Not partitioned?



emilyb49@yahoo.com
07-10-2005, 01:34 AM
I have 3 hard drives, a 250 GB SATA, a 40 GB IDE and a 200 GB IDE. I
went through alot to get the BIOS to see the 2 IDEs after installing
the SATA, I mean alot. Well, I finally get that, and then some trouble

logging onto WinXP, then finally, the desktop. Well, I go to transfer
my files from the 200GB to my SATA, and 'My Computer' doesn't recognize

them. So I go into the device manager and there they are!
I just went into the disk management, the other 2 drives show that they

aren't partitioned, even though one is. How do I fix that without
losing all my stuff from it???

Miss Perspicacia Tick
07-10-2005, 01:34 AM
emilyb49@yahoo.com wrote:
> I have 3 hard drives, a 250 GB SATA, a 40 GB IDE and a 200 GB IDE. I
> went through alot to get the BIOS to see the 2 IDEs after installing
> the SATA, I mean alot. Well, I finally get that, and then some
> trouble
>
> logging onto WinXP, then finally, the desktop. Well, I go to transfer
> my files from the 200GB to my SATA, and 'My Computer' doesn't
> recognize
>
> them. So I go into the device manager and there they are!
> I just went into the disk management, the other 2 drives show that
> they
>
> aren't partitioned, even though one is. How do I fix that without
> losing all my stuff from it???

1) A lot is *TWO* *WORDS* 'alot' (correct spelling 'allot') means 'to
apportion or allocate'.

2) Your hard drives *are* partitioned. If they weren't, you wouldn't have
any! Even if you have one partition, taking up the entire drive, it's still
considered a partition.

3) Have you installed the SATA driver from the motherboard CD?

R. C. White
07-10-2005, 01:34 AM
Hi, Emily.

I'm also running a (new) SATA plus 2 IDEs. My mobo is an EPoX 8KDA3+, with
an NVIDEA nForce3 250 Gb MCP chipset, with BIOS updated to 4/1/05. It has
SATA controllers built in. What mobo/chipset/BIOS are you running?

Most of your problem is in the hardware, not in WinXP, although WinXP does
have the ability to override some BIOS settings. Before you start trying to
get WinXP under control, you need to be sure your BIOS is properly
configured to match your HDs. Since my BIOS is not likely to look like
yours, I can give only generic ideas, which you will have to adapt to fit
your system.

Is SATA built into your mobo? Or on a PCI card that you added? Are the
drivers recognized natively by the WinXP CD-ROM, or did you have to use F6
during Setup to add them? (We can add a SATA drive as secondary after WinXP
is installed, but to use SATA as the boot device, we must do the F6/floppy
shuffle during Setup - unless its drivers are included in WinXP.)

IDE drives should always be recognized unless they are specifically disabled
in the BIOS. When the computer first boots, the initial text-based screen
should list the IDE HDs and CD/DVD drives as they are recognized. If SATA
is built into the mobo and enabled in the BIOS, SATA drives should be
listed, too, following the IDEs even if the boot device is SATA. Then any
add-on BIOSes for specific devices (SCSI, SATA, etc.) should be recognized
and devices connected to them should be listed, probably on a second (or
third) screen page. (That first page flashes pretty fast, but this page of
SCSI and other adapters might take several seconds.) After all this is
displayed, WinXP should display its splash screen and start to load. Are
you seeing all this when your computer boots?

Disk Management is the key utility to use to make sure your HDs are properly
partitioned and formatted. As Miss Tick said, every HD must be partitioned,
even if a single partition covers the entire HD. We don't assign a "drive"
letter to an HD; a "drive" letter can be assigned only to a "volume", which
can be a primary partition or a logical drive in an extended partition.
Then we can format the "drive", which is actually the volume, not the
unpartitioned hard drive.

Take another look at what Disk Management is telling you. Study the Help
file, which is very informative, although somewhat disjointed. Perhaps you
need to initalize your IDE drives.

Let us know what you figure out and we can probably help you find the next
step.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@corridor.net
Microsoft Windows MVP

<emilyb49@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1119970951.735056.157250@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>I have 3 hard drives, a 250 GB SATA, a 40 GB IDE and a 200 GB IDE. I
> went through alot to get the BIOS to see the 2 IDEs after installing
> the SATA, I mean alot. Well, I finally get that, and then some trouble
>
> logging onto WinXP, then finally, the desktop. Well, I go to transfer
> my files from the 200GB to my SATA, and 'My Computer' doesn't recognize
>
> them. So I go into the device manager and there they are!
> I just went into the disk management, the other 2 drives show that they
>
> aren't partitioned, even though one is. How do I fix that without
> losing all my stuff from it???

Newsr
07-10-2005, 01:40 AM
Rude Troll, ask anyone.
http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-532190.php

"Miss Perspicacia Tick" <test@test.com> wrote in message
news:R9ewe.108$L42.42@fe07.highwinds-media.phx...
> emilyb49@yahoo.com wrote:
>> I have 3 hard drives, a 250 GB SATA, a 40 GB IDE and a 200 GB IDE. I
>> went through alot to get the BIOS to see the 2 IDEs after installing
>> the SATA, I mean alot. Well, I finally get that, and then some
>> trouble
>>
>> logging onto WinXP, then finally, the desktop. Well, I go to transfer
>> my files from the 200GB to my SATA, and 'My Computer' doesn't
>> recognize
>>
>> them. So I go into the device manager and there they are!
>> I just went into the disk management, the other 2 drives show that
>> they
>>
>> aren't partitioned, even though one is. How do I fix that without
>> losing all my stuff from it???
>
> 1) A lot is *TWO* *WORDS* 'alot' (correct spelling 'allot') means 'to
> apportion or allocate'.
>
> 2) Your hard drives *are* partitioned. If they weren't, you wouldn't
> have any! Even if you have one partition, taking up the entire drive, it's
> still considered a partition.
>
> 3) Have you installed the SATA driver from the motherboard CD?
>

emilyb49@yahoo.com
07-10-2005, 01:41 AM
I am sure none of you will see this again, but I want you to know I
appreciate you trying to help. I have resolved the problem. There was
some type of problem with the partition table or something. Thanks

R. C. White
07-10-2005, 01:42 AM
Hi, Emily.

Yes, we see it. ;<)

I'm glad you got it fixed and thanks for the report.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@corridor.net
Microsoft Windows MVP

<emilyb49@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1120701091.753145.242920@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
>I am sure none of you will see this again, but I want you to know I
> appreciate you trying to help. I have resolved the problem. There was
> some type of problem with the partition table or something. Thanks


Not partitioned?