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Windows 7: Disk Problem - help please

26 Nov 2013   #1
WinchesterStoke

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Disk Problem - help please

Hi, I've just booted up my desktop and it's stopped seeing one of the disks.

The BIOS sees the disk fine, but Windows can't see it.

Have gone into disk management - and I get the message:

"You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it"

I then have the options of: Use MBR or GPT?

It's a 2TB disk - with a number of partitions - which is backed up - but will take ages to recover.

Any help on the best way forwards really appreciated.

Thanks in advance


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26 Nov 2013   #2
marsmimar

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Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management. I think it will help to determine the best course of action.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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26 Nov 2013   #3
WinchesterStoke

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Thanks marsmimar.

Here's the screen shots.


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26 Nov 2013   #4
marsmimar

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My usual disclaimer: I'm not an expert in anything.

The screenshot shows the entire disk has 931.51GB of unallocated space. But you say it's a 2TB drive. So if the entire drive is unallocated space I think it should show about 1862GB. From my limited perspective something isn't adding up. I've contacted one of the Forum experts and asked him to take a look at this. He's from California and travels around a lot. The time difference may be several hours before he responds.
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26 Nov 2013   #5
WinchesterStoke

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
My usual disclaimer: I'm not an expert in anything.

The screenshot shows the entire disk has 931.51GB of unallocated space. But you say it's a 2TB drive. So if the entire drive is unallocated space I think it should show about 1862GB. From my limited perspective something isn't adding up. I've contacted one of the Forum experts and asked him to take a look at this. He's from California and travels around a lot. The time difference may be several hours before he responds.
Oh, just opened it up to have a look - it is actually 1 TB disk (thought was 2TB - but I must have put them in my NAS). So I was wrong in my opening statement -1 TB but I think with 2 or 3 partitions on it.

Any idea about the best way to recover the partitions?

Many thanks for the help - really appreciated.
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26 Nov 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

Try Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help cwhich can sometimes find lost partitions if they have not yet been formatted over. Let us know what it finds.

Another serious problem is that you've converted DISK0 HD partitions to Dynamic which is only meant to span a partition across multiple HD's. If it isn't a spanned drive like this then it should not be Dynamic.

If DISKO has an abandoned OS then what I would do is move the data off to wipe it using Diskpart Clean Command then repartition it as a data drive. The correct way to delete an OS is always to delete its partition or wipe its disk to get it cleanest. The partitions which should go with it are System Reserved and Recovery which are now useless if you don't use that OS any longer.

If you don't have storage which allows you to move the data off DISK0 to wipe it then follow the steps here for the non-destructive Option 1 to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk.

In order for it to convert you'll need to first move the data off of two of the extra F partitions you created which tipped it to Dynamic, then delete them. You can only have four total Primary partitions on a Basic drive. To add any more you need to first convert one to Logical, then you can add as many adjacent Logical partitions as you want.

You might also be able to move data off of C, then delete it, SysReserved and Recovery if you don't need them any longer (Recov won't run anyway) to see if it will convert without them. If so you can use PW to Create a Logical data partition in the space after conversion. You may also need to reletter two of the data partitions.
Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help
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26 Nov 2013   #7
WinchesterStoke

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Many thanks Greg - trying it now.....
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26 Nov 2013   #8
WinchesterStoke

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Do you know if this (Partition Wizard) will recover TrueCrypt partitions?

It seems to find the other partitions fine, but not the TrueCrypt encrypted partition (after the quick scan, and so far about half way through full scan)?
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26 Nov 2013   #9
WinchesterStoke

Windows x64 Premium
 
 

OK - some good news! Many thanks for all the help!

I managed to recover 2 of the partitions - but no luck with the TrueCrypt partition.

The disk has 160G unallocated and the TrueCrypt partition was 160G. Any idea how I can recover it please?
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26 Nov 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

Had you mentioned True Crypt we would have advised you to research how it is recovered. PW may not work since it has the extra encryption level of security.

I would leave the space unallocated until you find out from TrueCrypt how to undelete the partition.

What I would also do is swap Disks 0 and 2 so that your OS HD is always in Disk0 position, so that its boot files will not be derailed to any preceding partition if reinstalled or repaired. Make sure it remains set HD first to boot in BIOS setup.

Is the present Disk0 still needed for an OS, or can you wipe it to convert to Basic? Do you have storage space to move the data off to wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command?
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