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I have an external hard disk where I have created many partitions to use also in Linux.

First two partitions are FAT32. The third is a Truecrypt partition. I cannot assign a letter to the second partition.

When I go to Manage disk and right-click on the unassigned partition, most of the options are not enabled.

shot of the partitions

What have I to do to see this partition on my XP PC?

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Could you provide a more complete screenshot? The listview above the area you showed provides more information, and the items don't get cropped due to limited width. –  Hugh Allen Mar 22 '10 at 6:46

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Windows only supports one active primary partition at a time, and by the looks of it you have three primary partitions and an extended partition containing 8 secondary partitions.

One of your primary partitions is active and allocated to drive letter I: so the other two primary partitions are inaccessible to windows.

Since Truecrypt is obviously happy with it's volume being a primary partition (which conveniently also hides it from Windows), I would be inclined (after backing up the whole drive several times) to remove the 2nd primary partition, move the truecrypt volume to be next to the active primary (I:) partition, expand the extended partition to fill the hole left by the truecrypt partition and re-create the 98GB FAT32 partition in the new space in the extrended partition. At this point you should be able to format it, allocate a drive letter and copy the data back into it.

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Yup, the partition in question is set as active. That’s the problem. You may be able to use a third-party partition manager to simply remove the active flag (otherwise it will require more work like moving partitions around). –  Synetech Apr 6 '10 at 0:24

Have you tried another disk manager? I use EASEUS Partition Master, home edition is free. You can change drive letter in the Advanced menu.

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