HD-problems after CPU-upgrade. I'm desperate!

I'm desperate for help, so please try to help me...

I'll give you the whole story.

I have a K6-2 350MHz system with two IBM harddrives, one 8GB (primary slave, D:) and one 30GB (primary master, C:).

I decided it was time to upgrade the system and bought a T-bird 1.33GHz, Abit KG7-LITE, 256MB DDR DIMM and a Chieftec Dragon MidiTower.

Since this upgrade probably would require a reinstallation of Windows 2000 I decided to format the whole drive to get a really clean installation.

Therefore I copied everything on my 30GB-drive that I really needed (mp3, divX, games, appz, documents, drivers, etc.) to the small 8GB drive just for temporary storage while I sweeped the "main-drive" clean. I managed to fill the entire disk - 8GB of data that has taken years to gather.

I had FAT32 on both disks and both Windows 98 and Windows 2000 installed on the C drive.

After installing all the new hardware I booted up (and adjusted the necessary BIOS settings) and chose Windows 98 in the boot menu, I hit F8 and started only DOS. I switched to D: and typed "format C:" and the whole process went quite painless. At this time both drives were functioning perfectly, the backed-up files were all on the D-drive and all was normal.

After formatting the C drive I rebooted the system with the Win2000 CD in the CD player, and the Win2000 installation started.

Already at this point did I notice something strange - in the beginning of the installation, when you are asked on what drive you want to install the OS, both harddrives were listed, BUT the "backup-drive" was listed as errornous. I don't remember _exactly_ what it said 'cuz I didn't think it would be a huge problem, so I went on with the installation and all went just fine.

When I was done I opened Windows Explorer to re-locate all the files from the 8GB backup drive, and to install all software I had there, etc. It was no good... *sigh*

The D-drive was listed as "Local Disk (D:)" and when I tried to open it a message told me that the harddrive was not formatted, and asked me if I wanted to format it. Naturally I chose NO, 'cuz I KNOW it is formatted. Geez, it's FULL of stuff that I can't possible afford to lose...

What am I to do?!?! What went wrong, and more importantly, how can I save my data???

Quote from the Boss: I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame it on you.
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  1. I'm very sorry, don't have time for details,
    Just don't worry, you have to add your HDD.
  2. okay... don't exactly know what you mean, but I'd _really_ appreciate if you could help me... I really don't want to lose everything stored on that disk...

    Quote from the Boss: I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame it on you.
  3. Try booting to a Windows Startup disk (ie Win 95, 98, or ME) and checking fdisk. As long as it's assigned a drive letter, goto the drive letter and do a directory listing on that drive. If you see your files there I would load Windows 98, Backup your data, and reinstall Windows 2000. Once you have Windows 2000 loaded repartition and format the drive ...

    Hope that helps?

    <font color=red><b>"Can you deal with that!"</b></font color=red>
  4. Hey! That's exactly what I did last night! (:
    The problem was I didn't have a Win98 bootdisk, but I got one from bootdisk.com and once I had booted with the disk the D drive was accessible. Hence I could install Win98 from there and copy everything to the main drive (C:).

    The weird thing is that when I then reinstalled Win2000 it still couldn't read the D drive... When the installation program asked me on what drive I wanted to install W2k it listed the 8GB drive as "Unformatted or damaged"...

    But this time it didn't really matter since I had already copied all the files to the main disk...

    Thanks for all help and advice! I'm eternally grateful (:

    Quote from the Boss: I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame it on you.
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