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Partition Magic - Format Drive WITHOUT Assigning A Drive Letter

Q: Partition Magic - Format Drive WITHOUT Assigning A Drive Letter


I have an anternal media drive whith a number of hidden partitions which do not show up in windows. One of these partitions had become corrupted and unuseable and I would like to try re formatting it to fix the error.

In Partition Magic there are a number of drives listed. Some of the drives on the partition have assigned drive letters but the one I want to format has is greyed out and listed with a * infront of it. Partition Magic will let me enter the drive to view details and even gives me the option to format it BUT then wants to assign the drive the letter A:

If I do this then the media drive will be unable to work as it will have lost the file path it needs to record on to. I just wnat to re format this drive (with whatever freeware) and have the drive letter (wich is currently unassigned) untouched so that the media player never knows its been formatted.

File system is FAT32, partition size is 10gb, using Partition Magic, there are 2 partitions with assigned drive letters and 3 without on the 1gb HDD.

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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I have 2 HD

1. WD Raptor 36 GB (2 partition 8GB-System, 27GB-Other)
2. WD Caviar 200 GB

With Partition Magic i have changed drive letter on 2nd HD:
and so on

I did`t touch the primary partition. The problem is when I start My Computer in Task Manager "explorer" has taken around 98% of CPU USAGE,it is the same when I creating a shortcut to one of the partition and try to open it.

I have to END PROCESS "explorer" in TASK MANAGER and run it again,and everything work fine until I run previous command.



A:Partition Magic 8.0 -drive letter

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After partitioning a hard drive with Partition magic, the two partitions were labeled D: and E:
The boot partition was D:. I used the option to change the boot partition to C:. The software showed a warning that renaming the boot partition might result in not being able to boot. I went ahead reasoning that, at worst, I would have to use a CD to reboot. Well, now the computer won't start (I don't mean won't reboot. When I hit the power button the front power light goes on and stays on, the power supply runs, but that's it.

Any ideas?


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Took delivery of a new 200GB SATA HDD this afternoon, installed it in a new external USB enclosure, fired it up and, apart from the 'ding dong', that was it. It doesn't show up under My Computer (drives F:,G:,H:,I: are for the card readers)It doesn't show up under Removable Storage Libraries but does in Device Manager as USB Device. Device Manager says 'This device is working properly'.There is nothing under Disk Defragmenter eitherHow do I get XP Pro to recognise it and assign a drive letter?Cheers

A:Assigning Drive Letter To New Backup Ext Usb Drive?

Try deleting it from the Device Manager and rebooting.

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Recently I have found that when I attach an USB drive to my system I have to go into "Administrative Tools -> Computer Management - Disk Management" and manually change the 'Drive Letter and Path' for the drive.

Does anyone know how to get Windows to assign a drive letter to the USB drive automatically?

A:assigning letter to USB drive

Could it be there are conflicting drive letters? Assign the drive a letter like R or T, and see if it is remembered.

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I had to install a new master hard drive on the computer. There are 4 WD HD's total: the new 120gb, a 200gb, a 160 gb, and an 80gb that has all the old Program Files installed on it.

Device Manager shows all 4 HD's and doesn't indicate any problem.
Windows Explorer shows all but the 80gb.
Disk Management under Computer Management shows all 4 drives, plus the optical drive, but the 80 gb is shown as "Healthy (Active)" and all choices except for "delete" and "help" are grayed out.

I have swapped that 80 gb drive from ide 1 to ide 2.
I have swapped it from slave on ide 1 to master on ide 2 to slave on ide 2.
My bios recognizes all 4 drives.

I have spent the past hour googling this problem and it seems to be out there, but nobody seems to have arrived at a solution. The final messages encourage using disk partitioning programs, reformatting the disk (WHICH IS NOT AN OPTION AT THIS POINT BECAUSE I HAVE DATA ALSO ON THE DRIVE, NOT JUST PROGRAM INSTALLS), etc.

Does the "Active" mean I am SOL? Microsoft indicates this should be on the drive you expect to boot from, but this was never a boot disk. It has always been an extra disk because it was not the newest and fastest.

Help !

and thanks!!


A:XP not assigning a drive letter

So you installed the OS on the new drive?
What OS and file system did you use on the new drive?
What file system is the old drive.

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I'm reformatting a pc of mine to give to my sister. Her old computer had some info on its hard drive that she needed. It was too big to fit on a floppy and the CDROM had died....so I took her old drive and hooked it up in the newer pc. The problem is: it shows up in System Devices....but not in Windows Explorer. I tried right clicking on My Computer and then Manage to assign a drive letter to it, but it wont allow me. The option for assigning a drive letter isnt even available for that hd. Any suggestions?

A:XP not assigning drive letter to a 2nd HD....

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I have just installed a new cd-rw as master and have put my old cdrom as slave, it recognises both on start up and in device manager but the slave cdrom isnt showing up in my computer, i think the problem may be that it doesnt have a letter allocated to it but i cant find a way of doing this. I have tried going into settings on the drive in device manager but it will only let me use E which is the letter assigned to the master cd-rw drive. HELP!!!

A:drive letter assigning

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i have posted a picture, need help!!!

A:hello i need help on assigning a letter on my hard drive .

Hello and welcome to TSG!!

Why do you have the drive split up into so many very small partitions?

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Hello folks,

A friend has a computer that would not boot. He said he "thought" there were issues with viruses. I took the hard drive out and connected it to another computer using a USB adapter as an external drive. When I check in Administrative Tools, I can see the drive with no letter assigned. However, when I right click on it the only option I have is "delete partition". The drive is listed as a primary partition and healthy. Any ideas?


A:Trouble Assigning Drive Letter

Plug the Hard Drive back into his computer and insert your Windows XP cd. Enter the Recover Console and run a check disk. (command is CHKDSK)

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This problem may not be as easy as it sounds:

I just reformatted my computer and reinstalled xp home, I was running xp pro before, but it was an illegal copy and wanted my original oem back.

I have 2 hard drives, one is my C: drive and the other is a storage disk. There is no OS on it and I do not intend to have an OS on it. It's just a storage drive. This drive was working properly before I formatted.

Now, when I go into Disk Management, I get Disk 0 being labeled as Basic and as my C: drive

Disk 1 however is labeled as Dynamic Foreign and I cannot select anything to the right of this box...the box that is supposed to tell me the drive letter and if it's healthy or not.

When I right click on it and asks if I want to convert it to a basic disk, but I will lose all data on it. I cannot lose the data that is on this disk. I cannot find a function to initialize this disk either, and assign a new drive letter is greyed out.

BIOS recognizes this disk, but I don't know what else I can do in BIOS.

All jumper settings and such should be good to go since it was working properly before the format and I didnt physically remove or alter the hard drive in anyway.

What can I do to make windows recognize this drive and retrieve all the information on it?

A:Trouble assigning drive letter

This thread has lots of relevant info: http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/32587115/dynamic-disk-is-not-acces.aspx

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Hi, I'm about to reformat a computer with XP Pro and have a question before I start. From previous experience I have seen that when installing Windows with a media card reader plugged in will cause problems with drive letter assignment. In the past I have seen Windows name a primary drive a crazy letter like H:. The computer I'm about to install Windows on has a Memory Stick reader currently plugged in which IIRC currently uses the letter J. My question is do you think I should unplug this (not sure how even after opening the case) before I install Windows. The reader itself is right next to the floppy drive on the front of the computer. Thanks in advance.

A:Question about drive letter assigning

I know XP had issues assigning C: to computers that have Iomega Zip drives installed in them. You just had to unplug it when you installed xp.

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hi all
so besides my dell 4100 not working, i have been trying to transfer some data around between hard drives by moving HDs from the 4100 to the new 8400 i bought. my 120gig and 160gig were detected no problem on the IDE ATA connections on the new system. the drive it came with is SATA. for some reason the 250gig WD i have is not working on the new system. no matter the jumper settings or position on the IDE cable the drive does not work. set as master alone on the IDE cable seems to be one of the options that yields the most. basically the drive is:
detected by the bios
detected in windows xp under device manager and in disk management
BUT it does not give it a drive letter
and it doesnt allow me to explore the drive because of this
under disk management it is listed as dynamic and foreign.
WD says that this is an OS issue and to contact dell. dell was not much of a help. I *think* the drive is in ntfs. the other problem is that my 4100 has pooped out and i cant boot up xp on it for some strange reason. so i cannot test the drive on that pc. it *did* work without a problem.
any ideas on how i can get this drive to work on this new machine without formatting it? or any way i can grab the data off of it and then reformat it and then put the data back on?
any help would rock. feel free to ask for more information as well
thanks :)

EDIT: feel free to scoot this over to the HD area. I was thinking xp problem and not HD problem lol. lo siento

A:windows xp not assigning a drive letter

I think my next move for simplicities sake would be to install it into any machine as a master and boot up to a DOS floppy. See if you can see the data in DOS. Then you at least know that the thing is functional and you could repair it with your WINXP CD. I'll keep thinking about it.

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I'm trying to assign a drive letter on a second partition I have on a 128gb card, but I'm having problems. I'm using a third-party software (MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro) and still not able to do it. I'm trying to have one partition as FAT32 and the other NTFS. Is it possible?

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I have data on an external hdd which I would like to access from my laptop. I have a program that points to the data. My external hdd gets a different letter from xp at different times. It does not help assigning a new letter because I have to reboot for the letter change to take effect (or so it seems) and the drive letter can change on boot up. Is there a way that I can assign the external drive to have a permanent drive letter?



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I have followed the instructions for changing the drive letter for a USB port. The problem is that the change works for one USB stick but when I insert a different one it has a different drive letter. I want the USB port to have the letter M regardless of the USB stick which is inserted. What step am I missing?

A:Assigning a drive letter to a USB port & making it permanent

You can only assign a drive letter to a drive, not a port.
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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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Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.

A:{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



A:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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Ok this a problem that I had long time ago and by that time I solved reinstalling Windows XP from scratch, but now is back and I have too many things so if there is a quicker solution withou loosing all the configs and have to reinstall again it should be great.
Mainly the problem is at My Computer/Explorer mouse right click opens a menu, right? On that menu there is the "Format" option so if I click on that option I get nothing, no new windows with the format options, no error, no nothing and this for any fixed HDD or USB Pen drive letter on the main window (My Computer/explorer).
Also trying to format trough computer Management I get this error:
"An unexpected error has occurred. Check the system event log for more information on the error. Close the Disk Management console, them restart Disk Management or restart the computer."
and the event log says this:
Event Type:    Error
Event Source:    LDM
Event Category:    None
Event ID:    2
Date:        09/04/2015
Time:        10:21:11 PM
User:        N/A
Computer:    BALL9000
Unspecified error  (80004005).
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
So I hope someone could help me here, thanks.

A:Can't use the Format option from menu on any drive letter

Have you tried using diskpart in a command prompt? In XP you need to be on an administrator account, type in disk part, then "list disk", "select disk #" for the disk you want to format, "list part" to list the partition table, "sel part #" to select a particular partition, "del part (might need to use "override")". Kind of a workaround but it will definately allow you to manage your disks if disk manager isn't functioning properly.
This will allow you to go through and remove partitioned space on drives. While still in the disk to create a new partition "create partition primary". Or you can just select a particular partition and "format fs=ntfs quick".
Probably do a little more research on diskpart, it's a pretty useful tool.

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My sister did something to her computer and reinstalled Windows XP. The thing is that it is installed on a partition (labeled "e") with only 3 gigs. I noticed this because I tried installing more software and it said that there wasn't enough space on the hard drive.

I searched online and found that I could see both partitions using the disk management utility. When I use this utility, I can see the partition labeled "e" and the other larger partition (75 gigs) and it doesn't have a drive letter. I have tried adding a letter to it by right-clicking, and all that it shows in the menu is "delete" and "help". Both partitions are labeled as "healthy".

How do I get back to that partition? Are all the programs, drivers, files, etc. still on that partition? How can I get the computer to start up on that partition? Windows XP is now installed on the smaller partition - should it be removed eventually?


A:Partition without a drive letter

The little partition was most likely the "System Recovery" partition that came with the already installed software setup when she bought the PC.

Somehow she has clobbered (a techie term ) the main partition that contained her data and Windows installation.

If she has a set of System Restore Disks (CD's), then she may be able to use them to restore the HD to its original state...like the day she bought the PC.

If not, and it were my PC, I would use FDISK to remove everything from the HD, and then recreate a single partition of maximum size on the drive. Next Format it, and then reinstall Windows...going on from there.

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Hey TSF, i'm a student, and I recently bought a 500gb External Hard Drive for use with school. I also bought a PS3 and would like to add my music and movies to that. I researched about the PS3, and learnt I needed to convert the hard drive type (not sure how to describe it) to FAT32. I decided to create a partition, so the whole thing wouldnt be converted to FAT32. But after something I did (I've used Swissknife, but it didnt work, maybe thats something to do with it), one of my partitions that was previsously unallocated space turned into a primary partition. However, it wasnt labelled as healthy or as a primary partition (im just presuming it is because of the blue on the Disk Management window), and also with no drive label.


A:[SOLVED] Partition has no drive letter.

Sorry, here is a screenshot.

Im not bothered if I have to format it, as I dont have any data to lose on the HDD :)

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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 triple boot desktop computer with XP, Vista, and windows 7, and some storage partitions as fat 32 and ntfs types. Each operating system shows the partitions with different drive letters. From booted in the XP it is drive G, Vista is C, 7 is D, and with the 2 optical DVD/CD drives, and the 3 storage partitions, I can change those drive letters some to allow drive E to then become available for the XP system. So is there any way to change my XP from drive G to E, such as booting to the XP recovery console and using the diskpart or map commands, or some registry edit to do this change, thanks.

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Hello....great forum!
my C: is a SSD Id like to have back as one disc, one partition..

The 101 mb 'unallocated' It was previously listed as " reserved system protected drive" I removed and formatted its 101 mb...back to empty, unallocated, can I lose that partition??

It shows up under disc management as a part of c...but really has no drive letter at all it just shows as C:

Many thx for ideas rick

A:SSD partition on c: sys drive. has no letter 'unallocated'

Are you currently using that C as your OS partition, if so, you need that other partition as is..

101mb is roughly the equivalent of 60 photos, your temp internet files can be 10x that amount. and its not not taking up a drive letter.

Do you really want/need that space?

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I have Windows 7 RC on my Computer. It is on Drive C:

I got this Vista Recovry disk that came with the laptop, and I was going to use it to dual boot Vist with the Windows 7. The Recovery disk will ONLY install onto drive C, there is NO OTHER intallation options.

The Question: If I change the Drive letter of my Windows 7 Drive to Drive D: and then change the Empty partition to C: will my Windows 7 still be bootable? Even if I chagne the boot loader option of Windows 7 to drive D: ?

A:Change Drive letter: Partition containing OS

I have never been able to change an OS to another letter without bricking the OS. The only tutorials for doing so make it clear it is only if the OS letter has slipped.

What I would do is save externally a backup image of Win7 using an imaging software that will allow you to select where to reimage, such as Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Free Download or Macrium Reflect.

Then go ahead and do the Vista factory restore, shrink Vista partition in Disk Management, reimage Win7 to the shrunken space. Now boot the Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Win7 and possibly configure the dual boot. If not, use EasyBCD 2.0 beta in Win7 to add VIsta.

Others may have an easier idea. You'll have the backup image as a path back, so it's worth a try since Win7's drive letter is in most cases relative anyway.

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I don't understand how, but when I installed XP MCE, it was with all other drives disconnected. However, when I went to Disk Management, it's partition is labeled G:, while W7 is labeled L: when running MCE. I want to change G: to the usual C:. but Disk Management won't permit that, and when I tried something similar with Acronis Disk Director some time back, the OS would no longer boot, so I'm not anxious for a repeat performance.

The question is, how to relabel the partition safely?

A:Changing OS Partition Drive Letter

I wouldn't and don't think you can change it, not without re-installing. As you have seen Windows won't let you change the drive letter of the partition windows is installed too. The main reason is that doing that would break a lot of programs etc. They would be looking for the old drive letter not the new one. Do you have a flash card reader installed? If yes that would be my guess as to why the drive letter got to be so high. I've seen that happen in XP if the hard drive wasn't formatted. It doesn't get a drive letter until after its formated. The other formatted drives would get C:, D:, etc. I didn't think windows 7 did that anymore but I could be wrong. Like a lot of people, I've only been using it for a short while. Now that the drive is formated it should get the first drive letter C: so a re-install should fix it. It just depends on how much that bothers you as to whether you want to do it over again.

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Boot partition drive letter changed, how do I fix it?

some how my boot drive letter changed on my windows 8 machine.

I am trying to change it back to c drive by using diskpart in the windows 8 boot cd

I change it with disk management and with diskpart but when I restart it changes the drive letter back to F , it wont stay at C

A:Boot partition drive letter changed, how do I fix it?

Post a snapshot of a fullscreen Disk Management Window:

To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen. Expand the fields as necessary so everything can be seen.

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7/8).

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Ok i know this sounds stupid (hey, it's windows) but how do I end up with 7 primary partitions? I thought you could only have 4. Anyway, one of my partitions no longer has a drive letter so I can't access anything on it. I'm unable to right click it in disk Management to add one, the option is grayed out (see pic).

1st partition = 100MB win7 boot
2nd partition = the windows OS on it's own 50G partition
3rd partition = 50G FreeBSD Unix (this is a multi-boot system)
4th partition = 500G data partition, the one that lost it's drive letter D:.
5th, 6th, and 7th partitions are Linux partitions and the last one looks like an extended partition by the green outline.

I've used this system successfully since last year when win7 came out. It's worked pretty good but all of a sudden it lost the drive letter for the 500G data partition. I have no idea what happened or how to get it back. Any ideas?

A:Can't add drive letter to partition, have 7 primary partitions

Shot in the dark:

As you said, you can only have 4 Primary Partitions. I suspect that Windows knows this and is therefore saying "Well that can't be right" and assuming its made a mistake and won't let you assign drive letters.

If you get it down to 4 partitions again, it will probably let you assign letters.

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is really the best way to remove the drive letter to hide a parition ?
for example in a second hard disk i have another operation system (microsoft)

is the best way?
are you sure w7 will not see it?

because i run mydefrag ,an amazing defrag and it see the volume i did hide


A:is the best way remove the drive letter to hide a partition ?

Are you trying to hide your partition from windows explorer? Or from partitioning software?

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I have a multiboot system with Win XP thru Win10 over 2 separate(non-raid) SDD's. I mostly live in Win 7, But Win10 is looking really good now.
On the drive with Win7, I have that Reserved System partition. Somehow over time it received a drive letter D:.
Will it cause any trouble if I remove just the drive letter from this partition? I do NOT want to delete it. Just want to free up some space in Windows Explorer. I can't use that little partition for anything so why see it everyday? I'm not sure on which partition my MBR/bootloader in located. If it is in this little partition, and I remove the letter, will I have problems booting on the next re-boot?
I use EasyBCD as my bootloader program. I have a copy loaded in each OS.
Thoughts/ Suggestions?

Next somewhat related question. In each Win install the drive letters get mixed up. for example I have a large Data HDD with no OS on it. In Win 7 it has drive letter M:, in Vista it is L:, in Win 8.1 it is S:
While working in each OS can I change the DATA HDD drive letter, and not have a problem in another OS?

Thanks everyone!

A:Drive Letter for Reserved Win 7 partition can be removed?

It should not a have letter, remove it.

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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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Ok, so I have my system and I have 2 operating systems on it. 1 is C:\ and the other is I:\ .Today i turned on my computer and a windows boot manager error thing came up so i put in windows 7 disk and it repaired the system. i go into I:\ (which is windows 7) and came up with disk check. Then it continued normally until it said 'Preparing your desktop'. Then it came with blank blue-ish screen and in the bottom right conner said "This copy of windows is not genuine" which it is. Signed me in to a temp account couldn't access any files. Turns out it was trying to access D:\ instead of I:\ no programs worked. I went onto the other operating system checked it and it said it was I:\ so somehow Windows changed it to thinking it was D:\ not I:\
Any help is appreciated.

A:Windows 7 changed partition drive letter

you will have to edit the registry offline (this happened to me not to long ago...)

Also what is the "other OS"? If it is Windows then follow the bellow:

here take a look at this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/f217...ml#post2666549

If you have any questions, just ask

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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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Using MiniTool PartWiz, I unhid the RECOVERY (F: ) partition. Is it safe to change the drive letter to (E: )? Will it still work?

A:Change drive letter of RECOVERY partition?

Yes. As long as you don't change the starting sector of the recov partition. A letter is just an alias. It won't damage anything.

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I keep my system in one partition and documents in a second on drive 0.

Recently, i attempted to set up xp in even another paritition. That's a whole other story. I ran into trouble, gave up, ended with a fouled up boot manager and decided to reinstall windows 7 from the install cd.

Before reinstalling windows, I made a partition on a second, exterior hard drive and backed up my documents partition in it.


With Windows reinstalled and with the exterior hd connected, the partition with the documents does not show up in My Computer. It does, however, show up in Disk Management. But it has no drive letter. And if you open the right click menu on that partition, everything is greyed out except "delete partition" and "help."

Maybe I neglected to assign a drive letter on the back up partition? But wouldn't the system do that automatically? Maybe the drive letter assigned by the system conflicts with a drive letter on the inside hd?

How do I rescue my backed up documents?

A:Cannot access backed up partition because no drive letter

Change, add, or remove a drive letter - Windows Help

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I see this has not been updated for a long time.  I just bought an HP laptop, and I have the same problem.  But the laptop has Win 10 Homne installed so, as I understand it, I don't need the 15 gb of OEM Recovery as d:, do I?

A:Re: Changing the Drive letter of the Recovery Partition

Hi, Well, that is your last resource to perform a Recovery when your machine goes bad. You can make recovery media (DVD's or USB) and keep in a safe place. After that you can delete D: (even not recommended). Regards.

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Well I have this problem..
My XP OS wasn't starting so I had to reinstall it in order to fix it..
Well that is where the problem start..
I had Dualboot, with Vista and XP.. Now, I fixed the boot so now I can choose wich one start but when I start XP the XP Partition Letter doesn't change to C: , Its stays in E: and before the reinstall it used to change to C: ..
I tried to do again the boot stuff with Easy BCD and I did, I deleted the XP entry and did it all over again but when I booted on XP the letter wasnt changing..
Now I cant install anything because XP doesn't seem to know thats its installed on E: so its try to search stuff on C, where now is Vista Partition..
I hope you guys can help me.. If not I would have to format XP partition.. I have no problems with it but I just want to make it like the last choice..


A:Solved: XP Partition Drive Letter Problems

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I am hoping someone here will know what I should do.

I installed an old partition I imaged ready to put on a new hard-drive. I need to make it so the system does not see it as drive letter "C" as that is not what it was originally (particularly when the programs on it were installed). I boots up fine most of the way but then when it gets to "Preparing your Desktop" it hangs for a long while and when it comes out of that, it dispays "This version of Windows is not genuine"

I should sat at this point, My copy of Windows is genuine.

Is there a way I can change the drive letter of this partition back to the value the installations on it expect as at the moment it thinks it is "C:" which I believe is what is causing the problem

The old partition I am installing did not have the drive letter "C", it had "O". I know this was a bad mistake to make but it is too late to change now. This is the partition I used that has the most programs installed which are useful for my uni coursework. I can start afresh but would rather not spend all that time at the pc basically waiting for each installation process to run.

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i just reinstalled my WHOLE computer ...

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

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

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

A:hard drive partition letter associations?

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

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

ive tried TweakUI (or Powertoys for winXP)

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

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I need to change partion size on my two drives and would like to use Partition Magic, but I can not, because I receive message (after I launch Partition MAgic) that my drive is locked. I had to install WD software to manage my drive and I used it initially to setup my partitions. But I dont want to use it any more, there is no flexibility with changing partition sizes. It looks like WD dont allow any other program to play with partitions. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem so I can use Partition MAgic????
Please help !!!
Thanks for any tips.

A:Can't use Partition Magic on WD drive

what software (lifeguard)doesn't show anything about partitioning drives, just test and 0 writes.
if you have information on this part of drive and can move it
do that and then reformat the drive with PM
the drive manager I use is paragon partition manager and or acronis. I have formatted drives using seagate utilitys
and gone back to MY PM and had no proplems
seagate utilitys will work with any drive and not damage it.
check to see if the drives is write disabled

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I have a question.

I formatted a partition of my harddrive but in the end not only a partition was formatted but the next partition also was gone.

Meaning: the data is still there, but the NTFS partition isn't recognised anymore by Windows, and in diskmanager the space is now ready to assign new partition.

In a data recovery software, I saw the not recognised partition was still recognised as 'NTFS'.

What can I do?

The best scenario would be to simply tell Windows somehow, there is partition with NTFS and it should assign a letter to it.

A:Windows lost partition letter and don't recognize format partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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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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Hi Guys,
My sister has just brought a Dell laptop, (not sure which model), which came pre-installed with windows vista.
The hard drive has been partitioned into drives "C" & "D" - drive "D" contains the system recovery data and is called "recovery disk".

I need to change the drive letter of "D" to something else as they have some software that only runs from CD and will only run if the cd is named drive "D", so I would like to rename the "D" drive to "L" and then rename the cd drive to "D".

I know how to change the drive letters but I'm concerned that in renaming drive "D" the recovery programs won't be able to work if she ever needs to recover the system.

Does anyone have any ideas about this please?

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I hope to find help in this forum.
(I just tried another, German Win7 forum but until now they don't have an idea ...).

I'm using an external USB HDD (Toshiba Stor.E Basics, 500GB) which is divided
into two partitions (with "MiniTool Partition Wizard 9").

I've no problems with all my (old) XP prof. systems.

Conecting the HDD to my Win7 prof notebook (Lenovo W500) as well as
to my Win10 home tablet, only the first partition will be recognised.

Here you see the screenshot.
Using MiniTool Partition Wizard (on the Win7 system), the 2nd partion will be found - but without drive letter.
Trying to assign a drive letter with the Minitool results in a positive message, but then, the same state again is displayed: no drive letter. (Assigning a drive letter with Win7 routine is impossible.)

Here, only just mentioning it, the screenshot of the drives and partitions on the XP system:
Any idea?

Thanks in advance!

A:Win7 (+ W10) 2nd partition of USB disc not recognized, no drive letter

Hi digait and welcome to sevenforums.
On your external HDD simply right click on unused partition and select "create new simple volume". That should allocate the space as active and assign a new drive letter. See tutorial here.
Partition or Volume - Create New
Hope this helps!

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Okay so I managed to figure out all my problems with my partitions and my computer not starting and I am finally at the last step. I have a partition made specifically for Minecraft with a smaller cluster size so it runs faster...

Now I would like it so this drive has no letter so everyone doesn't see the Minecraft drive on there accounts (in-case they say whats that oh delete etc...). So how can I create a shortcut to the launcher in this drive without allowing the drive to have a letter???

Regards, Radical924

A:How can I make a shorcut to a hidden drive/partition with no letter???

How about a security setting?

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