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Windows 7: HDD wont save anything

27 Feb 2014   #1
mitis3

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HDD wont save anything

last week i upgraded my pc with new motherboard, graphics card, proccesor and a SSD hard drive. i got the 120gb ssd hard drive because it is enough for the OS and important programmes. but i also wanted some more storage and i had and 220gb HDD laying around. so i putted the HDD in my computer now is the problem that i can see the drive and put files on it, instal games on it. but when i restart my computer all the files i put on the Hdd drive are gone. i have already searched the internet for a sollution but i couldn't find one that worked for me. so i hope any of you guys can help me out.
(sorry for my bad english)


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27 Feb 2014   #2
TVeblen

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Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window? Be sure to expand the window so we can see and read everything.
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Be sure the hard drive is connected. You could save a few file copies to it to help the test.
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27 Feb 2014   #3
mitis3

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well here's a screenshot of the disk management window it is in dutch tho and if it isnt connected i wouldnt show up in the disk management window, right?


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27 Feb 2014   #4
TVeblen

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OK. Thanks. You have got 2 partitions marked ACTIVE. Windows does not like that. You should start by removing the ACTIVE flag from the second HDD partition (E):
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Having 2 ACTIVE partitions usually cause boot problems. This is the first time I've heard of a problem like yours so I'm not sure this is the cause. But it is not good anyway, so we might as well fix that.

Is there any data on that 2nd hard drive you need? Because if there is not then it might make sense to wipe that disk clean and create a new partition(s) anyway. Do you think you will ever use that Recovery Partition?
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27 Feb 2014   #5
mitis3

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how do i change it from active and i'm not gonna use the recovery partition so im willing to wipe it.
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27 Feb 2014   #6
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitis3 View Post
how do i change it from active and i'm not gonna use the recovery partition so im willing to wipe it.
right click the 12GB parition in disk managemrnt and click "remove". Works?
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27 Feb 2014   #7
Kaktussoft

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From Elevated Command Prompt
Code:
diskpart
select  vol  e
inactive
exit
Volume E is inactive now.
Code:
diskpart
select disk 1
list part
(which partition has size 12GB? Assume number is X)
select part X
detail part
(sure this is the correct partition? very sure it's the 12GB partition?)
delete part
exit
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27 Feb 2014   #8
dsperber

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Although it's not typical to have two ACTIVE partitions, this is often what happens when a drive previously used as a boot drive is re-purposed and installed into a new machine as a second "data" drive. This isn't really problematic because the BIOS boot sequence shows the correct #1 drive in the new machine as the one to go to, in order to then find the ACTIVE partition and start the boot process.

The second ACTIVE partition (on the second "data" drive") doesn't participate in this story, so while I agree it's not normal and can't do anything good, it's really benign and harmless.

Of course this will all be moot once the second "data" drive is simply re-formatted as one large partition, which by default will NOT BE MARKED ACTIVE.


More interesting is the fact that the 100MB "system reserved" (ACTIVE partition on drive 0) partition has been given a drive letter of D. Sure, this also is normally benign and harmless, but it's not what Windows would do. The 100MB size says it was produced by a standard Windows install-from-scratch onto an initially completely empty drive (i.e. the new SSD), but it should not have gotten a drive letter of anything. The "system reserved" ACTIVE partition (where Boot Manager is placed) is normally left without a drive letter, to protect against accidental corruption or damage or alteration while running under Windows (booted from C).

So, did you manually assign that drive letter of D? I'm guessing you must have.

And are you sure you're looking at your E partition for "changes" and "data" saved to it, and not by accident actually looking at D??

For security, I would recommend removing the drive letter of D from the "system reserved" partition. You can also just run DISKMGMT.MSC, right-click on that partition, and choose "change drive letter..." and push the REMOVE button on the dialog.


Also, suggest you install Partition Wizard as an excellent tool. It is used (with its VERY INTUITIVE GUI presentation) in place of DISKMGMT and DISKPART for most tasks that these two Windows components would also have been used for. But with Partition Wizard it's VERY HARD TO MAKE A MISTAKE, and the operations are GUI-intuitive through its right-click context menus and list of available operations on the left side of the screen.

Also, you create your list of operations (one or more, in sequence) to be performed, and then when you're finally all set you push the APPLY button. Nothing happens until APPLY, and you have UNDO available if you want to make revisions or deletions to your list of operations.

Again, this highly recommended program could handle your desire to just delete the two partitions on the second "data" drive, and create one NTFS partition. It could also remove the drive letter from D.
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27 Feb 2014   #9
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27 Feb 2014   #10
TVeblen

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I've been involved in a few threads where the system was ignoring drives that had a second active partition. Removing the active flag solved the problem. So it can be an issue.

I believe that it is system dependent. Meaning that some systems - their setup, their BIOS, their settings - can't handle multiple actives. But other systems, particularly the newer systems with UEFI - a firmware that fully expects and can work with multi-OS setups - have no problem with it and it can be benign. That is why I always ask and don't assume anything.

I highly doubt it has anything to do with the OP's problem, but you never know. Seen stranger.
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