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# 79422 17-Mar-2011 09:41
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UPDATE: I've now tried disconnecting all other HD's and changing the SATA connection of the problem drive and booting the gparted CD. No change. The PC BIOS also thinks the HD is a 4GB drive instead of 2TB...so that can't be good. I tried Acronis Disk Director in Windows....no good. 

Norton's/Symantec bought Partition Magic....and killed it off...so can't try that, either. 

Unless something new comes up....this thing is a paperweight. 

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I have a PC dual-booting Windows Vista Home Premium and Ubuntu 10.10.

A couple of weeks ago I added a 2TB internal SATA drive and mounted as an NT mount point in a folder on my H: drive (the Windows Vista system drive).

I hadn't used NT mount points before and vaguely remember people telling me they could be dangerous....but, I thought, that was years ago and things will probably have moved on a wee bit.

For whatever reason. the mount point is no longer accessible as data space. The partition I created on it has effectively disappeared in Windows. Only the unallocated fragment of the disk is still seen by the Windows system. It drive itself is present in the BIOS.

I can't re-partition the drive as neither Windows nor Linux can see more than the tiny fragment that wasn't originally allocated by me to a partition. 

Storage management in Windows (and Disk Utility in Linux) now see only a 4.1GB unallocated disk space without a partition. The rest of the 2TB drive is invisible to both Windows and Linux. I should say I did not attempt to access this drive from Linux, though the system itself may have detected it and "had a look".  

Anyone have any advice? Is the drive ker-phecked? Or can I recover it? 


 




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  # 449186 17-Mar-2011 11:57
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This sounds silly but have you tried to partition it in another PC? Or in an external USB enclosure perhaps?

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  # 449204 17-Mar-2011 12:33
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Have you tried swapping its SATA position and running a live cd of gparted/ubuntu?

 
 
 
 




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  # 449238 17-Mar-2011 13:59
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No to both suggestions. 

I did try booting the live gparted CD with the SATA drive in its present location. That produced exactly the same outcome as in my original post.

I'll try re-wiring. 

I'm home sick today.....and run out of energy very quickly....

I'm trying to do this in small bursts. :-( 
 




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  # 449254 17-Mar-2011 14:53
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Linuxluver: No to both suggestions. 



I'm home sick today.....and run out of energy very quickly....

 


Good luck!

I know the feeling, I'm home sick too. (thank *insert deity here* for netbooks, for when I'm stck in bed)

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  # 449292 17-Mar-2011 16:34
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Even simpler, I'd try the HDD on a different SATA controller on the mobo... I don't really know what would be screwing things up but am assuming that something, somewhere, has it noted that that specific drive in that specific location has troubles. If you move it it might think it's a new drive and thus not have the same problems, just an idea.

Get well, you're lucky you were able to take the day off, i'm stuck feeling arse and having to write reports and maxscript.



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  # 449323 17-Mar-2011 18:21
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Disrespective: Even simpler, I'd try the HDD on a different SATA controller on the mobo... I don't really know what would be screwing things up but am assuming that something, somewhere, has it noted that that specific drive in that specific location has troubles. If you move it it might think it's a new drive and thus not have the same problems, just an idea.

Get well, you're lucky you were able to take the day off, i'm stuck feeling arse and having to write reports and maxscript.


Thanks.

I did try connecting the drive to a different controller in the same PC..and it made no difference. Next try will be to plug it into a different PC...and see what happens. If that doesn't work, I'll take it back where I bought it and see if they can recover it.

As for being ill.....I can't get anything much cerebral or detailed done when I'm sick.  NO CHOICE!!! :-)  




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