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

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

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
nature.

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

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

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

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Hello,

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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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.
Lisa

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 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.

Thanks.
 

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.

Raybro
 

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I recently installed a new WD 160Gb drive. I partitioned, formated (NTFS) and installed Windows XP SP3 (using the Windows XP setup program). However, the system has reversed my CD drive and the HD letters.

It gave the HD "E" and the CD drive "C". (It should be the other way around) I can not change the HD letter back to "C". It says I can't change the boot volume letter assignment.

I set the boot sequence in the bios to boot from the CD first, the way it should be for installing a OS, right?

What did I do wrong? Why did it assign my CD drive "C" and my HD to "E"?

Scott
 

A:New hard drive assigned wrong drive letter..

Hello. Correct boot sequence, not sure why the letters are reversed - you might be able to (carefully!) correct them, article here seems to explain it fairly well? http://www.petri.co.il/change_system_drive_letter_in_windows_xp.htm
 

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yeah i am just trying to change the letter assigned to a hardrive
i am a idiot and i dont even know if it is possible
Thanks
 

A:Can you change the letter assigned to a hard drive ?

Right-click My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-click the drive you want to change. You just can't change the system drive letter..
 

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I have two hard drives in my computer which is a old Compaq Presario 5WV271 5000 series, both hard drives have Windows XP pro (service pack 3)that I installed on it years ago. It has the max alotted memory, a 10/100 PCI NIC, 900 MHz AMD Athlon Processor, a master hard drive 40 GB (drive C) that I am using to connect here and a slave hard drive 60 GB that says drive D when I am using it but not found when on drive C. For some reason drive C shows a (New Volume F). I am posting here to see if anyone can help me to understand why my slave drive which started out being New Volume F (which it still is when I look for it from drive C) is showing local disk D when I am using the slave. Does anyone have any idea why the slave would reletter itself and how do I correct this?

A:Slave hard drive shows different assigned letter on itself than what is on master

I will try .

Drive letters are normally assigned by Windows...in the order in which a drive is detected...with one exception. The optical drive is obviously the first drive detected when installing Windows from CD...but it always will receive the D: letter, assuming that there are only two drives (hard drive and an optical drive) attached to the system and, therefore, recognized as existing.

These rules do not apply to any OEM system where a manufacturer has installed Windows and possibly also created either hidden or additional partitions.

Sooo...when I install XP, I have one hard drive connected...with nothing on it...and an optical drive. The optical drive is set up as D: and the partition I create and install XP upon...is set up as C:.

I have no card readers or external drives or USB drives attached, since these can interfere with the hardware recognition process.

Once XP is installed, I open it and decide to create additional partitions on my very large hard drive. I create a storage partition of 100GB and Windows assigns the letter E:. I create an additional storage partition of 150GB and Windows assigns the letter F:.

I then decide to install another version of Windows...on the same hard drive. I use my install CD to create the partition and install Windows and it assigns the letter G: to that install...because C:, D:, E:, F: are already accounted for and in use.

I now have a dual-boot, if I have done everything smartly. One version of Windows as the first... Read more

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In the limited research I have done with the problem posed in post #56, I believe the reason the user is unable to use the drive is it is GPT and is protected. Is there a way to reclaim the drive and data in Windows 7?

I am unfamiliar with GPT and do not know how to get Windows 7 to give access to the drive without changing to MBR, but changing to MBR will wipe the partition table and make the data inaccessible. Any ideas? Anyone else seen this problem before?

A:No access to GPT drive in Windows 7, no drive letter can be assigned

Hi,

I stumbled across a forum post (TomsHardware) that claimed TestDisk and PhotoRec have the ability to recover data from GPT drives. Is it worth a go?

PhotoRec - CGSecurity
TestDisk - CGSecurity

Regards,
Golden

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I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.

A:External Sata drive will not keep assigned drive letter

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Terrym


I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.


Try assigning a drive letter a "distance" away from your existing drive letters.

For example, change the dock drive letter to Z and see how you get on with that.

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HI,

I'm trying to assign a drive letter to my sata drive via the computer management utility.

The drive is listed but when I right click the only option available is delete partition.

I want to assign a drive letter so that I can access this drive to hopefully repair a problem I'm having with a corrupt system file that I have listed in another forum.
 

A:Sata drive not assigned drive letter

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We typically use "F" as the root drive letter for our network access. One of our new Win 7 (64bit) machines has assigned F to a CD drive that does not exist. The two DVD drives are M & N. When you open My Computer it shows F as a CD ROM drive
but the drive does not show up in the Disk Manager. I've been into the Registry and F is not linked to a DOS device. I"m not sure where to go now.

A:Drive Letter assigned to CD Drive that does not exist

oh?  try plugging in a card there and see.  maybe then you'll be able to select a different drive letter for it in Disk Management.
or just unplug the scanner, unload its driver, and see if the phantom drive F: goes away.

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BACKGROUND:
 
I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA drive that worked fine in a Windows XP computer that belongs to my elderly Dad.
 
Then one day after the machine sat for a few months it would not power up. I suspected the power supply but before I had a chance to look at it, my dad took it to some small shop repair place he found in the yellow pages and they told him the MB AND the HDD was bad because “it was old.” I think they were just trying to sell a new computer to my Dad.
 
I was suspicious so, not having a compatale power supply to replace the old one with, I took the drive out placed it into an know good external case and plugged it into my Windows 7 laptop as an external to see if could get the data off.
 
DRIVE BEHAVIOR:
The Drive spins up
Shows up in Device Manager with no errors
Shows up in Disk Manager as a Disk1 Healthy Primary partition but I cannot assign a drive letter  (option grayed out). The only option availalbe is Delete Partition.
UPDATE: Drive DOES show up as DISK1 in Diskpart LIST DISK.
Drive does NOT show up in Computer
MY QUESTIONS:
Is there another way to assign a drive letter so it will show in Computer and I can get the data off?
What would happen if I make it a Virtual Drive?
Or, is the drive really bad?

A:Healthy Drive will not allow Drive Letter to be assigned

Hello, and Welcome,
 
It could be a bad enclosure. When you used Diskpart you used the list disk command, correct?
 
See if taking ownership of the drive lets you change the letter. The video is for Vista but the same applies to Windows 7.
 
Other option: Burn a Puppy Linux iso to a CD. Boot Puppy. On the Puppy desktop you will see your hard drives listed. Attach the external drive. You will see a USB icon appear next to the DVD icon. It will most likely be called sdb1. If there is more than one partition on the external they will be labeled sdb1...sdb2  depending on the number of partitions. Click once on the sdb partition. The disk will automatically mount and you should see the files on the hard drive. 
 
Your Windows 7 partition would probably be sda2. Click once on it and if you do not see your Windows files close out the file manager and try another partition. You can highlight the files/folders on the XP disk using Ctrl+ left clicking or by windowing around the files/folders. Drag the highlighted folders to the Windows 7 file manager window. A small dialog window will appear. Click copy and quiet. You only need to click once on a folder in Puppy to open it.
 
tahr-6.0.2_PAE.iso

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Hi, guys and gals, I bought a new 80 gig HDD and installed it in my FirstBuild Computer. I want to copy everything from my 40 gig C: to this new one, but altho Device Manager lists it I have no drive letter, nor is it shown in My Computer.
I have tried WD's Data Lifeguard Disk to Disk Copy, but have nothing to point it to for a destination drive.
I know this is simple for you experts, but I am at a loss. Please help.
Specs for FirstBuild are in my Signature
 

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Hello

Can anyone help solve this problem.

I have two hard drives installed on my PC, and run Win 98 SE. As Windows had been playing up a little I re-installed Win 98 se to try and solve the problems.

Unfortunately Windows now only recognises the C Drive. Both hard drives show in the BIOS, and in System in the control panel. It just doesnít seem to allocate it a drive letter. My CD ROM and CD writer drives still have the same drive letters as before.

I have not changed any hardware, so itís not jumpers/cables etc. The drive has not been re-formatted. I tried doing FDISK from the DOS prompt, and that only showed details of the C drive.

Any ideas ?

Many thanks

Ness
 

A:No drive letter assigned!

Try an FDISK /STATUS.

When you fire up FDISK and check details, it only shows you the first disk drive, you have to use selection 5 [change disk] to look at other physical drives.
 

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made 1 computer from 2 that i had laying around. everything works fine but for some reason when i installed XP on the new hard drive it assigned the drive letter I to it. it has a floppy and 2 cd rom drives. any idea why this would be? the computer works fine it's just weird to see that....is there anyway to change the letter assignment. since this is a new install i have no problem formating and re-installing it as long as i can get why this happened in the first place...............thanks

A:HD assigned the drive letter I?

Hi,

did you have any usb items plugged in when install the operating system?

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After formatting my extra SSD, windows won't assign it a drive letter when the computer starts. I have to use a third-party software to assign the letter, and I have to do it everytime it boots, and it's starting to annoy me.

Can't really find any solutions on google

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I have 4 USB memory sticks I use on a regular basis, a 4, a 16, a 32 and a 64 GB. This problem only happens with the 64 GB stick, and only on one of my several computers.
Most of the time when I insert it, windows does not automatically assign it a drive letter. I have to into the computer management --> Disk management section and manually assign it a drive letter. Occasionally however when it is inserted, windows assigns it a drive letter just fine. This only happens on one of my laptops. It works fine of all of my other computers and every other computer I have stuck it in. In addition, all the other drives work fine with that laptop. Any idea whats going on?

A:64 GB USB key occasionally needs drive letter assigned.

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iam running windows 7 and have tryed all the auto fixs to assign a letter to the cd drive but cant get it to work some one plz help

A:help cd dvd drive doesnt have a letter assigned

Hi and welcome to TSF you might be able to do it from here http://pcsupport.about.com/od/window...ettervista.htm

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Vista 64. An external drive is always assigned K and search always returns "no results." If change drive letter, search works OK. This seems to be recent.

Help!

A:problem with assigned drive letter

please give more details what you want to do?

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I've been digging around forums for hours but can't find anything useful among all the hardware/driver issues.
I have a 2003 server (completely updated) that will not automatically assign a drive letter to any external storage device that is plugged into the USB ports. I've verified that this happens with every external storage device I've been able to get my hands on - several flash drives and many external hard drives.

BEHAVIOR:
When any device is plugged in, the drive is detected and shows up in Disk Management but I have to manually assign it a drive letter, typically the next available drive letter.
Once the drive letter is assigned it works fine.
If I unplug the device, give it time to remove, and plug it back in, it is once again detected but no drive letter is assigned.
I get the same effect no matter what drive letter is assigned, whether it's the next available or something out in left field like W:

TROUBLESHOOTING ATTEMPTS:
As stated above, I've tried every different device I can get my hands on.
I've made sure all available updates have been applied to the OS
I removed and reinstalled the USB Controller drivers
I even removed the USB controller card and installed a different model with a different chipset

I'm at wit's end here
 

A:USB drives not assigned a drive letter

Are you sure that it doesn't show up in "computer". Any usb storage device I have ever used always shows an an external device.
Vicks
 

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As backup drives, computer uses external Maxstor 1TB using a firewire and a WD 500GB using a USB. The maxstor is assigned drive "K"; the WD is assigned drive "L". Periodically, the system fails to recognize drive "K." I.e., I look in my computer and it has vanished. If I unplug the maxstor and then plug it back in, the system assigns it to drive "M." If I go to computer management to reassign "M" to "K," "K" does not appear as an option. In other words, "K" has been locked by the system but appears to be unuseable.

(1) What would be the reasons the system keeps dropping "K?" The system never drops the WD that uses the USB.

(2) The only way I have found to reassign "K" to the Maxstor is to reboot the computer and then "K" appears under computer management. Is there a less painful way to get the Maxstor back to "K?"

I am not very computer savvy so would appreciate answer in do this, do that rather than answers such as "check bios" which is meaningless to me.

A:Assigned Drive Letter Disappears

Is there a problem with giving the drive the letter Z or Y because if not try that

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Hi all,

I bought a new SATA Western Digital HD yesterday (WD3200JD/7200R/8M) as an additional HD. I already have a WD 160G drive running as the master. I've attached the new HD to my motherboard (Gigabyte GA-8I915D Pro), but it is not being recognized or being assigned a drive letter. I can see it in the Device Manager, and the report says it's operating properly, but no dice. Belarc shows it as Drive 1 (although the Device Manager lists its location as "0 (0)" - the same as the master), but does not list in local drives.

I've changed the connection position on the motherboard also with no luck.

Any suggestions?

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I915D Pro
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
3.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
1024 Megabytes Installed Memory
 

A:SATA HD not assigned drive letter

Any suggestions?
 

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My problem is unlike the ones listed where the drive can't be used. My ACP-EP 512M flash drive worked fine on my W2K pro machine, until the hard disk fried, and and I put in a new disk with Win XP pro. Then the flash drive worked OK for a while (2 weeks?), and now:
- the machine doesn't give it a drive letter when inserted in any USB port (I have 6 or so)
- it shows in the task bar for removing it "Safely remove USB mass storage device"
- Disk management doesn't list it
- it works fine on all other machines, 98 SE, several W2K pro, Mac.

Any ideas?
(It sounds like HW with the computer now with XP Pro, except that it worked fine with 2KPro and XPPro at first, and it works with other USB devices.)
 

A:Drive letter not assigned but seen for removing

Have you tried any other USB device with the system in question? Or have you tried all six with your flash drive?

Possibly a port issue
 

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I recently formatted my 1TB Seagate External HDD to FAT32 to backup and redo my PS3. I reformatted it on my Windows 8 laptop easy peasy, but my windows 7 desktop will not recognize it as a drive with a letter to access it. If I uninstall the drive in device manager it will reinstall, be recognized as a general drive and in that small instance it is accessible, but then it gets fully installed and is recognized as BUP Slim BK. It doesn't see any info for the drive or even know that there is a valid partition on it.
 
Any help to get this drive working again is much appreciated.
 

A:PC recognizes External HDD. No drive letter assigned.

If THIS is your drive and Seagate software governs it...I'd say that the software for the drive may need to be installed/reinstalled.
 
Louis

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I have a Toshiba laptop (Pent IV, 512 RAM, 60 GB HD) running XP Home SP2. I recently purchase a Maxtor 200GB HD and an external USB enclosure. After installing the drive in the enclosure and plugging in the USB it looks like it is recognized (says Maxtor drive recognized, driver is installed, new hardware ready to use), but it is not assigned a letter when I click on "my computer" so I can't do anything with it.

After reading an earlier thread, I attempted to format the drive by: clicking on My Computer, clicked "manage", and "disk management". In the main window of this screen only my C: drive is listed. In the drop down list below the main window are listed: disk 0 - C:, and then under that disc 1 - unallocated 189.93GB, then under that my CD/DVD. If I right click on dick 1 I do not get an option to format - only "properties" and "help". In "properties" under the "general" tab it says "Device is working properly".

How can I format this drive and get a drive letter assigned to it?

Thanks for your help!
 

A:Solved: External HD Not Assigned Drive Letter

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Hello everyone,

I recently purchased a new computer to which I transfered my existing Windows XP install (copied the partition with Partition Magic then did a recovery off the Windows XP disk because it wouldn't boot). I am now having a strange problem with my USB flash drive. I plug it in, it is detected as normal, but it is not assigned a drive letter. I can go into disk management and assign it an unused drive letter but it still does not appear in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

If, while still in disk management I right-click the drive and choose "Explore" Windows Explorer pops up showing the drive contents for just an instant then automatically refreshes to My Computer... which still does not show the drive letter! I've tried refreshing the view, going to run and typing the drive letter, all to no avail. Rebooting the machine changes nothing. And my Firewire iPod has the same problem.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Jacob
 

A:Flash drive is assigned a letter but is not browsable...

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Windows XP

The letter, F, is already assigned on all workstations to a resource on the server; however, Windows assigns a new USB thumb drive the same letter, which results in an inaccessible USB drive.

I changed the USB drive letter in Disk Management to I. This holds until the USB drive is disconnected and the computer is restarted. Then Windows again assigns the letter, F, to both the network resource and the USB drive.

How do I make Windows hold the settings I give it?

And, why would it assign the same letter to two resources, anyway?
 

A:USB drive takes letter already assigned to other resource

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Hi there, I am using a Lenovo Y-50/70 Touch and I recently changed my hardrive from a 1 TB SSHD to a 2 TB SSD. After the migration I faced a strange problem which when I dug deeper I realised that the any drive/partition that I assign the letter D will never show up in This PC as a connected drive to access, although this D drive is visible in Disk Management and appears as a visible drive. However, I can access the drive when I type D: in the address bar of explorer.  I infer, with my extremely basic understanding and knowledge, that my system is for some reason set up to hide drive D, regardless of what it represents, hidden in This PC. I have tried everyting from formatting the D partition, to hiding it and then unhiding. Nothing works. I request the community to please help me solve this problem. CheersAlfi  

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I'm getting around to getting my new Lenovo Notebook set up prior to replacing the stock HDD with a Sammy 840 EVO and I'm having a couple of problems that have me stumped.

1. The first time I plug in an external drive, be it HDD or flash drive, via a USB port, I have to go into disk management to assign a drive letter to it even though it already has one and was working fine when I would plug it into my desktop machine. Once I assigned the drive letter, it would work fine from then on except for problem #2.

2. Once the drive has a drive letter reassigned, I have to go into Computer to find it since the little window with the Autoplay context menu doesn't appear. I've checked the Autoplay settings and have everything set to ask every time (the way I prefer it). What am I missing here?

Edit: Ok, this just got weirder. I just now tried plugging in the external HDD into the preferred USB 3.0 port and the little Autoplay window decided to pop up like a good little window should. After ejecting and disconnecting the drive, I then tried rebooting the computer, then plugging in the drive. The little window popped right up. Same for the flash drive I had trouble with before when I plugged it in. I then tried plugging the external drive in again and had to go into disk management yet again to reassign the stupid drive letter again. Yeeesh!

A:New Drives Plugged in New Notebook Need to Have Drive Letter Assigned

Wow! 167 views and no responses. This really must be a stinker of a problem.

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My USB disc comes up with the letter 'J'. Because I have references to it with a letter 'X'. I want to change it and I do that in the Computer Management tool with the Disk Management utility.

Computer - Right click - Computer Management
Disk Manegement - Right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths
Assigne a new letter

Everything works fine but suddenly after a reboot Windows 8 loses the letter 'X' for this disc and assignes 'J' again.
I have done so with this drive for years under Windows 7 without any problems. Any idea, please what the problem might be?

A:Drive letter assigned to external USB disc changes random

Hello Senki, and welcome to Eight Forums.

While you have the USB drive connected, double check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to see if "J" is still listed. If so, change it to use "X" instead.
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi All,

My problem is a bit of a strange one although I'm hoping someone can help. I have a 4gb Compact Flash Card housed in a Datel Media Dock (that connects to a Nintendo DS Lite). When I connect this dock to my PC via USB cable (to download movies, mp3's etc) the pc will 'ding' to recognise I have connected it, it will also show in device manager, it even shows in the 'safely remove hardware' icon in the task bar but it cant be seen in Win Explorer. It cannot be seen in Disk Management either. I know that the CF card is good because taken out of the Media Dock it is seen by my media card reader and I can load/unload fine. I know that the cable is good, the card is good, and the Media Dock works fine in my Nintendo DS. This exact same problem happens with my laptop using all the same gear. Its as if the PC can see it but doesnt want me to do anything with it. the manufacturer of the doc (Datel) have been no help. I'm desperate for ideas, anybody got one?

Many Thanks

Joel D Warburton
 

A:External Storage Device Not Assigned Drive Letter

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Hi,

first, I have searched a lot on the net and seen that this has happened to a lot of other people. In my case, it is System Reserved (G, and is using 71.9mb of 99.9mb space.

Other users are discussing removing it, merging it with (C and so on. But my question is - can I just leave it as it is, with no ill effects? I'm not bothered by it, as long as nothing has\will go wrong.

thanks for any answers,

gubar
 

A:Windows 7 install on new SSD -- system reserved assigned its own drive letter?

I have this also. It is not an issue for me and I don't see why it would cause ill effects. Cheers.
 

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I just connected for the first time a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 2.0 external hard drive and it appears in my devices as My Book. I cannot access it however. There is no letter assigned to this drive and when I try to assign one using disk management, the option to assign a letter is grayed out and therefore not usable. The drive is showing in the disk management screen and all appears to be well except that there is no letter assigned and I am not able to give it one. Any ideas?

Thank you,
Joe

A:WD Essential 2.0 HD recognized but no letter assigned

Post a screen shot of Disk Management if possible.

Does Disk Management show that drive as having a file system?

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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.
 

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

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Hi

I've a Dell pc with a small, hidden diagnostic FAT16 EISA partition.

Starting a few days ago, this formerly hidden partition appears to have become visible to Windows XP which assigns it a drive letter.

I used the command "mountvol /d" to remove such newly created drive letter, but it reappears everytime Windows boots or restarts, even in Safe Mode.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? Is it possible that a certain registry setting relating to the (formerly) hidden partition has somehow been altered? If so, how can this be reversed so that no drive letter is assigned automatically to the (formerly) hidden partition?

An interesting observation is that, in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, there is no \DosDevices\{x} (where {x} is the drive letter) which corresponds to the drive letter now assigned to the (formerly) hidden partition.

I cannot use the Disk Management MMC Snap-in to remove the drive letter assignment, since selecting the partition and right-clicking only brings up a single "Help" line in the context menu, without any of the usual options (like "Change Drive Letter and Paths...").

Thanks in advance for any suggestions and feedback!

Luke
 

A:Hidden partition becoming "visible" and assigned drive letter by Windows XP

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Hi,
My windows 7 is suddenly applying a drive letter to the system partition, and removing the letter which causes the "new disk inserted" window to keep popping up every half second. In Disk Manager the drive letter appears and disappears every half second.
The only way I've stopped it is to permanently apply a drive letter, which means it is now visible in windows explorer.
 

A:System reserved partition becoming "visible" and intermittently assigned drive letter by Windows

I assume by 'system partition' you really mean the hidden system restore partition installed by your PC builder? If so, then after I just fired up Paragon Partition Manager to see what it makes of that partition on my Win 7 PC, I find the partition is Primary, NTFS, active, not hidden, volume name WinRe.

The main interesting thing is the volume letter seems to be set to '*'. It appears as (*) rather than (C: ) as the OS drive does. Furthermore, the main menu has a 'partition' tab, where one of the options is 'assign drive letter', and the next option below is 'remove drive letter' which is currently greyed out.

Looking at the standard Windows computer management, storage, disk management, I see a similar picture, except there is no volume letter at all (apparent in that window anyway).

Quite how the partition gets identified in that way is a puzzle, but you might try a free partition manager, such as gparted and see what that says, and possibly allows you to change. As I say above, Paragon Partition Manager might let you de-assign a drive letter but I dont dare try it myself
 

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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.

Help.

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

Hi PAMDILL,

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'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

A:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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xp cannot find it.......disk manager can.....do format and no drive letter help please.....thank you


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help trying to initialize an external hard drive on xp home ed

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i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will begin......an 80 gig external hard drive was given to me..it was rebuilt on a win 2000 system....my home edition of win xp--reconginzes it....as disk 1- in disk manager....however it is not formatted or able to be found, and does not have a drive letter assigend to it... i logged on as "administrator" ...in safe mode, to see if i could get the drive path settings option to come up in disk manager ...i could not-------does any of this make any sense to anyone?.......that option still does not come up..under user or administrator...in disk managment--so it is unformatted and has no drive letter......thus xp cannot find it......

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model ME051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1396 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 12/22/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)


Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.





STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)



Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.
 

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?
 

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

A:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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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...?

Thanks
 

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I just installed XP home (SP1) on a friend's computer and it assigned C: to the zip drive and F: to the hard drive. Is there a way to switch them?
 

A:XP assigned F: to hard drive..

No. You can't change the system drive letter.

Reinstall cleany to a formatted drive with all the other drives disconnected so that C: is the only drive letter available and is not used by any other drive. Then, reconnect the other drives.
 

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

A:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

A:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't show up in libraries or explorer, and apps like Restorator and Sure Thing (CD labeler) cannot find them. I think that means the paths are broken..?

It won't allow me to rename the HD back into K: (it's not listed as available). I can access the data by clicking Computer > D, and I can see the data is there, but its unusable as of now. Any ideas?

A:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this in case you make a mistake and need to use it to do a system restore.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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