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Mapped drive takes forever to show folders - only specific drive letter

Question: Mapped drive takes forever to show folders - only specific drive letter

Has anyone run into a problem where you have a mapped drive and it takes a minute or two to show the folder list after clicking on it? My Computer/Explorer completely freezes until the folder list is shown. If I disconnect the share and change the drive letter, everything is back to normal. If I change the drive letter back, then the problem returns. There is also constant network activity while it is sitting there frozen.

This is driving me nuts. I have a small network with 40 computers on it. Just a few days ago 6 of them started doing this.

They are all XP SP3 and our server is running Win2k Server SP4. Here's what I've tried so far:

MSConfig to disable all startup programs and services.
Disabled the Webclient service.
Disabled the Windows Image Acquisition service.
Run net use * /del /yes to delete all shares

If I access the server directly, it's fine. \server\data So it's not a DNS issue. It's just as soon as I map it with that one drive letter. If I change it to another letter, the problem is gone.

All 6 computers are running different versions of Office and Autocad. I am having an impossible time trying to find a common thread. The only thing that I can think of is that a recent Windows Update is causing it.

I can't change the drive letter on the map because autocad references the files by the drive letter, not the UNC name.

Let me know if you have any ideas.


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We are suddenly having a problem with USB flash drives and USB external hard drives in our organization. Users started reporting that their flash drives either were not working or took a long time to be recognized by the computer so that they could be used. It could take up to 10 minutes for the drive to be usable. Once it works, you can take the drive out and put it back in and it will work with no problem. If you kill your network connection before plugging a USB drive in, you will have no problems at all.

I have made a some observations regarding this problem.
1.) When you plug a USB drive in on a computer with the issue, you hear the connect sound and you see the installing drivers icon. The icon quickly reports that the drivers are successfully installed, but the drive does not show up in my computer.
2.) The drive shows up in Devices and Printers, but you cannot do anything to access it.
3.) Device Manager shows an Unknown Device. You can either try to update the driver or wait.
4.) If you wait, the unknown device will change to your USB drive in Device Manager and you will be able to use your drive.
5.) This is the big one. If you kill your network connection, USB drives quickly show and are usable as they would normally be.

Has anyone else seen this problem? Is there a specific Windows Update that could be doing this. Thanks.


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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.

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

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In a recent post I described taking over 15 hours to get a small Simple File Sharing network to function using a XPPro and XPHome computer. When I finally got it to work I had such a menagerie of mixed up folder names and mapped drives names I couldn't keep anything straight. Soooo.....

Clean Up Mapped Drive Folders:

First of all, when I clicked Map Network Drive and selected the dropdown box for "Folders:" I had so many obsolete folders in the list it was useless. I discovered where to go in the registry to clean up that list. (Insert usual cautions about editing the registry.)

In the registry under "Map Network Drive MRU", I just deleted everything but (Default). That's it.

Then the :Folders:" dropdown box is empty but each time you map a new drive it will show up in the registry here and in the "Folders" dropdown box from then on.

Rename mapped Drives:

When I would map a network drive, I would get some really screwy names. This came about because I had been networking various computers for years and renaming them and changing hard drives.

It seems that the first time you map a drive, the local computer gives it a name based on the name of the remote computer and the name you put in the sharing fields on the remote computer. Then, if you change the name of the remote computer, the local computer keeps using the old computer name. It can be real confusing. I tried to just rename the mapped drive (r... Read more

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I just built a new computer for work. Our server is mapped as letter ?F? and this works unless I leave a USB card reader plugged in when I shut it down. On boot up one of the drives on the card reader gets assigned ?F? and the mapped drive doesn?t work. I then have to remove the card reader and re-boot. I would prefer to leave the card reader plugged in. is there a way to lock or reserve the drive letters on one or the other to prevent the conflict? I solved this on my previous machine (XP pro) here but can?t remember how.


Answer:Mapped drive & USB drive letter conflict

Welcome to SF,

See if this Tutorial helps.

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I used to map a NAS drive on my Win 7 Pro 32 bit machine. Now the mapping is no longer available. I go to the "Map Network" and the letter is GONE. I can still access the NAS HDD via "network" in the Windows explorer. but I have links constrcuted around that drive letter. HOW DO I DELETE AND START OVER WHEN THE DRIVE LETTER IS MISSING ALTOGETHER?

Answer:Cannot get mapped drive letter back IN win 7 Pro 32 bit


I'd normally disconnect the mapped drive from 'Computer' right click the mapped network drive and choose 'Disconnect'. You may also create a Shortcut on your desktop instead of mapping a network drive, an alternative.

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Hello,first post here!The following is happening:While mapping a external share to a drive letter, the drive letter is not availableon the command line.Running as administrator does not resolve this.Is this a permissions issue? On my test machine it works fine, but on a client'smachine I can't get them to show up no matter what I do. Only physical drivesare available on the cl, but all mapped drives are available when using the UI.Hope you can help.Marinus.

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This is more security related... but also network, I suppose.

I have a domain user, with user level access to his workstation, that needs to insert and remove many USB keys. The problem - Windows XP will occasionally give him mapped drive letters for his USB keys, thus completely preventing him from being able to access the USB device. Since he's not an administrator, he doesn't have access to change the drive letter... and giving users admin access is out of the question.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:USB key in XP on domain, user access, gives mapped drive letter

Only thing we've done is change our mapped drive letters further along the alphabet. XP picks the first free drive letter (but it only looks at local disk drive letters).

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Hi Folks,

No matter which windows 7 system i'm plugging it into, my USB drive takes forever to mount. Windows keeps reading it for a long time before it finally does manage to mount it. Any idea what might be happening?

thanks in advance...

Answer:USB drive takes forever to mount

On the face of it, one would suspect some corruption in your flash drive. It could also be an end of life syndrome.

When you are able to mount it, immediately copy all data on it to another location.

Then format it using HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v2.2.3 HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Download - Softpedia ( You have to run it as an administrator.)

Once formatted, copy a good amount of data into it and check its performance.

If it still fumbles and tumbles, time to discard.

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i have a dell, with a secondary drive (ide) for storing data, and a dvd burner.

my question is - why does it take so long to burn a dvd from data stored on the secondary drive as opposed to the c: drive? it takes at least an hour to burn a dvd from the secondary drive, while it only takes 30 mins from data stored on the c: drive.

also.....whenever i transfer files to/from the c: to the secondary drive, it takes forever as well. i thought storing my data in a different drive would make everything fast. it's even slower than my firewire drives! what's going on?

same type of drives....seagate, ide interface.

any help would be supremely appreciated.


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Got this from directory opus site, but made new registry file for you.

1. - unzip drive icons to - C:\DRIVE ICONS
2. run registry file
3. reboot pc


to undo run the restoredriveicons reg file.

here is original link - HERE

some pics below of my stuff - GOOD LUCK

Answer:Show Drive letter on Drive Icon

here are some more registry files for different icons - such as flash, ghost, CD rom, hard disk - they go to letter H or I i believe.
Can change certain drives after doing the fix above. This way you can still tell what drives are what.
All credit must be given to leo - admin over at the directory opus forum.

Thanks leo, t41

ps - to use with directory opus you must go to their forum and download the full .ocb file

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From windows explorer>computer, I see the "Hard Disk Drives (1) drive name as only "System" and no drive letter?

by default I understand is that it should display "Local Disk (C" even if you rename it to system, it should appear as "system (C"

Any ideas why this is so?

Thanks in adv.


Answer:Why does win7 not show my drive with the drive letter

Stupid me.. dont show drive letter. was checjed

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I just replaced the hard drive on my laptop and then installed XP.  Now it takes a good 30 minutes just to get my computer booted up.  I'm confused - and maybe there was more wrong with my laptop than the old hard drive I replaced.  Has anyone had this happen?

Answer:Replaced Hard Drive - XP Takes Forever To Load

So you replaced your laptop hard drive and it's loading slowly.Maybe check all your connections or try reformatting and reinstalling.

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Hi, bought a new PC last summer and it worked perfect until 2 months ago. I noticed the boot was taking longer time than usual and reading and writing to the hd took forever. The hard drive is a WD Desktop Green 1TB, and I got a Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB where I have Win7 that works fine. When i first started troubleshooting I somewhere got an I/O-error, but i don't remember where that was. I've tried formating and "CHKDSK D: /X /R", but it stops at stage 4. Some other threads on this forum suggested running MiniTool Partition Wizard and running "Surface Test" but when i click "Start Now" the program crashes. In "Computer Management" the hd shows as being healthy. So anyone got any suggestions? Help is much appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Hard drive slows down Win7 and r/w takes forever.

1. Run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Green / GP If the drive fails tests, then it's time for a warranty claim.
2. Save all the data you can elsewhere - flash drive, DVD?RW, NAS, another PC on your network, anything... because it appears to me that the drive is dying.

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I removed one of the 2 hard drives on my computer. Now, when I reboot, it takes forever. I think it's trying to find the missing hard drive because it thinks it's still there. Is there anyway that I can modify some system files or reset something on my computer to let it know that it shouldn't keep looking for that hdd? Thanks

Answer:after removing hard drive, rebooting takes forever

Was one of your drives a WD drive by chance?

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Here's one that's driving me crazy. I can't get my XP to 'see' my USB stick if it assigns itself as the 'H Drive'.

I have the following drives:

A: Floppy
C, D E Hard Drives/partitions

So when I plug my USB stick in it defaults to the next available letter: 'H'. But it never shows up in 'My Computer'

If I do start/run and type H: it comes up with... 'This Operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer -contact administrator'

If I open the Command Prompt & type H: on the command line, it finds the H drive and I can use 'MSDOS' commands like DIR to look at the files (so the basic computer recognises it, just some restriction on XP)

If I put 2 USB sticks in, it sees the second OK (it comes up as I drive)

If I go to the control panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management, it 'sees it as H' and if I force it to any other letter it then pops up in 'My Computer' but then goes back to H if I plug it in elsewhere.

Furthermore, I found that if I re-allocate one of the Hard Drives (say D or E) to 'H' it then disappears in the same way, so it seems to be a problem with that letter!!

Any ideas?


Answer:XP not recognising a specific drive letter


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Windows XP

The letter, F, is already assigned on all workstations to a resource on the server; however, Windows assigns a new USB thumb drive the same letter, which results in an inaccessible USB drive.

I changed the USB drive letter in Disk Management to I. This holds until the USB drive is disconnected and the computer is restarted. Then Windows again assigns the letter, F, to both the network resource and the USB drive.

How do I make Windows hold the settings I give it?

And, why would it assign the same letter to two resources, anyway?

Answer:USB drive takes letter already assigned to other resource

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I finally decided to downsize my C:\ from 1384GB to 400GB and went for using Aomei Partition Assistant Professional Edition 3.0 (a giveaway).
Resizing partition went fairly fast, but now after about 44 hrs! the process is still not complete!
I feel like interupting the process, but if so I'm uncertain how to go on.
I have my Easus ToDo Backup Images and also it's boot up CD.
Anyone having good advices for me?

Answer:Downsizing C drive using Aomei Partition Assistant Pro takes forever...........

Try Partition Wizard 7.

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I have a USB storage device that insists on being mapped to drive H:. The problem is that drive H: is already mapped to a server. If I boot XP with the storage device attached, I can't get to my server drive. If I insert the USB device after boot up, I can't access it at all.

I recall a means to change the default mapping of hardware drives in prior versions of windows but cannot see how to do this in XP. The other obvious work around of changing the network mapping will not work for me because of corporate policy.

Any ideas for how to re-map the USB device would be appreciated.


Answer:How to map a USB storage device to a specific drive letter

Right-click My Computer, go to Manage. Click Drive Management, then select the H: drive (USB drive), and click Change Drive Letter.

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Hi there,
This is puzzling me. I run two PC's on a network bothe with Win 7 64 bit. Various shares are set up and have been working without issue. However, I have noticed that some folders on a shared drive are not appearing on the other networked PC. The drive is mapped and connects at logon, and all other folders and files on the shared drive are visible and accessible. Just this one is missing. Its not a hidden folder. Its actually a folder within a game directory.

It';s not causing me an issue, but its puzzling me.

Any ideas ?


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After reinstalling win10 i noticed that i have a drive that takes up a letter and it doesn't appear in disk management, so i can't change it's letter to something like Z: and hide it. It's nothing major but I'd just like F: to be the letter that pendrives get when i connect them.
Does anyone know how to change the letter of that drive with it not showing in disk management?

Answer:A drive takes up a letter, doesn't appear in disk management

Is it a network drive which has been mapped to a drive letter? If so,you can just right click the drive and remove it.

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After reinstalling win10 i noticed that i have a drive that takes up a letter and it doesn't appear in disk management, so i can't change it's letter to something like Z: and hide it. It's nothing major but I'd just like F: to be the letter that pendrives get when i connect them.
Does anyone know how to change the letter of that drive with it not showing in disk management?

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Hey guys, since no one replied to my last thread because I don't think it was possible, so I'll make another one on a different perspective.

Instead of trying to make the drive letter the same, I would like the script to prompt the user for the drive letter and then input that into the script. I am having trouble coding this last piece of it, and if someone could please help me that'd be great

Answer:Batch script that takes drive letter input

set PASSWRD=knight
title Folder %LOCKFODLER%
if EXIST "Locked" goto UNLOCK
echo Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
ren %LOCKFOLDER% "Locked"
takeown /f "U:\Locked"
icacls "U:\Locked" /deny everyone:F
echo Folder locked
goto End
echo Enter the Password to unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%== %PASSWRD% goto FAIL
icacls "U:\Locked" /grant everyone:F
takeown /f "U:\Locked"
ren "Locked" %LOCKFOLDER%
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
echo Invalid password
goto end
echo %LOCKFOLDER% created successfully
goto End
Also, I've looked into an addon for cmd called EditVar which seems to be very helpful. If someone can show me the set/p code for such an idea stated in the OP, I'd be forever grateful

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Xp Pro "Server" which hosts a small offices critical files is being accessed by 4 office XP Pro PC's. Workgroup Environment, not domain. Is it possible for me to set permissions so that only certain users, (from the 4 office XP Pro PC's), have access to certain folders/files on the mapped network drive? If so, How can I accomplish this please? Thanks!

Answer:Share some folders but not all on mapped network drive

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Mapped drive cannot create files/folders.
It says Location is not available.
X:\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot
be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.
The mapped drive is done by a policy and users can see the files and edit them. They however cannot copy or create folders or files there.
There is no error and it works fine in Windows 10. Problem occurs on Windows 7.
Using the UNC path and add Network Location, it works fine. Just a problem when it comes to mapped drives.


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The setup:
Laptop: Vista Business (32 Bit)File Server: Windows 2003 ServerMapped network drive to Z:/ using 'Connect using a different username'Selected subfolder Z:/Partners/ to be 'Always Available offline'The problem:
Disconnected from networkOffline folders work fineReconnect to networkCan't connect to any other subfolders on Z:/ (Shows as if I'm working offline)Problem reoccures after restart or disconnection/reconnection to networkThe question:How do you force Offline folders to connect to a network share? If I hit sync it tells me I'm not connected.Is there a way to connect to the network drive without viewing your cached files. (eg. typing z:/ goes to cached offline files and typing //computername also goes to cached offline files). Basically, is there a way to bypass cached files.Cheers,


Answer:Offline Folders - on reconnect to network, mapped drive isn't available


I am experiencing the same problem and found an old post Problem reconnecting offline files when mapped as a drive that complains about it, too. I can usually correct the problem by navigating to the equivalent UNC path in Explorer, upon which Vista will realize that it is actually connected. I am only doing this once a day, so it is bearable. Alternatively, I found that when I use the "Work offline" button before disconnecting and the "Work online" butten after reconnecting, things are quite smooth. However in order to get that button I have to open an Explorer window and go to the mapped drive location. I think MS should give the Sync Center tray icon a "Work Offline" option.



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We are having a weird issue where several times throughout the day a user looses more than half of the folders in her mapped network drives. She has to reboot to get the connections back. I looked this up and there was a hotfix for this and it seems to work
fine now. (while she is still docked)

The issue I still have is when she takes her laptop out of the doc to say go to a meeting the same thing happens. I cant find anything on this issue, does anyone know anything about this? 

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I have an Western Digital 160 GB passport (black)

I have Vista now and when I plug it in i regesters as USB Mass Storage Device but computer does not show drive letter. How can I fix this problem?

David Lambie

Answer:WD 160 GB passwport drive letter does not show

See this Guide Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive

Follow Initial Troubleshooting steps in Part1 to make sure the device and disk are being recognized correctly. AFTER you confirm that's correct, guide will direct you to on how to fix missing drive letter problems

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my drive letter such as (C,D,E,F, ...) wont't show in My computer
how can i fix it?
i put a snapshut here
pls help tnx

Answer:My Drive's letter won't show in My Computer?

Hello Qartallar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may have just mistakenly set them to be hidden in Folder Options. The tutorial below can help show you more on having them show again.

Drive Letters - Show or Remove - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I've done many searches to get this accomplished in Windows Explorer. Even the registry hack, to no avail. I'm out of ideas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Show Drive Letter First in Windows 8.1

Hello dmk, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Either option in the tutorial below should allow you to have the drive letters show first. I like step 2 in OPTION ONE. Be sure to sign out and in afterwards to fully apply.

Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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Like the topic states I wonder if it's possible to assign a specific drive letter to a PCMCIA flash card in WinXP? For instance, when the card is plugged in, that it recieves d:\, nothing is for the moment occupying that drive letter.

Now the card get's e:\ everytime.

The computer it self is a Dell Latitude D610 if that matters.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Possible To Assign A Specific Drive Letter To A Pcmcia Flash Card In WinXP?


Drive letters can be assigned IF the card is formatted using NTFS. Obviously the camera must support NTFS or you will render the card unusable.

Control Panel -> Admin Tools -> computer management ->disk management.

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Like the topic states I wonder if it's possible to assign a specific drive letter to a PCMCIA flash card in WinXP? For instance, when the card is plugged in, that it recieves d:\, nothing is for the moment occupying that drive letter.

Now the card get's e:\ everytime.

The computer it self is a Dell Latitude D610 if that matters.

Thanks in advance,

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I have windows 7 home premium 32bit on a pretty fast AMD phenom II x4 with 4gb ram. The problem I ahve is with windows explorer. When I click on a drive, it takes about 5 seconds before it will show me the folders. Then when I click on a folder, I have to wait as a little hourglass-type slider goes across the top of the screen before it will show the contents. This can take anywhere from 2-15 seconds. I don't remember any other windows OS doing this.

Is there something I can change to help speed this up? Not sure that it matters, but I checked defrag and most of my drives are less than 5% fragmented - the most being 15%.


Answer:windows explorer takes forever to show content

It is some third-party application you have installed. Either security software or some extension in Explorer like one that adds something to the context menu.

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Windows was running slow, so I rebooted. Now it takes about five minutes to fully load into windows, and when it todes, the task bar is not showing up. No start menu, no nothing. It just shows a small grey sliver of where it's supposed to be, like it's been pushed too far down to see. Windows knows it's not running, because I ran Zone Alarm manually ( I can still use keyboard shortcuts to get into the explorer and run boxes ) and minimized it, and instead of going to the tray, it just rests at the bottom of my screen with a minimize and maximize button.

I've checked to see what services are running when I first boot, and SVChost.exe is taking up all of the processing power, which is unusual. I'm scanning for viruses, but so far it's found nothing.

Answer:SP2 takes forever to boot, then taskbar doesn't show

Check for spyware and disable as many of your third party programs as you can that run at boot.

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Client is laptop running on Vista Business. Server is Windows 2000. File is on Host running on XP SP2. I can map the drive on laptop to Host but when I try to run an application I get message:

You must run APPLICTATION_NAME from a mapped drive.

I am running application from mapped drive so why do I get this message?

Only weird thing I can mention is that I have to specify domain name and user name to connect to the mapped drive. But once I am connected I can open all files. But the application I need to run gives me the error message.

Help anyone?

Answer:message to connect through mapped drive while connected through mapped drive

Is the application on the host or just the data?

Does another machine connect correctly?

If the app. is on a host along w/ the data, have you tried installing the application on your machine and accessing the data over the lan.

Other thoughts:
sometimes applications require an exact data path. For example, f:\app
this info is stored on the host. When you map your local drive, you choose m:\app

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How do I get a digital camera (CANON Powershot series) to show up as a drive letter when plugged in the usb port on an WinXP box???

Answer:Camera doesn't show up as drive letter

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Left home for the day and when I came back my H drive letter was missing, there is just a blatant blank spot where it used to be... is there any way I can get it back? I hope to god I haven't lost the info on it.

Answer:Hard Drive Letter Doesn't Show Up!

Things that cause drive letters to go missing -

Drive letter conflict with another drive

Disk Compression

Tweak UI

Partition Magic

BIOS Configuration

Norton Go Back

Look HERE to use Disk Management,and look HERE for the other options.

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I'm trying to access my user folder on a different hard drive, but it takes forever to load and then afterwards does nothing. I think I've already set all the permissions and stuff but it still isn't working.

Answer:User folders on separate drive take forever to load...

How did you transfer the user folders to another drive?
If you right click on the appropriate User folder (such as "Documents") and select Properties - you'll see a tab that states "Location"
Do you have this?  Is it set correctly?

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Ok not sure if this is possible but here we go.

Right i have put a load of smaller USB flash drives into an old CD drive casing and wired it up to a USB hub so it basically acts as an internal harddrive.

Only issue is that each usb shows under a different drive letter.

I was just wondering if there was anyway to get all the usbs to show under a single drive letter and act as a single drive?

Answer:How to get multiple USB flash drives to show as one Drive letter?

Sorry, don't think you can.

You would be better of just buying a 100gb HDD for around 30 ($40)??


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Not sure if this is the right place to post but I seem to have some weird problem with my PC

I have several HDDs connected to my PC and today i realised for 2 out of 4 drives, all files and folders starting with Q and beyond are completely missing. Not a single file remains. Either it's data corruption or some malware or someone deliberately tampered with my PC.

There's nothing inside the recycle bin and I haven't emptied it.

Answer:All files and folders after a specific letter are all gone?

Do you really suppose someone deleted your data ? Come on

Install and Use a Partition Managing program to explore the drives, I`m sure your files are still there.

Free Partition Magic alternative and Partition Manager Freeware for Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

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I have a prob with my Seagate 1TB external hard drive working on my G4 Powerbook (Leopard OSX). I have a Maxtor 200 gb drive that works perfectly. But The 1TB drive doesn't always appear on the desktop but does show in the system profiler. When it does show up on the desktop my files missing from from folders. Finally on the few times that files show up, I can't open them. I had error messages about permission to open the files but the drive and files all have read/write permission.

I use the drive for backup. The files on this drive are from the Maxtor drive, random disks and my thinkpad which runs Vista.
Any insite would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:USB drive won't show on desktop / files won't show in folders

It's Vista's Security System. Go through the help file and it will tell you how to turn it off

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I can't get my canon powershot sd200 to show up as a drive letter. It always shows up under "scanners and cameras". I want to use photo recovery software but need to have the camera show up as a drive to do so. I connec the camera through USB. My OS is win xp PRO. Please help =(

Answer:Help! Canon Powershot SD200 wont show up as drive Letter!

I don't know anything about Canon cameras, but with my wife's HP Photosmart, there's a setting in the camera itself which controls how it appears to a pc. Have you checked that??

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It's kind of hard to explain, but I'll do my best. When I turn on my computer and it goes to the GUI, the internet connection icon on the system tray has an 'X' on it for about one minute. During this time I cannot access anything online that involves administrator privileges. However, since I don't have firefox setup to run as administrator, I'm able to browse online even though the internet icon still has an 'X' on it. Once the 'X' finally turns into, the world, I'm able to access online things that require administrator privileges, ie. ventrilo. I'm not sure why this is happening; it all began when I connected my wireless HP printer to my router, it caused my router to stop working and I had to buy a new router. Before the other router broke, I was still having these problems with the 'X' for a long time. I switched my printer to connect to my computer instead of wirelessly hoping to a void this problem, but it still exists. Can anyone help?

Answer:Internet icon on system tray takes forever to show the connection sign.

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I am running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and don't remember having this problem on my system in days gone by, but in recent days (certainly the last month or so) I have noticed that when I want to hyperlink URLs in Outlook, Word and other Office products, the Insert Hyperlink dialog take a long time to populate folders.

I rarely actually use the folder list, as I am just pasting URL text into the Address box, but I cannot paste until the folder list has populated.

The dialog is looking in My Documents by default and displaying folders from the Current Folder. This has become REALLY ANNOYING! Why would this be taking so long?

Answer:Insert Hyperlink dialog takes forever (several sec) to display folders

Don't know about your problem, but if you're just pasting the URL in the address box there's really no need to bring up the dialog. Just paste the URL directly in an Office program, press Space or Enter, and it will transform to a hyperlink.

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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. 

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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I have win 7 Pro installed on a SSD. My work files are stored on a 2nd hard drive. Don't know what I did, but all the files on the 2nd hard drive show from that drive, but when I try to change the location of the default desktop to the file on the 2nd hard drive, that file doesn't show.

Anytime I'm in something that is stored on the SSD, I am unable to locate certain files on the hard drive setup for use (ex My documents, desktop, etc.)

I suspect I've changed permissions or something.

Would appreciate some help. It's not all folders that don't show, just some.


Tom C

Answer:HD folders don't show from C drive (SSD)

Just to clarify, I was attempting to move user files onto the 2nd Hard Drive. Now the folders on that drive I wanted to use do not appear when trying to change the location of the user files. Tom C

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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 have been running XP PRO on the same custom PC for several years. One disk (IDE, secondary slave, 500GB) has 3 partitions; today win explorer will not display folders or files on the third partition (letter E, 270GB) of that drive. Other 2 partitions on same drive display properly and are accessible. I made a new test folder on E; it was accepted; but then it disappeared. I tried to make another new folder with same test name, it was rejected: ~"a folder by same already exists." Drive E is shown as "healthy" and its properties show drive 75% used, indicating data is still there. Attempts to copy folders/files from backup drive (fortunately copies of most data exist on another drive) give same response. Check disk dies in Phase 2: "Windows was unable to complete the disk check". I have searched net and not found any help. Is this a disk problem, OS problem, Windows explorer problem, or other problem? Are any obvious fixes available? Would a sector-by-sector clone to a new disk fix this? Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:win explorer doesn't show folders on drive

If check disk failed, the chances are the HDD is failing. Has too many bad sectors in the E: partition. You can download the ISO image for Drive Fitness in my signature and burn the image to CD using IMGBurn and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Quick and Advanced tests on the Drive. If there are any errors it can't fix, the drive will need to be replaced.

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Since I am working ROM's for HTC Devices i oftenly need edit/see hiden files and also i need to see extnesions.
Problem is that i hate that in other folders/hard drives.

So can i somehow set those settings for only a specific folders, so that in other folders i dont see them
-show hidden files files and folders
-show extensions for known file types
-hide protected operating system files

Answer:Show hidden files in only specific folders

Just go to folder options then "view", you can check and uncheck what you want to see.

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Is there a way to change the parameters for Windows search so it only shows the folders that contain the filetype you search for?

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Hello! I have external Samsung G3 USB station. I had two different partitions: one 'primary' (just for files) and one 'logical' (for files also). All the time I use WinXP, Linux and Vista on different computers mostly. Everything was fine... But when I bought a brand new DVD with Win7 and installed on my brand new laptop the strange things became. Now I?ll try to define my problem as much as possible clearly and accurately.
My laptop (with Win7) shows that 'logical' drive but when I go in there I can't see my folders and files (they are not hidden of course!).
In properties I can see that these files ARE there (I suppose that by the free and used space of that partition and I really know how GBs was there so in properties seems that anything is not lost).
When I connect drive to a different computer with let's say Vista it doesn't show these files also. Same with XP. But I can reach my files on Linux.
Another strange thing is that all the information in the other partition ('primary' drive) is accessible without any probs.
Now I copied all these files into Linux and used to format that partition (NTFS) and made it 'primary' also (I did it on Win7). So I have two ?primary? drives now. Then I brought all the information (from Linux) back into that drive (under my investigation). Everything was fine and I was so glad... till I restarted mtfk Computer
When I use Norton Partition Manager for browsing tha... Read more

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Hello ... I have a flash drive attached to my Netgear wireless router that I make backups to and transfer files to and from other computers at home. It was formatted as NTFS and set up in the router about 2 weeks ago. I just noticed yesterday that all the folders in the drive have dates of 2003 -- even new folders I created today. The files inside all seem to be fine, with correct dates.

I am positive the drive did not start out this way. It was functioning normally. Does anyone know what could have caused these weird folder dates and how to prevent this from happening in the future? Is there any way to fix this? Could the backup program I am using be causing this problem? It is Syncback and it is doing automated backups to this drive.

The computer I am using is a new Asus T300 Chi with Windows 8.1.

Any ideas? I am stumped.


Answer:Folders on a network attached drive show wrong date

It probably isn't the drive but the Router. You may have to enter the Router setup while connected via Ethernet cable and check the date. Check the documentation for the address to use in your browser, something along the line of, the last two numbers will vary between brands and maybe between models.

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Hi all,

Basically the title of this post explains it all. we have a user in our company who maps to a drive in XP e.g. \\server001\smith_j$ and then has the drive mapped also in Citrix. recently he has reported that his XP mapped drive is no longer matching the citrix mapped drive. the citrix drive is much more populated and accurate.

Can anyone explain why this could be? It must be something on the local computer. It is mapping to the correct location but giving back the wrong folder!!!!

Answer:Mapped drive in XP differs from drive in Citrix

bazpaul said:

Hi all,

Basically the title of this post explains it all. we have a user in our company who maps to a drive in XP e.g. \\server001\smith_j$ and then has the drive mapped also in Citrix. recently he has reported that his XP mapped drive is no longer matching the citrix mapped drive. the citrix drive is much more populated and accurate.

Can anyone explain why this could be? It must be something on the local computer. It is mapping to the correct location but giving back the wrong folder!!!!Click to expand...
First off, do you use login scripts for your users, or are all drives mapped manually??

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Hi All

One of our users has a problem regarding their drives. It would appear that the mapped SharePoint drive (w:) has the same space as their system drive (c:). Since their system drive space is low it means that they cannot save anything to the SharePoint.
 I've tried remapping the drive but the same problem occurs. Another thing to note is that another two mapped drives (k:) and (g:) are showing the same space on file explorer. Even though their contents are completely different. Nobody else in the company
is having this problem.

Any ideas?


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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive 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)



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

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

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

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I have Win7 RC1 installed on three machines. Two are 64-bit and one is 32-bit. On the 64-bit desktop and the 32-bit laptop, everything seems to be running OK in the Devices and Printers window. However, on the 64-bit laptop, the Devices and Printers page doesn't load. The green bar moves across, then stalls after several minutes. I can install a new printer or device, but I can't configure or delete an old device. Any assistance is appreciated. The two laptops are identical Dell Latitude D830s, except that one runs 32-bit Win7 and the other runs 64-bit. It's the 64-bit one that's having problems. At the very least, if there are other ways to install, configure and -- especially -- delete printers and devices without using the control panel applet, I would greatly appreciate learning how to do it. Ths...

Answer:Devices and Printers page takes forever to load & doesn't show my devices or printers

The issue occurs if your anti-virus or firewall blocks this action. Please temporary disable the firewall and anti-virus, and then check the result.
If the issue persists, please boot in Clean Boot Mode. This method will help us determine if this issue is caused by a loading program or service. Please perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start Button type "msconfig" (without quotation marks) in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.
Note: If prompted, please click Continue on the User Account Control (UAC) window.
2. Click the "Services" tab, check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box and click "Disable All" (if it is not gray). 3. Click the "Startup" tab, click "Disable All" and click "OK".
Then, restart the computer. When the "System Configuration Utility" window appears, please check the "Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" box and click OK.
Please test this issue in the Clean Boot environment, if the issue disappears in the Clean Boot environment, we can use a 50/50 approach to quickly narrow down which entry is causing the issue.Arthur Xie - MSFT

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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.

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

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

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I 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.


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


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download 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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xp cannot find it.......disk manager 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


i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will 80 gig external hard drive was given to was rebuilt on a win 2000 home edition of win xp--reconginzes 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" 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 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
Boot ... Read more

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.


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

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

Answer:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

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

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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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My master hard disk has failed and I have successfully replaced it with a
new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?
Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on
the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one,
but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.

Answer:Get a drive letter for an old slave hard drive while keeping the existing data

In disk management did you first left click to highlight the drive then right click for assign or change a drive letter option?

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I bought an ultrabay adaptor from lenovo for my R61i and a Western digital 250GB SATA drive which should be compatible. When I installed it, the system recognized the Hard drive in Device Manager (and in BIOS); but wouldn't assign a drive letter to it.

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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 it was when I purchased it if possible

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

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Hi,Bit of background first, my old harddrive , which was split into  C and D ,approx. 500 gig each, went Kaput,had it replaced with an SSD(at my request because I heard they don't overheat and are faster) by an experienced computer technician, and no longer  having to deal with split drives suited me fine.I only  have half the storage space now, about 500Gg in comparison to 1,000 Gg,  but cost was a factor at the time, SSD's being so expensive.Very happy with the new SSD, speed etc. My operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit , SP1. My backups were all stored on a Goflex external harddrive, which  the technician accidentally  dropped on the floor, he then replaced this with an external drive with an on/off switch. (Pleased about the on/off switch, the other didn't have one, very upset about the dropping my other one). All working fine, doing my backups to my new external drive  he gave me, using  my Acronis True Image software 2015 version, that I had always used.My old external  drive was set up to drive E, and all my previous backups in Acronis show drive E, so perhaps this is why the technician set this new one up to Drive F, not sure.And maybe this is why I got the error message below? Well, in my infinite wisdom (which with computer technology isn't great I must admit) I suddenly decided I wanted to backup to an external drive with the letter E,(E for External seemed so much mor... Read more

Answer:Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

 I don't use Acronis, but if you think changing the drive letter caused a problem, can't you just change it back?  The Administrative Tools applet of the Control Panel is what I've always used to change drive letters. Changing the name (I assume you mean the drive label) should have no effect.
 Good luck.

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I've posted on the problem I'm having with my Storage Space (set to file 2-way duplication) before.  I know I'm going to lose some files.  I removed one drive to reformat it to a larger clustersize and, while the array was repairing itself, I lost
a 1TB drive that will no longer connect.

I've "Removed" the drive and gotten the error "Can't remove the drive from the pool" because "...not all the data could be reallocated.  Add an additional drive.."

I already can't re-add the old 4TB drive (even though I've done nothing to it) because Storage Spaces says it's now an "unrecognized configuration".  At least a disk recovery tool can find files on it (though they're all named nnnnnn.JPG or nnnnnn.AVI
or nnnnnn.DOC)

However, my 15TB array (X:\) can't be seen because it thinks it's lost two drives - fair enough - and even though I know I'm going to lose some files (the most important of which were backed up in File History) it refuses to allow me to remove the faulty 1TB
drive.  I added a new disk and it STILL won't let me.  

How can I get my X: drive back? All of the disks in the array are 40-60% full - there's PLENTY of space to duplicate the files that ARE down to one copy!  What can I do?

(As per a suggestion in my other thread, I tried a System Restore to before the point where I'd Removed the 4TB drive and that didn't help since I couldn't select the X: drive to restore!)

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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...

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

Download and run this fix.

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

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

What can I do?


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

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

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

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I 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.

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,

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I had to open my pc and remove drives. Once re-installed, one of the drive has seen it's letter allocation modified. Since 2 application is pointing to G drive, I would like to be able to get it back.

Hard disk (2) Was G: Now, show has a D:
CD drive was D: Now show has E:

G: appear had a "movable" drive

What can I do to replace all drive letter allocation has it use to be

Any info appreciated


Answer:modifying drive letter: Letter to choose not in the list

To find out why the preferred letter is not available. Type disk management in the search bar on the start menu and select "create and format hard disk partitions". Look to see if the letter you want to use is already in use. If it is you will have to change it first.

This link might be helpful.
How to change drive letters--even when the letter you want isn't available | PCWorld

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Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder


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)

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

Here's a link to explain it:,_FAT,NTFS))

Good luck.

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Hi, I got the Medion Drive & go, 500gb external hard drive, its installed PERFECTLY on my Windows XP laptop, installed the drive, appears as Drive F on the "my computer" and has already taken a large file of photo's to the drive and stored them and plays them back fine. HOWEVER when I try and install it in my VISTA laptop it says its installed the driver BUT it doesnt show in the "my computer" in start. I seem to remember having this trouble before with this particular Asus Vista laptop with my Buffalo 500gb external drive (though it installed on another Acer Vista laptop no problem!!!) so my question is: how do I "see" where this drive is appearing and how do I "assign" it a drive letter?? thanks PCDIMWIT

Answer:+++ Assign a drive letter for Medion 500gb external drive ++

Firstly, I seem to remember that this Drive is USB Powered.
It is quite likely that the USB Ports of your Laptop do not deliver sufficient power to run the Drive. You may need something like this
On the point of assignation of a Drive letter. The PC/Laptop will assign it a suitable Letter every time it is plugged in.There is no reason that this should be the same every time. It will depend on the number of USB Devices you have plugged in already.

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I recently bought a faster 2TB hard drive to replace my old 1TB 'games' hard drive. Unfortunately, the software that came with the drive (Seagate Disc Wizard) will not clone my 'games' hard drive onto the new hard drive. Every time I try the clone, the software tries to reboot the PC, thinking that I'm trying to clone the OS onto the new drive, and I'm not.

Will copying everything from the old drive onto the new drive and then renaming the new drive letter (I to the old 'games' drive letter (E (after removing the original 'games' HDD) work the same?

Answer:Can't clone a new drive; can copy and rename drive letter work?

When cloning software asks you to reboot it's because they notice that some of the stuff you want to clone is used by Windows somehow. Even if you were just copying files or whatever. Maybe Steam was active or some kind of background program.

Anyway, in case that utility is just dumb, you can try with the program I use all day, EaseUs Partition master. Once installed, just clik on Wizard and then on Clone disk wizard, follow the wizard and you're set. Click on Apply when ready.
In case it asks for a reboot, let it do so (it takes a bit of time for so big drives though, so do it when you have something to watch on TV or whatever). If you selected the right drives in the wizard it won't screw with C, maybe it just needs everything to be sleeping while doing its job.

Will copying everything from the old drive onto the new drive and then renaming the new drive letter (I to the old 'games' drive letter (E (after removing the original 'games' HDD) work the same?

Yes it will work fine. FastCopy is an utility that will help you transfer so much data quickly and efficiently (more than copy-paste), and can check that all files were copied successfully (just to be sure), and stop/begin again the transfer without a lot of fuss.

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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.


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.


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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

Answer:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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Long story short, working on a buddy's computer. I installed Windows XP Pro SP3. My Computer showed the hard drive as C.

Couldn't update thru the Control Panel, but Auto Updates worked. Let them run several times, and brought it up to speed. Last round of updates fixed whatever was wrong with it's ability to update thru the Control Panel. Cool. But it also changed the drive letter to H: Very uncool. I need to install some custom software, poorly coded, that has to go to C.

I put the windows XP install disk back in, and booted off it. Opened the Repair module. When it asked me which installation of Windows I wanted to work on, the only option was C:

So it would seem to me that Windows is applying the H: designation during boot. It was loading a bunch of memory card reader slots in front, as C, D, E, and F. So I unplugged that sucker. But it STILL loads the hard drive as H.

Is there a way to fix this? Is it in the registry? HELP!!!! I am going nuts trying to fix this sucker!

Thanks for any and all help!


Answer:How do I change Drive Letter Windows Assigns to System Drive


This is easily remedied. It is accomplished in Disk Management.

How to use Disk Management

To start Disk Management:

Log on as administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
Click Start, click Run, type compmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
In the console tree, click Disk Management. The Disk Management window appears. Your disks and volumes appear in a graphical view and list view. To customize how you view your disks and volumes in the upper and lower panes of the window, point to Top or Bottom on the View menu, and then click the view that you want to use.
You should be able to right click the C:/H: partition, and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" or something similar (that's what the option is in Windows 7, unsure if it's exactly the same in XP).

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

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

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

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

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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I have a wierd problem that most of the suggestions seem not to work.
I have a HP computer with Vista basic installed at factory with no disc sent with computer. I then added an external drive on which I installed Ubuntu OS as the primary boot drive. This was needed while I was learning and using Asterisk. Now I do not need the drive which no longer seems to have a letter designation or Ubuntu OS but cannot seem to be able to use System Recovery. Near as I can tell, I need to reset the Master Boot Record back to Vista only but seem unable to do so as I recieved no disks with the Computer.
Any suggestions. I am not extremely skilled at computer technical stuff so please assume I am an idiot if responding.

Answer:Removing External drive with Ubuntu OS but no drive letter designation


Look here for one un-install option: -

How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC

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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:

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:

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

Answer:Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

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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.

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

Answer:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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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.

Answer: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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I have Win 7 home premium on an HP laptop with 4 usb ports. I have 2 Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB drives for backups. If I plug in one of the drives, Win assigns a drive letter, but if I add the second one it doesn't.

To troubleshoot, I've plugged each drive into every usb port on the laptop, and each port reads each drive alone, but if I plug in the second drive while the first is still in, it shoes up in devices but does not get a drive letter. I tried assigning a different drive letter to the device plugged in first, but Win still doesn't assign a letter to the second drive.

Any advice? Thanks!

Answer:Win 7 doesn't assign drive letter with 2nd Western Dig Elements drive

Did you try to plug them in reverse order (the second drive first and when that's recognized, plug in the first one)
My drives are WD My Book 1TB and 2TB. at first they refused to play together nicely.
I had to run the WD-DriveManager (which came with the 1TB drive) once to " beat" them into submission

Good Luck

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

Answer:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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Hey guys; I'm not too great with computers but was a bit surprised when my 32gb decided to just stop working. Its registering in disk management, but the "Change letter and drive paths" is in grey when i right click removable E-drive.

Furthermore, it also apparently lacks all my media plus it registers with 0 gbs capacity, reserved space, and allocated space according to right-click properties.

Answer:Flash Drive Invisible; Can't Reassign Drive Letter

Well, they do go bad for unknown reasons, you can't format it or anything?

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Hey Guys,

Heres the issue. I recently did an install of XP home on a new HDD for a customer after their drive went dead. Not realizing, the install mapped the boot drive to F instead of C. Customer called up complaining that he could not install programs, etc... I wanted to go back and change the drive letters through the registry, but after doing some reading, found that changing the system drive letter after install will make windows act screwey, sometimes not even allowing a boot. I personally can live with a diff. drive letter, but the customer seems to not be able to.

I have read one or two posts about using XXclone to clone the system drive to a new partition mapped to C, then deleting the F partition. As i have never used this program or method, i am a bit skeptical, and/or lost at the same time. What do you guys suggest as the best method to change this drive letter and not disrupt the operations of the system?

Thanks in advance for the help

Answer:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here: I can't guarantee it will work.

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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?

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


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


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I have 2 drives that I wanted to rearrange. One is D: (500GB) and one is E: (300GB). I physically removed the 300GB and now I want to reassign 500GB as E:. However Vista does not show E: as an available letter.

Is there something I need to do to recover that letter?

Answer:(Vista) Recover drive letter after removing drive?

Have you used "Disk Management" (right click "Computer" in the start menu and click "Manage" to access it) in to manually change the drive letters for that disk? Keep in mind that you cannot change the letter if this is a system drive

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