Cannot access Partitions

June 19, 2009 at 17:57:16
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a one Tb hard drive with three partitions. Windows is recognizing the C drive but does not recognize the other partitions within the hard drive. I have tried disk management program but it does not give me the option to assign another drive letter to the other partitions. I can see that the partitions are there but I cannot figure out how to access them???

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#1
June 19, 2009 at 18:04:23
There's a color code for the partitions: How are the three partitions enumerated within the disk management console?

- Unallocated
- Primary
- Extended
- Logical
- Free Space

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#2
June 19, 2009 at 18:19:04
They are all indicated as primary and I don't have the option to change it in disk management...

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#3
June 19, 2009 at 19:12:59
How much space is the C: partition occupying?

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#4
June 19, 2009 at 19:17:22
200.18 GB.

Any ideas you have are greatly appreciated!


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#5
June 19, 2009 at 19:45:48
Can you post a screenshot of your disk management console?

Also, how is the remaining space shared between the other two partitions? For example, on this machine, I've got:

-- Disk 0 (298.09GB) --
- Windows XP (D:)
- Data (E:)
- Windows 7 (J:)
- Windows Vista (C:)

And what do you get when you right-click on the partitions?

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#6
June 19, 2009 at 20:34:27
When I right click on the partitions I only get delete volume as a choice I can click on.

C: 200.18 GB Healthy
blank: 365.69 GB Healthy primary
blank: 365.64 GB Healthy primary

I would be happy to post the screen shot but I'm not sure how to post it to this message??


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#7
June 20, 2009 at 07:01:26
Well, delete the volumes & recreate them correctly. Apparently, you don't have anything stored on them anyway.

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#8
June 20, 2009 at 09:17:00
Actually, I have half of each partition used. When I put the Vista Install disk and I go to setup, It shows the partitions as being something in there. I know that I did not delete anything in there. For Example, on one of my partitions it shows as 135.34 GB used. But somehow, when I turn on my computer normally, It shows as nothing is in there in each of partitions when I go to disk management. I have movies, music, programs, and important documents in each of the other partitions... lol, its weird stuff. If I slave it to another vista computer, do you think that I can access the other partitions and perhaps fix them? Sorry to keep bothering you...

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#9
June 20, 2009 at 11:02:57
I guess I'm lost now.

How are you able to store data on these partitions if they do not exist in Windows Explorer. Did you or someone else sharing the PC with you hide the partitions or something?

Something is amiss here, are you sure there's a problem with your machine?

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#10
June 20, 2009 at 11:17:40
Ok, here's the deal. A friend of ours got infected with like 45 trojans and spyware. Well, his computer, XP built, would'nt let me install malwarebytes or any other program to fight the infections. So, I took his drive off and slaved it to my computer. Well, since I had all the tools, my computer managed to clear up the drive with most infections, or at least, enough for me to put the drive back in his and finish cleaning up the drive. His computer came out fine. So, after I turned my computer back on, it said error loading OS. So, I then went to the prompt from Windows Install disk, and typed bootrec /fixboot and bootrec /fixmbr. Then, windows loaded fine, but come to find out that vista, all of a sudden wont recognize my parttions, just the c drive. So, the answer to your question, is yes, i was using the partitions normally until I did the slaving part.... Thanks

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#11
June 20, 2009 at 15:11:19
Hey Saber,

I ended up getting paragon partition manager and it showed the partitions as hidden NTFS drives. What I did was make them unhidden and as soon as I did that, windows recognized the partitions. Thanks for all your help and I really appreciate your time...


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#12
June 21, 2009 at 16:03:25
No worries, glad to see you got it all worked out.

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