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Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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

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 "decommission" the current C: drive, or can it be renamed later, after I have installed Windows and started using it as the OS hard drive? Furthermore, should I partition the drive? All that people seem to agree on (from my research so far) is that there is not so much to be gained from doing this now that NTFS is the "better" file format to use for Windows XP.

If it helps, the PC is multi-purpose, in that I use it for all my home computing needs. The main uses are gaming (mainly FPS, offline), recording music (using SONAR by Cakewalk), as well as net surfing, email, a few office functions, and the usual data/photo/music storage.

Sorry to go on at such length, but all too often I've found that questions lead to other questions, so I try to get as much information out there as possible from the start. I'd greatly appreciate any and all input as to how best to use the new HD in conjunction with the old.

I'd also like to express my sympathy and condolences to all grieving for the loss of their friend, WhitPhil.

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

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The current hardware is available:

1 x 120GB
1 x 250GB
1 x 1TB
1 x 1TB

I intend to store my data on all of the HDDs but as the 1TBs are newer than the other smaller ones, their performance is also much better. So if I partition lets say one of the 1 TB HDDs like:

Partition 1 60GB - OS
Partition 2 860GB - DATA (ISOs, Pics, etc)

Will there be a significant performance decrease having an operating system and random data on the same HDD but on different partitions?

Thanks in advance guys.

A:Hard Drive Partitioning Performance Issues

That will depend to a large degree what you are doing with the data and how it is being accessed. OS and Data on the same physical drive is the usual setup. However, if you have the possibility to seperate it on 2 different physical drives, you may get a small performance gain. But in any case it is not going to be dramatic one way or the other.

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Hi all.

Recently I installed Ubuntu Linux on a partition on my secondary hard drive (it's a worthwhile education, I'll give it that). Since then, when in Windows, the remaining space, used for games, alternates between being accessible and being unaccessible. What's the go?

For example, when I go in My Computer and try to open D: drive this is the message i receive:

D:\ is not accessible

The parameter is incorrect

Thank you in advance.

A:Dual Booting - Second hard drive partitioning issues

Just to let you all know, I'm in Linux now, checking the hard drive. It recognises the first partition as being NTFS formatted, and the partitions are correct, which points or at least indicates the problem as being with Windows.

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I tried installing ubuntu with my external hdd on, and after it was installed on my HDD, my 250 GB became 150 GB. Is there a way i can get 250 GB back?

Please see attached file.


2.jpg - 77 GB is in a partitioned drive, which doesnt have a volume label. When i right click there, i see only help and "Delete Volume.."

1.jpg - If i delete, will all my 77 gb get lost?

How would i get my 250 gb back?

A:Disk partitioning - Hard drive partition issues

Welcome to Vista Forums!!

Okay, here's what you want to do.

Uninstall ubuntu from the Hard Drive if you haven't done so already.
Select the partition Ubuntu was installed on, take note of the size. Right click it, and delete it.
Select the original partition of the drive, right click, and click extend partition.
A new window will come up asking for the size you want to extend by, it should already be the correct size. this is why you took note of the partition size earlier, just in case it wasn't.
Click okay/next and it will put the partition back to how it used to be.

Good luck!
If you need any help, just post back!


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Hi and Merry Xmas to all of you,

Yesterday night I finally got the time around to finish the fresh installation of Windows 7, and I created a hard link for both my "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" using the command prompt in the Windows 7 installation disk.
The hard link points to another partition(E:\) which I use to store Program Files purely. However, at the time of creating the hard link using the Windows 7 Installation disc, the volume letters were different than what it was in Windows. Now when I tried to access my files from Windows, it would give me an error. To better illustrate the problem, I'll attach screenshots below.

The image above shows the hard link in (C:\) and the volume which I link to (E:\)

The image above shows the hard link and the directory it links to in E:\. Notice that the Internet Explorer 8 on taskbar is no longer available. On the other hand, when I tried to install Firefox on "C:\Program Files (x86)", it would be put in "C:\ProgramData\" which appears to be a new backup system that Microsoft used in case "Program Files" folder was deleted.

I know I'm in for another re-install, but what should I do to make the hard links work properly?

A:Hard Link Issues Related to Drive Letter

Try System Restore to before you made the changes and leave Program files on OS drive.

If not, try changing the files back to C: drive by reversing your steps.

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

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

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

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

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


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


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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

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


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

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

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

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

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

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

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


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

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help greatly appreciated.


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

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


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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 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.


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,

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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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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 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

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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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 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"?


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 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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Hey kids:

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

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


A:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

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

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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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 Replaced the original hard drive on my Aspire AX 3910-U4022 desk top and have issues.There were a lot of help files that came loaded on my original hard drive that I would like to recover. Are they still available and, if so, how do I access them ?My immediate  problem is that I also changed my graphics to a PNY NVIDIA and I found some of my software will not work. Decided to change back to the Acer graphics. Downloaded the driver but I didn't get an install button and can not find the driver on my computer. When I plug into the original graphics port, I get nothing.Would really appreciate any help you folks can provide as it seems I have to pay Acer for answers to questions. Mush as I like this computer, I don't think my next one will be an Acer..Thanks for looking and for the hoped for answers..

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 Replaced the original hard drive on my Aspire AX 3910-U4022 desk top and have issues.There were a lot of help files that came loaded on my original hard drive that I would like to recover. Are they still available and, if so, how do I access them ?My immediate  problem is that I also changed my graphics to a PNY NVIDIA and I found some of my software will not work. Decided to change back to the Acer graphics. Downloaded the driver but I didn't get an install button and can not find the driver on my computer. When I plug into the original graphics port, I get nothing.Would really appreciate any help you folks can provide as it seems I have to pay Acer for answers to questions. Mush as I like this computer, I don't think my next one will be an Acer..Thanks for looking and for the hoped for answers..

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I purchased a new hard drive recently, to replace an older one that seemed to have stopped working. I had lost access to the windows 10 disc that originally came with my computer due to a move(I was not able to participate in packing my own things due to being in the hospital) so I purchased a usb flash drive to create a bootable usb to install windows on the hard drive.
I have gone through the process several times, and each time the computer restarts, I am taken back to the initial installation screen and am forced to go through the process again. This is the first time I've actually replaced a hard drive, so I'm not sure how to proceed or fix the problem. I've redone the process of putting the windows 10 installer on the usb several times, using both the windows 10 media creation tool and rufus using a windows 10 iso.
I've double checked to make sure nothing within the computer case was disconnected or loose. I'm not sure how to proceed at this point.

A:Issues installing Windows 10 on new hard drive

Just as the computer reboots the first time during install, pull the flash drive out.

The problem is that your bios is set to boot from USB flash drive permanently as the first device. Bios needs to be set to boot from the hard drive first as priority - and then you manually tell it to boot from the flash drive when you want it to. The workaround to changing your bios settings is to pull the flash drive out just as the computer reboots the first time when installing Windows 10.

If you happen to miss it - when the computer reboots into the first install screen again, just remove the flash drive and restart the computer.

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

A:USB External Hard drive - no drive letter

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

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

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

Good luck,

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I have 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 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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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).


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I'll start by stating that I'm not the most technically inclined individual.
I recently installed a new hard drive to replace the fried drive in a Gateway GM5076E
I'd like to note that I bought this computer open box (at a ridiculous discount) with no Restore Disc, which is where my problems now stem from.
The drive I installed was one I conveniently found in a non-working computer at work. It had Win2k on it. I removed 2k and installed XP on it.
XP installed fine, but I'm now having issues with drivers, which I can't seem to find.
No sound, no internet, etc.
The only driver that I've been able to both find and install correctly is for the motherboard.
I've searched Gateway's maze of driver downloads only to find a select few drivers for it at all, and only the previously named one which would actually install.

If someone here could possibly find me a link to a complete driver package, I would very much appreciate it.

A:Issues with finding drivers after installing a new hard drive

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All right, so here is the problem: I've been trying to install additional SATA hard drive on my computer, I've connected all the proper cables to mobo and power supply and at first it looked as if everything was fine, the hard drive was recognized by BIOS and Win7 but then Windows failed to find the driver for it and it disappeared. So what should I do?
The hard drive is WDC WD1600AAJS-00PSA0, mobo is ASUS P5E-VM DO, BIOS is AM ver. 0902, OS is Win7 Home Premium.
Important note: if I disconnect and connect the SATA cables the process repeats as in: Windows starts up, for a few minutes while OS is looking for driver the hard drive is visible and listed in disk management (I managed to format the drive just in case) but when it fails to find the driver it immediately disappears and I can't access it again.
The weird thing is that my main drive is also WD and it works just fine, no problems.

A:Issues with installing SATA hard drive on Win7

Welcome to the forum normally no driver's are needed how did you format it in another PC and did you do it as gpt or MBR? It doesn't show in disk manager at all is it sata 2 or 3 and does the mb support it

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Ok so I bought a new pc the other day it was delivered with Win 8 preinstalled 64 bit version, its a Packard bell Imedia. I've had a play about with it and I hate windows 8, that's why I have my windows 7 ultimate at hand ready to go on there. I've changed the boot priority for dvd drive first and enabled boot mode. Once I've got to boot mode the dvd drive never shows up in the boot menu, just the 1 of 2 1TB hdds I have in there appears. The drive is working as I've tried to run windows 7 install from the desktop though it has failed and I've read a little online to find out its due to the hdd drives being formatted in GPT format? I have never come across this before I know a little about pc's but not enough to know how to solve this issue. I really want to go back to Win 7 as I got on well with it and I hate windows 8 and I don't have a touch screen monitor to go with it either and nor would I want a touch screen monitor YCH!

hope someone here can help me i'm at my wits end haha

A:GPT Hard drive issues with installing Windows 7 Ultimate..

Hello DrWolfenstein, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this is a new PC and formatted as GPT, then you have a UEFI motherboard.

If you have not already, then I would recommend creating a factory recovery USB to be able to restore Windows 8 back to factory conditions on your PC if you should ever want to in the future.Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8
Next, double check to make sure that there are Windows 7 drivers available for all devices on the PC. There's no sense in installing Windows 7 if you don't have drivers for the PC.

To install Windows 7 on UEFI, you would first need to create a bootable Windows 7 UEFI USB flash drive using the tutorial below.UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Next, the tutorial below will show you how to install Window 7 on UEFI with the UEFI USB.UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Hope this helps,

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I have bought a new 1TB sata hdd to use as my main hdd and keep my old hdd as a storage hdd.

Currently I have:

SATA1 The old Sata as C: Old Win7 installation here, and boots from this
SATA2 The new Sata as D: New Win7 installation, bios won't show this as bootable.
SATA3. DVD drive.

If I switch them around and stick my new hdd to SATA1 then it doesn't boot even though it has Win7 installed. If it's on SATA2 and the old one is back on SATA1 then it boots with 2 windows options.

Second issue is that I want my new D: drive to be C: and vice versa. I am a bit concerned about doing it through Disk management as I don't want to risk losing both OS's unless I can boot up my Win7 setup through external hdd as mentioned below.

Third issue is; my Win7 is a digitally bought version which is in my External hard drive in a folder. And I am not sure If I can just boot with that and format my c and d to be able to rearrange the volume and boots etc.

How can I set my new secondary SATA drive as my main C: drive and let the computer boot from it. As far as I know SATA's jumper settings are for something else than declaring master/slave.

A:[SOLVED] Issues with Installing Win7 on a new hard drive

Hi -

Both drives have Windows 7 installed on them?

I would remove the old HDD, connect the new 1 TB HDD as SATA1, wipe it will KillDisk, then install Windows 7 onto it.

KillDisk - http://jcgriff2.com/killdisk_imgburn.html

You'll need to activate and validate the OS. Activation problems may occur as the keycode is currently used for Windows 7 on the old HDD.

Contact Microsoft and explain new HDD purchase - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

Then connect the 2nd HDD, transfer over the user profile folder files, e.g., Docs, Pics, Music, etc... then format the 2nd HDD.

Info on the digital copy of Windows 7 you purchased from the Microsoft Store -


Regards. . .



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I am looking to use my 1TB seagate SATA II drive for my Windows 7 installation, and was wondering how I should go about partitioning it and how large each partition should be or what I sould put on each partition.

My system will be used for the following:

Computer Games that take up a lot of space (World In Conflict, Empire Total War, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty, etc.)
Video files/ recordings (I have a Hauppauge tv card)
Some Photos
Basic apps like office
Data files

Which of the above items should I put on the OS partition, and which should get their own partitions? How large should the OS partition be compared to the other partitions? Seperate partition for games?

Having one giant drive might be nice to try, but then I would have no where to put my excess video files if I ever needed to reformat. The 1TB drive accomodates whatever video files I can't store on my 2 smaller drives and currently has 120 GB of video on it.

In addition to my 1TB drive, I also have 2 more internal drives, a 250GB Maxtor ATA which is filled with video files and a 200GB WD SATA that I use for my TV card and storing the recordings I make until I have a chance to edit them or move them to a differet drive.

I have a seperate 250GB external drive for backing up data files and music, so the backup issue is taken care of.

A:Installing Windows 7 and partitioning a 1TB drive

This is how i would do it.

O.S Partition of roughly 250GB:

Some Photos
Basic apps like office
Data files

On separate partition, of roughly 750GB:

Separate folders on the partition for each type.

Computer Games that take up a lot of space (World In Conflict, Empire Total War, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty, etc.)
Video files/ recordings (I have a Hauppauge tv card)

Just my opinion.

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I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here. 

A:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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Second hard drive WDC WD600JB Hard Drive mounted internally (or external with USB adapter) is not seen by Windows XP File manager/My Computer, is listed in System Properties/Device Manager under "Disk Drives", is listed under Computer Management/Disk Management without as drive letter, right click on blank drive letter and "Change Drive Letter and Paths ..." grayed out.. (note: I suspect that the disk's copy of the system's disk is corrupt.) Going to the Command Prompt, using Diskpart, "list disk" shows both disks, unable to assign a "letter=G" or any other unused letter above G: I downloaded hard disk recovery shareware to check that the data file are still on the disk...shows the NTFS files with a sector search. Need help to get computer Windows XP to recognize drive and read files.

A:Hard Drive w/o a drive letter

At this point I usually make a forensic back up of the drive (e.g., Ghost with /ia - the 'image all' switch). If tools like Partition Magic don't even see the drive I use partition recovery software (like the one by [email protected] - which has worked VERY well for me).

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I recently built a new computer and installed XP Pro. I just installed the hard drive from my old computer into my new one. My problem is XP will not assign it a drive letter. I went to disk management and it shows it there and that it is working properly. Is this just a quirk with XP or am I doing something wrong?


A:No drive letter for 2nd hard drive

I recommend you use a Windows 98 SE Startup boot disk and run FDISK to check the second drive partition table and make sure the partition is Active. If you don't have one you can download one from www.bootdisk.com. Also check you BIOS to make sure the IDE channel is set to Auto.

Good luck.

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Hi everyone

I am trying to update my hard drive. I have a new WD 80gb and plugged it in as slave and partitioned and formatted through W2K disk management.

My existing hard drive has two primary partitions (C Drive NTFS 6GB and boot ext2 of 54mb) also three logical drives in the extended partition (D Drive FAT32 for my data, Ext2 for Linux 4GB and Linux Swapspace of 275mb).

On my new drive, I created 15GB for C drive NTFS, a second primary partition of 55mb unformatted and five logical drives in the extended partition - one 18GB in FAT32, another two 17 GB in NTFS another 6GB unformatted (for Linux) and another 275mb unformatted for the Linuxswap.

I then used Norton's Ghost to copy each drive on my existing HD to the appropriate drives on the new WD HD, including copying the boot and the swap which didn't appear to have anything in them - is that right?

I used the MBD function on Nortons when copying the C Drive.

Then I removed the old drive and connected my new drive as master and adjusted the jumper. When I start up, it goes to the password section of Windows 2000 and all I get is a blue screen. There is a message about pagefile not being big enough but even after altering it to maximum recommended, the message still appears.

Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

I am using Windows 2000
AMD 880 mhz

Anything else I need to tell you?

A:Solved: Partitioning, Drive Copy & installing new HD

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/e1505 and I have windows 7 ultimate on it. The hard drive is only 60GBs in size and it only has 3GB of space left on it. I want to install a new HD 500GB in the laptop, but the old harddrive has drive C;\ and Backup (D:\) on it, I want to partition the new drive to have Drive C:\ and the rest extened space. what are the proceedures to perform this task. and please in details. (P.S.) I don't have the OS disc to re-install Win.7. What I do have is a 500GB Harddrive and a USB to Sata connection cable to connect the harddrive to the computer, a windows 7 repair disc for the system and backup discs from the old harddrive. How do I proceed? I have tried it once using the tools that I have and it copied the os and files just like the old drive but not enabling me to extend the C:\ drive.

A:Installing and partitioning a new laptop drive with Windows 7

The easiest way would probably be a cloning software with a external HDD as a backup drive.

create an image backup to the external drive
switch drives in the laptop
write the image backup from the external drive

I know these manufacturer's have free cloning software that can be used with their drives:

Western Digital
Intel (SSD Drives)


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In Explorer:

Disk 0 shows up as C, as it should.
Disk 1 shows up as D and G.

In Disk Management:

Disk 0 shows no drive letter.
Disk 1 show only D.

If I attempt to change the drive letter of Disk 1, to get rid of the G:\ assignment, it only shows D:\.

A:Some drive letter issues

Go to Start > Help and Support and type "dynamic disk" in the search box.

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I have a 200Gb western digital HDD but only seem to be able to partition 132Gb when I install XP Pro. what happened to the rest? How do I access the rest?

A:hard drive partitioning

137 is a limit in XP unless you have SP2 installed and your MB will support larger drives. You need to check your MB manual - it might need a BIOs upgrade.

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i am thinking of purchasing a second 160GB Hd to replace my 100GB(old) HD and was wondering how to partition it. i have the restore CDs from the oringinal HD didnt know if those were of any use 4 this


A:Partitioning a second hard drive

If you plan on using the new hard drive as a slave then win xp can do the job for you, just go to disk management and format and partition the drive.

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can someone pls help me out...my C drive there is 382 GB of free space from a total of 452 GB and i want to shrink it to 80 GB but when i do it from computer management as shown it only is allowing me to only shrink down to 216 GB not any lesser

A:need help partitioning hard drive....

Welcome to SF! rome

The main reason you are running into this problem is from trying to shrink the C primary you are booting into Windows from. In order to shrink the primary down past that point you will need to Diskpart or a 3rd drive partitioning program.

The thing to look at however is the total amount of used space being reported and deduct that from the total amount of drive space available before Windows or anything was installed. A 500gb drive should report some 465gb available. If your total installation of Windows, programs, and space reserved by Windows for the paging file and restore points comes in at 60gb or less you shouldn't see any problem.

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While I had windows XP I partitioned my hard drive and had ubuntu running side-by-side with windows.
When I tried that with windows Vista ubuntu wiped out everything and took over the whole drive.
How can I partition my hard drive and install ubuntu without losing win 10? I have a solid state drive if that makes any difference.

A:partitioning hard drive

I am assuming that you have Windows 10 installed using MBR partition scheme.
Download and install Macrium Reflect Free . Make a backup image of current Windows to an external HD, just in case things go wrong then you can restore Windows back to the way it was,From Disk Management, shrink your HD for UBUNTU installation, usually 20GB is enough.Follow this Video to install UBUNTU. This procedure separates GRUB and Windows Boot Manager so that if any update from either OS won't interfere with each other.

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60GB HDU, 512k Ram. AMD2K Win XP Pro.Norton Systemworks (NS)and Partition Magic 8. (PM)

Have just completed a clean reinstall of XP and now want to Partition Drive to allow me to have one Primary partition with XP and One (primary?)partition with a ghost of my complete setup (i.e XP, NS & PM) for recovery purposes. i.e if I have a major virus or trojan I want to just reinstall from this partition. To bring me back to this position.
My idea was to ghost the complete opersys and settings to this partition. Data will be loaded and saved separately.
I also want to have separate partitions within my first primary partition for data, films and music.
When I use PM it has allowed me to set up a separate partion. I have selected 6GB for operating system,PM and NS (probably more than required) but wont let me use the split partition to split the primary(with O/S) for data etc. What am I doing wrong or can you suggest better ways of achieving the end result?
I am not intending to load any other operating systems. This is merely to have an identical system ready to reload in case of virus attack, which is why I have had to reload everthing.

A:Partitioning Hard drive on XP

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Hi guys,
I've got a hard drive here that was used in a failed image operation a few months ago. it's one of my three beloved external hard drives, and I'd like it put back the way it was, namely having 500 GB on one big partition (hence it's name). The support staff who were helping me with this failed image operation heedlessly split it unevenly, the image (or more accurately, file dump) of my former OS is there. I want that gotten rid of, yet I do not want the valuable space allocated to that partition lost. The data? That's what I want gone, not the space on the drive. Right now, the partitions on the drive are as follows: OS (285 GB), and 500 (thee original, with only 93 GB) left. It's the OS partition I want to join to the 500 partition to make one as I bought the drive three years ago. I've been looking for partition managers that do not require running within a bootable environment, considering I do not have the vision to do that (I use a screen reader), I've checked out Easeus Todo Backup, found it very inaccessible with screen readers, which leads me to assume that all of their products bring on the same issue. Any advice on how I can get this to work with possibly free tools if you can think of any? I mean, you can list comertial tools as well, I'd just prefer it if they were free. Thanks.


A:hard drive here that needs a partitioning job

One free program that I can think of off hand is Gparted partitioning software.

The programs name is pronounced GEE PARTED

I have used it before to delete an unwanted partition that Linux had created on one of my hard drives and was amazed it seen a partition that windows based software alone could not see or manipulate.

Here is the link to the download and support page.


Hope this helps.


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I wasn't sure where to put this, but mods move it if it's in the wrongg place.

Anyway, is there some way to Partition my had drive withough formatting it? It's a 40gb HD, and I want it to be 20gb/20gb so I can use one of them for Linux, and the other for Windows. Also, how do I choose which partition to boot up when the PC starts, and how do I change between them?

A:Hard drive Partitioning

Elkchan said:

I wasn't sure where to put this, but mods move it if it's in the wrongg place.

Anyway, is there some way to Partition my had drive withough formatting it? It's a 40gb HD, and I want it to be 20gb/20gb so I can use one of them for Linux, and the other for Windows. Also, how do I choose which partition to boot up when the PC starts, and how do I change between them?Click to expand...

You have to use software like Partition Magic to do it. There may be some free ones, but I don't know of any.

As to the dual boot, Google "dual boot linux windows" and you'll find tons of guides on how to do it.

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