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Windows 7: Second hard disk drive no longer accessible.

09 Feb 2014   #1
Henadin

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Second hard disk drive no longer accessible.

Hello! I have two drives(C:, D. I booted up my computer one day and 'D:' was no longer available. I'm not too savvy with partitions or how they work, but I'd like to recover the data lost on the other drive if possible. If not possible, I want to be able to save new files on that partition which includes around 100 gb of space. Any help is great! Let me know if you need more info to help. Thanks!


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09 Feb 2014   #2
TVeblen

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It is very helpful if you can post a screen shot of the disk management window - stretched so we can see everything - so we can see what is going on.

There is a big difference between having 2 partitions C&D on one hard disk, and having 2 hard disks one C one D.
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09 Feb 2014   #3
Henadin

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Attached is the screenshot


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09 Feb 2014   #4
TVeblen

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Mmm. That's different.

I assume the 168.56 GB partition is the one that is supposed to be D.

Can you do this:
  • Right click on that partition and then click on Properties
  • At the top of that window there is a text box and I'm going to guess it says "Recovery Partition" > highlight that and backspace to erase it.
  • Then Right click on that partition again and then click on "Change Drive Letter and Paths"
  • Give the drive a letter. D if you can.
Let's see what happens there.
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09 Feb 2014   #5
Henadin

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Thanks for your continued help. I right clicked and properties are not available. I right click and the only option is 'help'
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09 Feb 2014   #6
TVeblen

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I don't want to tell you to do anything that may cause data loss. I'm going to check some things and ask for more eyes on this if I can.
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09 Feb 2014   #7
Henadin

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I appreciate it. I have no irreplacable data on that drive, but I'd like to keep what is on there. If there is no other way, I will not be devastated with formatting the drive, as long as I can save files there in the future.
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09 Feb 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

I would install Partition Wizard to right click on the partition to Explore to see if you can see your data.

It's possible it's partition type has been changed somehow to a restricted OEM Recovery which won't allow access via DIsk Mgmt. But from PW you should be able to rightclick on the partition to see its contents and assign a Drive letter so you can access your data.

If there are any more restrictions they can possibly be resolved by changing it's partition type, also using PW. We have experts here who are advanced enough to help do this.
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09 Feb 2014   #9
Henadin

Windoes 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Greg. I installed Partition Wizard. Now when I right click on my partition I receive only these options, "Explore" being grayed out.

How should I continue?


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09 Feb 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

Try browsing in with bootable Win7 installation media or System Repair Disk
to Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

This should ignore the restrictions imposed by the Recovery partition type in Windows.
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