Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by babylon52281, Dec 2, 2018.
Why the hell???
Let'`s remove drive letter from Volume 1:
select volume 1
Err. I guess I will just stick with mbk1969's guidance for now. @Caesar thanks for chipping in.
Let's try to assign drive letter "C" to volume 4:
select volume 4
Done. Volume 4 is now C
Let's see details on volume again:
Here it is,
DISKPART> detail volume
Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
* Disk 0 Online 119 GB 6144 KB *
Read-only : No
Hidden : No
No Default Drive Letter: No
Shadow Copy : No
Offline : No
BitLocker Encrypted : No
Installable : Yes
Volume Capacity : 118 GB
Volume Free Space : 118 GB
It looks like file system is lost there. Let's see file system info - execute:
Here it is:
Current File System
Allocation unit size: 512
File system supported for formating
Type: NTFS (Default)
Allocation unit sizes: 512, 1024, 2048, 4096(Default), 8192, 16k, 32k, 64k
Allocation unit sizes: 4096(Default), 64k
RAW is bad news. Did you have important data on that OS partition (volume)?
Some installed programs, games installations, changes to the Win10 interface that I made. Everything else is on a separate HDD.
Raw means unformatted. There are 3rd party utilities which can scan raw partitions in search of lost formatted ones - to recover them. Diskpart can only format it for you which results in empty partition. So basically you can just boot from Windows installation media (USB, DVD) remove all partitions on that disk and let Windows installer to create all them new.
PS There is diskpart command 'recover', but it deals with individual files and you must know their original path. I guess it is not an option here.
PPS There are 3rd party tools which are capable to recover data even from lost-and-formatted partitions, but that process is long and not all files can be recovered.
I suggest taking out the BAD drive (RAW files) onto another computer and get a recovery tool [rip out your desktop and documents important files]
..................and then download a clean Windows 10 version...install....
i would suggest Easeus Data Recovery [if really you have IMPORTANT files]
For licensing Windows 10 : https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/promo-software-and-game-keys-up-90-off-discount,1.html
So means, a very slim chance to recover my installed Win 10 then? I see.
Ahh, anyways I was already prepared to reinstall Win10. So with this currently, I can just simply reinstall Win10 to the 'C' Volume 4?
^ Yeah, I agree with Caesar - if you want to recover data from this disk you better do it on another rig.
Thanks. I might just do that before reinstalling Win10 onto the primary drive.
Do not install on existing partitions. Delete all of them and let installer to create new ones. There is option in installer to manage that.
Or, when you attach this disk to another rig you can launch diskpart, select this ruined disk (select disk N) and then execute command "clean all" - that will wipe out anything on the disk. But be careful to not wipe the good one!
I prefer to revise again onto mbk1969 steps from scratch .
Understood. Oh well, it was worth a shot. I am really, really thankful to both you and Caesar for your guidance and time to help me. You guys are truly the Gurus of Guru3D!
BTW, which backup software do you recommend for Win10? One that I can use to restore my Win10 as it is, if I encounter this similar problem again?