Solved Missing hdd partition help

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June 30, 2012 at 21:58:11
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, 3.2 GHz / 3327 MB
I have just installed windows 7 ultimate sp1 64 bit into my pc during installation i had deleted all previous partitions and had created 3 new ones.Everything went well n im running my new OS well but i have a major issue one of the partitions r missing.(ie when i open My Computer i get only 2 drives the third one is missing it was a 172 gb partition).Is there any way to get it back without formatting again.

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July 1, 2012 at 03:06:47
No the only difference as far as the user is concerned is that you cannot make a logical drive bootable. There won't be any difference in access times etc. Have you now got a drive letter assigned to it?

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July 1, 2012 at 00:47:57
Right-click 'My Computer' and select 'Manage'. Under 'storage' click 'disk management'. Look for your missing partition, right-click it and choose whichever option you want - give it a drive letter, format, make active etc. Your partition/drive will then appear as normal.

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July 1, 2012 at 02:00:31
but its appearing as a LOGICAL drive not primary ?
what does that mean r there any differences?

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#3
July 1, 2012 at 02:25:52
I'm not a partition expert but I seem to recall that Vista and Win 7 do this - the first two partitions will be primary and then the 3rd onwards are logical partitions. In previous versions you had to choose because you can only have 4 primary partitions and to get more partitions you have to create 3 primary and then one extended inside which you can have up to 64 (I think) logical partitions, Win7 may be doing it automatically for you but hence only having 2 primary. As far as I'm aware it doesn't make any real difference in actual useage, but it should have assigned the 3rd partition a letter - if it hasn't then double-clicking the drive should give you the wizard to actually format and assign one.

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#4
July 1, 2012 at 02:41:20
after u assign a letter for it it should appear in my computer, then AFAIK the primary partition is the one u installed ur OS to, the others are just logical

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July 1, 2012 at 02:49:38
ok i entered disk management n im now geting the third partition as a logical one. My only concern is whether its different from primary ones?whether copying n loadinf files in this drive will be slower....?

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July 1, 2012 at 02:59:47
i dont think itll be slower they are all part of the same HDD, test it and check it out
but i doubt itll be slower, it could be a bit slower, give it a shot

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July 1, 2012 at 03:06:47
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No the only difference as far as the user is concerned is that you cannot make a logical drive bootable. There won't be any difference in access times etc. Have you now got a drive letter assigned to it?

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July 1, 2012 at 03:12:12
yeah its F !!

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#9
July 1, 2012 at 03:15:03
Good, that makes sense & in that case you're up & running as you should be. Don't worry about the primary/logical part, I doubt whether that can be altered using Windows and it won't affect the running of the system at all.

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July 1, 2012 at 03:52:24
Okay thanx for all ur help :)

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#11
July 1, 2012 at 09:03:18
When viewing Windows Disk Management you should see a 100MB partition with no assigned drive letter. The purpose of this partition is explained in the link below.

If you wish to eliminate that partition you must use a third party partitioning tool like the one from the hard drive manufacturer.

At any rate, the protocols for disk partitioning only allow 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition which can have as many logical drives as available drive letters.

A, B, C are reserved drive letters which can't be re-assigned to logical drives.


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