Solved Weird Hard Drive Problem...

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March 22, 2013 at 10:56:24
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
I have an ACER Notebook that runs fine, boots up Windows 7 without a problem and I can access all of the files on the main partition but for some reason when I look at my HDD in any Partition software, its telling me that its offline or just unallocated space. I can't access any of the partitions on the drive, just the main one with Windows (I can't see them either but I know they are there). Also, when trying to run the Windows 8 Setup from boot, when it gets to the partitioning part, it says there is no hard drives installed.

Any information on this topic will be greatly appreciated as I have never ran into this problem before and I have been doing this for over 20 years.

Thank you!

PC1 (Desktop):
- Asus M2V-MX SE
- Athlon 64 4200+ X2 @ 2.2GHz
- 1GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB OC @ 729/500MHz

PC2 (Laptop):
- Turion64 X2
- 3GB DDR2


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March 22, 2013 at 15:03:32
I wasn't able to create the disks anymore, and none of the partitioning software I tried to use worked so in the end I just created a usb dos drive and used fdisk to to delete the partitions and create a new one. Now Windows 8 is installing fine.

PC1 (Desktop):
- Asus M2V-MX SE
- Athlon 64 4200+ X2 @ 2.2GHz
- 1GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB

PC2 (Laptop):
- AMD A8
- 6GB DDR3



#1
March 22, 2013 at 11:18:30
When viewing the hard drive in Windows Disk Management what do you see?

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#2
March 22, 2013 at 11:27:03
just shows me C: and the System Reserved and they both have a red X on them. C: is dynamic at the moment, when I try to convert to Basic it tells me the HDD is offline.

PC1 (Desktop):
- Asus M2V-MX SE
- Athlon 64 4200+ X2 @ 2.2GHz
- 1GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB

PC2 (Laptop):
- AMD A8
- 6GB DDR3


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#3
March 22, 2013 at 11:37:13
Did you alter the partitioning on the hard drive? Do you have more than one hard drive in the laptop?

Dynamic disk/partiton means you have spanned at least two partitions. Windows 7 creates a small partition at the beginning of the drive that normally is reserved for Windows functions. In addition to your primary partition you should have a restore partition, which is normally hidden.

You can only have 3 primary partitions and one extended partition with many logical drives inside it.



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#4
March 22, 2013 at 11:54:58
What happend was I was going to format it and put a fresh install of Windows 8 on it so I went into Disk Management and shrunk the main drive by 70GB so I could transfer everything I wanted to keep onto the 70GB Partition. Well when I did that, it told me it was going to convert them to Dynamic and I thought whatever i'll just convert it back to basic when i'm finished, well something happened while it was trying to convert to Dynamic and it returned an error (unfortunately) I closed it before I could read the whole thing. So now it says its Dynamic but its as if its stuck between conversion, I guess you could say its in "limbo" so to speak so the Notebook can't read it properly anymore.

PC1 (Desktop):
- Asus M2V-MX SE
- Athlon 64 4200+ X2 @ 2.2GHz
- 1GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB

PC2 (Laptop):
- AMD A8
- 6GB DDR3


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#5
March 22, 2013 at 12:14:51
Did you create your restore disks of Windows 7? If not, see if you can still do that.

Back up your personal files somewhere. External HD, DVDR, etc.

Then delete all partitions using a third party tool like one from the hard drive manufacturer. That way, you will eliminate 2 partitions. Using Windows installation process will create that reserve partition, which most users don't need.

All you really need to create is ONE primary partition for Windows 7 of sufficient capacity. After you have Windows 7 up and patched you can create additional partitions from Disk Management.

BTW, you can't convert dynamic back to basic.


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#6
March 22, 2013 at 12:24:31
I was able to backup everything I needed to, to an External HD. I don't have restore disks but I do have a copy of Windows 7 that I can install. As for the third party tool, I use EaseUS Partition Master and that just tells me its unallocated space so its not reading it at all. This program also lets me convert dynamic back to basic, I had to do this the last time I created a partition on my main laptop, which is while I was using the same program again but it seems that at this point its not helping anymore...

Do you have any recommendations for Partitioning software?

PC1 (Desktop):
- Asus M2V-MX SE
- Athlon 64 4200+ X2 @ 2.2GHz
- 1GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB

PC2 (Laptop):
- AMD A8
- 6GB DDR3


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#7
March 22, 2013 at 12:56:36
Easeus has a good partitioning software that I think is free.

Read your manual to learn how to create the Acer restore disks. You should still be able to do it.

Using your full version Windows 7 may waste a installation key, which may be required. Also, the restore disks make your laptop worth something when you decide to get rid of it.

See the link below to see if you can still make the disks.

http://forums.techarena.in/guides-t...


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#8
March 22, 2013 at 15:03:32
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I wasn't able to create the disks anymore, and none of the partitioning software I tried to use worked so in the end I just created a usb dos drive and used fdisk to to delete the partitions and create a new one. Now Windows 8 is installing fine.

PC1 (Desktop):
- Asus M2V-MX SE
- Athlon 64 4200+ X2 @ 2.2GHz
- 1GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB

PC2 (Laptop):
- AMD A8
- 6GB DDR3


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