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2nd Hard Drive has no letter

Q: 2nd Hard Drive has no letter

Tried to install GoBack and error occured then system tried to restore but could not repair MBR and BPE. When I reboot The second drive does not show as connected and when I use disk management (XP Professional) it appears without a drive letter and I can't assign one (grayed out). I have installed and run "Recovery Console" still no joy. The drive shows as D: but when I reboot it is not present. I have booted from a bott floppy (Win98 and it does not show). I have verified it is FAT32 and it contains a majority of my Software installations. I need to get this data back, PLEASE any help for this one??

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A: 2nd Hard Drive has no letter

This sounds like it can be many things. This drive used to work in this config before? If you have a primary and secondary ide controller, try the drive as a master on the secondary and vice versa. Also, run fdisk with your Win98 boot disk and verify that this drive is not set as a Non dos partition.

There is also a virus out there that I have encountered that may give this problem. Not too sure of the name but I will post back if I find it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have 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 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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Hard drive letter C change To Letter X , I can't reboot my laptop,how do I change it back to Letter C.

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Hey kids:

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

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

Thanks.
 

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

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

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

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

Scott
 

A:New hard drive assigned wrong drive letter..

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

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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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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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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 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 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.
 

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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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Hi -

I thought that I posted this question this morning, but in looking through today's questions I don't see my post. Maybe it was moved? Anyway, here it is: 5 yr old Sony VAIO desktop with XP Pro. The floppy a: drive broke and I physically removed it. I bought an external drive (USB) which became b: (obviously before I moved the a: ). I know all the floppy jokes but I'm old and I still use them. I also come across situations when they are called for (I can't make Microsoft's boot disks, etc.). Neither a: nor b: show up in Disk Management so I can't change the letters that way. I've actually tried to remove all the places the a: (phantom) driver shows up. I've hit "uninstall" in the device manager but that only works until I turn the computer off and back on. The computer says that it "found new hardware." I've exhausted my knowledge here. Some programs tell me to insert a floppy disk and when I put it in the b: drive it isn't recognized. I never go in the registry because, frankly, it scares me I've been in the BIOS for very minor things. Can anyone please help me to get this floppy drive to become my a: drive (or maybe just get rid of every trace whatsoever of a: since I deleted the driver everywhere)? I could get the a: driver back if I need to. I was stupid and not thinking about maybe needing the driver. I figured the b:driver will come with me when I call it a:
Thank You
Dawn
 

A:Need to Change Hard Drive Letter

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I've seen other postings complaining about this or similar problems, but the suggested fixes did not work for me. I use an external hard drive (E for backing up my photos and other documents on my internal hard drive (C. Suddenly, my computer isn't recognizing my external hard drive at the E: location. Instead, it moves it to a different letter, and does this (changes the letter) every time I unplug the drive and plug it back in. So it will be J, for example, instead of E. When I pull it out and re-insert it, it becomes drive K. Then L. Then M, etc.

Following the advice of those here and elsewhere, I went into Computer Management and used XP's tool for reassigning the drive letter. However, E: was not listed as an option in the drop-down menu! The only options were letters N-Z.

When I restart my computer, it's usually back to E. What's wrong with my system, and how can I lock the drive to the E letter?

Mod Edit, disable smiles.
 

A:Can't Reassign Hard Drive Letter

Needless to say, I didn't intentionally insert those smiley faces. My state of mind right now is anything but smiley. Of course, I'm talking about the C drive and the E drive, sans smiley faces.

Captain_Vegetabl said:

I've seen other postings complaining about this or similar problems, but the suggested fixes did not work for me. I use an external hard drive (E for backing up my photos and other documents on my internal hard drive (C. Suddenly, my computer isn't recognizing my external hard drive at the E: location. Instead, it moves it to a different letter, and does this (changes the letter) every time I unplug the drive and plug it back in. So it will be J, for example, instead of E. When I pull it out and re-insert it, it becomes drive K. Then L. Then M, etc.

Following the advice of those here and elsewhere, I went into Computer Management and used XP's tool for reassigning the drive letter. However, E: was not listed as an option in the drop-down menu! The only options were letters N-Z.

When I restart my computer, it's usually back to E. What's wrong with my system, and how can I lock the drive to the E letter?Click to expand...
 

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Hi Guys,

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

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

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

Please, any info or help would be really appreciated.

Laymans terms please.

A:Rename hard drive letter????

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

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

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

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I've just installed XP onto my new hard drive without a hitch, but what I thought was my C: drive is showing up as my G: drive! Here's what's up:

IDE 0: 30 G (master), CD-ROM (slave)
IDE 1: 8 G 'GAMES' (master), 3 G 'TEMP' (slave)

When I started the installation, the 30 G drive was unformatted and unpartitioned, so I partitioned it, formatted it as NTFS, and installed Win XP on it. The other two drives already had data on them, and are FAT32 drives.

Now, when I look at "My Computer", my 30G drive is the last drive letter (even behind the CD-ROM), even though it's in the primary slot on IDE-0! Can anyone tell me why, and how to change it into the C: drive?

Thanks in advance!
 

A:Hard Drive letter weirdness...

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I recently just reformatted and added in another HDD. The old setup was a WD 500GB, Hitachi 1TB, and Seagate 1TB, with a Asus DVD drive all installed through Sata connectors.
When I formatted the F drive, being the Hitachi 1TB, it took the OS just fine and I was able to install all my programs and games. Though when I removed the WD 500GB and installed a newer WD 2TB there seems to be a huge problem.
My drive lettering has automatically changed, forcing the F drive to a G drive, the D drive, which was the DVD drive, has been changed to F.
I've gone through dos prompts from the only known source I can get to, a win 7 install disk in recovery options. Yet every time I change the lettering through diskpart in dos, it never sticks.
Can anyone help me in this terrible predicament.

A:Hard drive letter changing?

MS info here Changing, adding or removing a drive letter - Windows Help

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Hi,
Whilst installing a new USB memory stick somehow One of my hard drive letters has changed from F to D?
Computer running Windows 7 starts up ok but most of my programmes and software were on the F drive and I cannot get WIndows EXplorer to work.
I've tried all the tutorials but cannot access any of the administrative programmes to change settings - just says device not ready.

Had to post this from the iPad!

Any help appreciated

A:Hard drive Letter changed

can you please upload a screen shot of your disk management?

scrooge

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Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?

A:Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sonicroxs


Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?


You are probably going to give yourself a bunch of trouble by changing it why not just leave it the way it is?

Ken

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Hi all,

I'm running Windows XP SP3.
My external hard disk drive letter keeps changing every time i plug it out and back in again.
For example, if have assigned it to H:\, after plugging it out and plugging it back in again it changes to I:\.
It happens every single time and there is no way to change it back to H:\ as it disappears from the "Change Drive Letter" drop down list in "Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management".
The only way to make the letter come back into the drop down list is to restart my computer.

Please help, i've tried almost everything except reformatting my computer which is something i dont want to do.

Thanks in advance,
Brian ^_^

A:Hard Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Hi, welcome to TSF,

are you removing it in the correct manner, i.e. using the 'safely remove hardware' option from your systray?

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I have two hard drives installed with the drive letters C: , F: . However D: is also listed but there is no device attached. How do I get rid of this letter designation.??? Also is it possible to switch Drive letters around since my CD-Rom is E: and I would like it to be F: thanks.
 

A:hard drive letter recognition

CD-ROM drives the easy part, just go into System control Panel -> Device Manager -> and double click your CD-ROM, under the settings tab, assign both the Start and End Letter to F:, this will make it stay at F: no matter what, but its gotta be the first one there, so you gotta have F: drive move first. To get rid of the excess drive designation, we'll need a bit more info
 

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I have a second internal hard drive with data. Currently it is the slave. I have tried cable select with the same result. Disk management sees the drive but I cant assign it a letter. All options under Task -> All options are greyed out except delete volume. How do I give it a letter so I can access the data?.

I seearched but could not find a solution that worked for me. I have tried to attach two pictures.

Thanks
Chef

A:Slave hard drive letter

There may be a better way, but I've used a drive/partition manager, like Achronis Disk Director to do this in the past, but that was with XP, and DDS is not yet compatible with W7. There must be some software that will work.

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I have a new computer that runs W7 Prof 64 bit. I noticed when I got it the following.

Drive C (W7 on it and it's the boot drive)
Drive E (second hard drive
Drive D (CDROM drive)
Hard Drives are both 1TB SATA3
What is on the E drive is data I copied there.
I would like to change the E drive to D and the CDROM drive D to E.
This way my hard drives will be C and D and the CDROM will be E.
I have no idea how to do this. Can anyone help me?

Keithet

A:Change Hard Drive Letter

You can do that in Disk Management. Right click on the drive(s) and you will see. But you will first have to assign a different letter (e.g. M) to E or D to free up that letter. If you have data on E, it may lose the path though.

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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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I recently removed a 120GB Maxtor H/D that I was using for music storage from my old PC, a HP Kayak and intalled it in a new PC, a Sony VIAO. It's set for cable select, and has no system or app's, only data. The VIAO is running Windows XP Home with SP2. Here's the problem. When the PC is first started, all drives (c:, d:, m: (the Maxtor)) show correctly in Explorer and Disk Managment. But then, some time later (I haven't determined a time, or if I'm doing something) the m: drive disappears. I then have to reboot and it's back, only to disappear again later. I have the Power options set to Never turn off hard drives. Any ideas? I'll also post this in Hard Drives. Thanks!

A:Hard-drive letter keeps disappearing

Hi, I'm having the exactly same problem, please, let me know if you found a solution.

Regards,

Wenderson Teixeira

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System has two HDs and two disk drives using Win7 Prem.

The main boot drive failed and was replaced. The new drive was assigned as the master and the older drive as the slave. Upon boot, the old D_drive was now the C_drive and the new drive has become the F_drive.

The plan was to install the new hard drive, install Win7 plus backup software, and do a full disk recovery from the disk backup. The recovery disk drive was the failed C_drive.

Through Disk Management, I was able to renamed the current C_drive to D but unable to change the F_drive to C since it is the boot drive.

How can I change the drive letters to what I want and not just rename them?

If this is not possible, how do I get the main boot drive to be renamed to the C_drive?

When I do a recovery of the old C_drive, what drive letter will that be?

Or better yet, how to I get the recovery disk backup to be called the C-drive?

A:Hard Drive Letter Changed?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by cyclone3211


System has two HDs and two disk drives using Win7 Prem.

The main boot drive failed and was replaced. The new drive was assigned as the master and the older drive as the slave. Upon boot, the old D_drive was now the C_drive and the new drive has become the F_drive.

The plan was to install the new hard drive, install Win7 plus backup software, and do a full disk recovery from the disk backup. The recovery disk drive was the failed C_drive.

Through Disk Management, I was able to renamed the current C_drive to D but unable to change the F_drive to C since it is the boot drive.

How can I change the drive letters to what I want and not just rename them?

If this is not possible, how do I get the main boot drive to be renamed to the C_drive?

When I do a recovery of the old C_drive, what drive letter will that be?

Or better yet, how to I get the recovery disk backup to be called the C-drive?


Reinstall with only the new drive plug in.

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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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Hard Drive keeps losing the letter assigned to it anytime I turnoff/restart computer.
I've taken it out and ran it as an internal and external, it does the same thing on another computer.

I've copied everything off of it and did a long format and after some other tries 2 quick formats. The drive retains data but not the letter, when I used Disk Management.

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB

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Please help

A:Hard Drive keeps losing letter.

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

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I have a USB hard drive formatted NTFS that my computer recognizes, but will not assign a drive letter. When I go to Disk Management, it shows the partition as "Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)". When I right-click, the "Change Drive Letter"
option is grayed out.
I have several USB hard drives that this computer won't work with.
I have no problem with USB thumb drives, SD cards, etc. Also, some of my USB hard drives do work!
I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
These USB drives work fine on my two other Windows computers (Vista and 7) as well as on my Mac (10.3).

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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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My brother bought a new internal 500GB hard drive a few months ago and saved all of our family photos to it. Well a few days ago he noticed it would not show up as a hard drive in 'My Computer'. If we go to 'Disk Management' the 500GB hard drive shows up without a drive letter and is marked as a Recovery Partition. Does this mean we lost all of our family photos that were on the hard drive?

If you need more information feel free to ask. I'll attach a photo of what i mean.

A:Internal Hard Drive does not have a drive letter but used to.

Welcome to Seven Forums BinaryMadman

The 500GB drive should not be listed as drive 0. shut down the system and swap the motherboard connectors on each drive. Let us know how that effects things for you. Go back to Disk Management, right click the drive in the bottom pane, Assign Drive leter (any will do).

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

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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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I recently was forced to reinstall W2k, the problem being, my hard drive letters have switched suddenly (C switched with D) so now, after restoring my profiles, every last shortcut is invalid.

Any ideas on how to switch them back?
 

A:W/2000 hard drive letter switcharoo

You should be able to change the drive letter from "Disk Managment" under Computer Managment.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307844
 

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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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Hello,

Left home for the day and when I came back my H drive letter was missing, there is just a blatant blank spot where it used to be... is there any way I can get it back? I hope to god I haven't lost the info on it.
 

A:Hard Drive Letter Doesn't Show Up!

Things that cause drive letters to go missing -

Drive letter conflict with another drive

Disk Compression

Tweak UI

Partition Magic

BIOS Configuration

Norton Go Back


Look HERE to use Disk Management,and look HERE for the other options.
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I have built a computer for video editing and named the hard drives (C for the main drive, (M for the drive holding my music, (P for the drive for photos, and I named the drive to store my videos (V. However when I tried to write path to the V: drive I was told V: is an invalid path, I suppose because of the confusion with a \ followed by a / which would give you a \/ which can be confused with V but is not exactly the same. I went to My Computer and right clicked on the V: drive and clicked on "rename" in the drop down menu and changed the name to "Storage" but the (V persisted. Then I renamed again and named the drive "Storage (S" and now in "My Computer" the drive is shown as "Storage (S (V" When writing a path to put videos on this drive can I use either S:/ or V:/ to get videos into this drive? Is there some way to remove the (V ? Thanks.

A:How do I change letter designating hard drive (V:) ?

My guess is that V: might be in conflict with one of your removable media drives. On my new DELL with a multimedia card, I have a V: which is associated with a SD/mini-mmc/rs drive. There are also drive letters S:, U:, and Z: defined for various things (Z: is my CD/DVD drive).

The way that I found to remane drives and drive letter assignments is a disk management tool. Go to the Start menu, right click on Computer and click on manage. That opens up a menu to a lot of things. The thing you want is near the bottom called disk management.

Once you have the disk management screen displayed, you can right click on any drive volume to get a menu of things to do including change drive letter.

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

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

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

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i just reinstalled my WHOLE computer ...

i had a 80GB hard drive...and now decided to partition it... 40GB each .... question is now....

i got the main partition with the Windows installation in it as the C drive...and the 2nd partition as the I:\ drive ....

how do i change it to the D drive? there is only one hard drive installed....
 

A:hard drive partition letter associations?

oh yea, i did have another hard drive installed, transferred my backup files, and took it out ...

and, any way i can change the letters of the CDROM drives?

ive tried TweakUI (or Powertoys for winXP)

and this is now WinXP Pro SP1 (soon to be SP2 before I do anything else...might as well get it installed on a fresh install so i dont run into problems ....)
 

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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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