Win 8 not seeing W 7 partition

Posted on 2013-10-30
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I want to copy files from an old W7 disk and the partition comes up as unallocated in W8 when attached to the local SATA (Otiplex 380),but I can boot that old W7 disk no problem.

Any clues?
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No clue, should work.
But I would not bother figuring it out and simply boot from the setup DVD, hit shift F10 and copy it from there using commands. Quite sure it will be seen there.
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Seems like the drive wants to be initialized in Windows 8 as it refers to another machine.
Go to Windows Disk Management and see there if it has a mark - INITIALIZE on it.
You do not need to initialize it cause this could cause some data problems for you. Simply use USB drive to copy your data from Win7 drive to Win8.
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This was a cloned drive using Paragon 11 and I'm getting a suspicion Paragon 11 and W8.1 don't play well.

I cloned a smaller drive to this larger one a couple of months ago and wanted to try 8.1 as a test for customer.

At one point I created a new separate partition using Paragon, because I wanted to dual boot W7 and W8.1 off the same drive,but upon trying to install W8.1,it saw the entire drive as unallocated.

So I ended up doing a fresh install to another drive and was going to copy over the files as things progressed.
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Interesting, Paragon is using Windows Disk Management approach in formatting and creating partitions. So it could not be the reason IMHO for this. When you connect the drive - ist it initialized in Windows Disk Management?
And yes, the version 11 is not compatible with 8.1 as far as I know but as I said already a simple fdisk operation cannot be the reason of this problem.
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When your in disk management and you right click it do you have the option to select ONLINE?
Select that try again.
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I just said forget and reistalled from scratch.
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Just another glitch in a long line of glitches.

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