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How do I keep Windows 8 from seeing an IDE partition?

  1. #1


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    CentOS, XP, Windows8

    How do I keep Windows 8 from seeing an IDE partition?


    Here's what I did...

    I have a one terabyte IDE hard drive that I partitioned so that I'd have enough room for an extra drive to use for data while using my Windows XP from a SATA drive, Then on the rest of the IDE I installed CentOS. So, I still have a empty SATA harddrive, right? And Windows XP 'sees' the partition on the IDE just fine, working good. I installed Windows 8 on the other SATA, and everything seemed to be working just fine untill I noticed that when I boot back into Windows XP, it wants to do a disk check on the IDE partition where my data is, and the same thing when I go back to the Windows 8. The two seem to be fighting with each other about what the extra disk should look like.

    Is there any way to keep windows 8 from using the extra partition on the IDE drive?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello pfristoe, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could use any one of the options in the tutorial below to hide the HDD.


    .....or Option Two in the tutorial below.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    CentOS, XP, Windows8


    I looked at the information you suggested I look at, but am concerned that just hiding the drive may yet allow the Windows 8 operating system to again run checkdisk each time it boots, and then hide it from its own workings. I think what has happened here, is that when I set my partition size, it was at a large enough size that XP was able to address it because of the latest patches, but for some reason Windows 8 doesn't like it that big. Here is what's happening: Not all, but some of my word documents, some of my pdf's, and etc... are showing up as 0 bytes in the directory listing, and that turns out to be the case. I have lost some of my data.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    It's up to you, but there's only one way to know for sure. You can always unhide the HDD if it doesn't, and we'll see about another way.
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  5. #5


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    If you are multibooting operating systems with Windows 8 you should disable Fast Startup.

    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Fast Startup is a form of hibernation and when another operating system sees the partition, it doesn't deal with it properly.
    Normally when a computer reboots with a operating system that had been hibernated, it resumes to that system. This is not the case here and it creates a false need to run Chkdsk.
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Sep 2012 at 17:03. Reason: added link for more info
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  6. #6


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Thanks Brink. I forgot to look at the tutorials.

    Paul
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    De nada mate.
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