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Set-up recognize my hdd but windows doesn't

I had a 40gig maxtor hdd which given to me by my friend, the file type of this hdd is NTFS then i decided to install an OS (windows xp) and partition it into FAT32. The OS installed properly, then after that i go to desktop prepeties and resize the desktop and then my computer hang, i wait for 10 minutes hoping that it will run again but its not. I decided to restart my computer, after restarting windows cannot recognize my hdd anymore but the set-up recognize my hdd but the name of my hdd is blingking. what is it all about? is there anyway that i can use my hdd again? how? ay software that i can use? hope you could help me with my problem. thanks fixya.

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  • Alun Cox May 11, 2010

    Why you would choose FAT32 over NTFS is a mystery but it's your choice. What is the status of the drive in Control Panel/Admin Tools/Computer Management/Dosc Management? Also check your drivers in Syste/Hardware Device Manager

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Windows uses NTFS file system.

you need to enter a boot disk/recovery disk/windows xp disk into your CD drive and in the system BIOS select the CD drive to boot first. Once the CD has loaded you can re-format your HDD to NTFS and re-install windows

You will, however loose all your data but your HDD will function again with windows

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