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SATA Drive shows unallocated space in VISTA pls HELP!!!

saayinla Avatar
8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
Please I have just coupled a new computer, and after installing windows vista Ultimate, I installed my backup drive a 500gb sata drive with all my files on it, but windows did not show it so i went to the disk management under computer management and it is showing my drive as unallocated.
please help i do NOT want to format this drive. the drive works fine a a previous computer which i no longer have.

Please advise.
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb314/saayinla/drive.jpg
#2
Unfortunatly I think you have to, I had the same problem on mine when I got a Vista PC.
#3
ryouga
Unfortunatly I think you have to, I had the same problem on mine when I got a Vista PC.


are you saying that i cannot in anyway retreive my data?
#4
Unless you put it back in a XP PC.

Not sure if a external case would work or not
#5
ryouga
Unless you put it back in a XP PC.

Not sure if a external case would work or not


The drive was previously used in a vista pc as well, I initially formatted it in vista and i have been using it in vista until yesterday when i changed system.
#6
Strange, not sure then
#7
could be several things here but most likely is that the mainboard bios has interpreted the drive geometry differently, try disabling that channel in the bios or using an external case/usb caddy
#8
maddogb
could be several things here but most likely is that the mainboard bios has interpreted the drive geometry differently, try disabling that channel in the bios or using an external case/usb caddy


what do you mean disabling the channel in the bios?
#9
Vista = :-(

Windows XP = :)
#10
Copy the data onto an external drive using an xp computer.
banned#11
Did the original vista pc have exactly the same version of vista? It will cause a problem if it didnt. Best bet is to put it back in old pc and do a USB transfer of the files to new PC. Then install new HDD in new PC and format it.
#12
csiman
Did the original vista pc have exactly the same version of vista? It will cause a problem if it didnt. Best bet is to put it back in old pc and do a USB transfer of the files to new PC. Then install new HDD in new PC and format it.


old pc had vista ultimate, new pc has vista ultimate. that means everytime i re install windows i ll have to format the drive?
banned#13
saayinla;1574897
old pc had vista ultimate, new pc has vista ultimate. that means everytime i re install windows i ll have to format the drive?

No but that might be a reinstall might be a good option as then vista would probably recognise both drives.

Have you tried uininstalling the drive in device manager then re-booting?
banned#14
Just download Partition Magic and redistribute the space, it isnt hard..
#15
Isn't this the same as the XP problem that came up the other day ?

Can you not just right click where it shows unallocated space Disk 1 and then allocate it ?

I might be talking out my nether region but worth a try ?
#16
hottoshop
Isn't this the same as the XP problem that came up the other day ?

Can you not just right click where it shows unallocated space Disk 1 and then allocate it ?

I might be talking out my nether region but worth a try ?


No, when i right click the only option i have there is to create a new simple volume.
#17
saayinla
No, when i right click the only option i have there is to create a new simple volume.


OK sorry then for the misinformation. I don't use vista so couldn't be sure.

I take it you have read the Windows Vista help files on disk management ?
#18
hottoshop
OK sorry then for the misinformation. I don't use vista so couldn't be sure.

I take it you have read the Windows Vista help files on disk management ?


Done That, nothing helpful really.
#19
#20
You could also type the following into Google which brings up a few pages that might be helpful ?

unallocated space in vista disk management

Apologies if you've tried all this :)
That's all I have to offer...........................................Good luck :)
#21
hottoshop
You could also type the following into Google which brings up a few pages that might be helpful ?

unallocated space in vista disk management

Apologies if you've tried all this :)
That's all I have to offer...........................................Good luck :)

I have already tried this no hope.

hottoshop
You might get an easy answer through this help forum:
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/538890-disk-management-problem-vista.html


Am on it now, cheers
#22
Look in system bios where the drive is listed and set to no drive installed if pos, also check out sata controller function and try setting to legacy ide/ide this may affect geometry detection as newer system may have it set to ahci
bios is usually entered thru del or f2 key but options may be limited depending on computer type
#23
Hi there,

This happened to me once. I managed to get all of my data back using Stellar Phoenix FAT & NTFS.
http://www.stellarinfo.com/partition-recovery.htm

If the drive is just an NTFS volume, you can buy just the NTFS version for $80.

Or if you don't want to pay anything, well, lets just say I have a special version but it only works on Windows XP. Message me.
banned#24
Have you tried uininstalling the drive in device manager then re-booting?
#25
csiman
Have you tried uininstalling the drive in device manager then re-booting?


i ve tried that now will wait for computer to reboot.
banned#26
saayinla;1575956
i ve tried that now will wait for computer to reboot.

any change?
#27
csiman
any change?


No change.
banned#28
only thing I can recommened is to reinstall windows but with the drive already connected
#29
I ll try that as well.
#30
no expert on vista (as if anyone is) but:
Installing with drive attached may cause writting to the drive which may hinder any chance of data recovery, try the reversable bios options first
#31
maddogb
no expert on vista (as if anyone is) but:
Installing with drive attached may cause writting to the drive which may hinder any chance of data recovery, try the reversable bios options first


I did not do that, cause i dont think its gonna help. really.
banned#32
maddogb;1576952
no expert on vista (as if anyone is) but:
Installing with drive attached may cause writting to the drive which may hinder any chance of data recovery, try the reversable bios options first

It wont write to the drive unless you select it as the main one to install vista to.
#33
csiman
It wont write to the drive unless you select it as the main one to install vista to.


;) as title

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