I would like to be able to access the entire C drive as my title says from booting in x source cmd whilst in repair mode, is this possible?

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    What have you tried exactly? It should be as simple as chaning the working directory to the drive letter assigned to the system partition, it might not be C, you should give us more information to work with.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 25, 2016 at 15:49
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    Have you tried typing C: in the cmd on recovery?
    – Shayan
    Oct 26, 2019 at 21:04

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Booting to WinRE will give you the tools to access your entire C:\ but you need to determine what drive letter WinRE has given to your C:\ for the session you have booted to. To achieve this you use DISKPART.

  1. Boot to your WinRE ("repair mode" as you call it)
  2. Type DISKPART and press Enter
  3. Type LIST VOL and press Enter
  4. You will need to identify which is your system drive letter - this is often easily identifiable as they are often titled SYSTEM or WINDOWS or WIN8 etc. and often have the volume capacity (another easy bit of information to identify your C:\).
  5. Make a note of the drive letter assigned by the WinRE environment - it may not be C:
  6. Type EXIT and press Enter - The command prompt will return to the X:\Sources> prompt
  7. Type your noted C: (exclude any trailing \) and press Enter - it should change the working directory to the drive letter. To verify it is your C: type dir and press Enter and you should see your Users folder which you can enter into (cd Users) and dir again to see your user account.
  • Thanks for the response, so I have made it into diskpart, listed 3 volumes c, e and f. I exit going back to x source run cd: \e but the next line returns x source again. Aug 25, 2016 at 16:15
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    You need to type: e: then press Enter
    – Kinnectus
    Aug 25, 2016 at 16:26
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    That's because you don't use cd to change drive letters :)
    – Kinnectus
    Aug 25, 2016 at 16:39
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    You only need to type E: (no cd, or anything, just E:) Aug 25, 2016 at 16:41
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    Mark this as an answer if it solved your problem, @ManWithNoName. Aug 25, 2016 at 16:42

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