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Sandip Dedhia

Sandip Dedhia

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44 Responses to Fix Missing Windows XP, Vista Hard Drive Partition in Windows 7

  • Francois Cote says:

    Hi,

    I did what you recommand and I now see my XP partition. The problem is that I cannot boot in XP. It says that there is missing files. I had to re-install the xp boot loader and then re-install 7. Am I the only one who had this problem?

  • Alex says:

    Great, thanks!

  • kirill says:

    2Francois Cote
    >>The problem is that I cannot boot in XP.
    >>It says that there is missing files.
    I have another trouble – after access from Win7 my WinXP was ‘dead’, means most system applications won’t to load (I just run task manager, but explorer and etc couldn’t run).

  • Alex says:

    That fixed the problem. Have been searching for a solution for a while, thanks.

  • Timmy says:

    brilliant.
    Thanks a lot :D

  • clas says:

    wow, that works….it was a new drive and i had formatted and partitioned it and had about 80gigs that did not show up…i found your blog and tried the fix and it worked….wow…thanks

  • Phil says:

    This works great. Fix my problem. Now I have all my partition recognized by Windows. Thanks !!! :)

  • Tommy says:

    thanks so much, windows 7 didn’t see my secondary partition cause of an error in the name. this one fixed. great! windows 7 is very cool

  • planet says:

    Right clicking the hidden partition (which has vista installed) only gives the,’delete volume’ option. Now what?

  • dallas says:

    thanks so much, i accidently set my new partion for w7 as logical, no primary, didnt click till i had 7 installed, and couldnt find my drive, this was very helpful, all my drivers etc are on the the now unhidden drive.

  • lithium says:

    Thanks! Windows didn’t recognize one of my hard drives so i thought that i fuked up installing windows.

  • Paul Dougall says:

    Genius! Thanks I was started to panic there.

  • Aceprowler says:

    Thanks!!!

  • MadManMo says:

    Thank you so much.
    Thought I’d never get the drive back.

  • Codin says:

    Thank you. You saved tons of data from beeing deleted.

  • Evgeniy says:

    Thank you so much!!!! You save my life! ;)))

  • Kennethokaeme says:

    no option for that highlighted.. on says help

  • K. Chatterjee says:

    You may try enabling dual boot by editing ‘system startup’ from ‘startup and recovery’ tab under ‘advanced’ tab of ‘system properties’

  • JP says:

    Thank you very much. I thought I have lost all my files. Thanks

  • Ralph Slatton says:

    Unfortunately, that capablity is greyed out, it only lets me format the drive with the missing letter and I don’t want to do that.

  • Johny says:

    A very common problem with Windows explorer is reported on all Windows help forums. I’ve seen people complaining about problem with long path files deletion.
    Some common problems with Windows Explorer people talk about:
    – Doesn’t allow deleting files with long path names
    – Pops up error while deleting unwanted files or unnecessary files
    – Errors like: Access denied, sharing violation, source in use etc.

    I’ve found a very simple but smart solution for all these above mentioned common problems. A very simple but powerful tool to overcome these problems. Everyone who plays with the files must have this tool. Its compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows.

    Download it at here:
    http://www.deletelongfile.com

  • Johny says:

    A very common problem with Windows explorer is reported on all Windows help forums. I’ve seen people complaining about problem with long path files deletion.
    Some common problems with Windows Explorer people talk about:
    – Doesn’t allow deleting files with long path names
    – Pops up error while deleting unwanted files or unnecessary files
    – Errors like: Access denied, sharing violation, source in use etc.

    I’ve found a very simple but smart solution for all these above mentioned common problems. A very simple but powerful tool to overcome these problems. Everyone who plays with the files must have this tool. Its compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows.

    Download it at here:
    http://www.deletelongfile.com

  • Lynnwilson0909 says:

    Perfect! I saved all my data to 2nd hard drive before installing Windows 7 on Primary drive. This simple explanation has helped tremendously.

    Many thanks :0)

  • jangadbutta says:

    But http://www.deletelongfile.com is stolen version of Path Too Long Utility from http://www.pathtoolong.com. You will not receive support or software update there, so you’d better go to the original version provider.

    Thank you.

  • Shtephan says:

    you saved my life, i owe you big time. thanks a lot

  • Rajprakash says:

    After installing Windows 7 all the data stored in one of the partitions is replaced by the files of previous OS version which is also Windows 7. What is the problem? I lost nearly 30GB of data including important documents and personal pictures.! Please get me the solution……..

  • Xxx says:

    Thank u for such a useless information……..

  • Claire says:

    Thanks! Got my 180G of lost disk space back . . . very grateful

  • Ravicssit says:

    Thank u so much.
    I tried with many tips but none worked. but this was correct thenk u

  • Then you should use 3rd party’s tools, such as Acronis, to format that partition.

  • Md_rahman07 says:

    WOW !! its done.I have found the hidden HDD partition. Thank you so much Sandip.

    Cheers
    Milon
    UK

  • Andrei_grumei says:

    thanks:) good advice;)

  • Lakhu_rana says:

    on clicking the drive no option is working??
    what can i do now??

  • Nick says:

    Doesnt show up :(
    Damn what do i have to do? bye 60 euros :(

  • Juanlarra says:

    THANKS!

  • Simonlskov says:

    thanks man. even  a 17 yr ol could do it with this guide

  • Liza Aubrey says:

    Thanks! it helped me a lot! cheers man!

  • henry says:

    thank you so much.. it solves my problem too ing missing hdd partation..
    friendly regards… henry

  • Frenzy says:

    thx .it worked! found my lost partition. installed windows 8.

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