Does a main Hard drive need to be mounted ?

February 26, 2011 at 11:22:11
Specs: Windows 7, celeron 900
Do I need to mount the hard drive and it 2 partitions after I just did a restoration to factory default? i also had to change the drive letters. I have no idea how they got switched but the laptop would not boot because of it.. Could not even use the restore partition because of wrong drive letters.

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February 26, 2011 at 11:27:25
Your post is a little confusing.

You you have more than one hard drive in the laptop?

Did you remove the hard drive for the purposes of performing the restore?

Did you use the restore disks from the maker of the laptop?

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February 26, 2011 at 13:03:00
Hi- Thank you--sorry- Only my 2nd post here. The issue itself is confusing.
I have only one hard drive in laptop with total of 3 partitions on that hard drive.
I did not remove the HD from the laptop.
I Did not use restore Disks from Toshiba.
I used the built-in Recovery partition to recover this machine.

Here is what I did:

1..Laptop would not boot Nor would it even post up. just a blinking cursor.

2. So I used a Win 7 PE live CD boot disk to get into the system. It worked for me.

3. I found 3 partitions.

-Main drive-- 225GB
-Recovery Partition- 9GB
-1gb :"useless" partition. 1GB
The problem was the main 225 gb C partition had D drive letter assigned, instead of C. C was assigned to the 1gb "nothing"partition. Drive 0 (C Drive) had "D" assigned to it. Then there was the recovery partition assigned E or F Everything was incorrect. Even DVD rom had a strange letter assigned to it. don't remember.

I guess all of that backwards crap is why the machine was confused and would not boot. Because C drive was not the 0 drive (It was 1 or 2 drive ) Everything was all out of order.
So Anyways:
4. I carefully corrected the drive letters to the proper ones. I was able to do that using my "live CD boot disk for Win 7". Otherwise i could not access anything,, whatever the reason was.

5. If you hold down the 0(zero) key then tap the power button once you will go right into the Toshiba recovery/restore menu. That was not happening for me until I repaired the drive letter problems.

6. Now With C drive (Drive 0) assigned its correct letter, the Recover/restore menu finally appeared to me when I held down the zero key, like it was supposed to.


7. I restored the laptop to its factory defaults using Toshiba's built-in restore application.(by holding down Zero key) They do not issue restore disks anymore. Just the restore/recovery partition , which is what I successfully used to restore the laptop. It Also Reinstalled Widows 7 and all the drivers.

8. The PC works fine and all is well, except that while checking things out after the immediately after the restoration project, using a program called called GParted from the Lived boot CD, I noticed that the hard drive itself and the 2 other partitions are NOT mounted yet.

9 I am pretty sure they need to be mounted. Being a relative beginner, That is why I asked this question.

It is very complicated and I was trying to keep it simple. I am sure I probably really made it sound complicated now,

BUT THE QUESTION again IS: Do i need to mount the C drive? also does that important recovery partition need to be mounted, as well? i do not care about that 3rd one except that it may hold the boot sector and unless you guys tell me I should care.

I use a lot of big words here but i am no expert. Please believe that I am far from that. I need all the Expert advice I can get.

thank you again,


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February 27, 2011 at 07:22:25
Do you have restore disks for that computer?

I don't know what you did in the past but you could try combining the 1GB and the D partition.

Windows 7 has partitioning tools that may be able to do that. Depends if the two partitions are adjacent. I would guess they are.

Funny you should call 1GB useless. My first PC had a large 120MB hard drive.

Post any information on the 1GB partition that shows in Disk Management.

There is always a chance that things can go wrong so that is why I asked if you had restore disks.

If you had a full

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February 27, 2011 at 10:43:13
That partition is actually the 1.46gb recovery partition. All I need to do now is get it into "ACTIVE" state so it will boot when I call on it. No more restore disks from Toshiba. Holding zero key and pressing power button takes you to Recovery Options screen from within that hidden partition. However I cannot get the partition into the active state it requires to allow it to appear to me. Can you assist me with that?

The info you asked for >>That partition is listed as Simple, Basic, Healthy, Recovery Partition. But it is not listed as active.

Thank you


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February 27, 2011 at 10:54:17
You stated before that the 9GB was marked as the recovery partition. I donlt think that the 1.46GB isn't big enough to serve as the factory recovery partition.

I think your problem is that you somehow created, or expanded, a 3rd partition. That messed up the partitions. Changing the partition number or size can render the recovery partition useless.

While in Disk Management right clicking the partition in question will show a drop down menu. One of the options on that menu is to mark a partition as active. It may be grayed out though.

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March 1, 2011 at 10:29:24
OK thank you. Yes it IS GRAYED OUT. But I used a trial Demo program from Paragon, called hard Drive Manager 2011 and followed some instructions I found on Google. I now have things organized and have created a correct recovery Partition (actually called a RECOVERY CAPSULE) and tied F5 to it and it works for me. I still have no idea how this guy got those drive #'s and letters screwed up.>>Changing the partition number or size can render the recovery partition useless.<< This statement by you was/IS very important to me. If there were no Google or/and no Forums like this, I would barely know how to plug in a Keyboard, REALLY> I have learned almost TOO MUCH about partitions and hard Drives this week, but I appreciate all your knowledge and help. Thank you



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March 1, 2011 at 10:30:31
BTW----Thank you again; my question is answered and the issue is resolved.


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