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unable to assign drive letters to select partitions

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yawnmoth

#1
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
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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©arl

#3
"yawnmoth" <terra1024@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>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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yawnmoth

#4
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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