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Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

Q: Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

I just upgraded my computer to winxp pro when i got a new 40gb hdd for free. install went fine and everything runs except for the fact that windows wont give a drive letter to one of my 3 hard drives. Its formatted and partitoned and only has 20% room left on it so I can't repartition it and lose all of my stuff on it. At first i tried hooking it up usb but I had that problem so i figured it was the controller in the enclosure. I was looking for an excuse to order a sata/ide pci controller card so i did that and windows install disc even recognized the new drive to install to it. t he device manager shows the drive as a scsi drive and disk management sees it just it doesn't have a drive letter. What should i do? Partitioning is difficult cause i'd have to back up 160 gb. thanks in advance

ps. i should also ad that the driveis usable before i switched to the new hdd/winxp pro last night so its not the drive itself.

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A: Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

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Want to Assign a drive letter to a partitioned device but the letter is not in the list

I created a partitioned drive I went to assign letter G but I don't see it in the list. no drive is using the letter G I do believe that some USB is using letter G, but I don't see my USBs ( see image)

What can I do?


A:Want to Assign a drive letter to a partitioned device but the letter i

Do you have any USB storage devices like a card reader hooked up? Those would take up extra drive letters but not show up in Explorer until you put some media in.

I also notice you have disk drives C: and F: and a DVD drive on D: which makes me wonder where E: is...

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I'm trying to assign a drive letter on a second partition I have on a 128gb card, but I'm having problems. I'm using a third-party software (MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro) and still not able to do it. I'm trying to have one partition as FAT32 and the other NTFS. Is it possible?

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

A:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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I changed the drive letter of an external 2.5' HDD (from F to D).

Then for some reason I suddenly can't use the drive anymore.

Now when I plug it, the error message is on Win7 is "You need to format the disk in drive"
The error on Win XP is D:\ is not accessible

which is quite weird.

The drive is not used much, it never had surface problems, etc.
Of course I don't want to format it because I have some info there.

Any ideas about what the problem could be...?


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I hope to find help in this forum.
(I just tried another, German Win7 forum but until now they don't have an idea ...).

I'm using an external USB HDD (Toshiba Stor.E Basics, 500GB) which is divided
into two partitions (with "MiniTool Partition Wizard 9").

I've no problems with all my (old) XP prof. systems.

Conecting the HDD to my Win7 prof notebook (Lenovo W500) as well as
to my Win10 home tablet, only the first partition will be recognised.

Here you see the screenshot.
Using MiniTool Partition Wizard (on the Win7 system), the 2nd partion will be found - but without drive letter.
Trying to assign a drive letter with the Minitool results in a positive message, but then, the same state again is displayed: no drive letter. (Assigning a drive letter with Win7 routine is impossible.)

Here, only just mentioning it, the screenshot of the drives and partitions on the XP system:
Any idea?

Thanks in advance!

A:Win7 (+ W10) 2nd partition of USB disc not recognized, no drive letter

Hi digait and welcome to sevenforums.
On your external HDD simply right click on unused partition and select "create new simple volume". That should allocate the space as active and assign a new drive letter. See tutorial here.
Partition or Volume - Create New
Hope this helps!

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Hi all, newbie here. Thanks for any advice and direction re: posting.

All I want to do is see what's on the old drive, specifically find out whether or not it has XP installed before I install it back into the tower it came from (a Compaq that has other problems not worth fixing if this IDE drive isn't bootable). If it has XP, fine - but it was set to slave.

I've connected the IDE drive, a Western Digital Protege (40GB), to my Win7 HP Pavilion Slimline via an Ultra "USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA cable adapter" with the jumper set to master as directed. I've tried plugging the drive in to both the front USB port and a back one. The drive spins up fine. I tried to boot from it on my HP and it won't do it.

No matter where the USB cable is plugged in, the Protege is recognized by BIOS, appears to be shown in the Registry but with multiple entries/weird prefixes, and shows up in Disk Management as Disk 1 but without a drive letter. I can't assign a drive letter to it in DM - the only option not greyed out is Delete Volume:

In elevated command prompt, the disk does not show up via the "list volume" command.

So. I think I read somewhere (been searching for an answer for 3 hours now) that you can't change the drive letter when it contains an OS. Is this true? Is there a way for me to assign a drive letter/examine the files on this IDE drive?

Thanks again.

A:Old Western Digital IDE not assigned drive letter but is recognized

In my experience, when you're connecting a single drive this way, you generally do not have any jumpers set. You could try it that way to see if it makes any difference.

And no, it doesn't matter if any partitions on the drive contain an OS. I do this stuff all the time for the same reasons -- reusing an older drive that has an OS installed on it. I've not had problems assigning drive letters to the partitions on the drives.

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I recently bought a Lacie 1TB external harddrive to store some of the data on my old PC (Win XP, SP2, I cant seem to udate to SP3 because windows update wont work).

The drive is working fine as I've used it on my laptop running Win Vista (64 bit). However, the drive is not being displayed in windows explorer. When I go to My Computer>Manage>Disk Management, I can see the drive there saying it's online, but there's no name attached to it and when I right-click, all the options are grey (otherwise I could of just changed the letter through there).

Using diskpart on command prompt, I still couldn't change the letter. I also found out that there is no volume assigned to this disk.

Can someone please help me?? I'd be forever greatful

A:USB external hard drive recognized but not assigned to a letter/not mounting (Win XP)

I didn't see where you formatted the hard drive. Before you can use any hard drive, external or internal, you have to format it at some point. For hard drives with Windows installed on them, they are usually formatted during Windows setup. For external storage drives, you can format it through Disk Management.

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I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here. 

A:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)



A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .

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Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.

A:{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.

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Got a strange problem that popped up recently.

When I am in windows explorer and my drive letters are in the right side pane of the window...(IE clicking on My Computer in the left pane shows all drive in the right pane..) Instead of opening up that drive's folders, it pops up the search window.

Before I had just clicked on the drive and it expanded out and you could click on the files on that drive.

Anyone know what might cause this to change or what I can do to change it back?

Not a major issue, but it's puzzling as to how it got that way.

Thanks in advance...

A:Solved: Windows Explorer-Clicking on Drive Letter opens up Search instead of Exploring Drive!

Download and run this fix.

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Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder


I was wondering what the prime uses for a logical drive (just assigning it as the letter F: for example ) might be vs. Mounting the logical drive as an empty folder that supports drive paths?

And why someone would want to use one option vs. the latter? (common uses).

thanks for any ideas.

(I only have one hard drive, so this would be an extended partition on the same disk)

A:Solved: Logical drive question: Normal Drive letter vs Mounting as a volume as empty folder

Here's a link to explain it: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Mount_Windows_partitions_(DOS,_FAT,NTFS))

Good luck.

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I have an old BYTECC hard drive enclosure. Trying to use it on an older XP system for back up. Got a bunch of 40G hard drives I can use.

The OS will detect the external drive is connected and powered up, arrow shows in the tray for a USB drive, checked the device manager and it sezs the drive is there and operating properly, recognizes it, but does not assign a drive letter.

AIDA32 sezs it is there but same deal shows no drive letter.

I've tried four different hard drives with the same results. I know the hardware works on other computers, this particular computer USB works with other canned external drives, it reads a flash memory stick as a drive no problem. I know the BYTECC is set up properly, should be the same as with other computers. Works ok on a Win2000 system.

What could be the problem? Is there something to tweak?
I do know this XP system would not read hard drives that had been formatted on non-XP computers before. Don't exactly know what systems all these drives were formatted on. Isn't making any sense to me at the moment. Doing it just like I did on the Win2000 system with other drives, everything worked as it should.

Thinking I could try to slap one of the drives in as a slave and try to format it that way, hopefully can get it to be read as a USB drive instead.

Any help greatly appreciated.


A:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.


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Well, I was lucky. The HD that failed this morning, works if I lay it on its side. So I was able to ghost everything over to the new drive. I ghosted the boot partition c: to r:

I'm using Windows 2000, SP4. The new boot drive is SATA. The old, failing boot drive is IDE.

I worked through a number of problems, but I'm left with this:

When the system boots into the new drive R:, it still wants the boot partition c: for something. If I boot with the IDE disconnected, it'll boot to the login screen, and allow me to log in, but after a few minutes of a blank screen & cursor, it drops back to the login.

I have PartitionMagic 7.0, and used DriveMapper to change all references to C: to R:, but that didn't do it. How do I cut my system's dependence on the failing drive, before it fails altogether? Will this work?

I found the following advice from crjdriver, and was wondering if this would work for my particular problem:

Make a full system backup of the computer and system state.
Log on as an Administrator.
Start Regedt32.exe.
Go to the following registry key:

Click MountedDevices.
On the Security menu, click Permissions.
Verify that Administrators have full control. Change this back when you are finished with these steps.
Quit Regedt32.exe, and then start Regedit.exe.
Locate the following registry key:

Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\... Read more

A:Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

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Hey kids:

I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have my suspicions what the problem is and I hope I'm not right.

Recently my computer died. I pulled my hard drives and DVD drives and stuffed them in another box. I turned it on and it repeatedly restarted after a blue screen of death. The blue screen went by so fast I couldn't read it. Soooo, I reinstalled Windows XP Pro and SP3. After doing so, my second HD is not being assigned a drive letter. Device Manager sees it, Disk Manager sees it and says it's healthy, active and NTFS. Is there anything in the Registry I can change to make it accessible? (ALL of my music and personal documents are on this drive and I can't afford to lose ANY of it.) Or do I have to format it for the OS to recognize it as a drive? Please help soon.


A:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

Right click My Computer, click management, then enter the "Disk management application on the left.
Right click the drive that has no letter, click "Change drive letter and paths, Click add, choose an unused drive letter, click OK, and you're set.

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i have windows 7 desktop. there are some partition on it.but there is problem with these partition. All the three partition have the same drive letter.i attach a link showing the picture. all three partitions are dynamic , simple. if i open these drives only the contents of one drive are appeared. another two drive data are not shown in any manner.

i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
my windows is installed in c:\ drive which is also dynamic and there are no recent changes.only one change i did which is i shrink dynamic volume 50 GB from 206 GB and again mixed with 206 GB without allocating free space.

and only the c drive is on and d drive is off.but in my other desktop same configuration exist.
please help me...and please don't say change and remove drive letter...........waiting for response

A:changing one drive letter all 3 partitions change to that drive letter

First thing you're going to do is fill in the specs of the desktop whose snips you are showing us.

Then you're going to do the same with the second pc opening a second post with snips. Give it a different title like "Second pc with drive letters the same". Don't forget the snips.

You should not have dynamic disks in either machine. What did you do to accomplish this?

There exists a bevy of spectacular experts on this site that will be happy to help you. But give us ALL the info please.

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If I go into Drive Management under My Computer, and I see two "disks" both in the bar for "Disk 1" does this mean that all of Disk 1 has been split into two partitions but is still one physical disk?

A:Solved: Partitioned Drive

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Using Windows 7.

There are two hard disks of different brands used alternately for off-site backup. Norton Ghost 15 is the backup program that images the drive nightly. The two disks are swapped daily and one is taken off site.

Problem: As long as the two drives were identical in size and brand, they both assumed the same drive letter and Ghost had no problem. Now that one of the drives have failed and was replaced with one of a different brand, they assume different drive letters and Ghost fails.

I have tried to understand how USBDLM can force the same drive letter when they are swapped. The way I understand it is there is some kind of INI file placed on the USB drive; but, I just can't understand exactly what goes into that INI file.

Yes, I have read the USBDLM help file; but, it seems to assume a level of knowledge of the terms it uses that I don't have.

I would like to use USBDLM; but, I'm not stuck on it if there is a better solution.

Thanks for reading.

A:Solved: Forcing a certain drive letter on a USB drive

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I have an Acer Aspire M3979 with 2 partitioned hard drives. I can see a program on my 2nd drive that I want to uninstall but Uninstall Programs only lists the ones on the 1st drive. Can anyone tell me, please, how to find an uninstall option for the other drive as I don't want to just delete.

A:Solved: uninstall on partitioned drive

It maybe that you re-installed Windows (or did a factory recovery) at some time in the past, but did not re-install that particular application, leaving an "orphaned" folder on the second drive? That would explain why it's not listed in "Programs & Features". If that is the case, you can just delete that orphaned folder.

Check the two Software lists in the Registry:
HKEY_Current_User > Software
HKEY_Local_Machine > Software

If that application is not listed under either key, then it isn't actually installed. All you have is an orphaned folder.
If the application is listed under one or both keys, but it's not listed for uninstalling in Programs & Features, you can re-install it and that should give you an uninstaller.

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I recently updated my computer from windows xp top windows 7. First of all, i am running a Asus p5ke-wi-fi mobo and apparently my wireless adapter is not compatible with windows 7. I have read some forums that ppl with this same mobo are able to get the correct windows 7 driver by physically connecting to internet, i was wondering if anyone knew of where those drivers are located cause i cannot find them anywhere and i do not have an ethernet cord (worst come to worst, i can move my desktop into the next room, but being able to just transfer the driver to my external hard drive would be so much easier).

secondly of all, windows partitioned my hard drive now I only have half the space. How do i correct this problem?

A:Solved: please help... no internet and C drive is partitioned

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Recently bought a new Laptop, and went through all the setting up process, one of which was Windows 7 back up. At the time I just went for the partitioned drive option, but after a week, I've decided to buy an external Hard drive for my back ups instead.
My questions are:
1. Can I easily change the destination of the back up files?
2. Do I just delete everything on Drive D once I'm backing up to an external Hard Drive, or will Windows give me this option when I change to external Hard Drive?
3. The Back up is done on a schedule, so how do I get on when the date passes? Will it ask me to plug my external Hard Drive in the next time I boot up?
4. Finally, I'd like to back up our Desktop too, running on Vista. Can I just partition the external Hard Drive, and keep our laptop, and Desktop backed up on the same hard drive??

Cheers, Matthew

A:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.

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When my dad and I first built my computer, he mentioned that we should partition my hard drive, which was a terabyte. However, I've used up 550 GB (I'm a gamer) and now I need more room. I'm not sure how to acquire the other 400 GB and I really would like to get it as I record for YouTube and video files take up a lot of room while recording. I would really appreciate the help, thanks.

A:Solved: Partitioned Hard Drive - Confused

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Hi.. i just purchased a new CPU which is about a month old and due to software error, I had to reformat it using the Windows XP cd. My 250GB harddisk was previously partitioned to C: - 100GB. D: - 130GB.

While at the windows blue screen setup where I was required to choose the partitions, I deleted the extra partitioned and it showed that there was 230GB+ of free unpartitioned space left, nothing wrong. I made a similiar partitioned space of 100GB and 130GB.

Due to unforseen circumstances, I had to reformat it again BUT the problem is, I reformatted it when I have not went into the "Disk Management" to *activate* the unpartitioned space.

So when I was at the same blue screen setup I had deleted the "unpartitioned space" which did not show how much space it contained while the C: showed a visible 130GB.

When I deleted the unpartitioned space, to my horror the remaining space available was only 130GB with no other options available. And If I pressed "C" to create a partition I had to make a new one with only the 130GB left.

When I entered "Disk Management" there was only one Partitioned space available (C: 130GB) and the CDROM space.

Since then I have been trying to recover that 100GB but each time i reformatted it would only show a C: with 130GB+ and an unpartitioned space of 8MB. I have even used killdisk to completely wipe out all data but the same thing happens.

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A:[SOLVED] 100gb of partitioned drive lost !

Are you installing XP with a CD that has SP2? If not, that would explain your problem most likely.

Only XP cds with SP2 can recognize large hard drives. Everything before XP SP2 could only recognize, you guessed it, 130 GB of space. Follow these instructions to slipstream Service Pack 2 into your XP installation CD and then retry the installation.


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Please bear with me while i explain......

I had two hard drives in my pc. 1st was partitioned C and D the 2nd G and H with the 2nd being regularly cloned from the first as a back up of all my work

Last weekend removed the 2nd hard drive and added a 3rd G partition to the 1st drive. Installed Windows7 on the G partition. Everything fine at this point.

Last night i used Easeus Partition Master Home Edition and resized the G partition, effectively reducing the D partition in size to do this.

Reconnected the 2nd hard drive and rebooted today. The D drive in My Computer and disk management is empty. However Easeus shows it has 17GB used. I have reformatted the D partition and copied data from the J drive (2nd drive now shows as H and J) but on rebooting the same problem.

Where do i start......


A:Solved: Problem with partitioned hard drive

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Okay it basically looks like this:

I've had this trouble for a while with the part of the hard drive and it's starting to really bother me only having 60gbs of space on my hard drive.

If anyone has a clue what I could do to fix this please respond.

A:Solved: Hard drive partitioned, one partition inaccessible.

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I have an external hard drive... but I do NOT want to talk about that as I only want to focus on the storage space inside my computer.

My computer is now 7 years old. It has always had (what I believe) is a partitioned hard drive with the names Acer (C) and Data (D). Each disc appears to have 144GB of storage space (although I believe that my computer only has a TOTAL of 144GB of storage).

My Acer (C) is getting full so LAST YEAR I transferred a lot of stuff from the Acer (C) drive to the Data (D) drive. However my Acer (C) drive did not show an increase in it's storage capacity even though my Data (D) drive showed that it's storage capacity was dropping (relevant to the amount of stuff I moved over to it).

I left things like that for a while but after a month with no change or increase in the Acer (C) storage capacity I moved everything back to Acer (C) .

My question is... why doesn't my Acer (C) drive show that it's storage capacity increases when I move things off of it and transfer them to the Data (D) drive?

Thanks for any responses I may get.


A:Solved: Curiousity Question about my Partitioned Hard drive

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My old computer (Windows XP OS) was surged but I was able to retrieve my hard drive. I purchased a case for it and am able to connect to my new computer and read everything. I am unable to completely reformat though. I get a message that says it cannot reformat because there is some program running that the hard drive is using. I have shut everything down and still it will not reformat. I'm also wondering how to remove the partition? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Reformatting external partitioned hard drive

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i have an Acer aspire 5630 laptop, running windows xp media edtion. It has a 110 GB hard drive which Acer partitioned in 3 parts. The first one im not concerned about its almost 5 GB and called PQ service (EISA configuration. the other 2 are just over 53 GB one has my xp the other was formatted to NTFS, I found I could delete the partition and then from command from extend the main partition typing diskpart, list volume, select the volume i want to extend by typing select volume 1 or whatever then type extend with the amount or if i leave it blank it should extend the partition to the full drive. but when i type extend I get the following message. Diskpart failed to extend the volume. please make sure the volume is valid for extending. And i desperately need the extra space.

A:Solved: Can't extend partitioned half of the hard drive.

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I just installed a new hard drive (Maxtor) to be used as a new boot drive and partioned it into 2 parts. I still have my old hard drive as the slave. I installed all of the contents of my original drive into the new drive. I can see the part of the new drive with all of my files, DRV_Vol1 (C. However, I cannot seem to access the other half of the hard drive.

I went into computer management and storage. I can see the half with my files, but the other part is listed as unallocated and does not show up under 'My Computer".

How can I make this part of my hard drive accessable?


A:Partitioned Hard drive - can only see part of drive

Create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
Then create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
Once finished you should be able to use the partition.

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I'm having a strange problem. I have a hard drive slaved. It's an old 40 gig Western digital. I didn't see it in My computer when i booted so naturally went to Computer Management to assign a drive letter. I cannot initialize it nor assign a drive letter. The initialize option isnt there and the assign drive letter is greyed out. The only real option is to format but I have alot of information on this drive I cannot lose. I did read a post in here about a problem like this but the help there did not resolve my issues. Any suggestions?

A:[SOLVED] No Drive Letter

Hi Sparky09,

I'm assuming it is a parallel cabled drive and you have two drives on the data cable. The slaved one should have the jumper on the back set for Slave. The other one will be jumpered as Master. The slave drive must show up in the BIOS in order for windows to see it.

Check your cabling, power plugs, and jumpers then look in the BIOS.

Hope this helps,

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I'm a little confused. I had to re-install Windows 7 on my computer. I had it on a small 80g drive but wanted to move it to a larger 500gb drive. I installed windows on this drive, which is lettered Drive G.
After the install was complete I was able to boot into it and everything works normally.

The problem is that even after removing the old drive from the system entirely the Drive now hosting the OS is still being designated as Drive G. How can this be changed to Drive C? Disk Management won't let me rename it.


A:Solved: Drive Letter

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Just finished a clean install of XP Home and somehow I screwed up the drive letter assignment. The partition containing the OS is labeled E: and another partition on the same HDD is labeled C:. The machine boots normally. How to fix?


A:Solved: Drive Letter

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I was advised to submit my question to this forum to see if I could find some help here. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Here's a link to the thread:


A:[SOLVED] No drive letter

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After reinstalling Vista Home Premium, my D drive which is the recovery section of the hard drive, has been renamed the H drive and one of the card readers has become the D drive.

Does anyone know how to correct the names of the drives?

A:Solved: Drive Letter ID

You can do it through the Vista disk management.
Control Panel -System and Maintenance -Administrative Tools-Create and format hard disk drives.
You will have to change the card reader temporarily to something else, to free up D. (x Y Z?). You can then put it back to where it was, whic I would suggest, so that it retains its installed path.

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I'm just curious, because if we can assign a letter for a drive [for example, C:], then, can I assign a letter to a folder? Because when I save/open a file or anything like that, I can just type the letter of the drive if I want to access a drive, so I wish I could assign a letter to a folder.

A:Solved: If I can assign a drive letter, can I assign a folder letter?

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After swapping out what I thought was a faulty dvd drive I discovered that it seems to be a windows issue. I can make the drive act as a dvd drive if I boot in safe mode or disable plug and play in the services tab on selective startup. Neither of these options seem like a long term solution. Is there a way to fix this without resorting to a clean xp install?

A:[SOLVED] DVD Drive being recognized as a CD Drive

Whenever I experience issues with Windows native CD/DVD functionality and suspect that it is software, not hardware at fault ( or if I don't know, this is how I verify).
I will download and install the trial version of Nero Burning Rom.
Nero writes their own suite of drivers that talk to virtually any drive out there. If installing Nero has no effect and the problem persists, try experimenting with how its connected. Switch cables, buses, boot orders and make note of any changes. Nero has a built in utility under the TOOLS link. Nero Tools will show you whose at fault.
Good Luck!

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Windows XP Pro
ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe rev 1103
AMD 64 X2 4400+
eVGA 8800GTS 640 MB

I recently purchased an Xbox 360 HD-DVD player for my PC. I plug it in, and it installs just fine. The problem is that in My Computer, it shows up as a CD drive. Everything else recognizes it as a HD-DVD drive. The two other DVD drives in my system work just fine. The only time Windows sees it as a DVD drive is when the drive tray is open, and the icon actually says DVD. I've cleaned the registry, uninstalled any programs that might be screwing around with it that I could think of, installed a trial version of the PureVideo codec as well as uninstalling and reinstalling the hardware. I was unsuccessful in finding any driver updates for the Toshiba drive that it is.

Thanks in advance.

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.


A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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I have an old HDD in an external carrier, from which I was hoping to retrieve some files. However, neither my main computer (Windows 7) nor my laptop (Vista), recognise the HDD as a 'USB mass storage device', and I have found it listed instead as a hard drive, but with no drive letter (apparently).

It has been suggested that I allocate a drive letter between N and Z to this old HDD, in order for my machines to recognise it properly, but wherever I look, I'm not given the option to do this.

Other than taking a hammer to the old HDD, can anyone offer any advice, please? I'd be very grateful.

Many thanks.

A:Solved: How do I allocate a new drive letter?

Hold down the Windows key and then press R. Type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. Under Disk Management you will be able to assign a new letter to the drive.

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How can I PERMANENTLY assign a specific drive letter to my external drive?

On my Vista machine I used Disk Management to assign the letter M: to the drive, however, it only shows up as M: on that VIsta machine. It shows up as the next available letter on any other computer. Is there any way to make the letter (M: in my case) stick so that it shows up as M: on ALL computers. BTW, this is a 500GB drive w/ only 30GB free space so formatting is not not really possible at this time since I don't have any other disc this size to move the data temporarily.
Thank you,

A:Solved: Assign Drive Letter

The drive letter is always decided by the OS on the system, so you will need to assign that letter in each Windows OS you use.

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Just re-installed XP Home on Drive C partion (2nd partion is D)
All working fine BUT my cd rom and my cd/rw drive letters have been
changed from E & F to I & J
There is also a G & H been added for good measure which have nothing installed there, but which ask for a disc to be installed when clicked on.
Not really causing me a problem, but it just ain't right, and I am about to change the cd/rw for a dvd rw. and if there are anymore letters added I'll need a prompter to find a drive !!!
I have read the solution somewhere but can't find it.
any clues please?

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A:Solved: Drive Letter allocation

It has been a while since I have done it. I am running WIN 98 SE and I go to Control Panel/System/Device Manager, click on the desired drive, double click on the drive and select settings and try to change the drive letter. Some are reserved and cannot be changed. First I would try to delete the phantom drives. To avoid conflicts move some drive further out and make your changes and move things back in.
XP may work differently so go to widows/Help/drive letters and follow the procedure. Good luck!

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I've just completed a reformat and reinstall of my window's XP Home, I'm completely back up and running with Sound (Thanks to this forum) .... all updates are done, defrag is almost complete, but I have one itsy bitsy problm .... and it's really no big deal if it stay's this way, but I'm curious! LOL (that get's me into trouble) ...

my drive D, is now drive E! Can this be corrected?

Thank You

A:[SOLVED] Drive letter changed?

It doesn't matter. That just means something else is taking up the D letter.

If you want to change drive letters:

Go to Start menu>Run

Type in "compmgmt.msc" without quotes.

Under Storage>Disk Management

Right Click on the color strip of the drive and click 'Change Drive Letter and Paths...'

Be sure nothing is taking up the D slot or else D would not be an option.

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I just upgraded XP Home to XP Pro via upgrade path and everything seemed or has went well so far except for a couple of problems, the upgrade changed the drive letter to my usb drive and was wondering should I change it back and the correct procedure to accomplish this . Haven't opened any third party programs yet to verify if this will cause some problems but thought I should seek some advice first.

A:Solved: Drive Letter Changed ?

I know some one has the answer !

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My Computer keeps spazzing when it comes to listing drives and drive letters along with their names and icons.

I have a USB (internal) Multi Media Card reader so that creates a bunch of drives and they sometimes have the little MMC Icon and a proper drive name but then let's say I insert a CD, one of those drives will change to a CD drive. Not all of my CD drives are available at startup. I wish it were like most computers where all my CD/DVD drives were listed in My Computer from the start. Also i'm sick of drives changing themselves during normal operation.
Right now my DVD Drive isn't even being detected, and sometimes when I hit eject on my burner it'll eject both drives connected to the computer.

I just installed the DVD burner but there was a CD-RW that it replaced there and I used the same cable config.

Nero freaks out while burning and I haven't been able to get any other DVD burning software to work because they dont detect the drive.

Thanx for ur help and please ask if you need more info.

A:Solved: Drive Letter & Name SPAZ

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Hey TSF, i'm a student, and I recently bought a 500gb External Hard Drive for use with school. I also bought a PS3 and would like to add my music and movies to that. I researched about the PS3, and learnt I needed to convert the hard drive type (not sure how to describe it) to FAT32. I decided to create a partition, so the whole thing wouldnt be converted to FAT32. But after something I did (I've used Swissknife, but it didnt work, maybe thats something to do with it), one of my partitions that was previsously unallocated space turned into a primary partition. However, it wasnt labelled as healthy or as a primary partition (im just presuming it is because of the blue on the Disk Management window), and also with no drive label.


A:[SOLVED] Partition has no drive letter.

Sorry, here is a screenshot.

Im not bothered if I have to format it, as I dont have any data to lose on the HDD :)

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