Second Hard Drive Lost After Reinstall

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Hi all...

I've been reading through older messages in this group, but I can't
find an answer to this particular problem.

My brother's computer has two hard drives, a 200 gig and an old 30 gig
he was using as backup storage. He had to reinstall Windows XP after a
virus/worm infestation (after mistakenly turning off his Norton
firewall for a couple of days.)

Prior to reinstalling, Windows XP booted from the 200 gig, which had
two partitions on it. The 30 gig drive was working normally.

When reinstalling, he made the 200 gig one big partition but now the
30 gig does not appear in My Computer. Disk Management sees it, but
the only option not ghosted out is Delete Partition. Both drives were
and are formatted in NTFS.

Is there any way to make Windows XP use this harddrive without losing
the data on it?

Any help or pointers will be appreciated.

Brian
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Brian Thorn wrote:
    > Hi all...
    >
    > I've been reading through older messages in this group, but I can't
    > find an answer to this particular problem.
    >
    > My brother's computer has two hard drives, a 200 gig and an old 30 gig
    > he was using as backup storage. He had to reinstall Windows XP after a
    > virus/worm infestation (after mistakenly turning off his Norton
    > firewall for a couple of days.)
    >
    > Prior to reinstalling, Windows XP booted from the 200 gig, which had
    > two partitions on it. The 30 gig drive was working normally.
    >
    > When reinstalling, he made the 200 gig one big partition but now the
    > 30 gig does not appear in My Computer. Disk Management sees it, but
    > the only option not ghosted out is Delete Partition. Both drives were
    > and are formatted in NTFS.
    >
    > Is there any way to make Windows XP use this harddrive without losing
    > the data on it?
    >
    > Any help or pointers will be appreciated.
    >
    > Brian

    Has the 30GB drive been assigned a drive letter? . If not assign it thru
    disk management
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    You may also need to Initialize the drive once a letter has been assigned.

    Bobby

    "Keith" <keith@nospam.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:cmv8hi$d5g$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Brian Thorn wrote:
    >> Hi all...
    >>
    >> I've been reading through older messages in this group, but I can't
    >> find an answer to this particular problem.
    >>
    >> My brother's computer has two hard drives, a 200 gig and an old 30 gig
    >> he was using as backup storage. He had to reinstall Windows XP after a
    >> virus/worm infestation (after mistakenly turning off his Norton
    >> firewall for a couple of days.)
    >>
    >> Prior to reinstalling, Windows XP booted from the 200 gig, which had
    >> two partitions on it. The 30 gig drive was working normally.
    >>
    >> When reinstalling, he made the 200 gig one big partition but now the
    >> 30 gig does not appear in My Computer. Disk Management sees it, but
    >> the only option not ghosted out is Delete Partition. Both drives were
    >> and are formatted in NTFS.
    >>
    >> Is there any way to make Windows XP use this harddrive without losing
    >> the data on it?
    >>
    >> Any help or pointers will be appreciated.
    >>
    >> Brian
    >
    > Has the 30GB drive been assigned a drive letter? . If not assign it thru
    > disk management
    >
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