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Windows 7: Hard drive has disappeared

18 Sep 2016   #1

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Hard drive has disappeared

Yesterday I tried to connect to my no2 hard drive which I use as a storage unit for files . My win7 OS is on a 120Gb SSD bought several years ago when they were more expensive. My hard drive didn't appear instead I got a box which had a gdiplus.dll in it. In Explorer the hard drive is shown still mounted but as an empty box. Clicking on where the drive should be brings up the gdiplus.dll file.

I use Paragon Partition Manager and loading this to investigate I found the hard drive (1 Tb) listed,Mounted,formatted as a single primary partition, empty but ready to go which does not agree with windows.

I am in the process of setting up WHS11 as a NAS so I can improve my back up system.

Any help would be appreciated

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19 Sep 2016   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

As you say that you can find the files but can't see them on Explorer, maybe they have a hidden or system attribute.
Close Explorer
Go to Control panel - Folder options - View
- Hidden Files and folders - Show Hidden Files, folders and drives
- Unmark - Hide empty drives in computer folder
- Unmark - Hide extensions for known file types (for security this should ALWAYS be unmarked)
- Unmark - Hide protected operating system files
Apply - Close
Open Explorer. Can you see them now?
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21 Sep 2016   #3

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks for the reply. After several hours of trying I have accepted the data loss and decided to get on with life .
Thanks again Bill hanley
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