primary partion on external HDD

October 11, 2013 at 12:27:19
Specs: Windows 7

i mistakenly made my external hard drive primary partition and now i am about to lose all my files because the system now sees the hdd as ntfs primary partition. how do i remove the partition without losing my files

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October 11, 2013 at 12:34:56
There is nothing wrong. It's a primary NTFS partition. That's quite normal.

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October 11, 2013 at 12:44:36
I cant access the content again, its saying i should format the drive. i use this drive for backups only not for primary partition.

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October 11, 2013 at 12:54:22
As Phill says, primary partition is not your problem.

I think you are misunderstanding what a primary partition is. Every drive can have a maximum of four portions. Every one can be a primary partition, or three primary partitions and one extended partition.

I have an Internal drive and an external drive. Each is partitioned with two primary partitions, making four primary partitions I can access.

Every drive has to be partitioned and a primary partition is the obvious one to use. The only other alternative is an extended partition and that brings in unnecessary complications.

Once a drive has been partitioned, it then has to be formatted, usually to NTFS.

If you can see the partition in Windows Explorer but no files then I would check your backup procedure. Something went wrong


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