Hard Drive partition not detected on my PC

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December 26, 2011 at 18:43:50
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Pentium 4 at 3 GHz / 1GB
Hard Drive partition, or rather the data it used to contain, is not detected on my PC.

I partitioned the physical drive as follows:
Op System (C:) - 20 GB,
Apps (D:) - 40 GB,
Games-Installers-Music (E:) - 80 GB,
Steve's Documents (F:) - 20 GB (give or take a couple of MB's on each partition).

The logical partitions D: and E: are okay, too, I do have trouble with the last one (F:). And it is where I have redirected the "My Documents" folder, as it has more sensitive information, like personal, private data, translation jobs and so forth.

Windows shows the drive letter (F:) correctly, but the volume label has been replaced by "Local disk" - actually "Helyi lemez" (my OS is in Hungarian). The drive is not accessible, an error window comes up, saying, of course everything in Hungarian, but to this effect:

My Computer
X Drive F:\ is not accessible.
The parameter is incorrect.

Well, it's far from being okay! (You might have seen this one, though.)

It happened to me already a while back, I just can't remember the exact steps that had to be taken. It had to do with disabling the system restore point creation, and "Safe Mode", but of course I forget where I misplaced the procedure's description. Must be on the darn (F:) drive! :D

I believe it happened after defragmentation back then, just like it might be the case right now. Or a virus?

I own a licenced copy of Ashampoo HDD 2 (Version 2.09). When trying to analize drive (F:) it says "There is no media in this drive."

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Wizard tells me, that drive F has an NTFS file system, volume size is 9.91 GB, and free space is 9.91 GB. No bad sectors. Having scanned the drive, it looks like this:
Total 9.08 GB in 24562 files in 1775 folders.

Everything seems to be there.

Thank you in advance,


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December 27, 2011 at 09:03:55
I'm bound to say it's stupid not to have everything backed up to another physical drive. Had you done that, it would have been no problem restoring everything, even to a brand new, empty hard drive.

I also think four partitions on a drive with approx. 160GB capacity is way too many these days. Two partitions would have been ample & would also mean less chance of something going wrong compared to your four-partition arrangement.

But your main folly is in failing to have a backup strategy - good luck to you.

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December 27, 2011 at 20:48:21
Sometimes going to Disk Manager and assigning a letter to the drive will work.
You can try the hard drive manufacturer's hard drive utility to see if it can clarify the problem and possibly repair it.
You can try a recovery program (I believe many here recommend Recurva) to see if any data on the drive can be saved first. then format it and restore it.
The information in reply #1 may sound harsh, but a good current back up to a completely separate drive is REALLY important. The more important the data, the more important the back up.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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