Need Help! G Drive Disappeared and F Shows Wrong Size and No Content.

Excalibur007

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Jul 2, 2018
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Hi,

I should probably start with the purpose of my efforts. I've had a 500GB hard drive installed in my XBOX for years and it has a LOT of work I've done for many years that I desperately do not want to lose, so I wanted to back it up to a new hard drive. I thought the best way would be to format a new hard drive and then copy the files from one to the other. However, to this point, that has not worked out at all and I hope I've not lost everything I was trying to preserve.

I've had an X3 modchip in my XBOX since around 2008'ish. It's been several years since I really messed with any settings in it or did anything with the BIOS. I'm on X3 3294 as my main BIOS. I have a 500GB IDE hard drive (connected with an 80-pin cable) that I wanted to back up before it one day goes bad. I tried connecting a new SATA hard drive, thinking the X3 would boot to the Config Live, but it didn't. It would just give an error 07 (which I've found means the hard drive wasn't being recognized fast enough... I wish I'd known that before I wasted so much time messing with it). Anyway, I tried connecting both drives, (the new SATA one to the DVD connector and used a Y adapter for the power). I was having trouble getting it to boot up, so I switched them around, with the old drive connected to the DVD connector. After quite a few attempts, I finally got the X3 Config Live to boot up. It was running extremely slow, so I figured it must be having trouble determining which drive was the Master (I found out the SATA adapter I was using makes anything connected to it the Master). So, I pulled the power from my old drive and then disconnected the IDE cable. After this, the X3 Config Live ran at normal speed and I was able to format the new drive. I tinkered around with some of the X3 settings, but didn't think I changed anything that would affect my old drive (I left the LBA 48 at the F & G gets rest setting).

After installing the MS Dash files and making the main dash XBMC (on the new drive), I powered down and reconnected the DVD drive. Then it gave the 07 error again. I later discovered that re-enabling the XBOX throbber animation on boot gives it enough time to detect the new drive with the SATA adapter (I've had it disabled for years).

I reconnected my old drive (as it had been prior to any of this process) and this is where I ran into a problem. I noticed that G was not showing any size at all and F was only showing a small partition with no content. I thought "maybe, just maybe" I had messed up a BIOS setting, so I checked that and it seemed okay. I'm now extremely worried about losing data on that old hard drive. It contains years worth of personal work on art, manuals, hacks, etc. I have not written anything to the drive since, so all the data "should" still be there, but I fear the partition table may be corrupt and I don't know if there's a tool that can fix it.

Does anyone know of a tool that can fix this? Is there anything that can do a job like scandisk or a partition repair program?


Losing my mind over this,
-Ex
 
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nofeloniesyet

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Hi,

I should probably start with the purpose of my efforts. I've had a 500GB hard drive installed in my XBOX for years and it has a LOT of work I've done for many years that I desperately do not want to lose, so I wanted to back it up to a new hard drive. I thought the best way would be to format a new hard drive and then copy the files from one to the other. However, to this point, that has not worked out at all and I hope I've not lost everything I was trying to preserve.

I've had an X3 modchip in my XBOX since around 2008'ish. It's been several years since I really messed with any settings in it or did anything with the BIOS. I'm on X3 3294 as my main BIOS. I have a 500GB IDE hard drive (connected with an 80-pin cable) that I wanted to back up before it one day goes bad. I tried connecting a new SATA hard drive, thinking the X3 would boot to the Config Live, but it didn't. It would just give an error 07 (which I've found means the hard drive wasn't being recognized fast enough... I wish I'd known that before I wasted so much time messing with it). Anyway, I tried connecting both drives, (the new SATA one to the DVD connector and used a Y adapter for the power). I was having trouble getting it to boot up, so I switched them around, with the old drive connected to the DVD connector. After quite a few attempts, I finally got the X3 Config Live to boot up. It was running extremely slow, so I figured it must be having trouble determining which drive was the Master (I found out the SATA adapter I was using makes anything connected to it the Master). So, I pulled the power from my old drive and then disconnected the IDE cable. After this, the X3 Config Live ran at normal speed and I was able to format the new drive. I tinkered around with some of the X3 settings, but didn't think I changed anything that would affect my old drive (I left the LBA 48 at the F & G gets rest setting).

After installing the MS Dash files and making the main dash XBMC (on the new drive), I powered down and reconnected the DVD drive. Then it gave the 07 error again. I later discovered that re-enabling the XBOX throbber animation on boot gives it enough time to detect the new drive with the SATA adapter (I've had it disabled for years).

I reconnected my old drive (as it had been prior to any of this process) and this is where I ran into a problem. I noticed that G was not showing any size at all and F was only showing a small partition with no content. I thought "maybe, just maybe" I had messed up a BIOS setting, so I checked that and it seemed okay. I'm now extremely worried about losing data on that old hard drive. It contains years worth of personal work on art, manuals, hacks, etc. I have not written anything to the drive since, so all the data "should" still be there, but I fear the partition table may be corrupt and I don't know if there's a tool that can fix it.

Does anyone know of a tool that can fix this? Is there anything that can do a job like scandisk or a partition repair program?


Losing my mind over this,
-Ex
what dash are ya using to see the hdd partitions and size? if your not in xbmc pls run xbmc and see if it reports sizes and storage properly.
 

Excalibur007

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Jul 2, 2018
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what dash are ya using to see the hdd partitions and size? if your not in xbmc pls run xbmc and see if it reports sizes and storage properly.
Thank you very much for responding. XBMC is my dash. That's where I first noticed the problem. It shows "G" but no size or free space next to it. For "F" it shows 1.4 GB when it should be much larger, and when you go into the directory, no files are shown. Since ALL my apps and content are on F and G, anything I click goes nowhere. It's just displaying cached thumbnails and such from my databases. X3 Config Live also shows "G" without specs and "F" with 1.4 GB. I've also tried EvoX running from a DVD.

Since my first post, I ran Chimp to clone it to a new drive, but Chimp also only recognizes partitions C, E, and F (no G). After a full byte-for-byte option of cloning, the new drive also shows no files in F and G was not cloned.
 

nofeloniesyet

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Jan 16, 2011
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Thank you very much for responding. XBMC is my dash. That's where I first noticed the problem. It shows "G" but no size or free space next to it. For "F" it shows 1.4 GB when it should be much larger, and when you go into the directory, no files are shown. Since ALL my apps and content are on F and G, anything I click goes nowhere. It's just displaying cached thumbnails and such from my databases. X3 Config Live also shows "G" without specs and "F" with 1.4 GB. I've also tried EvoX running from a DVD.

Since my first post, I ran Chimp to clone it to a new drive, but Chimp also only recognizes partitions C, E, and F (no G). After a full byte-for-byte option of cloning, the new drive also shows no files in F and G was not cloned.
sounds like every dash is showing same then,positive a non compatible with f and g partition bios wasnt flashed at some point?