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Removing External drive with Ubuntu OS but no drive letter designation

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

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.

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Preferred Solution: Removing External drive with Ubuntu OS but no drive letter designation

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

Hi,

Look here for one un-install option: -

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

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After deleting a RAID 1 setup, I proceeded to change the partition drive letters with disc management...in the attempt to move the C designation to the system partition, it was "lost" once I removed it from another partition.
Now what? The system cannot see a hard drive during authentication - and can't reinstall the operating system since it can't find a hard drive!

Even though this was a naive/ignorant blunder, it must happen enough that someone's got a remedy - I hope.
Any sites to direct me? Help! (Thanks!!)
 

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I have a friend's laptop running W7 64bit. It was essentially unusable simply getting a blinking cursor on boot. I've run some diagnostic etc but gotten the no OS found message.
On further repair attempts found what I believe to be the issue. The drive letter designations are all messed up. It is trying to boot from C: but C: is the "system reserved" drive. The real C: has a drive letter designation of D:
I believe the fix is to change the drive letters back to the correct drive.. How can I do that from outside Windows?
Any thoughts?
Thanks for any help
Monton
 

A:How to change drive letter designation outside Windows 7

This is a symptom that the partition table is damaged and the direct approach (ie trying to change drive letters) is not the right way to fix this. you need a tool to fix the partition table.
 

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I have a hard drive connected to a USB port. Yesterday, the drive letter of this USB drive was D. Front Page accessed this drive as drive D without any problems. Perhaps because I have a faulty DVD/RW drive, somehow the drive designation of the USB drive was changed to F. Since the USB drive designation changed, Front Page now will not/cannot access drive F. I tried to change the drive designation of the USB drive back to D in Disk Management but Disk Management would not let me rename the USB drive to any letter before F. How do I change the drive designation of the USB drive back to D. Thank you in advance for your help and replies.

(Windows runs on Drive C)
 

A:Solved: Need To Change Drive Letter Designation

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My system will not boot. It gets as far as the Windows XP logo with the 'busy bar' going back and forth, hangs for a while, and then reiterates the entire reboot process. Starting in Safe Mode reveals a hang at MUP.DLL.

The Windows XP Setup program does not recognize the partition as being NTFS formated (my 160GB hdd has two partitions, the second one is ok).

I booted Partition Magic from a bootable CD and discovered that the primary partition has no drive letter allocated to it.

How can I restore drive letter C without erasing the entire operating system?

Many tanks to everyone has a solution
 

A:Drive letter designation (C:) on my primary partition has been lost

If you have the windows xp cd, boot from it and go into the recovery console. Go here ---> Recovery Console For more information. Once there in the recovery console type this command Fixboot "this Writes a new boot sector to a selected partition." then type Fixmbr this will Repair the Master Boot Record (MBR). Restart the computer.
 

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I have just replaced a SATA hard drive that crashed. I booted with the original XP Pro cd and installed . Somehow, the setup named the hd with letter "I" I want to change it back to C. I don't remember it ever asking me what letter to use. Is there a way to change it without reloading XP? I went to disk management, but it wouldn't let me change it because it is the boot drive. Thanks>
 

A:Solved: Changing Hard Drive Letter Designation ???

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My operating system is Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium.

I have a Buffalo external hard disk drive which I use for backup.

The computer "Properties" for this drive defaults to:
ATAPI DVD/CD-ROM and
Authenticated Users.

I am unable to re-set the "Properties" to the desired:
Buffalo HDD USB drive and
Administrator

How can I override the computer default and set the correct "Properties"?

A:Wrong Designation for External Hard Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ColMac


My operating system is Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium.

I have a Buffalo external hard disk drive which I use for backup.

The computer "Properties" for this drive defaults to:
ATAPI DVD/CD-ROM and
Authenticated Users.

I am unable to re-set the "Properties" to the desired:
Buffalo HDD USB drive and
Administrator

How can I override the computer default and set the correct "Properties"?


Are you able to access the device alright or is that a problem as well?

Thanks

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I have an Toshiba notebook with OS Windows 7 home Premium 32 bit.

I have external hard drives attached via a usb hub. I recently had to remove the hub and now that they are reconnected, the letter desination have changed ie. F:\ is now G:\.

How do I get the drive designation to change back to there original paths?
I have my iTunes music saved to one drive, but as the path has changed, iTunes cant find the music.

How do I prevent this from happening in future when I need to disconnect again?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

A:external hard drive changed designation

Drive letters for external drives are assigned consecutively according to the order in which they are detected by Windows. They won't change until you unplug all of them then re-connect them in a different order - which is evidently what you've done when you removed the hub.

You can't force Windows to assign the same letter to each drive after you've disconnected them. Just avoid doing it or save your iTunes music files on the internal drive instead.

Use the external drive only for backup copies of your music files.

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I have an HP notebook with OS Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have two external hard drives. The first one I added was designated as F:\. Later, I added a second external hard drive, which was located at G:\.

These are connected by a USB extension cable from the notebook to a USB hub, where the two external drives are connected.

Recently, I used a 16 GB USB flash drive, plugged into the notebook, to copy some files to give to a friend.

Now I find that what was previously F:\ now shows up under My Computer as H:\ The second hard drive continues to show up under My Computer as G:\.

My problem is that I had a number of large files downloading to F:\, and now I get an error message that says "Drive F:\ is missing; please reconnect it."

How do I get this drive designation to change back from H:\ to F:\????

How do I prevent this from happening in future when I need to use a USB flash drive? Would plugging the flash drive into the usb hub, rather than directly into the notebook, prevent this?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

cashcqshel

A:[SOLVED] External hard drive designation switched from F:\ to H:\ ?????

Drive letter allocation should not change automatically while Windows is actually running and the drives are already connected, regardless of what other USB devices you plug in.

It is, however, not unusual for external drive letter allocations to change when you actually connect them, since they are allocated a drive letter in the same order in which Windows detects them - a sort of "first come, first served" arrangement.

You can easily change the drive letter for an external drive in
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.
Locate the drive's horizontal ribbon in the right-hand pane, right-click on it and choose Change Drive Letter & Paths. Click Change. Select your preferred letter, click "OK".

Note, drive letters currently in use will not be available in the drop-down selection box.

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Can someone tell me how I can change my external drive to "Removable Drive" designation?
I have a Western Digital 80GB USB-2 drive and I am using Win XP.
Thanks.
 

A:Change External Drive to "Removable Drive" designation

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I have five hard drives in my system. Recently after a reboot, one of my drives "vanished"
I rebooted again, it's back. SMART shows the drive is flawless - I suspect a loose connection or something.
My problem is that before the drive vanished, it was G:. Now it's D: (first open drive letter.) When I go into drive management and try to change the drive letter, it's not there. None of the drives showing have it, but it's not in the list.
I need this drive to be G: - how do I find where Windows thinks that letter is allocated and release it?Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

A:Drive letter missing after removing hard drive

The problem was that the drive letter I needed wasn't in the list.
A note for anyone who reads this in the future who does support - when working with someone who says "a drive letter is missing" make sure to understand if they mean the drive doesn't have a letter assigned, or if the problem is that the letter they need
isn't available. I saw a LOT of this while I was researching this problem - I could tell that the person asking the question was saying that the letter wasn't in the list, but the person trying to help would just point them towards drive management (where
they already were, if you read carefully)
In my case, it turned out I have software running that mounts iso files as CD drives. That's where the drive letter was - it had taken the assignment, but without an iso mounted, it didn't show up in drive management.
Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

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

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

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

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

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

Help.

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

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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i 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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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.



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


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

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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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,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 mor... Read more

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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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.
paul.

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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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.
paul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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

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

Raybro
 

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I 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???

Peg
 

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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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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?
Thanks.
 

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,
G
 

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I have a 1.2TB HD setup...created from 4 drives. 2 500GB WD, 1 80GB WD and 1 160 GB WD (western digital). I use the 1000GB (E for data only, the 80GB (C as my Primary Partition (only trusted apps), and 160GB (Dfor everything else.

Lately I noticed that my D: drive was missing, windows shows no sign of it, But all the shortcut icons are in place, clicking one results in "file missing". I got the drive to come back by using safe mode and running msconfig to load only necessary drivers, but the drive disappeared again after some time and I had to repeat the procedure.

Does anyone know what is going on?

Thanks...
 

A:I've got a drive letter removing bug!!!

You assume it a bug, but it could also be a drive failure.
 

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

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

A:Drive letter not assigned but seen for removing

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

Possibly a port issue
 

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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?

Thanks.
 

A:External drive letter

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Hi,
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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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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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.
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
 

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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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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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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. 
Thanks!

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 have a USB3 external drive that I use for backups. It works A-OK. But every time I plug it in I have to use Disk Management to assign it a drive letter. Is there some driver or option in WIn7-64 I need to find/tweak?

A:Why must I assign a drive letter every time I use my external HDD?

How to assign specified drive letters to your USB hard drives using Windows 7 - YouTube

How to assign a drive letter permanently.
The system needs to keep track of the drives installed so they are allocated letters. Hope this helps.

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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 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
G: as DVD/CDR
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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I have two WD My Passport 2TB external drives operating via USB 2.0 ports on my Qosmio Laptop.

I have no problem changing the different drive letters individually. Lets say the black one is allocated Drive F. When I disconnect the black one, and connect the silver one, it thinks it is Drive F too, so I rename it to G, then disconnect it and reconnect the black one only to find it is now G as well.

When I connect both to the laptop, the first one connects as say Drive F but when I connect the second one as well, it seems to think its F also but the Drive letter cannot be changed while both are connected. I also can only read the first drive, and the second one has no drive letter assigned to it.

The silver one is formatted to Fat32 and the Black one if formatted to NTFS although I don't believe that matters.

What I would like to do is copy all the files from silver to black, then format the silver one to NTFS.

Any suggestions?

A:Unable to change external drive letter

Found this on another site:

Solution found here, thanks to Win7Survivor.

Thank you all

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

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i having a same problem, but is server, my server is HP Proliant ML150 G3,
i wonder install window server 2003, after boot to CD i press F6 install additional driver, and it show insert a floppy disk to drive A, but after i put my floppy disk and press enter, it show the same thing ask to insert floppy disk, i suspect it can't recognize external floppy drive as drive A, i havent install window yet, how i know external floppy drive letter and change the letter, some one please reply me as soon as possible, urgent, thanks

A:Change the letter of external floppy drive?

Zion880818 - Ditch the external floppy drive on this one. Break down and spend ten bucks on an internal floppy or borrow one from another machine. It takes 5 minutes or less to install and will rid you of your aggravation.
Sometimes the easiest solution is plain as day.

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

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

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

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I have 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:?

~Lordbob

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

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

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

Thanks for your help!
 

A:Solved: External HD Not Assigned Drive Letter

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Here are the facts:
I put no floppy drive in my computer when I built it.
I forgot my admin password.
I downloaded a program to recover the password.
The program requires a floppy disk.
I plug my external floppy disk drive in.
The batch program is set to execute on the A: drive.
My external floppy disk drive is the B: drive.
There is nothing in the A: drive.
My USB floppy disk drive will not show up on the disk management scren.

Is there some way I can change the letter of my external floppy drive? I have no cds here, so I can't download that version of the program.

A:Change the letter of external floppy drive?

See if you can disable the floppy device in your bios. Even though you don't have a floppy drive internally, the controller is still there so the bios and operating system reserver A: for the drive letter. You might be able to disable the floppy drive in the bios but I doubt it. See if you can use the subst command I doubt that will work if you are booting from a boot disk though.
subst a: b:

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