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Windows 7: Help ~ Reading Internal Partitions

22 Feb 2010   #1
Avander

Windows 7 Ultimate Windows Vista Macintosh OSX Snow Leopard
 
 
Help ~ Reading Internal Partitions

Hey Guys

I looked for a similar thread, but was not able to find one. If there is, I apologize for creating a new one, and maybe someone would be able to direct me to it.

Otherwise, i am hoping someone could help me with this.

I have a 500GB hard drive partitioned into two. A 400GB NTFS partition (For windows 7), and an extra 100GB partition formatted as FAT32. What i was wondering is how, when booted into windows, can you see the FAT32 partition, and read/write files to it.

Thanks for any help you guys can provide


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22 Feb 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Avander, welcome to Seven Forums!


In the start menu, computer do both partitions show up?
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22 Feb 2010   #3
Avander

Windows 7 Ultimate Windows Vista Macintosh OSX Snow Leopard
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid

No, thats the problem. Only the Main partition (400GB) one shows up, the FAT32 does not appear. That is why i am trying to see if there is some special way or something i am missing in order to see the FAT32 partition... its there, but does not show up under My Computer.
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22 Feb 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If the files are less than 4GBs, you should be able to write to it. If the partition has a drive letter, you should see it in Computer, else in Disk Management where you can assign a letter.
Btw: why did you choose Fat32 for that partition? - just curious.
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22 Feb 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Does it show up in control panel, administrative tools, computer management, disk management?
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22 Feb 2010   #6
Avander

Windows 7 Ultimate Windows Vista Macintosh OSX Snow Leopard
 
 

Thanks whs

I am experimenting with drive partitions, and i wanted to create a kind of an internal file "drop box" so to say, a partition separate to the main one.

hmmm, is there something special i had to have done when partitioning the drive so as to ensure it would receive a drive letter? i am only recently experimenting with drive partitioning, so if i missed something, that would be the case hahaha.
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22 Feb 2010   #7
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Right-click on Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
Does the FAT32 partition have a drive letter associated with it?
Is it even displayed in the list?
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22 Feb 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at the little I had made for the purpose. Maybe you can identify whether you forgot something.

PS: I would delete it and recreate a new partition in NTFS. There is really no advantage to Fat32. That's only good for USB sticks.
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22 Feb 2010   #9
Avander

Windows 7 Ultimate Windows Vista Macintosh OSX Snow Leopard
 
 

Thanks guys, sadly, i do not have it with me at this moment, probably have access to it in about an hour or so. But in case, what would it mean if i do see it via disk management, but it has no drive letter associated with it?

and thanks whs, i am looking at your video now
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22 Feb 2010   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Avander View Post
Thanks guys, sadly, i do not have it with me at this moment, probably have access to it in about an hour or so. But in case, what would it mean if i do see it via disk management, but it has no drive letter associated with it?

and thanks whs, i am looking at your video now
It only means that you need to assign a letter to it.
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