Windows 10: DISKPART tried to create a Partition, has not worked

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  1.    29 May 2018 #1

    DISKPART tried to create a Partition, has not worked


    Hi Guys

    My nephew has tried to create a partition. It clearly hasn't worked. The 'D' Disk is there, but not showing any files on it. I can't upload screenshots at the moment. Any experts out there, that can tell me what he's done?

    Disk### Status Size Free

    Disk 0 - Online - 931GB - 931GB
    Disk 1 - Online - 54GB - 24GB


    Volume ### - Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status

    Volume 0 - D - - - DVD-ROM - 0 B - No Media
    Volume 1 - C - ESO-USB - FAT32 - Removable - 32B - Healthy (this is the Windows 10 ISO)

    Thanks in advance guys. Any help appreciated.
    Last edited by rebel1; 29 May 2018 at 11:36.
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  2. Posts : 8,085
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       29 May 2018 #2

    Welcome to tenforums @rebel1

    rebel1 said: View Post
    My nephew has tried to create a partition. It clearly hasn't worked...

    Code:
    Disk###    Status    Size     Free
    
    Disk 0      Online   931GB    931GB
    Disk 1      Online   54GB      24GB
    
    
    Volume ###  Ltr   Label    Fs    Type      Size    Status
    
    Volume 0    D                   DVD-ROM     0 B   No Media
    Volume 1    C   ESO-USB  FAT32  Removable  32 GB  Healthy
    Volume 1 C ESO-USB FAT32 Removable 32 GB Healthy (this is the Windows 10 ISO)
    Well, the first question that springs to mind is "why did he use Diskpart?".

    The 'D' Disk is there, but not showing any files on it.
    Well it wouldn't, not unless there's a DVD in the drive. The D: drive is an optical disk drive.

    He is obviously trying to install Windows on a new empty drive. Windows Setup is quite capable of creating all the partitions it needs on its own. By default Setup will use all available space on the target drive. If he wants to leave some space for a data partition later by installing Windows in a smaller partition, then all that can be done by selecting Custom Install, you can then create, delete and format partitions at will from within Setup. There was no need at all to use Diskpart.

    See Step 10 onwards in this tutorial.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    If, as I guess, he wants to keep half the drive for data, then I would create two equal sized partitions. The I would delete the first partition to leave the first half of the drive as unallocated space. The tell Setup to install Windows in this unallocated space. There will be several partitions created during the install, but Setup will take care of that for you.
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  3.    29 May 2018 #3

    Bree said: View Post
    Welcome to tenforums @rebel1



    Well, the first question that springs to mind is "why did he use Diskpart?".



    Well it wouldn't, not unless there's a DVD in the drive. The D: drive is an optical disk drive.

    He is obviously trying to install Windows on a new empty drive. Windows Setup is quite capable of creating the partitions it needs on its own. By default Setup will use all available space on the target drive. If he wants to leave some space for a data partition later by installing Windows in a smaller partition, then all that can be done by selecting Custom Install, you can then create, delete and format partitions at will from within Setup. There's no need at all to use Diskpart.

    See Step 10 onwards in this tutorial.

    Clean Install Windows 10
    Hi Bree

    Thanks for your response. I've probably not explained stuff correctly.
    The laptop was fine Thursday, but Friday it started a Windows Update. After that it had an error 0Xc0000017 (ASUS said it might be to do with April's Windows Update), something to do with RAM Memory. The laptop kept rebooting into Recovery, in a loop, whatever action was carried out. Then my nephew went into Diskpart to create a new partition. I don't know why he did that. He now says he didn't remove any volumes; but clearly he has, as I can't access the personal files, etc.

    The laptop had personal files, etc.
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       29 May 2018 #4

    rebel1 said: View Post
    ...my nephew went into Diskpart to create a new partition. I don't know why he did that. He now says he didn't remove any volumes; but clearly he has, as I can't access the personal files, etc.
    That's a different kettle of fish. The existing partition info has been lost/damaged and the first priority is to repair the partitions and recover the files. Using Diskpart probably hasn't helped .

    See if this thread helps...
    How can i recover lost partition and data in it

    Tools like MiniTool Partition Wizard may help. If you can remove the drive from the PC and put it in an external drive enclosure you can try to repair the partition(s) and recover the files. Others like @NavyLCDR who posted on that thread may have further suggestions. Don't do anything else to the drive yet! Wait for further advice before proceeding.

    If you can't take it out of the PC, there was a free bootable ISO from MiniTools for version 9, but now in version 10 it is a 'paid-for' feature. The old version 9 ISO can still be found in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150416...otable-cd.html
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  5.    29 May 2018 #5

    Bree said: View Post
    That's a different kettle of fish. The existing partition info has been lost/damaged and the first priority is to repair the partitions and recover the files. Using Diskpart probably hasn't helped .

    See if this thread helps...
    How can i recover lost partition and data in it

    Tools like MiniTool Partition Wizard may help. If you can remove the drive from the PC and put it in an external drive enclosure you can try to repair the partition(s) and recover the files. Others like @NavyLCDR who posted on that thread may have further suggestions. Don't do anything else to the drive yet! Wait for further advice before proceeding.

    If you can't take it out of the PC, there was a free bootable ISO from MiniTools for version 9, but now in version 10 it is a 'paid-for' feature. The old version 9 ISO can still be found in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150416...otable-cd.html
    Many Thanks Bree. I'm actioning the bit in 'red' as soon as the adapter cable arrives tomorrow; then I'll take it out; I've scouted how to remove the HD. That laptop is idle and not being used because; can't get it to boot. I'll wait for more advice as advised.

    Your amazing!!
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       29 May 2018 #6

    Thank you. Data recovery is not my speciality, but there are a lot of experts here that can offer assistance.
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  7.    30 May 2018 #7

    The hard disk with data is now attached to a laptop; but can't find the hard disk in disk management or the two recovery programs tried so far (Active Partition Recovery, MiniTool Power Data Recovery.)
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 May 2018 #8

    An external HDD should appear in Disk Management when connected, even if it just shows as 'unallocated' or 'raw'. Until it is seen in Disk Management you won't be able to use any recovery tools.

    What does Device Manager show under 'Disk drives'? (you may need to select View > Show hidden devices)

    If a yellow warning triangle shows against an 'unknown device' then the device hasn't been recognised correctly. Uninstall it in Device Manager and try connecting it again.
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  9.    30 May 2018 #9

    Hi Bree

    Nothing showing under 'Disk Management',

    Device Manager after clicking 'View'; under 'Disk Drives':-

    The following is the correct device, not sure why there are two entires;

    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB DEVICE
    Toshiba MQ01ABD100 SCSI DISK DEVICE

    Do I update drivers?

    I clicked properties; I get the following error message:-

    'Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)

    To fix this problem, reconnect this hardware device to the computer.'
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  10. Posts : 8,085
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 May 2018 #10

    rebel1 said: View Post
    'Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)
    If you have clicked 'show hidden devices' then all drives that have ever been connected will be listed. Have you used a Toshiba ext drive in the past? If so, that entry would be for it.

    If you are not showing hidden devices, but do have a Toshiba usb HDD connected and working it should look like this. The other Toshiba drive with the model number is the laptop's own internal HDD.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Drives in Device Manager.PNG 
Views:	107 
Size:	14.4 KB 
ID:	190651

    What is the brand of the external enclosure you bought? I'd be very surprised if it was identifying itself as a Toshiba. It's more likely that the drive enclosure isn't working correctly and not being seen by the PC. Check the drive is seated correctly in the enclosure and that the cables are securely connected. Also, try another usb port. If you have another spare drive you could try that in the enclosure to test that it is working.
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