200 and the other 300 but the orignal partition only comes up at 127 then i have to do another for what evers left and lose 20 to 30 gb that way for each drive
i have both services packs and nothing changes. i don't want to partition them to 127 and then the rest is. there a way to fix this?
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Well 2 years ago I have separated my Harddisc in two partitions. Now 2 years after I want to join it again back. Some friends told me that I have to format my Laptop and there is a command that will format my laptop and join it by the same time. Before procedying to this task I need more information about it. Please help me. Thank you.

A:Joining partitions

Partition Magic will do the job, but it not free...
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I have a P4 3ghz prescot cpu with Intel 915g chipset. Now it has a Integrated 900g graphics card and i also have a ATI x800 XT pci-express card. Does anyone know if its possible to switch to the integrated card without taking out the ATI card? i have looked through the BIOS and tried disabling the pci-express port which had no effect

Anyone have any ideas?


A:switching between intel 900g and x800 xt pci-express

I think almost all boards automatically disable the onboard video when a card is installed. You might have to take the card out, but why, a x800xt is much better than integrated?
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Dear All I am new here just logged in because I am sweating now and I need deperate help Here is the config for my sys AMD Athlon on a Asus K V-X MoBo I owned GB and GB Seagate PATA The was my primary master I bought a Seagate Barracuda - Help Please partitions Urgent to - - Seconday and Just lost two IDE SATA Primary GB SATA a few days ago and have been trying to install it I have it successfully setup as my Just lost two IDE Primary and Seconday partitions to SATA - Help - Please - Urgent primary now and the Win XP Sp is setup up here while setup I had disconnected my other IDEs So then I decided to connect them and transfer all the data to the SATA since I want to get rid of the IDE HDDs I connect the GB while bootup it takes some extra time than usual Once XP is loaded and running I open explorer and theres no gb HDD at all Upon further investigation it tells me that the GB is an unpartitioned space I rushed to my friends PC and there Win as well as Linux tell me its unpartitioned Holy god And the same thing with my GB too I don t understand it Now I m in deep trouble Both my HDDs are unpartitioned and I have all the data I have been working on for years on them Please please help me I want to recover my data back as well as understand why this is happening Thanking you in anticipation Warm Regards Rahul Sangole nbsp

A:Just lost two IDE Primary and Seconday partitions to SATA - Help - Please - Urgent

Welcome to the world of SATA and RAID.

If your hard drives were configured for RAID - normally, I would say reinstall every thing the way you used to have it. BUT, since there is no backup of your data, well, you live and learn. In a RAID configuration - if one hard drive goes down (basically speaking) all RAID drives go down. That's why I mentioned putting every thing back as it was.

Contact ASUS tech support - this is your best bet for SAFEMODE DATA RECOVERY in a RAID system.