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Windows 7: Missing Drive after Recovery

25 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Missing Drive after Recovery

I've got a Packard Bell LJ71. It should have 2x500gb. Shortly after getting it I messed up some settings and did a recovery and now Windows 7 is only showing the 1 Drive (c) on the system. My hardware manager is showing 2 drives but one has no drive letter assigned.

When I go to disk manager it shows the whole drive as a healthy recovery partition but wont let me do anything else to it (right click only show help option)

Am I missing something? I'm quite PC savvy, but new to Windows 7.

How can I get the drive recognised by the system I only want it as extended/addidtional storage.

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25 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi Wideboy,

The "recovery" you did seems to have affected the patition type on Disk 0.

Try d/l ing the free Partition Wizard rt click Disk0 and post up the partition type it tells you.
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25 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks for your response. Downloaded the free partition software and used it to activate the drive and re-assign a new drive letter. Though it wont let me choose (:d) as a drive letter, i can live with it.

Also, rather than it be a separate drive with its own folder structure, do you know if i can use it to just extend my c: drive, so when my c: gets full it just uses the 2nd drive to extend.

Thanks for your help
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25 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Windows disk management will show recovery partitions as 100% free (when they are not). Partition Wizard will show that it should contain ~8GB. You need to verify that disk 0 is empty and disk 1 recovery partition is populated.
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25 Jan 2011   #5
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Also, rather than it be a separate drive with its own folder structure, do you know if i can use it to just extend my c: drive, so when my c: gets full it just uses the 2nd drive to extend.

Theoretically that is possible with a spanned drive. But that gets you into all kinds of deep yogurt including having to reinstall your OS. I would really not recommend that. Why dont you just move some (or all) user folders to that drive. That is a LOT easier and less painful. User Folders - Change Default Location
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