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Windows 7: second ext. HD partition is not accessible.

10 Jan 2015   #1
zephod

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
second ext. HD partition is not accessible.

My WD 1Tb external hard drive has two partitions, a FAT32 (called Mac capable) and a NTFS (called Liam Dewhurst).

I have just recently upgraded my graphics card, motherboard, and re-installed windows 7 on a SSD. This is the only problem that has come about.

When plugged into my pc, only the FAT32 partition displays. This doesn't happen in other computers, including my laptop.

In disk management, I can see the partition but if I attempt to view properties or change anything then it gives me the error that the console is not up to date (see attached screen shot).

I'm open to any and all suggestions, thanks!

Note: I have upgraded HD twice, and this is why I have so many partitions (I realize this is a shambles and needs to be addressed).

Also: I had a good search of the forums but if this is a repost please let me know.




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11 Jan 2015   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome (I am presuming Liam) mate try using Partition Wizard and see if that partition can be changed to whatever you need it for as I am not an expert I cannot see what is supposed to be on that partition.
If you run PW then right click on that partition and hit Explore to see what it is listed in it and then it gives you a few options to make changes to the partition (or drive) as well.
MiniTool Free Partition Manager for Window 8/7/vista/xp | Partition Wizard Home Edition
See pic as for what you will see this is my laptop so only one drive yet.
PS Meant to add it will see other drives ie USB stuff as well


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11 Jan 2015   #3
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zephod View Post
My WD 1Tb external hard drive has two partitions, a FAT32 (called Mac capable) and a NTFS (called Liam Dewhurst).

I have just recently upgraded my graphics card, motherboard, and re-installed windows 7 on a SSD. This is the only problem that has come about.

When plugged into my pc, only the FAT32 partition displays. This doesn't happen in other computers, including my laptop.
Can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT.MSC (or Partition Wizard) of that drive when viewed from your laptop, where you say you can see the contents of that NTFS partition?

How did you create that problem NTFS partition? Is it a "copy" of another partition on one of your other drives? Or was it simply newly created and then formatted at some time in the past, and if so when was that done and what did you use to create/format the partition?
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11 Jan 2015   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zephod View Post
My WD 1Tb external hard drive has two partitions, a FAT32 (called Mac capable) and a NTFS (called Liam Dewhurst).

I have just recently upgraded my graphics card, motherboard, and re-installed windows 7 on a SSD. This is the only problem that has come about.

When plugged into my pc, only the FAT32 partition displays. This doesn't happen in other computers, including my laptop.
Can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT.MSC (or Partition Wizard) of that drive when viewed from your laptop, where you say you can see the contents of that NTFS partition?

How did you create that problem NTFS partition? Is it a "copy" of another partition on one of your other drives? Or was it simply newly created and then formatted at some time in the past, and if so when was that done and what did you use to create/format the partition?
Good idea mate and what I ws thinking of asking but for being at work and having to jump on and off the laptop
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11 Jan 2015   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Was this drive and that partition formatted on a Mac? Mac uses HFS+ file system which Windows cannot read.

Those computers - where you say you can access the partition is true - might have been installed with some program like HFS Explorer which facilitates reading HFS by Windows.

Most probably there are more than one user of the computers in your household and there is also a Mac and one does not know what the other has done.
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11 Jan 2015   #6
zephod

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Quick message from work (NZ has a strange time zone)

Hi all,

Cheers for the quick replies here!

- The partition was created using partition magic (version 8.0 I think?) as an empty NTFS sector (using win 7 on my laptop) and then populated with files.
- I was at design school in Wellington and used the FAT32 partition on the macs there, so there's no longer access to a mac based OS (unless I beg/borrow/steal from a colleague).

I'm at work - and will post a screen grab of the disk manager from my laptop in 8 hours time...

- The point about HFS explorer is interesting and sounds like it may be worth a try? I'll post that at the same time.
- Also to note: the drive is 1 year old, and has lived a sedate life - I don't think this is a hardware issue. I have checked event/error log just in case, and ran the WD ext HD lifeguard diagnostic tool.
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11 Jan 2015   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

OK mate you need to do that as the others are a little more experienced than me with partitioning stuff and yep it is like a time warp down here eh?? LOL!!
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12 Jan 2015   #8
zephod

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Limited success

Hi all,

- I installed the HFS explorer just in case, after a restart and an attempt at a read from device (see image) I didn't have any luck.
- I've attached two snips of the healthy partition in my partners desktop - it shows that I can change the drive name. I altered the name just in case that might solve the issue.
- I also shifted several reference letters for drives in case I needed to clear room. (i.e. I moved drive J to K, so that one early spot was clear)

- It sounds like my computer is the problem.
- Is there a maximum number of drives that can be displayed other than 26 due to the 26 letters? (though I just plugged in an additional drive and it displayed fine)

Note: I have hooked in a single partition NTFS drive and it displayed perfectly.

Cheers for the continuing help?? I am perplexed.


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12 Jan 2015   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I am now getting confused.

When you say you used Partition Magic, is it the old PowerQuest (taken over later by Symantec) Partition Magic ( which is dead now - will not work with Windows 7) or are you referring to the MiniTools Partition Wizard as Partition Magic?
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12 Jan 2015   #10
zephod

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Partition magic

I used a copy of partition magic that was given to me by a friend. It looks very similar to this site here Download Partition Magic 8.0

But I can't be sure. It's something I installed, used and then removed.

I don't need my fat32 partition much anymore. I'm tempted to just delete it. Can i format the fat32 partition, and just expand the main ntfs drive?

Of course this is in the hope that nzs time warp will make the drive magically appear...
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