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What happened to my F drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lennox, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. lennox

    lennox Flightless Bird

    I had two drives an F and a C drive. Now when I check my computer I only
    have a C drive ,what happened to my F drive......




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    lennox
     
  2. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 25 Feb 2010, lennox <lennox.5ccd986@pcbanter.net> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > I had two drives an F and a C drive. Now when I check my computer
    > I only have a C drive ,what happened to my F drive......


    It's removable and is now in your pocket.
     
  3. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    lennox wrote:
    > I had two drives an F and a C drive. Now when I check my computer I
    > only have a C drive ,what happened to my F drive...


    What *was* your F drive?
    What changed between the time it was there and now?
    What is the manufacturer and model of your computer?

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    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
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    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  4. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    lennox wrote:
    > I had two drives an F and a C drive. Now when I check my computer I only
    > have a C drive ,what happened to my F drive......
    >


    First, it helps to know how many physical drives you actually have.
    The things with the letters, like "C:" and "F:" are partitions,
    or a portion of a hard drive. A single partition can span the size of
    the entire drive, or a drive can be split into multiple partitions
    of some size.

    --------------
    Single drive | C: | F: | single drive, two partitions
    --------------

    ------
    Two drives | C: | two separate drives with
    ------ one partition on each one.
    ------
    | F: |
    ------
    If you go to

    Start: Settings: Control Panel: Administrative Tools: Computer Management

    and run the Disk Management item, you'll get some kind of picture
    of your hard drives and the partitions on them.

    If you see what looks like a partition, and there isn't any information
    displayed for it, the partition could be damaged and the file system
    may no longer be mounting.

    If you don't see a partition at all, and you only see "C:" plus
    a bunch of empty space, then you're in a bit more trouble.

    You really need someone with some knowledge about computers,
    to help you out now. Perhaps, if you can describe what you see
    in Disk Management, maybe someone can suggest how to find F:.

    There are tools you can use, but you have to know a bit about how
    disks work, to use a tool like this safely. This one, for example,
    can scan a disk, find a lost partition, and build a partition table.
    But then, you, as the operator of the program, have to use your
    judgment, as to whether what this program comes up with, is correct
    or not. And that isn't always an easy thing to determine. This isn't
    a "magic bullet", but it is free. On one of my disks here, it found
    a partition I removed some time ago, so in some sense, it can be
    "too good" at what it does, for all usages. About 50% of the time,
    I have to reject the new partition table this program comes up with,
    due to issues I may have created myself.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    The thing is, when you work on a disk (expert or otherwise), there
    is always a danger of erasing something or making a mistake you'll
    later regret. The safest action, is to stop using a computer when
    something like this happens, and find local help. A knowledgeable
    friend, or a local computer shop. While there may be nice programs
    around, that promise to find all your data, you have no way of knowing
    what they're about to do.

    One thing I advocate, is copying the affected disk, sector by sector,
    to a backup disk. That backup disk, is then your copy for safekeeping.
    Then, if you make a mistake trying to recover F:, you have something
    to fall back on. I learned this the hard way, when I used a tool
    written at work, to recover data, and instead, it erased the data.
    I've been skeptical of utility writers and their skills, ever since :-(
    Backups are your friend, no matter when you decide to do them.
    And when a partition is fried, a sector by sector backup is the kind
    you want to make, of the entire disk, so you have a copy of the
    (damaged) goods.

    Paul
     
  5. ybS2okj

    ybS2okj Flightless Bird

    You should be concerned about your CD drive as well? It is normally a D
    drive but it doesn't have to be. Perhaps your F drive was a CD drive and
    now something has gone wrong in Upper and Lower filters. See if this
    article is of any help:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

    hth

    "lennox" <lennox.5ccd986@pcbanter.net> wrote in message
    news:lennox.5ccd986@pcbanter.net...
    >
    > I had two drives an F and a C drive. Now when I check my computer I only
    > have a C drive ,what happened to my F drive......
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > lennox
     
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Maybe a dingo ate your F drive?

    lennox wrote:
    > I had two drives an F and a C drive. Now when I check my computer I only
    > have a C drive ,what happened to my F drive......
     
  7. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 26 Feb 2010, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > Maybe a dingo ate your F drive?


    Starring Meryl Streep!
     
  8. lennox

    lennox Flightless Bird

    ]lennox wrote:
    I had two separate hard drives C and F there was a reason why it
    was called F,but I don't remember .I had this for several years.
    Lately I have been having trouble booting up Internet explorer..
    Sometimes it won't boot up at all....


    First, it helps to know how many physical drives you actually have.
    The things with the letters, like "C:" and "F:" are partitions,
    or a portion of a hard drive. A single partition can span the size of
    the entire drive, or a drive can be split into multiple partitions
    of some size.

    --------------
    Single drive | C: | F: | single drive, two
    partitions
    --------------

    ------
    Two drives | C: | two separate drives
    with
    ------ one partition on each
    one.
    ------
    | F: |
    ------
    If you go to

    Start: Settings: Control Panel: Administrative Tools: Computer
    Management

    and run the Disk Management item, you'll get some kind of picture
    of your hard drives and the partitions on them.

    If you see what looks like a partition, and there isn't any
    information
    displayed for it, the partition could be damaged and the file system
    may no longer be mounting.

    If you don't see a partition at all, and you only see "C:" plus
    a bunch of empty space, then you're in a bit more trouble.

    You really need someone with some knowledge about computers,
    to help you out now. Perhaps, if you can describe what you see
    in Disk Management, maybe someone can suggest how to find F:.

    There are tools you can use, but you have to know a bit about how
    disks work, to use a tool like this safely. This one, for example,
    can scan a disk, find a lost partition, and build a partition table.
    But then, you, as the operator of the program, have to use your
    judgment, as to whether what this program comes up with, is correct
    or not. And that isn't always an easy thing to determine. This isn't
    a "magic bullet", but it is free. On one of my disks here, it found
    a partition I removed some time ago, so in some sense, it can be
    "too good" at what it does, for all usages. About 50% of the time,
    I have to reject the new partition table this program comes up with,
    due to issues I may have created myself.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    The thing is, when you work on a disk (expert or otherwise), there
    is always a danger of erasing something or making a mistake you'll
    later regret. The safest action, is to stop using a computer when
    something like this happens, and find local help. A knowledgeable
    friend, or a local computer shop. While there may be nice programs
    around, that promise to find all your data, you have no way of knowing
    what they're about to do.

    One thing I advocate, is copying the affected disk, sector by sector,
    to a backup disk. That backup disk, is then your copy for safekeeping.
    Then, if you make a mistake trying to recover F:, you have something
    to fall back on. I learned this the hard way, when I used a tool
    written at work, to recover data, and instead, it erased the data.
    I've been skeptical of utility writers and their skills, ever since
    :-(
    Backups are your friend, no matter when you decide to do them.
    And when a partition is fried, a sector by sector backup is the kind
    you want to make, of the entire disk, so you have a copy of the
    (damaged) goods.

    Paul




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