ASRock N68C-GS FX - issue with large hard drive

My ASUS M3A motherboard got replaced by an ASRock N68C-GS FX today. The ASUS board was toast as a result of a stupid mistake I made. Upon getting it home from the shop, I find that I have a major issue and the tech is not back until Monday so I thought I'd ask here to see if I can get myself out of trouble.

The problem is that one of my hard drives is not being recognized properly. I have two 750 GB drives, C and D, that are showing up just fine but the big 3TB drive, which was split into three drives, E, F, and G, are showing up as a single drive, E. When I click on it, it tells me that it hasn't been formatted and offers to format it for me. This is very distressing since I have over 2 TB of data on that drive that I do NOT want to lose.

I'm running Windows XP (SP3) 32-bit. All of the drives are SATA, including the 3TB one. I installed the 3 TB myself about a year and a half ago and remember that I had to do some extra setup steps to get the full 3 TB recognized in XP. There was a special step or two; I still see Seagate Disk Wizard on my desktop and some Acronis entries in Device Manager from that effort.

I'm trying to figure out how to make my data visible again. Frankly, I'm not sure why changing the motherboard should have caused the drive to not be correctly recognized any more. I'm afraid to do anything, even launch Disk Wizard, for fear that the software will start formatting the drive and costing me all the data which took a lot of effort to accumulate. (And no, it isn't my porn stash ;-)

Does anyone know how I can get the drive to be recognized correctly? Is there possibly a setting that has to change in the BIOS to enable the board to see the big drive as it really is?
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  1. Hi, Still running the XP installed on the ASUS board?
  2. Asus M3A motherboard uses the 770 Series AMD chipset and is compatible with the Asus Disk Unlockler software.
    http://event.asus.com/mb/2010/Disk_Unlocker/

    ASRock also has Unlockler software the lists N68C-GS FX as compatible.
    http://www.asrock.com/feature/3TB/index.asp

    In order to take advantage of hard drives over 2.2TB, users must have some combination of a compatible operating system, BIOS, partition table, and file system. Microsoft Windows XP (x32) is not listed as one of the compatible operating systems for using drives of 2.2TB's and above.
  3. alexoiu said:
    Hi, Still running the XP installed on the ASUS board?


    Sorry, I don't understand your question. XP is installed on the hard drive, not the motherboard. What are you trying to ask me?
  4. Calvin7 said:
    Asus M3A motherboard uses the 770 Series AMD chipset and is compatible with the Asus Disk Unlockler software.
    http://event.asus.com/mb/2010/Disk_Unlocker/

    ASRock also has Unlockler software the lists N68C-GS FX as compatible.
    http://www.asrock.com/feature/3TB/index.asp

    In order to take advantage of hard drives over 2.2TB, users must have some combination of a compatible operating system, BIOS, partition table, and file system. Microsoft Windows XP (x32) is not listed as one of the compatible operating systems for using drives of 2.2TB's and above.


    I'm not clear on what you're saying. I used Seagate DiscWizard originally to make all of the 3 TB drive visible to my system. Does Unblocker do the same things as DiscWizard? I assure you that I upgraded XP (32-bit) from SP2 to SP3 so that it would work with the 3 TB drive. It worked for a year and a half until I messed up my computer. The compatiblity chart may say it's impossible but it worked fine until I hosed the old motherboard. Now I want the new motherboard to be able to see the contents of the 3 TB drive.

    Any guidance you have for me would be gratefully received.
  5. You can use Seagate DiscWizard for the 3TB drive. If you store your data on a non-system disc Seagate recommends it be backed up if you need to recover from a disaster. You can try reinstalling Seagate DiskWizard to the operating system and then connecting the 3TB drive but I think you will need to make the partitions again.
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