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Solved: Windows Explorer-Clicking on Drive Letter opens up Search instead of Exploring Drive!

Q: Solved: Windows Explorer-Clicking on Drive Letter opens up Search instead of Exploring Drive!

Got a strange problem that popped up recently.

When I am in windows explorer and my drive letters are in the right side pane of the window...(IE clicking on My Computer in the left pane shows all drive in the right pane..) Instead of opening up that drive's folders, it pops up the search window.

Before I had just clicked on the drive and it expanded out and you could click on the files on that drive.

Anyone know what might cause this to change or what I can do to change it back?

Not a major issue, but it's puzzling as to how it got that way.

Thanks in advance...

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I'm having the same problem described in this closed thread: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/753837-open-dvd-drive-opens-my.html

When I double-click on the CD/DVD drive letter (D: a folder opens that contains everything in My Documents folder. There are little black, down-facing, arrows on each folder, though. I don't know what these arrows mean, and when I open the My Documents folder the normal way there are no such arrows.

This happens whether there is a disc in the drive or not, and with no disc in there at all.

I cannot use right-click>open, or right-click>explore, either (same thing happens).

I have tried deleting the drive from Device Manager and re-installing, but get the same behavior. Changing drive letters does not work.

Please help!
 

A:Clicking on CD/DVD Drive letter opens My Documents

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OS is windows XP home.

Problem: In my computer folder I doubleclick on the (C hard drive, but it doesn't open like a folder but as a search tool. I have to right click and choose open from the menu to "open like a folder".

Why is this: I accidentally was doing something weird in the control panel>folder properties(not sure if its called folder properties in the english xp).

And now I would want it again to open like a folder, but I just don't know how.
 

A:Solved: Clicking hard drive icon opens search tool

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I had to remove some spyware a few weeks ago. Now, when I click a drive to open it, Windows opens the search window instead. This also happens when I plug in thumb drives. I have to right click the drive and select open to open a drive. How do I correct this?
 

A:Solved: Windows XP Home opens search rather than the drive

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Hi,

I was fiddling around with the folder options > file types a little bit to assign mp3s to winamp and WMP and so on...

I also checked out the file type "drive" and made no changes and clicked OK. Since then, whenever I double click the C drive or D drive, it opens a command window instead of opening the drive. I can right click on it and click Open in the menu though. But why should I have to do that? What has been changed? No, no virus. It only started doing this after I did the above. I anyway scanned the machine using SAV corporate version, nothing found.

I went back in and saw there are only two actions in the advanced section - 'find' and 'open command window here'. None is set as default, but apparently it's executing the 'open command window here' action on double click.

I thought of adding an "Open" action like for other file types, but it wants some program and the path to it to execute this action. What program does it use, I don't know.....please help.

A:[SOLVED] Double clicking C drive opens command window

i figured out the solution here it is.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...up-228951.html

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I have reformated my HDD after it was infected by a malware and installed Windows XP Professional SP2. Then I pluged in my USB external drive and found out that when I click on the Drive icon/letter nothing happens. I have to right click the drive icon and choose "open" for me to access its contents. I checked the other drives and it showed the same problem as well. The only affected icons are the Drive icons...when i double click on the folders it opens.
 

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A laptop has 5 mapped drives which are only used on the office. Offline files is not an option. When a user on the road clicks on a mapped drive by mistake, the explorer window locks up while it tries to find it.

OK, but what is infuriating is what it does when it can't fid it.
Instead of doing something sensible like taking the explorer window to C: drive or desktop, it goes to the next drive letter. Of course this is also unavailable. So the machine is essentially unusable for about 5 minutes if the user mis-clicks once.

Any way to change this behaviour ?
XP Home and Pro.
 

A:When mapped drive not found, explorer goes to next drive letter. Delays.

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I'm working on a laptop for someone and I can't say I've ever seen this before. The default action for double clicking any folder on the computer is to open Search. If I right click on a folder, the bold (and thus default) option is search and the "open" option is a secondary one, but does open the folder when selected. I can't imagine how it got like this and resetting the defaults on every option in the Folder Options area didn't fix it. Anyone know how to fix this very odd problem?

A:[SOLVED] double clicking a folder opens search

okay, quick update. This was most likely caused by the virus that was on it first of all. Secondly, I pinned it down. If I open folder options and go to File Types and find "folder" the default action is Open and Explore is another option. If I click advanced on "file folder" the only action in the list is "find" and that's it. If I hit new to add another action, it wants an application to open it with so I'm not sure how to regenerate the original "open" option.

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I searched to see if anybody had the same issue, but no luck! I have a Xbox with a mod chip and a 120gig HD....it worked fine for a couple of days, but now when i try to go into the emulators and play the old school games, I start to hear clicking inside my xbox...now when i turn it own, it tries to load (i hear the clicking) and the CD drive pops out when i turn it on and it doesn't want to stay closed (have to slowly force it closed)...and a black screen with green words stating to seek Xbox support pops up (can't play my xbox now)

Is this a hard drive issue with the clicking??? Only happens when i was trying my emulators, but the saved games that are Xbox games, there were no issues. Just wondering if there is a solution or am i doomed with my Xbox????
 

A:Xbox is clicking & CD drive opens on its own free will!!

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When I click on a favorite under 'Favorites' in the folder pane of 'Windows Explorer', it shows the content of that folder in the viewing pane and the favorite is highlighted in the folder pane. This is fine and how it was.

Unfortunately now, when I click on a favorite it still shows the folder in the viewing pane which is still fine BUT in the folder pane it jumps to the actual path of the favorite folder under the drive letter. Therefore, I have to scroll back up to select another Favorite folder. It never use to expand the path under the drive letter.

Does anyone know what has happened? It doesn't do it for the default 'Desktop' favorite but the ones I have put there myself.

It's just very annoying!

Thanks and hope you can help.

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When i double click on local disk C it opens up search. I think this may be something to do with file types in folder options but im not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a screenshot of the folder option
 

A:Solved: Double clicking on local disk C opens search

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Hello folks,
I just joined and of course I have a problem that I cant seem to figure out.

I have a machine that is connected to a small network. I have a network drive mapped and every time I double-click to open the network drive the 'my Documents' folder opens up instead. I have also noticed that when I right-click the network drive there are some invalid characters on the right-click menu that start with ?? (eg: ??2, ???3, ????4).

I have norton antivirus 2008 installed, I have my explorer set to view hidden files and folders and dispay hiddon operating system files and performed a full scan which results in nothing being found. According the the antivirus software I have a clean system. I'm stuck, does anyone out there have any ideas what is going on and how to resolve it?

Thanks in advance..

A:Right Clicking On Network Drive Opens My Documents Folder

Same problem, different application opens. Might be of some helphttp://www.compatdb.org/support/topics/156...ith_dialog.html

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Hi guys, first post so be gentle. Got a problem that a meber posted about earlier in the year but he didn't seem to get an answer so at the point of making a fool of myself, I thught I'd repost his query. as follows:
Whenever i doubleclick on any of the Drives(C: , D: ) a windows search window appears, if i have to open i have to rightclick and select open...also i observed that when i right click on my c drive or d drive the first option i have is "search" in bold. and then the next option is open. whereas for anyother folder open is my first option when i right click and in bold!!!
Pls help......
 

A:Solved: Unable to open any Drive by double click...a search window opens eachtime!!

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(XPSP2) When I double click on a folder in the Windows Explorer right-hand pane, it opens a search box instead of simply exploring the folder. Can anyone advise me how to turn it back to the normal behaviour?

This situation arose after I did some registry tidying to get rid of a much more irritating problem. So it won't surprise me if there is some registry key I still need to change.

regards
Boops

A:[SOLVED] Windows Explorer: double-click folder opens Search

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Click on Start, Run then type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and click Ok.

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I have a strange problem that has been occurring since I very first installed Windows 7 x64 fresh. Whenever I click on the primary C drive in Explorer (or any other CD, card reader, or network mapped drive), sometimes 1 new window will open up, sometimes 2 new windows will open up, and sometimes 3 new windows will open up. The new windows usually, but not always, have an address bar. Explorer just seems to randomly open multiple windows at will.

I've been searching and searching online, trying various Tools->Folder Options as well as registry settings, but nothing seems to work. All I've found is a couple other forum posts with the same problem (random amount of multiple windows opening), but no resolutions.

This doesn't happen on any of my other Windows 7 x64 computers. The main difference I can think of is that this is the only machine I have with an SSD, but I can't see how that would effect all drives in Explorer.

Does anyone have any ideas what I can do to fix this? I would like no new windows at all to open up.

A:Explorer opens multiple windows when I double click a drive

Go to Control Panel - Mouse properties. Reduce the Mouse Double Click Speed and check. This could be one of the problem.

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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. 
Thanks!

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 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)

thks

T
 

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 use an external USB 3.0 4TB Touro (HGST disk) as backup. Lately it does not show up in Explorer. It does show up in Device Manager. I use Partition Magic and find that it does not have a drive letter anymore. Then I assign it to the letter it used to have. And it still does not show up in Explorer.

If I look at the disk in Partition Manager I can see all the directories and files but I can't access it with Explorer.

I have uninstalled it from the system and rebooted and plugged it in again. I used drivecleanup. I get the message that the driver was installed correctly and it is ready for use, but it won't show up in Explorer.

I'm running Win7 Home 64bit.

Help! Thank you.

A:Ext USB drive has drive letter but does not appear in Explorer

I use Partition Magic and find that it does not have a drive letter anymore

Do you mean MiniTools Partition Wizard?

If I look at the disk in Partition Manager I can see all the directories and files .....

What Partition Manager is that? Can you please post a full screenshot of what you see?

Also post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management with only your 4TB external drive plugged in.(Please remove all other external drives /Flash drives). In Windows Disk Management screen tool bar on top, click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane Icons to hide those so that we get an untruncated picture with all the information visible. If need be, adjust the seperators in the Drive list on top so that we can clearly see Capacity, Free Space and % Free.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

From what you have said the folders and files are still there. So don't panic.

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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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Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder

Hello,

I was wondering what the prime uses for a logical drive (just assigning it as the letter F: for example ) might be vs. Mounting the logical drive as an empty folder that supports drive paths?

And why someone would want to use one option vs. the latter? (common uses).

thanks for any ideas.

(I only have one hard drive, so this would be an extended partition on the same disk)
 

A:Solved: Logical drive question: Normal Drive letter vs Mounting as a volume as empty folder

Here's a link to explain it: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Mount_Windows_partitions_(DOS,_FAT,NTFS))

Good luck.
 

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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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Well, I was lucky. The HD that failed this morning, works if I lay it on its side. So I was able to ghost everything over to the new drive. I ghosted the boot partition c: to r:

I'm using Windows 2000, SP4. The new boot drive is SATA. The old, failing boot drive is IDE.

I worked through a number of problems, but I'm left with this:

When the system boots into the new drive R:, it still wants the boot partition c: for something. If I boot with the IDE disconnected, it'll boot to the login screen, and allow me to log in, but after a few minutes of a blank screen & cursor, it drops back to the login.

I have PartitionMagic 7.0, and used DriveMapper to change all references to C: to R:, but that didn't do it. How do I cut my system's dependence on the failing drive, before it fails altogether? Will this work?

I found the following advice from crjdriver, and was wondering if this would work for my particular problem:

Make a full system backup of the computer and system state.
Log on as an Administrator.
Start Regedt32.exe.
Go to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

Click MountedDevices.
On the Security menu, click Permissions.
Verify that Administrators have full control. Change this back when you are finished with these steps.
Quit Regedt32.exe, and then start Regedit.exe.
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\... Read more

A:Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

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Hey, I just recently installed Windows7 on my PC with Vista on the primary partition. Windows 7 was installed to secondary partition named B:Win7
Now after installation, it became C, and my original partition C for Vista is now become D!!
I haven't booted into Vista yet, but I don't think this will be good. I tried to change it in Windows 7 from Disk Mgmt, but which ever drive I try to change it says incorrect Parameter.

I tried to make my current C drive to M or something but it won't allow me!

Please reply ASAPP!!!

A:[SOLVED] Windows Vista Drive Letter

Drive letter was asssigned as B from Vista, so Windows 7 was jsut seeing it as C, but back in Vista everything was A Ok!

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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 just upgraded my computer to winxp pro when i got a new 40gb hdd for free. install went fine and everything runs except for the fact that windows wont give a drive letter to one of my 3 hard drives. Its formatted and partitoned and only has 20% room left on it so I can't repartition it and lose all of my stuff on it. At first i tried hooking it up usb but I had that problem so i figured it was the controller in the enclosure. I was looking for an excuse to order a sata/ide pci controller card so i did that and windows install disc even recognized the new drive to install to it. t he device manager shows the drive as a scsi drive and disk management sees it just it doesn't have a drive letter. What should i do? Partitioning is difficult cause i'd have to back up 160 gb. thanks in advance

ps. i should also ad that the driveis usable before i switched to the new hdd/winxp pro last night so its not the drive itself.
 

A:Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.
paul.

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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.
paul.

A:windows wont allocate drive letter to external drive

Please post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management with only the Seagate Freeagent GoFlex external drive plugged in. ( Plug out all other external drives). Please read this tutorial and adhere to the guidelines therein to post a full Screenshot disabling Console Tree, Action Pane and adjusting the seperators as necessary to show all information. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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sir,

i have windows 7 desktop. there are some partition on it.but there is problem with these partition. All the three partition have the same drive letter.i attach a link showing the picture. all three partitions are dynamic , simple. if i open these drives only the contents of one drive are appeared. another two drive data are not shown in any manner.

i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
my windows is installed in c:\ drive which is also dynamic and there are no recent changes.only one change i did which is i shrink dynamic volume 50 GB from 206 GB and again mixed with 206 GB without allocating free space.

and only the c drive is on and d drive is off.but in my other desktop same configuration exist.
please help me...and please don't say change and remove drive letter...........waiting for response

A:changing one drive letter all 3 partitions change to that drive letter

First thing you're going to do is fill in the specs of the desktop whose snips you are showing us.

Then you're going to do the same with the second pc opening a second post with snips. Give it a different title like "Second pc with drive letters the same". Don't forget the snips.

You should not have dynamic disks in either machine. What did you do to accomplish this?

There exists a bevy of spectacular experts on this site that will be happy to help you. But give us ALL the info please.

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Under XP Media Center
I have two internal HDs two CD drives, one ext. HD and Windows has assigned drive letters to all and all have been stable over the years the very weird thing , and I can't figure out why, is that for my USB thumb drive - which I always plug into the same USB port it changes letters after an extended period - say about 8 months, it will go from "G" to "I" and then back. It is bothersome only because I use the "Send To" command for many files. is there a way to stabilize this or is it just another XP annoyance I must put up with.
thanks
 

A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
in the right hand side you should see all the drives
go to the the drive that you want to change the letter ID
right click - then choose "change drive letter" a box will appear with the current letter
choose a new letter and click ok then its all done same letter every time

I often set to X, Y, Z for external and any mapped drives

have a read here http://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...s-xp-for-an-external-usb-stick-or-hard-drive/
 

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Hello everyone,
So, due to audio problems....I decided to just revert to my old XP64. At first I was gonna try to dual-boot, but the fly in the ointment was all I had was an image on my external HD, which has about 100G of other stuff on it. My disc drive would not for the life of me burn an ISO image on any of my three DVD types. And the process of trying to find how to fix the drive problem and/or create just a bootable PARTITION on a HD without effecting everything else just drove me insane...which is kind of where I am now. After a week now I just have to get back to my project. lol And if that means no fancy windows 7 internet experience......

BUT HERE'S THE THING. In my frenzied state, I think I may have screwed up my MBR, but idk. I hope I can explain this right.

At one point, while attempting a dual-boot scenerio workaround, I shrunk partition C and created a new 5G partition at the end of it. After that:

In EaseUS, I assigned it letter B and I set it to active, figuring it was to be bootable (wrong, I know). Additionally near the same time in Folder Properties, I unhid system files, folders...etc.

NOW the System drive showed as F! Then, attempting to use EasyBCD, it told me it could not find the BCD files to begin. So, naturally it had to do with that.I thought maybe it should have been B, but why would Ease US give me that letter option?

After showing Easy BCD the file it seems to be OK....there. Also in Startup & Recovery it is listed in Syste... Read more

A:Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

:wacko:no?

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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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In the limited research I have done with the problem posed in post #56, I believe the reason the user is unable to use the drive is it is GPT and is protected. Is there a way to reclaim the drive and data in Windows 7?

I am unfamiliar with GPT and do not know how to get Windows 7 to give access to the drive without changing to MBR, but changing to MBR will wipe the partition table and make the data inaccessible. Any ideas? Anyone else seen this problem before?

A:No access to GPT drive in Windows 7, no drive letter can be assigned

Hi,

I stumbled across a forum post (TomsHardware) that claimed TestDisk and PhotoRec have the ability to recover data from GPT drives. Is it worth a go?

PhotoRec - CGSecurity
TestDisk - CGSecurity

Regards,
Golden

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Using Windows 7.

There are two hard disks of different brands used alternately for off-site backup. Norton Ghost 15 is the backup program that images the drive nightly. The two disks are swapped daily and one is taken off site.

Problem: As long as the two drives were identical in size and brand, they both assumed the same drive letter and Ghost had no problem. Now that one of the drives have failed and was replaced with one of a different brand, they assume different drive letters and Ghost fails.

I have tried to understand how USBDLM can force the same drive letter when they are swapped. The way I understand it is there is some kind of INI file placed on the USB drive; but, I just can't understand exactly what goes into that INI file.

Yes, I have read the USBDLM help file; but, it seems to assume a level of knowledge of the terms it uses that I don't have.

I would like to use USBDLM; but, I'm not stuck on it if there is a better solution.

Thanks for reading.
 

A:Solved: Forcing a certain drive letter on a USB drive

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Windows Explorer will not show any (usb-flash/external HD-) drive with the letter H. The drive is recognized by Windows: it does show up in Disk Management.
What I did, months ago, is delete (merge) a hard drive partition - drive letter assignment of this partition was H.
Apparently the H-assignment got lost somehow somewhere.
The practical issue is: whenever I use a usb stick, Windows assigns the first available/free drive letter - which is H. I then have to go to disk management, change H into some other letter, after which the usb stick show up in Win Explorer.
Tried my best to find a solution for this. Wasn't lucky.

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Hi there, I am using a Lenovo Y-50/70 Touch and I recently changed my hardrive from a 1 TB SSHD to a 2 TB SSD. After the migration I faced a strange problem which when I dug deeper I realised that the any drive/partition that I assign the letter D will never show up in This PC as a connected drive to access, although this D drive is visible in Disk Management and appears as a visible drive. However, I can access the drive when I type D: in the address bar of explorer.  I infer, with my extremely basic understanding and knowledge, that my system is for some reason set up to hide drive D, regardless of what it represents, hidden in This PC. I have tried everyting from formatting the D partition, to hiding it and then unhiding. Nothing works. I request the community to please help me solve this problem. CheersAlfi  

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This one has me a bit perplexed!

While I have seen Windows act strangely before, have never seen this one before.

I just took a call and the following was system behavior.

When Double-Click on drive, either local disk or mapped network drive, Windows search results window comes up instead of the drive contents. When mapping a new network drive, the search results window comes up instead of the drive contents.

Yet if Right-Click & Open...it displays the contents of the drive.

Any ideas on this one?
I support a software package and not the Operating System so this was beyond what I could do.
 

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for some reason when i go to into 'my computer' click on my c:drive icon(to go to program files for example) windows search pops up. this started happening tonight and has never happened before. i can get to my cdrive if i right click on the mouse and click 'open'..but to simply click on the cdrive(drive c:/ ) pops up windows search , just as if i've gone to start and then clicked on it from the menu..hope someone can help me with this.(is my pc reading a command incorrectly??)
 

A:Clicking On C:/drive Icon Is Opening Search??

Run this script.
 

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Hi, I have a new Toshiba P70-A 11V laptop with Windows 8.1.
Windows search for files or folders returns nothing in the partition I use for storing personal data. I changed the letter drive assigned and re-built the indexing of the drive. Then it worked until restarting the computer. Then any search returns nothing once again. What is going on? This is a brand new laptop which was very expensive and can not use the basics on it???
Any idea?
Cheers

A:[SOLVED] Explorer Search finds nothing even after reindexing drive

No one has any idea plz?

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When I click computer and can see all the drives, if I right click the hard drive or either the dvd-rom drive or the dvd-rw writer drive,or anything else listed on computer it has the list open, explorer ,open with ulead photo explorer, search, etc., all of these only have the option stuck to only open with ulead photo explorer.

If I try to right click and open any of these it brings it up in Ulead photo explorer.
No options listed to open with another program.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

Is this why my dvd burner will not work?

Thank you.
 

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Whenever I open my "C" Drive it opens to "Search" instead of displaying: Documents and Settings, Program Files, etc. Right click on your C drive and my guess is that "Open" will be in bold and at the top of the list. When I do this same thing, "Search" is in bold and at the top. What have I done and how do I undo it?

Windows XP Pro SP2
 

A:Solved: C Drive opens to "Search"

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Hey when I click a folder instead of showing the folders contents it opens a search box. Is there anyway of changing this back?

Thanks
 

A:Clicking a folder opens search

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Hello,

I'm an XP user and I need help desperately. I have a Dell notebook and of late, every time I open "My Computer" and double-click on the C drive or the D drive, the "Open With...." dialogue window opens up. So now if I want to get into my hard drives, I have to right click and choose "Open" or "Explore". This is getting very frustrating and I'm not that qualified to go around tweaking registry items. So can anyone help me out with this? I understand that some people have had a similar problem - the "Search" window opens up when double-clicking the drive icons. By the way, out of desperation, I used the "Fix Folder open.vbs" file and it still didn't work. Any advice will be highly appreciated. Many thanks.

A:Help! Double clicking C/D drive opens "Open With.." dialogue

Hello and Welcome to TSF

See if this helps
http://technize.com/content/downloads/drive.reg

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Hi all,

I know this is not a new problem to windows. My browser will open a search window searching exactly the same folder name I was double clicking on moments earlier. I tried to regedit according to what was suggested for windows xp, restarted the laptop, but to no avail. The problem remains.

Can anyone help?

Thank you!!!
 

A:HELP! Search opens when double clicking on folder

To add on, I've noticed that it always open the search using baidu.com, a chinese search engine.
 

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Not sure what is going on here. When I right click on a drive in explorer to get properties/use tools like defrag/disk checker it is crashing explorer. I have already done a "repair" install of 14257...I had 14257 installed already and essentially did a reinstall of it using an ISO image. I have done SFC/Scannow a dozen times and that isn't working either. Any idea what is going on?

A:Right Clicking on Drive Crashes Explorer-14257

Try to separate the explorer processes and see if it still crash.

Win+R, type in -> control folders <- hit Enter. Click on View tab > tick the Launch folder window in a separate process > Apply > OK.

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Hi,

I run a Windows 2000 Professional operating system and Internet Explorer 5. I have just created a new user with administrator privilleges.

When the new user logs on to the system and attempts to use Internet explorer, the home page opens correctly (not cached), however when any hyperlinks are clicked, Internet explorer then opens Windows explorer instead and displays the contents of the C: drive. If you try typing a URL into the address bar instead, the same thing happens.

When I log onto the system as the main administrator, Internet explorer works fine.

Can anyone help?
 

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Alright dont know where to post this because its not really networking. Hokay so, I was browsing around and there was one place that this person on his web page had a little window where the user was able to search through folder and whatnots. The folders had pictures and homemovies and such. Is this possiable? If so how would I go about doiung it?
 

A:Exploring Hard drive through IE?

Nevermind scrach that. Going to do something different
 

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