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SATA Unallocated??

By carlandtiffany ·
I surely can be the only one to have this issue, please can someone point out the error in my ways...?

To paint a picture, my PC contained an IDE HD which was the original HD and on which was installed my programs and OS. I added a second larger SATA drive which I used to store my data. My IDE went pop and I have had to replace it.

ON good advice I purchased another SATA and installed this as the main drive, intending to keep the second SATA as data only.

Herein starts the dilema: -

First off I am asked which RAID config I want - wont this erase my files on my DATA drive?? I opt out and disconect the DATA drive keeping just the new one in to install the OS etc, thinking I can transfer the data when I finally get into windows - NO SUCH LUCK.

The drive does not show in Explorer after raid drivers are installed but in the Computer Management app Windows can see my data drive as Disk 1 but no drive letter is assigned and is marked as "Unallocated".

How do I get to the data? (most of it is backed up but not all - hence the need to get at it)
If I opt to re-install Windows and Raid the drives will this overwrite my data?

I hope there is someone out there with a bigger brain cell than mine )

Thanks,

Carl.

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This depends on the M'Board maker

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to SATA Unallocated??

ABIT only supplies RAID Drivers for its SATA Drivers so you can chose not to install a RAID Array and just keep your existing data drive separate.

If you can not access the Data drive once you have loaded Windows you can remove the drive fit it to a External USB to SATA Enclosure and read it that way to recover your data. But it all really depends on what happened to the original HDD and how the system was setup if you made your data files Private and Encrypted them with the Original OS gone so will the Encryption Keys so your Data will be a bunch of rubbish that is impossible to access.

I also tend to fit the Boot Drive to the SATA 1 connection and any non RAID Drives to the SATA 3 or higher Connection on the M'Board so it doesn't try to combine the two drives into some form of RAID Array if you setup a RAID configuration.

But without knowing what the M'Board Maker & Model is it's very hard to say what is happening here. If you would like to post back with this information maybe it's possible to offer some more help.

Col

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Motherboard and finner details

by carlandtiffany In reply to This depends on the M'Boa ...

Thanks Col.

Motherboard is a MSI KT6V ATX - VIA KT600 Chipset Based Model MS-7021. (Need anything else?)

The RAID driver I used was that provided with the MB Via SATA. As far as I was aware, I had not made the drive private or encrypted.

The old main HDD I had just stopped working; I cannot even see it in an external USB caddy.

Does this help at all??

Carl.

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The VIA Chip Set shouldn't need any SATA Drivers

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Motherboard and finner de ...

All that should be necessary is to install Windows and not add any RAID Drivers. The Windows Installer should pickup the SATA Drive/s and proceed with the install without any further drivers needed.

As you have already used the RAID Drivers it must have setup some kind of RAID Array which is causing your current problem with the Array being unable to recognise the Second HDD that is supposed to be in the Array.

If you wipe and reload Windows without any RAID Drivers that should cure your current problem.

Col

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Windows Reload

by carlandtiffany In reply to The VIA Chip Set shouldn' ...

Would I need to remove any RAID/SATA drivers before I reload Windows??

its just that I have tried installing windows onto one of my spare IDE HDD without RAID drivers, but Windows does not see the SATA HDD until the SATA Chipset drivers are installed - am I doing something wrong ~(

Also, when I tried to load windows again onto the new SATA HDD if I do not press F6 it does not see it??

Should I load Windows onto what was my DATA SATA HDD - will it erase the data that is on it?

Sorry to sound so thick - I have just tried so many things that I am getting lost now.

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OK Obviously you need the SATA Driver

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows Reload

Generally speaking VIA Chip Sets auto Detect the SATA Drivers required but in your case you need to use the SATA/RAID Driver from here

http://tinyurl.com/bzc7u

which is the latest available for this M'Board. You should be given the option to chose either a RAID Array or a SATA Drive from the install procedure so chose the SATA Driver and forget about any form of RAID Array as this M'Board only supports RAID 0 & 1 neither of which you wish to use here.

Col

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SATA Driver loaded in Windows but still no luck

by carlandtiffany In reply to OK Obviously you need the ...

Thanks for the link - I have d/l the 4in1 driver and only installed the VIA PATA/SATA IDE Driver but I still cannot see the HDD. As I mentioned before, the HDD is listed in device manager as well as in Computer Management but I am unable to phyicaly access it or assign a drive letter etc?

Should i be saving this driver to a floppy and applying it during a windows reload?

Before my last IDE HDD died I had to re-instll windows which went fine. I applied the RAID driver after the install was complete and was able to see the HDD which was automatically assigned a drive letter. The last config was the same as I have now with an IDE for the OS and trying to see the SATA HDD using the SATA/RAID Driver.

With a standard IDE drive when you reinstall windows the data on the drive remains intact - is this the same with a SATA or am I barking up the wrong tree??

FYI - Apart from the two SATA connectors on the Mobo I also have a SAT PCI card which I could use if this will help? My new SATA is a Samsung which also has accompanying drivers.

Frazzled, lost and confused now ~:o)

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Well I can't say that I blame you in the slightest

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to SATA Driver loaded in Win ...

This should be an easy fix. Normally but the only thing that I can think of is that when the original IDE Drive failed it took away that MBR on the SATA Drive and that is what the problem is now.

When you look at the Drive in Computer Management does it show up as Formatted or Unallocated?

The only thing that I can think of here is that when you installed the OS you accidentally installed it to your Data Drive and you have a blank drive that you where going to use as your OS Drive or that when the IDE Drive failed it damaged the Partition on the SATA Drive.

Should i be saving this driver to a floppy and applying it during a windows reload?

As for the SATA Driver you need to save it to the Root of a Floppy so you can install it during the Windows Install or you'll be unable to install it and have it work correctly.

Before my last IDE HDD died I had to re-instll windows which went fine. I applied the RAID driver after the install was complete and was able to see the HDD which was automatically assigned a drive letter. The last config was the same as I have now with an IDE for the OS and trying to see the SATA HDD using the SATA/RAID Driver.

This is exactly what should happen if the SATA drive is intact but it's possible that the Partition Information has been damaged when the original IDE drive failed for some reason this really depends on what was happening at the time you may need to do some Data Recovery Work on the drive to reconstruct the Contents of it if that's the case. If you have access to On Tracks Easy Data Recovery that will allow you to rebuild the MBR/Partition Information or whatever you like to call it easily but if you don't have a copy it's not cheap and not something that I would consider buying unless you have a need for it though it is very good.

With a standard IDE drive when you reinstall windows the data on the drive remains intact - is this the same with a SATA or am I barking up the wrong tree??

This is what should happen though if you suffer a drive failure anythings possible.

FYI - Apart from the two SATA connectors on the Mobo I also have a SAT PCI card which I could use if this will help? My new SATA is a Samsung which also has accompanying drivers.

You can try this but I don't think that you'll see any difference as for the drivers that come with the Samsung HDD these are most likely for a M'Board that can not recognise a drive that big and trick the BIOS into seeing the drive differently but if the drive can be fully seen and formats up to close to it's stated size these shouldn't be required.

Col

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