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Windows 7: Drive letter disappear after reboot

13 May 2012   #41
nick james

Washington
 
 

disk2 is a raid1 and consists of (2) SATA drives

attached is the txt of the files requested... I see the hex values like you were talking about now.. I'm not sure what to do with them though




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13 May 2012   #42
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So what happens if you right click disk2 and just assign a drive letter right there?
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13 May 2012   #43
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could delete the system reserved partition.

Open regedit and rename mounteddevices to mounteddevicesold .

Then reboot.

Better have decent external boot media in case you mess something up.
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13 May 2012   #44
nick james

Washington
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sibbil View Post
So what happens if you right click disk2 and just assign a drive letter right there?
haha, I took that screen shot right after I rebooted due to some new updates. I had totally forgot to do that before posting the screen shot.

Please see attach- when I assign it the drive letter (H, it requires me to this every time I reboot in order for the drive to be accessed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You could delete the system reserved partition.

Open regedit and rename mounteddevices to mounteddevicesold .

Then reboot.

Better have decent external boot media in case you mess something up.
I thought you can't delete that partition- it drives me nuts. I could have sworn I looked into doing this before but that answer was no. Is it safe to delete?

What is considered to be decent external boot media? I have a spare laptop, Win7 installation disk, thumb drives, etc.
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13 May 2012   #45
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes. it should be fine.

If you have win 7 install disc - the system recovery options and access to command prompt are on there.
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13 May 2012   #46
nick james

Washington
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes. it should be fine.

If you have win 7 install disc - the system recovery options and access to command prompt are on there.
Alright I renamed mounteddevices to mounteddevicesold and I still get the following (see screen shots)

I still had to mount the drive after a restart


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13 May 2012   #47
nick james

Washington
 
 

I'm also not having luck deleting the system reserve partition. I went back and read through it and it seems that its not just an easy "right-click > delete" option.

Anyone else able to shed some light onto this?
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13 May 2012   #48
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nick james View Post
I'm also not having luck deleting the system reserve partition. I went back and read through it and it seems that its not just an easy "right-click > delete" option.
How are you attempting to do this? What error or result are you getting? Screenshot?


You should be able to delete it with a right-click on it from that DISKMGMT.MSC state. You should see "delete volume" on the context menu.

From your screenshot it's just a primary partition, no longer the "active" partition. So it should appear as deletable using DISKMGMT I would have thought.

You can always use Partition Wizard, free home edition, as well. For this task (which should have also been doable through DISKMGMT while Windows is running) you should be able to also use the installed version of PW itself while Windows is running. But if you want to be "safe" you can also do it while booted from the standalone PW boot CD.
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13 May 2012   #49
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is drive A: in your screenshot a floppy drive?

What do you use to manage your RAID1?
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13 May 2012   #50
nick james

Washington
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nick james View Post
I'm also not having luck deleting the system reserve partition. I went back and read through it and it seems that its not just an easy "right-click > delete" option.
How are you attempting to do this? What error or result are you getting? Screenshot?


You should be able to delete it with a right-click on it from that DISKMGMT.MSC state. You should see "delete volume" on the context menu.

From your screenshot it's just a primary partition, no longer the "active" partition. So it should appear as deletable using DISKMGMT I would have thought.

You can always use Partition Wizard, free home edition, as well. For this task (which should have also been doable through DISKMGMT while Windows is running) you should be able to also use the installed version of PW itself while Windows is running. But if you want to be "safe" you can also do it while booted from the standalone PW boot CD.
I deleted the volume and now I just have unallocated space.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sibbil View Post
Is drive A: in your screenshot a floppy drive?

What do you use to manage your RAID1?
Drive A: is not a floppy drive, I dont have one present.

I don't have any software installed to manage the RAID1. Last time I tried to install the NVIDIA software ironically my RAID died due to hard drive failure. Since then I installed a card to handle it but I dont recall the information on the card. A friend gave it to me but here is what shows up when I looked it up in a program called "System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala". I'm not sure how much of help it will be but let me know what else I could do to help


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