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Recovery Hard Drive has Disappeared

by penguinpagey / July 2, 2010 8:19 PM PDT

Hi, I have an Acer Aspire 6920G, with Windows 7 Ultimate, and was going to update my system restore point in my recovery hard drive, only to find that the recovery drive does not show up in My Computer, and cannot be located when I try and open up my last system restore point. Could you please help or suggest what may have happened to it?

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Windows 7's System Restore
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 8:40 PM PDT

Does not store a restore point for drive c on drive d. So what you noted sounds proper.

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by penguinpagey / July 2, 2010 9:05 PM PDT

Fine - my d drive has disappeared. help!

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In many systems
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 9:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Ok

The recovery drive is hidden from Explorer. Did you try the command prompt?

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not there
by penguinpagey / July 2, 2010 9:32 PM PDT
In reply to: In many systems

'the system cannot find the drive specified'

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Then back to the top.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 9:37 PM PDT
In reply to: not there

Does the BIOS show a drive? (I can't tell if this is a drive or a partition because the details in your post are light.)

If this is a partition does it show in Drive Management?

And since it's a recovery drive, it should be used for that and not for any other purpose.

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no success
by penguinpagey / July 2, 2010 9:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Then back to the top.

I checked both the BIOS and device manager and only my c drive shows up in both
my recovery drive was already full with all my data before it disappeared, and contained nothing else.
Do you think my problem is down to the laptop being knocked for example, and not being able to connect to my other built in hard drive?

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Device Manager?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2010 12:21 AM PDT
In reply to: no success

Sorry I asked about Drive Management. See that post below where it's noted again.

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by Papa Echo / July 2, 2010 9:49 PM PDT
... I have an Acer Aspire 6920G, with Windows 7 Ultimate, and was going to update my system restore point in my recovery hard drive, ...

Not sure of what you are trying to do. Revocery hard drive D:\ ? ACER stores its recovery files at a hidden partion on the disk where the system folder is, usually C:\ and has no drive letter assigned. You need to tell more about the "D Drive"... The "Acer Aspire 6920G" is a Notebook/Laptop, so it has only one physical HD. Therefore, that D:\ is a partition. Is that created by you,or came with the computer ? It should not contain the "ACER recovery files".
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You may want to consider.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 9:54 PM PDT

Restoring your files from backup to a folder and move on. finds this model has ONE HARD DRIVE so it's a safe bet that D: was some partition.

Partitions do not safeguard our files from loss. That's why we backup. That way when our originals vanish, we have a backup. And when our backups vanish we create a new backup.

While we can discuss what you see and you can show that on the problem you lead off with appears to not be the problem you are trying to solve.

In closing, content, drives, partitions vanish all the time. The defense is easy. Backup what we can't lose.

I'm about to go on a trip. Part of my preparation is to backup to more than 2 places in case my entire laptop is lost.

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More details
by penguinpagey / July 2, 2010 10:14 PM PDT

My laptop has 320GB HDD. When I first got the laptop, there were 2 HDD folders, each of around equal capacity i.e. 150GB each. I used the c drive for my programs (obviously) and I decided to made a copy of my system on the other drive(/partition or whatever it is,) d, which automatically updated every week or so. I stopped the updates since it became full - this was about 2 months ago. I have left the (full) d drive alone since, and only today I have realised it no longer shows up in my computer, leaving the lone c drive, with only half of the memory my laptop should be capable of storing.

Would you suggest purchasing an external hard drive to backup my files?

Thanks for your continued help

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One external would not be a backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 10:31 PM PDT
In reply to: More details

A backup system is well discussed so I won't go there again. But here's the deal. Original and one copy means we have one lone backup. But given how easy it is to wipe both out where is the backup?

You would need one more copy of what you can't lose.

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by Papa Echo / July 3, 2010 12:17 AM PDT
In reply to: More details

You backed up your system files - are these files from Windows\systen32\ or where ? And they were automatically updated- would that be Windows backup ?....but your ACER Recovery should still be at a hidden partition wth no drive letter assigned. As for the now missing D:\ drive [partition] try a search for a file(s) you know is in there. Let hidden files be visible first. At Disk manager,[contro panel>Admin Tools>computer management] how many disks and partitions are lited ? What is the size of C:\ ?

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by penguinpagey / July 3, 2010 2:37 AM PDT
In reply to: OK,,

I opened up computer management, and as well as the c drive (144GB) I have 3 partitions, two of each OEM partitions (137.5GB and 3.54GB) and a recovery partition (13GB) (This at least shows me that I haven't lost over half the memory my laptop should store?) Do you know how I can access these files/find out where they are stored?

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