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windows 7 secondary hard disk not getting detected

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by vschitturi, Aug 11, 2011.

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  1. vschitturi

    vschitturi Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    When i connect a sata hard disk which is loaded with windows 7 as a secondary to another windows 7 system to take the data backup it is not showing the drives but i can see it in the device management in windows 7.

    Could anyone please help me.

    Awaiting for your reply.
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Does it show up in Disk Management?
     
  3. Amanha

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    If its showing up in Device Manager, it means the PC is physically seeing the hard disk. It may be that its not formatted or assigned a drive letter. Look for the disk, if its not formatted (Will be 'Unallocated Space') format it. If its formatted, check if its got a drive letter assigned to it.
     
  4. vschitturi

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    yes helix,

    I can see the drives in the disk management but not able to open those drives.

    Awaiting for your reply.
     
  5. vschitturi

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    Hello Amanha,

    I cannot format those disks bcoz there is a data which has to be taken from that disk but the drives are not displayed but i can see in the disk management can you let me know the further steps to be taken to get my drives visible.
     
  6. DoubleHelix

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    How are they displayed? Did you try just right-clicking on the partition and assigning a drive letter?
     
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  8. vschitturi

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    s helix,

    I can see them in the disk management but assigning a drive letter option got disabled in that system.
     
  9. saikee

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    This can be a case that Win7 recognises the disk or partition. However when mounting it to enable the user to use it it experiences trouble possibly due to a corruption in its filing system or an issue with its partition table. In such a case Win7 will play safe and not to mount it.

    I would get a second opinion by boot up a Linux and see what Linux has to say. If there is a problem with the partition table Linux partitioning tools can report the anomaly and may be able to rectify the errors.
     
  10. altjx

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    Anyone ever used GParted for something like this? It sounds like GParted would be able to help but I can't remember if I've seen anything like assigning drive letters in there. Would be nice to know this.
     
  11. saikee

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    Gparted =Gnome Partition Editor.

    Gnome is one of the two widely used desktop systems in Linux. The other one is KDE.

    Gparted is available to every Linux by download and some may ship it with the distro like Ubuntu. It is a graphic partitioning tool in Linux. Linux terminal has many powerful partitioning software as well because Linux supports over 100+ partition types.

    Gparted is more famous for its ability to resize a NTFS partition reliably in additional to its normal partitioning capability. This software is a free Linux program developed years before Vsita and Win7's resizing function.

    As a Linux program it doesn't assign a drive letter which is a system used only by MSDOS and MS WIndows. The partitions created by MS WIndows can be mounted in Linux for read/write operation. In L
     
  12. altjx

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    Gotcha. I've used it plenty of times but just can't remember seeing any options to assist with that.

    Worse case, do a backup (booting from a live CD) and just format it if the second hard drive's going to be staying in that PC anyway.
     
  13. DoubleHelix

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    I don't understand this statement. How does the ability to assign a drive letter get disabled? Are you not the admin? Who's computer is it?
     
  14. Rockn

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    Does it show up as a foreign disk in Disk management? If so you need to import the volume.
     
  15. vschitturi

    vschitturi Thread Starter

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    Hi Helix,

    I am getting the change drive letter and path option but wen i try to assign a drive letter i am getting an error. Please have a glance on the screen shot attached and can you tell me to proceed further to get the drives visible.

    Awaiting for your reply.
     

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