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    Exclamation Cannot access hard disc...

    Hello,

    I can see my hard disk letter (e.g. D but cannot open it in Windows.

    I have done a chkdsk and it fixed errors, but still I cannot open in Windows.

    It is a partition, not a physical drive.

    Please advise the best way to address this.

    TIA everyone.

    BJ

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    B.J.,

    When you say you can see it do you mean in File Explorer? If you can't see it in File Explorer you need to go into Disk Management and assign it a drive letter. More details would be helpful.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Dear RG,

    Let me provide a couple of screenshots.

    g_drive.JPG

    This one above shows how the G: drive doesn't provide a drive (that you can access). All the others you have the bar. You can click and access them.

    g_drive_dos.JPG

    This one shows that you can run a chkdsk from DOS and it does actually recognise the drive. It even cleans some bad sectors.

    So how can I fix this and gain access to my files?

    TIA

    BJ

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    B.J.,

    Do you by any chance have dual boot on this computer?
    What version of windows are you running? I've tried both Win 7 HP & Win 8.1 Pro and I don't get a display like yours with the little progress bar above the drive (C & E).

    Try going into Disk Management and post a screen shot.
    i.e. "Create and format hard disk partitions".

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    Just out of curiousity, have you changed the drive letters around for some reason?
    The Drive letters look completely out of sync. Are OS C:, User Data E: partitions on 1 HDD and Local Disk G: a separate HDD?

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    The DVD drive was using D so Windows has given the new partition E, the first available spare letter. F is spare, suggesting a drive or partition has been removed and a new drive has been given G as F was unavailable at the time. Its simple to change G to F, or any other spare letter, but it wouldn't make any difference to the way it functions.
    The E partition appears in Disk Manager, but does it appear in Explorer? If so, What, if anything happens when you click to open it. Can you access the Properties to check for anomalies?

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    To assess if the data is actually still intact on the partition I suggest you boot to a live Linux disk and explore the HD contents from that – you will even be able to back it up to USB from there.

    The most ‘Windows like’ live Linux disk is Linux Mint 17.2 (32bit) MATE
    Download from the link below and burn the DVD iso.
    http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2864

    If Mint cannot open the drive there is something seriously amiss with either the HD’s MBR or its partition table.

    You may find my post#15 in this thread useful as to further tools to explore what is going on:
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...61#post1009261

    The tools detailed in that link can simply re-write the HD’s MBR/GPT but be careful - according to how the drive has been set up you may have to run Microsoft’s Startup Repair if you re-write the MBR.

    You may find the simplest way is to use the tools above to delete the Data partition and start again.

    Hope this helps.

    Chris
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    Built my first computer in 1978 - in the days when you had to hand-solder in all the components
    and 16k RAM was considered extravagant!

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    One way I solved the dancing drives/partitions/devices letter assignments:
    -- using W7 DiskMgr [or Acronis Disk Director], assigned OS partition C [on main HD]
    -- ...assigned my data partition on my main HD D
    -- ..assigned built-in CD/DVD reader/burner I
    -- ..assigned built-in BluRay DVD reader L
    By permanently assigning a letter to both HD partitions and to the built-in CD/DVD devices, I eliminated many install from CD or DVD problems, and all my OS programs which read/write to the data partition do not have to be re-educated as what letter the data partition is today

    Hope the above will help in the long run.
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