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The computer I have has two hard drives, and one has a partition.  This partition, D:, is not being shown in My Computer.  I recently reinstalled windows 2000 with the option of deleting the winnt folder and reinstalling.  I did this, but my d: was not shown.  So I upgraded to WinXP, but still nothing.  I can go into the Admin Tools and check the disk management.  It shows the D:, but it shows it as an extended partition, but when I go to My Computer, and double-click on D:, it says it is not accessible and access is denied.  I am logged on as administrator.  Is there any way for me to access the D:?

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Question by:nitrusoxide
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by:jvuz
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You have to give a signature to the disk.

Go to disk management and rightclick (I think) on the D:
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by:Rickyhollis
ID: 9849793
Go into administrative tools, either using the mmc command in run or go to control panel > administrative tools > computer management > disk management.

You should see the drive with a mark next to it saying that its foreign, what you need to do is right click where it says that and choose import foreign disk. that will then write a signature and let windows see the partition.

Let us know if that works.

Regards
Ricky
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by:nitrusoxide
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Under disk management, it does not say the drive is foreign.  It says it is healthy.  The choices  I have when I right click on the D: are Open, Explore, Change Drive Letter and Path, Format, Delete Logical Drive, Properties, and Help.  I'm sorry, does this mean it is a logical drive?  The color behind it is green, meaning extended partition, but the color on the tab is blue, for a logical drive.
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by:JonBeattie
ID: 9854142
Are you sure ther is data on the drive?  Has it been used?

That happen to my computer and it was after i had installed a very large drive and was partioning and simply had not formatted the drive for use.

Let me know how it goes.

J
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by:nitrusoxide
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There is data on the drive, and it has been used.  Under disk management, it says there is about 45% free on the drive, and I know there is data there for sure.  
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Rickyhollis earned 400 total points
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Looks to me like you going to have to Format the drive.
It is strange that the partition is not being seen.
So you are seeing 2 drives in disk management?
If the data is not very important try choosing the delete logical drive option.

Let me know how it goes

:)
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by:nitrusoxide
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I formatted the hard drive and installed windows xp fresh.  The funny thing was, I could run windows backup on my "missing" drive.  So I backed everything up, and formatted.  Thanks for the help.
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