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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help.

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

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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

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

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

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

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I have a system (with Vista on it, I'm one of the few who doesn't loathe Vista) with two internal and one external hard drive, among other things I keep my Itunes stuff on the external drive.At one stage I was having trouble with fixing the drive letter in place, it kept on resetting itself, so I went through computer management and locked it into being drive K.Yesterday I unplugged the hard drive (accidentally) and this morning, not yesterday, it's reset itself to being drive M.  Everything on that drive no longer works..I've tried going through computer management again and it will let me reset the letter but not to drive K (I'm locked out)..  Which is where I want/need it..I need to get rid of the old settings but I'm not sure how, does anyone have any ideas?A.

Answer:Hard drive changed letter, and I can't change it back.

Do you have anything assigned to a K: drive? (I mean, has something else commandeered to letter).If so, either unplug it (if possible) or change it via disk management.I'm wracking my brain on this one, since I had the exact same issue with a CD-ROM drive, and I do recall the "fix" was easier done then said...

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My external drive letter was K:, now it's L:. I checked the registry and saw that they both have the same value? I also can't change drive letter in computer management. Help me please!

Answer:External hard drive changed. Won't change back

Hello Jassie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and delete the \DosDevices\L: Binary vaule to see if the drive will be seen as K after restarting the computer.

If not, then see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to change it back to K.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Is there any way to keep the same drive letter (in this case, E) for my external hard drive?  I plugged a printer into my laptop yesterday, and how my EHD has become drive F. Now none of my shortcuts or file locations work any more.  The EHD is a plug-and-play device connected via a USB port.1) Can I change it back to E somehow?2) Can I set it so that it will always be drive E?I've tried removing the printer and the hard drive, then rebooting with just the hard drive.I've tried uninstalling the hard drive via device manager, reconnecting and rebooting.  It still says F.My next thought is to do a system restore back a couple days, but even if I do this, I'd like to know if there is a way to permanently assign drive E to this device.Thank you!!

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter Changed

Well, it looks like I may have solved my own problem:START --> Control Panel  --> Administrative Tools  --> Computer Management.In the left pane, expand Storage, and then choose Disk Management.  Select the external hard drive and from the right-click menu, select Change Driver Letter and Paths.  Select the drive, click the Change button, and then change the letter in the drop-down box.

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I turned the computer on today and one of the external hard drives has changed from 'K' to 'L'. Two other external hard drives have not been affected. For some reason the 'K' drive has been allocated to the CD Drive (which was previously 'F').

So how can I get 'K' back to the external hard drive using the same path as before. It doesn't matter what the CD drive is called but getting it back to 'F' would be nice.

Thank you.
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive Letter Has Changed

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I have two WD My Passport 2TB external drives operating via USB 2.0 ports on my Qosmio Laptop.

I have no problem changing the different drive letters individually. Lets say the black one is allocated Drive F. When I disconnect the black one, and connect the silver one, it thinks it is Drive F too, so I rename it to G, then disconnect it and reconnect the black one only to find it is now G as well.

When I connect both to the laptop, the first one connects as say Drive F but when I connect the second one as well, it seems to think its F also but the Drive letter cannot be changed while both are connected. I also can only read the first drive, and the second one has no drive letter assigned to it.

The silver one is formatted to Fat32 and the Black one if formatted to NTFS although I don't believe that matters.

What I would like to do is copy all the files from silver to black, then format the silver one to NTFS.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Unable to change external drive letter

Found this on another site:

Solution found here, thanks to Win7Survivor.

Thank you all

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

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

Hi

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

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Hello.
Recently bought a new Laptop, and went through all the setting up process, one of which was Windows 7 back up. At the time I just went for the partitioned drive option, but after a week, I've decided to buy an external Hard drive for my back ups instead.
My questions are:
1. Can I easily change the destination of the back up files?
2. Do I just delete everything on Drive D once I'm backing up to an external Hard Drive, or will Windows give me this option when I change to external Hard Drive?
3. The Back up is done on a schedule, so how do I get on when the date passes? Will it ask me to plug my external Hard Drive in the next time I boot up?
4. Finally, I'd like to back up our Desktop too, running on Vista. Can I just partition the external Hard Drive, and keep our laptop, and Desktop backed up on the same hard drive??

Cheers, Matthew

Answer:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.

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The drive letter (E) has changed to (F) when i pluged my digital camera via usb into my pc, i had forgotten to connect my removeable hard drive in first as the hard drive was letter (E), now it is been seen as letter (F) and the programmes cannot be found as they were located on drive (E). How can i change the drive letter back to (E) its original setting.I am running windows XP home.Any help please.

Answer:Drive letter changed on an external drive.

Xp is seeing the camera card as another hard drive unplug camera reboot with external drive in then plug camera back in.ex drive should then be E:/ and camera f:/

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my windows was virus infected i reinstalled the windows xp sp2 after installtion when i first time restart the windows my drive letters changed drive letter C: become D: And D: become c:
how do i changed drive letter back to c

Answer:how do i changed drive letter back to c

my windows was virus infected i reinstalled the windows xp sp2 after installtion when i first time restart the windows my drive letters changed drive letter C: become D: And D: become c:
how do i changed drive letter back to c

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 running Windows 7 professional. I just noticed today that my first DVD drive letter went from D to J. One of my external hard drives used to use the letter J. Now it is D. The DVD drive appears to work OK, but it may be a problem when I do backups using my external hard drives with Acronis. I am not sure when this drive letter change took place. I tried doing a checkpoint restart from a restore point taken 3 days ago. Same problem. Is there some way to get the drive letters back to they way they were? I am used to my two optical disk drives being D & E. Now they are J & E.
Charles Ranheim

Answer:DVD drive letter D changed to J How can I get it back

Hello cranheim,

You could use an option in the tutorial below to change the drive letter.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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I installed XP on drive Z but XP thinks it's on drive D. Drive D is what my vista recovery stuff is on (I dual boot)

Answer:Is it normal for XP to change the drive letter, but it's not actually changed...

A boot drive (drive with bootable operating system) will normally be assigned the letter C: in Windows, even if it is a multiboot system.

Of course, this can be changed by drives attached on an install using a MS OEM version of XP or various other things which were not necessarily done in the proper sequence. I've seen this on my system but I cannot recall the exact circumstances.

As for the Z: letter change...I don't believe that XP will assign such to a bootable drive, unless there are 25 other drive letters assigned permanently ahead of it...just speculation, never tried it.

If you installed XP after installing Vista...and with the Vista drive connected during the XP install...then that might account for the D: letter assignment.

Louis

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I used to boot into Win8 which has been installed on a partition with drive letter W.
After I ran EaseUS partion manager (Best partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Family.), the partition has been enlarged, and at first glance I am able to boot.

Unfortunately, my login screen is not customized anymore (does not display background pictures, apps et cetera), and upon login I can hardly do anything (no desktop is displayed, I cannot start an explorer instance et cetera). Guest logins are automatically kicked out.

Upon logging in (it has remembered by username, and apparently my credentials) it just says 'Preparing Windows' for some time, en then displays a blank screen, in which I can see my mouse, and with ctrl-alt-del get some options, but I'm not able to start the task manager.

When I reboot into safe mode (which is way more hidden than in Win7) I ?m able to start a task manager, en from the I can run items, browse my PC et cetera. However, I can see that my drive letter has been changed from W to E. Most of the application I start are broken, like when I start the MSC snap-in in order to maybe change the drive letter using Windows' built-in partition manager, it state it is broken.
When I try to change the drive letter using the command prompt and 'diskpart', I'm not allowed, as the drive I want to assign a drive letter to is a system drive.

I seem to have suffered no data loss (I've got most stuff backed up anyway) but don't want to re-install either.
Th... Read more

Answer:Changed Win8 drive letter after partition change in EaseUS

Phew, found a solution myself:

With some effort I was able to boot into safe mode, tricked an instance of the task manager, from the task manager I could start regedit.

In regedit I assigned the appropriate drive letter under:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

This worked for me, but I recommend this ONLY as a last resort kind of thing.

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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

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Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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Hi, I have an Asus n61 notebook & a 1tb WD external drive connected via esata. I want my notebook to recognize the drive as G, for program pathway reasons, but as it needs to be connected before power up my system sees it as F. When I try to 'change drive letter' in Disk Management it simply says 'the parameter is incorrect'. I have never had problems assigning drive letters in XP. What is the secret in W7?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Can't change drive letter for external drive

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I don't have details on what was done to change the drive letter, because I wasn't the one that did this. But here's an overview of the results:

The removable drive shows up in explorer with its new drive letter, however when you click on it, Windows (using Vista and 7) says that it must be formatted before use- checking the drive properties shows a wrong hard drive size.

I'm thinking there are 2 ways of resolving the situation:

1. getting an outside program that will access the drive and allow me to copy the files to a different drive (then formatting the removable drive) or
2.somehow getting Windows to recognize the files on the removable drive.

If anyone knows what software I can use to access and copy the files on the drive or how to get Windows to recognize the drive that it used to recognize normally, I'd appreciate it.
 

Answer:Changed drive letter on external HD, now Windows doesn't recognize it

Have you tried removing power from the external drive for 15 minutes, then try it again?

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

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

Does the external drive work on another machine?

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

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


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

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

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

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

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


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





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



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



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


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

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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

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Hi,
Whilst installing a new USB memory stick somehow One of my hard drive letters has changed from F to D?
Computer running Windows 7 starts up ok but most of my programmes and software were on the F drive and I cannot get WIndows EXplorer to work.
I've tried all the tutorials but cannot access any of the administrative programmes to change settings - just says device not ready.

Had to post this from the iPad!

Any help appreciated

Answer:Hard drive Letter changed

can you please upload a screen shot of your disk management?

scrooge

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System has two HDs and two disk drives using Win7 Prem.

The main boot drive failed and was replaced. The new drive was assigned as the master and the older drive as the slave. Upon boot, the old D_drive was now the C_drive and the new drive has become the F_drive.

The plan was to install the new hard drive, install Win7 plus backup software, and do a full disk recovery from the disk backup. The recovery disk drive was the failed C_drive.

Through Disk Management, I was able to renamed the current C_drive to D but unable to change the F_drive to C since it is the boot drive.

How can I change the drive letters to what I want and not just rename them?

If this is not possible, how do I get the main boot drive to be renamed to the C_drive?

When I do a recovery of the old C_drive, what drive letter will that be?

Or better yet, how to I get the recovery disk backup to be called the C-drive?

Answer:Hard Drive Letter Changed?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by cyclone3211


System has two HDs and two disk drives using Win7 Prem.

The main boot drive failed and was replaced. The new drive was assigned as the master and the older drive as the slave. Upon boot, the old D_drive was now the C_drive and the new drive has become the F_drive.

The plan was to install the new hard drive, install Win7 plus backup software, and do a full disk recovery from the disk backup. The recovery disk drive was the failed C_drive.

Through Disk Management, I was able to renamed the current C_drive to D but unable to change the F_drive to C since it is the boot drive.

How can I change the drive letters to what I want and not just rename them?

If this is not possible, how do I get the main boot drive to be renamed to the C_drive?

When I do a recovery of the old C_drive, what drive letter will that be?

Or better yet, how to I get the recovery disk backup to be called the C-drive?


Reinstall with only the new drive plug in.

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Ok so here's the story. Often, when my computer shuts down on it's own (as in, crashes), the drive letters get switched around. My external HD is generally assigned the letter E, but often gets reassigned to G, and magically another CD drive appears in My Computer. It does not exist, but all of the sudden there are two CD drives, E and F. I've tried the Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management route, and it doesn't work anymore. It won't allow me to change any letters. I also used the Registry Editor. That used to always work for me but now it does not.

In the Editor, there are drives A, C, D, F, and G. So that proves that the second CD drive that appears in My Computer doesn't even exist according to the registry. Usually I can just change G to E and it's fine. But after I restart, it is still G and this other drive E is still there.

What can I do to fix this? I called HP and they told me I was out of warranty and I'd have to pay $59 bucks to get a technician to talk to me. Thanks for any help!!!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Letter Has Changed

Do you know what is causing your system to shutdown / crash? Visit the Spyware specific thread and go through the tutorial sticky on removing spyware. Hopefully, you are facing software issues and not hardware.
 

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Hi Guy'sI want to reinstall windows xphome,but when I try to install it a message say's cant install over a newer version or something like that I assume it's because I have updated to service pack 2!! I am a bit nervy about uninstalling service pack2,but need to reinstall win xp can I just do a format although my drive letter has changed from "c" to "G" with a removable disc "c"I am most confused any help will be greatfully received regardskimop.s I can't use my factory recovery disk because it can,t find any data on my drive

Answer:hard drive letter changed

Do you have a Windows XP disk?

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I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't show up in libraries or explorer, and apps like Restorator and Sure Thing (CD labeler) cannot find them. I think that means the paths are broken..?

It won't allow me to rename the HD back into K: (it's not listed as available). I can access the data by clicking Computer > D, and I can see the data is there, but its unusable as of now. Any ideas?

Answer:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this in case you make a mistake and need to use it to do a system restore.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I 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.
 

Answer: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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hi
cant change drive letter back to c, i changed it a d last year and have great many problems since including cant run many MS programs, updates, the list goes on. Have tried the normal method to changh it
any advice appreciated
thanks

Answer:Cant change drive letter back to C on my PC

This may help you - https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/223188

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have a problem.. i installed win2k to my pc with corrupt xp.. win2k formatted my hd by itself when i installed it..and when i was installing win2k, i was asked which partition do i want to install it. and it showed my 2 partition..but i noticed that my C (which is NTFS) became D.. and my D (FAT32) became C. they switched letters..so i chose D because that was my real C harddisk..question..how do i change it back to C letter?

Answer:change drive letter back to C

If your booting from that patrition I dont think you can from regular windows. I dont know about safe mode though.

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After getting a new external hard drive I decided to backup my PC. I ran Norton Ghost and told it to backup the C drive to the E drive. Foolishly I didn't make a recovery disc!!So the computer rebooted and did the usual "Press F2 to enter setup" etc. Then the screen went blank for a second and a small message saying "Missing Operating System". I checked in the BIOS and the hard drive is being detected, I then booted using a Slax live cd and all the files on the hard drive seem to be intact. I then tried the Windows CD and ran the recovery console which told me that the C drive had been changed to the D drive...I presume this is why it is telling me the OS is missing. Bearing in mind I can't boot into Windows, how do I change the drive letter back to C? I read somewhere that using a Windows 98 floppy and running fdisk\mbr would reset the drives but without having a Win98 PC I can't try it, I am also wondering if that is the right route to take.Any ideas?Thanks in advanceChris

Answer:Hard Drive Letter Changed...Won't Boot

Have you tried booting from the Norton Ghost CD then from the Recovery Environment restoring an image from E to C?

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Lately, my HD Passport has been changing from J:/ to H:/ and stays there. I end up having to go to "Run" and go to "Regedit.exe" and renaming H:/ to J:/, and then restarting. But then I'll go out along my business, I'll hear the sound like something has been disconnected, and reconnected right after. It's like my hard drive is disconnecting by itself and changing to a letter drive I DON'T want. When I leave it alone, it'll have the sound it disconnected again and reconnect, but it doesn't change from H:/. It stays at H:/. I don't think it's a virus. So why do you think this is so? And how can I fix it?

Answer:External Hard Drive Keeps Changing Drive Letter

OS?

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Hello,

Some time ago I put in a new hdd and copied the old one to the new one, took out the old one and the new one retained the letter F. If I would save the content of the F drive to an external Hdd, is there then anyway to clear the F drive hdd and re-install from the external and re-letter the F drive to be my C drive?

Hope this makes sense.

Any info appreciated.
 

Answer:Wanting to change hdd drive letter back to C

Switching drive letters in Windows really isn't recommended, mainly because a lot of system files (mainly the Windows Registry) are hard-coded to look at whatever drive they were installed to (so in your case it would be F).

There's a Microsoft Knowledge Base article on the switching procedure here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

I personally would recover all of your essential data (documents, photos, music, game saves etc), wipe the disk and start from scratch with a clean installation of Windows, as you could brick the machine if it screws up.
 

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Alright so i wanted to set my External Hard Drive letter to K because my iTunes XML library file recognizes all my music being on path K:\ and so on.

Can anyone figure out what's up? Please.

I have an idea it might because of my 5-in-1 card reader but in my XP OS it showed them by default under the "My Computer" option regardless of there being a card or not. Do you think that in 7 a card actually has to be present for it to have shown up?

Answer:Why can't I change my External HD to Drive Letter K?

I you go to folder options in the control panel got o the "view" tab and check the box to show hidden folders, files and drives....you may find that a card reader or something else already has that letter in use.

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My friend has a PC running W98SE. There are 2 hard drives, the master is partitioned and lettered C & D and the slave is E with the CD-ROM as F. The slave drive (E) failed and was replaced with a new unit. The new hard drive is recognised in the BIOS and Device Manager but not in the System Information section of Windows System Tools. In Device Manager the drive letter designation box is greyed out for all drives except the CD-ROM on which the drive letter had changed to E. This means that I cannot allocate the new hard drive a letter although I can and have changed the CD-ROM drive letter to F. How can I allocate the new drive a letter, namely E?

Answer:Unable to designate drive letter to new hard drive

Strictly speaking you do not allocate a letter to a drive but to a partition on a drive. This is the heart of your problem.Open a DOS box and use FDISK to set up the new disk. Then you will be fine (be careful to set up the correct disk).

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So i have microsoft office installed on a secondary drive, and changed the letter of the drive.

Now the software won't work properly (and windows update for office fails).

I suspect many other software are not working also due to this issue, is there a simple way to fix this or will i have to re-install the software that isn't working correctly?

Answer:Changed hard drive letter - software won't work

Hello thefollower,

The easiest way to fix this would be to change the drive letter back to what it was before.

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A friend is running Windows 8.1. Her external USB hard drive used to be assigned the letter "E". She says that for an unknown reason, that USB hard drive is now assigned the letter "J" but she would like to have it back to the letter "E".

I opened Disk Management and tried to change the drive letter from J to E. When I click the drop down arrowhead, the letter "E" is available so I select it and click OK. Win8.1 then says the drive letter E is mapped to a network or local drive.

When I look at all of the drive letters in Disk Management, the letter "E" is not assigned to anything. Plus the fact that the letter "E" is in the drop down list of available drive letters.

Anyone know why this is happening and how to solve the problem?

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Ok so I have an Alienware 15 R2 which has a 128GB ssd on drive C and a 1TB hdd on drive D.
The laptop does not have a DVD drive but when I started up the laptop today it showed my 1TB hdd on drive E and was showing a CD drive on drive D. So I couldn't even change the hdd back to drive D.
What should I do? Coz I got a lot of games and other big applications on the hdd. Any help would be appreciated.

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A friend is running Windows 8.1. Her external USB hard drive used to be assigned the letter "E". She says that for an unknown reason, that USB hard drive is now assigned the letter "J" but she would like to have it back to the letter "E".

I opened Disk Management and tried to change the drive letter from J to E. When I click the drop down arrowhead, the letter "E" is available so I select it and click OK. Win8.1 then says the drive letter E is mapped to a network or local drive.

When I look at all of the drive letters in Disk Management, the letter "E" is not assigned to anything. Plus the fact that the letter "E" is in the drop down list of available drive letters.

Anyone know why this is happening and how to solve the problem?

Answer:Unable to change drive letter

Hello skyzoomer,

You might see if you may be able to use an option in the tutorial below to change the drive letter.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I've seen a few problems identical to mine, except the fix seemingly isn't allowed. I'm hoping for some guidance.

I have a WD800 HDD from my previous desktop I'm trying to access (Win 2000).
I bought an IDE/USB adaptor and plugged it into my new desktop (Vista.) All seems to be working (disk spins up, new hardware found, USB mass storage device ready) but the drive doesn't show up in "My Computer."
It does show up in both Device Manager and Disk Management. In Disk Managment is shows up with no drive letter.
The previous fixes I have seen suggested changing the drive letter and that seemed to solve it.
That where my problem starts - right-clicking only gives me the option "delete volume." The "change drive letter" is there but grayed out and inaccessible.
I do have admin right under both OS's.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
 

Answer:External HDD missing (can't change drive letter)

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Here are the facts:
I put no floppy drive in my computer when I built it.
I forgot my admin password.
I downloaded a program to recover the password.
The program requires a floppy disk.
I plug my external floppy disk drive in.
The batch program is set to execute on the A: drive.
My external floppy disk drive is the B: drive.
There is nothing in the A: drive.
My USB floppy disk drive will not show up on the disk management scren.

Is there some way I can change the letter of my external floppy drive? I have no cds here, so I can't download that version of the program.

Answer:Change the letter of external floppy drive?

See if you can disable the floppy device in your bios. Even though you don't have a floppy drive internally, the controller is still there so the bios and operating system reserver A: for the drive letter. You might be able to disable the floppy drive in the bios but I doubt it. See if you can use the subst command I doubt that will work if you are booting from a boot disk though.
subst a: b:

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I have an external USB floppy drive that got assigned the drive letter B when it was plugged into one of the usb ports on the back of my PC.

I need to change it to letter A. The drive is not listed under computer management: disk management. Removing the drive and reinstalling does not chhange the drive letter. Removing the driver in device manager
results in installing new hardware, but with drive letter B. The Bios has several settings releated to usb devices--but nothing to do with drive letters.

so I am at a loss of how to fix this---any help would be most apreciated

Answer:External usb floppy: change Drive letter from B to A

Is there already a Drive A:?

~Lordbob

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i having a same problem, but is server, my server is HP Proliant ML150 G3,
i wonder install window server 2003, after boot to CD i press F6 install additional driver, and it show insert a floppy disk to drive A, but after i put my floppy disk and press enter, it show the same thing ask to insert floppy disk, i suspect it can't recognize external floppy drive as drive A, i havent install window yet, how i know external floppy drive letter and change the letter, some one please reply me as soon as possible, urgent, thanks

Answer:Change the letter of external floppy drive?

Zion880818 - Ditch the external floppy drive on this one. Break down and spend ten bucks on an internal floppy or borrow one from another machine. It takes 5 minutes or less to install and will rid you of your aggravation.
Sometimes the easiest solution is plain as day.

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

Answer:USB External Hard drive - no drive letter

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

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

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

Good luck,
G
 

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I am setting up a new computer running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I attached an old 500GB USB 2.0 hard drive. System notification showed the driver was successfully installed. However when I looked for the drive in Windows Explorer, it did not show up under Computer.

I ran Microsoft's Computer Management application. Under Disk Management, I see that the drive does not have a drive letter (see attached screenshot). However when I right-click on the drive, the option to assign a drive letter is grayed out. I searched Microsoft's documentation, but the only reason I could find for not being able to assign a drive letter would be if the disk was a system partition or boot partition. But this is just an ordinary HDD that I want to use for backups. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:Cannot add a drive letter to an external hard drive

Try to reformat it with NTFS if there is nothing on it. Use Partition Wizard free if Disk Management won't

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I just got done putting my system together, and I wanted to install my Nvidia video card drivers, but it wouldn't let me select where. My computer automatically assigned (I) to be my hard drive so obviously it wouldn'yt install, so I went online and foudn this way so I tried to edit it through Regedit.exe, and now when I start up Windows it shows the little progress bar, and then it fades to say windows xp, and doesn't go any farther.

Is there anyway to change that back, or do I have to reinstall because of that one little mistake? There should be a way around it, no?

If I have to reinstall, then how do I change the drive letter? I need my hard drive to be C:
 

Answer:Changed hard drive letter in Regedit.exe and now windows won't start. Need help pls.

Only way to make your system drive C: is to reinstall...

If you want to fix this issue, I suggest WinPE. And follow the steps to edit MountedDevices back to it's original value...
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
 

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I have an external hard drive and a 1GB travel drive that I use interchangeably between my work laptop and home PC. My traveldrive no longer is saving documents (I get a file permission error) and when I looked at the drive, the Traveldrive was opening as an F: drive, now it is showing G: drive and is not working correctly. Help! I have a lot of work on the traveldrive and am no longer able to save info. on it UGH!!! How do I get it back to F: drive?

Answer:external hard drive and travel drive changed directories

Hello & Welcome to TSF


this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

now what i you need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now scroll down to your (USB Device Tree) and uninstall all that it is shown / then shut your sysem down compleatly then unplug all (USB Devices) then rebot your system 2 to 3 times

this will cause Windows to rebuild the (USB Device Treee & Drivers)

now try hooking up your (USB Devices) and see if they work properly

then get back to us

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hello, It would be amazing if I could fix this.. after spending 2 days without results I ask my question here.my external hdd , does not show in my computer and has no drive letter assigned. It does get detected in disk manager but as primary partition, and as I have learned so far... this is the reason why I can not assign a drive letter. Now I am afraid to come to the conclusion that the only way to change the primary partition is by losing all my data. This is absolutely not what I want, I have thousands of travel pictures on there :(unfortunately it does not work to get the files with test disk...how can I do this? Can I keep the data and change the primary partition and assign a drive letter? please help

Answer:external hdd unable to open, no drive letter

My External Hard Drive is not recognized by my computerhttp://www.hgst.com/support/faqs/my...

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Hi Guys!
I need some help. I purchased an external hard drive per TSG help. Thank you. Everything has been working so far. I leave the Seagate External Hard Drive plugged into my USB port, which identified it as being on the E:/ drive. Anything else will be F: drive. Suddenly, the Seagate External Hard Drive is coming up as the F: drive location

I placed some programs, such as the Wise Disk/Registery Cleaner, onto the external hard drive to free up limited space on the C: drive. The shortcut indicates the E: drive so the computer is preventing the Wise Disk Cleaner from running. I have unpluged the external hard drive and shut the computer off several time. Nothing changes the drive's location.

Any suggestions????
Thank you.
 

Answer:External Hard drive changed drive location

Hi Siam, you can choose what letter the drive should show up as. To do this, go to:
Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management and click on Disk Management.
On the right in the bottom pane you will see a list of your drives. Find the external hard drive and right click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths... then click on Change and you can select E: from the drop down and click OK.
Hope that solves it...
 

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Just installed a new hard drive, it's master and the only one now. My old one was C, and hooked up as slave for a period of time while I transferred some things over to my new hard drive, which was called G and still is, even after removing the old hard drive. How can I safely change G to C without breaking any programs, if possible?
 

Answer:how to change hard drive letter

Have you looked under the Device Manager Under Control Panel>System

and then selecting the Disk Drive the Properties> Settings - you might be able to change the drive letter there (though normally if it is C: it can't be changed as it is greyed out.
 

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bootable hard drive has the letter g, i require to change this to c, but windows xp will not allow this. does anybody know how?

Answer:change hard drive letter from g to c

You cannot do this i do not think.

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Hi -

I thought that I posted this question this morning, but in looking through today's questions I don't see my post. Maybe it was moved? Anyway, here it is: 5 yr old Sony VAIO desktop with XP Pro. The floppy a: drive broke and I physically removed it. I bought an external drive (USB) which became b: (obviously before I moved the a: ). I know all the floppy jokes but I'm old and I still use them. I also come across situations when they are called for (I can't make Microsoft's boot disks, etc.). Neither a: nor b: show up in Disk Management so I can't change the letters that way. I've actually tried to remove all the places the a: (phantom) driver shows up. I've hit "uninstall" in the device manager but that only works until I turn the computer off and back on. The computer says that it "found new hardware." I've exhausted my knowledge here. Some programs tell me to insert a floppy disk and when I put it in the b: drive it isn't recognized. I never go in the registry because, frankly, it scares me I've been in the BIOS for very minor things. Can anyone please help me to get this floppy drive to become my a: drive (or maybe just get rid of every trace whatsoever of a: since I deleted the driver everywhere)? I could get the a: driver back if I need to. I was stupid and not thinking about maybe needing the driver. I figured the b:driver will come with me when I call it a:
Thank You
Dawn
 

Answer:Need to Change Hard Drive Letter

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I have a new computer that runs W7 Prof 64 bit. I noticed when I got it the following.

Drive C (W7 on it and it's the boot drive)
Drive E (second hard drive
Drive D (CDROM drive)
Hard Drives are both 1TB SATA3
What is on the E drive is data I copied there.
I would like to change the E drive to D and the CDROM drive D to E.
This way my hard drives will be C and D and the CDROM will be E.
I have no idea how to do this. Can anyone help me?

Keithet

Answer:Change Hard Drive Letter

You can do that in Disk Management. Right click on the drive(s) and you will see. But you will first have to assign a different letter (e.g. M) to E or D to free up that letter. If you have data on E, it may lose the path though.

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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!

Answer: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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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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I just repaired windows and now the windows partition is the G: drive instead of the C:. I need to change this because it's screwing up program installations!
How do I change it back!?
 

Answer:Urgent! Windows partition changed it's letter and now I can't change it back!

no idea. if your copy of windows isnt warez call ms tech support, its what they are there for...
 

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Still searching for an answer to this...When my PC is restarted the hard drive (E) swops with CD drive (G) for no reason. I know how to manually reset it, but it's damned inconvenient!I'm running XP. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard disk drive letter change

click here

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I just replaced a defective hard drive and reloaded OEM XP(SP3) on an HP Pavilion a1330n.

For some unexplained reason, the system assigned the boot drive the letter "I" and made one of the slots in the installed multi-card reader "C".

I went into to Disk Management, changed the SD card reader slot to letter "S" and then attempted to change the hard drive (only one HDD is installed, only one partition on it) over to "C". Since the disk was obviously in use, it would not allow me to change the letter.

This is a problem since the HP driver files automatically extract to the "C" drive and I cannot find any way to modify them to load an a drive letter "I".

Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Change letter on boot hard drive?

Have you tried to change it in the Boot Order in the BIOS?
 

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yeah i am just trying to change the letter assigned to a hardrive
i am a idiot and i dont even know if it is possible
Thanks
 

Answer:Can you change the letter assigned to a hard drive ?

Right-click My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-click the drive you want to change. You just can't change the system drive letter..
 

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Anyway, I installed a new 80 gig HD to take the place of the aging 40 gig in my older PC operating Windows XP. I used clonning software to duplicate the old drive. I planned to use the older HD as additional storeage. But, now, after booting off the new drive (I think, as it is designated as drive 0, master. And the old drive set to drive 1, slave in the bios) it loads everything else off the old drive as it is designated C:Under Disk Management I see I can change drive letter designations but, since the old drive is set at C: I am unable to change it or reformat as it is still used by some software. I want to replace it with the new drive (currently F:) then, use my old drive for further storeage.What to do now?   

Answer:New hard drive, need to change letter designation, but...

What do you mean "it loads everything else"?You cloned the 40 GB onto the 80 GB drive, right? The 80 GB drive is an exact copy of the 40 GB drive in every way?If you remove the 40 GB drive altogether, does the system boot from the 80 GB drive?If the answer to these questions is "yes", disconnect the 80 GB drivereconnect the 40 GB driveboot from a floppy diskformat the 40 GB driveconnect the 80 GB drive as masterconnect the 40 GB as slaveThe now blank 40 GB drive is ready for use as storage. 

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I added a Slave drive and it took the letter 'C', my System drive became 'I'. How on earth can I get it back to 'C'?I've disconnected the Slave, and done a System Restore, to no avail.

Answer:Change System hard drive letter

That should be done through the disk management.If XpHead into Control Pannel, Administrative Tools, and find the disk management area and click on the drive you want to change the amendments.CheersRob

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I have built a computer for video editing and named the hard drives (C for the main drive, (M for the drive holding my music, (P for the drive for photos, and I named the drive to store my videos (V. However when I tried to write path to the V: drive I was told V: is an invalid path, I suppose because of the confusion with a \ followed by a / which would give you a \/ which can be confused with V but is not exactly the same. I went to My Computer and right clicked on the V: drive and clicked on "rename" in the drop down menu and changed the name to "Storage" but the (V persisted. Then I renamed again and named the drive "Storage (S" and now in "My Computer" the drive is shown as "Storage (S (V" When writing a path to put videos on this drive can I use either S:/ or V:/ to get videos into this drive? Is there some way to remove the (V ? Thanks.

Answer:How do I change letter designating hard drive (V:) ?

My guess is that V: might be in conflict with one of your removable media drives. On my new DELL with a multimedia card, I have a V: which is associated with a SD/mini-mmc/rs drive. There are also drive letters S:, U:, and Z: defined for various things (Z: is my CD/DVD drive).

The way that I found to remane drives and drive letter assignments is a disk management tool. Go to the Start menu, right click on Computer and click on manage. That opens up a menu to a lot of things. The thing you want is near the bottom called disk management.

Once you have the disk management screen displayed, you can right click on any drive volume to get a menu of things to do including change drive letter.

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Can anyone provide me with assistance?I have an external USB hard drive which was originally assigned a Drive Letter M. I use this drive to store Norton Ghost Backups / restore points. The drive letter never changed, always remaining as M, even when the drive was switched on after boot up. Since using a SanDisk USB stick drive, the assignment for my External Hard Drive has changed to F. This will not be recognised for backups by Norton Ghost. I can still see the contents of my external drive in Explorer but it is now under Drive F.Is there any way I can re assign the correct letter to the External Hard Drive and also fix it so that it doesn't change in the future.Any assistance would be appreciated.Many thanks.Keith.

Answer:External USB Hard Drive letter re assigned

Control Panel> Admin tools> Computer management >Disk Management> Right click on the drive and select Change Dive Letter path

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I have a new 120 gig external USB drive (105G free). It installed and seems to work fine except:
My prior system had hard drives C: and D:
cd reader drive E:
DVD/cd RW drive F:
four-way card reader G:, H:, I:, J: (these came and went depending if card reader was left plugged to the PC)
The new external installed correctly as drive K: and I succesfully backed up a zilllion photos.

After shutting down/startup the drive assignments redefine as
C: and E: Hard drives
D: as new external 105 GIG free
F: as CD reader
G: as DVD/CDR
H: as a second identical new external 105 GIG free (duplicates drive D
The four way card reader is unplugged-ran out of USP plugs.

I have two problems:
1. The duplicate external drive assignment is obviously wrong but I cannot make it go away.
2. I cannot make a backup program work correctly since the drive assignment keeps changing.

How can I "lock in" the hard drive and CD assignments so the external drive doesn't jump in the middle of that alphabet. I want the External drive to always be assigned some higher alpha letter so I can use it on different computers.
 

Answer:external hard drive letter assignmeent

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I have a situation that isn't really a major problem, but is slightly annoying, and somewhat puzzling.

I have an external 1TB Iomega USB hard drive on my system. It is set to be Drive Y. Most of the time, everything is fine. But occasionally, after I boot the system, I'll get the pop up on the screen asking me what I want to do with Drive J. And yes, the "new" Drive J is, indeed, really my Iomega external drive. I can go into Disk Management, and reassign the drive letter back to Y, and everything is fine again.

Sometimes, it keeps the Y drive letter for several months at a time. But other times, the system treats it as a new drive and assigns drive letter J to it--in anywhere from a few days to several months after the previous time.

As I said, it doesn't happen often enough to be a problem, but I'm curious as to what causes it. Anyone have any insights into this little puzzle?

Answer:Changing External Hard Drive Letter

Look in your registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. That's where drive letter assignments are stored. Find \DosDevices\Y: on the left side and note the data value on the right. The next time it happens, check the same registry location but find \DosDevices\J: and see if the data value is the same as before. Also see if there's still an entry for \DosDevices\Y:.

(Option Two)
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Hey guys, here's what's up. My external hard drive which usually becomes F: is now becoming L: regardless of what USB slot I put it in. Now I can't get to my music files through itunes or Windows Media because they're trying to find them in F. Changing USB slots is the only thing I've tried to do because it's the only thing that I thought to do. Do you guys have any ideas? Thanks
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Letter switch up

Right click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. Right click on the drive in question in the lower right-hand panel. You'll get a pop-up menu; select 'Change drive letter and paths...' and just make your choices as prompted. I have attached a screen shot below so you can see what I'm talking about....

I hope this helps!
 

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I recently purchased a western digital 1.5T My Book Essential to "automatically" backup my PC's internal hard drive and a Passport External drive I have that contains my media files. I installed WD's Smartware software on my PC and learned that it will only backup my hard drive. I also noticed that it (1) seems to consume alot of processor capacity (computer running much slower with it attached); and (2) my computer won't start up when attached. When I called WD about my concerns they indicated that there is 3rd party software available that will allow me to automatically backup both my internal hard drive and the passport and may not require as much processor space (they wouldn't provide specific recommendations). They also sent me instructions on how to adjust my PC so that it won't try to boot up from MY Book (interesteingly enough I 've never had this problem with my passport). I have not yet had a chance to try their recommendations.

Suggestions on a good 3rd party back-up software would be appreciated.

Thanks

Answer:Need suggestions for software to back up hard drive and an external drive

Acronis has a good reputation.http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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I have Toshiba Satellite, in case that matters. I have drive C, D, E of course. I also have 2 external hard drives. G is for movies only. F is for backup. Anyway, yesterday I noticed that the letter F wasn't showing when I clicked on Computer. I went into Disk Management and tried to assign a letter but I saw 3 G letters. One was fine but the other two confused me. I tried to change each one but the letter F was missing. In frustration I deleted that drive. Well, now I can't get it back. What do I do? BTW, I see the two externals in Device Manager and I think I see one in MiniTool Partition but the drive in question is marked as Unallocated.
Can you help me? All my important backups are on there.

Answer:I Foolishly Deleted External Hard Drive Letter

Check this article.
 
http://superuser.com/questions/651755/recover-deleted-drive

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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

Answer: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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I am running Windows Vista.I am using a 1TB Iomega Backup Network Drive.I have tried using the Windows backup and restore program to backup my drive and get the following problem:I then entered some password I found and get:the system cannot find specified path 0x80070003I have the same problem if I use the program it came with Retrospect. This is driving me nuts. any help appreciated.

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Hello,

I recently bought a Lacie 1TB external harddrive to store some of the data on my old PC (Win XP, SP2, I cant seem to udate to SP3 because windows update wont work).

The drive is working fine as I've used it on my laptop running Win Vista (64 bit). However, the drive is not being displayed in windows explorer. When I go to My Computer>Manage>Disk Management, I can see the drive there saying it's online, but there's no name attached to it and when I right-click, all the options are grey (otherwise I could of just changed the letter through there).

Using diskpart on command prompt, I still couldn't change the letter. I also found out that there is no volume assigned to this disk.

Can someone please help me?? I'd be forever greatful
 

Answer:USB external hard drive recognized but not assigned to a letter/not mounting (Win XP)

I didn't see where you formatted the hard drive. Before you can use any hard drive, external or internal, you have to format it at some point. For hard drives with Windows installed on them, they are usually formatted during Windows setup. For external storage drives, you can format it through Disk Management.
 

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Hi,

My laptop is a Dell Latitude D830 running Windows Vista.

I've bought a Freecom USB 2.0 Hard Drive XS 1TB (Model Code SSYBBA) which came FAT32 preformatted. I wanted to reformat to use NTFS so I plugged it in to my USB port. Opening Windows Explorer, the drive was picked up as G:\ and I could view files on there and copy and remove files so I knew the disk was working OK.

I started reformatting by right-clicking on the drive letter and selecting "Format" from the menu and select NTFS and kept the default settings. After an hour I cancelled the formatting (clicked Cancel) and a message popped up asking me to confirm, so I did.

Since doing this, the drive is now no longer recognised and doesn't get a drive letter assigned. I've tried rebooting, reconnecting and checking in Disk Management and it just doesn't appear (although is powering up when the laptop starts). Also, Device Manager doesn't show it. Screen shot of Disk Management attached.

Can you tell me, how do I get the drive letter back to restart reformatting?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Alex.
 

Answer:Cancelled external HDD hard disk formatting, now no drive letter

What options do you have when you right click on the drive?
 

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Folks, Hoping someone can help. While mounting a virtual drive I forgot that my external hard drive was connected and by mistake i reformatted the drive to RAW.It has all my photos etc from many years......the drive is visible but says its in RAW. Is there anything I can do to recover the data before i reformat it? Thanks
 

Answer:Changed External Hard DRive to RAW

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Hi. Here's a screen shot.

Woke up and fired up computer this morning.

Went to access my External Hard-Drive.

I have several of these, and the one I needed has been assigned drive letter G:

Was showing up as 'I' and not letting me access.

Upon closer look it appears some 'CD' drive showing up out of nowhere assigned itself to 'G' now.

I put a disc into the 'D:' drive and that shows up when I do.

But I can't change this new 'CD' drive that's showing up as 'G' in explorer, because it doesn't show up in disc manager where we can reassign new drive letters.

Anybody know how to over-come this?

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Hi. Here's a screen shot.

Woke up and fired up computer this morning.

Went to access my External Hard-Drive.

I have several of these, and the one I needed has been assigned drive letter G:

Was showing up as 'I' and not letting me access.

Upon closer look it appears some 'CD' drive showing up out of nowhere assigned itself to 'G' now.

I put a disc into the 'D:' drive and that shows up when I do.

But I can't change this new 'CD' drive that's showing up as 'G' in explorer, because it doesn't show up in disc manager where we can reassign new drive letters.

Anybody know how to over-come this?

Answer:Computer Assigned A False Drive Letter - Cannot Access External Hard-D

Hello Jackson,

You might see if you may be able to change the drive letters for them using Option Four in the tutorial below via Registry Editor.

Change and Assign Drive Letter in Windows 10 Hardware Drivers Tutorials

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Hi,

I formatted and installed windows 7 64 bit in a pc which previously had windows 7 32 bit.
When i booted my 1tb dynamic disk was not detected. So I went into disk management and it had listed my disk as "Foreign Disk". So i imported the foreign disk.

The drive was detected and opened. So i rebooted the pc but now the drive is still not appearing in my computer. When i go to disk management the 1tb appears but there is no drive letter assigned. When i try to assign drive letter it statest that "Specified File cannot be found"

I am desperate please help me.

Answer:Unable to assign Drive Letter to Sata Dynamic Hard Diski

somebody please help me.

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I made a mistake by changing something I should not.
My system is dutch so I must translate, which is probably not always clear, sorry for that.
Here is what happened:
I opened filebrowser and I saw a little icon with two heads under my external hard drive. I thought that has something to do with sharing. I right clicked on this external hard drive and chose 'sharing with'.
Then on 'advanced sharing' and a new window opened.
I choose the label 'security' and there I saw three user groups to have acces to my hard drive. The first was EVERYBODY (or everyone) which surprised me so I changed it. Now I do not have acces to my harddrive at all and I can not change it back either. It says 'you should have reading permission to see the properties of this object', (or so).
Can anybody guide me through the process to reverse my misstake?
looking for a sollution I found out that I never enabled the possibillity to restore the last systemchange. Well they say one learns from ones mistakes.

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I have an external hard drive that used to be associated with my computers J drive for the longest. One day I turned my EHD off and when I turned it back on it had switched to being the F drive. This is mainly a big problem because all of my Itunes music was backed up to the J drive and now my Itunes can't find my music because the drives switched. How can I switch my EHD from F back to J?

PS. I already tried Googleing the answer and I tried this one:

Using the Windows interface

1. Open Computer Management (Local).
2. In the console tree, click Computer Management (Local), click Storage, and then click Disk Management.
3. Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
4. Do one of the following:
* To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

Unfortunately there was no J drive available in the drop down when I tried this. I'm also using Windows Vista and any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:External hard drive changed drives

You are on the right track. You only need to remove the drive letter J from the the drive that it is currently assigned to by clicking remove. Then assign your external the drive letter J. Then go back to drive that you removed it from and assign any letter (F) that is now available.

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I have reinstalled my OS several times in the past year due to some problems with my DSL and my external drive has always been been given "F". Now my floppy is "A", hard drive "C", DVD player "D" and DVD recorder "E" and now the external is "G". I know this is correct but why was it "F" before?. Will this cause any problems with the files in it?
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive changed

It won't cause problems with the files, however it will cause problems with links as they will all be broken. If you have no links to the harddrive then don't worry about it. For example if you have a program that you installed onto the hard-drive instead of the C:\Program Files directory, or you have a JPEG or document on the hard-drive that you open clicking on it's shortcut somewhere else. Links will have to be changed, but that's no biggie
 

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I made a mistake by changing something I should not.
My system is dutch so I must translate, which is probably not always clear, sorry for that.
Here is what happened:
I opened filebrowser and I saw a little icon with two heads under my external hard drive. I thought that has something to do with sharing. I right clicked on this external hard drive and chose 'sharing with'.
Then on 'advanced sharing' and a new window opened.
I choose the label 'security' and there I saw three user groups to have acces to my hard drive. The first was EVERYBODY (or everyone) which surprised me so I changed it. Now I do not have acces to my harddrive at all and I can not change it back either. It says 'you should have reading permission to see the properties of this object', (or so).
Can anybody guide me through the process to reverse my misstake?
looking for a sollution I found out that I never enabled the possibillity to restore the last systemchange. Well they say one learns from ones mistakes.

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I have a 160gb usb 2.0 external hard drive which I attach to my home PC. The hard drive contained approx 70gb music, photos, movies.I attached the hard drive to my father's PC because I needed to move files to his system which is a 5 year old HP Pavillion. However, when I went to view the contents of the drive it had been renamed from USBTECH to HP_PAVILION and the contents are pretty much identical to the structure of my father's C drive - i.e. 'program files' and 'windows' folders. The music, photos - all exisiting files had vanished.I wasn't too worried because I guessed that his older PC may not be USB 2.0 compatible and that I just could not see the true contents.However, I re-attached the drive to my own PC and it is still called HP_PAVILION and still doesn't contain any of my files. I have been on the web all day since trying to find a solution but I'm at the end of my tetherThe only progress I've made is spending 23 on a product called File Recover. It has detected 6791 files (I was expecting more) but it is taking FOREVER to restore files. It is not giving a time estimate but I reckon it will take WEEKS to restore it al at the current speed.Someone please HELP. I'm out of ideas and lost without my music!

Answer:External Hard Drive Identity changed

Try Drive Rescue click here

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I have an Toshiba notebook with OS Windows 7 home Premium 32 bit.

I have external hard drives attached via a usb hub. I recently had to remove the hub and now that they are reconnected, the letter desination have changed ie. F:\ is now G:\.

How do I get the drive designation to change back to there original paths?
I have my iTunes music saved to one drive, but as the path has changed, iTunes cant find the music.

How do I prevent this from happening in future when I need to disconnect again?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Answer:external hard drive changed designation

Drive letters for external drives are assigned consecutively according to the order in which they are detected by Windows. They won't change until you unplug all of them then re-connect them in a different order - which is evidently what you've done when you removed the hub.

You can't force Windows to assign the same letter to each drive after you've disconnected them. Just avoid doing it or save your iTunes music files on the internal drive instead.

Use the external drive only for backup copies of your music files.

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Hello Forum's member.

I have noticed path of my external drive is changed from F to E and therefore, the Music Program can not read audio files.

I wonder how come path can be changed and
How can I correct the path from E to F
is there any way?

Please reply.

Thank you

Answer:Help please! why would external hard drive path changed?

Hello ,

Right click on my computer, select "Manage". on the left side go to disk management in storage section here u can change drive letter. Just select the drive which you wants its path to be changed. Right click on the drive, and go to "Change Drive Letter and Partitions".

Thanks
Arvin

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Hi everyone,

I have a PC running Vista Ultimate x64 and I just installed a 1Tb external hard disk (an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo) Through USB.

The problem is that the OS doesn't assign any drive letter to the external disk.

I tried to reinstall but it doesn't work at all.

In Disk management, choosing to "initialize" the disk, I selected the MBR partitioning style...but it returns an "invalid function" error message.

How can I fix this problem?

The system reads that there is a disk but it doesnt' recognize it and it doesnt assign any drive letter.

Answer:Vista Ultimate x64 - External hard disk doesn't receive drive letter

Did you format it ? ?

Many drives ship unformatted...

TIP: If you want it to keep the same drive letter even when USB devices are added ( handy for all sorts of reasons ) once it's formatted select a drive letter that's not currently in use and assign it....next give it a Volume name.

This also works with thumb drives as well...

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I have found the solution, it is standardly unmounted (but i made it mount with ''partition found and mount, but now im dependable on that program for the hard drive to be mounted, so how do i make it like a normal hard drive?? and how do i format it so that its like a normal hard drive)now so the pc sees only that black space, but how do i make it so that its standardly mounted again?

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I have a Western Digital 2TB desk top hard drive which is almost three quarters full. It has worked fine up until yesterday.

Today however it was causing windows explorer to stop responding. I tried to use task manager but explorer did not close until I physically unplugged the hard drive from USB, at which point explorer instantly closed down again. I rebooted the PC and successfully reconnected the hard drive, only for Explorer to stop responding again after just a few minutes of use.

I repeated the above process with the task manager however now I have no access at all to the hard drive, in computer management and my computer it shows as local disk (J) with no meter underneath to indicate how full it is. Computer management shows the file system as RAW, I believe before it was NTFS. Device manager shows the disk does exist with its full name of WD 1021 Elements.

I have tried a few recovery programs, firstly test disk. This however looks like it is going to take potentially a few days to complete. I have also tried the free version of EaseUs. This program found three lost partitions, but none were anywhere near as large as 2TB. Does the paid version find more? I don't want to spend money if it won't work. I have also tried Pandora Recovery but this could not access the drive in question, probably due to problem I am having.

My questions are:

1) Will test disk work if I leave it long enough? And has anyone used it on a 2TB volume and know roughly how long it ... Read more

Answer:External Hard drive has changed to RAW file system

1. If possible, please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Managemnet with only your problem external drive connected. Make sure that you hide the Console Tree and Action Pane by clicking on the Show/Hide icons in the top Menubar so that we can see the full screenshot of the Window with no truncation. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

2. Install MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1, run it and post a screenshot of the Main screen with your external drive connected. Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

We will first explore the possibility of Recovering the Partition/s with Partition Recovery Wizard, the tool most widely used here for recovering partitions on drives that had turned RAW.

Further instructions only after your response to this post.

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I have 2 external hard drives that i use a 500gb and a 1 tb. the 1 TB i dont use often i will just add to it from time to time.
I recently plugged the 1TB in and the icon has changed to a unrecognised one i have added a screen shot. i have ran a disk check and scanned for viruses and all looks fine i can acces files no problem but being a 1TB i have alot of stuff on there i cant afford to lose should i be worried or can i get it back to its original state with the western digital icon??
Even if someone could tell me what i could look for on the net to describe what that icon is for the (my book i: drive) as in the attachment
thank you garry
 

Answer:Solved: Icon changed on External Hard drive

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Hi,
A PC tech change by mistake the windows drive C to D.
The computer can naturally not boot to Windows any more.
Using both the internal Win maintenance (as admin), or the regedit or external Mini XP I can change back the drives, but it does not persist, and always tries to reboots with the previous erroneous drives.
I used the regedit to change by:
Local Machine / System / Mounted devices, set the admin permission, and it all looks OK when assigning the new letters , no error messages, but gets back again to the faulty drives (as can be seen in DISKPART/List Volume).
Any idea?
As an alternative (a bad one) I thought I could tell Windows to start from drive D (where the system currently is) instead. How can I do it?
Thanks

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Hi,
A PC tech change by mistake the windows drive C to D.
The computer can naturally not boot to Windows any more.
Using both the internal Win maintenance (as admin), or the regedit or external Mini XP I can change back the drives, but it does not persist, and always tries to reboots with the previous erroneous drives.
I used the regedit to change by:
Local Machine / System / Mounted devices, set the admin permission, and it all looks OK when assigning the new letters , no error messages, but gets back again to the faulty drives (as can be seen in DISKPART/List Volume).
Any idea?
As an alternative (a bad one) I thought I could tell Windows to start from drive D (where the system currently is) instead. How can I do it?
Thanks

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Hi,
A PC tech change by mistake the windows drive C to D.
The computer can naturally not boot to Windows any more.
Using both the internal Win maintenance (as admin), or the regedit or external Mini XP I can change back the drives, but it does not persist, and always tries to reboots with the previous erroneous drives.
I used the regedit to change by:
Local Machine / System / Mounted devices, set the admin permission, and it all looks OK when assigning the new letters , no error messages, but gets back again to the faulty drives (as can be seen in DISKPART/List Volume).
Any idea?
As an alternative (a bad one) I thought I could tell Windows to start from drive D (where the system currently is) instead. How can I do it?
Thanks

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on my windows xp sp2 i changed the system drive letter from g to c ( as i guess turbo c++ 3.0 does not work in g: ). i found the steps to do this on one of windows' official support forums (not here) , i secured the system status in a .reg file as a backup. the next time i logged in, the usual blue screen appeared (the one with windows logo on it ) then it halted;

oh, one more thing i do have an XUBUNTU installed too. i can see all the contents of my windows drive even the .reg. being linux the reg is useless presently. i dont wish to format the OS . kindly tell me what to do

Answer:i changed the drive letter of boot drive .DOES NOT LOG IN;

Were you folloing this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

You need to change the drive letter back. As the warning says:
Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article to change a drive on a computer where the drive letter has not changed. If you do so, you may not be able to start your operating system

I don't know if XUbuntu has a tool to edit the Windows registry, but you can use a Vista or Win 7 DVD to do the editing.
If you don't have one, a Vista RE disk can be downloaded from one of these links:
Vista Recovery Environment CD
64 bit Vista
32 bit Vista

Note, the drive letter of the XP Partition as seen when booted to the Vista/Win 7 disk may be different than drive C:, so change the letter as needed.
Using a Vista/Win 7 Disk

Boot with the Vista/Win7 DVD
Select Language, click Next
Click Repair your Computer
It will search for Vista/Win7 installations, just wait for it to finish.
If using Win7 Disk, select Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows.
Click Next
Click Command Prompt.
Type regedit and press Enter:
In the left pane, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to highlight it
Click File | Load Hive...
Browse to C:\Windows\system32\config
Double click on SYSTEM (the one with no extension)
In the Key Name: box type @System
navigate to here:

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\@System\MountedDevices
You can now reverse the steps in the article to change the drive letter back to G:
You might be able... Read more

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Hi,
I have a USB flash drive that the Media Creation Tool messed up when it was formatting it to create installation media.
Ive worked out how to fix the flash drive. I just have to use disk management to create a new simple volume on it, I then have no option but to assign the flash drive with a drive letter, and format it to Fat32 and the flash drive is recognised again in windows.
The question I have is. It appears that the drive letter I give it then becomes a static drive letter.
I don't really want it to be static. Id rather put it back to the way it was when I bought the USB flash drive so that Windows assigns the drive letter dynamically every time its inserted into the PC. Is there a way of doing this or When you create a new simple volume does the drive letter have to be static?
My PC only has Drive C: (operating system and D: (DVD drive). The removable USB flash drive when inserted has always been Drive E: I have a few flash drives that I use and Id like windows to just assign them all dynamically if its possible. Ive never had this issue before...its just this one USB drive that the Media Creation Tool messed up..the others are fine. I just want to put this USB back to its defaults..as it was when I purchased it if possible
Thanks

Answer:USB flash drive --assign drive letter back to dynamic from static

You might try what @Bree posted yesterday.

Windows 10 Not "Seeing" my USB Stick
Ken

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