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Cannot access my Hard drive Partition

By hi2anish ·
Hi,
I have a Hardisk of 120 GB with three partiton done to it
C:\\--29GB
\\ 20 GB
E:\\ 70GB

Now my problem is i can see my drives but cannot access it directly i have to always go through the windows explorer option which is a pain ( "Windows+E" Command. I have Desktop with WindowsXP Sp2 installd and everything was working fine till last week. Is it a problem with the file system?? because my other hardrive the slave of 40Gb has also the same problem. Please advice as I dont want to format my drives due to lots off data being stored into it.

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Before you carry on i would backup everything.

All you have is ONE HDD and no backup?.
Before you go on do a full backup, or get another hdd and put this on your motherboard, then you will be able to access your files and other documents that you might have. Get another hdd for your backup or get an external hdd. Hope this helps you.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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I have to agree first thing is to BACKUP all your DATA & SETTINGS

by OH Smeg In reply to Cannot access my Hard dri ...

There are only 2 types of computer users those who have lost all their data and those who are going to loose all their data.

If you don't want to be in the first group BACKUP everything before proceeding any further. As you are saying that both Drives and all partitions are affected it is reasonable to expect the the Drives themselves are OK but the Windows XP install that you are using has been corrupted so if you don't BACKUP IMMEDIATELY the risk of loosing all your DATA is much greater.

I would suggest a External HDD mounted in a USB Caddy and copy all your Data straight to it with out any form of Compression or Encryption and then attempt to repair your system. I would suggest Super Copier to copy your Data off the system to the External Drive as it is far Superior to the Windows Copy system.

http://tinyurl.com/5mx6d2

After you have a complete Backup of your Data unplug the External USB Drive using the Safely Remove Option in XP and place it somewhere safe where it can not be used till it is needed.

Depending on what you have and what happened to this install you can try a Repair Install of XP if you have a M$ Branded XP Install Disc by following the directions provided by M$ here

http://tinyurl.com/g4bv8

If you do not have a M$ XP Install Disc but a Computer Makers Recovery Disc you can not perform a Repair Install as this option isn't supported by those Disc Types. You will have to rebuilt the system to the Original Factory Settings an then recover your Data to the Computer.

No matter what you try to do without a Solid, Functioning Backup you run a major risk of loosing all your Data so it's not worth the risk in proceeding any further.

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