Question about Windows 7 and hard drives.

#1
So I downloaded and installed Windows 7 and I think it is really awesome! The only 2 problems I have seen so far is that it acts like its behind a firewall even though I have a static IP set up and the ports are properly forwarded.

The other one, and I'm not sure if there is a workaround or not. I have 2 hard drives, so I made a 60 gig partition on my secondary drive and installed it onto there, so I can dual boot. I can view my entire secondary drive, but for some reason I cannot get to my original C drive from my XP boot. Is there something I can do to make Windows 7 recognize this? I have a lot of music and media on there I would rather not have to transfer to my secondary drive.

Thanks for the help.
 


davehc

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#2
"but for some reason I cannot get to my original C drive from my XP boot"
Do you mean from your 7 boot?

If you cannot see a drive/partition, from Windows 7, you will need to mount it. This will probably be sorted with the final release. I have found that if you run the 7 install disk from within Vista/XP, it will automatically mount the other OS from which you installed. However, do this:
Open the Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk management.
In there, you should find that you can see all the disks and partitions, but they may not have a letter designator. By right clicking them, you can assign a letter and you will then be able to see them in, for example, Windows explorer. You can juggle the letters around by changing and reassigning, but it would be a bit of a pain.
 


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Thats it! Thank you so much!
 


iroken22

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#4
"but for some reason I cannot get to my original C drive from my XP boot"
Do you mean from your 7 boot?

If you cannot see a drive/partition, from Windows 7, you will need to mount it. This will probably be sorted with the final release. I have found that if you run the 7 install disk from within Vista/XP, it will automatically mount the OS from which you installed. However, do this:
Open the Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk management.
In there, you should find that you can see all the disks and partitions, but they may not have a letter designator. By right clicking them, you can assign a letter and you will then be able to see them in, for example, Windows explorer. You can juggle the letters around by changing and reassigning, but it would be a bit of a pain.
Dave this is not an error in Windows 7. They specifically made it this way for security reasons. It is a good idea so windows just doesnt search out all drives on your computer or companies domain.
 


davehc

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#5
Dave this is not an error in Windows 7. They specifically made it this way for security reasons. It is a good idea so windows just doesnt search out all drives on your computer or companies domain.
Sorry. Didn't we have this exchange before, or was it another poster?
I find that theory really hard to grasp, for one or two reasons. Could you give me a link to where MS specifically state that, as I would be very interested in reading up something on it.
I have read quite another theory in the MS forums, which was neither confirmed or denied by MS!
 


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"but for some reason I cannot get to my original C drive from my XP boot"
Do you mean from your 7 boot?

If you cannot see a drive/partition, from Windows 7, you will need to mount it. This will probably be sorted with the final release. I have found that if you run the 7 install disk from within Vista/XP, it will automatically mount the other OS from which you installed. However, do this:
Open the Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk management.
In there, you should find that you can see all the disks and partitions, but they may not have a letter designator. By right clicking them, you can assign a letter and you will then be able to see them in, for example, Windows explorer. You can juggle the letters around by changing and reassigning, but it would be a bit of a pain.
Didnot see my second drive there. I see it inthe device manager but not in disk manager. i havve been using ubuntu and it worked great as a storage drive formatted fat32. I have 320Gigs of movies on this drive.
 


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