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The size of hard disk is now 32 MB
The size of hard disk is now 32 MB
I ordered 2 1TB Western Digital hard drives from Newegg. Here is the model:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Both show up in BIOS as 32MB and now 2 OTHER harddrives that were working are now also showing up as 32MB and not formatted.
HISTORY OF EVENTS:
A virus infected my system and corrupted Windows so I decided to start all over again by installing it on a brand new WD 1TB SATA harddrive. I kept the old IDE harddrive in (as C: drive) so I could transfer over my data onto my new harddrive once I finished installing Windows on the new harddrive. I hooked the new WD drive into a SATA port and installed Windows on it. Everything went fine but I discovered that Windows installed with a drive letter of G: AND the boot files installed to the corrupted C drive(old Windows installation). (If I had know this would be the case I would not be having to install Windows now for a 3rd time... and probably wouldnt be having these problems)
1 Seagate IDE hard drive (corrupt old Windows installation) with a drive letter of C hooked into the Primary IDE Channel as Master.
1 Western Digital SATA 1 TB hard drive (New and active Windows installation) with a drive letter of G.
2 identical WD hard drives (data storage only) hooked into a 2nd and 3rd SATA port. (for a total of 3 identical WD 1TB drives)
and 1 SATA DVD burner hooked into another a 4th port
Because my new Windows installation is on G: and my boot files are on the old C drive and I dont like that, I decided to buy another Western Digital 1TB harddrive (Identical to the 2 I already have). Because they were on special, I ordered 2 more of them for a total of 5.
So last night when I got my drives, (in order to avoid the same problem with Windows installing with a drive letter NOT being C and installing boot files on another drive), I unhooked all the drives accept for my DVD drive (so I could boot off the Windows CD), then I connected 1 of the new WD 1TB SATA drives into my 1st SATA port and booted off the Windows XP Professional cd. When it got to the Format/partition screen, it said I only had 32mb that I could partition. I figured something was bad with the drive so I turned off the pc and hooked in the 2nd drive and tried again. The same exact thing happened with that one. Both were saying 32MB. I called Western Digital and told them what happened. They said both drives are defective.
So then I reconnected all my drives back in the EXACT same ports they were in before I unhooked them. Then before it could boot up into Windows, it gave me some HAL error. Well I played around with the configuration of the drives and still couldnt get them to work. I thought maybe I accidentally hooked the drives up in the wrong ports, but thats not the case. I then took my WINDOWS drive(Drive G: WD 1TB SATA) and hooked it in via a USB adapter into another computer running Windows XP and it said the drive is not formatted. (Now this is my new Windows installation drive which was working flawlessly, all I did was unhook it). I then hooked in all my drives 1 by 1 into the USB adapter to see what they would say. It turns out that my WINDOWS drive(Drive G: WD 1TB SATA) and 1 other of my WD 1TB storage drives are now showing as nonformatted when I plug them in via the USB adapter. However 1 of my 3 WD 1TB is working correctly and showing the 1TB. Not sure why these other 2 are showing as 32mb unformatted. Also one of the 2 (now bad) WD 1TB drives is showing RAW.
So now I have 4 WD 1TB harddrives showing as 32MB. Can someone please tell me how to recover my data off of these 2 bad drives and what could have happened to cause this?
Refer to these guys and run through their checklist.|
they provide a program, which should do the trick:
However, it is not likely to work over the USB. You need a "proper" SATA connection.
Make sure you start with a drive that does not contain any useful information, just for the case.
Keep in mind that if there is a motherboard incompatibility, you will not be able to use the same machine to determine if the drive is restored to its capacity. If it is the motherboard which causes this (for some bizzare reason), then it will most likely revert the drive back to 32MB immediately upon restart. Also, consider checking the BIOS settings to see if you can find something related to SATA port modes.
It is unlikely you would need any sort of data recovery. I expect that once you restore the capacity, the drives would be readily readable again.