So I restart and boot from the disk, and it starts system recovery. But it doesn't ask me anything, there are no menus like there should be, it just starts copying files, which got me a bit worried, so I hit the restart button - I didn't want a destructive system recovery to wipe my 200GB of files!
So Windows loads on my original HDD, but my 2nd HDD now has one partition of 4GB with around 2.5GB used (recovery files), and 376GB or unallocated space. Where did my other partition go?
In Norton Partition Magic, the 376 unallocated GB says "Used MB - 0" and "Unused MB - 0" and is PRIMARY. My only options are to Create (which I definitely don't want to do), and Undelete - which gives me an "Access Violation" about half way through searching for recoverable partitions, every time I try it. I have looked on Google for the error code, but there is nothing immediately useful, and I don't have the patience to solve that problem as well.
So, can anyone explain why my logical partition has disappeared? I am supposing/hoping that my files have not been deleted, just that the partition is "hidden" or something! And can anyone recommend some software which can recover/unhide my partition intact?