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Windows 7: My XP can't see win 7 partition

16 May 2009   #1
konik

Win xp sp3 / Win 7 RC 7100
 
 
My XP can't see win 7 partition

Hi,

I am running Win XP home SP3 and now I have installed windows 7 RC 7100 on 2nd partition. I have dual boot now(win7 default).

After instalation(when in XP), I could see win7 partition, but couldn't change any file or copy from or to that partition.

Next day I started my comp in XP again and that time I couldn't even see my win7 partition. I haven't changed anything since previous day.

It now says, that my win7 partition is RAW.

Is it normal behaviour of windows 7 and is there any trick, how to make win7 partition visible? Or is something just messed up?

I enclose screens of xp and win7.

Code:
http://postdownload.filefront.com/13764918//7502c1aee7a6d52672c8d38dca52243dcc1e06454bb0b5bf41981945650c8e5d63449547a9388c1a

http://postdownload.filefront.com/13764911//7502c1aee7a6d52672c8d38dca52243dcc1e06454bb0b5bf41981945650c8e5d63449547a9388c1a

Looking forward to any help.

konik

PS: I have checked several forums for my problem, but haven't find solution.
Sorry, if I missed anything.


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16 May 2009   #2
Paul80

Windows7
 
 

Hi

Think this is normal

I had Vista on Drive C and Windows7 on drive D

Vista could only see drive C but Win7 could see both C & D
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16 May 2009   #3
konik

Win xp sp3 / Win 7 RC 7100
 
 

Hi,
thanks for answer. So you never wonder, if there is any way to make it visible?
But right after installation, I could see it. Now not! It's weird!
Does anybody know?
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16 May 2009   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's a hassle. You can upload jpeg's here.

Click Go Advanced at the bottom of this thread page and follow Step 8 onward in this tutorial:

How to use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums

I have already attached them for you :

My XP can't see win 7 partition-capture.jpg

My XP can't see win 7 partition-picture.jpg


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16 May 2009   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

XP is not reading the partitions correctly.

I assume your XP is 32 bit. Download and install this free program on XP:

Free Download Partition Manager software.

From within XP, use it to shrink the Win 7 partition by a couple of gb. Then Extend the Win 7 partition to the full size again. At the end it will say "updating system info".

Reboot into XP.

XP should now recognise 7 as a properly formatted partition and you will be able to see the contents .

Hope it helps.
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17 May 2009   #6
konik

Win xp sp3 / Win 7 RC 7100
 
 

Thanks SIW2, next time I will know, how to post screens. Sorry for that!

Regarding my problem, I followed your advice:

Installed part. manager and shrinked win7 partition about 2 GB, applied changes and it updated informations. Then I increased the same partition about 2 GB and applied changes and again it updated informations.
After rebooting to XP, I still couldn't see my win7 partition.

It is interesting, that partition managers can see it, but win xp cannot!
Yes, I am using 32 bit version.

Is there any other way to do it or did I do something wrong?
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17 May 2009   #7
ten

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

Your partitions are screwed up. Windows 7 thinks it's on C but it's actually D. It's also in a weird extended partition the contains 1 or 2 logical partitions depending on what OS you look at it.

No matter what you do, you wont be able to correct the drive letter situation so I would trash those extended/logical partitions, create a primary partition (drive D for Windows 7 and reinstall it.
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17 May 2009   #8
konik

Win xp sp3 / Win 7 RC 7100
 
 

Hi ten! I did it like you said and nothing changed! Still can't see that partition.
However I installed win 7 on another computer with similar configuration, but didn't use installation DVD, but just mounted iso image and installed directly from XP.
And tadaaaaaaaaa: It works. This is the way. Now drive numbers haven't changed and I can see both partitions.

I always thought, that installation from boot DVD is better, but it isn't!!!
But I am not gonna install it now again. I will just use windows 7 on both computers!
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25 May 2009   #9
konik

Win xp sp3 / Win 7 RC 7100
 
 

Looks like my excitement was too big! On my netbook it works perfectly, like I described above, but on my notebook still doesn't!

I deleted win7 partition again and made a new one(primary) and formatted in win xp. Then I installed win7 from image in win xp and still can't see my win7 partition from win XP.
Both computers are same brand with similar configuration.

This will remain a mystery to me!
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25 May 2009   #10
ten

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

Did it assign drive letter C to the Windows 7 partition again? If so that could be why. There can't be 2 drive letters C.
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