PartitionMagic-Init failed: Error 117, Partition's drive letter cannot be determined

By radski
Oct 29, 2008
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  1. Hi all,

    the other day I switched off the XP restore function after seeing my total drive capacity was out my 2gb. I went into Computer Management > Disk Management and found there was a partition 'unknown health partition'. I downloaded PartitionMagic to merge that partition with the main partition and everything seemed to have worked fine. Now trying to open PartitonMagic again, I get the following error, Init failed: Error 117, Partition's drive letter cannot be determined.
    An error also pops up if I attempt to defragment the drive, 'Drive C might be corrupted, run chkdsk /f'. I've done that, no problems found, but I still keep getting the error. Any ideas how to fix this thing?

    Thanks
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    From here (archived) http://www.reference.com/browse/Symantec norton partition magic&
    Normally it's best to use the bootup option (Dos) to access PM, sometimes within Windows it cannot find the drive letter correctly
  3. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    So I have to reformat the hard drive?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    No re-partition the HardDrive (which is even more detructive)

    Were you using PM from bootup? (preferred)
  5. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    PM from bootup? I don't understand. I tried to use DOS but apparently XP doesn't have a DOS environment. I used PM just like I would any other program in normal windows mode.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You are not accessing the filesystem NTFS (or Fat32, or even DOS)
    You are accessing the Partition

    That can be seen by, really anything!

    Especially Partition Magic

    Try creating the bootable PM disc. This will help you in future as well
    To create it, you will need to licence it too :)

    By the way Windows Xp has DOS, 5.1
    Well if you include NT Virtual DOS Machine (NTVDM), as DOS (but slightly modified)
  7. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Okay, I've created the disk, now what?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You can repair the Partition from using the bootable Partition Magic GUI (Graphical User Interface) Basically within the Partition Magic program

    Although I have safely done this, and also because you were speaking of merging the Partitions, it would be best to backup any personal data (in Windows ideally) first.
  9. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    The thing is, I can't access PM in XP as I would a normal program because everytime I open it, I get the following, "Init failed: Error 117, Partition's drive letter cannot be determined."

    P.S. Would should be on the bootup disk? I've got a 'readme' that says PartionMagic-BootMagic version 8, is that it?
  10. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    bumpety bump.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Usually you can create the full Partition Magic bootable disc, from one of the Partition Magic's menus, or program links

    This is what I'm waiting on you to do
    To run Partition Magic's boot CD (not try to fix the issue in Windows)
  12. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I've got a floopy disk that was created through PM. It's got a bunch of files, with a 'readme' that says, "PartionMagic-BootMagic version 8" is that what you're talking about?

    Also, if that is the boot disk, once I boot with it, what should I do?
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Install the full version of Partition Magic on another computer
    Then in Windows create the full PM bootable disc
     
  14. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Okay, done that, now what?
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You are finally able to merge the Partitions
    To do this, your 'unknown health partition' (as you said), can be deleted
    Once it is removed, you can then grab the seperator (line) at the end of your main partition and drag it to the end (over the deleted partition space)
    This will create one big partition (taking up the entire drive)
    Then apply and exit allowing the changes

    Restart back into Partition magic, this time right click on your partition (being the only one!) and then select check for problems (can't remember the exact wording)
    Fix any errors found
    Then apply and exit allowing the changes

    At last boot to Windows, and check your new found space on C drive
    You will then need to do a defrag on the drive
    All done :)
  16. radski

    radski Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 33

    As my first post mentioned, I've done all that. The problem is, now that I go to defrag or open PM I get the following messages, 'Drive C might be corrupted, run chkdsk /f', and with PM, 'Init failed: Error 117, Partition's drive letter cannot be determined'.
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Can be signs of a faulty internal HardDrive (make sure that you always complete all backups)

    Please try this:

    Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer
    • Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
    • Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    • Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
    Use one of the following procedures:
    • • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
    • • (tick) To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box.
    • • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

    Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
    Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.

    --------------------------

    After that, you could do a Drive Diagnostics too
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