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External hard drive.. half of it works (partition)

by psycherob / December 19, 2007 10:37 AM PST

its a 2.5" drive, the drive works perfectly in my laptop, but whenever i use it as an external drive, only one partition shows up (C:). Everything in C: works, but D: is non-existant when used this way. Is there a way to work this out other than moving files from one partition to another?

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more info..
by juclark50 / December 19, 2007 11:06 AM PST

how is the other partition formatted?
what OS's are you using when you can/can't see the other partition/

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Too many missing details.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2007 11:19 AM PST

The OS's at play. Vista for instance is causing such reports. So far the fix is what you think I'll write. There could be drive letters not showing in Explorer (see TWEAKUI) or there is an issue with the DRIVE MANAGEMENT TOOL (did you look with that?)

Sorry but such a sparse post will have me guessing badly.


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by psycherob / December 19, 2007 1:22 PM PST

sorry for the lack of info, im running XP Pro, all partitions are NTFS, I certainly didnt check Drive Management Tool.

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other details
by psycherob / December 19, 2007 2:15 PM PST
In reply to: oops

I used TWEAKUI and every drive letter is for use. The the external drive as it is, is recognized as G: (which is only partition C:)

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check Drive Management Tool.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2007 12:18 AM PST
In reply to: other details

Also if that partition was made with Partition Magic it is beyond me how to fix. Ask them.


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