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Windows 7: Partition problem - Partition deleted or something?

28 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC (7100)
 
 
Partition problem - Partition deleted or something?

Before Windows 7 I had Win XP SP3.
I did clean installation (deleted Program Files partition and C:\) partition, but somehow, my "Programming" partition got deleted as well.
It was 10 GB, and had some VERY important data on it.
When I go to Storage Manager, it's shown as part of C: partition, as you can see on image.
Partition problem - Partition deleted or something?-disk-managment.png
Now, when I try to right click it, this is how menu looks:
Partition problem - Partition deleted or something?-disk-managment_menu.png
And, when I try to change it's drive letters and paths, it pops this error:
Partition problem - Partition deleted or something?-disk-managment_error.png

I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64, build 7100 (RC).

Anyone knows how can I solve this problem?

Few notes:
1. I have 2 Hard Drives - 600 and 240 GB.
2. Unallocated space is for my new XP installation.
3. Partition E:\ is for movies, G:\ is for installations and .exe files, D:\ is "Program Files" partition.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
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28 Apr 2009   #2

 
 

Hi Blazeme welcome to the forums,

Have you tried setting the partition as active? You will need to set 'Mark partition as active' in order to allocate it a drive letter.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 RC (7100)
 
 

Quote:
Hi Blazeme welcome to the forums,
Thanks a lot & thnx for reply.

Quote:
Have you tried setting the partition as active? You will need to set 'Mark partition as active' in order to allocate it a drive letter.
Hmm, actually, I did:
Partition problem - Partition deleted or something?-dm_make_it_activepng.png
Now, I didn't clicked Yes cause of warning, and this is my only OS and etc and etc.
So, should I click yes there?

Just to make notice: I don't have OS on that partition. Nor on any else except C: (Windows 7 I'm running now).


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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28 Apr 2009   #4

 
 

I just want to clear something up (for my benefit LOL), it's the 10.7GB partition you wan access to isn't it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 RC (7100)
 
 

Hehe, yep, I only can't access that partition that I created long time ago, and it worked very well when I used to be on XP / Vista.

Edit - I just clicked format. It said that error occurred and that I should view system event log.
I've tried to find error concerning this, but I found nothing 0.0'
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #6

 
 

Your C: should be set as your primary partition which should have no effect on any other partitions you choose to activate thereafter. Give me a minute and i'll do some digging...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 RC (7100)
 
 

Hmmm, sure thing, it is primary partition as far as I can see and I can't make it active (that option is disabled).
Again, thanks a lot for helping me out on this one

Btw, to quote myself cause I edited post:
Quote:
Edit - I just clicked format. It said that error occurred and that I should view system event log.
I've tried to find error concerning this, but I found nothing 0.0'
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #8

 
 

As you've done a clean install i take it you have the Windows 7 boot DVD? If you do you could set the partition as active. This will not affect your files but if it does affect your boot then you can repair install. I can't see this happening though as you are just activating and extended partition (of sorts).

Also, you won't be able to format until it's active as far as i know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 RC (7100)
 
 

Quote:
As you've done a clean install i take it you have the Windows 7 boot DVD? If you do you could set the partition as active.
Yes, I do have it. How am I supposed to do that via DVD? If you could just tell me in few steps.

Quote:
Also, you won't be able to format until it's active as far as i know.
Ye, I see now.
Every other partition but this one I'm trying to access is activated.


Also, thing that I don't understand is that this partition doesn't have any drive letter, label or anything like this. And yet, it's not unallocated....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2009   #10

 
 

It is a very strange issue

You will need to restart your PC with the DVD in the drive. On the very first screen (POST) you should be able to press Del, F1 or F2 to access the BIOS settings. From here you can change 'Boot' priority to CD/DVD first (it's normally a list, you just have to move the CD/DVD device to the top).

Once done, when you save and exit, the PC will reboot. Look out for 'Press any key to boot from cd...' and press a key.

The next steps you well know.


Hope this helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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