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Windows 7: FAT32 to NTFS conversion causing external HDD to disappear.

29 Dec 2013   #1
dsmith

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
FAT32 to NTFS conversion causing external HDD to disappear.

It all started with a 4.3GB file. I attempted to move this file on to my 1.5TB external HDD when windows told me the file was to large. I searched on google and learned about FAT32 and NTFS. I wanted to format my HDD to NTFS without losing any of my 600+GB of data so I found a guide.

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

Everything went off without a hitch and I later went to bed. When I awoke today I found my hard drive has pulled a Houdini. It will not show up in my computer, however it does show that i have a device plugged in at the bottom of the screen. I have tried giving the HDD a system letter through the control panel but all i see is this..


My drive is considered 4 drives or something to that effect. I don't know if it is always like that or not. All i know is i cannot give it a system letter or access the files on it in any way.
Any ideas?


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29 Dec 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello dsmith, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management with the external drive connected to see if it may help show what the issue is.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If you have not already, try connecting the drive to a different USB connector to see if there may be an issue with the one you did use.
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29 Dec 2013   #3
dsmith

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I think i did it right


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29 Dec 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You'll need to delete one of the partitions to only have 3 primary partitions. I would recommend to delete the 27 MB partition so it will so as "unallocated", and extend the 875.48 GB partition just to the left of it into all of the "Unallocated" space to the right of it.

If you have something that you want to keep on the 27 MB partition, then add a drive letter to it, and back up the contents to another location first. You can also add a driver letter to the other primary partitions.

Did you ever have anything on the 867.16 GB Unallocated space on the far left? Unallocated means that it was deleted. If you had something on it and wanted to try and recover the data that was on it, then you could try an option in the tutorial below to do so.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows
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29 Dec 2013   #5
dsmith

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I deleted the 27MB partition but i don't know if i ever had anything in the Unallocated part. I never even knew there were partitions on this disk until today. And i cannot extend any volumes. All options are grayed out except for delete and help.
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29 Dec 2013   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, that's what I was afraid of that the order that the partitions were created was not all done adjacently.

I would see if you could recover the 867.16 GB Unallocated space to see if anything was on it or not first.

You should be able to use the free program MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition to merge the 27 MB unallocated partition with one of the other primary partitions. If nothing was on the 867.16 GB Unallocated space, then you could also merge it with one of the other primary partitions as well.

How to merge partition without data loss with magic partition software? Partition Wizard help.

Normally, you would only want up to 3 primary partitions, and any others as logical partitions just right of the primary partitions.
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29 Dec 2013   #7
dsmith

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That Worked. Everything appears to be in working order. Thank you so very much!
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29 Dec 2013   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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