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Windows 7: Part of drive not there

07 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Part of drive not there

So here is the problem... I have a 80G hard drive. When I had XP loaded, I had three partitions: C NTFS D FAT32 (for working with Ubuntu) and E NTFS. When I installed Windows 7 I reformatted some of the drive. But Windows can not see the partition that is in FAT32. Is there a decent application that will allow me to boot and fix that issue?
Thank you in advance.

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07 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

How do you know you still have the FAT 32 partition?

Can you post a screen shot of Disk Management?
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07 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro

So now that I have looked around, this is what I have. But I can not seem to be able to use the "chunk" that is left over. I tried but I get an error about not enough space. I attached what I hope is a pdf you can read.

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File Type: pdf DriveConfig.pdf (168.0 KB, 15 views)
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07 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

Try and see if you can fix it with gparted...GParted -- Download
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07 Jan 2010   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

The green space is an extended partition. They are not easily deleted.

A similar problem with an extended partition was solved yesterday by forum members SIW 2 and Gregrocker. That's who you need in this thread.

They used Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2.2.

Your situation may not be as complex and might be solved by something as simple as Disk Management or Diskpart.

You can find that online at no charge and play with it if you have a little confidence. Or you can wait for them to get into this thread.
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07 Jan 2010   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Hello EDEd Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

There is another solution for accessing Linux volumes in Windows that actually assigns a logical drive letter. The Fat 32 partition ubuntu is on was most likely converted to one of the VFat file systems like ext 2 or ext 3 as part of the ubunut installation there. I used this one on previous occasion for Dual boots with Linux.

Access Linux Ext2 & Ext3 Volumes Directly From Windows using Ext2 Installable File System for Windows

Most of the Geek users prefer to have dual boot system with Linux and Windows OS installed on the same hard drive. Since Linux requires different file-system type then windows the volume is normally Linux formatted. This Linux Formatted partition cannot be access directly from Windows.

There may be instances when you are working on Windows and need to access Linux drive for some files and switching from Windows to Linux is the only way but it could be time consuming. How about if we can directly access Linux Ext2 and Ext3 volumes from Windows, Don’t you think it will be great savior for us? Well then here is freeware Ext2 Installable File System for Windows (Ext2 IFS for windows).
How to Access Linux Ext2 & Ext3 Volumes (Drives) on Windows

This will mount the Linux volume as a logical drive and assign a drive letter. The other option for direct access to just about any Fat 16, 32, NTFS, or VFat volume is to boot from a ubuntu live cd which will browse each.
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