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[SOLVED] How do I assign a letter on a newly created partition?

Q: [SOLVED] How do I assign a letter on a newly created partition?

I'm using MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v7.7. I deleted all my partitions to clean install, however, my "C:" went away and don't know how to get it back. When I create the partition here, I don't get the option to select a letter. How can I assign in my case?

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A: [SOLVED] How do I assign a letter on a newly created partition?

If you are going to install the os, just insert the disk and start the install. Just follow the on screen instructions and it should take care of your c drive.

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I'm just curious, because if we can assign a letter for a drive [for example, C:], then, can I assign a letter to a folder? Because when I save/open a file or anything like that, I can just type the letter of the drive if I want to access a drive, so I wish I could assign a letter to a folder.

A:Solved: If I can assign a drive letter, can I assign a folder letter?

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I have two partitions on a 500GB drive (one for windows boot, one for files only)I've just reinstalled win7 and I realised that the partition for files is not shown in My Computer. I opened Computer Management and clicked on Diskmanagement. As you can see on the picture the partition it doesn't havea name neither a letter assigned. I don't want to delete it or formate it because it's almost full of files I need. When I right click on the partition only the Delete option is available. Can somebody help me solve this problem?

A:Can't assign letter to a partition

Looks like you have another drive that has either no letter or it is unallocated space.
The partition after the 100MB system Reserve partition.

I have seen this before with AHCI enabled. All the drives get mixed up for some reason.
That 100MB sys reserve partition that is on your drive 1 should also be on drive physical the OS is installed to. But your OS is installed to a partition on what is called drive 0 (zero). But that drive is not the first drive in the system (the drive connected to SATA port 1.

What you have here is a mess. Sys reserve in a partition on one physical drive, the OS in another partition on a completely different physical drive. The other part (partition) of the physical drive the OS is installed to doesn't have a drive letter and you can't assign one.
The other part (partition) of the physical drive that has the sys reserve partition looks to be unallocated space.

May be time to boot the system from a BOOT CD that has a file manager program on it and copy all your personal data over to a external drive. Format everything and start over.
If you go that route I suggest you only install one physical drive in the system until you reinstall the OS.

Good luck.

If it was me I would of already wiped that system and started over.

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I want to assign a particular drive letter (R) to a partition on a drive for compatibility with another computer system. However when I attempt to change the drive letter using Windows Disk Management, "R" is not shown as a choice. There is no other disk shown in the listing of Volumes with the drive letter "R", and every other unassigned letter is available, so why isn't "R" shown? If indeed R is assigned to something, how can I find out what it is?

A:Can't assign a particular drive letter to a partition

Hello coffent,

You should be able to use OPTION TWO to see if "R" has already been assigned. If so, then you could use step 4 in OPTION TWO to swap the "R" drive letter with the letter the partition is currently using.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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I have a new HP laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits.

As I am about to tinker with the partitions, I wanted to save the MBR and the first 3 (FAT32) / 7 (NTFS) sectors of each partition, but the software I'm using to do this won't show me any info for the small active partition called "SYSTEM". I suspect it's because there's no letter assigned to it.

Do you think I can assign a letter to SYSTEM without it messing with the boot?


A:Can I assign a letter to the SYSTEM partition?

Sure, no problem use Disk Management for the task. I just like to give you a little warning - tinkering with the partitions is not for the faint at heart. If you want to backup the partitions, I suggest imaging as a clean and safe way.


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Run into an issue with a hard drive showing 3 partitions, but I can't assign a drive letter to it.

Background: It was running Win 7 Pro 64-bit, but was having occasional issues with blue screening. I've pulled the hard drive from that PC and have it hooked to my own (also Win 7 Pro 64) via USB external HD enclosure to run scan disks. The first two partitions I'm accessing fine, but the third one won't give me any options, no matter what I try. Any insight would be great.

EDIT: And sorry, right under where the submenu appears that says "Help", it says "Healthy (Recovery Partition)".

A:Unable to assign drive letter to HD partition?

Hi FuryoftheStars,

First let me tell you how to make a full screen Windows Disk Management screenshot.

Before you take the screenshot, go to the top menu bar and click on the "Show/Hide Console Tree" and "Show/Hide Action Pane" to hide those. Then we can clearly see all the columns in the top listing of the drives. Sometimes that information is necessary.

A sample screenshot with no information obscured/truncated:

Now a straight answer to your query:

The OEM Recovery partition in this case (and in most other cases too) is deliberately of a different Partition Type so that users cannot access it with Windows, meddle with it and spoil the broth. You may change the partition type to the normal type accessible to Windows and then assign a drive letter.( If you want to do it, do it at your own risk .)

If information on it is already available, I do not want to rewrite it . Please see Techno Wizard's last post dated 21 Oct 2013 here Assigning a letter to OEM Partition ( Take only what he says about recovery partition. The hibernation partition is not applicable here.)

(Now on my part ) You can also change the partition type using MiniTools Partition Wizard.( Changing it with diskpart by normal users is a little bit tedious and requires care)

EDIT: You can ascertain the current partition type from the "Properties" page in the first right click menu ( the last in that menu)

Having said all this, whatever problem you had with that ... Read more

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I want to do file check but its telling me to give each partition a drive letter

When I either right click partition or click partition at top "change letter" is not higlighted.

If I use Label it says it will wipe out anything on that partition which I obviously dont want

can anyone help please?

A:How do I assign drive letter in Partition Wizard

Hello, you can go to computer management and do it from there.

Click start, type computer management form there click disk management then right click drive you want to change and choose your options.

Hope this helps.

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I'm playing with a recently retired server running 32bit Windows 7 Professional. Originally it was configured as RAID 0 with 5 SATA drives. Those drives are gone but I want to install a spare 2TB SATA drive that I have. Using the RAID Management software I have created the drive and it shows the correct configured capacity. I initialized the disk with Disk Management and it lists the disk as online but it doesn't show up in the volume list with a drive letter. My intention is to use the 2TB drive as media storage. Other than combing RAID and Windows 7, what am I doing wrong? Am I better off reformatting everything and reloading Windows?

A:Unable to assign drive letter to newly installed SATA drive.

I had the same problem this week with a drive like that. Have you tried to reformat it? Also make sure your system can handle a 2TB drive.

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having to configure a new HP laptop with pre-installed Win7, I need to create some extra logical drives to organize things better.

Unfortunately, the usual OEM scenario applies: all four possible primary partitions are already happily taken by the manufacturer:
SYSTEM (no drive letter),
Recovery (D:),
HP_TOOLS (no drive letter).
(Why can't they just make one partition Extended to begin with...)

However, this thread and similar ones here contain excellent info*, so I know already what can be done. I don't want to touch SYSTEM, and don't want to remove Recovery or HP_TOOLS; so the only option for me seems to be to turn (C:) into an extended partition, then shrink, then add logical volumes as required.
Sounds feasible enough**.

The one remaining question I have is rather simple:
Is it possible to then assign another drive letter than the original (D:) to the Recovery partition?
The point being that I'd like the user (not me) to be able to use drive letters C:, D:, and E: (with Recovery being e.g. R:), so that she is not confused by, and always has to think about, having to "skip" D:

On this forum I found some statements saying no it shouldn't be done (because then the F11 boot into recovery won't work any more), while others say yes, it can be done with no ill effects.

Any "authoritative" answer to this?
Would it even be possible to remove any drive letter from Recovery, so as to make it "invisible"?

Thanks for any tips!

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A:Assign another drive letter than original (D:) to Recovery partition?

Hello Tronje, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The Recovery Manager in Windows 7 and at boot/startup (F11) uses this Recovery (D) partition to start the factory recovery process. (in Windows 7) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
(at boot/startup) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
Removing the drive letter from the Recovery (D) partition would cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards to see. If not, then you would need to add the drive letter back.

Changing the drive letter of the Recovery (D) partition could cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards with both methods to see. If not, then you would need to change the drive letter back to (D).


Hope this helps,

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I am using Vista Home Premium. I have 340GB HD, which is partitioned into 3 parts. One is C. Second one was D. I had dual boot enabled, with OpenSuSE running in it, which I removed yesterday. All was fine and I was able to boot just with Windows without Grub boot loader. In Disk management application, I could see the partition - where SuSE was there earlier, as Free Space.

C drive is 64.5GB, D drive is 97.7GB. Both are NTFS. and Free space is 173 GB.

So far so good. Then instead of trying to create a new Drive/partition in the 173 GB Free space, I tried to extend the existing D Drive using PartitionMagic and somewhere in the process, I lost my D Drive I can no longer see D Drive in my Explorer (

Currently, I can still see old D drive as a partition, in blue color in Disk management software, indicating that it is a Primary partition. But I am not able to assign any Drive letter to it. Diska Management app does not show me the properties for this partition. I get this error "Operation failed to complete because the Disk management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Manage,ent console, and then restart Disk Management or restart computer".

Restarting did not help.

Third party tools, like Active UnEraser etc are able to detect this partition as NTFS and also able to find all the files in this. So I am assuming by data is in there still.

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A:NTFS partition drive letter lost. Unable to assign

Hi Sekhar, It sounds as if it doesn't matter about the files on D:\ now if I understand you correctly- that was where you had Suse installed. It also seems you can still boot and run Vista.

So it seems that you just need to clean up the partition table.

You can try this free tool (recommended) - which supports partition table recovery-
Magic Server Partition Manager Software - Resize partition for Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2000.
- bootable CD here
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.
or Easeus partition master (home)
Best FREE Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7. EASEUS free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
- no bootable disk with free edition

In the past I've found [email protected] Partition Recovery useful in difficult circumstances.

Good luck. dal987

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How can I PERMANENTLY assign a specific drive letter to my external drive?

On my Vista machine I used Disk Management to assign the letter M: to the drive, however, it only shows up as M: on that VIsta machine. It shows up as the next available letter on any other computer. Is there any way to make the letter (M: in my case) stick so that it shows up as M: on ALL computers. BTW, this is a 500GB drive w/ only 30GB free space so formatting is not not really possible at this time since I don't have any other disc this size to move the data temporarily.
Thank you,

A:Solved: Assign Drive Letter

The drive letter is always decided by the OS on the system, so you will need to assign that letter in each Windows OS you use.

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I have just re-installed Windows (XP). For some inexplicable reason, (the computer has two hard drives) it has re-assigned drive letters. It calls the boot disk drive "E" and the other HD drive "C".

Note that it is booting correctly, which comes as a surprise as I thought it always HAD to boot from drive "C". Looking at the properties shows the boot drive as drive 0 and the other (now called "C") as drive 1.

Can I simply re-assign the drive letters using Disk Manager, or will this cause problems.

A:Solved: Drive letter re-assign

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Want to Assign a drive letter to a partitioned device but the letter is not in the list

I created a partitioned drive I went to assign letter G but I don't see it in the list. no drive is using the letter G I do believe that some USB is using letter G, but I don't see my USBs ( see image)

What can I do?


A:Want to Assign a drive letter to a partitioned device but the letter i

Do you have any USB storage devices like a card reader hooked up? Those would take up extra drive letters but not show up in Explorer until you put some media in.

I also notice you have disk drives C: and F: and a DVD drive on D: which makes me wonder where E: is...

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I am trying to get my xpsp2 system to show a new drive letter in my computer. When I plug in my lg chocolate into the usb port, the device manager shows the driver, and says it's working properly. I have latest drivers for my phone, and all my other thumb drives mp3, work without a problem. I guess what I want to do is, plug in my phone and have the autoplay option display-or at least show the new drive letter like every usb device I use does!


A:Solved: xp will not assign new drive letter for cell phone plugged into USB

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Hi there,
I have a Canon digital camera (IXUS 40), but when I plug it in to my PC via a USB chord it only shows up in My Computer as: Canon Digital IXUS 40 - with no drive letter or description that it is a removable disk.

I have search through the forums here and in google but have not come across an answer as to how to assign a drive letter to my camera when I plug it in.

The reason I need the drive letter is a sad tale. After returning from a recent holiday from the USA, my wife thought that she would try to adjust the focus (don't ask) on the camera. So she went into the menu on the camera and reformatted the memory card. What the memory card and the focus have in common only my wife knows.

So the upshot is, I have been looking at some of the recovery software that is out there to see if I can retrieve some photo's, but all the one's that I have found seem to require the camera having a drive letter or being listed as a removable disk.

Any help would be much appreciated.


A:Solved: Unable to assign drive letter to Digital Camera

I forgot to mention that I am using Windows XP SP2. I have search deeper into the forums here and found that I may need to get a memory card reader. Will look for one today and will run one of the software packages to see if I can retrieve the lost data.

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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)



A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .

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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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I recently did a clean install of XP. My CD/DVD drive is showing up as H drive. The memory card readers are D through G. Using disk management, they all can be changed to any letter, but I only get letters H through Z as a naming option for the CD/DVD drive. Any idea why?

UPDATE: I figured it out. The hard drive is disk 0. The 4 card readers show up as disks 1 through 4. The CD/DVD drive is at the bottom of the list as CD-ROM 0. I had to rename all the card readers as W through Z. That opened up the letters they had been using. Once I renamed the CD as D, I went back and renamed the card readers as E through H. Should the card readers be listed as "disks" under the C drive, and before the CD-ROM?

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I have a dell 2650 up on the bench with a trashed windows XP installation ( Multiple stop errors at boot ) when I hook the hard drive up to my test bench machine I get the device detected, the volume detected, but no drive letter.
When I go into computer management / disk management I see the two partitions ( A small EISA partition in the beginning, and a Healthy, Active NTFS partition ) on the drive, but the menu options to assign a drive letter are greyed out. I have tried rebuilding the MBRs, and reloading the boot sectors, and I am at a loss. The drive has some data that a customer finds essential, so doing a zero level isn't an option.

I am going to try to run hitachi DFT next, will post with results as soon as it is done.

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i reformatted, and when i reinstalled xp, it didn't automatically find my extra drive where all my 'live & die' files live. i took this screenprint so hopefully it will explain what i can't. when i right click on the drive to assign/change a letter, the option is dimmed.


A:xp won't assign drive letter!!!

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My windows 7 installation won't assign a drive letter and manually trying in computer management doesn't work either. This is also the same for my DVD player, it doesn't assign a letter for that either...

I tried the auto fix from Micro$oft but it didn't work: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems
Thanks for any help... It's really annoying having to mount my drives to the C drive just to view my files but some things such as movies, won't work that way....

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Iv made it work befor but i cant find on google why it isnt working this time. these where both bootable os's of windows or google chrome and now i cant reset them back to flash drives they arent recognized in my computer but do show up in Disk Management im looking at drive 2 and 3

I did Refresh

A:Can't assign Drive Letter.

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Just a quick question, a while back when i installed XP, for some reason it assigned the main hardrive the letter I: , this means some programs wont install etc. If i do a clean install of windows 7 on this PC will it assign the main harddrive to I: or C: by default?



A:Windows 7-assign letter

It should assign it as C: by default...

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Solved - XP won't assign a drive letter


I just put together a new P4 system runnning Windows XP and tried to add my old HD (Maxtor 80GB) to it. It is jumpered properly as a slave and is recognized by the BIOS. It does not appear in My Computer, however, it is listed in Device Manager. I've tried removing it from Device Manager and reinstalling it with no success.

Under Disk Management, it is displayed as Disk 1 and has a Healthy, Active Partition but just a blank space under Volume. I can't assign it a letter because the 'Change Drive Letter and Paths" option is grayed out when I Right Click on it.

Does anyone have any ideas? I played around with Microsoft's diskpart.exe to try and manually do it, but I don't know how to use it very well and the command line interface isn't very helpful.

Thanks for any advice!

A:XP won't assign a drive letter

Still not showing...

Rick, thanks for the reply. The drive I'm having problems with is not a USB drive, it's an internal HD, so some of the things didn't apply in that link, but I downloaded a third party disk manager (Drive Manager 3.3 by Alex Nolan) and it did not recognize the drive that I'm having problems with at all.

I did some reading on diskpart.exe but still no luck. There's no volume for it, so I can't assign it a letter without that, I guess.

I did make sure 'D:' was available by changing my Zip drive to G:

In drivepart.exe, List Disk shows:

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
--------- ---------- ------ ------ --- ---
Disk 0 Online 37GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 75GB 0 B

(Kind of confused about the '0 B Free' thing, but shows correctly in Disk Manager)

List Volume shows:

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
------------ --- ------------- ----- ------- ------- -------- -------
Volume 0 E 050910_0753 CFDS DVD-ROM 163 MB
Volume 1 C NTFS Partition 37 GB Healthy System
Volume 2 H Removable 0 B
The only other thing I can think of is doing a Repair Installation of Windows XP, which I'll try as soon as I get my Windows CD back from a friend.


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HI people.
My externally powered usb hard drive was working on my vista os. switched it of via switch on box for 2 months due to travelling overseas. meanwhile my missus used my pc without a glitch. now iv switched on external hard drive, power light is on, re plugged usb in, pc detected new hardware, external hd makes noise, window installed hdd and says its ready to use...yet its not listed as a drive in my computer, it shows up in device manager under disk drives but doesnt give an option to assign a drive letter & doesnt show up anywhere else like in disk management. on my other pc, it does same, but shows up in disk management as disk 6, then it says i have to initiate disk, when i do this, it says error(cyclic redundancy error). please help..im stumped

A:cant assign letter to my external usb HD.

If you switched it off by the switch on the box, you damaged the file system on the drive. The memory cache for the drive maintained by Windows was not allowed to dump to disk.

Look in Disk Management. Chances are it is there and it says that it is unformatted.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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Hey everyone-

Before anyone jumps on me for posting a similar thread that has been posted here before, I promise that I did my research and verified that my case is different. The most similar thread I found was topic #60377 - but my case is slightly different (and it doesn't seem the solutions posed in that thread worked for me)

Here's my problem:

1. I had a desktop tower with 4 SATA HDDs - (1) for the OS and (3) for file storage

2. The computer crashed and I decided to junk the desktop for a laptop

3. To move personal data from my (3) storage HDDs, I purchased an external HDD case with USB 2.0 connect

4. I installed one of the storage HDDs into the new external case

5. I connected via USB to the new laptop (running XP Pro)

6. Laptop and OS recognizes the drive and gives me the "read to use" note

7. I find the drive unmapped in Windows Explorer

8. In 'Disk Management' the drive shows up as: active, healthy, NTFS & with the name I gave the drive "Storage" - yet no letter drive assignment

9. When I right click, the only option available is to 'Delete Partition'

10. I open up a DOS window and type 'diskpart' and type 'list volume' and only the DVD drive and internal laptop HDD appear

11. I type 'list disk' and the internal HDD appears as Disk 0 while my external HDD does appear as Disk 1

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A:XP Pro won't assign letter to External HDD

Hi :wave:

Seems you've your post got a bit lost during the holiday shuffle. Was going to help and take a look with you.. but first want to know if anything new since ur post?

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Hi all, I have 2 dvd Drives in the PC, Which I re-assign to Y: and Z: to keep out of the way of usb drives, etc. For some Reason, the Z: drive (Primary) will stay as Z:, but the Y: goes back to E: every time I re-boot.

This happened some time ago, and I am assuming an XP patch is to blame.

Any way to make the second drive letter stick ?

OS = XP Pro

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i have a 500gb segate 2.5" portable hard drive which i store all my music on as my computer had a small hard drive. i have been using this with itunes for some time and therefore only being able to play or sync them in itunes when the external hard drive is plugged in.
lately every time i plug it in, or plug something else in such as an iPod and then plug it in, it comes up with a different letter assigned to it. this means that when i try to play a song on itunes it comes up with "cannot play song because original file cannot be found."
is there any way to set the letter of the drive so that it does not change no matter how many other devices i plug in. so i don't have to add all the songs into itunes every time i want to play something or sync something onto my ipod.
any help would be appreciated

if it helps i am on windows 7 home premium 32 bit

A:assign device letter.

Hallo noodle, is this any help;


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I have a dual-boot system with Win 7 and XP-pro (on a second HDD). There are two other partitions which I use between both OS's and have Win 7 designations D: for data and E: for setups/backups.

Win 7 has the usual primary,hidden,system,boot partition named WinRE and in windows 7 it is not seen and not assigned a drive letter. So far, so normal.

However, when I boot into XP-pro on the second drive, then unfortunately the WinRe partition is seen, and being the first partition on the 1st HDD, gets assigned drive letter D: That letter cannot be changed, so I can't actually have the same two partitions as D: and E: in both OS's apparently. Or is there a way to make the WinRe partition invisible to XP-pro (currently unchangeable assignment D: ?

A:Want to de-assign a drive letter

I would think you can just right click on it and change the drive letter there. Are you saying you can't right click on D in Disk Management in XP and change it to something like X?

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A while ago one of my USB HDDs did not get a drive-letter when I connected it. I have to go to controlpanel, disk-management to assign a letter manually.
Now it has spread to all of my USB-drives and also to my lonely eSATA HDD.

How do I fix this, so drives again automatic will be assigned to a free drive-letter? (example to h:\)

A:No drive-letter assign to USB - how to fix?

Run diskpart from an elevated command prompt, type automount and enter.


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Ok, I recently had a complete system meltdown and had to reinstall windows XP. The reinstall went OK, but I have a problem now that windows will not assign a drive letter to one of my 2 non-raided SATA drives. In looking int he computer management utility under disk management, I find that not only does WinXP recognize the drive, it says it is healthy, active and online. It just doesn't have a drive letter assiciated with it. I have tried right clicking on the drive, but my only option are "help" which is not helpful, and delete partition which I really do not wat to do if it can be avoided. Additionally, I have noticed that the drive letters from B-F are missing. My main HDD is I:\.

If anyone has information on this issue I would very much appreciate it.

A:Xp will not assign a drive letter

When you re-installed Windows, did you specifically ask for it to be installed on I:\ drive, or did it do it itself?

You might consider disconnecting all your drives - except the C:\ drive, and try re-installing Windows.

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I've been struggling with this for 3 weeks now and I'm ready to call uncle. I have two HDDs. One is a Seagate 4.0 GB ST34311A and the other was a 30 GB Maxtor HDD. I had the Maxtor HDD set to primary and the Seagate set to slave. Win XP Pro was installed on my Maxtor 30 GB HDD and this worked fine for several years with NTFS file system on the Maxtor and Fat32 on the Seagate. However, my Maxtor HDD became unstable, starting making ominous clicking noises, and on boot up, my computer warned me to "back up and replace it." My Seagate is fine.

I get a 120 GB Western Digital HD, format it, and install it as the primary HDD and the Seagate 4.0 GB as the slave. No new IDE cables, etc., everything exactly the same except a new primary HDD. Now here's the problem. Bios and Windows XP recognizes all drives, however, Windows XP refuses to assign a drive letter to the Seagate drive. It's in Device Manager, which says that the device is working properly. Windows XP can read the size of the Seagate HDD correctly, free space left, etc. however I can't access the drive at all!

Now someone suggested to me it could be the two different file systems, however, this was not problem between my old Maxter 30 GB HDD and the Seagate, so I don't understand why it would be a problem between my Western Digital 120 GB and the Seagate 4.0 GB. Of course, I'm no expert either.

I have read through the topics in this forum and I have tried a few things. One, I went into Disk M... Read more

A:WinXP won't assign drive letter to 2nd HDD

Is the slave the (Seagate 4GB) being recognized in the BIOS? (This is the most critical point. If it isn't here, it won't show up in the OS.)

Are both hard drives on the same cable? Check jumpers to verify they are set correctly (Master and Slave, or Cable Select on both).

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My son's original computer quit suddenly -- either the mobo or the CPU died. No big deal -- he replaced the machine. But he wants the data on the hard drive from the old machine.

So I installed it in his new machine for him as a second hard drive. That was the easy part.

The new machine's BIOS sees and recognises the drive, and so does the Windows hardware management services on the new computer. The drive is visible in both the Device Manager and the Disk Management utility. But Windows will not assign a drive letter to it, so it does not come up in My Computer. What's on it is not accessible.

The BIOS correctly identifies the drive as a 40GB Samsung SP4002H. Disk Manager shows it as a basic drive with a capacity of 37.3GB with 19.64GB free in a NTFS format. It is marked Active and Healthy. Drive Manager's Disk Rescan utility has no effect, and the option for re-assigning drive letters for this drive is greyed out. The only available options for this drive are "Reformat" and "Help".

The new system the drive is now mounted in provides IDE connections for both SATA and PATA drives. The Samsung 40GB drive is a PATA drive, and is in the Master position on the data cable. A DVD drive is in the slave position. Both are jumpered for CS. The BIOS shows the Samsung drive as the Primary Master, the DVD drive as the Primary Slave, and the SATA boot drive as the Secondary Master. There are no other drives in the system.

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A:Windows won't assign a drive letter

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Hey There!
i want to assign a specific drive letter permanently to my external HDD for not just my pc but for every pc .... is there a possibility to do that ? 

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Is it at all possible to assign a constant letter to a drive that will say the same between computers? If not, is there a command line I can run as a .bat file that will set it without having to know the drive letter and manually set it?

A:Assign a static drive letter

The best way is to map a drive to a share and run it on either computer e.g.

@echo off
Net use H: \\computername\sharename /persistent:no

The persistent bit allows the drive letter to be removed when the user logs out and then re-apply when the user logs in again. You can put the script in the startup folder in the user's profile e.g.
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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Hi, as i know at winxp disk management there can change drive letter, i saw on there only have A: to Z: only, is it only can assign drive letter from A: to Z: only? if i need more drive letter how?

Thank you.

A:Winxp can allow to assign how many drive letter(like c:)?

I believe you can do this with Volume Mount Points.

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I've tried to find it in Manage,
I've tried to assign it in DOS.
I've tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, and tried,
I think I'm seriosly lost

Searches on google have led me to other forums with no answer (at least I gave it a try).

I have a digital camera that shows up as a DX35500 Digital Damera under My Computer (WinXP no SP2).
It doesn't have a drive letter.

I'm trying to recover some lost images someone has deleted using MediaRecovery, but I need a drive letter.

How do you assign a drive letter to something that doesn't show up in Computer Management?

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Is it possible to assign a USB flash drive a specific drive letter that would be the same on all computers.

For instance, assign a flash drive the letter X: and if I plugged it in your computer it would also be shown as X:

What I'm trying to do is have a program on the C: drive send its data to the flash drive regardless as to what computer it is plugged into.



A:Assign USB Flash drive letter

No. NT based systems don't actually assign a letter to a drive like DOS did. It will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis unless the machine has registry settings for a drive letter for that device already. It will then assign the same letter the next time (usually). In fact, NT doesn't need to use drive letters at all.

But it's easy to change in Disk Management.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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My son's original computer quit suddenly -- either the mobo or the CPU died. No big deal -- he replaced the machine. But he wants the data on the hard drive from the old machine.

So I installed it in his new machine for him as a second hard drive. That was the easy part. Things went downhill from there.

The new machine's BIOS sees and recognises the drive, and so does the Windows hardware management services on the new computer. The drive is correctly identified in both the Device Manager and the Disk Management utility. But Windows will not assign a drive letter to it, so it does not come up in My Computer. What's on it is not accessible.

The BIOS also correctly identifies the drive as a 40GB Samsung SP4002H. Disk Manager shows it as a basic drive with a capacity of 37.3GB with 19.64GB free in a NTFS format. It is marked Active and Healthy. Drive Manager's Disk Rescan utility has no effect, and the option for re-assigning drive letters for this drive is greyed out. The only available options for this drive are "Reformat" and "Help".

The system the Samsung drive came from was a 5 year old machine that was running XP Home -- probably SP1, but I don't know that. I'm guessing.

I now have the drive mounted in a spare 750MHz AMD machine to see if I can restore it to its former usefulness. It is slaved to another 40GB PATA IDE drive that boots into Windows XP SP2. Exactly the same problems occur.

I was able to access the drive by booting into L... Read more

A:Windows XP won't assign a drive letter

Welcome to TSF.

To run the Samsung drive as a slave without capacity limitation there should be no jumper.
Manual: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...Eng_200704.pdf

Please post a screenshot of Windows' disk management.

How to post a screenshot.

See if you can mount the drive with FindAndMount.

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Had a crazy thought. Wouldn't assigning Windows installation to a different drive letter than C help in some measure against infections? Or I guess even after installing Windows, just change drive C to another letter.

Obviously for sophisticated infections this might not work, but wouldn't generic infections have code that assumes the system is installed on the default C drive, so the virus code is written with generic paths for infection (ex. C:/windows/system32/... etc)?

Or is this not how it works?

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The letter assigned to my external HD changes occasionally, interfering with my weekly Acronis backup. If I open Disk management and change the letter on that disk, will it be permanent?

As long as I mentioned it, though it's off topic, is there any need to upgrade from Acronis True Image Home 2009, build 9709? It consistently runs backups and validates without errors. I've never had to restore, so the backups are untested. I can boot Acronis and locate them with no trouble.


A:Need to assign a permanent letter to my external USB HD

No need to upgrade your 2009 version if it does all you need it to do - however, be sure to log in at the Acronis website and view your registered products to see if a newer build of 2009 is available.

Yes, once you assign (rather: change) the drive letter on your USB drive, it'll be permanent unless the same letter is already in use next time you plug in the drive.
For that reason I'd recommend going with something near the end of the alphabet, like U: for USB or similar.

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Hello my friends,

I own a pc that is backed up with seagate replica 500 Gb hard disk.
Everything was working perfectly.

I also bought a seagate freeagent 3TB hd to have a second (no system) back up

As i can see now (it might happend after usb 3 driver installation, i am not sure)
the freeagent hd works perfect.
The replica hard disk can be seen at disk manager but everytime i try to assign a letter to it appears for 1 second at "my computer" and immediatly disapears and the disk managment also has no letter assign to that disk . .

Do you have any sugesstions ?

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07GHz 39 ?C
Bloomfield 45nm Technology
12.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 539MHz (8-8-8-20)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. X58A-UD7 (Socket 1366) 54 ?C
SyncMaster ([email protected])
W2261 ([email protected])
ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
Hard Drives
313GB Seagate ST3320620AS ATA Device (SATA)
293GB Maxtor Maxtor 6L300R0 ATA Device (PATA) 44 ?C
1465GB Seagate ST31500341AS ATA Device (SATA) 50 ?C
313GB Seagate ST3320620AS ATA Device (SATA) 45 ?C
1465GB Western Digital WDC WD15EARS-00MVWB0 ATA Device (SATA) 33 ?C
313GB Seagate ST3320620AS ATA Device (SATA) 48 ?C
Optical Drives
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7240S ATA Device
Realtek High Definition Audio

A:When i assign a letter to a hd it is immidiatly deassigned

Does it happen with any letter? Have you tried a different one?
Do you have any network mapped drive?

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Ok, I am running windows 98 SE
Dell laptop inspiron 5000
I have one USB port on the unit that is a V.1 USB. I normally connect this port to an external CD burner (F: drive)

I also have a cd drive on the laptop. (D: drive)

I recently puchased a USB 2.0 high spped external hard drive. However, because my USB port was version 1.0 -- Dell told me that it would not support a USB 2.0 high speed external drive device.

So I purchased a Belkin PCMIA USB card that has two V2.0 usb ports.

I have installed the Belkin USB card and my Dell recognizes the card fine. I can plug in my digtal camera in this card and my system assigns a drive letter E: to my camera without any problem.

However, windows 98 won't assign a drive letter to my USB 2.0 High Speed drive when I connect it to the Belkin USB card. Thus I have not been able to use it so far. I can't connect it to the USB port on the back of my Dell because that USB port is v.1 and DELL told me that it can not support V.2 USB devices, which is what my USB 2.0 high speed drive is.

So my question is: What can I do to make windows 98 SE assign a drive letter to my USB 2.0 drive when I connect it to my Belkin USB card?


A:windows 98 won't assign drive letter

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I have just installed Win 8 Home Premium on a clean Intel SSD after much struggling with my HP H8-1414's EFI BIOS. I have a HDD spinner to be used primarily for data and backup images. My problem is Disk Management will not allow me assign D: through H: as drive letters on partitions I create on the HDD. It automatically assigns I:. The only other device on the machine is the CD/DVD drive. No usb drives or any such thing. If I shrink C a little and create a partition on the SSD, the same thing happens -- not allowed to assign D through H.

I have many Office 2010 macro's and Windws scripts that depend on D and F. Win 8 is the first version I've used that wouldn't let use those letters.

What might I have done wrong to cause this and what can I do to fix it?

Thank you very much

A:Unable To Assign A Drove Letter Between C and I

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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Hi! How can I assign a drive letter to drive that is formatted as WBFS? Windows finds the drive and says its unformatted, its ok but I need a drive letter to the drive so I can connect to the drive with cmd!

A:Assign Letter to unformatted/wbfs-drive!

Originally Posted by insu

Hi! How can I assign a drive letter to drive that is formatted as WBFS? Windows finds the drive and says its unformatted, its ok but I need a drive letter to the drive so I can connect to the drive with cmd!

Hello insu, Welcome to the Forum.

Vista cannot read the WBFS format you need a program that can, have a look here;
WBFS Manager - Home

I hope this helps


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

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

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

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

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