I don't know whether this is the right forum to post this question so please tell me if I should put it somewhere else.
I have a Compaq laptop with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed. I recently dual-boot installed Windows 8 on it. I partitioned my hard drive, using Partition Wizard Bootable, in to 3 parts: C: (Where Windows 7 is installed); D: (An empty drive) and E: (Where Windows 8 is now installed). I took some space from D: and created E: with it. I then installed Windows 8 on the new partition.
Everything worked fine on Windows 8 until I tried to boot back in to Windows 7. It displayed an error screen saying:
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
Info: A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed."
When I went back in to Windows 8 and looked at the disk partitions it didn't show any info about the disk. (E.G: Space, Percentage of disk space, etc.) After looking deeper (I can't remember where) I came across an error saying that the hard disk was locked. Whenever I try to open the drive to access my files it asks me to format the disk. Doesn't that defeat the point? I really need the files, they're mostly for my work!
It's my work computer and we have paranoid admins who don't even let us backup. It's surprising I was even able to burn the disk.