The volume does not contain a recognized file system

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by caprichso, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. caprichso

    caprichso Guest

    I am running Vista Ultimate running under VMWare 2.0.2 on a MacPro 10.5.7. I
    had to recover my c: drive due to some VMWare corruption issues. We can now
    see the drive, but when I try to boot from it I get "Missing Operating
    System". If I boot from the Vista Ultimate CD to do a repair, it does not
    see the OS and so won't do a repair.

    Running a command prompt chkdsk c: says "The type of the file system is RAW"
    and it fails. dir c: gtives "The volume does not contain a recognized file
    system". Diskpart list partition shows "Partition 1 Primary 40 GB 1024 KB".
    Filesystem shows "UDF Allocation Unit size 2048".

    I tried booting from the Norton SystemWorks CD for their disk utility, but
    evidently the CD is not bootable.

    Any ideas on how I can get access to the drive again?

    caprichso, Jun 12, 2009
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  2. Well, if it says the filesystem is RAW, and 'dir c:' gives "The volume does
    not contain a recognized file
    system", then it means that your disk content is corrupt.

    Either restore from backup, or start again from scratch.
    Dusko Savatovic, Jun 12, 2009
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  3. caprichso

    Randem Guest

    Randem, Jun 12, 2009
  4. caprichso

    caprichso Guest

    Testdisk was a great suggestion. Unfortunately, even with a deep search it
    did not find any partition table.
    caprichso, Jun 13, 2009
  5. caprichso

    Randem Guest

    If Test disk did not find anything you maybe SOL and will need to re-install
    for something wiped your HD. The only option left is to use partitioning
    software like Easeus then recreate the partition then attempt to recover
    files. It may not work though and you will be looking at a re-install.

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    Randem, Jun 14, 2009
  6. I wonder if a VMware forum could provide you with better help...

    Also, can you try Dusko's suggestion to use a backup copy of the virtual
    drive? I've had good luck with that.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 17, 2009
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