FAT 32 partition is showing but not opening

November 27, 2010 at 06:17:12
Specs: Windows XP, P4 2gb
i m using window xp. i hv 200 gb hard disk with 5 partition 40 gb each. i format my system drive n install new XP on that drive which is ntfs..... then i found 4 partition are in NTFS format that are working okey.... but one partition is not showing any format & that is not opining.

when i try to open, it says"disk is not formated... format it now"

in disk managment option that drive is showing n size is also shows as 40 gb but it is not showing any format

i boot in linex from cd n there also it shows that partition with full size 40 gb... used space 34 gb n free space 6 gb..... n unknown format but it is not opening n saying to format it.

i hv very imp. data in that drive.... i want to open that partition once any how n back up that data.... then i can format it.

plz suggest me how to open that partition without formating that partition


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#1
November 27, 2010 at 07:03:59
Tell us how you got five partitions onto the hard disk. Normally a hard disk can only have four partitions, four primary partitions, or three primary partitions and an extended partition. There are some third party tools that will allow more than four partitions but they are rare and can be a bit risky when things go wrong.

If you do have five partitions and you haven't used any third party tools it would indicate that your master boot record is corrupt.

You need to be looking for some data recovery software. To use any of the standard tools for fixing the MBR could very well consign this stray partition to oblivion.

Stuart


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#2
November 27, 2010 at 07:17:39
when i purchase the hard disk that time shop keeper did it...
but i m using this 5 partition hard disk from 2 year n got no problem at all......

meanwhile i formatted drives 4 time n no problem i got.

but this time when i formatted i got this problem....

is there is any way to get access to open this drive....??


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#3
November 27, 2010 at 07:38:40
Try using testdisk to repair the partition. Be sure to read all the tutorials prior to using. Get testdisk at the link below.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...


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#4
November 27, 2010 at 08:19:48
How about repartitioning the drive? What's the point to having 5 partitions, especially since you can't use the 5th? Why do you even need 4 partitions? Usually 3 is sufficient, one for the OS, one for programs & one for storage. What are you using 4 partitions for?

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#5
November 27, 2010 at 08:25:07
Are you sure that these are actually partitions and not two or more logical drives within an extended partition. If so that would make a difference and would require a different approach. Drives and partitions are not the same thing although to the unwary they can appear that way.

To find out exactly what you have got to Computer Management > Disk Management and that will tell you exactly what you have.

Stuart


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#6
November 27, 2010 at 08:26:29
Guys, I am guessing the OP has 1 primary partition with an extended partition containing 4 logical drives. That is the default setup when partitioning in WinXP, in my experience.

The issue probably has something to do with prior use of that partition for a non Windows OS. Just my guess.

arun

Go to Disk Management and post the information on all your partitions.


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#7
November 27, 2010 at 21:30:06
disk managment ststus.....

c: primary partition ntfs healthy

d,e,f,g are extended partition

d: logical drive ntfs healthy
e: logical drive ntfs healthy
F: logical drive **** healthy
g: logical drive ntfs healthy

****- not showing any thing
problem is with f drive

when i try to open f: drive, it says"disk is not formated... format it now"

i hv very imp. data in that drive.... i want to open that partition once any how n back up that data.... then i can format it.

plz suggest me how to open that partition without formating that partition


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#8
November 28, 2010 at 05:30:21
Look back to #3 above.

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#9
November 28, 2010 at 05:37:49
There you go, you only have two partitions. One primary and one extended. Drive D; to E; are all contained within the same partition. A drive can only ever have one extended partition. Calling drive F; a partition will cause confusion to those who really know what a partition is.

Test disk should work as you do not have a corrupted Master Boot Record to worry about.

Stuart


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#10
November 28, 2010 at 08:28:34
i use test disk......

ir recovered the some data of 20 gb.... but that files are in unknown format of
.gpg
.pyc
.swc

how to open these files... n get the data...?>


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#11
November 28, 2010 at 08:51:17
It depends on what created the files as to how you open them. You can search Google to find out what the extensions mean. However, it is possible that the files are corrupted beyond recovery.

http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/SWC

Stuart


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#12
November 28, 2010 at 09:02:29
If you were able to repair the partition then the only issue is Windows doesn't recognize those extensions. Use the link StuartS provided.

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#13
November 28, 2010 at 16:00:03
There are several options when you run testdisk. see http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test... --go to the 4th display "Main Menu" --select the Advanced option-- hi-light the bad partition and press enter-- (look at the web site and scroll to near bottom at sub title "NTFS Boot sector recovery" ). Does your computer show both the Boot sector and backup Boot sector OK ?

also go to http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Adva...


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