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    Have been setting up a new 80Gb Western Digital HDD for a friend. Original 8Gb drive had Win98SE. New HDD was set up as slave to the original master at this stage.

    The plan was to copy the original Win98SE drive to one partition as a backup, use another for a fresh install of WIN XP HOME and the third for file storage. I partitioned the new 80Gb HDD with Western Digital's DataLifeguard as follows:
    1 x Primary drive (for Win XP)
    2 x Extended Partition with 2 x Logical drives

    When I rebooted to Win98SE I could only access the old HDD and the new HDD's primary partition. I ran Partition Magic 6.0 and discovered that DLG had made the extended (logical drives) partitions on the old drive NTFS rather than FAT32 which I had wanted (not sure why the NTFS as I certainly didn't select it??!).

    Tried to use Partition Magic to re-partition/format the new drive without success. Rebooted to DOS and tried FDISK but couldn't delete the NTFS partition so downloaded DELPART.EXE to do the job.

    Disconnected the power to the old Win98SE HDD but left the drive cable plugged in. Ran DELPART.EXE and was able to re-partition the new HDD successfully using FDISK instead.

    However, when I reconnected the power cable and tried to reboot the old 8Gb HDD the BIOS wouldn't recognize it. I have tried to boot it on both my friend's and also on my PC, both as slave and master, but have the same prob - BIOS just won't recognize it. If I run it as a slave, it won't even let my master boot!

    Am thinking maybe running DELPART.EXE possible has something to do with this, but as the power cable was not connected at the time, I can't work out how! Anyone have any ideas on what has happened here? And how come if I hook it up as a slave, my master won't boot?!!

    Can I recover the data from this 8Gb HDD? I just know my friend is not going to be happy when she finds out it's inaccessible!!! Any help to save my neck ASAP would be muchly appreciated

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    Windows won't let you convert from NTFS to FAT32, you can only go from FAT32 to NTFS. Partition Magic will let you go from NTFS to FAT32, select the partition you want to change, then select CONVERT from the menu at the left. Follow the on screen prompts. Charlie

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    Windows won't let you convert from NTFS to FAT32, you can only go from FAT32 to NTFS. Partition Magic will let you go from NTFS to FAT32, select the partition you want to change, then select CONVERT from the menu at the left. Follow the on screen prompts. Charlie
    Tnx for responding Charlie.

    Don't want to convert to FAT32 or NTFS - just want the old drive back the way it was! (FAT32)

    After a couple of "technician's thumps" I managed to get the bios recognizing the corrupted hard drive. Booted it up as a slave to a good master, however it now presents as an empty drive. Now that I've got the bios recognizing the drive, I don't feel half as sick as I did before, but I am still stressing seriously over this dilemma! :cry:

    Ran GETDATABACK with the corrupted drive hooked in as a slave on a different PC, but no luck.

    As I said before, the only thing I can think of is that I ran DELPART.EXE to fix NTFS partitions on a second HDD (hooked up as a slave to the drive I am having probs with). This drive - the one I am having probs with - had the HDD power cable unplugged but was set up as a master at the time and the IDE cable still connected. Could DELPART.EXE have run on this drive as well even without the power connected?

    If so, any ideas on how to recover the partition/data? Have read that TESTDISK.EXE may help as it can undo DELPART.EXE's work. If so, what's the best way to use it? Or any other ideas on recovering the data? I did not format the drive, nor do anything else, after running DELPART.EXE.

    Any help would be appreciated.