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Windows 7: Help please! Loosing drives and partitions


06 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Help please! Loosing drives and partitions

First my two DVD burners and blu ray burner were gone in Windows, then most of my hard drive partitions disappeared ...
BIOS shows the burners OK.
Partition Manager shows only C, D and E, and the rest as Unallocated (540Gb)....
Burners do show up in device manager but with exclamation marks "no driver".
What on earth may have happened?
No virus warning from Avast...

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06 Aug 2010   #2

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

How did this come about?
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06 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
How did this come about?
I think thats why the OP is posting
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06 Aug 2010   #4

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

This is true.

However, he denotes a series of events, and a timeline (is this over a couple seconds or days or restarts or months...) will certainly help us.
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06 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Very simply put:
- after startup this morning wanted to burn a data disk
- optical drives all three of 'em gone (ex m, n, o)
- exclamation mark in device mgr
- deleted in device mgr
- rebooted & checked BIOS: all present
- back in Windows 7 Ultimate partitions f, g, h, i, j, k and l gone
- and still exclamation marks
- started Partition Mgr: space now shown as unallocated

Hoping for some meaningful replies...

Hopefully I can get some data back from a backup, but how do I reinstall the opticals?
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06 Aug 2010   #6

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Hm, what motherboard are you running? Have you tried reinstalling your chipset drivers?
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06 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How many physical Hard Drives do you have?

When it drop these partitons, where exactly are the partitions located.

Meaning, if it is dropping say partition D and E for example, are those partitions on the SAME physical disk or different physical disks.

Is it random or always the same ones?
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06 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

ALWAYS in a case like this, you should use System Restore to go back in time to a point before the problem happened. If that doesn't help, THEN move on to other options.
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06 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
ALWAYS in a case like this, you should use System Restore to go back in time to a point before the problem happened. If that doesn't help, THEN move on to other options.

Good point. Easier to rule out if hardware issue or Software/Drivers.
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07 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Hm, what motherboard are you running? Have you tried reinstalling your chipset drivers?
Thanks!
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If you say so, although the reason eludes me, I could try that, but isn't that something that's being installed automatically under Windows 7?
The only worrying thing I see in the device mgr are these damn three "!" marks...
I managed to get my data back from my external HD and filled it into newly made partitions.
So getting my opticals to work is the main concern now...
I tried installing Windows 7 just to have a peek (after first making an image of c:/) and sure enough they were found and installed correctly.
For several reasons I don't really want to do that, I'd have to spend days reinstalling my software, reinstalling my mixed network and last but not least reactivating Windows 7 Ultimate...
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