Solved Only Drive C is acxcxessable after installing updates

December 31, 2013 at 06:24:45
Specs: Windows 7
G'day,
After re-installing Win 8 everything worked fine until I downloaded and applied the M$oft updates.
Now the only drive I can access is C drive. I have the HDD partitioned into C for the OS, D: for my programmes, E: for my data and I: for my Installers. I have a USB drive for my backups.

After installing the updates, I can only access the C partition, not the others. All drives appear to be normal when viewed in Admintools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management but Win 8 just reports that theLocation is not available, "drive is not available" - Drive is not ready."

This has occurred three times now including 1: a straight update 2: a refresh and an update and 3: a fresh install (over win XP pro SP3) with the same result. I have scanned my entire system with Avast (in paranoid mode and IOBit the result that the system is clean.

Any ideas how to fix this are welcomed.

All the best for 2014,
Regards,
Royce


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January 1, 2014 at 10:42:16
Since you mentioned installing over XP SP3 I assume that your partitions were created and formatted to NTFS by XP and Windows 7 & 8 I believe use a slightly different version of NTFS. Copy all files on all Windows drives (other than C) to another drive, using Disk Manager delete all of these partitions and create and format them all over again. Then copy the files back again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
December 31, 2013 at 17:37:03
Please download and run ListParts64 by Farbar (for 64-bit system):
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
Click on the Scan button.
The scan results will open in Notepad.
Copy and Paste the contents into your reply.

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January 1, 2014 at 00:46:07
ListParts by Farbar Version: 20-10-2013
Ran by Royce (administrator) on 01-01-2014 at 18:36:18
Windows 8 (X64)
Running From: E:\000 - Downloads
Language: 0809
************************************************************

========================= Memory info ======================

Percentage of memory in use: 25%
Total physical RAM: 8190.49 MB
Available physical RAM: 6122.89 MB
Total Pagefile: 16382.49 MB
Available Pagefile: 13986.14 MB
Total Virtual: 8192 MB
Available Virtual: 8191.88 MB

======================= Partitions =========================

1 Drive c: (Win 8 System 50) (Fixed) (Total:73.82 GB) (Free:37.48 GB) NTFS ==>[Drive with boot components (obtained from BCD)]
2 Drive d: (Programmes 50) (Fixed) (Total:93.82 GB) (Free:65.7 GB) NTFS
3 Drive e: (Data 50) (Fixed) (Total:120.08 GB) (Free:64.44 GB) NTFS
4 Drive f: (Ubuntu 13.04 amd) (CDROM) (Total:0.77 GB) (Free:0 GB) CDFS
6 Drive i: (Installers 50) (Fixed) (Total:105.04 GB) (Free:27.68 GB) NTFS
8 Drive n: (Backups (N)) (Fixed) (Total:698.64 GB) (Free:326.01 GB) NTFS


Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 465 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 698 GB 0 B
Disk 2 Online 500 GB 499 GB
Disk 3 No Media 0 B 0 B

Partitions of Disk 0:
===============

Disk ID: 0A38A470

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 73 GB 1024 KB
Partition 2 Primary 93 GB 73 GB
Partition 3 Primary 120 GB 167 GB
Partition 4 Primary 131 GB 287 GB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 1 C Win 8 Syste NTFS Partition 73 GB Healthy System (partition with boot components)

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 2
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 2 D Programmes NTFS Partition 93 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 3
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 3 E Data 50 NTFS Partition 120 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 4
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 4 I Installers NTFS Partition 131 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 1:
===============

Disk ID: 0C454889

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 698 GB 32 KB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 5 N Backups (N) NTFS Partition 698 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 2:
===============

Disk ID: 0EF7ADEE

There are no partitions on this disk to show.

======================================================================================================
============================== MBR Partition Table ==================

==============================
Partitions of Disk 0:
===============
Disk ID: 0A38A470
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=74 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)
Partition 2: (Not Active) - (Size=94 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)
Partition 3: (Not Active) - (Size=120 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)
Partition 4: (Not Active) - (Size=131 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)

==============================
Partitions of Disk 1:
===============
Disk ID: 0C454889
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=699 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)

==============================
Partitions of Disk 2:
===============
Disk ID: 0EF7ADEE


Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-GB
inherit {globalsettings}
integrityservices Enable
default {current}
resumeobject {fda6ac13-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 8
locale en-GB
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {fda6ac15-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
integrityservices Enable
recoveryenabled Yes
allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {fda6ac13-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
nx OptIn
bootmenupolicy Standard

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {fda6ac15-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
device ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\fda6ac15-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33\Winre.wim,{fda6ac16-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Recovery Environment
locale en-GB
inherit {bootloadersettings}
displaymessage Recovery
displaymessageoverride Recovery
osdevice ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\fda6ac15-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33\Winre.wim,{fda6ac16-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
systemroot \windows
nx OptIn
bootmenupolicy Standard
winpe Yes

Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier {fda6ac13-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description Windows Resume Application
locale en-GB
inherit {resumeloadersettings}
recoverysequence {fda6ac15-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
recoveryenabled Yes
allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
filedevice partition=C:
filepath \hiberfil.sys
bootmenupolicy Standard
debugoptionenabled No

Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier {memdiag}
device partition=C:
path \boot\memtest.exe
description Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale en-GB
inherit {globalsettings}
badmemoryaccess Yes

Windows Legacy OS Loader
------------------------
identifier {ntldr}
device partition=C:
path \ntldr
description Earlier Version of Windows

EMS Settings
------------
identifier {emssettings}
bootems No

Debugger Settings
-----------------
identifier {dbgsettings}
debugtype Serial
debugport 1
baudrate 115200

RAM Defects
-----------
identifier {badmemory}

Global Settings
---------------
identifier {globalsettings}
inherit {dbgsettings}
{emssettings}
{badmemory}

Boot Loader Settings
--------------------
identifier {bootloadersettings}
inherit {globalsettings}
{hypervisorsettings}

Hypervisor Settings
-------------------
identifier {hypervisorsettings}
hypervisordebugtype Serial
hypervisordebugport 1
hypervisorbaudrate 115200

Resume Loader Settings
----------------------
identifier {resumeloadersettings}
inherit {globalsettings}

Device options
--------------
identifier {fda6ac16-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33}
description Windows Recovery
ramdisksdidevice partition=C:
ramdisksdipath \Recovery\fda6ac15-6f2b-11e3-9779-c3dbf7d49d33\boot.sdi


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#3
January 1, 2014 at 02:23:25
In ListParts I was looking for an Active hidden partition, this is often where malware authors now hide their nasties.
Your drive is Ok.

As you have tried many things, it will be a process of elimination.

If you have a spare drive, I would delete ALL partitions, format to NTFS with No partitions, install W8 & do your testing.

message edited by Johnw


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#4
January 1, 2014 at 10:42:16
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Since you mentioned installing over XP SP3 I assume that your partitions were created and formatted to NTFS by XP and Windows 7 & 8 I believe use a slightly different version of NTFS. Copy all files on all Windows drives (other than C) to another drive, using Disk Manager delete all of these partitions and create and format them all over again. Then copy the files back again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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