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Windows 7: Can't See HD Sometimes

01 Oct 2011   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Can't See HD Sometimes

My partitions are setup as follows. On one HD I have my C: and D: drives. My DVD is drive E: On my other HD are partitions F: and G:. Sometimes when I boot, F: and G: do not show in Computer. If I reboot, they show and things are fine. I am wondering if having my DVD as E: makes any difference. Should it be the last drive? Thanks,


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02 Oct 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Do the F and G show in disk managment even when not in Computer?

Also in Folder Options make sure you have the item in the red box below selected (ticked).
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03 Oct 2011   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks for the tip. Next time they don't show, I will check Disk Management. I will also make sure the referenced place is checked.
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03 Oct 2011   #4
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Did you install 2nd drive with out doing a reinstall of OS. Hard drives are always properly sequenced and are always first in order then any secondary drives...ie floppy, cd/dvd rom. Using disk management as Britton30 suggested to re-add your drives should reactivate them and should properly show them but they will still be out of order. Only a re-install of the OS will correct that. You can reassign drive letters to put them in proper sequence but sometimes this can cause some data corruption or lost data.
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03 Oct 2011   #5
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Reassigning drive letters on data partitions is perfectly safe and quite mundane...sorry, where did you get the idea that doing so can cause data loss or corruption?
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03 Oct 2011   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

When I installed Win 7, I had OS and Docs on C: drive. I later got a second HD and added it. I made two partitions on my first drive C: for the OS and D: for my Docs. I made E: the DVD and then the new HD had F: for my OS backup and G: for my Doc backup. == I did not install the OS a second time. I just moved my Docs to D: partition.
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03 Oct 2011   #7
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
Did you install 2nd drive with out doing a reinstall of OS. Hard drives are always properly sequenced and are always first in order then any secondary drives...ie floppy, cd/dvd rom. Using disk management as Britton30 suggested to re-add your drives should reactivate them and should properly show them but they will still be out of order. Only a re-install of the OS will correct that. You can reassign drive letters to put them in proper sequence but sometimes this can cause some data corruption or lost data.
Not sure where you got that info but the only time you can run into problems is when you add a drive and the order is changed in BIOS and the boot drive gets removed from the Boot List.
I remove and swap drives quite a bit, probably more often than an average person. I just recently removed 4 drives and swapped them with 2TB drives.
Most recent swap was last night, pulled out a 400GB and installed a 2TB in it's place.
Also, I am still on my original Win7 Ultimate x64 install from August of 2009 and have had no real issues with my setup.
Did a mobo/cpu/ram swap as well as a GPU swap too.
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03 Oct 2011   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Did a mobo/cpu/ram swap as well as a GPU swap too.
Zepher -- I have been thinking about upgrading my CPU. You are saying I would not have to reinstall Windows? Just do the switch and I would be good to go?
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03 Oct 2011   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Did a mobo/cpu/ram swap as well as a GPU swap too.
Zepher -- I have been thinking about upgrading my CPU. You are saying I would not have to reinstall Windows? Just do the switch and I would be good to go?
You should be able to swap your CPU without a reinstall. If however you'd also add/change, say, RAM or GFX card at the same time, you might have to go to MS's robo call re-activation. But not a reinstall.
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03 Oct 2011   #10
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Did a mobo/cpu/ram swap as well as a GPU swap too.
Zepher -- I have been thinking about upgrading my CPU. You are saying I would not have to reinstall Windows? Just do the switch and I would be good to go?
I've done 4 mobo/cpu/ram swaps so far with Win 7 and all them re-started, found the drivers, rebooted, and then ran fine.
All the swaps I did were Intel to Intel and AMD to AMD. I didn't do any cross-swaps, but a few members on another forum I am on have done AMD to Intel with no issues either.
Just needs to be re-activated after the swap is done. All were retail Windows and the activate button was all that was required to re-activate.

If you are just doing a CPU swap then it should be pretty simple, drop it in and turn it on.
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