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A hard drive partition not showing up on windows 7

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October 1, 2013 8:52:31 PM

I was planning to switch from 8 to 7 but i encountered a problem which is a partition is not showing up after windows 7 loads up but it shows during the boot process.
Note ;-In windows 8's drive management it is showing up as healthy and primary partion
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October 17, 2013 5:48:25 PM

Nope its showing on disk management but when i boot my windows 8 back to 7, that particular drive vanishes while it will be still there when i have to select the drive for my os. How to paste pictures here so that i can show you all whats the drive in disk management?
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December 5, 2013 6:53:06 AM

Oh I am also facing same problem. I guess.. its because of the hidden system files/folders on that partition. which makes it invisible in myComputer. The solution I am thinking on ... is to insert an UBUNTU OS cd and load it LIVE and then find and delete system folders from previous OS on the drive which is not showing up... (its Risky business!! but not much risky) again you will need to re-install windows 8 or 7 which ever you are switching to.

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December 7, 2013 4:12:09 AM
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Oh I found answer... Just forget what I posted earlier here is simple solution...
The recovery partition is showing up becuase its been assigned a DRIVE LETTER.

FROM STARTUP ICON MENU - right click COMPUTER - select MANAGE

From COMPUTER MANAGEMENT window - select DISK MANGEMENT

right click on the DRIVE in question - select CHANGE DRIVE LETTERS AND PATHS - select ADD.

There just assign the drive letter and the DRIVE will appear in Windows Explorer or to the programs.


I did this for a my EXT4 / LINUX drives to hide them in Explorer. Now windows no longer trys to FORMAT them.
March 22, 2014 5:20:15 PM

patrick47018 said:
So in disk management it doesn't show up at all? Or does it look blank like this: http://www.sevenforums.com/attachments/installation-set...
Missing an assigned drive letter.


Patrick - I am having exactly the problem you show above...
I am working on a friends laptop (Toshiba Satellite S855-S5252) running Win 7 that had some disk errors and viruses. I am hoping to restore using the Recovery Partition which has a drive letter assigned and is labeled HDDRECOVERY, but also have a smaller partition (1.46 GB) that is marked as a recovery partition but has no drive letter (and will not allow one to be assigned). It does not appear in Windows Explorer / My computer but it is shown in Computer Management. It is a striped disk.
What are my options?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
March 23, 2014 8:13:21 AM

NCPhantom said:
patrick47018 said:
So in disk management it doesn't show up at all? Or does it look blank like this: http://www.sevenforums.com/attachments/installation-set...
Missing an assigned drive letter.


Patrick - I am having exactly the problem you show above...
I am working on a friends laptop (Toshiba Satellite S855-S5252) running Win 7 that had some disk errors and viruses. I am hoping to restore using the Recovery Partition which has a drive letter assigned and is labeled HDDRECOVERY, but also have a smaller partition (1.46 GB) that is marked as a recovery partition but has no drive letter (and will not allow one to be assigned). It does not appear in Windows Explorer / My computer but it is shown in Computer Management. It is a striped disk.
What are my options?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.


Hi Patrick...... I am not a hardcore Geek but have tried my hand on hardware and software troubleshooting... counting on my experience Here is what you can do..
STEP 1) * if you don't have a crucial data to recover...After booting through OS boot CD... when you are show the partitions on screen...then delete the Recovery Partition and any unallocated space on HDD... after that you will see only "good" partitions.
STEP 2) choose a partition with large free space on it for installing OS. STEP 3) choose custom installation option.. now you are good to go... Good Luck !!!
P.S. Download UBUNTU OS its Free and OpenSource :) 
March 23, 2014 8:40:03 AM

Param Lowe said:
NCPhantom said:
patrick47018 said:
So in disk management it doesn't show up at all? Or does it look blank like this: http://www.sevenforums.com/attachments/installation-set...
Missing an assigned drive letter.


Patrick - I am having exactly the problem you show above...
I am working on a friends laptop (Toshiba Satellite S855-S5252) running Win 7 that had some disk errors and viruses. I am hoping to restore using the Recovery Partition which has a drive letter assigned and is labeled HDDRECOVERY, but also have a smaller partition (1.46 GB) that is marked as a recovery partition but has no drive letter (and will not allow one to be assigned). It does not appear in Windows Explorer / My computer but it is shown in Computer Management. It is a striped disk.
What are my options?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.


Hi Patrick...... I am not a hardcore Geek but have tried my hand on hardware and software troubleshooting... counting on my experience Here is what you can do..
STEP 1) * if you don't have a crucial data to recover...After booting through OS boot CD... when you are show the partitions on screen...then delete the Recovery Partition and any unallocated space on HDD... after that you will see only "good" partitions.
STEP 2) choose a partition with large free space on it for installing OS. STEP 3) choose custom installation option.. now you are good to go... Good Luck !!!
P.S. Download UBUNTU OS its Free and OpenSource :) 


patrick47018 - I DO need to recover the data, that's the problem. I'm trying to setup the system to the original factory setup...
March 24, 2014 12:02:03 AM

Ok then do not format the partition and choose Custom installation option. All your data will be stored in OS.old (e.g. on Microsoft Windows it will be windows.old ) folder which you can recover afterwards..
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