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Windows 7: Secondary drive is system reserved - how to open?

04 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Well, it appears that the entire drive has become "system reserved": it is described as such in Explorer [System Reserved (F:]. When I click on what I believe to be the letter corresponding to that drive, it denies access to the contents of that drive. In Explorer I searched for any doc, mp4 or ppt files in the entire system, hoping that maybe I had overlooked a location for them in one of the myriad drives that have started appearing, and the only ones that showed up are on the C drive. So I'm pretty confident that this secondary drive has been partitioned and is not allowing access to the files therein, and that this difficulty is somehow linked to the "system reserved" status of the drive.

I am also fairly confident (or maybe just hopeful) that the files still exist on that drive, I just wish I could get to them. I'm hesitant to do anything that might inadvertently reformat the drive before I get my files off it.


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04 Feb 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP


Did you come here to tell us what the problem is, or do you want to actually listen and learn from those who've dealt with these issues countless thousands of times before?

Judge by the Disk Mgmt output which shows all partitions intact. If only F is showing up in Explorer from that HD then run the Disk Check by either method I posted, or both. F is also not accessible because its files are System files that are hidden in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.

I've now given you a good dozen things to try with no evidence you've tried a single one because you're too busy telling us what can't be done. When you're ready to get your files start at the top of the thread and work through the steps given. If by slight chance they're still not accessible we have other methods when you complete those.
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04 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I apologize. I'll go over the thread again, this time more carefully, and let you know what happens.
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04 Feb 2013   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Stupid error on my part

I tried all the solutions suggested, but as it turns out there was nothing there to work with.

This has all been for naught - I can see now (via Properties) that the drive must have been formatted during system recovery - the only files on it are system files. Obviously I was wrong to believe that all my backup files were on the drive (I read MB as GB - I was hoping when I should have been looking).

My apologies.
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04 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

There are no files on F, your files are on H, There is no reason to explore F. According to that pic, there are 72 Gb of data on H
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04 Feb 2013   #16
Microsoft MVP


What do you mean there's nothing in the steps given to help you? You've reported back nothing that's been done. Why would you ask for help here, ignore it then keep insisting there are no files on the HD when we're looking right at them in Disk Mgmt? Is this some kind of joke?

What was shown when you rightclick H in Disk Mgmt to Explore?

What resulted from the Partition Wizard file system check and HD surface scan? You were given illustrated tutorials how to run these.

Why do you keep saying there's nothing on the HD? What is on the HD is displayed authoritatively by the Disk Mgmt screenshot. You posted it - have you even looked at it?

Just because the drives aren't showing in Disk Mgmt doesn't mean that they aren't there. DIsk Mgmt says they are.

Install Partition Wizard to confirm the Disk Mgmt findings. Then in PW rightclick on each of the drives missing in Computer to run Check File System. Click on the HD to run HD Surface test with both boxes checked. I gave you tutorials to run these. Why didnt you?

Even if none of these yield the files you can still use a rescue method since Disk Mgmt shows the files are there: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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