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An empty and a filled partition merged as single "free space" non-partition

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by thelamecoolguy, Dec 29, 2009.

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  1. thelamecoolguy

    thelamecoolguy Thread Starter

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    Hey there:

    As far as I remember, I had six partitions when my machine was fresh (I just bought it like 3 months back)
    - one for win xp
    - one empty (where I would later install Windows 7)
    - one where I'd store my documents
    - one big empty where I planned to install Linux sometime later
    - one big partition where I'd store everything else ('Main' partition)

    There was a virus problem with XP - I had AVG installed, and the virus would infect all the exe files on my computr and AVG would simply delete it (the infected exe's) which made matters worse.

    Then I installed Win 7 on another partition, and used it for some time without much trouble, except once when I tried some partition manager (so it would be easier when I'd install Linux - for now the Linux plan has been cancelled) when I lost two important partitions somehow (the last two I think, I don't remember exactly). Looking at Disk Management (Computer | Manage | Disk Management), and possibly doing some other things I don't remember I was able to get the partitions back the way they were before (one of them empty).

    XP was still there on my PC, I started it once and it damaged the exe files of Win 7 as well. So after a few days I decide to reinstall XP then realised that the drives had disappeared again, this time I wasn't able to recover them. I checked Disk Management, and saw that the two partitions had been merged into one "free space" partition that didn't show in 'My Computer'. Then I realised that I couldn't login to Win 7 as the boot file's been replaced. A repair might have done the job, but I decided to do a proper install by formatting the original installation drive. No progress in Win 7 as well.

    I have tried a lot of things, but I've been unable to recover the partition. The remaining three partitions - one Win XP partition, one Win7 partition and one Documents partition are intact. Its just the 'main' partition and an empty partition that's not showing up.

    Now what should I do? I would prefer to get things the way they were. Or is recovery the only way?

    Thanks in advanced for your help.
     
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    Thanks. I tried it, and it did find the missing partitions. It said I should restart the computer, so I did so, and Windows 7 failed to boot up. I told me to insert the installation disk and repair Win 7. XP however worked fine and it does show me the lost partitions. Should I go ahead with the Win7 repair?

    I doubt if the program supports Win 7 as of yet as there is no mention on its website and I remember the program asked me if I also wanted to search for Vista partitions (I've never installed Vista on this machine).
     
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    Actually now the Win 7 partition is gone. Its shown as empty free space in XP, so Win7 won't boot. That empty drive is still missing I think, although it doesn't matter right now.

    Can you please explain me why this is happening? Virus infection?
     
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