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Q: Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

Hey kids:

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

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

Thanks.

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A: Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

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

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I have just installed WinXP on a computer and the Letter assigned to the hard drive is E: not C:
I had two HDDs connected when it was installing. The primary master, which was the drive that WinXP was being installed on, and the primary slave, which had WinXP on it but had died and I was going to try to retrieve the data off it. The jumpers were set correctly and the bios was set correctly as well.
I also tried removing the second HDD and rebooting but the drive assignment is still;
A: Floppy
D: CD ROM
E: Master HDD

I don't seem to be able to find how to change the drive letters so the main HDD can be C:, is it elsewhere in XP because I remember in Win98 it is in the device manager.
 

A:Hard Drive Letter Assignment

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We just installed an additional 20 gig hd in our 2139 Aptiva e5d. when rebooted, it did not come up with a drive letter, however in the system info it exists. When we went into "device manager" it had no letter assigned, and we were not able to assign one there. In F1 setup it showed both the master and slave correctly. How can we get it a drive letter? We have a cd drive on "G" a cd-rw on "H" and floppy on "A" and our master is "c". Info appreciated!
 

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:
 

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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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

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

A:Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

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I had to reformat my hard drive using an external drive bay. I used the external drive bay to reformat the drive. I had to reassign the drive letter from C to G. Originally the drive was C. The drive has a small unallocated partition. When I boot the drive up under DOS, the drive boots up with a default drive letter of X. And a directory of Sources. I want to reassign the drive as G or C. Can someone help out on this. (I am running Windows 7)
 

A:Messy Hard Drive Letter Assignment Problem

When I boot the drive up under DOSClick to expand...

You installed a version of DOS? Exactly what version of DOS (not sure it makes a difference)? Exactly what partitions are on the drive?

the drive boots up with a default drive letter of X.Click to expand...

Meaning what? That the partition with DOS installed has drive letter X? What other drive letters are assigned?

(I am running Windows 7)Click to expand...

Does this comment have any bearing on booting DOS or the drive letter assignment you want to do?
 

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So I've been playing around with my computer which has two internal hard drives - I installed Fedora on the secondary and that's been all fine. Then I used Darik's Boot n Nuke to wipe my main drive clean and I installed a fresh copy of XP on it.

For some reason Windows setup has sort of randomly assigned letters to the drives; e.g. The secondary drive that boots Fedora was called F in Windows but is now C - and the drive that Windows installed on named itself G (it was previously C of course).

When I chose which drive to install on I noticed setup was assigning these letters but didn't see a way to change it at the time and didn't think it would matter. I read somewhere here earlier today that the boot drive really should be named C and it will cause problems if it isn't.

The thing is, both Windows and Linux are operating fine; I've installed several apps and drivers into XP and with no problem.

Will having XP on G instead of C cause me problems down the road? I don't want to get knee deep in reinstalling all of my drivers and apps to find out I'll have to go through it again...

A:[SOLVED] Boot Drive Letter Assignment

Hi bdemonbr,

I presume that when you reinstalled Windows? you still had the secondary Drive connected...

The only way that you will be able to get Windows? back as the C: Drive is to either try booting it without the Fedora Drive connected, and see if it will revert back to C: on boot up...if not, you'll have to use "Boot N Nuke" again and start afresh...This time make sure that the Fedora Drive is disconnected.

In the event that Windows? does revert the "Windows?" Drive back to C:, you will need to connect the Fedora Drive as a 'Slave' so that you can reallocate its Drive letter.

Kind Regards,

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Hey Guys,

Heres the issue. I recently did an install of XP home on a new HDD for a customer after their drive went dead. Not realizing, the install mapped the boot drive to F instead of C. Customer called up complaining that he could not install programs, etc... I wanted to go back and change the drive letters through the registry, but after doing some reading, found that changing the system drive letter after install will make windows act screwey, sometimes not even allowing a boot. I personally can live with a diff. drive letter, but the customer seems to not be able to.

I have read one or two posts about using XXclone to clone the system drive to a new partition mapped to C, then deleting the F partition. As i have never used this program or method, i am a bit skeptical, and/or lost at the same time. What do you guys suggest as the best method to change this drive letter and not disrupt the operations of the system?

Thanks in advance for the help

A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188But I can't guarantee it will work.

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I installed a new disk into a machine and left the old disk as back up. I set the new disk to master and the old disk to slave. I then used ghost and took an image of the old disk and put it directly onto the new disk. Here is the problem.

The old disk maintained the C and D drive letter and the new drive with the system partition is G. I can play with the registry to change the system drive to C, but this will create several problems.

If I take an image of the new disk and then reapply it without the old disk in the machine which is using the C letter assignment used by windows, will the disk get the correct letter assignments? If this works correctly, it should also update the shortcuts and everything.

A:Drive letter assignment

Hi,

Here is the problem. You can't change the disk you are booting from, so you have to do a work around.

For example, if you can boot (don't know if you can) from the D drive and have the old disk in as slave, then you can probably change the old drive to maybe F or some unused letter. Then put that drive that you changed to the boot drive position (boot from the F drive) (assuming it keeps that letter you assigned it) With the new drive (now D) in as a slave, you can assign it an unused letter like C:, then when you put it back in as boot drive, you have accomplished what you want. Long process, but it works most of the time. I assume you know the process of changing the letter assignments, but if you don't let me know.

Don't forget, you have to deal with the boot drive in BIOS setup also so it selects the correct one to boot from.

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The original drive in my PC has 3 partitions, C: , D: , and E:. I have just added a second drive to my PC with only 1 partition. The problem is that my computer has assigned drive letter "D:" to the second drive and has reassigned my original drive partitions to C: , E: , and F:. This problem has messed up some shortcuts to say the least. How can I get my computer to assign drive letter "F:" to my second drive. I am not able to change fixed drive letter assignments in the device manager.

System specs:
win98se
AMD Athlon
Soyo SY-K7V Dragon motherboard
Original drive: Western Digital WD307AA
2nd drive: Seagate ST340810A
Both drives are on IDE1
IDE's: IDE1, IDE2, IDE3, IDE4
Thanks
 

A:drive letter assignment

Hi export5, welcome to TSG....

If I'm not mistaken, I think that is the way windows will treat a second hard drive if the first is partitioned......

You might take a look here to understand how drive letters are assigned:

http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/troubleshooting/Solutions/89.asp
 

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i need to get dos support for my pcmcia cdrom on a toshiba laptop running win2k, and cant seem to figure it out...any ideas???

thanks

[Edited by CleoOrlando on 05-25-2001 at 12:23 AM]
 

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Troubleshooting a corrupted drive, so installed it on a working PC as a slave. Got it working long enough to pull the data. Drive letter assigned was "M". Shutdown, removed drive, boot. Drive letter was STILL showing up.
-Tried Disk Management in WXP, no luck.
-Tried command line removal, no luck.
-Used TweakUI to remove the drive from the list, which is great, but I still cannot assign "M" to any other device. I can live with it, but I'm curious if anyone has a solution.
 

A:Drive Letter Assignment

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Hi There!

The only guarentee of resolving you delemma would be to format and Reinstall Windows. That can be alot of work, but if you're having system issues and such, wiping the drive and reinstalling windows should resolve most id not all of the problems.
Good Luck!

ST
 

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Hey everyone! Here's what the situation is:
 
I have a brand new hard drive. I set up a Dell Utility partition using the disk from Dell. Once that was done, I installed Windows XP Home on the unallocated partition. Everything set up just fine, but now the hard drive doesn't have the letter assignment I want. If you do the DISKPART command, the partition with Windows on it shows as C. When you boot your system and actually use Windows though, the hard drive shows up as I. Why don't they match? I want my drive to be C. What do I need to do to change it to C? I know I can't use the disk management tool because of the whole system volume thing.
 
Would I need to use the Windows Repair or the full installation? I have not added any programs to the computer because I wanted to get this issue resolved first. I saw instructions on Microsoft for "How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows". It says you shouldn't use it unless the drive somehow changed names on its own. I don't know if it's safe to follow or not. The instructions were at: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=223188
 
Please help. I want to be able to get my desktop up and running again. Thanks in advance.

 

A:Drive letter assignment

Go to Disk Management...post a screenshot reflecting all hard drives/partitions, please.
 
How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot. - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html
 
Louis

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Ok. I just partitioned my hard drive to install a second OS on it. In doing so it asked me if i wanted to assign my partitions letters because it resized my primary partition and created another one. Being the dumbass i am i mistakenly clicked no. So my primary hard partition won't boot Windows xp pro cause it's not assigned the Drive letter C. How can i assign this a drive letter without deleting my data on the hard drive? thanx....
 

A:Drive Letter Assignment!!!! Please Help....

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I use an external USB HD which contains my Backing Tracks recorded through Cubase.

I transfer as MP3 files to Karaoke Creator software and add the lyrics. the resultant ,BIN file I use as an on stage lyrics monitor because I have a terrible memory.

I have a problem with my on stage portable and need to use the external drive on another computer.

The drive has an operating system assigned drive letter G. and all the files are locked to this Path

The computer I want to use does not have drive letter G available because it was once assigned to a second CD/DVD drive.

How can I unlock this assignment. do I have to refit the CD/DVD drive and re-assign it to another letter
 

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This may be a simple question from a simple mind, it has me stumped and I don't know why.
I have 2 flash drives to backup files, one gets assigned as E: drive, the other gets assigned as F: drive. What gives?
This is a problem because of scheduling the backup.
Jeff
 

A:Flash drive letter assignment

So what's the problem?

Basic Drive Assignments:
A, B floppies
C primary boot drive
D second hard drive or CD/DVD R/W drive
E thru Z other devices. Virtual drives, USB drives and devices
 

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Hi there,

I installed Windows 7 to test it on my PC (I still use XP for most purposes). Now I want to reinstall it because I want to try a different version. Unfortunately, I would have to re-assign all drives again and I have a lot of them.

So my question is this: Is there any way to save the current assignment and restore it when I have reinstalled Windows?

TIA
SoWhy

I got access to MSDNAA through my university account. Not that that's relevant to this question ;-)

A:Save drive letter assignment?

The easiest way might be to open Regedit, navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices folder, make sure the MountedDevices folder is highlighted on the left, then do File->Export and save the registry keys somewhere. It should save as a .reg file. Upon reinstallation, just double click on the file and it should import them back to restore the settings.

Make SURE after you export the keys to verify that they were all saved and reflect what is currently in the registry by right clicking on the saved .reg file and opening in notepad/wordpad.

I believe this should work.

For reference, check out Option Two below:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

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Hi All

First post here.

This is the system that I used to have. An SSD with XP32, and another HDD with Win7x64. I first started with XP and then later installed 7. When I installed Win7 it called the partition that it was installed on "C:" (even though the XP installation claimed its partition to be C. I set up a BCD (on the SSD) to allow me to boot into either XP (which I believe it did by looking at the boot.ini on that drive) or to boot into Win7 using pointers in the BCD? (I am not so familiar with how BCDs and MBRs work). So long story short, both OSs thought that they were installed on C: and everything was fine, each saw the other partition as D:. So all the programs and everything all pointed to C:, because the C: designation was relative at that point.

Now I just got a larger SSD and I wanted to image both the OSs onto the new SSD (in separate partitions). Seeing as the new SSD had no MBR or BCD, once both the OSs were on it, I had to build a BCD. When bootrec.exe was scanning the OSs it found 2 Win7 installations (one from the HDD and one from the SSD). I asked it to create pointers to both and figured that I would use something else to create a pointer to the XP installation later. What happened is that it considered the HDD Win7 to be C: and the SSD Win7 to be D:. The OS would boot from the SSD but kept looking to C: to run programs, because the image that it came from used to think that it was C: and all the pointers for executables and etc were to ... Read more

A:Drive Letter assignment for OS, want multiple OSs to think they are C:

The conventional use of Windows and other OSes dictated that you can have only one drive letter per partition [each HDD needs at least one partition], i.e. can't have two C: drivers. Check your BIOS, the 0 or 1 drive is usually the boot drive [first drive scanned for bootable files] and gets the letter C:. But the newer computers may have changed that.

I'd think it possible to install two versions of Windows on different partitions on the HDD and from all I've seen and read it has been best to install the oldest OS first and newest OS last. I haven't tried installing Win7 after Win8 yet.

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Im having a problem with my drive letter assignment. I have two hardrives one C and the other E, also have to CD drives. My drive E keep getting change to D, usually when I rebooy about 2 or thre times and then the drive changes letter.. Dont know why is happening, check hardrive connection and its good. this began in the last few days. Can anyone help please.

A:drive letter assignment problem.

Do you want to keep your 2nd hdd as "E" or is it better it permanently becomes "D"? If yes, check these out:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844/en-us
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true

By the way, what is your "legit" D drive?

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My laptop computer has a built-in card reader for Memory Sticks and SD cards to which Windows 7 assigns two drive letters. As I never use the Memory Stick reader I would like to use the drive letter assigned to it for one of the partitions of the hard disk. The problem is that the Memors Stick reader does not show up in Disk Management as long as it is empty - and I haven't got any Memory Stick. How can I re-assign the card reader's drive letter although there is no Memory Stick inserted?

A:Drive letter assignment problem

  
Quote: Originally Posted by avoelp


My laptop computer has a built-in card reader for Memory Sticks and SD cards to which Windows 7 assigns two drive letters. As I never use the Memory Stick reader I would like to use the drive letter assigned to it for one of the partitions of the hard disk. The problem is that the Memors Stick reader does not show up in Disk Management as long as it is empty - and I haven't got any Memory Stick. How can I re-assign the card reader's drive letter although there is no Memory Stick inserted?


If the card reader has 2 drivers you may be able to disable the unused one.

Please go to start>search>type device manager.
Are there any "unknown devices" with yellow triangles on them?
Is you driver there , listed, and working?

If not why does it matter what drive letter a partition has?

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Hi,

Just moments ago finished an XP install on a 20GB harddrive partitioned 2 ways of equal size. This is a routine thing I go through every few months, but this time around my OS partition recieved D:\ while my backup/resevoir partition which was D:\ before, got bumped up to C:\.

It's not a big deal but I like to have familiarity and this is disorienting.

Can I reassign the drive letters somehow?

Thanks in advance,

A:Weird drive letter assignment.

Here ya go..............:D

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OS=XP

2 questions:

1. I inserted a Cruzer SD drive into an open USB port. The computer assigns the drive the letter K. I wish for the drive to be assigned G. The Cruzer is already in the uppermost of two USB ports. Is there a way I can force XP to call the Cruzer G instead of K?

2. Someone had apparently inserted and removed a USB flash drive several times on this same computer without properly closing and ejecting the device. As a result, XP had cycled through the alphabet to the next available letter. I had set a third party backup program to go to a particular drive letter. I know that I could (and did) reboot the computer allowing the computer to recognize that the drive letters it thought were in use were not and for the computer to then reorder all available drive letters. However IS THERE a way to force XP, without rebooting, to reset available drive letters? Clicking on my computer in explorer and hitting the View/Refresh does not work.

A:USB Flash Drive assignment letter

You can reset them yourself manually, using Device Manager. If a letter is already in use, you cannot use it...unless you change it to something else that is not in use.

I start at the end of the alphabet and assign drive letters to storage partitions. C: is the system partition by default, D: is the optical drive by default...anything between D: and the latter characters of the alphabet will be assigned letters E:, etc.

Aside from doing a repair install or something similar...I don't know of a way to force an automatic reassignment of letters.

Louis

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I am facing a really strange kind of problem with my system.

I am a total newbie when it comes to Win 8. A couple of earlier attempts resulted in frustration with GUI and simply gave up. Now I have a good size order for PCs on hand, win 7 licenses are no longer available so have to go with 8.1

My client can get hold of enterprise version licenses at a very reasonable price so was trying out to learn to setup the systems the way he likes and needs. Somehow even after 4 attempts I can't get it to work the way I want.

I have 2 Seagate drives, one 2 Tb and one 750 GB. 2 x 4GB memory chips, Intel DH77EB motherboard and i3-3220T processor.

The initial problem was of data corruption and had to turn off the fast boot feature in power settings. The next problem is very difficult to solve.

It does not recognise even the NTFS volumes in the extended partitions. When it does it won't allow read or write access. Even if I change the permissions it won't retain them. It keeps changing the assigned drive letters to USB attached drives even when I attach them one at a time and assign proper letters that I want it will juggle them around randomly after the next boot. The missing volume phenomenon occurs even with the USB attached drives.

Every time I do a fresh install it comes up with totally different set of permissions about accessing the drives. The files and folders I cansee and access from Win 7 OS are too often simply not visible.

One time it allowed me to install even 32 bit F... Read more

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Hi all. Cloned my main HD [C:] to my new hard drive, which was detected on my system as [F:]. All went well, except I encountered a small problem and did a Windows XP Repair Install.

Now, my problem is, I removed the [C:] drive and booted from the [F:] drive as my main drive was failing. However, all of my programs are not working because of the fact the drive is [F:] and their roots still say the files are on [C:].

So, I go into Disk Management and attempt to change the letter of F: to C:. However, Windows tells me "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume."

I need this drive to be C:. Anyone know how to bypass this at all???
 

A:Drive Letter Assignment -- Big Issue

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In a dual boot Window XP system I'd like to be able to have multiple operating systems yet have drive letter C: assigned to the system I select during boot up. The reason is that I want to build multiple systems by building 1 then cloning it to another partition instead of taking the time to build another system. I guess I could have multiple primary partitions on a single drive then just change which one is active. But what if I have 2 hard drives and I want to change which 1 get the C: drive letter. Is there some way to change the hard drive priority? I don't recall that in my BIOS. I'm just trying to save the time and effort of creating and maintaining multiple operating systems.

A:Windows XP dual-boot and OS drive letter assignment

You can clone a system to another Drive and if there is no other HDD on the computer, it will be C: drive(ex) you have 2 HDD's that are the same size. You have Windows and all your applications, drivers and updates on Drive 1. You clone drive 1 to drive 2. Now if you unplug Drive 1, and boot the computer, Drive 2 becomes the C: drive. Plug drive 1 back in, and boot the computer and if Drive 1 is the first HDD in the boot order, that will be C: drive and Drive 2 will be the D: drive.
For your scenario, you can make a Clone Image of Drive 1, and use that same image to clone to several HDD's.

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What I use my computer for mostly is downloading music, and then burning CDs and archiving the original files on DVDs. Recently, due to (what I eventually came to understand was) a cyclicac redundancy error, Nero and my burner kind of seized up on me. Through various searches of places like this, I was led into uninstalling and re-installing Nero (with no problems) and then doing the same for my burner.

The burner is an NEC ND-3520A, I'm using Windows XP.

After reinstalling the burner using the Windows Installation "Wizard", I realized that I was left with an "empty" (unassigned?) D: drive, which was where my burner used to be, and now the burner had become the E: drive. Didn't think much of it at first, because CDs burned fine, as did DVDs. Then I got to the next step in my archiving process, which is verifying the .shn and .flac music files to make sure the burn was good. And it just took FOREVER, probably about 5x the normal speed.

Granted, I'm only assuming this problem is related to the drive letters, because that's the only change I was able to notice. I did try the Control Panel>Administrative Tools> Computer Management > Disk Management thing, but all that's listed there are my 2 hard drives and not my burner. The burner is listed under Removable Storage > Libraries, where there is no option for changing the drive letter. (If that's even the problem to begin with).

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A:Trouble with CD/DVD burner, possibly the drive letter assignment

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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 am tasked with imaging 1800 N23 for the school district using SCCM. I have created a stand alone USB to do this (because of UEFI) but the HD assignment in the BIOS changes between seeing the hard drive as drive 0 or drive 1. If it were consistent if would not be a challange, but it can change with each boot. This required me to build two USB key, one for drive 0 and one for drive 1, and stopping the task sequence to check where the hard drive is assigned. If not, the USB key get repartitioned and the TS fails.Anyone else seen this? Anyone have a solution? Are these devices not approbiate for the enterprise (if they can't be easily imaged)? The only other devices i have seen this issue on were disposable devices which did not last even three years.

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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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I turned the computer on today and one of the external hard drives has changed from 'K' to 'L'. Two other external hard drives have not been affected. For some reason the 'K' drive has been allocated to the CD Drive (which was previously 'F').

So how can I get 'K' back to the external hard drive using the same path as before. It doesn't matter what the CD drive is called but getting it back to 'F' would be nice.

Thank you.
 

A:Solved: External Hard Drive Letter Has Changed

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Hi, I'm not sure if the title sounds about right but I have Windows Vista Ultimate with 3 hard disk drives, C, D and E. The D:\ drive is about 55GB and E:\ is 300GB. I'd like to change my E:\ to D:\ and vice versa.

I went to right click on the Computer icon, clicked on "Manage" and went to Storage and then Disk Management...

Here's the screenshot:

I can't seem to rename the D to E as the pagefile is there.. Now, I'm not really an expert on this and if someone could shed some light on how to rename the drive, I'd appreciate it so much!!

Thanks so much in advance!
 

A:Solved: Help On Renaming Hard Disk Drive Letter

This ones rather easy. Move your page file to the C: drive. (Control Panel, Performance Information and Tools, Advanced Tools, Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.)

Under Advanced, click on Change.... Click on the C drive and make it System managed size. Click Set. Make sure all the other drives are set to None. After you OK your way out, you may have to reboot.

Now, you can change your drive letters. You can also go back and reset the pagefile. Note, by the way, that changing your drive letters, could cause some programs that look for the drive letters (including anything installed on the drives) to fail.

Courtney sends....
 

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

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

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

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

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


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





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



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



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


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

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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

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

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

Hi KiityCancer,

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

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Stevie,

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

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

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

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

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



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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I installed a 80gb IDE hard drive into my other computer to access data on it and Disk Management lists the drive as "Disk 0" but will not let me assign it a drive letter or explore the drive for data. When you right click the drive it has the "Explore" choice grayed out. The only choice is to "Delete Partition...". On the disk right click choices all you have is "Convert to dynamic disk" and nothing else. The disk is the system and boot disk (I believe that is has a single NTFS partition for the entire drive space) from another PC that I don't need anymore and it has an installation of XP Professional 32-bit on it and the PC that I installed it too is XP Professional also but it is 64-bit OS. I tried a few commands in the command line utility DISKPART but none of those helped me either. I have installed foreign disks in XP many times in the past and have never seen this. Oh, also tried "Rescan Disks" from the Action menu and still no go. Any Ideas?
 

A:Why can't I assign a drive letter to and explore this hard drive?

did you change the jumpers for Master/CableSelect/Slave - appropriate to where you installed

I have recently seen this where windows will not see, but installing UBUNTU as a virtual CD will see the drive and copy any data files
 

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I am trying to revive the local Priest's computer - he has nothing backed up (and I'm not even Catholic ;-))
He has a Dell Dimension 933r running Windows XP Home. When he started the computer yesterday it started to boot into Windows and then just restarts in an endless cycle. It got to a point where it came up with an error "autochk not found - skipping autochk" and then a Windows XP BSOD (the ones with some hex addresses) pops up with an error for about a tenth of a second (I cannot read anything on it - it is too fast).
I pulled the drive and put it in another computer. The computer (Win XP Pro) finds the drive and it shows as "healthy" in Disk Management, but it does not assign it a drive letter. I would just like to be able to get in and copy his data.
I tried a repair install, but Windows XP says it cannot intall to the partition.
I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax (it is a Maxtor 40GB drive) utility and the drive passes all tests with no errors or failures.
I can see directories, etc. when I boot in the Windows Recovery Console, I just can't do anything with them. It tells me "access is denied" when I try to go to documents and settings, etc.
I have tried a fixboot, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how I can help him get his data back?
Thanks in advance for any help.
 

A:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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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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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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

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

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

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

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

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