Spare Drive not showing in Windows Explorer

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A friend took out a spare SATA drive out of a Toshiba laptop and wanted to see if there were any files on it.
When I add it to a spare system the drive does not come in in Explorer on a Windows 7 system.
It only comes up in Disk Management as Disk 1 and I have included a JPEG of what it shows.

It is showing many Primary Partitions. Does this mean there is nothing on the Drive and it needs to be reformatted or that is not that case and if so, how do I add it so I can see it in Windows Explorer?
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Andy MIT Systems Manager
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There's a lot of partitions on that drive.

In order for it to show in Explorer you need to assign a drive letter onto the relevant partition (likely the largest - 420GB) by right-clicking on it and choosing the option to assign a drive letter. Once that is done (and the drive is working fine) it should show up in Explorer.
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - Consultant
Top Expert 2013
Commented:
Since this is showing as online in Disk Manager. May be it's not assigning drive letter automatically.

Can you assign drive letter from the Disk Manager?

Please assign Drive Letter

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When I click on any partition and try to choose the option to assign a drive letter, the option is grayed out.
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The only two options that are not grayed out are "Convert to Dynamic Disk" and "Delete Volume".
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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Possibly you have to make it active first?

Author

Commented:
"Possibly you have to make it active first?" By converting it to Dynamic Disk? Will that wipe it out?
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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No it Will not wipe it. In case the hdd has multiple os's on it installed Will kill the multi os boot.

Author

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"No it Will not wipe it. In case the hdd has multiple os's on it installed Will kill the multi os boot." Okay, so make it Dynamic, and then try to assign a drive letter to it?
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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Chances are big the os allready assigned the drive letters for you.

Author

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"Chances are big the os allready assigned the drive letters for you." So make it Dynamic and then see what happens??
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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Yup

Author

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So now when I go to covert it to a Dynamic Disk, I am getting the message that there is not enough Disk Space to do this. I am not assuming I should delete some of the volumes to get the necessary space?
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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Hi

It means you need to shrink, or delete, partitions at the complete right side (end off the partitioning table)
But deleting is almost undoable but if you have no intentions of using the excisting partition in the old laptop there are not many arguments not to delete partitions from the complete right side off the table and try again.

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"It means you need to shrink, or delete, partitions at the complete right side (end off the partitioning table)
But deleting is almost undoable but if you have no intentions of using the excisting partition in the old laptop there are not many arguments not to delete partitions from the complete right side off the table and try again."

Okay, I did as much as I could and still getting the same message. I have attached an image.
Spare2.jpg
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

Commented:
Hi

Argh thats Nasty. A tool like minitool partition wizard can fix this but Maybe you can shrink the 420gb partition, if this option available?

Author

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"but Maybe you can shrink the 420gb partition, if this option available?" That option is not available. Everything is grayed out.
Datacenter platform engineer Lindows
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Ok Lets try the minitool, click to download

How to do it with that tool is described here

Author

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Okay, downloaded and looking at now.
RaminTechnical Advisor
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Try these steps:
• Open Command Prompt. (CMD)
• Type: diskpart
• At the DISKPART prompt, type: list volume Make note of the number of the simple volume whose drive letter you want to assign, change, or remove.
• At the DISKPART prompt, type: select volume n Select the volume, where n is the volume's number, whose drive letter you want to assign, change, or remove.
• At the DISKPART prompt, type one of the following: assign letter=L Where L is the drive letter you want to assign or change.

You can make L any letter as long as it is not already assigned to a drive.
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"Try these steps:
• Open Command Prompt. (CMD)
• Type: diskpart
• At the DISKPART prompt, type: list volume Make note of the number of the simple volume whose drive letter you want to assign, change, or remove.
• At the DISKPART prompt, type: select volume n Select the volume, where n is the volume's number, whose drive letter you want to assign, change, or remove.
• At the DISKPART prompt, type one of the following: assign letter=L Where L is the drive letter you want to assign or change."

Let me look at this.

Author

Commented:
"Try these steps:
• Open Command Prompt. (CMD)
• Type: diskpart
• At the DISKPART prompt, type: list volume Make note of the number of the simple volume whose drive letter you want to assign, change, or remove.
• At the DISKPART prompt, type: select volume n Select the volume, where n is the volume's number, whose drive letter you want to assign, change, or remove.
• At the DISKPART prompt, type one of the following: assign letter=L Where L is the drive letter you want to assign or change.

You can make L any letter as long as it is not already assigned to a drive."  

I did all of this but the spare hard drive does not display anywhere in these steps.

Author

Commented:
Ok Lets try the minitool, click to download

How to do it with that tool is described here

There is not an option to shrink it and the only thing that looks like it might do anything is Align All Partitions.
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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I would have guessed the Extend Partition would do the job, no?

Author

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There isn't an Extend Partition that I can see:
spare3.jpg
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

Commented:
Hmm thats not the layout i am used too.
Is there also a free trial available for the server addition?

Author

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"Is there also a free trial available for the server addition?" I am not sure.
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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Author

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I downloaded it and the same thing. Very few options for this drive, even though the other drive has all the options I would need. I think it is just the drive. I just think it is so damaged from all the partitions it originally had it is not going to work. I might try "Align all the partitions" just to see but after that I am not sure.
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows

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Hmm was hoping we would fix this.... Please let us know how it turns out.

Author

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I ended up Formatting the drive and making it available as a spare. Thanks for the help.

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