I have an external two drive Firewire 800 chassis populated with two
identical 300GB hard drives. I have been using one of the hard drives to
back up the data drive on my Dell 1600 server (with one Xeon 2800GHz CPU)
running Windows 2003 Server, Enterprise Edition. The other hard drive is
This afternoon, I tried to restore some of the data to another computer,
running Windows XP Professional, SP2. The XP system can read the empty 300GB
hard drive, but cannot access the other hard drive. I cannot assign a drive
letter to the drive with my data. It says it is a GPT Protective Partition.
My initial research discloses that this type of partition is associated with
the 64 bit version of Windows, but I am running just standard stuff, as
outlined above. Query: how can I access my data? How did this hard drive end
up having a GPT Protective Partition? I certainly did nothing deliberately
to cause this to occur. I have worked on hundreds of systems and have never
previously run across this issue. Anyone?