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My problem is this:
I was accessing my D partition, before I reformatted to get a few pieces of infomation off of it.
After I reformat, I notice the drive shows up in explorer but the "filesystem" is left as RAW.
I cannot access it through windows.
BUT I can see ALL of my files through Active Directory Recovery ( But it isn't free )
I have tried fixmbr but it doesn't work.
I have tried PC Inspector, and am currently scanning the drive now. Unfortunately, the filenames end up being something like sector_345345345file.jpg or whatever.
Does anyone know what else I could do to make explorer show my NTFS drive?

Below is a copy of diskpart:

DISKPART> list volume

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     E   BartPE       CDFS   DVD-ROM      289 MB
  Volume 1     C                NTFS   Partition    128 GB  Healthy    System
  Volume 2     D                       Partition    105 GB  Healthy
  Volume 3     F   Downloads    NTFS   Partition     75 GB  Healthy
  Volume 4     G   Others       NTFS   Partition     75 GB  Healthy
  Volume 5     H                NTFS   Partition    149 GB  Healthy

As you can see, partition D also shows up in DiskPart, but does NOT show up ( with size ) in explorer. and it doesn't have a FS.

Any help is greatful.
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by:ccomley
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Because it isn't formatted.

If you thought there was data on there, you may need to take it to a recovery expert. If you didn't, then you han't lost anything! :-) Just right-click on the drive in Disk Manager and ask for it to be formatted NFTS and back it should come.

Any particular reason you divide your nice big disk up into lots of irritating little partitions? :-)

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by:LucF
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Hi MrPhoBoy,

Testdisk is a tool to recreate the filesystem while leaving the data still there:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk.html

Documentation on how to use it can be found at:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/phpwiki/index.php/testdisk

You might want to give it a try

Greetings,

LucF
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by:chez88
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Hi, MrPhoBoy

had u tried to disk management ..
Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools> Disk Management
Try to delete and make a fresh partition from it..
Also don't forget to format the disk..
Then, now try to re-access the drive

Hope it helps,
CHez
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by:MrPhoBoy
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Argh, the answer was simple: Upgrade to SP2... Yeah, there was data on it, so that's why I didn't want to reformat the drive. And the reason for the weird partition sizes is that Windows XP ( not slipstreamed with SP2 ) does not have support for 127+ GBs of HD space.
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