NTFS drive wont mount - "unknown filesystem"?

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 22 22:10:20 UTC 2010

> On 01/21/2010 01:47 PM, David McNally wrote:
>> Just to see if it works, I clicked reply to my original email. Maybe
>> that will help? Maybe not. We'll see.
>> I was thinking, is there any way to assign a drive letter to the drive
>> in windows compmgmt.msc? I didn't notice one, but there might be. If
>> there is, then it will probably show up in My Computer, and then I can
>> right-click on the drive, click properties, tools, check for errors.
>> But I think assigning a drive letter that way is a bit unlikely to
>> work, considering that I spent a pretty long time going through
>> compmgmt and I couldn't find anything. So I think that I'm stuck with
>> some recovery tools. Does anyone know of some really good tools for
>> fixing this?

	Windows automatically assigns a drive letter when it detects a readable 
FAT, FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS partition on the drive connected to it. If 
you can see the drive in Computer Management, but it does not show up in 
the My Computer window with a drive letter, either it's 
formatted/partitioned with something Windows can't read, or there is a 
serious problem with the partition/formatting.
	Time for tools. NoOp mentioned Test Disk. I've used Ultimate Boot CD 
for some things:
but I have not tried to use it for repairing an NTFS partition.

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