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#1 mar5hy

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:40 PM

I've taken my sata 120gb out of my laptop because it wouldn't boot up - disk READ error.


I've put it into a caddy then plugged it into a working laptop via usb.


I go into Disk management, the faulty drive has 3 partitions on it.

Please see link for a print screen of it

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/7476/dshm5.png



Recovery partition has the data on it, but it won't let me open it give it a drive letter???

Anyone got any ideas?

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 02:08 PM

OK :thumbsup:.

Did you try assigning a temporary letter (e.g. Z) to it?

That's what I would do.

XP functions on drive-letter recognition (Disk Management and the BIOS don't, but My Computer/Explorer does). If no drive letter is reflected, a partition will be reflected in Disk Management...but it's not useable in Windows until it has a drive letter assigned.

And...if two partitions have the same letter assigned them (normally...e.g., you've attached a drive from another system with the same letter assigned as an already existing, attached drive on a second system), then you just need to (temporarily) assign a different letter to the second one to make it useable.

This isn't guaranteed to solve your situation, but I suggest you try it.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 06:22 PM

OK :thumbsup:.

Did you try assigning a temporary letter (e.g. Z) to it?

That's what I would do.

XP functions on drive-letter recognition (Disk Management and the BIOS don't, but My Computer/Explorer does). If no drive letter is reflected, a partition will be reflected in Disk Management...but it's not useable in Windows until it has a drive letter assigned.

And...if two partitions have the same letter assigned them (normally...e.g., you've attached a drive from another system with the same letter assigned as an already existing, attached drive on a second system), then you just need to (temporarily) assign a different letter to the second one to make it useable.

This isn't guaranteed to solve your situation, but I suggest you try it.

Louis


the recovery partition won't let me assign a letter to it in disk managment? Is there another way?

See the link

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4858/wontassignnm6.png
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:00 PM

Please notice that it says "Unknown partition" - that's because the maker of your computer has used a different method to make this partition. As such, Windows doesn't know what to do with it. Usually this is caused by the manufacturer of your system trying to prevent the Recovery partition from being used.

Also, since it is an "Unknown partition" your data won't be on it. This partition will contain the recovery files for your system, and will have to be accessed from your computer (either by pressing a key during bootup, or by inserting the proper recovery CD to start the program running).

Most likely the data will be in the X: partition (which is marked Healthy and Active). If you have difficulties accessing it there (access denied errors) see this link for more info: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/42756/how-to-fix-an-access-denied-errors/
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:50 AM

Thanks for the link usasma.

Has it got anything to do with the fact that I am trying to open a vista hard drive on an XP machine?
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:36 PM

I shouldn't think that that is the case - rather it's the way that the company formatted that partition, and Windows doesn't recognize that format.

There are ways around this - but they're complicated and require a lot of research on your part. I'd suggest starting with a google search for things like partition readers and the different types of partitions.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:33 PM

Double check with the computer mfg's support site. Dell has instructions on how to use theirs
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