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Solved: Partition not visible/accessible

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  1. voip4africa

    voip4africa Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone,

    I partitioned my 40GB Seagate hard disk 10GB/30GB using the WinXP Professional install CD.

    In the 10GB I installed WinXP with SP3.

    After WinXP was installed and booted, I now notice I cannot see the 30GB partition anywhere. I even tried booting my PC with another WinXP drive, but same - the 30GB partition cannot be seen.

    :confused:
     
  2. RootbeaR

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    You need to format it.
     
  3. voip4africa

    voip4africa Thread Starter

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    How do I format it? - I can't even see it anywhere
     
  4. shinybeast

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    What does it say in disk management about the partition? Goto start > Run, type compmgmt.msc and press enter. Disk Management will be under Storage in the list on the left. If it says it is free space, then right-click and click format.
     
  5. voip4africa

    voip4africa Thread Starter

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    here's a snapshot of the "Computer Management"
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  6. RootbeaR

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    Same for unallocated space.
     
  7. voip4africa

    voip4africa Thread Starter

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    There is no option to format. When I right-click, I just get the following options:
    New Partition
    Properties
    Help

    When I go to New Partition, it looks as if it's asking me whether I want to se up a new partition WITHIN this partition.
     
  8. RootbeaR

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    It may do that.

    I'd say then you have a couple of options, but not limited to:
    a) Create new one within the old making it as large as possible (which will probably be all or less 8 MB)

    b) Get a third party partitioner to format it. Something like GPARTED-LiveCD
    http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/
     
  9. voip4africa

    voip4africa Thread Starter

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    it worked OK.

    Thanks everyone :)
     
  10. RootbeaR

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    Good going.

    You are welcome.

    Have a great day!
     
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