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Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

Q: Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

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?

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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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I had to replace my hard drive an windows assigned the drive letter to I: not to c: how do I change it to c:

A:how to change the main hard drive letter back to c:

Hi

See this article: How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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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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After using active "Kill-Disk" on my drive to format,i tried to install windows xp and could'nt boot, so i used "Spotmau Recovery Disc" to re-boot and re-installed Windows XP! all seemed well until i tried to install AVG and found that it would not install, on investigation i found that the main drive "C"had been replaced by letter"F" !! Could any kind person inform me how rectify this ? My computer js home assembled using a Asus A8N-VM CSM Motherboard and a AMD Athlon tm 64 processor,with a Seagate Barracuda 250gb Hard-Drive.

Computer Management Shows :-

Capacity Free-space %Free Faults Overhead
U nknown Part 3.00gb 3.00gb 100 No 0%

F = 229.88 GB 227.33GB 98% No 0%

"D" 7mb 0 0% No 0%
Regards to all
Jim

A:main drive letter "F" instead of "C"

I don't see why that would cause AVG to break, unless the installer automatically assumes that the installation drive is labeled "C:"

I've had Windows reside on pretty much every letter of the alphabet with no ill effects except from poorly designed installers that haven't heard of the %ProgramFiles% environment variable.

In any case, I'd say that changing the drive letter on a live install of Windows would be a bad thing to do if you even found a way to do it. Just be sure that program installers reference the correct drive letter (almost all installers have this option, sometimes hidden, though)

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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'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.

 

A:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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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'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 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 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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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

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Hi.can anyone help me with the above question??

A:How to Add exterior hard drive and use as main hard drive??

Hi, No, you can use it as secondary HDD. Regards.

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Hi, This issue is causing some serious problems like installing software and doing all kinds of stuff. Every time I try to do that some type of error comes up saying insert Drive. What do I do?
 

A:F is main hard drive.. Need to change to C.

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I have a Western Digital 120 GB HD and for some odd reason my computer fails to read it. All i get is Failure to read Master Disk Drive or something to that affect, then a blank screen just appears and you can not input any commands, or other times it will ask you for a bootdisk but this happens very rarely, unfortunetly i bought my computer from a friend and he lost the bootdisk, what should i do to fix this problem?
 

A:Main Hard Drive not reading?

Hello...

Go here and get their diagnostic tools and test your drive to see if it is defective or not.

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools

Shane
 

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I have a second hard drive in my PC that I use for media files like audio and video, etc. Every now and then I just make a complete copy of the drive, just in case it fails one day.

This morning I started wondering if I could maybe make a copy of my C drive, ie the drive that actually runs the PC itself? This way if that drive ever failed and my PC refused to start up, I could just swap in the backup drive and be up and running again.

Am I being hopelessly naive here or is this something one could actually do?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, believe you me.
 

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Hi

The main hard drive on my pc that has the operating system on and everything is begining to fail and i need to sort it out before i cant use the disk anymore. The disk is in warrenty so i will be able to get it replaced but not all the things on it.

How can i backup my operating system and all of the programs and files on it, i have another hard drive that i can use as a backup but im not sure how to do it.

Can anyone advise me on what to do?

Would be a great help thanks.

A:Main Hard Drive failure - What to do?

Hi Fields,

Have a look here;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/downloads/0,...675060s,00.htm

Pooch

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Hi,

I have a 4 yr old Compaq computer running Windows XP Pro (upgraded from Win 98). I recently put an additional 80 gig hard drive in and want to make it the main drive and leave the original 10 gig drive for special storage (pictures and music). how do I make this happen?
 

A:Making New Hard Drive Main One

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I bought a new ssd for my computer but i still havn't installed anything on it yet.
I would like to know if i will have problems or will it be as easy to install and run normaly as the youtube videos show.
On my main hard drive i had windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10. I only have my windows 7 CD so it would install windows 7 on it. Do i need to reinstall windows 7 on my main hard drive, maybe find a windows 10 upgrade or will it all work together fine?

A:Do i need to downgrade my main hard drive (new ssd-win 7)

Dont really understand what your are saying

you want to install windows 10 on your new ssd ?

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Hello,

I just installed windows xp pro on a new hard drive I had to get and instead of the typical C:\ for my main drive it has assigned it an E:\. Can anyone tell me what I'd need to do to get it changed to C: It is a particularly a problem when I download and it looks to install on C not E

Thanks.

A:Main Hard drive assigned E: not C:\

There is no practical way to change the drive letter of a drive containing an OS. Windows will function normally as it is. I used Windows 2000 for years on D: with no problems whatsoever. You can almost always change the default install folder.

The only way to change the drive to C: would be to do a clean install.

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I have been using two hard drives, with the slave being a clone, replica or image of the main. When the master got fouled up, I used Norton Ghost to restore from the slave. Ghost was not reliable, and I found Maxblast worked better. Recently a worm or virus got in the master and wouldn't let it boot. Restoring from the slave didn't help, it was in the slave also. I had to clean up both HD's with fdisk and fdisk/mbr, then restore with CD's which takes a lot of time.

How can I make a BOOTABLE clone of the master, take it out of the machine, and swap it back in case of crash again? I use Windows 98 SE, and there may be a way to use the OS to do this, but I am not clear on the details such as copying the boot sector. BTW I now scan all downloaded files with Norton AV before opening but this is not foolproof.

Thanks for looking, Laremac
 

A:Backing up the main hard drive

afterthought: What about going into the Bios and setting the machine to boot first from CD-ROM, then the back-up HD would not need to be bootable. I could clean up, restore form the slave, and just leave the CD in to start. That is unless they have developed a virus that will infect a CD-ROM!
 

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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??
 

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

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

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

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

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

A:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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I 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 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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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 loaded windows onto my PC without assuring the 1TB Hard Drive was properly plugged in so it loaded instead to something else that only has 16G so now that I have found the issue with my hard drive I plugged it in and my PC recognizes it but it will not
transfer windows to it and I cannot rename my hard drive from A to C drive thinking that would fix the issue. I have attempted to change the values, etc but it will not allow me too. Ive even tried to put windows 7 disk back in and reload, uninstall and nothing.
Can somebody please help??

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I have an HP Pavilion laptop with the Windows XP Professional O.S. Recently (last week or so) I have been under attack from some sort of virus (or so it seems) that my McAfee Anti-Virus program does not find at all. And another antivirus program that I tried also did not find it either (Avest A.V. I think is the name of that).

I got fed up with what it was doing to my computer. So I took it to a professional shop here where I live and had the main hard drive (there are two via a partition) entirely reformatted. The guy at the computer shop reformatted the main drive but did not reformat the other drive (which had next to nothing on it). However, the unknown virus appears to still be present somehow. I have tried everything I know of - system restore, operating in Safe Mode and running the anti-virus program, etc., but nothing seems to be able to FIND this friggin problem that is clearly still affecting my computer.

The primary problem that I am NOW having is the following - When I try to type something on any internet forum or on any Word program, etc., some sort of gremlin keeps affecting what I type. By that I mean while I am typing something there is some sort of glitch that happens every few seconds. This "glitch" results in the movement of the cursor to all sorts of places on the message (other than where it is supposed to be). So time after time I have to get the cursor back to where I was typing and also correct the inevitable mistake that occurr... Read more

A:I had my main hard drive reformatted - virus is still there - HOW?

I'd run a hard drive diagnostic, first step.

Louis

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I have C which is the main hard drive but I also have F, should I plug it out before formatting?

A:When formatting, should I plug out all but the main hard drive?

Yes unplug all other HDD.

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I have two 120gb WD hard-drives (IDE), both are hooked up as Raid, The main one is dead. I've tried using the second one only, but bios doesn't detect it even after disabling raid. Do I have to have two hard-drives in order for my pc to work? My pc is older and I'm running an Asus P4T533/R motherboard running windows XP. It's setup as Striped Raid array, Raid 0.
 

A:main hard drive bad part of Raid

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I have a Dell Inspiron that is running Win7 Home premium 64 bit and I am getting an error message while booting up it states
"No boot sector on internal hard drive"
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot"

When I hit F1 it does nothing. I am not worried about losing data on this computer because I have everything backed up. I would just like to fix it so I can use it again. When I first received this message I was able to strike F1 and it would boot just fine but then I tried to fix it on my own. I think I killed the boot sector altogether. I must warn you that I am new to the MBR set up so you will have to walk me through it one step at a time.

A:No Boot sector main hard drive

Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.

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Hello,
I've been trying to clear out my hard drive of some stuff to free up some much needed space. However, I can't seem to find what it is that's taking up so much space. When I look at what all is on there, nothing seems to add up to the amount that it says is on there. My main drive is 69.6 GB big and it says I have 13 GB free (I know that's low, that's why I'm trying to clear it out of things I don't need on there). The problem is, I have uninstalled and deleted everything I don't need and have the main drive almost down to the essentials and a few other programs I use regularly. It should leave me with almost 30 GB free space, but as I have mentioned, it says I only have 13 GB free. Aside from what I have done, how else can I find out what is taking up all this space? Could it just be that something is wrong with my main drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
 

A:Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

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Hi everyone,
 
I require some help from experienced members of this community to find bulk and clutter on this laptop. I know I'm supposed to have over 100 GB on this SSD, but somehow I start with a little over 96 GB and I only have 5 GB of free space remaining. Could someone help me take a look and see if there are any junk programs that have come pre-installed on this Dell laptop? I would love more space.
 
There has also been problems of physical memory maxing out at 100% when I'm running 2-3 programs. But that can be solved after the hard drive space situation has been eased.
 
Thanks!

A:Main hard drive lacking space

Download MinitoolBox and check list installed programs. Copy and Paste the log into your next post.
 
In the search box type Run. In the Run Box type %temp%. All the files listed can be deleted. Do this for every account on the computer.
 
If you do not have CCleaner install it and use the default settings to clear out your browser temp files and history. 
 
WinDirStat is good for finding files that are taking up space on the drive.

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Here is the situation. My customer called me and said his computer keeps booting in an endless loop. I suspected a corrupted master boot record. I went to his house, booted up into the Recovery Console, did memory checks and such, and did a FIXBOOT command. Well, this did nothing for me except give me some typing practice. I noticed too that I can't get it to boot into SAFE MODE.

When I rebooted it, it came up with the infamous "NTLDR IS MISSING - PRESS CTRL-ALT-DEL TO RESTART". And then it gets really exciting!! I tried rebooting again and got the BSOD 0x0000007f error. Well, I did all of the normal processes of elimination by removing one RAM module at a time (but memory already checked good so it was more of a second check than anything else) and disconnected one CD/DVD drive, although since I worked on the hard drive last, it just makes sense that something went awry on the hard drive.

Moving right along, I removed the hard drive and connected it to my Linux laptop (gotta love Linux!!!) and Linux sees all of the folders and files. I think something got messed up in the boot sector but now all I can get is a constant BSOD. Let me just clarify one point I left out above....the BSOD appears when I try to boot from the Windows XP disc in an attempt to get back into the Recovery Console. I think that perhaps the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands jacked up some pointers and now the processor doesn't know where to look so it stops.

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A:[SOLVED] BSOD due to main hard drive

Hi Mike, you know I've been seeing this kind of thing alot lately. It ususally ends up being just like you said a totally messed up boot record. Now how this comes to be I really haven't found out yet, although I suspect some sort of a Win update, 3rd party service conflict that is occuring to all these computers. Although you may very well be able to resolve this without a reinstall, since you are able to recover the info with linux, the easiest fastest way to fix this persons computer is going to be to get the data, use kill disk to wipe the drive and do a format and re-install. Believe me the client will thank you since the computer will most likely work better than ever. If you need a link to download killdisk just let me know. I'm sorry I don't have a better fix for you, but I have tried everything else with this problem and as I said this was always the easiest fix.

Let Me know if I can help further.

Reguards
Patmark

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Hi everyone,
 
I require some help from experienced members of this community to find bulk and clutter on this laptop. I know I'm supposed to have over 100 GB on this SSD, but somehow I start with a little over 96 GB and I only have 5 GB of free space remaining. Could someone help me take a look and see if there are any junk programs that have come pre-installed on this Dell laptop? I would love more space.
 
There has also been problems of physical memory maxing out at 100% when I'm running 2-3 programs. But that can be solved after the hard drive space situation has been eased.
 
Thanks!

A:Main hard drive lacking space

Download MinitoolBox and check list installed programs. Copy and Paste the log into your next post.
 
In the search box type Run. In the Run Box type %temp%. All the files listed can be deleted. Do this for every account on the computer.
 
If you do not have CCleaner install it and use the default settings to clear out your browser temp files and history. 
 
WinDirStat is good for finding files that are taking up space on the drive.

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Running Vista Business. When I open My Computer and open the main hard drive, the first folder there looks like a registry key of some kind. In addition to the normal Program Files, Drivers, Users, etc. folders, one folder is called {96229774-D3a0-4410............}. If I open that folder, there's a file called uts and it's an exe file. Anyone know what that might be? I also see these other files in My Computer:C called:

bootsect.bak
comlog
syslevel.lgl
tvtpktfilter.dat

Any idea what these are for and can I delete them?
 

A:Some strange UTC.exe file on main hard drive...

Are you asking about UTC.exe or UTS.exe?

Have you run any virus scans?
 

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Alright, so I've got this extra computer that my family uses. And somewhere along the line, they started noticing that their C: drive is constantly full. Clear it as they might, eventually it fills up by hundreds of megabytes, and usually within a few hours time.

Disk Cleanup has done all it can. But that's probably irrelevant because this is probably a malware problem. Right?
 

A:Something is eating up space on my main hard drive.

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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!

(originally posted in Win XP forum by mistake)
 

A:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!
 

A:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

If you plugged it into a USB port on the front of your machine, try plugging it into one of the ones on the back and see if it reads it correctly.
 

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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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