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

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

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)

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

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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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Hi All

My external HDD has quite a lot of data contained in the system volume information folder. As system restore is not activate on this drive & the drive is used specifically for imaging purposes I take it the data relates to the Win indexing service.

As I am now using a third party search application can I now disable the windows search system & if the system is disabled will this by default empty the SVI folder.

Any relevant advice would be appreciated.



A:Disable & empty System Volume Info folder on external drive.

Windows Search stores nothing in System Volume Information.

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How to change drive letter by changing registry in Windows 2000?

A:How to change logical drive letter?

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Hey all,

Brand new here, and just returning to Windows as a platform at home. Hopefully this is the right forum.

I'm experiencing a strange issue with my D: drive since what appears to be an unexpected shutdown late Saturday night (Event ID 6008). When I booted up my computer the next day, I noticed the D: drive was missing from File Explorer. Disk Management sees the EFI system partition of the drive in the bottom view as part of "Disk 0", but the main partition isn't seen in the view directly above. The main partition also loses it's drive assignment and when I attempt to re-assign "D:" to that partition I get an error stating something like "The Disk Management view is out of date, refresh and attempt again". Of course refreshing doesn't help and I can't assign a drive letter to that partition... unless I use a piece of software called Partition Wizard. I'm able to see and assign "D:" to the partition through that program fairly easily. After which, the partition has D: assigned and it become accessible and works as expected. Until the computer is rebooted or shut down. Then it is lost once again.

I did some searching on the error message I get when attempting to assign the drive letter through Disk Management. That lead me to some Windows 7 specific articles and fixes, but those didn't directly apply to Windows 10. It does seem similar to an issue regarding unexpected power loss and the loss of a partition on Windows 7.

So my ... Read more

A:Internal HDD not maintaining drive letter/not mounting after reboot

Originally Posted by tfab

I'm experiencing a strange issue with my D: drive since what appears to be an unexpected shutdown late Saturday night (Event ID 6008). When I booted up my computer the next day, I noticed the D: drive was missing from File Explorer.

I'd like to see your Disk Management.

Download this zip file (contains dmDskmgr-vd.mmc)

dmDskmgr-vd.zipDouble click dmDskmgr-vd.zip to open the compressed folder
Double click dmDskmgr-vd.mmc to launch the custom Disk Management console
Press Alt+PrtScn to grab a snapshot of just the Disk Management window
Open Paint and Ctrl+V to paste it, then save the image
Attach the image to a new post.


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I have just got a new hard drive, loaded Windows XP, and installed all the programs/drivers that I needed, all was well and good, until I notice that what should be the C drive, is actually the G drive

I didn't think it could be done, I know you can drive other drive letters in but trying to change the boot drive letter, you get the following message "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume".....

Found this online, which Iím happy to try, but not too sure to be honest.

Any advice would be welcomed; otherwise next week when Iím at work again Iíll start the tedious process of re-installing everything!

Thanks very much, lanks

A:Solved: How can i change the system volume drive letter?

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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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Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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My hard disk was partitioned into 1 primary partition[C drive of 28 GB] and 4 logical partitions[19.5, 39, 39 and 107 GB]. I want to delete one of the logical partition [19.5 GB] to increase the volume of C drive.
Is it possible??? Please help me out.

A:Delete a LOGICAL PARTITION to increase volume of C drive.

Hi Joe and welcome to Seven Forums.

The built in Disk Management might be able to do exactly what you want depending on where the 19.5GB partition is located in relation to the C: partition.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

If the 19.5 partition is immediately to the right of the C: partition ( in other words, if the hard drive is set up as C: | 19.5 | 39 | 39 | 107 ) you could format or shrink the 19.5 partition changing it to unallocated space. Then the C: partition could then be extended to incorporate the unallocated space. It's a somewhat complicated process.

Resize a partition in Vista/Windows 7

Or you could use a different free utility called MiniTool Partition Wizard to do the same thing with a lot less hassle and without worrying about where the 19.5 partition is in relation to the C: partition. This tutorial shows exactly how to extend the C: partition.

Extend partition with partition magic software ? MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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I don't get the option to extend my logical partition for some reason im trying to create a fifth partition so i took some GBs from my c partition which is unallocated spaced and want to add it to my logical drive to make another partition but the extend volume option is greyout im confused how can i do this?

Thansk for any help in advanced

A:Logical drive does not give the option to extend volume

Hello .

You can use the Partition Wizard boot CD to Move/Resize the left side of the Extended into the unallocated space, this snip below will give you an idea of the process and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

As good and reliable a program as Partition Wizard is, I would not trust the installed version for the operation you need, use the boot CD as suggested and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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First download the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) ISO file to the desktop, be sure to get the PWBD and not the installed version; scroll down to see the download link for the Bootable CD ISO file at this link below. Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

Then use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD, at no greater than 4x speed with a verify; it was designed for use and works best from a CD rather than a DVD; then boot the created CD to make the changes, it doesn't take any input from the user to setup, just relax and let it load. ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software

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I have an external HD and when i used it it would be the F drive and everything was fine. Now when i turn it on it is the H drive and it doesnt show up in my computer the way it should. I am at college and i have a network drive that is the H drive. When i go to my computer it shows that the H drive is the network drive but when i click on it my files on the External HD drive. I have had virtual drives but i deactivated all of them(i had virtual drives before and this problem didnt occur). Is there a way to change the drive letter my external HD comes up as?

A:[SOLVED] Drive letter question

I think you can do it in Disk management.

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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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I run WinXP on a pc with 2 hard drives, and an external hard drive for back-ups. It was working perfectly.
Recently I had the 10Gb C: drive replaced with an 80Gb one.
When I formatted and re-installed XP the Drive letters were haywire - C: had become H:.
My supplier came and unplugged the second hard drive and I re-installed XP which then showed correctly as C: He then revisited and reconnected the second hard drive but it did not show in My Computer, though he said the computer recognised a second volume.
After he'd retreated, saying he was baffled, I just thought I'd restart again and, to my delighted surprise, the two drives both then showed up in 'My Computer'
BUT now, in Computer Management, D: is called a USB Removable Storage Drive and the external drive has no drive letter, and is viewed as a Logical Drive. If I double-click on it the menu is greyed-out except for 'Delete Partition'. If I click that it warns that deleting the partition will lose all data which I certainly don't want to do, although I can't now access it.
If I disconnect the external drive the D: drive disappears from My Computer..
How can I get the computer to label the drives correctly and make all 3 accessible?

Thanks for reading this and for any help.

A:No Drive letter & Volume Mix-up

Lisa-Marya said:

I run WinXP on a pc with 2 hard drives, and an external hard drive for back-ups. It was working perfectly.Click to expand...

solve them one at a time; keep the USB in the box (ie disconnected) until
your C:\ & D:\ are correct -- THEN address the USB issue.

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I installed XP on drive Z but XP thinks it's on drive D. Drive D is what my vista recovery stuff is on (I dual boot)

A:Is it normal for XP to change the drive letter, but it's not actually changed...

A boot drive (drive with bootable operating system) will normally be assigned the letter C: in Windows, even if it is a multiboot system.

Of course, this can be changed by drives attached on an install using a MS OEM version of XP or various other things which were not necessarily done in the proper sequence. I've seen this on my system but I cannot recall the exact circumstances.

As for the Z: letter change...I don't believe that XP will assign such to a bootable drive, unless there are 25 other drive letters assigned permanently ahead of it...just speculation, never tried it.

If you installed XP after installing Vista...and with the Vista drive connected during the XP install...then that might account for the D: letter assignment.


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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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I'd appreciate some help. I'm setting up 2 x Western Digital RE4?s in RAID 1 for Data Storage in a Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit system that is using a single SSD for the OS.

The two RE4?s have been set up in the option ROM and when the OS completes startup, Rapid Storage Technology indicates that the drives were set up correctly in RAID 1.

The drives have been initialized. However, the RAID Volume is not being seen by the OS.
Here?s what I?ve tried: I right-click on ?Computer?, left-click on ?Manage? which takes me into Computer Management. I then left-click on disk management which provides a graphic on the right side of the screen of the unallocated RAID volume. Right-clicking on the unallocated graphic provides the choice of: ?New Simple Volume?, ?New Spanned Volume?, ?New Striped Volume?, ?New Mirrored Volume?, ?Properties?, and ?Help?. Note: ?Change drive letter and path? is NOT available as an option.
From there, I?m not sure how to proceed. The graphical representation of the unallocated volume is the RAID Array. I don?t want to create another RAID 1 Volume.
Any help is appreciated.


A:No Drive Letter For RAID 1 Volume


You need to select New Mirrored Volume.

RAID0 = striped
RAID1 = mirrored


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Greetings all. I just partitioned a 2TB external drive for data back up, and I am curious as to why the last partition I created was automatically named a logical drive as opposed to a primary partition.Why and could this become a problem in the future? Just curious to find out now before I dump a bunch of data on it and make it difficult to re-format. Also, when partitioning a hard drive say the 4 I've created here, will the 1st partition be closest to the center of the drive? For the fastest data transfers? Thanks for you help and knowledge

A:Logical Drive Question



I just partitioned a 2TB external drive for data back up, and I am curious as to why the last partition I created was automatically named a logical drive as opposed to a primary partition.Why and could this become a problem in the future?

On a computer (not the Hard Drive) one can have only four Primary partitions
Primary partitions are bootable partitions.
Logical (extended) partitions are non-bootable.

You can have multiple Logical partitions on the HD, but only 4 primary partition on the computer.

Seeing you have 1 partition on the computer and then partitioned the 2TB into 3 primary partition (=4 primary partitions) the 5th partition must be logical.

More on partitions here:

As far as the


Also, when partitioning a hard drive say the 4 I've created here, will the 1st partition be closest to the center of the drive? For the fastest data transfers?

The first partition (usually C:) is at the beginning of the Hard Drive, with remaing partitons moving towards the end of the drive.

See attachment for an example.

Hope this helps


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I am loading NWN2 onto my HDD. Evidently, NWN2 "makes use of My Documents and Windows Temp File Directories to store saved games, hak files, exported character files, and temp files needed during game play, updates and more," according to the moderator of NWN2's technical self-help forum.

My HDD is devided into three logical drives: C is the OS and main applications excepting office programs and is 63.4GB; D is for games and is 244GB; and E is for documents, photos, videos, office suite, etc. and is 157GB.

I've already moved my My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos folders to drive E. This is is the additional advice given for changing the temporary files folder from the sticky at the NWN2 self-help forum:

" You should be able change the temporary files folder by changing the TEMP and TMP system environment variables.

1. Create a folder at the root of the local drive and name it TEMP.
2. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
4. Click Environment Variables.

5. Repeat the following steps for both the TEMP and the TMP User variables:
a. In the User variables list, select the TEMP variable, and then click Edit.
b. In the Variable value box, type %drive%\TEMP, and then click OK.
c. Repeat steps a and b for the TMP variable.

6. Repeat the following steps for both the TEMP and the TMP System variables:
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A:? moving Temp. Files Folder to different logical drive

Moving the TEMP files away from the OS has its purposes.

IMO, the only reason to move TEMP is if its a SSD your trying to limit writes to, save space etc.

For 1 physical spinning drive/ partitioned I really do not think there would be much benefit. Having Games, USER folders (Music,Pictures etc) on other partitions or drives can be a benefit though.

But the method you listed will work fine if you choose to move it.

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how can i change the drive letter of my boot volume

A:change the drive letter of boot volume

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Hi I was about to reformat my C: (that has an nonworking windows partition) from my current partition D:. I went to my Computer D Management and it said that my C: was a primary partition [green] while my current one was a logic partition [blue].boxed in green. Someone at Yahoo! Answers said not reformat the C: because it would screw up my D; Drive. Is it safe? What should I do? I just wish to use my C drive for data storage and my D drive as a Windows partition.

A:Formatting Question? Logical Drive.

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Is there any way to change a Logical Drive to Normal without Formatting or keeping the files in itself.

Thank you,

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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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Hi everyone:
Here is my situation: I want to map drive letter to a ftp server folder, but "net use" command seems unable to map a drive letter to ftp folder. Also, I have found some software could do it, like NetDrive and
so on. But Is it possible to map a drive letter to a ftp folder without 3rd software, just use native windows components, command tools or api?

Thanks a lot.

A:Can map a drive letter to a ftp server folder

You can MAP but you will not get a Drive Letter.

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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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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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So not sure what the wife did, all I do know is she removed her folders of My Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos.

I have all the stuff backed up, but here is what I got so far.

I had some issues with restoring the folders, but I followed an instruction here in the tutorials on how to restore by re-installing Windows 7 (I have 64-bit pro). Now only two of the four folders are fixed. My Pictures and My Videos are still acting up.

If I right mouse click on the library and select properties, the only one that shows up is the public folder. If I click restore defaults, nothing. If I add the folder (they are in her profile) then it shows up. I save it and it is there. But it shows up as My Pictures (C. I tried renaming, but you cannot.

So how do I fix this? My Documents and My Music are fine though. It's just My Pictures and My Videos

A:Strange Drive Letter in each folder in Library

Quote: Originally Posted by AirPower4ever

So not sure what the wife did, all I do know is she removed her folders of My Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos.

I have all the stuff backed up, but here is what I got so far.

I had some issues with restoring the folders, but I followed an instruction here in the tutorials on how to restore by re-installing Windows 7 (I have 64-bit pro). Now only two of the four folders are fixed. My Pictures and My Videos are still acting up.

If I right mouse click on the library and select properties, the only one that shows up is the public folder. If I click restore defaults, nothing. If I add the folder (they are in her profile) then it shows up. I save it and it is there. But it shows up as My Pictures (C. I tried renaming, but you cannot.

So how do I fix this? My Documents and My Music are fine though. It's just My Pictures and My Videos

Are you saying it shows up with the open parenthesis and a smiley face?

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Hello guys,

I need your help again. Being the hurried idiot that I was, I accidentally redirected the My Music folder to the drive letter D. Now I can't restore it to it's default location because the system tries to copy system volume information and other system folders with it.

How do I go about this? I wanna avoid having to reinstall windows because I had only just done so before this happened.

Thank you.

A:Special folder redirected to a drive letter

Hi,MOD EDIT: When suggesting registry edits...the first directive should be instructions on how to back up the registry - Hamluis.Open Regedit, Start > Search > type regedit, click regeditexpand the keys to locate this two:- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folderschange My Music value to c:\Users\<your_user_name>\Music- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folderschange My Music value to %USERPROFILE%\MusicNotes: - replace <your_user_name> with your user name only.- the values above are the default for windows 7

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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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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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Hi. Not sure where to post this.
I have noticed an empty History folder on my C drive that every time I delete it, it comes back when I reboot my computer. I don't ever remember seeing it there before. I have Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 Bit. I recently downloaded and installed the Comodo Ice Dragon browser, but have since uninstalled it as it seemed suspicious to me.
I have run various malware and virus scans and it shows nothing. Any clues?

A:Empty history Folder on C Drive

hello and welcome to sevenforums , did you try booting to safe mode and deleting the folder ,

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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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This is more of a Windows Vista Question but it may be the same as Windows 7. I have a laptop running windows vista. I have a detachable hard drive that has my music on it.

I shut down the computer and disconnect the drive. When I go to restart the computer it sees the drive but gives it a new letter. It drives me crazy because my itunes no longer sees the drive and I have to find it manually again.

Is there anyway to change the drive letter back to what it was the first time or is there a way to make sure it only uses that letter for that hard drive?

A:drive letter question

This may work

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Hi all,
I don't think this is exactly related to customization, but rather maybe the way Win7 handles file paths.

Anyway, here's my problem: I have an external HD with many folders with custom icons. On my PC the drive letter which is always assigned is G. Now, when I use it on a friend's PC, which assigns drive letter E, all my custom folder icons disappear. Note that all the relevant .ico files are where they're supposed to be (inside the folders whose icons they should customize).

What am I doing wrong? I'm assuming Windows always tries to locate the icons on a G: drive, which only exists on my PC but not on my friend's (where it's E). How can I change that?

Sorry for the fairly stupid question, I'm sure it's very newbie of me, despite having switched to Win in 2004!

Thanks in advance, cheers...

A:Custom folder icons disappear when drive letter changes

This question is probably not relevant to you anymore since it was so long ago, but to anyone that stumbles upon this here is the solution:

The icons are either saved on your internal hard drive or your external depending on where you placed them. It might be best to save them on your hard drive and make them into hidden files by going into the properties of the icons. Windows reads a hidden desktop.ini file inside each folder with a custom icon. Each desktop.ini file has the same drive letter of the computer the custom folder icon was created in. So your best bet would be to assign your hard drive to the same letter in the .ini file. You can do this by going into Control Panel, System and Security, Administrative Tools and below it should say,"Create and format hard disk partitions." Click that and right click on your external drive. Select, "Change drive letters and paths..." and assign the drive letter to the one that matches the desktop.ini files in your custom icon folders and tada, it'll work.

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Hi All

My external HDD has quite a lot of data contained in the system volume information folder.

System restore is not active on this drive & the drive is used specifically for imaging purposes I was wondering if there was a method of emptying & disabling this folder.

Any wise assistance offered would be appreciated.


A:Disable & empty SVI folder on external drive

How much data? And theres no clean or simple way of emptying that folder.

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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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My computer won't boot...the master HD had a SMART failure. I've decided to replace my current master HD with a WD 80gig. I also have an identical WD 80gig slave on my system (which I do not want to reformat).

Seems simple...however,

My slave is the current c: drive. For some reason when i reformatted last time it automatically named my root drive g:...no idea. And to get my computer to recognize my ipod i needed a c: drive so i ended up changing my slave to that via a program in xp.

Does anyone know if this will be a real problem when i go to format and partition the new drive? Will it show both HDs without assigned letters? Should I install, format, and setup xp on the new HD without a slave attached and then add the slave later?

I appreciate any help. Thank you in advance.


A:New HD install and drive letter question

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Hi, I'm about to reformat a computer with XP Pro and have a question before I start. From previous experience I have seen that when installing Windows with a media card reader plugged in will cause problems with drive letter assignment. In the past I have seen Windows name a primary drive a crazy letter like H:. The computer I'm about to install Windows on has a Memory Stick reader currently plugged in which IIRC currently uses the letter J. My question is do you think I should unplug this (not sure how even after opening the case) before I install Windows. The reader itself is right next to the floppy drive on the front of the computer. Thanks in advance.

A:Question about drive letter assigning

I know XP had issues assigning C: to computers that have Iomega Zip drives installed in them. You just had to unplug it when you installed xp.

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Planning on a new build with storage as follows:

1 - 320G SATA drive partitioned for XP + various apps

2 - 320G SATA in RAID 0 for gaming

1 - 500G SATA for b/u

will be using a P5N32-E SLI 680i board and XP Pro.

I am considering a larger #1 drive with a partition in case I decide to try Vista.

I'm confused as to the physical procedure for setting this up. IF I install all the drives in the system and start to configure, will I run into drive letter issues while setting up the RAID? I'm thinking the 1st physical drive w/b C & D, the RAID 0 will be E and the b/u will be F.

I've set up multiple drives before but not with a RAID array involved.

Any help will be appreciated.



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Ok Currently my Windows 7 is on the C drive, now my question is this: Is there a way I can say put in a SSD, then copy my entire windows and the Programs Files, Program Files x86 and the users folder to it, then switch my old HDD to the D drive and the SSD to the C and have it work just fine?

Is there an easy way to do this? or will it require me to reinstall windows to do it? Been thinking about getting a 120 GB ssd for my os/program drive, and using my 1.5 tb drive as storage.

A:A Question about SSD's Changing HDD Drive letter etc.

Any imaging program should be able to do it. Macrium Reflect seems to be a popular one, and it's free. There are guides on how to use it in the Tutorials section here.

That being said, with some planning ahead, a clean install can take under 2 hours (complete with apps), and I have always preferred that method to ensure my SSD was set up and aligned properly. When Windows 7's installer detects an SSD on an AHCI controller, the OS configures itself properly for the drive.

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A friend mentioned a problem with his pc only after transferring some bits from my external hard drive, these problems have now spread to my pc...I assume through the hard drive as the initial symptoms are similar. The virus shuts down task manager and regedit functions on the computer, these have been fixed using some programs / methods I found through internet research. I also found that in the registry it had put into one of the HKEY folders a new profile with some random numbers then my computer name in the form (39264_Pcname), I deleted this when I found it hence the vagueness of the profile name. The main problem I have at the moment is that whenever an external storage volume such as my external hard drive or memory cards are attached they appear in my computer as an empty folder.....If the empty folder is double clicked on to open it then it runs the virus and remakes the aforementioned registry changes and disables ask manager. Interestingly I have found that when you open the external hard drive using the autoplay function that pops up the virus does not effect the pc. As in it only seems to work through the "my computer" folder interface. I cannot find anything malicious on the pc or hardrive myself so I have posted on here to see if there are any ideas. Thanks for your time.

In reference to the DDS.txt document.....I hope I have posted it up as you desire.



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A:drive appears as empty folder which runs virus!


There seems to be P2P file sharing software installed. Nowadays big part of infections spreads in P2P networks. I recommend to uninstall such software.

Have those external drive(s), that have been used with this system during the symptoms you described, plugged in so that we can get them clean. Don't unplug during the process.

Disable Spybot's TeaTimer to make sure it won't interfere with fixes. You can re-enable it when you're clean again: Run Spybot-S&D in Advanced Mode
If it is not already set to do this, go to the Mode menu
Advanced Mode

On the left hand side, click on Tools
Then click on the Resident icon in the list
Resident TeaTimer
and OK any prompts.
Restart your computer

Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix tool:


Please ensure you read this guide carefully and install the Recovery Console first.

The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.

Once installed, you should see a blue screen prompt that says:

The Recovery Console was successfully installed.

Please continue as follows:
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Been reading as much as I can and know there are limitations to what I'm asking. But when I dual booted all drive designations show up normally in Win 7.

In XP it shows the OS on drive I: Drive letters E thru H are taken by USB ports. This will cause a lot of confusion for the person that will actually use it. Is there a way during set-up that I can disable the USB ports so XP will show up on Drive letter E?

I'm willing to do a fresh install again. Have only loaded the OS for Win 7 and XP so far.

I installed Win 7 first then XP. Used Easy BCD to repair boot file. If installing XP first is better, I'm willing to do that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks just for reading

A:Win 7/XP dual boot drive letter question

Robb -

I think your idea to reinstall with XP being installed first this time will solve all of these issues.

Win7 when it is installed last will correctly configure the drive you are booted into to always be C and auto-install the Dual Boot Menu.

This is so much easier and more convenient that it's worth the trouble to reinstall.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Clean Install Windows 7

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When I click on a favorite under 'Favorites' in the folder pane of 'Windows Explorer', it shows the content of that folder in the viewing pane and the favorite is highlighted in the folder pane. This is fine and how it was.

Unfortunately now, when I click on a favorite it still shows the folder in the viewing pane which is still fine BUT in the folder pane it jumps to the actual path of the favorite folder under the drive letter. Therefore, I have to scroll back up to select another Favorite folder. It never use to expand the path under the drive letter.

Does anyone know what has happened? It doesn't do it for the default 'Desktop' favorite but the ones I have put there myself.

It's just very annoying!

Thanks and hope you can help.

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My friend has a 3 year old labtop that is running Windows XP. His C: hard drive is full but the D: hard drive is practically empty. He runs Quickbooks from his C: drive but it pops up with error warnings that his drive is almost full and he is woried that he won't be able to use it anymore. What do we do?

A:Solved: C: drive full but D: drive almost empty

The easiest solution would be to move files to the D: drive - you can move any data to D: as long as they are not program files. For programs you must uninstall on reinstall them on D: drive. An alternative would be to use a third party program to resize the existing partitions to make the C bigger and D smaller - Partitin Magic comes to mind but there a few other programs that do this as well. Some are free but I hvane't tried them, maybe someone else can recommend one of the free ones.

Edit: You can also uninstall any old programs that you don't use, move the swap file to D (Control Panel -> Ssystem -> Advanced -> Perfornmance Settings button -> Advanced -> Click Change and then select No Paging File for the C drive and then set System Managed Size for the D drive) , run Disk Cleanup from Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools, and delete all temporary files.

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Hello everyone,

This morning I checked and saw a new folder named "A" on my C:\ drive.

It's quite strange as I've just recently reformatted my computer and have zone alarm internet security (7.1.248) installed, as well as sunbelt's counterspy v2. I performed scans using those two programs as well as superantispyware, avg antispyware, b-i-t-defender online scan, panda active scan online, and checked my HiJack This! log and compared it to the day after I formatted (they look the same), I also ran F-secure's antirootkit and AVG's antirootkit. The scans were done in normal and safe mode with the most updated definitions for each.

All come up clean, and I'm sure stumped...

This "A" folder has come up about 9 months before, but I've reformatted since then.

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