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unable to assign drive letters to select partitions

  1. #1


    yawnmoth Guest

    unable to assign drive letters to select partitions

    I plugged in a 2.5" HDD from a dead laptop of mine and although one
    partition, I see, was assigned a drive letter, there are two other
    partitions that have not been assigned drive letters. One of these
    two partitions (described as 'Primary Partition') is, presumably, a
    hidden partition off which the laptop's operating system can be
    restored. The other partition, described as 'EISA Configuration', is,
    at 47mb, a bit too small to contain an OS backup.

    Anyway, is there a way I can mount the partitions by assigning them
    drive letters and then to browse their contents?

    Also, if I right click on any partition other than the 47mb one, I'm
    presented with the option of deleting that partition. The 47mb,
    however, doesn't present me with any options, when I right click on
    it, save for 'Help'. This begs the question... how can I reclaim
    that 47mb? It's not a whole lot, I know, but every bit counts...

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  2. #2


    ray Guest

    Re: unable to assign drive letters to select partitions

    On Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:01:43 -0800, yawnmoth wrote:

    > I plugged in a 2.5" HDD from a dead laptop of mine and although one
    > partition, I see, was assigned a drive letter, there are two other
    > partitions that have not been assigned drive letters. One of these two
    > partitions (described as 'Primary Partition') is, presumably, a hidden
    > partition off which the laptop's operating system can be restored. The
    > other partition, described as 'EISA Configuration', is, at 47mb, a bit
    > too small to contain an OS backup.
    >
    > Anyway, is there a way I can mount the partitions by assigning them
    > drive letters and then to browse their contents?
    You could very easily do that from a Linux Live CD.

    >
    > Also, if I right click on any partition other than the 47mb one, I'm
    > presented with the option of deleting that partition. The 47mb,
    > however, doesn't present me with any options, when I right click on it,
    > save for 'Help'. This begs the question... how can I reclaim that
    > 47mb? It's not a whole lot, I know, but every bit counts...
    Try the gparted Live CD.

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  3. #3


    ©arl Guest

    Re: unable to assign drive letters to select partitions


    "yawnmoth" <terra1024@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:4266afe0-3ebb-49f5-87db-9cb10845e085@xxxxxx

    >I plugged in a 2.5" HDD from a dead laptop of mine and although one
    > partition, I see, was assigned a drive letter, there are two other
    > partitions that have not been assigned drive letters. One of these
    > two partitions (described as 'Primary Partition') is, presumably, a
    > hidden partition off which the laptop's operating system can be
    > restored. The other partition, described as 'EISA Configuration', is,
    > at 47mb, a bit too small to contain an OS backup.
    >
    > Anyway, is there a way I can mount the partitions by assigning them
    > drive letters and then to browse their contents?
    >
    > Also, if I right click on any partition other than the 47mb one, I'm
    > presented with the option of deleting that partition. The 47mb,
    > however, doesn't present me with any options, when I right click on
    > it, save for 'Help'. This begs the question... how can I reclaim
    > that 47mb? It's not a whole lot, I know, but every bit counts...
    I have come across this also .. people have suggested letting vista format
    the disk but i need the stuff thats on it
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  4. #4


    yawnmoth Guest

    Re: unable to assign drive letters to select partitions

    On Jan 31, 8:07*pm, ray <r...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > On Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:01:43 -0800, yawnmoth wrote:

    > > I plugged in a 2.5" HDD from a dead laptop of mine and although one
    > > partition, I see, was assigned a drive letter, there are two other
    > > partitions that have not been assigned drive letters. *One of these two
    > > partitions (described as 'Primary Partition') is, presumably, a hidden
    > > partition off which the laptop's operating system can be restored. *The
    > > other partition, described as 'EISA Configuration', is, at 47mb, a bit
    > > too small to contain an OS backup.
    >

    > > Anyway, is there a way I can mount the partitions by assigning them
    > > drive letters and then to browse their contents?
    >
    > You could very easily do that from a Linux Live CD.
    >
    >
    >

    > > Also, if I right click on any partition other than the 47mb one, I'm
    > > presented with the option of deleting that partition. *The 47mb,
    > > however, doesn't present me with any options, when I right click on it,
    > > save for 'Help'. *This begs the question... *how can I reclaim that
    > > 47mb? *It's not a whole lot, I know, but every bit counts...
    >
    > Try the gparted Live CD.
    Certainly that's an option, but I'd prefer to do it with Windows if at
    all possible. It's kinda like... if I wanted a new computer, I could
    buy one from an OEM manufacturer, or I could buy the individual
    components to build my own. Although the former would certainly be
    easier, I'd learn more doing the latter. Same thing with this. I
    could do as you suggest with a Live CD very easily, but I'd be
    depriving myself of a chance to learn something new if I did...

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