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Topic # 103511 8-Jun-2012 15:34 Send private message

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know - VISTA! Anyhoo, I have this laptop that I am preparing to give to my father. He is currently running a desktop on XP so a move to Vista will have a slightly less learning curve for an old guy than a move to Win 7. It's a Toshiba Satellite and has a number of sweet apps by default that he will find useful. 

So, it's been unused for awhile and had a heap load of Windows updates to run through. It took 21 hours to download them all (my speed was rubbish) and I don't know at what stage the following happened but I don't have time to restore back to factory and start again. 

One hard drive. 3 partitions - the Toshiba recovery partition, a small primary boot drive, and the third with all the apps and data. I'd uninstalled apps with no problems during the earlier part of the night and the F drive was accessible. 

After finishing the updates, I clicked on the start menu and nothing happened. Somewhere in its updates, which were overseen and uninterrupted, the laptop has lost the drive letter. I see it in admin, but its not being recognised and I cant allocate a letter to it.

In diskpart, it shows the partition but no volume. Without the volume I cant assign a letter to it. So, currently 200GB is sitting there unable to be accessed. 

Does anyone know how to get that back without doing a clean install? The recovery disk would take it right back to pre SP1 and I don't have another 24 hours to get it up and running. Its on a plane with me first thing in the morning. HELP!!!


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  Reply # 637891 8-Jun-2012 16:06 Send private message

if you can see it in the management console, can you format it? Might have to just blow it and the apps away and reformat it leaving the windows partition active and reinstalling apps after. Otherwise what are the options if you right click on the volume?



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  Reply # 637926 8-Jun-2012 17:01 Send private message

None. The only option when I right-clicked was to delete the partition. However (and this is the good part), I've managed to get it back with all data intact. Partition Wizard seems to be quite a nifty tool. Partition Magic didn't help but I grabbed the bootable iso of Partition Wizard and it took two seconds from booting to have the partition back. 

For anyone looking at this thread the tool is here: http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
Somehow, in the Windows update the partition was used for temp install logs and set to hidden. Unhiding it, labelling it and giving it a drive letter was all it took. 

Thanks for coming along to help me - I really appreciate that. I thought, "Vista? Nah, nobody will be prepared to jump in and try to help me out" But you did. Cheers. 

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  Reply # 638490 10-Jun-2012 15:36 Send private message

I'm still running Vista on one of my pc's at home haven't bothered to upgrade it to win 7. Vista was fine after SP1 anyway... lots of people got put off by the at release impression/issues.

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