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'Lost' second partition of primary HD

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Original setup XP Pro SP2
Primary 320 GB HD Split 50/50 into Partition ‘C’ with op. system & all files/folders except
‘E’ Used purely for photos & video
Secondary 40GB drive also loaded ‘H’
with XP for emergency boot
CD/DVD removable drives at ‘D’ & ‘G’
Card Reader at ‘I’, ‘J’, ’K’ & ‘L’
All working smoothly

Now no trace of ‘E’!
In computer management the ‘top box’ lists ‘H’ & ‘C’ – showing ‘C’ as healthy NTFS and 127.99 GB. The lower individual drive listings (with no ‘block for ‘E’) show ‘C’ as one single NTFS partition of 298GB?
Attempting system restore shows the warning
"Changes made to drives F:\E:\C:\ after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from system restore monitoring or was turned off or removed"
Have tried booting in from secondary drive and interrogating primary, but get no additional info.

Any advice welcome (I have ‘E’, or most of it, backed up on CDs – so not a total train smash, but would prefer not to have to reload all).
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