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Windows 7: Windows won't find partition

18 Dec 2010   #1
FreshSam

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 
Windows won't find partition

So I installed partition magic 8, then found out it wasn't compatible with win 7 and not much sooner windows bsoded. Then boot mgr was missing upon reboot, so I auto-fixed it with a windows install disc. Now however, windows wont find one of my partitions, when first logging in to windows it says "please insert disk into :f", and in my computer the partition looks like a cd/dvd-drive! In the partitioning tool, the partition is still there as a primary but it does not have a name/path so I can't do anything with it.

How can I get back access to it?
Thanks


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18 Dec 2010   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Have a System Restore prior to the date of installation of partition magic and post back with results .
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18 Dec 2010   #3
FreshSam

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

I tried but it did not help. I also tried running chkdsk at startup but that also did nothing.
Any more suggestions? Or should I just reinstall windows?
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18 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Partition Magic is a real pain. There were many incidents with that program. Did you check in Disk Management whether the partition does actually still exist. If not, you could recreate it and recover the content with Shadow Explorer, provided you have prior restore points. Here is how: http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/wind...-explorer.html

But if you do not have an image or a suitable restore point, your are probably a candidate for a reinstall. Just make sure you save your user data - or at least what is left of it.
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18 Dec 2010   #5
FreshSam

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

I do not have restore points, but I am good anyway. I am in ubuntu right now and I can access the files in the partition just fine. I will format though, my partitions were a real mess anyways. Thanks
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18 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

May I suggest you have a look at imaging. Then you can correct a situation like that in less than 30 minutes without the trouble of a reinstall. Here is a starting point: Imaging with free Macrium
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18 Dec 2010   #7
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Partition Wizard has a Partition Recovery Option- and it's Free! And it Works!
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