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Windows 7: Drives not showing, folders/file icons/thumbnails not showing

27 May 2013   #11

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I agree Jack. I have two drives with separate OS's and both have Active Partitions! I too had trouble reading the detail on the screenshot.

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27 May 2013   #12

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Fair enough

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
My understanding is you can have two active partitions as long as they are not on the same drive.
I really don't know why one would do that.
Maybe a duel boot. I'm unable to read the picture in post #6.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
I agree Jack. I have two drives with separate OS's and both have Active Partitions! I too had trouble reading the detail on the screenshot.
I suspected that might be true.

I didn't realise that the OP had two separate operating systems on 2 separate drives.
It doesn't say that in their "My System Specs".

I have all of my operating systems on the same HDD (I can only use one at a time anyway) and thus only one Active partition.
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29 May 2013   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Perhaps I wasn't clear, but it shouldn't matter how many active/non active drives I currently have because in my original post I was trying to say I installed with only one drive and that even with only 1 drive physically plugged into the computer, the problem still occurs. In other words, even if I unplug every sata cable except the drive Win7 is installed on, the same problem still occurs, in which case it is irrelevant if there are other drives in disk management because the same problem happens when there's only one.

Thanks everyone for the assistance so far, still trying to get it working.
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30 May 2013   #14

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Mechanical/Physical Checks?

Are you sure that drive is in good condition?
Have you tried swapping the drive SATA connections to different sockets on your motherboard?
Have you tried different SATA cables?
Have you tried different power cables?

I've got an issue with my current motherboard.
Sometimes some of the SATA ports go a bit flaky (a heat problem with the controller?).
When the problem happens, if I click on a drive in Windows Explorer, I experience the symptoms similar to the ones you describe (i.e. it takes ages for the folders to appear).

Luckily, 3 of the ports seem to be resistant to this issue and I haven't had any problems since I swapped everything into a new case.
I must have accidentally selected the reliable ports.
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