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C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Q: C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

I recently got a new hard drive. The first thing I did was create a new partition. After that, I copied the contents of my C drive to the new partition using HDCopy. Next, I changed the letter of my C drive(changed it to Z) and changed the letter of my new partition to C. Now it looks like everything works, but I do have one question. When I go to windows computer management, it still says my drive that used to be C is my system drive and my NEW C drive is Page File. Here's a screen shot to help:http://i42.tinypic.com/1zxbg9e.jpgI'm wondering if this is problematic and if there's any way to make my C drive listed as the system driveThanks,Austin

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A: C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Your pc is still booting to the Z drive it seems. You might want to try just backing up your stuff and doing a format so that the new drive does not contain your system root.

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Any idea why my SSD is listed as a 'Hard disk drive' instead of 'Solid state drive' as in your screenshots above? I am running W8 Pro x64 RTM from Technet. In Device Manager my SSD shows as a 'Samsung SSD 830 Series SCSI Disk Device'. I wonder if it's being on a Marvell controller might be the reason. My mobo has both Marvell and Intel disk controllers.

A:SSD listed as 'Hard disk drive' instead of 'Solid state drive'??

The ssd should always be used in an Intel port imho bud. The driver you are using is making it appear to be a scsi device.

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This is a silly problem to be having. I have two operating systems in a dual boot system. Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, C drive, (where I am trying to run the backup from) and Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit (I drive).

It used to work fine, I think round about 4 weeks ago or so. I am not sure what has changed but it no longer works properly. Instead it identifies my data drive as being a system which needs a system image created for.

I tried using the Backup reset registry key from the tutorials section but that does not work either. They say a picture can paint a thousand words, so here are some screenshots.

I am not sure what else you need to know. Its Dell XPS 420 with a RAID 0 (striping) drive...that is to say two drives combined together in an array (as I understand it). So it acts like one big hard drive.

Any help would be most appreciated!

A:Windows 7 Backup identifies wrong drive as a system drive

Welcome to the forum,

From your screenshots I don't see the problem you're talking about, Can't you just select the partitions you want and go from there?

What does it show when you expand the top "Data Files" ?

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It's me again...

I've got Windows 10 installed, like few days now.

All is patched and downloaded, etc.

But! ...the system cannot see my DVD-RW NEC Japanese drive! How do I install games now?!

Please, help!
 

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Hello everyone,
So, due to audio problems....I decided to just revert to my old XP64. At first I was gonna try to dual-boot, but the fly in the ointment was all I had was an image on my external HD, which has about 100G of other stuff on it. My disc drive would not for the life of me burn an ISO image on any of my three DVD types. And the process of trying to find how to fix the drive problem and/or create just a bootable PARTITION on a HD without effecting everything else just drove me insane...which is kind of where I am now. After a week now I just have to get back to my project. lol And if that means no fancy windows 7 internet experience......

BUT HERE'S THE THING. In my frenzied state, I think I may have screwed up my MBR, but idk. I hope I can explain this right.

At one point, while attempting a dual-boot scenerio workaround, I shrunk partition C and created a new 5G partition at the end of it. After that:

In EaseUS, I assigned it letter B and I set it to active, figuring it was to be bootable (wrong, I know). Additionally near the same time in Folder Properties, I unhid system files, folders...etc.

NOW the System drive showed as F! Then, attempting to use EasyBCD, it told me it could not find the BCD files to begin. So, naturally it had to do with that.I thought maybe it should have been B, but why would Ease US give me that letter option?

After showing Easy BCD the file it seems to be OK....there. Also in Startup & Recovery it is listed in Syste... Read more

A:Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

:wacko:no?

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I know it's a fairly common rookie mistake, but I'm a plumber by trade and I don't get much experience building PCs...so I apologize for my carelessness, but still hope someone is willing to bail me out with this.

I muffed my image restore attempt after a nearly complete hardware upgrade, and decided to go ahead and reinstall windows and restore files to a clean install, but I left both new SSD disks in when I installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

Now I've got my System reserve on one disk, and my Windows C-drive on another....and I spent many, many hours reloading programs and data to complete the restore before I realized what I had done

My desktop boots fine after stopping and forcing me to choose which "Windows 7" install I want to use during boot up , but I'm hoping one of you all can tell me how to recombine windows on C-drive so it will boot without stalling on "two" Windows installs and make backing up understandable for a simple man like me.

This is a screen shot of what I've got now:

A:System reserved on D-drive, Windows on C-drive booboo...

You don't need system reserved per se, but you do need the files within it.

Notice that system reserved in your pic is marked "system". That indicates that your boot files are in that partition.

You can copy those files to C using this tutorial and application:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

After you do that, system reserved would be unneeded (unless you use "BitLocker", unlikely). So you could delete it.

You would need to mark the C partition as "active" after you move the files.

Here's a pic of my Disk Management. Notice I have no system reserved. Notice that C is marked as "system".

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I am trying to access files on a hard drive from a different computer which will no longer load the OS. I have connected the hard drive using a usb adapter. When I plug it in, I get a notice that the device is ready to use, but it does not show up in Computer.

It is visible in the disk manager. There is no drive letter assigned and the options to do so are grayed out. Most of the options in device manager are grayed out, except for 'delete volume' and 'help'.

A:hard drive w/ usb adapter- drive shows in disk manager, not computer

Welcome to the forum,

Can you post a maximized screenshot of your full disk management window.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I bought a new DVD-drive today and tried to install it, but it only sees my old CD-RW drive. They work if one is unplugged and the other is connected. If both are connected at the same time, then it only reads the CD-RW. When the other is disconnected, it gives the other the drive letter 'D'. Why won't it recognize both or how can I change the letter on my old one? The Device manager won't let me type another name in for the old CD-RW.

How can I get it to recognize both?
The brand of the DVD-drive is Pacific Digital and the CD-RW is Samsung.
I am using Win. XP on an eMachines T1440; Intel Celeron at 1.4 gHz.

Thanks,

Stephen
 

A:[SOLVED] Device Manager doesn't see new DVD-Drive, but does see my old CD-RW drive!

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I recently installed software that allowed Windows XP to access linux partitions (EXT2) on an external drive (assigned them to P: and V: ). Once I had copied out the files I wanted from those partitions, I uninstalled the software and reformatted the drive to NTFS (assigned to Q: ). The software I used was Ext2 IFS (www.fs-driver.org).

Disk Management shows that drive as only having one partition (74GB, Q: ). However, the other drive letters are still listed in My Computer (and any Explorer dialog). When I try to open V:, it gives a long dialog that starts "V: refers to a location that is unavailable." I would be okay with leaving that one. The REAL problem, in my mind, is P:, which opens the same file system as Q:. I've never had two letters pointing to the same drive before, but I can't imagine it's a very good idea.

Any suggestions on how to remove these drives from Explorer? I am comfortable navigating the registry, if that's what it takes (as long as you're comfortable telling me correctly what needs to be removed/altered in the registry).

Things I have tried:

1) Looked in Disk Management -- not listed.
2) Looked in Device Manager -- not listed as volumes for the disk.
3) Tried assigning those same drive letters to another drive -- those letters remain unavailable from the drop-down menu in Disk Management.
Thanks!
 

A:Windows XP - Nonexistent drive listed in XP and two letters assigned to same partitio

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This problem is back. As mentioned in this thread attempting to install via Windows 10 via a USB drive does not see the NVMe M.2 sticks (I have two 1 TB sticks that came with my P70 from Lenovo). I did an install back around on Nov. 29, 2016 and it worked back then using the USB drive + drivers I left on the stick. Since then I've kept my machine current so I'm not sure what's changed (BIOS did get updated0. My P70 is a model 20ERCTO1WW.BIOS is N1DET83W 2.12 Can we get updated drivers ASAP Lenovo?Thanks!   

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

A:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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I have just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

A:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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Files listed as Shortcuts in my flash drive opening in Windows 7 and Office 2010 PC

I have a flash drive that is showing the original PowerPoint files as well as shortcuts to it. Anyone experienced this issue and why do u think these shortcuts are showing? Any observations will be helpful.
 

A:Files listed as Shortcuts in my flash drive opening in Windows 7 and Office 2010 PC

What do the shortcuts point to? Do they point to the file located on the flash drive, the file located on your hard disk, or something else. To find out right click on the shortcut and click properties.
How did you move the files to the flash disk?
 

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues not yet sorted out) I have occasionally to retrieve files from its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the full content of this external drive as G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive C:\ ?

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

A:(Resolved) External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

The XP license for the Siemens is not transferable (OEM versions cannot be transferred).

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues) I have its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the content of drive G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive c:\ ??

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!
 

A:Solved: External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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Ok. I tried everything to repair an XP install on my Qosmio GA35-650. The recovery disk was a joke and wouldn't work...I decided to skip all of the DMI junk I read about and clean install a copy of XP.

Put the Raid drivers on a floppy and proceeded with the install. Setup would not install on the boot partition and gave me a "page_fault" error. I went into the bios and changed disk 0 to JBOD from RAID, disk 1 was already set to JBOD. Reentered setup and at the point where you select the partition to install to only one partition was shown. This was not a good thing as I backed up all of my data from the C: drive (Disk 0) to the F: Drive (Disk 1). I went back to the BIOS and set Drive 0 back to Raid and started the Setup procedure over again. Two partitions were showing this time but Disk 1 was not showing an F: drive designator.

The question. Did I lose all of my data on the second 100gb drive in the system? Is my F: drive recoverable?

Help!
 

A:Two HDDs in System. Deleted partition on Drive 0 now cant access Drive 1?

I think it depends on what Raid type you were using, some good info of different types here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=597010
Personally I don't like Raid all that much, as I don't think it's fantastic for data recovery or backup (which was its actual purpose, plus speed)
 

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Hi,

Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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BACKGROUND
My 750gb hard disk is failing on a HP laptop that came preloaded with W7 home prem. I have a SMALLER excellent 500gb, 7200 rpm hard disk that I'd like to replace the failing hard disk with. I've read that my W7 System Repair DVD will not restore my recent system image (on NAS) to a smaller partition. The C: partition on the failing drive is well over 600gb but can shrink to 300gb.
QUESTION
Can I restore a system image from my larger drive "as is". If not, and I shrink my C:\ partition (contain windows) to say 350GB will I be able to restore the system image to where windows will boot?

I have an old copy of (7.0) partition magic that I used to resize partitions on XP machines Can this old 32 bit partition magic safely resize my C: partition. If so, and I create a new system image can I restore it to the new disk?

Please help. Thank you.

A:Using System Image to replace 750GB Drive with s 500GB Drive

Download Macrium reflect free home edition, make a restore CD, and either backup an image or clone the drive directly. I haven't used their clone facility but have used their image backups dozens of times and it is good and fast.

Otherwise, with windows backup, you will need to defragment the partition, then shrink the partition, then defragment and shrink.... until you get a < 500 GB partition.

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How do I fix this?  I went to Disk Management and Disk 0 Partition 5 does NOT have a drive letter assigned and all options are grayed out.  However, in Windows Explorer I see it listed as Drive E: but you cannot explore the drive (as is expected). 
How do I get rid of this listing in Windows Explorer?



Keith Barrows - http://about.me/keith.barrows

A:Win 10: System drive shows in Explorer with drive letter...

Hi Keith,
Open the command prompt and run diskpart.exe, then
list disk
select Disk 0
list partition
select partition 1 (the one corresponding with the hidden system drive)
remove

This will ONLY remove the drive letter it won't delete anything! Also note that the drive you are reffering to is Disk 0 partition 1 and not partition 5!

Regards
Simon
If you find that my post has answered your question, please mark it as the answer. If you find my post to be helpful in anyway, please click vote as helpful. Regards Simon Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees, and
confers no rights.

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Hi There!

I have two physical disks in my notebook, one simple partition each, BitLocker encrypted. Drive C:, which is my system drive and drive D:, for some media stuff.
Windows Version is Windows 10.0.10586 x64

I have configured VSS to use the "Previous Versions" feature in case I accidentally delete or overwrite a file. I did this on my Win7 install to and it saved my butt at least three times.
Anyway, I am IT Tech and I usually know what I am doing. VSS is running (Volume Shadow Copy Service set to "Manual"), snapshots are there but when I right-click on a modified file (or on the root of the disk) and click "Previous Versions", my D: drive correctly displays the existing snapshots, on my system drive C: there is always a "There are no previous versions available" message. But, when I click the "System Restore..." button, I get a list with my snapshots, so I guess I could restore my system.
Googling around I was not able to find a solution, not even a hint. I am hoping for help here.

Here is the output of vssadmin. As you can see, configuration seems to be ok and the two manual snapshots are there on both drives. For the moment there is no system restore point, but it does not work with snaps created by them either.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>vssadmin List ShadowStorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For... Read more

A:Previous Versions does not work on system drive but second drive

I have tried to create a symbolic link to the shadow copy and this actually works, not really as expected, but basically it does.

C:\>mklink /d c:\shadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17
symbolic link created for c:\shadow <<===>> \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17

C:\>dir shadow
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow

File Not Found

C:\>dir "shadow\Users\My Name\AppData"
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow\Users\My Name\AppData

06.01.2016 14:38 <DIR> Local
03.01.2016 14:09 <DIR> LocalLow
06.01.2016 23:45 <DIR> Roaming
0 File(s) 0 bytes
3 Dir(s) 201.821.536.256 bytes free

I mounted a snapshot from my C: drive (remember, I do not get any Previous Versions in the GUI).
It works. I cannot see any files or folders from the root of the drive. When I try to access the "C:\shadow" folder from Windows Explorer I get an access denied error.
But I can browse and read all sub-folders of the mount and I can create the link directly to a sub-folder as well.

Seems to me like a bug in the Previous Versions GUI?

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Is it possible to copy the C system drive to a second newer drive for hardware update.

If the new drive was first connected as a secondary drive to the computer then
copy complete C drive to it. After that process is complete then I could
replace the old copied C drive with the new drive.
Is it possible to do that? If so is there some kind of software in need to ensure
I have a complete copy?

The system I am using has windows 7 on it.

I would think this would be legal because it is just for updating my C drive
with a newer drive hardware.

I would think that would be a lot easier than trying to reinstall windows and programs I all ready
have on this machine.

Thank you,
 

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Hi There!

I have two physical disks in my notebook, one simple partition each, BitLocker encrypted. Drive C:, which is my system drive and drive D:, for some media stuff.
Windows Version is Windows 10.0.10586 x64

I have configured VSS to use the "Previous Versions" feature in case I accidentally delete or overwrite a file. I did this on my Win7 install to and it saved my butt at least three times.
Anyway, I am IT Tech and I usually know what I am doing. VSS is running (Volume Shadow Copy Service set to "Manual"), snapshots are there but when I right-click on a modified file (or on the root of the disk) and click "Previous Versions", my D: drive correctly displays the existing snapshots, on my system drive C: there is always a "There are no previous versions available" message. But, when I click the "System Restore..." button, I get a list with my snapshots, so I guess I could restore my system.
Googling around I was not able to find a solution, not even a hint. I am hoping for help here.

Here is the output of vssadmin. As you can see, configuration seems to be ok and the two manual snapshots are there on both drives. For the moment there is no system restore point, but it does not work with snaps created by them either.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>vssadmin List ShadowStorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For... Read more

A:Previous Versions does not work on system drive but second drive

I have tried to create a symbolic link to the shadow copy and this actually works, not really as expected, but basically it does.

C:\>mklink /d c:\shadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17
symbolic link created for c:\shadow <<===>> \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17

C:\>dir shadow
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow

File Not Found

C:\>dir "shadow\Users\My Name\AppData"
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow\Users\My Name\AppData

06.01.2016 14:38 <DIR> Local
03.01.2016 14:09 <DIR> LocalLow
06.01.2016 23:45 <DIR> Roaming
0 File(s) 0 bytes
3 Dir(s) 201.821.536.256 bytes free

I mounted a snapshot from my C: drive (remember, I do not get any Previous Versions in the GUI).
It works. I cannot see any files or folders from the root of the drive. When I try to access the "C:\shadow" folder from Windows Explorer I get an access denied error.
But I can browse and read all sub-folders of the mount and I can create the link directly to a sub-folder as well.

Seems to me like a bug in the Previous Versions GUI?

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I have a 1T SATA system drive and a 1T SATA working drive. I installed a 3T SATA storage drive, and now my system won't boot from the C:. I have to go into the BIOS and boot from there, or use a boot disk. How do I get the system to boot from C: again?

A:Installed storage drive, now system drive will not boot

Hello,
Was 1T drive was removed from the computer or it is still present in the computer and what is the boot sequence selected?
Also does your motherboard support 3TB hard drive?

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Long sad story. Please bear with me.

My drive was dying but was still recoverable using commercial recovery software. Unfortunately, I only did a partial recovery and when I tried again, the drive had failed further to where there was no longer a drive letter and the commercial recovery software was no longer an option. So I tried Recovery Console but got "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32\drivers\ntfs.sys. So i installed a floppy drive, and tried to copy a new ntfs.sys onto the hard drive but i got "access is denied". The i tried a dir on the c drive and i got "an error occurred during directory enumeration". Following some other online discussions I tried a "fixmbr" which was successful but accomplished nothing. Then i tried "fixboot" and got "fixboot cannot find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid". I've also tried chkdsk /r and got "the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems".

The drive is a Western Digital 400gb (wd4000yr) and i'm on an xp pro hp system.

Short of paying a gazillion dollars to DriveSavers, anyone have any more suggestions? I'm nearing the end of my rope!

thanks in advance

A:fixboot cannot find the system drive or the drive specified is not valid

It sounds like you have some physical problems with the hdd. I would to to the Western Digital web site and download their diagnostic tool and run it. This should provide you with an accurate account of the hdd.

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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new hp pavilion g7 computer with windows 7 premium operating system..under system protection the (c)disk drive has system protection turned on but the recovery(D) drive is off should it be turned on.













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A:c drive has system protection turned on but recovery d drive...

Hi, What you are seeing is the correct setting - system protection should not be turned on for the Recovery D partition. Regards, DP-K

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I have an SSD that I want to install my operating system on, and make it the boot drive. The reason being that some software will default to install on the C drive automatically, without prompting for another option, so I want to use just a regular hard drive for data and some programs, and I want this to be the C drive. Boot from the D drive, which will be the SSD.

Does this make sense? How do I go about this? Thanks!

A:I want to make my D drive the boot/operating system drive

If you install windows 7 to the ssd in the normal way, using booted media e.g. the dvd , it will assign itself letter C.

It is possible to assign a different letter during boot media install - but it's complicated.
If you already have windows 7 installed on the HD ( I assume it has already itself C ) - running setup from there and pointing it at the SSD will cause the installer to use the next available letter.

That will be much easier for you.

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Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

Under xp pro is possible but I haven't try under windows 7 64 bits.

xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

P.D. I have seen a pair of post in this forum but I was not able to determine....

A:Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

It seems to be the same. But why on earth did you want to do this.

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A friend gave me an old computer with XP Pro on it, but no backup XP disc. The old hard drive(C) is only 12 GB, so I bought and installed a new internal 250 GB drive(E). I want to transfer all my data from the small C drive to the new E drive and then make the new E drive my Primary master. So far, I have been able to copy the contents of my C drive to the E drive. I'm new to doing this, so I am unclear about where to access the XP operating system and whether I can transfer it to my new drive, so my new E drive will work like my old one. Naturally, I rather not have to buy a new XP disc, if I can move my existing XP to my new drive. Is there a way to do this? Thanks alot for any advice.

A:Moving operating system from old drive to a new drive? (RESOLVED)

Hi there.Welcome aboard.
Yes, there is a way to do this. Follow the instructions in this article. Don't be put off my the size of the article, it's very easy to follow.If you have any problems or queries don't be afraid to ask. Good luck.

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I was trying to get rid of a persistent Vundo infection yesterday.

I turned the PC off to reboot when I though I was going into safe mode and went into regular mode instead. Now, it thinks one of my external drives is the C drive. On boot, I am getting a message that it cannot recognize find the system 32 windows config file (I'm paraphrasing).

I used the repair utility to get to the C prompt (which is pointed at the external drive) and checked the drive letters. I don't think the PC bios knows the hard drive is there.

I tried going into setup and reverting to factory installed configuration and that didn't change anything. I could not get it to recognize the hard drive.

The PC is a Dell Dimension 8400, about 5 years old.

Dell support (out of hardware warranty, but will provide phone support) said that I should reinstall windows but it will wipe out whatever is on the hard drive. They suggested finding a data extraction service.

I'm not against that, but I'd like to see what I can do to get at the REAL C drive beforehand.

I do have the factory Windows disk, although I am not sure of my product key.

I also saw the material on windowsinstall.com about getting it to recognize the C drive, but that seems on the edge of my technical expertise.

Does anybody have any other suggestions?

Thanks a lot.
 

A:system thinks external drive is hard drive

I do have the factory Windows disk, although I am not sure of my product key.Click to expand...

There should be a sticker on your Dell somewhere .. that will tell you the Code for your OS.
Most likely .. you will not need this code to use your Dell recovery CDs

Using the Code finders will not work for the OEM installs in a Dell, HP or others.

I'd remove the drive (at 5 years old) and install a new one .. and recover it.
Then ... there's ways to read the old HD and extract your data from it.
Here's one way >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156017
 

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My attempted upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 stopped with the message that my System Reserved Partition was too small. Sure enough, my research indicated that Windows 10 requires a larger petition. I used MiniTool to extend the partition and discovered that my System Reserved Partition, which Windows has assigned drive letter E:, was on a different drive than I thought. Attached is a snip capture of my disk management screen.

Disk 2 has the OEM Windows installation, which is now in drive G:. I added a 500GB SSD as Disk 0 and cloned the original disk. I added Disk 1 and Disk 3 for additional storage. In the transition, somehow the Drive E: System Reserved Partition ended up on Disk 1. I used MiniTool to extend the Data partition on Disk 0 (from 100 MB to 408 MB) as well as the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 1 (from 100 MB to 533 MB). There seem to be a few glitches from the resizing that I need to clean up. The worst seems to be related to an error messsage that C:\Windows\Prefetch is corrupt and unreadable. This is related to Adobe Creative Cloud and I haven't tried to fix it yet. I think that there are pointers to the G: drive rather than the C: drive.

After seeing that my disk management is a bit messed up, I decided to post here rather than proceed with the Windows 10 upgrade. I want to have the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 0. (Do I need a Drive E:?) I think the Gateway C: drive on Disk 0 needs to made Active. And I think I need to tell ... Read more

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.


I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

A:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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My computer wouldn't boot a couple of days ago and I did a System Repair. It worked, and my computer booted just fine. Now I've noticed in Disk Management that the F:\ partition on my second internal drive has been declared a System Drive!

So I disabled "Hide System Files" and looked at my F:\ drive. There's been a BOOT folder added! How do I fix this? Can I just try to delete the BOOT folder or what?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro.

Please tell me it's something simple.

Peg
 

A:System Repair Made my 2nd External Drive a SYSTEM DRIVE!

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

A:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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I ran a program called trend micro[housecall] and it scanned only d drive,so I thought this was funny,so I opened my computer from the start menu,and no c drive is listed there. Thinking back I had noticed in downloading programs,there was no entry option for c/program files either?My P.C seems to be running fine,other than my OE often hangs on checking mail,and needs a reboot to function correctly. W/XP/Pro - I E 6. I have kaspersky running on my P.C and no virus problem detected? I am not very P.C literate,but hope this great site can assist as in the past.Dark.
 

A:No c drive listed in my computer

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I made a repair disc from my hubby's computer (we have same computers). I tried option 1 here:

System Recovery Options

using both local and admin accts. didn't fix the problem. system restore not an option as it doesn't go back far enough.

so I'm guessing my next step is option 2. I put in the disc, and restart the computer. it goes straight to windows logon screen. ditto for shutting down computer, putting disc in and turning it on. so I guess i need to set the bios??? woulda thought that woulda been the default. so how do I check that?

A:set the BIOS to have the CD or DVD drive listed first

  
Quote: Originally Posted by oldbat


I made a repair disc from my hubby's computer (we have same computers). I tried option 1 here:

System Recovery Options

using both local and admin accts. didn't fix the problem. system restore not an option as it doesn't go back far enough.

so I'm guessing my next step is option 2. I put in the disc, and restart the computer. it goes straight to windows logon screen. ditto for shutting down computer, putting disc in and turning it on. so I guess i need to set the bios??? woulda thought that woulda been the default. so how do I check that?


Reboot or boot the computer and during the startup process press the "F2" key to enter the BIOS. You can download the User's Manual from;

http://support.asus.com/Download.asp...&m=g73jw&os=30

HTH

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I need to make my Plextor DVD drive the first bootable drive. I've looked in BIOS and my options are as follows with the floppy being the first bootable drive.

Floppy 3.5
IDE-0: ST380011A

And that?s it, there?s a line for CD/DVD but it?s blank. I?ve looked up my configuration and it goes like this:

Primary IDE Channel
-Master: ST380011A

Secondary IDE Channel
-Master: Plextor DVD
-Slave: CD-RE-CDR

How do I get the DVD drive into the BIOS listing so that I can boot from the CD? I'm guessing I need to change cable connections or something. The PC has always been set up like this, I've just never needed to boot from CD before. Thanks in advance!
 

A:Drive Not Listed in BIOS

What mobo (motherboard) do you have?

There should be an option for boot sequency somewhere in your bios but i need to know what your mobo is before i can advise you on how to sort it.
 

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Hi guys,

I was looking at the CMOS in a friends pc and saw that there was no primary (or slave) hard drive listed. Now I know she has one, because the pc works plus I oped it up and looked at it (just in case).

Am I being stupid. It should be listed there - shouldn't it?

Its an Athlon cpu, don't know mobo, 30g Seagate, Win 2000 Pro

Thanks
 

A:No Primary Drive Listed

It is possible that the drive is connected to a controller card. In that case, there would not be a listing under ide in the bios.
 

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I recently reformatted my laptop and after doing so my disc reader isn't working... I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad Y710 (all stock parts, nothing upgraded) and I've tried downloading the driver from the Lenovo site but it doesn't seem to be working...

http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_show_970.html <--- the one I downloaded...
I get these errors:
 

A:CD/DVD Drive Not Listed on Device

hi iam curious why is it listed in downloads it should be in devcie manager have you checked in device manager for errors ie yellow ! or red Xs
 

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I have windows xp and just installed a lite on dvd writer and it wont burn anything it shows as a cd drive. I actually had a second that was installed first and did the same thing and i thought the drive was bad and went and bought a new one. any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:dvd writer listed as a cd drive

OK, you need to post more info;
1 What LiteOn drive did you install? There are a LOT of them; post a link to your drive.
2 If this is a sata type drive, how is your sata controller mode set ie ahci, native ide, or raid?
3 You post you have xp. What service pack level and are ALL updates done?
 

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when i go to my file explorer in Windows 8.1 all of a sudden a new drive is listed called ESP (F:). It didn't show this before today. My laptop is about a year old and now this is showing up.
When I click on it i get an error as shown in the image.
What is this drive, why does it show up when it didn't before and why can't i access it?
The only thing that happened in the last 24 hours was an automatic update by windows. But I don't know what that update was.



Keith Aul

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I have a slow win 8/64 system (not 8.1) with one 500gb GPT hdd. When I went to optimise it, no drive was listed, further when I tried the cmd prompt (as admin) defrag c: /a /u /v - it just said optimise and went straight to the basic c:\ prompt, ie didn't do anything. I am using defrag now, but I am curious to know why the win 8 defrag isn't working?

I have searched for something remotely related to this, but mostly its about SSDs which isn't relevant, but i understand that one doesn't want to optimise SSDs anyway.

Anyone sorted this issue?

A:win 8/64 optimise no drive listed

Because defrag.exe doesn't do anything in windows 8 x64, only in 32 bit - you have to use dfrgui.exe.

It should run automatically unless you've deliberately disabled it though. If you click on defrag (not defragment and optimise drives) it will not do anything either. Not sure why it is still shown (the second one in the picture I mean) but it is... Habit I suppose.

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Hi All

One of our users has a problem regarding their drives. It would appear that the mapped SharePoint drive (w:) has the same space as their system drive (c:). Since their system drive space is low it means that they cannot save anything to the SharePoint.
 I've tried remapping the drive but the same problem occurs. Another thing to note is that another two mapped drives (k:) and (g:) are showing the same space on file explorer. Even though their contents are completely different. Nobody else in the company
is having this problem.

Any ideas?

Regards
Jason

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