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Windows 7: drive partition became virtual dvd drive after reboot unaccesible

26 Aug 2014   #1

windows 7 pro 64 service pack1
drive partition became virtual dvd drive after reboot unaccesible

Have a drive partition that shows in my explorer as a virtual dvd drive. Everything installeed on it works just can't access it to look at any files. Had a error on this partition a couple times when booting up windows checked everything and fixed whatever the problem was. Just need to be able to access the partition as I want to replace the drive. All other partitions on the drive work fine and can be looked at with explorer. Device manager shows all the partitions as proper size also. Any idea how to get the partition back to being accesible.

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27 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hi lentz,

Welcome to SevenForums.

1. make/model/ capacity of the drive ?

2. Internal? External? System drive?

3. How many partitions?

4. Surely this couldn't have happened all of a sudden without a precipitating factor. Has it or not? Could you think any of it? Any virtual CD ROM creating software? Anything you mounted on it? Any game CD you copied on to that partition? Was that partition accessible before? What data is there on that partition that you want to access?

We have no clues whatsoever from your problem description.

So apart from answers to the above, please post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management ( Please remove any other external drives for easy identification of your problem drive) and also My Computer where the Virtual CDROM drive appears.

Please read and follow Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

That should help members here to see your problem in perspective and suggest possible resolutions. None can see in complete darkness.
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28 Aug 2014   #3

windows 7 pro 64 service pack1
drive partition became virtual dvd drive after reboot unaccesible

Computer locked up twice. First time wouldn't reboot until I went to bios. Didn't make any changes that I was aware of saved and exited bios windows boots up saying there was a problem with drive G it went through checking everything said something about fixing errors booted up fine. Don't know if things were changed then or not. Couple days later another lock up rebooted drive G comes up with errors windows runs through checking everything boots up. It was some time after second boot that I wanted to look at something on the drive and it told me it wasn't accessible.

The Samsung 103SJ is the drive with the 4 partitions on that was having the problem at boot up. It is a external case connected by sata 2 cable to computer. All the partitions on the drive are accessible except the G partition. But every program that is associated with G still works.
Just can't open the drive to view or manage.

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28 Aug 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

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