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Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

Q: Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

Hi,Bit of background first, my old harddrive , which was split into  C and D ,approx. 500 gig each, went Kaput,had it replaced with an SSD(at my request because I heard they don't overheat and are faster) by an experienced computer technician, and no longer  having to deal with split drives suited me fine.I only  have half the storage space now, about 500Gg in comparison to 1,000 Gg,  but cost was a factor at the time, SSD's being so expensive.Very happy with the new SSD, speed etc. My operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit , SP1. My backups were all stored on a Goflex external harddrive, which  the technician accidentally  dropped on the floor, he then replaced this with an external drive with an on/off switch. (Pleased about the on/off switch, the other didn't have one, very upset about the dropping my other one). All working fine, doing my backups to my new external drive  he gave me, using  my Acronis True Image software 2015 version, that I had always used.My old external  drive was set up to drive E, and all my previous backups in Acronis show drive E, so perhaps this is why the technician set this new one up to Drive F, not sure.And maybe this is why I got the error message below? Well, in my infinite wisdom (which with computer technology isn't great I must admit) I suddenly decided I wanted to backup to an external drive with the letter E,(E for External seemed so much more practical to me,  just like before, not F, like now, so I found out how to go and change the letter from F to E again, and also the name of the drive. I got a message , after I changed the drive letter to E, saying this might cause a problem with some files or something, but I did it anyway, feeling adventurous at the time.,,,,,,Kind of regretting it now. I had run a complete PC backup with Acronis software  to  external drive F, on the 21st March 2016, which went completely smoothly.Then I think I did a backup of just files and folders on 23rd March 2016 also.  Then, after I changed that drive letter to E, and then gave the drive an entirely new name,  ( cause I didn't like the name the tech had given it),  I then did another complete PC backup. After this I got a system message from Acronis that said "Warning: The specified file path does not exist. Click RETRY to try to read from the same location. To Create a new version according to the current backup scheme click CANCEL.I opted to click CANCEL ..............not RETRY.    Was this a good or bad choice? So far haven't received any advice from Acronis regarding this matter. My question is, have I stuffed up future backups by changing the drive letter and renaming the drive?If so, how do I rectify it?Help someone LOLRegards,Jen56

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A: Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

 I don't use Acronis, but if you think changing the drive letter caused a problem, can't you just change it back?  The Administrative Tools applet of the Control Panel is what I've always used to change drive letters. Changing the name (I assume you mean the drive label) should have no effect.
 Good luck.

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I recently bought a faster 2TB hard drive to replace my old 1TB 'games' hard drive. Unfortunately, the software that came with the drive (Seagate Disc Wizard) will not clone my 'games' hard drive onto the new hard drive. Every time I try the clone, the software tries to reboot the PC, thinking that I'm trying to clone the OS onto the new drive, and I'm not.

Will copying everything from the old drive onto the new drive and then renaming the new drive letter (I to the old 'games' drive letter (E (after removing the original 'games' HDD) work the same?

A:Can't clone a new drive; can copy and rename drive letter work?

When cloning software asks you to reboot it's because they notice that some of the stuff you want to clone is used by Windows somehow. Even if you were just copying files or whatever. Maybe Steam was active or some kind of background program.

Anyway, in case that utility is just dumb, you can try with the program I use all day, EaseUs Partition master. Once installed, just clik on Wizard and then on Clone disk wizard, follow the wizard and you're set. Click on Apply when ready.
In case it asks for a reboot, let it do so (it takes a bit of time for so big drives though, so do it when you have something to watch on TV or whatever). If you selected the right drives in the wizard it won't screw with C, maybe it just needs everything to be sleeping while doing its job.

Will copying everything from the old drive onto the new drive and then renaming the new drive letter (I to the old 'games' drive letter (E (after removing the original 'games' HDD) work the same?

Yes it will work fine. FastCopy is an utility that will help you transfer so much data quickly and efficiently (more than copy-paste), and can check that all files were copied successfully (just to be sure), and stop/begin again the transfer without a lot of fuss.

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I do a backup of my PC onto an external Seagate hard drive every six months.
Today when I turned on my external backup drive it froze up my PC.
I restarted and the PC could not complete the bootup sequence.

I turned off the external HD and the problem did not re occur.

I then removed the esata cable from the back of the external backup HD and connected it to my PC using its optional USB2 port. I turned on the external HD and my PC worked fine.
Any ideas what could be causing the freezeup when the HD is turned on while connected with the esata cable???

A:External esata backup drive causing my PC to freeze

I suppose it's possible the esata port on either the external HD or on the computer might have gone bad. Or the esata cable itself. Or if the HD was turned on while you were booting the computer there may have been too much of a power requirement that caused the PC to freeze.

I'd try booting your computer without the external drive connected. Once booted, connect the esata cable to the computer first, make sure the external HD is turned off, connect the esata cable to the HD, then power on the HD. If the PC feezes again I'd say it's definitely the esata port or cable.

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Hi Guys,

Unfortunatley the dude installed my hard drive, installed it as (H:)

This is creating problems as some of my software automatically installs to (C:)

Basically i need to change my hard drive name from (H:) to (C:) asap!

Please, any info or help would be really appreciated.

Laymans terms please.

A:Rename hard drive letter????

windows 2000/windows xp
right click my computer
select manage
now select Dick Management
Now select The drive you wish to change on the right window pane
right click where it says H: select change drive letter and path.
The rest is logics.

If one of your cd-rom drive is currently C: then u have to change that 1st to any other letter b4 u can change H: to C:....

Just checked it out myself and seem as if windows dont allow the changing of boot volumes but should work for secondary devices.

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hi all

i need some advice please, i would like to map 2x network drives to some of the computers in the office. i want to name them J: & I: (for cad reasons)

this is all fine on all of the workstations except 1 laptop, it has a multi-card reader in the side that even when inactive occupies 4x drive letters including I:

i have searched a few forums but could not find the answers i was looking for, i have tried device manager to rename etc.

Can anyone shed some light onto this matter for me?



A:Rename removable drive letter

Start->Run, enter diskmgmt.msc

When Disk Management opens, click View->Bottom->Disk List

Look at the list of disks in the bottom view. Does the multi-slot reader appear? (Each slot would be listed as a Disk with tyoe Each card slot would appear as a Disk and Type= Removable

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

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

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

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

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


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


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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

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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.


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.

Allow your computer to complete the installation ... Read more

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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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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.

A:windows wont allocate drive letter to external drive

Please post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management with only the Seagate Freeagent GoFlex external drive plugged in. ( Plug out all other external drives). Please read this tutorial and adhere to the guidelines therein to post a full Screenshot disabling Console Tree, Action Pane and adjusting the seperators as necessary to show all information. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have a wierd problem that most of the suggestions seem not to work.
I have a HP computer with Vista basic installed at factory with no disc sent with computer. I then added an external drive on which I installed Ubuntu OS as the primary boot drive. This was needed while I was learning and using Asterisk. Now I do not need the drive which no longer seems to have a letter designation or Ubuntu OS but cannot seem to be able to use System Recovery. Near as I can tell, I need to reset the Master Boot Record back to Vista only but seem unable to do so as I recieved no disks with the Computer.
Any suggestions. I am not extremely skilled at computer technical stuff so please assume I am an idiot if responding.

A:Removing External drive with Ubuntu OS but no drive letter designation


Look here for one un-install option: -

How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC

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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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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.

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I have a LaCie Porsche Design P9223 Slim External 500GB USB3Hard Drive that my father was using on his computer (with no problem). We're both running Windows 7. My computer, a Dell Studio XPS9000, won't recognize it in "My Computer". There's no drive letter!

It shows up in Device Manager ( says, "this device is working properly")
Show up in USB Safely Remove
Shows up in Devices and Printers
Shows up in Disk Management as Unknown/Unitialized, Disk 10. (When I right click and try to initialize it, it says "Device is not ready".)
The Driver is up to date
It works when I attach it to my husband's laptop, running Windows XP.

What can I do to assign it a drive letter???


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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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Took delivery of a new 200GB SATA HDD this afternoon, installed it in a new external USB enclosure, fired it up and, apart from the 'ding dong', that was it. It doesn't show up under My Computer (drives F:,G:,H:,I: are for the card readers)It doesn't show up under Removable Storage Libraries but does in Device Manager as USB Device. Device Manager says 'This device is working properly'.There is nothing under Disk Defragmenter eitherHow do I get XP Pro to recognise it and assign a drive letter?Cheers

A:Assigning Drive Letter To New Backup Ext Usb Drive?

Try deleting it from the Device Manager and rebooting.

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I have a dell computer running Windows XP .
When I try to run backup to an external hard disc I get the message below.
The Backup Utility cannot connect to the removable
Storage service. this service is required for use of
tape drives and other backup devices.

Please exit and start the Removable Storage service using
the System Services function of the Management Console.



If I click on OK it will do a backup I should have a cd in the drive and bombs out.

My question is where do I find the Management Console and what do I do then.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanking You in Advance.

A:Problems with backup to external hard drive in win xp

Hi jake09,
When the wizard asks for a location for the backup, just do it to a folder on the desktop and then move it to the external drive.

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I am setting up a new computer running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I attached an old 500GB USB 2.0 hard drive. System notification showed the driver was successfully installed. However when I looked for the drive in Windows Explorer, it did not show up under Computer.

I ran Microsoft's Computer Management application. Under Disk Management, I see that the drive does not have a drive letter (see attached screenshot). However when I right-click on the drive, the option to assign a drive letter is grayed out. I searched Microsoft's documentation, but the only reason I could find for not being able to assign a drive letter would be if the disk was a system partition or boot partition. But this is just an ordinary HDD that I want to use for backups. What am I doing wrong?

A:Cannot add a drive letter to an external hard drive

Try to reformat it with NTFS if there is nothing on it. Use Partition Wizard free if Disk Management won't

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Hi, I have an Asus n61 notebook & a 1tb WD external drive connected via esata. I want my notebook to recognize the drive as G, for program pathway reasons, but as it needs to be connected before power up my system sees it as F. When I try to 'change drive letter' in Disk Management it simply says 'the parameter is incorrect'. I have never had problems assigning drive letters in XP. What is the secret in W7?

A:Can't change drive letter for external drive

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I purchased an external USB2 hard drive case (that has a power cable and USB output cable) and installed a 120GB Seagate drive. It seems like my laptop (running XP, USB1) will recognize the drive when I plug it in (as an USB Mass Storage device) but it does not give it a drive letter (like E) for me to access it. I have tried changing the Master, Slave, Cable Select jumper on the drive with no success. When I plug in a USB thumb drive, my laptop assigns a drive letter and I can access it via Windows Explorer with no problems, but with the 120 GB external drive, I have no luck? The drive shows up under the Control Panel.....Device Manager as a hard drive just under my laptop drive, but there is no way to store files on this external drive. Any suggestions?

A:USB External Hard drive - no drive letter

Hello and welcome... You may need to configure the drive in winXP for it to be seen properly.

Go here...
Control Panel---> adminstrative tools---> computer management---> disk management...

Does it see the hard there? I believe it will show up as Disk1... Select it and format it, you can also change the drive letter if you would like

Good luck,

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I have just spent countless hours again installing my many programs, music samples,etc etc, with digging out original disks, serial #'s ,etc etc on my new box with a 160 gig drive . I have wanted to back up in the past, but I only had a cdr. I now have a dual layer dvdr and me thinks it is time to do it!!! My question: Should i just back up the C: section 20gig (my main system) to keep the programs registered right, and just copy the D:108gig (video programs) and the F:21gig (music and samples) to DVD or backup the entire setup. The c: has 10used the D: has 25 used and F: has 12 used.



A:Backup more than one drive letter

The option is up to you. Here is a little something I found and maybe it will help you decide what's best suited for you .http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/viruses/avd....xml.ID=backup.

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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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Been working on this all day without success.

I have a new 0.5 TB external drive that came with my new IMac. I formatted the external drive as FAT32 on my IMac.

When I plug it into my XP, I cannot get it to come up under "My Computer".

It is listed under systems/hardware/device manager with the other USB devices.

Under administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management it appears as "Disk 5". It was not initialized but I have done that.

However, it doesn't have a letter drive. All it says is "Basic" and is listed as online. Under properties of the drive I can't see anything that appears off (though I am admittedly ignorant about this stuff). It also will not let me right click to change the drive letter, as I can with the USB drives. The only option under right click is properties and help.

Thanks for any help...

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I have an external hard drive. Can I rename it and will it affect the files already on it?

A:External Hard Drive - Can I rename it?

no, it will not affect your files on there. Just click the appropriate drive, press f2 then type away.

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Hello forum.

i have an external hard drive,and it seems that windows 7 is managing backup files in that location.My hard drive is saying its full,allthough its empty.is there a way i can clean up the hard drive from showing its full?thank you.

ps:im getting that notice:check your backup disk space!

A:pc backup causing external disk problems

Post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management that shows that the hard drive in question is "empty" as you say.

Are you sure that your backups are being directed to this "empty" drive?

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I am trying to rename my WD Drive However not had much luck

Have tried 3 ways
1.By clicking Computer.
Right-click the drive or device you want to rename, and then click Rename.
Type a new name, and then press ENTER.
It lets me rename it but when I click Apply its gone.

2.Have also right clicked the drive then Properties and tried that way. But apply changes it again.

3.Just tried Disc Management. It has changed there! But still says the old name in computer!

A:Unable to Rename my WD External Hard DRive

Just found the solution in your great forums! And its worked.

Cannot Rename Hard Disks
Open disk management under computer management console right click the affected drive and choose "Change drive letter and paths", now choose "Remove" drive letters.
then wait for 30 seconds and click refresh. and then click "Add" to regain the original drive letter. now, check your drives in my computer,, you will be able to rename the affected drives this time...

Next question, how do I change the icon to WD one ?

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I purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

A:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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When I switched my Laptop on yesterday the nice Seagate Icon for my external backup hard drive had vanished but has been replaced by a dull looking generic Windows page icon ? This external backup drive is the K:\ drive on my system.

I surfed google yesterday trying to find some advice on how to restore what was a very attractive Icon ? . . but have been struggling to find any advice I could understand or thought I'd be able to follow ?

On a positive note, I have located the exact file for the disappeared icon on my laptop (its called SeagatePortable.ico) and I have copied it to my desktop temporarily, but, I have no idea how to re-apply this icon to my K:\ drive ?

Whilst surfing, I discovered a simple freeware program called "Drive Icon Changer" so I downloaded this program and tried to use it. It is very easy to use, but, try as I might, I cannot get this programme to interact with my K;\ drive ? . . so I've given up and uninstalled that programme, as, in this instance at least, it clearly does not do what it is supposed to be able to do.

I also saw some advice about going to a DOS prompt (I do not understand what this means or how to do it?) and deleting or editing something called the autorun.inf file - I suspect this type of action would be well beyond my understanding and I'd probably do more harm than good if I attempted to edit this sort of system file and got it wrong !

I've also done a system restore - to a back up point of a couple of days ... Read more

A:How do I restore the Seagate Drive Icon for my External Backup Drive?

Also just spotted an obsolete thread on this site where someone suggested:-

"Un-install the driver while the external drive is connected and then rebooted and let windows reinstall - everything should go back to normal when Windows re-discovered the drive".

I don't know if this might cure my problem ? . . but unfortunately I do not know how to uninstall a driver ?

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I have an external 1TB-USB-HD, which is shown in the WIN adminstration of drives, but the option "assign drive letter" is grey. I use this drive since a year, formerly it was recognized without problems. The device manager recognizes it, the driver is actual.
The PC further has one internal HD (C: , two DVD-drives(D:, E: and a cardreader with for drives (K:, L:, J:, M: . Because I had problems with this, I sometimes use an external cardreader, which uses N:, G:, H:, I:
I connected the external HD to another Win8.1-PC with only a drive C:. It shows the same problems.
What to do?

A:no drive letter for external USB-HD

Is it USB 2.0 or 3.0? This can happen if you plug it into another slot.

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As part of our 2003 server backup system, we do a copy of data onto a usb external hard drive. The fixed drives are c:\, d:\ for the CD and m:\ for our data. Most of the time, when we attach the external hard drive, it is allocated as the e:\ drive, which is what I would expect.

However, sometimes it is allocated as the f:\ drive, which obviously messes up the backup program.

It occurs to me that if the usb drives are swapped too quickly, Windows still thinks something is on e:\ and allocates f:\ but we tried doing it with a couple of minutes gap and it still allocated f:\.

Is there any way to fix the drive letter or it is always up to Windows to pick the drive letter it feels like?


A:External drive letter

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?


A:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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Hello all. This is puzzling me, my windows backup is also backing up one of my external drives (I have 4) as well as my 'C' drive (yes, the one I do want to back up). I am looking all over trying to find where I can stop this. I am backing up to an external drive, and no, its not the same drive that's being backed up. Here is my set-up... Primary Drive "C", external drive "F", external drive "G", external drive "H", external drive "I". The "F" drive is one of my external drives. As you can see in the screen shot, drive C and F are being backed up.
Now, I want to only back up my "C" drive to the "I" drive and have that set to do once per week. That is what I have it set for. I am allowing Windows to choose the files for me. Does someone know why this is happening and how to stop it? Thanks to all for your help.

A:Windows Backup is backing up an external drive as well as my C drive

Windows Backup works in mysterious ways.

That's one of the reason many avoid it. It's not intuitive or easily understood.

It has it's own idea of what needs to be backed up.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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Alright so i wanted to set my External Hard Drive letter to K because my iTunes XML library file recognizes all my music being on path K:\ and so on.

Can anyone figure out what's up? Please.

I have an idea it might because of my 5-in-1 card reader but in my XP OS it showed them by default under the "My Computer" option regardless of there being a card or not. Do you think that in 7 a card actually has to be present for it to have shown up?

A:Why can't I change my External HD to Drive Letter K?

I you go to folder options in the control panel got o the "view" tab and check the box to show hidden folders, files and drives....you may find that a card reader or something else already has that letter in use.

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Windows xp pro is not showing a drive letter now for my external hd. It shows up in device mgr. that it's working fine. tried in laptop and other pc with same results. Maxtor 40g

A:External drive letter not showing

Does the drive show up in disk management?

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 Hi, I have a Samsung SSD PM841 om my Dell Latitude E6430, i7 3.0Ghz, 16GB DDR3, Win 7 Pro, 64-bit, laptop. I have a 250 GB powered external HD attached to it. In 'My Computer' there is no drive letter for it. When I click on SSD c: then properties,
then hardware, it is shown in that drive, (like it's a partition of that c: drive). Also, d: is my 'recovery', a partition on c: drive. I want to move some of my files onto my external HD, but I cannot do it. When I highlight a file, then click on 'send to',
there is no drive letter for my external HD. Seems like my computer is making the external HD part of c: drive only, not a drive on its own. I have never had a problem hooking up external HD's before, but I very new to SSD's and I'm at a standstill on how
to fix this problem. I've tried what others have said, in windowsforum/windows_7, but with no results. I believe there's a simple solution for my problem, can anyone help me?...Thanks, Forrest

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I have XPpro w/sp2 and have been using this external 200gb drive for about 2 years and I also hook up a 5/in/1 card reader to the front USB. Just the other day I went to use the external 200gb drive and it was not there. I checked Disk Managment and it shows up as (Disk 1) Basic 189.90GB online BUT no letter for the drive. It says it is "Unallocated". I tryed it on 2 other machines and same thing. How can I get to the data on this disk?

A:External USB HD not showing up with a drive letter?

Only things you can try are jumpering the drive a slave to a master hard drive on a pc and see if you can read the data. Beyond that, time to try data recovery software.

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Hey all. I was wondering if anyone knows an answer to my frustrations. I have all my music on an external hard drive, along with my movies, tv shows, etc, much the same as a lot of people do these days. However, I have these problems occasionally that I don't see why Microsoft doesn't just fix. I have two external HDDs, right? OK, I unplug both, restart the computer, and plug them in in the wrong order, for whatever reason, that what was E: becomes F: and what was F: becomes E:. Now, why doesn't the same HDD keep the same drive letter! Every time i plug them in wrong I have to go into storage management and change the drive letters around which seems like a waste of time, just to get my music player to find my library. Does Windows have something built in to get around this? Or is there an application that can manage my hard drives letters? I understand Microsoft issues out drive letters in the order of which they are mounted. But is there something that can bypass that and make them stay the same every bootup? Thanks!

A:Keeping the same drive letter for a external HDD

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That is, I can allocate it one through drive management but it still doesn't show next switch on in My Computer, so I must go in an allocate it one. Otherwise it works fine. Bit tedious after a while.

Do I have to reformat it completely to regain auto allocation of a letter?

Used to be fine, but not now. A USB 3.0 Toshiba 500 gig external drive (sealed unit) doesn't have this problem.


A:Seagate USB 3.0 backup unit doesn't get a drive letter

Did any software come with the drive? I had a couple of Seagate FreeAgent USB 2.0 externals and I found a download link on Seagate's site for the utility software. It may hold the drive letter if you set it to never spin down.

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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've created a Batch "backup" file that is schedule to run nightly to a USB External Hard Drive. (works great)

Issue sometimes the USB drive letter gets switched if a user pulls out and/or puts in another USB storage key or other device. How can I set up the batch file to access the right USB drive letter?? In this case the Drive is either "G" or "F".

Here's a sample Backup Batch file - using xcopy

@echo off

@For /F "tokens=1,2,3,4 delims=/ " %%A in ('Date /t') do @(
Set Day=%%A
Set Month=%%B
Set CANYear=%%C
Set USYear=%%D
Set US_DATE=%%D%%B

echo ###############################
echo ####
echo #### Backup Control File
echo ####
echo ####
echo #### Canada Date = dd / mm / yyyy (A=dd, B=mm, C=YYYY)
echo #### US Date = Weekday mm / dd / yyyy (A=day, B=mm, C=dd, D=yyyy)
echo ####
echo #### Note: Date is determined and the Year and Month are added to the end of the backup file name
echo #### This way it keeps monthly backups and keeps overriding the current Month until the end of the month switch
echo ####
echo #### Backup - Started
echo ####
time /T
date /T
echo ####
Echo ####
Echo #### xcopy switches
Echo #### /s Copies folders and subfolders except for empty ones.
Echo #### /c Continues copying even if errors occur.
Echo #### /i If the destination does not exist, and you are copying more than one file, this switch assumes that the destination is a folder.
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A:Solved: Batch File Backup when USB drive letter switches

Resolved - In my mind anyways

I added a If Exist clause

IF EXIST F:\Backups (
Echo #### File Found - Backing Up to F: Drive
Echo ####

IF EXIST G:\Backups (
Echo #### File Found -Backing Up to G: Drive

Echo #### Backup Drive Not Ready

ECHO #### F Drive Exists
ECHO ####
xcopy "C:\Test" F:\Backups\Test\Backup%CAN_DATE% /k/i/y/s/f
ECHO ####

ECHO #### G Drive Exists
ECHO ####
xcopy "C:\Test" G:\Backups\Test\Backup%CAN_DATE% /k/i/y/s/f
GOTO ENDClick to expand...

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I have a new 120 gig external USB drive (105G free). It installed and seems to work fine except:
My prior system had hard drives C: and D:
cd reader drive E:
DVD/cd RW drive F:
four-way card reader G:, H:, I:, J: (these came and went depending if card reader was left plugged to the PC)
The new external installed correctly as drive K: and I succesfully backed up a zilllion photos.

After shutting down/startup the drive assignments redefine as
C: and E: Hard drives
D: as new external 105 GIG free
F: as CD reader
H: as a second identical new external 105 GIG free (duplicates drive D
The four way card reader is unplugged-ran out of USP plugs.

I have two problems:
1. The duplicate external drive assignment is obviously wrong but I cannot make it go away.
2. I cannot make a backup program work correctly since the drive assignment keeps changing.

How can I "lock in" the hard drive and CD assignments so the external drive doesn't jump in the middle of that alphabet. I want the External drive to always be assigned some higher alpha letter so I can use it on different computers.

A:external hard drive letter assignmeent

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Problem: previously working external HD no longer accessible. Shows as not initialized and no drive letter in Disk Management. Right clicking on drive within Disk Management does NOT bring up an option for assigning a drive letter. Instead a small box shows only four items available: Initialize Disk (grayed out), Offline, Properties, Help. Right clicking on the black single partition area brings up seven options (the first five are grayed out): New Simple Volume, New Spanned Volume, New Striped Volume, New Mirrored Volume, New Raid-5 Volume, Properties, Help.

Using CMD with administrator privileges so as to use the diskpart process does not work. Neither "list disk" nor "list volume" shows the plugged-in disk, only shows the SSD integral boot disk. Third party software does show the drive, but apparently offers only a VERY long "repair" process which I'm not quite ready to perform plus I'd need to purchase another high capacity HD to transfer the data onto etc.

Can anyone help? Thanks

Operating System Name: Windows Vista

Licensed To User: rich

Operating System Platform: NT/2000/XP/Vista

Operating System Major Version: 6

Operating System Minor Version: 1

Operating System Build Number: 7601

Service Pack Description: Service Pack 1

Service Pack Major Version: 0

Service Pack Minor Version: 0

Product Edition: Windows 7 Professional

Windows Directory: C:\Windows

Windows System Directory: C:\Windows\system32

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I am using 2 IOMEGA model LDHD250-U (250GB) usb connected drives for doing backups.
I connect one at a time, perform backups for a week and then switch the drives.

I was originally doing this with MAXTOR drives. I formatted them with the same drive names and the backup program would not know the difference.

With the 2 IOMEGA's I can't get them to use the same drive letter.

Where can I control/change the drive letter the drive gets assigned when I connect it.

Keep in mind only one of these drive are attached at a time....but I want them to have the same drive letter when they are attached.

Any knowlege of how to control this?

A:Controling the drive letter of an external USB harddrive

Sure. Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management.

You can set the drive letter there of anything but the boot drive.

Note that assigning the drive letter of an external drive writes a "hash" signature to the MBR of the drive, that's how Windows knows what drive letter it is. If you take it to another system and also assign the drive letter, it'll overwrite the signature and you'll lose the drive letter assignment on the first system.

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I have a situation that isn't really a major problem, but is slightly annoying, and somewhat puzzling.

I have an external 1TB Iomega USB hard drive on my system. It is set to be Drive Y. Most of the time, everything is fine. But occasionally, after I boot the system, I'll get the pop up on the screen asking me what I want to do with Drive J. And yes, the "new" Drive J is, indeed, really my Iomega external drive. I can go into Disk Management, and reassign the drive letter back to Y, and everything is fine again.

Sometimes, it keeps the Y drive letter for several months at a time. But other times, the system treats it as a new drive and assigns drive letter J to it--in anywhere from a few days to several months after the previous time.

As I said, it doesn't happen often enough to be a problem, but I'm curious as to what causes it. Anyone have any insights into this little puzzle?

A:Changing External Hard Drive Letter

Look in your registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. That's where drive letter assignments are stored. Find \DosDevices\Y: on the left side and note the data value on the right. The next time it happens, check the same registry location but find \DosDevices\J: and see if the data value is the same as before. Also see if there's still an entry for \DosDevices\Y:.

(Option Two)

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I've seen a few problems identical to mine, except the fix seemingly isn't allowed. I'm hoping for some guidance.

I have a WD800 HDD from my previous desktop I'm trying to access (Win 2000).
I bought an IDE/USB adaptor and plugged it into my new desktop (Vista.) All seems to be working (disk spins up, new hardware found, USB mass storage device ready) but the drive doesn't show up in "My Computer."
It does show up in both Device Manager and Disk Management. In Disk Managment is shows up with no drive letter.
The previous fixes I have seen suggested changing the drive letter and that seemed to solve it.
That where my problem starts - right-clicking only gives me the option "delete volume." The "change drive letter" is there but grayed out and inaccessible.
I do have admin right under both OS's.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you

A:External HDD missing (can't change drive letter)

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I have an external USB floppy drive that got assigned the drive letter B when it was plugged into one of the usb ports on the back of my PC.

I need to change it to letter A. The drive is not listed under computer management: disk management. Removing the drive and reinstalling does not chhange the drive letter. Removing the driver in device manager
results in installing new hardware, but with drive letter B. The Bios has several settings releated to usb devices--but nothing to do with drive letters.

so I am at a loss of how to fix this---any help would be most apreciated

A:External usb floppy: change Drive letter from B to A

Is there already a Drive A:?


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