/ Sign-up
Your question

Secondary Partition not accessible

  • Partition
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
February 28, 2011 5:26:01 AM

Hey Community!

Going to keep it short:
- Installed a couple of Windows Updates
- Restarted PC
- Windows Updates were being configured
- PC restarted on it's own
- While finished restarting, more configuration were done
- Logged in

And then I couldn't see the partition D anymore, so I went to the Disk Manager and manually assigned a drive letter with success. But when I tried to access the partition I got the following error message: "You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it."

When clicking no I get the following: "D:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted".

Is there anyway to solve this problem as I don't want to delete the partition or go for data recovery.

Thanks in advance and greetings!

More about : secondary partition accessible

a c 344 $ Windows 7
February 28, 2011 12:57:48 PM

Is "D" a secondary physical HDD or is "D" a partition on the same HDD as "C"?

Was one of the updates SP1? Also, what were you using "D" for (apps, storage, etc)?

Please clarify.
February 28, 2011 1:01:41 PM

I shall clarify ;) 

D is a logical one, so same HDD as C.
None of the updates included SP1.
D was used for storage and also for My Documents (that new Library thingy in Windows 7)
a c 344 $ Windows 7
February 28, 2011 1:12:15 PM

Run the Repair Environment (see link) and see if Windows will repair itself:

Report back with results. If this fails, we'll get more aggressive. Good luck!