How to Access Secondary Partition after Reinstalling Windows?

Written by Lucy John on April 19, 2023

Sometimes you may end up in situations where problems arise suddenly and you don’t know what should be your next step! A Windows user is experiencing alike condition and it is described below.

“I wanted to improve the performance of my system, so I reinstalled Windows. I have two partitions on my hard disk; first partition holds OS and applications, where second partition is set aside for data storage. I reformatted the first partition and installed Windows on it. Then I installed nearly 40 programs. Later I found that my data partition (2nd partition) is not available. The drive (2nd partition) is listed in “My Computer” with proper name and file system; if I try to open it I get an error that states “G:\ is not available”. So I ran CHKDSK and it indicated that 189000 files occupied 60 GB space on the partition. What should I do now? Please guide me”.

There might be many possible reasons like Windows installation, lost encryption key due to reinstallation, missing permissions etc for the occurrence of above issue.

So just implement suitable troubleshooting procedure and try to access your partition.

1. Add permissions:

2. Ubuntu live CD:

After copying entire data from your inaccessible partition, you can proceed to format/reformat it.

If none of the above method helps to recover your unavailable secondary partition then go for Hard drive recovery.

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  • Prevent this issue in future by having appropriate backup copies
  • Read options and descriptions before you proceed to begin any action on your system

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