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Unable to view hard drive partition

By uguess_me ·
I have Windows XP professional installed on my pentium 4. I have 2 physical hard drives.

Physical 1 hard drive layout is:
C NTFS (active where xp is installed)
M FAt 32

Physical 2 hard drive layout

The problem is that i cannot view M (fat 32) hard drive it shows up in the disk management console but i cannot access it thru my computer or windows explorer.

Can some please help. I have lot of critical data sitting on that disk. what software to use to fix it.

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by Sue T In reply to Unable to view hard drive ...

I believe you have 2 options. You can either convert this partition to NTFS (which can be done without losing data) or you can slave this hard drive to a computer that is running Windows 98 or Windows XP where the drive is FAT32 and not NTFS. There are most likely other options out there but these 2 won't cost you any money and are probably the easiest.

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by uguess_me In reply to Unable to view hard drive ...

Thanks for the reply

How can i convert this drive to NTFS. when i am not even able to see it thru my comp or wiindows explorer. Please show me the way to convert.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Unable to view hard drive ...

In Disk management what is the disk's health? You can convert a drive to NTFS by using "convert driveLetter: /FS:NTFS" without the quotes. Just a concern though, XP should be able to see the partition. Right click on the drive and see if the selection "Mark This Partition Active" is black. If so, it may be "hidden", to unhide it just choose "mark this Partition active".

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by zlitocook In reply to Unable to view hard drive ...

Is this a Dell? Some computer makers will have a hidden partition for thier own use. The only way to get rid of this type of partition is with a partition manager like partition magic or format it and use the whole drive.

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