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Windows 7: where have my partitions gone? help!

04 Nov 2009   #1
oldbai

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where have my partitions gone? help!

Hi there!

I bought a new notebook installed Windows 7 OS. I created two partitions on Disk C through disk management yesterday. Everything seemed to be fine at that time and I did see the disk D & disk H (new partition volumes) displaying in "my computer"; however, both of them are gone when I turned on my notebook today. Neither disk management nor "my computer" could find those two disks. Further more, the space assigned for the partitions is gone too. I can still see the exact full size of my disk C, but the free size does not include the lost partitions at all.

Could anyone help me to fix the problem? Thank you very much.


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04 Nov 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Can you post a screen shot of disk management as it is now?
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04 Nov 2009   #3
oldbai

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Thank you for your reply, but how can I post a picture?


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04 Nov 2009   #4
oldbai

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Ha, I made it!
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05 Nov 2009   #5
ignatzatsonic

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The 10 gig partition appears to be for a recovery partition for a prior OS.

The 100 MB partition was put there by Windows 7 to assist with system repair.

It's curious that your C partition is not marked active.

What is the advertised capacity of your entire hard drive? 500 gigs?
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05 Nov 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

Sorry i thought you said you bought a Win7 computer.

If you just installed Win7 then it left a huge recovery partition which probably is not functional, so you might want to remove it, then move the 100mb Win7 boot/repair partition, followed by the Win7 partition, over there using a third party partition manager like Partition Wizard.

This gives you the OS in the faster lower addresses and makes room for more data partitions.
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05 Nov 2009   #7
oldbai

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
The 10 gig partition appears to be for a recovery partition for a prior OS.

The 100 MB partition was put there by Windows 7 to assist with system repair.

It's curious that your C partition is not marked active.

What is the advertised capacity of your entire hard drive? 500 gigs?
Yeah, it's 500G. Should I mark "active" to C? If so, how to do it?
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05 Nov 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

No the active partition needs to be the 100mb boot/repair partition put there by Win7 installer. It makes repair console available at boot using F8.

Unless you want to delete the 100mb, mark Win7 partition active and run startup repair to reclaim the boot into Win7 part.

I personally would delete the large recovery partition, then boot into a partition manager like Paragon or Partition Wizard to move both the 100mb and Win7 partitions over into the lower addresses.

Then if necessary run Startup repair 3 times to fix any boot issues remaining.
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05 Nov 2009   #9
oldbai

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
How much bloatware did they include in your new Win7 computer?

Do you have previous experience with the Win7 RTM so you know how fast it should be by comparision, because normally bloatware slows down a system even after it is removed piecemeal.

If, like Vista, the bloatware impinges on performance and its removal corrupts system files, I personally would obtain a clean copy of Win7 RTM and install it without the bloatware to maximize performance. It will activate with the OEM license on that machine.

I notice the recovery partition is huge. You will probably want to make the recovery disks since there are situations where you might want to restore to factory condition, like if they don't support clean reinstalls and you need their support for hardware warranty issues. Most of their profit margin nowadays comes from sponsor's bloatware.

Then I personally would remove that recov partition and reclaim that space, using a partition manager like Partition Wizard to move the 100mb boot/repair System partition along with Win7 into that space, then creating my data partitions as desired.

Save one primary formatted partition to place your Win7 Backup Image which will allow you to reimage the HDD in 15 minutes. Store a copy externally in case of HDD failure, as you can boot from the Installer repair console and restore from an image to a new HDD, too. Reinstalls are a thing of the past now that Win7 has brought imaging to the masses.
Well, I have to admit I'm a complete lalyman with those computer things although I have 3 computers at home now. For most of your suggestions, they are just too hard for me to practice. Never tried win7 before. This is my first action on win7, and you saw the consequence. I remember my last laptop came with some softwares on the discs together, but this one only had everything preinstalled. I'm wandering what should I do if the OS collapses some day.
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05 Nov 2009   #10
ignatzatsonic

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Please clarify something:

Did you buy the computer and THEN upgrade to Windows 7 or did you buy it with Windows 7 already on it? If you upgraded did it originally have Vista?

What type of discs do you have and where did you get them? Were they supplied by the PC manufacturer or are they the same Windows 7 discs I would get if I went down to Best Buy?
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