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Second Partition Is Not Functioning :(


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#1 Yunalesca

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:02 PM

I have winxp.... and I have

C: -> BASIC drive 80 GB
E:
F:

E and F drives are both part of the same hard drive that I installed internally (two different partitions). I've had those drives for like 3 years now.

And it's a 250GB drive where E=125GB and F=125GB

Now today when I opened the computer, you know with bios when you first start - it started to "clean" up the F Drive... BUT when it goes to step 3 out of 3 it stops..... so I just rebooted and skipped that part

For some reason my F drive is malfunctioning... I tried to defragment it by start => run => cleanmgr and selecting F Drive I get

Disk cleanup cannot clean up drive f:\.
Make sure that there is a disk in the drive, and that the drive door is closed

Anywayz it is taking ages for my computer to load and I can't even click on "My Computer" 'cause it takes ages to load and then it freezes... there is some IMPORTANT stuff on my F drive so I don't want to completely erase it :thumbsup:

Any ideas?

Edited by Yunalesca, 31 March 2007 - 03:03 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:09 PM

Open up disk management, Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc

Look at the partitions in that drive tell us what info is listed, like if it lists the file system format like FAT32 or NTFS.
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 09:51 PM

Okay when I wrote the message I was on serious crack

Anywayz here's the screeny
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8987/untitledwq3.jpg


I'll explain it better - when I take out the second hard drive (has D and F drive and is NOT the primary one) the computer loads and runs real fast

When I do put it in, I got through a "check" with 3 stages and the 3 stages complete real fast (of Drive F it says) the last stage is a verification - but then it won't move beyond that. So I reboot again from the start and skip the check - but then it takes ages to load the computer... ones it loads it's quite fast again but if I do anything that involves going to "My Computer" or any other related folders it takes ages and freezes

Now my D and F drive have lots of important info so I dun want them wiped out... if there is a way around it I hope... eitherway the screenshot says that Drive D = 100% but that can't be true... does this mean it's wiped out? And if so anyway to bring it back?

However, even though I can't access any drives from the "My computer" area - if I go into another folder let's say "My Documents" and in the address bar type in C:\ AND F:\ it works... but D doesn't...

Edited by Yunalesca, 31 March 2007 - 10:00 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:38 AM

Download a free diagnostic tool from the manufacturer of the hard drive and see what it has to say.

Start backing up that data now - just in case the drive is starting to fail.
Check to ensure that the jumpers (IDE drives) are set correctly).
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:16 PM

Your D: partition's filesystem appears to be lost, you may be able to recover it using TestDisk, a free util for recovering lost partitions.

Try that one first and see if it brings back the partition at all. If it doesn't there are some other tools I can suggest, though some aren't free.

I would try to retrieve the data first and then run a check on whether the drive is failing or not like usasma says. It could just be a file system corruption, but the way you're saying it slows down your system it sounds like a failing drive, you might start looking at a replacement.
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