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Partition Help?

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#1 Tiptoe


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:57 PM

Hey, Recently I swapped out a hard drive from my old computer into my new one. Well the hard drive that I swapped out had 2 partitions on it both around 35gb or so.

My problem is that when I initially swapped it in only part of it was being detected, and I couldn't even access that so I thought that possibly formatting the part that was being detected would fix the problem.

Well now I can access only that partition but the other partition is still not even being detected at all. Can anybody help me find out what exactly may be wrong? Thanks in advance, and I'm running Windows XP in case it's information that's needed.

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#2 dc3


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Posted 23 March 2008 - 12:47 AM

Hi tiptoe, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Did this hdd have a Windows operating system on it?

The problem with transferring a hdd like this is that the registry has already identified the chipset of the first motherboard and has and has specific IDs for the drivers. When you install it with a different motherboard or chipset the hdd gets confused with the new IDs and may not open. At the very least you will normally need to run a repair of the OS, usually it will lead to a fresh installation of the OS.

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#3 Tiptoe

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 01:05 PM

Yes the HDD originally did have an operating system on it but then I swapped it into another computer and I set it as the secondary drive. After that only the partition that had the Operating system was being detected but I couldn't access it so I formatted it and I could access it now, but the problem is that the other partition on the same HDD isn't being detected at all or anything.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:32 PM

Using Disk Management, take a look.

The fact that a partition/drive does not show up in My Computer...is not necessarily a cause for concern...there are legitimate reasons this may happen.


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