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    Can't see drive letter of HDD

    My mate came back from holiday and plugged his external HDD into his PC but it refused to be recognised. He stripped it out of the case and I now have it plugged directly into my PC. The bios sees it but it has no drive letter. It is a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200gb. I ran the Maxtor diagnostic and it says that the partion table is empty.

    He has about 20 gigs of photos on the drive .........

    HELP!!!

    H

    Both on XP Home by the way

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    might have to go to a recovery console and type fix/mbr...your master boot record might be corrupt.
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    Before going too far, check the cable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efc
    Before going too far, check the cable.
    Cables are all OK and as its now plugged directly into my PC using my previously working connections I am quite confident of that.

    If I do the Recovery Console thing will the data be preserved?

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    If I do the Recovery Console thing will the data be preserved?
    Yes

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    when you fdisk the mbr it basically reindexes the mbr. like when you reindex a database.



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    Going Backwards

    I installed the Recovery Console (I cant run it from the cd as I have to use the IDE cable to connect the duff hard drive, its pata, my other being sata) but when I boot into it I get a blue screen saying that there is something wrong with the existing hard drive

    This happens if the duff hd is connected or not. The pc boots OK normally................

    Puzzled

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    Bye the way, Console works fine booting from the cd......but I can't get the cd and the hard drive in the case at the same time.........Grrrrrrr

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    Finally got the mbr fixed and the drive worked but only for a short while . Looks like it has a fault as it is now displaying exactly the same symptoms again.

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    Bummer. Sounds like you better save data files and get a new one.
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