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tkeeling

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    2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
    « on: December 07, 2009, 01:59:05 PM »
    I have 2 HDD on my xp computer.  I pulled it out of another computer.  I see it when on my computer as D.

    Problem is, it only shows 5 gig total space, which it isn't.  I want to set it up so that I can use it to copy the files and programs I need to save, then resotre my C drive to factory specs and hopefully speed up my computer.

    I have McAfee Security Center, and I am not seeing any virus, spyware etc that would normally slow computer, so I am thinking restore to factory specs will do the trick.

    How to I make format D drive, and then make it available to save my files etc. so that after I restore C drive to factory specs, I can copy them back to the main drive?  Or just backup what I want from C to D and then restore?

    Thanks

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    Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
    « Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 02:30:24 PM »
    right-click My Computer, select Manage
    Computer Management---Disk Management
    You probably need to delete partitions, then create one large one, then format.
    Don't do anthing with the C-Drive (probably Disk 0).

    tkeeling

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      Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
      « Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 06:06:07 PM »
      Ok, I did the last.  But after reformat it still only shows 4.15gb of space total.  i know that this hard drive was over 100 gb, what happened?  How do I get it to be recognized and resized?  Something is wrong.

      Thanks
      Tina

      tkeeling

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        Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
        « Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 06:10:36 PM »
        I vaguely remember somewhere back in my earlier days of computing, that when a slave drive is installed, that you enter parameters of it and then it shows the drive and capacity.  Maybe I need to fix it as if I was just installing the slave drive.  But for some reason I cant remember how to do this.

        Any ideas?

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        Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
        « Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 06:19:43 PM »
        How many GB are shown directly under the Disk#?
        The same thing happened to someone else a couple weeks ago.  Windows Disk Mgmt would not show the hidden and/or the non FAT/NTFS partitions.
        If no success, try this, it's free:  EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition

        tkeeling

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          real problem now
          « Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 07:46:02 PM »
          I restarted my computer after deleting the partition on drive d and reformatting it, and now computer wont boot.

          I know for a fact that I did not mess with drive c at all, only thing in can think of is that my computer may have been booting from drive d.

          I can get to setup (f1), but I cant get to the recover console to set it back to yesterday.

          when I try to boot, i get a boot error.  I have my recovery disks that i got with computer.

          i need a startup disk so that i can get to the recovery console.

          i tried to insert disk 1 of my original recovery console, and my computer is not starting from the cd, i also have a 3 1/2 floppy drive.

          How can i by pass all this and get to the recovery console to restore to a previous date.

          I am using my laptop to discuss this topic, cant get desktop to boot

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            Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
            « Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 02:46:45 AM »
            1.  That's a lot of damage for just seven hours...  Take a breath...  Take several...  And then provide whatever you can for the following points (don't stress over it - just provide what you can).

            2. Backup.  Is there "data" on either hard drive that you "need" to save before proceeding.  Do not "write" to either hard drive until you get the data off.

            3.  Which computer:
                 a.  If brand name, make and model name/number of computer (information from service tag is good:  model, product number, service tag identification).
                 b.  If custom build, make and model number of motherboard.

            4.  Hard Drive(s).
                 a.  The one you hope the operating system is on (Lazarus II):
                      (1)  Manufacturer and model number of drive
                      (2)  Interface, if known (IDE PATA or SATA)
                      (3)  Total drive capacity (GB), if known or available off drive label.
                      (4)  Which operating system and service pack level, e.g. Windows XP Home Edition SP3?

                 b.  Drive you wish to use for data backup:
                      (1)  Manufacturer and model number of drive
                      (2)  Interface, if known (IDE PATA or SATA)
                      (3)  Total drive capacity (GB), if known or available off drive label.
                      (4)  What system did it come out of (Windows, Linux, Mac)?
                      (5)  Was there an operating system on it?  If so, which version and service pack level?

            5.  Resource(s):
                 a.  What recovery disks?  What do the external labels say?
                 b.  Recovery/Restore partition on hard drive?
                 c.  Windows XP Install CD (OEM or Retail)?
                 d.  Available "external" hard drive enclosure of correct internal interface (IDE PATA or SATA).
                 e.  Do you know how to "write" a bootable "iso" image to CD-R?     

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              Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
              « Reply #7 on: December 08, 2009, 07:32:54 AM »
              yes there is data that i need and has NOT been backd up, pics, files, programs.

              The computer is a compaq presario, and i have 6 cd's that came with it, they say

              compaq system recovery, windows xp home edition.

              when i boot computer, i can get to system setup

              the computer has a cd, 3 1/2 floppy and 2 hdd, primary and secondary

              when i try to change the setup to boot from cd, it still tries to boot from floppy.

              i know that my data is there and i would be able to fix this if i could just get past the error

              "master boot record error"


              it seems that the computer will only boot from the floppy, so what i need it to get it to boot from the cd.

              call me if you can help

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                Re: 2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data
                « Reply #8 on: December 09, 2009, 03:29:43 AM »
                1.  Operating System.  You're going to need a working operating system to "backup" and/or recover data files.  You might:
                     a.  Boot to a Live CD (e.g. Ubuntu 9.10).
                     b.  Restore the previous operating system (to "new" or different hard drive).
                     c.  Use another computer (with working operating system) to access data.

                2.  Backup/Recovery.  You should not "write" to any partition (or in this case, hard drive) that you wish to "recover" data from.  It might "overwrite" the needed data, thus corrupting it even more.

                3.  Second Hard Drive.  The one you were going to use for "backup".
                     a.  Is there any "data" on this drive you need to backup or save?
                     b.  Is there a working operating system on this drive?  Which one?
                     c.  If you return drive to original computer, will you have a working computer to troubleshoot from?
                     d.  Manufacturer, model number, and capacity of drive
                     e.  Drive interface (IDE PATA or SATA)?
                     f.   Can we install/restore an operating system to this drive?

                4.  Compaq Computer.  What is the model name/number?  Or better yet, give us the information from the service tag on the back of the computer case:
                     a.  Model name/number
                     b.  Product number
                     c.  Service Tag ID
                     d.  Serial Number

                5.  Resources:
                     a.  Do you have access to CD drive to "write" (burn) CDs?
                     b.  Do you know how to "write" a bootable "iso" image to CD-R?