Hidden Partitions In Windows Xp

By smee56
Jan 3, 2008
  1. Hello World

    News to these forums here.....but....i have a 60G hdd, and its split into 4 partitions. i have windows XP in 2 partitions. (one factory and one proper) and the other 2 partitions hold my music and other data...the problem that im having is that i can see the music and data partitions in one install of windows but not the other...i need help fast as im going overseas in 2 days

    thanks in advance

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    That's strange (I suppose your point!)

    Are they all NTFS partitions (or is the other Xp partition Fat32)
  3. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have the factory install in fat32...and the rest in NTFS...would this make a difference
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    Is the factory install Xp the one that doesn't see the other partitions?
    Mind you this is not it , after thinking about it
  5. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    actually i can see the other partitions in the factory install..its the XP NTFS partition that i cant see the other partitions from. would you recomend converting the fat32 into a NTFS partition??
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    No leave it as default (as per further thoughts above)

    On the Xp NTFS system (now we have a label!)
    Go to Administrative tools in Control Panel
    Computer Management
    Disk Management

    Can you see the other drives
  7. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes i can see all 4 partitions....[​IMG]
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    The Unknown status occurs when the boot sector for the volume is corrupted (possibly due to a virus) and you can no longer access data on the volume. The Unknown status also occurs when you install a new disk but do not follow the wizard to create a disk signature.

    For instructions describing how to fix volumes with Unknown status, see

    Sorry must step out for around 7 Hrs
    Be back later
    Good Luck
  9. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hmm i cpould provide a reason for that and thats because i have rewritten the mbr with gag...the graphical boot ill fix it and ill get another boot manager and see what happens...thnx 4 ur help
  10. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just a update....

    i formatted all partitions except one windows one...i went to the disk manager and formatted the rest...the turned up in my computer and i put some of my backed up music on...and the next day i turn on my comp and they are gone....if anyone else can help it would be much appreciated

  11. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    How Gone Are They

    Original problem:
    XP(boot drive); all other drives declared UNKown.
    ACER (boot drive); media & data are visible; XP declared UNKown.

    Under what conditions are the new drives gone?

    Is there no boot drive on the disk?

    Has the problem changed?

    Has a boot manager been added/removed? Any other OS besides XP?
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