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We have a Windows 2000 pro computer, with 2 physical drives.
After a reboot, Drive D, a dynamic disk, dissappeared completely from Disk Manager. Event viewer reorts a bad block on the disk. The physical drive is picked up by the BIOS, and can be seen from a Windows 98 boot disk (FDISK). My gut feeling is that I have had a catastrophic failure, but, as it is not seen at all in disk manager I thought there may be an underlying Windows problem (especially as the OS must be able to see the disk to report the 'bad block'.

Any ideas please?

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by jschein In reply to Missing drive

No, when it finds suck a block on a dynamic disk, 2000 will basically drop it from being used... Best case scenario, open your win98 and do an intrusive scan with fix errors... it will take some time, but it should block out the bad blocks if it cannot fix them. Boot up in 2k and it should be back to normal.

Good luck

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by it In reply to

Unfortunately, Win98 doesn't see the drive as a drive, (except in FDISK), cos it's NTFS. Scandisk will not scan it.
Found DMDIAG in the RESKIT, and it reported 'unable to get partition table - cyclic redundancy error' I reckon it's toasted!!!

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by it In reply to Missing drive

Unfortunately, Win98 doesn't see the drive as a drive, cos it's NTFS. Scandisk will not scan it.
Found DMDIAG in the RESKIT, and it reported 'unable to get partition table - cyclic redundancy error' I reckon it's toasted!!!

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by jschein In reply to Missing drive

No biggie... try this download on your 98...


http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/ntfswin98.shtml

Remove any spaces provided by techrepublic.

This will let a 98 machine read and use an NTFS drive...

and also come with a ntfs file checker )

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by jantoluv In reply to Missing drive

Of course win 98 will not see the drive cos it is ntfs.
in fdisk you can see the drive but with fdisk you will make the problem worst.
was you os win2000 pro a upgrade from winnt or win98?
if it is from a winnt still you must see the contents of the disk by reading it with a winnt os.
if it is from a os win98 and then upgraded to win2000 and upgrade the disk to ntfs than you can forget the content in the disk.

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by it In reply to

I have resigned to the fact that the drive is defunct, new one on order. - Thanks for all the help

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