unable to assign drive letters to select partitions


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yawnmoth

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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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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yawnmoth said:
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

You could very easily do that from a Linux Live CD.




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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