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Recently I wanted to partition my hard drive so I got partition magic 8. It seemed that it didn't work on my laptop running Vista home premium. As I opened partition magic it gave me an error and asked if I wanted to fix my hard drive or something similar, but by accident I press yes 2 times (stupid reflexes) and no after. I never opened "My Computer" window after that and today, after 2 days I did so and noticed that my D:\ drive was gone (D:\ was installed with the laptop). My D:\ drive had 10GB and I'm assuming that it must of been partition magic's wonderful fix on my hard drive or registry. I tried system restore but no luck.
In the control panel I opened the program "Disk Management" and I see this . There's a 10GB on the right and I guess that would be my D:\ drive. I tried "Change Drive Letter and Paths..." but it gave me an error saying operation failed and to refresh or restart program or computer. Tried all that and it didn't work. Is there anyway to fix this?

My specs are:

1.73Ghz core2 duo
2GB RAM
120SATA HD
Vista Home Premium
Toshiba Satellite A200 Pro

Just in case I placed my hijackthis log here, but now I don't know if I should place it in the other category. Please move if it is. Sorry if it's wrong.

Thanks in advanced.


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And this demonstrates how dangerous Partition Magic can be.
Bearing in mind Partition Magic 8 isn't officially supported on Vista so it will do strange things like what its done to your computer.
You do of course run the risk of this program making a change that you'll have no way of recovering from and if that happens all you can do is wipe the machine clean and start again.

The changes are done at a lower level than Windows so you can use System Restore until the cows come home but it won't make any difference. System Restore covers only software, not the hardware itself. Therefore you can roll it back as far as it'll go but it won't undo anything Partition Magic does.
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And this demonstrates how dangerous Partition Magic can be.
Bearing in mind Partition Magic 8 isn't officially supported on Vista so it will do strange things like what its done to your computer.
You do of course run the risk of this program making a change that you'll have no way of recovering from and if that happens all you can do is wipe the machine clean and start again.

The changes are done at a lower level than Windows so you can use System Restore until the cows come home but it won't make any difference. System Restore covers only software, not the hardware itself. Therefore you can roll it back as far as it'll go but it won't undo anything Partition Magic does.


Funny thing is is that partition magic hasn't even fully started yet and it caused this lol. I was hoping to not format my computer. This isn't the first time my stupid reflexes has caused me problems. Once I downloaded a program of a P2P client. I went to my folder and saw that it must of been a virus, wanted to delete it but I double clicked it instead when I didn't even want too. Too me a couple of more hours to fix that virus.
Now I just don't download anything off the Internet thats executable. Anyways does anyone think there's no way to fix it? Thanks for reply.
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Sorry double post.

Edited by Deviatorz, 01 September 2007 - 03:13 PM.

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Not necessarily. What was on Drive D before?
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When I bought my it gave me two languages to choose from English or Chinese, I chose English and so the other language got deleted and gave me 10GB or free space; the D:\ drive. Nothing was in the D:\ drive except for some system files. I am able to format D:\ itself? Thanks for reply.
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If there was nothing important on Drive D then you can just wipe it and use it as normal. Its obvious its got no serious effect on the system, the files were probably only System Recovery points anyway.
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How can I format the D:\ only? I tried it with the "Disk Management" tool in Vista but it gave me an error. Do I use the recovery CD that came with my laptop? Or should I delete that volume?
Also the D:\ drive isn't there, it doesn't have the drive letter or anything.

Edited by Deviatorz, 02 September 2007 - 02:55 PM.

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