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2 of my Hard Drives aren't showing the data

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    2 of my Hard Drives aren't showing the data


    I was trying to install elementary OS alongside Windows but when the installation was finishing it crashed. When I went back to Windows my hard drive didn't appear and now it says in Manage>Storage>Disk Management Disk 1 Dynamic - Invalid i posted a picture of this.I tried with Ubuntu then on the other disk same thing happened. Is there a way to get them back to normal without losing the data?
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    1. Go to: Downloads | mh-nexus , scroll down and select English/portable edition and download.
    2. Unzip and right click on HxD.exe and select run as Administrator
    3. Click on Extras->Options and uncheck "Open disk as readonly by default"
    4. Click on the HD icon and select the disk (#1 from screen shot)
    5. select sector 0 (#2)
    6. From address 1C2, if it shows: 42 then change it to: 07 (#3)
    7. Reboot and run chkdsk /f X: where X is the drive letter.


    NOTE: Since you've done something with UBUNTU, I am not sure if any damage done with it. Try it with one disk first.


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    Last edited by topgundcp; 02 Sep 2014 at 14:15. Reason: Add Note
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    1. Go to: Downloads | mh-nexus , scroll down and select English/portable edition and download.
    2. Unzip and right click on HxD.exe and select run as Administrator
    3. Click on Extras->Options and uncheck "Open disk as readonly by default"
    4. Click on the HD icon and select the disk (#1 from screen shot)
    5. select sector 0 (#2)
    6. From address 1C2, if it shows: 42 then change it to: 07 (#3)
    7. Reboot and run chkdsk /f X: where X is the drive letter.


    NOTE: Since you've done something with UBUNTU, I am not sure if any damage done with it. Try it with one disk first.


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    Thanks for the fast reply I really don't know which is which here are all of the diskClick image for larger versionClick image for larger versionClick image for larger versionClick image for larger version
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    Installing a Linux distro changed the MBR and along with changed that drive to EXT4. You would have to uninstall GRUB & fix the MBR. You will lose data if you do not do it correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Installing a Linux distro changed the MBR and along with changed that drive to EXT4. You would have to uninstall GRUB & fix the MBR. You will lose data if you do not do it correct.
    none of the Linux distros finished the installation when bot of them where almost finished both threw errors .Could they still change the mbr
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    From your screen shot, I can see that Hard disk 2 at location 1C2 = 42 which indicates it is a dynamic disk, just replace it with 07 and click on save.

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    I think I'm on the right path.Now how do i get to see the data in those hard drivesClick image for larger version
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    Drive D: looks OK but does not have any data
    Drive H: is also OK and does have data
    E: and F: do not look right.

    If you open H: , you should have some data in it.
    BTW, did you do step 7 above ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinXVS View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Installing a Linux distro changed the MBR and along with changed that drive to EXT4. You would have to uninstall GRUB & fix the MBR. You will lose data if you do not do it correct.
    none of the Linux distros finished the installation when bot of them where almost finished both threw errors .Could they still change the mbr
    Yes it still changed the MBR. Along with made those drives EXT4. You are going to lose data on any drives that are partitioned as separate drives.

    You do not need to hex edit anything. You just need to use Gpartd and then repair the MBR. Restore, Fix, Repair Master Boot Record in Windows 8 | 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Drive D: looks OK but does not have any data
    Drive H: is also OK and does have data
    E: and F: do not look right.

    If you open H: , you should have some data in it.
    BTW, did you do step 7 above ???
    Click image for larger versionThe same message appears with F: and E:
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