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Windows 7: desperate problem with missing partitions and drive

17 Feb 2011   #1
hxl7

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 
desperate problem with missing partitions and drive

  • I started using an external USB drive and backup program. It makes both Image and File backups
  • I have 3 physical HDs in my computer. 2 came with the computer and the 3rd was from a previous computer ( Drive H: )
  • When I ran the backup program, it was, to my surprise, auto-configured to make an image of Drive H, but of course, it should make it for Drive C
  • I contacted support for the backup drive and they said there was no way to change the drive and that it selected the first physical drive for the image backup
  • I thought that odd since the two original drives, including drive C, naturally, came installed with the computer. The 3rd drive I added should not have been the 1st physical drive, but it should appear as Drive H, which it did. The drive name was correct, but the computer saw it as the first physical drive.
  • So, I opened Disk Management and sure enough, Drive H: was listed at the top as Drive 0, along with its 3 partitions. Drive C was listed as Drive 1
  • Wanting a workaround, I opened Explorer, right-clicked the drive H, clicked the Hardware tab, highlighted the drive, clicked Properties at the bottom, then the Driver tab, then the Disable button.
  • Then, I restarted my computer, ran the backup on the external drive, and this time it configured itself to backup drive C instead of H. So far, so good.
  • When it finished backing up, I reversed the above steps and Enabled drive H once again and rebooted
  • Then I went back into Disk Manager and was horrified to only see one large partition for Drive H. The other 2 did not show up.
  • How do I recover the other partitions???
  • Now, after rebooting, the drive is missing entirely from Explorer, even though it shows in BIOS normally
    Please help.
    Thank you. -Bill



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17 Feb 2011   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Bill,

Please post a screenshot of the disk management window

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
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17 Feb 2011   #3
hxl7

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Bill,

Please post a screenshot of the disk management window

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
Thank you for your assistance:
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17 Feb 2011   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You appear to have a dynamic drive ( nominally 160gb ) in there .

The disk map may be useful -like this

desperate problem with missing partitions and drive-disk-map.jpg


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17 Feb 2011   #5
hxl7

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Sorry. Didn't know that could help. Thanks, again.
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17 Feb 2011   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It seems to have been changed to a dynamic drive - was it like that in the first place?

That's a bit awkward.

You will need third party app. to convert it back to a basic drive without data loss - there used to be a free app. called Partition Wizard 4.2 that would do it. The new Partition Wizard 5.2 doesn't have that feature.
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17 Feb 2011   #7
hxl7

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

That drive was ported over to my current computer from my last computer. I really don't know if it has always been like that. I think it has been. It has always run just fine and still does, even right now. The only problem is that I am seeing only one partition instead of three.

I really appreciate you responding, but I don't understand your suggestion. How would converting to a basic drive solve my partition problem?
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17 Feb 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

An easy approach would be to delete the partition on disk5 and define a new basic partition - that is if you have no precious data there. If you cannot get to it with Disk Management, try http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html
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