Question about Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160 GB SATA Hard Drive
How do you re-initialize a drive without formatting? ( i.e just create the descriptor and leave data intact ). My two sata drives are displaying 'unallocated' state but any attempt to reinitialise them prompts me to partition the drives. They were perfectly healthy before I switched my bios to raid mode. After realising my mistake I switched back but drives seem to have lost their 'descriptors'. Previously both drives were ntfs formatted to their maximum partition size.
Posted by Anonymous on
You're gonna have to reformat them to get rid of the raid information that Bios placed on them.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This is highly risky and i would not use it without fully backing up every bit of data on the drives, you most likely will lose the data if you try this!!!! Boot from a downloaded Gparted disc then resize one of the discs by a tiny amount, then apply the changes. This might reset it characteristics to something usuable. If the data is not accessible you could try using "pcinspector filerecovery", its a free download, then when all is rescued, format the drives.
Posted on Mar 23, 2010
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