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I was trying to get rid of the system reserved partition on my HDD. I deleted the volume and extended the main partition on the drive. It said that the drive would become a dynamic drive. This didn't look right to me so I tried to remove the 100mb system drive again and now my whole drive is unavailable. Ive assigned it a drive letter but it says I need to format it before its usable.

Ive got stuff on that drive that Id like to take off. Is there a workaround or something? Im somewhat lost here but it looks like I deleted the file system for the entire drive when I wiped the system reserved the second time.



On Disk 1, the Windows partition was where I had my OS and drivers, E: was Data and had basically everything else. Last night after installing the SSD I went through the Windows partition and got out everything I needed.
Edited by RX7-2nr - 4/20/13 at 11:58am
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You can try a windows restore point, or windows repair.
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System restore didn't work. I had a restore point from early this morning but it didn't do anything for my HDD.

I need to convert RAW to NTFS without formatting right? Im googling like crazy right now but I don't want to make anything worse. It looks like a good data recovery utility can do this but Ill just sit here and panic for a while and wait for input from some of the storage gurus. laugher.gif
Edited by RX7-2nr - 4/20/13 at 12:12pm
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Windows creates a reserve partition for the drive where Windows is stored. You shouldn't attempt to remove it.

What exactly were you trying to do? Move your OS to your SSD?
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The OS is already installed on the new SSD that I put in last night. I was left with the 1tb drive in my computer with 3 partitions on it. The system reserved, a windows partition containing my original OS install and drivers, then a third partition containing everything else- games, pics, programs...

Should I give this a shot? Or is there another way to do this?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/245725
Edited by RX7-2nr - 4/20/13 at 2:22pm
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wow, im hoping its just this slow because of the weekend...
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If you right-click that Windows partition on the second disk, is there an option to Assign a Drive Letter? It might just be that there's no letter assigned, meaning the partition is there, but it's not mounted. Sometimes when the system boots and has two Windows boot partitions, the second one is dismounted. In either case, most of your data is probably on the bigger partition on the second disk and it looks like that one was mounted and assigned a letter.

if you attempted to expand the bigger drive's C: drive and converted to a dynamic disk, you might need a working EFI partition manager to see it. That 100 MB partition is there for a reason, it contains the boot loader (like GRUB, etc. for Linux). If you delete it and expand the C: drive, it might not boot but the data should still be readable. See if assigning a drive letter works.

Greg
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

If you right-click that Windows partition on the second disk, is there an option to Assign a Drive Letter? It might just be that there's no letter assigned, meaning the partition is there, but it's not mounted. Sometimes when the system boots and has two Windows boot partitions, the second one is dismounted. In either case, most of your data is probably on the bigger partition on the second disk and it looks like that one was mounted and assigned a letter.

if you attempted to expand the bigger drive's C: drive and converted to a dynamic disk, you might need a working EFI partition manager to see it. That 100 MB partition is there for a reason, it contains the boot loader (like GRUB, etc. for Linux). If you delete it and expand the C: drive, it might not boot but the data should still be readable. See if assigning a drive letter works.

Greg

I got everything out of the Windows partition before all this happened, everything that Im worried about is in the larger 856gb partition. I have already assigned it a drive letter but it still says I cant do anything with it until its formatted. I know this is fixable, I just don't know how to do it.

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