Virtual Machine doesn't show E: drive
Posted on 2012-03-18
I have a virtual machine that is not showing my E: drive that is defined in machine settings.
I attached the same .VHD to another virtual machine on the same Hyper-V host, and it mounts up just fine. I can explorer it and see all the files. This suggests to me that the .VHD file itself is OK.
The Virtual Machine that won't display the E: drive is a Windows 2000 instance. The VM that does display the E: drive happens to be a Windows 7 instance.
When I boot the VM with a ShadowProtect .ISO disk and run Storage Craft Shadow Protect, the VM doesn't show the E: drive then, either. That seems really odd.
I'm working in a Windows Server 2008 R2 Host environment.
Both the C: disk .VHD and the E: disk .VHD were created by Acronis by converting backup files to .VHD files. Both the C: disk and the E: disk are presently dynamic .VHD files. Both are less than 68gb in size.
My overall goal is to upgrade the application that is on the E: drive to a new version of the operating system, with a data conversion from a proprietary database to a SQL database. I had planned to virtualize the old server and the new server in the same host box, and then do the upgrade/conversion. I need the data to show up on the old box, and for that, I need it to show me drive E: