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Convert is not available for RAW drives
mexanh Jun-20-02 12:53 PM
Hi, I'm trying to convert my FAT32 80Gb (2 partition 40Gb each) to NTFS but
I receive the error message: "convert is not available for RAW drives". Does
anyone know how to get around with this matter? Please help me. Thank you.
Advices are greatly appreciated.
Mexanh

1. RE: Convert is not available for RAW drives
lbyard Jun-20-02 02:57 PM
In response to message 0
What are you using to convert the drive? Are the partitions in fact formatted? Larry

2. RE: Convert is not available for RAW drives
mexanh Jun-20-02 04:22 PM
In response to message 1
Hi Larry,
I'm using Windows XP's convert.exe in command prompt to convert the drive. I tried all kind of recovery programs but it can only recover ~ 30-32 GB (can't remember exactly). I'd like to recover the 2nd partition but none of my computers (3: Windows 2000,Windows XP, Win98) can recognize the drive. Convert is my only hope (well, to my understanding ). I think the reason is that my hard drive is large. In addition, there are 2 "!" beside "Mass Storage Controller" shown when I open device manager. One is under "Other Device" and one under "SCSI and RAID controller". The hard drive I'm having problem is Maxtor D740X-6L. The other 10GB drive by Fujitsu is recognized fine and read OK with Windows 98 on another computer (The one I'm having Windows XP is previously clean installed from win98).

The file type I got by reading the property of the Maxtor hard drive was RAW.

Please help! This is driving my nut . Any pieces of advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Mexanh


3. RE: Convert is not available for RAW drives
lbyard Jun-20-02 07:28 PM
In response to message 2
Is the drive connected to a normal IDE interface. Was it ever connected to a RAID controller or used in RAID configuration? Does the computer have a RAID or SCSI controller? Please provide computer/motherboard info. I don't see where convert would help any and that may not be the best approach to the problem as it could make it worse. Larry

4. RE: Convert is not available for RAW drives
mexanh Jun-21-02 00:22 AM
In response to message 3
Hi Larry,

The drive has ever been connected to a RAID controller or used in RAID configuration. My computer doesn't have a RAID or SCSI controller. Here is my computer info:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Version 5.1.2600 Build 2600

OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation

System Manufacturer Not Available
System Model Not Available
System Type X86-based PC

Processor x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~551 Mhz

BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc., 05/07/2000

SMBIOS Version 2.3

Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\System32

Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1

Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.0 (xpclient.010817-1148)"

Total Physical Memory 256.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 66.86 MB

Total Virtual Memory 874.43 MB
Available Virtual Memory 510.49 MB

Page File Space 618.88 MB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Mother board: Abit BE6 Ultra ATA/66
HPT366 BIOS by Hight Point (already updated)

If convert is not the best solution then would you suggest a better way please? Thank you very much.
MX



5. RE: Convert is not available for RAW drives
lbyard Jun-21-02 11:06 AM
In response to message 4
Although the HPT366 is not a RAID controller, it’s drivers are similar to those used for Highpoint’s RAID controllers. I have had problems with them (the RAID controllers). Suggest connecting the drive to one of the “normal” (ATA/33) hard disk drive interfaces, disabling the controller in the CMOS setup, and removing the SCSI drivers, etc. associated with it in the Device Manager. Larry

6. RE: Convert is not available for RAW drives
mexanh Jul-02-02 03:13 PM
In response to message 5
Hi Larry,
I was successfully recovered my hard drive! What I did was to remove the jumper and tried as you said. Thank you very much Larry . MX

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