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Windows 7: D: drive not visible in explorer as well as Disk Management

07 Sep 2012   #1
varuna5

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
D: drive not visible in explorer as well as Disk Management

I have a 80GB HDD partitoned as C: & D:. I recently installed Windows 7. Although it installed perfectly, d: was not visible during setup. It is missing in the Windows Explorer. I tried diskmgmt.msc and the drive does not appear there.

Help would be appreciated.


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07 Sep 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Varuna,

It sounds like Windows may have formated the complete HDD during installation. Please go ahead and post a screenshot of your Disk Management window showing your full HDD layout to see if it may be able to help ID the issue.

In addition, open an elevated command prompt, and type the following in bold below, and post a screenshot of the command prompt showing all of it. It's to see what it shows as well for what disks and partitions/volumes you have. You can just close the command prompt afterwards.
  • diskpart (press Enter)
  • list disk (press Enter)
  • list volume (press Enter)
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08 Sep 2012   #3
varuna5

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Hi Brink,
I tried diskpart in windows 7.But it shows only the c: drive as disk 0. if I select drive 0 and list partition it shows nothing.A small problem. My brother in a hurry installed windows XP in the C: drive. But the D: is still missing. I am posting this screenshot from Windows XP. diskpart in windows XP is not working


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08 Sep 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

While in Windows 7, what does it show for "list disk" and "list volume"?

If you have Windows 7 and XP installed on the same computer to dual boot with, and you can only see the current OS's HDD while booted in it, then you may have them set to not be able to see the other's HDD. This is normally done between XP and Windows 7 so as not to have Windows 7 restore points deleted everytime you startup into XP.

You might take a look at OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to see if your registry is set this way to prevent XP and/or Windows 7 from seeing the other.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Hope this helps for now.
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09 Sep 2012   #5
varuna5

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Hi brink...Windows XP was installed on C: drive. D: drive contains data.I am not dual booting it with Windows 7
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09 Sep 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Ah, ok. It would then appear that your favorite brother just wiped out D as well when he installed XP.
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09 Sep 2012   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Ya but even if he wiped it, it should still show in disk management. This is odd.

Could it possibly have something to do with the fact that C: was formatted using FAT32 ??

And now disk mgt will only show partitions formatted this way ?

I`ve only used NTFS with XP so I`ve never come across this.
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09 Sep 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

I suppose that would depend on if the HDD was deleted until "unallocated space" that would also eliminate the D partition as well, then the HDD formatted by XP when installed.
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09 Sep 2012   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Does the hard drive have jumpers that allow you to set a 32 GB cap ? Were they touched ?

Greg, where are you ? Shed some light for us.
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09 Sep 2012   #10
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Maybe using bootable Partition Wizard would show something different that might help explain this ?

I'd give that a try to see what it shows.
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