I have just reinstalled Windows 7 in an attempt to improve my computer's performance. My hard drive is split up in two partitions, the first of which is reserved to the OS and applications while the second is used for data. When reinstalling, I have reformatted the first partition and installed Windows over it. I've then proceeded to install about 30 programs.
I then discovered that my data partition isn't available anymore. Here are the symptoms:
- The drive appears in "my computer" with its proper name and filesystem (NTFS).
- The drive's properties indicate that the drive uses zero of zero bytes.
- Attempting to open the drive causes a dialog saying "D:\ is not available".
chkdskon the drive completes normally after having analyzed 178000 files worth a total of 58 gb (which makes sense) indicating no errors.
- An administrator command prompt cannot set the drive as current.
What's going on and what is the best course of action?
I've burned and am now running an Ubuntu Live CD and I can see and access all my data! Now, do I have to backup everything, reformat and put my stuff back or can I do something to make the partition Windows-friendly again?