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Windows 7: Lost HDD after installing W7

3 Weeks Ago   #1
ps3142

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Lost HDD after installing W7

Hi, I know I am behind the times but I have just reluctantly changed from Windows XP to Windows 7 Pro which I installed from a Microsoft DVD.
Prior to the installation my computer had available a C drive, a Samsung 120 GB SSD; a D drive, a DVD R/W SATA; and an E drive, a 2TB HDD which was also used for extra storage and back up. All were working perfectly.
I now have the following problem.
I now only have the C drive (SSD) and the D drive, the DVD. The 2 TB E drive is not visible.
Looking into Control Panel, System and Security, Disc Management I find the 2TB HDD is now Disc 0 and appears to be completely empty.
How do I make this drive E again and recover the data that was on it.
I would add that during the upgrade no physical changes were made, the case was not opened and no plugs touched, the only thing done was to enable the computer to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.
Hope someone can help.


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Post a screenshot of the disk management window

quickest way is to type diskmgmt in start search box, then click the icon when it appears

you can take a screenshot with snipping tool

Possibly the 2tb is operating as the system partition in your current configuration - which explains the absence of the drive letter.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
ps3142

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Sorry, response is no items match your search. I often seem to be unable to find places I have looked at previously because W7 does not always respond the same way.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
ps3142

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Lost HDD after installing W7-w7discm.png


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3 Weeks Ago   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

In Diskmgmt you can rt click new volume and assign a drive letter.

If you want to be able to boot without Disk 0 attached, open an adminstrator command prompt and type:

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

then press enter.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
ps3142

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Looks like that has done the trick and all my data is still there. Sorry for being so dumb. Thank you very much.
Peter
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