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Cannot browse Vista Partition

Submitted by Arayta on December 23, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

I keep forgetting to submit this, but here it is, finally.

I haven't been able to access my files on my Vista partition from Windows 7. This is quite frustrating, because now if I want to play media files or games from my Vista partition, I have to reboot into Vista, copy the files to a flash drive, then reboot back into 7. This is highly impractical. Why can't I just access my files from Win7, just like I can browse XP's files if I had a dual boot between Vista and XP? Even if I go into computer management, I can't access them.

Moreover, Windows 7 says it is installed on the C:\ drive, which is *really* occupied by Vista. When I boot into Vista, I can access my Win7 files, which are registered as being on the W:\ drive. So where is Win7 really installed? This is confusing and, more to the point, highly impractical and frustrating. What is the reason for this?

Make Vista files easily accessible from with Win7, with permissions still intact of course. When I browse my Win7 files from within Vista, UAC still works fine.



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Discussion (12 comments)

Danielsmi wrote on December 23, 2008, 2:35am

browsing vista works fine for me, I do it all the time.

Arayta wrote on December 23, 2008, 2:36am

Oh crap, well it might just be me... is anyone else having this problem? If it's just me, then does anyone know how I can fix this?

lipinho170 wrote on December 23, 2008, 6:44pm

I have the same damn problem...

Arayta wrote on December 24, 2008, 1:00am

It seems like it's a mixed problem then, that varies from system to system... odd.

eikonoklastes2 wrote on December 26, 2008, 3:36pm

I have the same problem. The drive shows up in Computer Management, but there's not much you can do with it.

d_e wrote on December 29, 2008, 8:38pm

You are i...ts. Permission sharing is not possible/feasible. Accessing data works - it might just be that you didn't assign your Vista partition a drive letter.

nitrous9200 wrote on December 30, 2008, 4:24am

My XP partition didn't show up when I first installed it, but gave it a drive letter in Disk Management and then I could see it. Weird.

xombie wrote on January 3, 2009, 1:40pm

Using Bitlocker maybe?
Didn't have this problem with XP (don't have Vista), so I can't say +-0

eikonoklastes2 wrote on January 4, 2009, 6:59am

Nope, no BitLocker. I don't want to mess around with the drive in Computer Management because I'm afraid I'll toast it and not be able to boot back into Vista.

dabski wrote on February 1, 2009, 2:13am

Have you tried mounting it like nitrous9200 said?

Arayta wrote on February 13, 2009, 2:29am

Actually I did, and it worked. Thanks for the huge help. =]

nyp wrote on February 13, 2010, 6:36am

Marked as removed.

Quincy wrote on November 5, 2010, 3:06am

Comment edited on November 5, 2010, 10:54am

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