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I have a dual boot of xp and win7 on two separate partitions. Both systems work

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November 12, 2012 7:52:32 AM

I have a dual boot of xp and win7 on two separate partitions. Both systems work well however, xp cannot read drive D: at all. I tried to format it with XP as NTFS but everytime XP restarts it reads drive D: as RAW again. Win7 reads it with all data with no issues. What seems to be the problem and how do I solve it?

Thanks so much
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November 12, 2012 11:38:08 AM

Did you use a MBR partition or a GPT partition? It may have something to do with it.

Q. Can the 32-bit version of Windows XP read, write, and boot from GPT disks?

A. No. The 32-bit version will see only the Protective MBR. The EE partition will not be mounted or otherwise exposed to application software.


http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardwar...
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November 12, 2012 1:16:20 PM

+1 to Hawkeye.

I had the exact same problem. You need to remove from the D drive everything you want to keep, as reformatting to NTFS will wipe the drive clean. Take this opportunity to also optomize / rearrange your drive contents if you wish.
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November 18, 2012 11:37:04 PM

Guys! thanks so much for the help. The drive was formatted with XP itself as NTFS. After every time I format the D: and restart, D drive becomes RAW again. I had to rename it to H: to solve the problem. But XP just doesnt like "D" for some reason!!!
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