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I am trying to recover data from two old IDE drives. Drive1 has been successful, but something is wrong with Drive2. It does not appear as a drive letter.

Due to limited legacy hardware, the only way i can see these drives is to boot using windows 7 setup and goto the command prompt. Without going further as to why, my question is how i can access the data in this command prompt.

I discovered DISKPART command and while a first time user, it looked like something that can fix my problem. Here are the results of my diskpart commands. At the bottom is a image of the commands taken with a camera.

The Drive2 is present because when using the diskpart command, I can see it.

  • How can I copy the information using a robocopy script if the drive letter is not available?
  • how can I assign a drive letter?
  • Is there any repair command I need to execute?

When i execute DISKPART, the following is what i see.


Disk###  Status  Size  Free
Disk 5   Online 37 GB  2048 KB

So then I select disk 5.


"Disk 5 is now the selected disk"

When I list partition

Partition ### Type    Size
Partition 1   Primary 101 MB
Partition 2   Primary 37 GB

So I select partition 2

"Partition 2 is now the selected partition."

I then try to assign a drive letter


"There is no volume specified."
"Please select a volume and try again."

When i list volume the drive is not present.


Result of the above commands enter image description here

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Connect the drive and see if it's detected by the BIOS. If not, there's probably not much you can do save use a professional data recovery service (if the data is important enough for you to spend a lot). – Karan Dec 4 '12 at 23:46
it is listed in the bios – Valamas Dec 5 '12 at 5:08
Then try a Linux LiveCD/USB. – Karan Dec 5 '12 at 16:56

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