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Cannot open my Hard disk partition F

By hambal ยท 27 replies
Dec 10, 2008
  1. I cannot open my drive partition i recently installed win xp and run anti virus on all of Hard rives i have three HD 1 is for windows and rest two are for data

    my one partiion F: will not open when i double click , it takes time and then ask me to format, i even tried accessing it on command prompt, it says Data Error Cyclical Redudancy Error, i also tried running anti virus but nothing happens, rest of my system works fine but this parttion which has my important stuff cannot be be opend... please Help!!
  2. shadowfox

    shadowfox TS Rookie Posts: 22

    my friend the drive must have got corrupt
    in most cases formatting solves the problem
    but when i had this issue windows automatically detected bad clusters on it and got rid of it
    i suggest you check for bad clusters too and then fix it
    there are many softwares available..consult a good techspert
    this way you can save most Data like i did
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    First, let me confirm.
    - You can see the disks listed in Disk Managemenet and you see each disk partition drive letter assigned as well?
    - Only drive letter F has this problem?

    Then i agree your very first thing to dovolumeDefinitely agree that your first order of business is Start->Run, enter chkdsk F: /r

    This command will scan your F: volume looking for formatting errors / corruptions. It also tests the volume for bad sectors. Chkdsk attempts to fix all errors. Bad sectors are taken out of service.

    When you enter the command, it will probably tell you it will be run on reboot. So simply reboot and you should see it start runnnig before Windows comesup. Important: chkdsk displays its progress while running. I will take 5 passes on the drive to complete. Some passes CAN BE VERY SLoooooow especially if it is scanning a large volume. Assume chkdsk will need several hours to run (let's say 6-8 to be safe) so don't be alarmed or impatient if it appears to hang. Chances are it's still running and doing its jobs
  4. shadowfox

    shadowfox TS Rookie Posts: 22

    yes i completely agree with Looking around
    this scan will take some time to recover your drive
  5. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,653

    I advise before chkdsk.

    Flash drives can sometimes take the wrong (already in use drive letter) so..

    1. Remove any USB Flash and or external drives if any, remove any cd disks in the CD drive and any floppy disk if any.

    2. Reboot to Safe Mode and begin Chkdsk from there.

  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,419   +77

    There are many free partition viewing/manipulating programs for download. I agree with mklynn F: might easily not be the drive you think it is, but a partition viewer will make certain of that.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    As a matter of fact, i'd started writing a general post/guide on using detection/partition management and recover tools as part of the troubleshooting process.

    I posted a copy of my draft version for someone [post=695234] click here to go there[/post]

    Also look another through next coupla posts in that thread as i "fill in the blanks" for some info not yet in the draft.
  8. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i ran shkdsk but it only does 2 passes and completes and thewindows closes,nothing more happens no reboot nothing...i check my HDits still not working, one thing more my Partion F: was label NEWHD but now it says Local HD F: i did not change the name it was like thiswhen i re installed my windows, wheni re boot the system it doesnt scan the disk windowsstart normal as in any other PC.. any more ideas
  9. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    in Disk Managent the partition is healthy and status is active but it shows 100% free space and in the file system rest are NTFS but f: is nothing.

    This drive has two partition E and F , E is perfectly normal but F is the problem
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    See what my instructions were above
    1) If only 2 passes you didn't indidate the /r option. chkdsk with no options is also read-only. No changes are made to the disk
    2) Note in my example i indicate drive F:. By default (if not indicated) it scans C:
  11. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i wrote " chkdsk f: /r " as u told mebut same 2 passes 1 of 5 and 2 of 5 thatsit its automatically closes :s
  12. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    if so, then it might be because (as you're telling me) F: isn't formatted (thinking about it some passes for example to check file indexes makes no sense if it thinks the volume isn't formatted so can have no file indexes to check!)

    In Disk Management
    - Click View->Bottom->Disk List (let's just get text version)
    - Then can you capture a screen shot and attach to next post to make sure i see everything you're seeing in Disk management
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    You could also try doing the disk check from within explorer, by right clicking on the drive, properties, then somewhere in there (not on a pc right now) you can start a disk check, make sure to check the 2 boxes that will be in that dialog. It will probably say some crap about how it can't do them all right now and ask you if you want to scan on restart. Say yes, then reboot.

    If it fails during that. The next thing to do is to get the drive manufacturer's utility out to check the disk. CRCs aren't a good sign, I'd want to verify that disk doesn't have any physical problems and/or bad sectors. If its got bad sectors I'd RMA the drive immediately.
  14. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    everything looks fine here..

    Attached Files:

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  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    Doesn't display a file system, so everything isn't fine.

    If you've got data you need to recover on it you'll have to use a partition or file rescue software.

    If you don't have data on it, right click it, and format. Then it will be usable.
  16. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    any particular software... will it be able to recover approx 65Gb data?
  17. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    Also, you changed the bottom view to the wrong thing!

    it should be Disk List! I think is best to understand your Disk to Volume mapping before making changes. And do you understand each volume listed then? you created them?
  18. shadowfox

    shadowfox TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Computer management does not show the file system for F partition.
    you might need to format it with Ntfs file system.

    do not make a quick format
    just make a permanent format
    you might not recover some data
    but at least you will recover a partition
  19. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,653


    How bout prove to me you are even looking at the correct partition. PLEASE DO THE BELOW!

    You never said you did my post #5.

    I will request you to do it now with these steps.

    Remove all USB Flash drives, unplug any external drives including USB printers that have internal Memory.

    Copy for pasting the below

    Rt Click My Computer-Properties-Advanced-Environment Variables, then at bottom under System Variables click new then paste the above into Variable name:

    Then give it a value of 1. Then click OK!

    Then do the same with the below, with a value of 1 also.

    Click OK at bottom to save out of the edit!

    Then boot to Safe Mode only.

    Open Device manager and at top click View-Show hidden devices.

    Then open Disk drives Rom drives
    Look closely and rt click and uninstall any ghosted (grayed out) (Dim) items. Any grayed out no Bold items.

    Then open CD/DVD Rom drives do same.

    Then IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.

    Then Imaging devices

    Then Storage Volumes (for sure)

    Then USB Serial Bus controllers

    Once removed reboot once more into Safe Mode and check the partition. You may be and I hope surprised. Even if not suprised I will be happy!:)

  20. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes i do understand .. you can see in the attachment there are three HD the one which is 160 GB has two partitions E n F, F has issues

    Attached Files:

  21. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did all the abovethe result is the same :S i have to save my data i cannot format
  22. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    I can see that now. What make/model drive is it?

    If you don't care about the lost data you can go ahead and reformat the volume.

    If you do care, there may be data recovery options. But would have to wait till i (or someone else) can get back to you with that info

    /* EDIT */
    Don't know if u said before (didn't look now that i;m typing) but was it NTFS formatted before? Or what format?
  23. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,653

    Try the free version to see if there is recoverable data. Does not fix except paid for.

    If it finds recoverable data then decide if you want to buy. If it finds no data then no reason to buy anyway.

    It works great I have paid version.


  24. hambal

    hambal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it was NTFS before, Make is Western Digital 160GB Sata... Data is important..

    i will try the recovery software and see ..
  25. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    In a situation as yours would recommend the very first thing you do before attempting any recovery or repair is create an image copy of your hard drive
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