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Invalid Partition Hi, I dont really use forems but I guess this is my last resort, hoping someone could help me. I had Windows Vista Ultimate installed on my Comp. and wanted to switch bach to XP. When I finished installing XP one of my other drives with all my stuff on it doesnt want to work anymore unless I format it (WHICH I DO NOT WANNE DO). It shows as a healthy partition but I cant do anything with it. Then I thought I would install Vista back on because it might handle partitioning better but without luck. If there is hope for me could you please lend me a hand?

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  • bloubull1 Dec 12, 2008

    Yes, it is physically a different drive and I cannot choose any other option other than formatting the partition e.g. drive...


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Is this a physically separate drive that you are talking about, or just a partition of the same drive?

If this is all one physical drive, you may have already formatted it with the installation. Partitioning can be done to where you install the operating system in another location than your already stored data or another operating system, but that is dependent upon which options you selected when you installed the operating systems each time.

Try this, right click on Computer or My Computer, and select manage. Select disk management under storage. Find your partition or drive and right click and see if you can select - mark partition as active - or something of that sort. Then see if you can explore it.

Hope that helps

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  • ben barrera Dec 13, 2008

    Another thing you might want to try is to use an XP machine and then right click on the extra drive and see what options you have then. Vista using a variation of NTFS and that could be a possible problem in reading that drive, but I doubt it.

    I would just borrow someone's machine with XP on it instead of reinstalling again, that's a lot of work.

    If that doesn't give any different results or you have already tried this, then maybe you should think about using some recovery software to get your stuff back.

    The only thing I've used is a tool inside the Helix Operating system. The tool is called "autopsy" I don't know if you can find autopsy by itself because I've never looked. Helix is free though, and if you needed to you could run it inside of a VMWare virtual machine and see if it can help you out.

    Keep me posted


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