Help needed, reading "d drive" partition as a USB drive

By v.b.ortiz.lopez ·
Hello there,

My laptop crashed and will not start again due to a motherboard problem.

The laptop's HDD was still working, so I got a USB enclosure to connect the HDD to a desktop.

Now my HDD had two partitions, one for the OS (Windows XP) and the other for data (that is my job files, and most important my postgrad thesis)

When I connected my new USB-HDD to a desktop I was able to read and copy from the first partition (originally disk c). However I can't see the other partition (originally disk d) in the windows explorer.

So basically I do not have access to my data since the "d" partition does not show up.

Any ideas how can I get those files back? The HDD is working, but I can't read partition d.

Any help will be highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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Does it display in

by IC-IT In reply to Help needed, reading "d d ...

Disk Management?
Right-Click My Computer, Select Manage, (if necessary expand the tree view) Select Disk Management. Hopefully you will see the partition. You may need to right-click that and change or assign it a drive letter.

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What is on this second Partition?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Help needed, reading "d d ...

If it is just Data and nothing else you need to take ownership of the files by following the directions here


But I would still look in Drive Management to see if you can see this partition if it's healthy it may just be a Hidden Partition and be the way that you setup the NB.

Of course if you are mixing different versions of Windows like in XP was on the old NB and you are now attempting to access the data under Vista there could be problems.


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