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How to Assign disk External Disk E: to same letter drive in windows 7 please

Question: How to Assign disk External Disk E: to same letter drive in windows 7 please

Hello and good evening to u all. I slight problem that I need proper advice on how to sort out please. I currently have a Windows XP machine....and I use itunes. All my music is stored on the external drive E:, and hence my itunes media location is E.
I'm in the process of getting a new windows 7 desktop, within the next few days,..and on a previous posts ive been told how to do this,so thats ok.
My problem is that i've also been advised that I need to get my new windows 7 desktop to automatically recognize the hard drive as E: drive immediately its connected to my new desktop pc. Now apparently my new desktop will have about 10 usb ports.....so its critical that when I connect my 1tb external hard drive that it PERMANENTLY RECOGNIZES IT AS THE E DRIVE......and NOT as any other drive....I was told there is a feature in windows 7 that can do this....i just need proper guidance please.

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Preferred Solution: How to Assign disk External Disk E: to same letter drive in windows 7 please

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Answer: How to Assign disk External Disk E: to same letter drive in windows 7 please

Click the Start Orb and enter diskmgmt.msc in the search box then click the program when it appears. Right click on the drive and select change driver letter and paths, click the change button and select the drive letter.
If that drive letter is not available another disk has already been allocated to it so move that to another one then try to change it.
Note that Windows will have already allocated a drive letter once you plug it in but I don't know a way of 'pre-assigning it'.

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Hello everyone.

I have made backups of my files on an external hard drive (WD MyBook 2TB).
I did the transfer from my previous iMac before selling it.

Now on my new PC running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bits, I plugged the HD, heard the sound that it was recognized but did not see it appearing in the "My Computer" HD list.

I can see it in the DiskManagement panel but when I try to assign a letter to the disc, everything is grey except "delete the volume".

I just would like to see my files and copy them on my internal HD.

Thank you in advance for your time and reply.
Kind regards.

Aiven

Answer:External HD - Win8.1- can't access it OR assign letter to disk

How was the external formatted before moving the files from the iMac?

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Greetings!

I was asked by a client to get data off a circa 2004 PC that has a blown Power Supply. I removed the HDD and proceeded with my usual recovery procedure using a drive adapter cable and power supply. The problem is that I can see the drive in the Win7 Disk Manager, but I can't mount the partition. Most of the time I've not had problems with Win7. It usually just recognizes the drive and assigns a letter to the active primary partition. In this case, I can see the partition, it's active and healthy, but I can't assign it a letter. In fact, all options are "greyed out" except "Delete Partition."

I've also used MiniTool Partition Wizard, but without success. Partition Wizard can assign a letter to the partition, which then shows up in Windows Explorer. If you click on the drive letter, you get the "J:\ refers to a location that is unavailable ...." I can explore the partition with Partition Wizard, but I'm unable to access the files.

Here are the Hardware particulars:

Old HDD: 80GB Maxtor HDD ATA, formatted with 76GB primary partition, Active, NTFS, This was the boot drive for a PC

I'm using Win7 x64. The drive is connected to my machine using a SATA/IDE Combo Drive adapter connected to a USB port on my machine. It uses the standard USB to SATA Serial Bridge Driver.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Even if I'm missing something that would make me say, "Duh!"

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Answer:Cannot Assign Drive Letter in Win7 Disk Mgr

Okay, I solved this one!

I wondered if maybe the volume was hidden. I checked the partition attributes and, sure enough, it was hidden. I removed the hidden attribute and I was able to access the entire partition.

Like I said, "Duh!"

Richard

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Hello

I have a HDD 750G with 2 partitions NTFS with data.
used externally in a USB3 box connected to my windows 8.1 asus laptop.

No idea what I do, I always use 'eject' before disconnecting this HDD, but now I see that with diskpart :

DISKPART> list disk
Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 238 GB 1024 KB *
Disk 1 Online 22 GB 0 B *
* Disk 2 Online 698 GB 611 GB
DISKPART> list volume
Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 E DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
Volume 1 C OS NTFS Partition 49 GB Healthy Boot
Volume 2 D Data NTFS Partition 167 GB Healthy
Volume 3 SYSTEM FAT32 Partition 100 MB Healthy System
Volume 4 Recovery NTFS Partition 900 MB Healthy Hidden
Volume 5 Restore NTFS Partition 20 GB Healthy Hidden

so disk 2 is there, but no volume, no partition, no drive letter. just a 'bip' sound when I connect the disk to usb port.

i try with paragon disk manager or aomei partition assistant, but can't assign a drive letter (option greyed)
how can I do to get 2 drive letters & access my datas ?

thanks for help

Answer:External disk : diskpart shows disk but no drive letter

What does Win8 Disk Management show for that drive? If it shows as "raw" in the list, and it won't let you assign a drive letter, it could be that the drive has failed.

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After online researching, I ended up into this forum >> disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

I downloaded the Partition Wizard from Jumanji's link, installed, and followed instructions until the end.

After assigning drive letter (G:\), the PW shows that it is indeed assigned to drive G:\ BUT, I still can't see it in My Computer so I checked Disk Management and it still shows the same status/problem as it was from the beginning.

Is/are there any further necessary step/s after assigning Drive letter to the recovered disk?

When I try to close the PW, it says "You are about to quit the program and cancel all pending operations. The changes you have made will be lost."

I don't know what to do from here. Please help

Thanks in advance..

Answer:Disk unallocated, unable to initialise, unable to assign drive letter

OK, It could be a simple matter.

But I want to have a clear picture of what exactly your problem was.

1. Are we dealing with in internal drive or external drive?

2. Was the drive suddenly not accessible in My Computer?

3. Was it seen in Disk Management? What did it show? Even now you can take a screenshot of how the drive appears in Windows Disk Management and post it
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

We will then proceed step by step. I am here for the next 11 or 12 hours but peep in once in an hour or two and follow up.

I know you had used PW. But we shall get on to it after you post the Windows Disk Management screenshot.

BTW what is your local time? If you are in USA you can go to sleep and come back after six or eight hours. No problem.

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

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

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

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

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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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In my friends PC there was problem in reading External HDDs After Connecting Them The Drive letters are not been assigned, hence not visible, I have to go to partition manager ans Assign Drive Letters Manually. This Even Happens if Same Harddrive Connected After Connecting Some Other HDDs

Answer:Problem Have to manually Assign Drive Letter to external HDD

"All Permanant Drives Letters are in serial only". That is normal, if I understand your statement.I don't think there is anything wrong with your registry. I think your expectations of what is supposed to happen when introducing a new drive are off.

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

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

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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 just bought an external burner since the burner on my laptop is dying, but I can't get iTunes to use the external to burn. It can read the CD's that I put in to play/import but when I click on burn the laptop's drive pops open and iTunes asks me to insert the CD, even though I have a blank CD in the external.

Someone on another message board suggested assigning a fixed drive letter, but I have no idea how to do that on XP.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Can't burn to my new external burner..assign a fixed drive letter?

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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 have a LaCie Porsche Design P9223 Slim External 500GB USB3Hard Drive that my father was using on his computer (with no problem). We're both running Windows 7. My computer, a Dell Studio XPS9000, won't recognize it in "My Computer". There's no drive letter!

It shows up in Device Manager ( says, "this device is working properly")
Show up in USB Safely Remove
Shows up in Devices and Printers
Shows up in Disk Management as Unknown/Unitialized, Disk 10. (When I right click and try to initialize it, it says "Device is not ready".)
The Driver is up to date
It works when I attach it to my husband's laptop, running Windows XP.

What can I do to assign it a drive letter???

Peg
 

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If I select "break mirror" on a mirrored disk in disk manager, will that disk get a new drive letter assigned, or will it keep the original drive letter?
(I want disk#1 to keep the original "D:" as drive letter, and assign a new drive letter to disk#2, e.g. "E:").

Answer:Breaking disk mirror, which disk will keep the original drive letter?

If you are talking about a a RAID 1 Mirror, then the original drive will keep it's Drive letter. and keep the data. The data on the mirrored drive will be lost and have no drive letter.
Anytime you want to change a Drive letter, go to Start/Search and type diskmgmt.msc, Right click the diskmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the lower pane, Right click the drive you want to change the drive letter of and choose Change Drive Letter or Paths. Choose a drive letter not being used.

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I installed a new 2tb hard drive to replace a 500gig (D. I need the data from Drive G: to be moved to the new drive and change the drive letter to D: making the new larger drive G:
I changed the drive letter of old G: to Z: temporarily. After formatting the new drive I used Acronis 2012 to clone the old G: to the new drive. I made the new drive G: and it appears in my system. Instead of saying Primary Partition like my other data drives it says Active, Primary Partition. Is that a problem? What does that mean that it is active?

I want to change the old G: now called Z: to D: (the removed drive) but that letter is missing from the list of available drive letters. How do I get it back?

Answer:Missing drive letter in Windows 7 Disk Management

Hello Sxcd1,

Can you please upload and post a screenshot of your Disk management window:-

HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY

Run disk management:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.
Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.
Make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save
Post the snapshot:

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Thanks for your cooperation!

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Hello there. Recently I've bought a new computer. Since I had some valuable info on my old one, I've transferred the old hard disks to my new one. The problem is I can't see one of the drives in Windows Explorer. So I went to Disk Management and the hard disk is there but it doesn't have a drive letter... Naively I thought I'll just assign it one... and here's the real problem: all right click options except "Delete Volume" and "Help" are grayed out! What can I do?
 

Answer:Hard disk doesn't get a drive letter in Windows 7

Take a look at the drive using Partition Wizard. What does it look like in that program? (screenshot would be helpful)

I'm interested in if it shows only the one 149gb partition and the 80gb as unallocated. Also if the 149gb partition is seen as NTFS and whether or not when you right-click that partition and select Explore then you can see your files.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Answer:Windows XP won't assign a drive letter

Welcome to TSF.

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

Please post a screenshot of Windows' disk management.

How to post a screenshot.

See if you can mount the drive with FindAndMount.

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

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

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

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

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

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Answer:Windows won't assign a drive letter

Some additional info that might help somebody think of a solution...

I installed the Samsung drive in an external USB enclosure and hooked it up to two different computers as a USB drive. Same results with each of them: the Windows Drive Management utility correctly identified the drive, but without a drive letter. Same obstacles to resolution, too: "change drive letter" option greyed out, and all that.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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Answer:Windows won't assign a drive letter

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OK I think this is a tough one. I'm working on a customer's Win98SE computer that had lots of malware which has now all been removed successfully. I noticed his CD-rom drives didn't show up in "My Computer" so I went through some standard troubleshooting steps. Drives are recognized in Bios AND in Device Manager. I've swapped out with other drives same problem. I've changed his IDE controller settings to "Both IDE channels enabled." I've tried uninstalling the drives to let Windows re-install on reboot. No change. Yet I booted up his computer with a BartPE disc no problem. So I don't think it could be a hardware problem.

I've also tried changing the "reserved drive letters" for the cd-roms (in device manager) but still no change. When I reboot Windows will still not assign a drive letter even though the drives are recognized and working properly. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

Answer:Windows will not Assign a Drive Letter to my CD-Rom

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class/{4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
4. On the File menu, click Export.
5. In the File name box, type savedkey, and then click Save.
6. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

Note If this data type is missing, go to Method 2.
7. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
8. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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Hi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks
Sharon
 

Answer:windows 98 won't assign drive letter

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Okay, i'm not sure why this is happening, but if i try to add a drive to my windows system, it won't automatically add a drive letter, but it will add a drive letter to my usb sticks and external usb drives without issue. It's just when I plug it into sata that it goes all wonky. I can see the internal HDD in disk management as a disk, but windows disk management refuses in any way shape or form to add a drive letter to it, even using diskpart with automount enabled. This is the error I get when I try:

"The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer."

Absolutely nothing works. I've tried Diskpart, acronis, AOMEI, EausUS, chkdsk, sfc /scannow, microsoft fixit. Nothing works to get disk management to add a drive letter to an internal HDD. Like I said, USB disks and sticks are no problem. I've looked all over google and i haven't seen a single solution to this problem short of a total wipe and start over and at this point I'm not about to do that with everything I have installed and would have to reinstall.

I have other systems that do not have this issue. Just this one windows 7 x64 install. Can anyone shed light on why this error is occurring and how to fix it or if there is even a fix for it.

Thank you.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Disk Management error in adding a drive letter

Did you get this resolved? I ran into the same problem a few months back on a customers computer, I can look through some work orders if you are still stuck.
 

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Hello guys

I recently reinstalled Windows 7, but not on my C: drive, but on my P: Drive. I now wanna change the drive letter of my 7 install.
But i cant do it via Disk Management as i get the error "The parameter is incorrect"

Any other way to change it?

Answer:Can't Assign new drive letter to Windows 7 Partion

Don`t change the drive letter after you install W7 or any os for that matter.

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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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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?

Thanks
CE

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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Some people come up with a special and specific requirement. And so it is with pkerr. http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ml#post2680332

He wants Windows to assign the same letter for all his external drives which he is using for backups. He will be connecting just one drive at a time.

The solution is simple.

Windows identifies a drive with a Windows unique ID. Each drive in fact has a unique ID.( the general scene)

You give the same unique ID to all the external drives that you want to have the same drive letter and Windows will oblige you by giving the same drive letter when you plug just one drive at a time.

Illustration:

I have two drives one named ZotacBackup and the other GenBackup. Each have their own unique ID and normally these get the drive letters I and J.



Unique ID of ZotacBackup I: is F3 64 5D 07 ( highlighted in green )



Unique ID of GenBackup J: is AB 3E 68 39 ( highlighted in green)



Now I shall change the Unique ID of GenBackup J: to F3 64 5D 07 ( the same as that of ZotacBackup I: using bootice - my favourite program.)

Changing the Unique ID of GenBackup J:



Changed:



This change will be perceived by Windows the next time you connect the drive.

Now both the drives have the same Unique ID.

I shall plug out the GenBackup J: leaving only the ZotacBackup I: and change its drive letter to R (or any other free drive letter one may want).

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Answer:How to make Windows assign the same drive letter to all externals

Will only work if partition's "start sector" is the same. You can change the DISK ID using DISKPART as well. How to Change the Disk Signature of a Drive Without Losing Existing Data or Reformatting (howtohaven.com)

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How do I assign a letter to a new internal hard drive?(windows 7)
Hello. I have 64 bit Windows 7 with AHCI. Everything has been working well.

I recently purchased a new internal hard drive and I connected it to a SATA port on my motherboard. When I turned the computer on it told me that it recognized the drive and successfully loaded the correct driver(or something like that).

However, when I go into explorer I do not see this drive listed with a letter.

Also, when I go into disk management this drive appears as "disk 0" without a letter. How do I give it a letter? I have tried a few things(such as right clicking on disk 0), but nothing seems to give me the option of assigning a letter.

Help?

Thanks,

TC

Answer:How do I assign a letter to a new internal hard drive?(windows 7)

You still need to format the drive. Go into admin tools, and computer management like you did. There you can format/partition the drive, then it will show up as a letter.

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I have an external hard drive that wasn't showing up anywhere on my computer, so I replaced the hard drive case and now the external hard drive is found in device manager, but not in disk management or my computer. I am running windows 8, and there is data on the external hard drive that I would like to have access to.

The disk drive that is in the case is a Samsung HD103SI

I have used the rescan command in disk management. It showed as Disk 2 Unknown and not initialized. (Please note this is not a new disk and it has data on it that I am hoping to retrieve).

Some information that might help:

The system is:
LENOVO 90B70019US Lenovo H50-50

Using Belarc Advisor the drives show as:
MATSHITA DVD-RAM SW840 [Optical drive]

ASMT 2115 USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2, s/n 00000000000000000000
ST1000DM003-1ER162 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD10EZEX-60M2NA0 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 1, SMART Status: Healthy

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
 

Answer:External Disk Drive Shows Up In Device Manager, But Not In My Computer Or Disk Management

Just to be sure...
Is the replacement HDD case USB powered?
 

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

Answer:cant assign letter to my external usb HD.

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

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

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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Hey everyone-

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

Here's my problem:

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. I find the drive unmapped in Windows Explorer

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

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

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

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

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From here, I'm at a loss. It has to do with these pa... Read more

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

Hi :wave:

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

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

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

Thanks,
Rusty

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

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

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

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My computer keeps refusing to start up. I have to re-install windows each time. Hard disk keeps making a "funny" noise. I have an 80gb hard drive and have used 40gb so far. I want to back up everything incase my hard drive fails. Could I backup to an external disk drive? would I need to install windows on the external drive. or is there a better way to save all my files, downloads, and software? When I bought the PC it came with software already installed and a recovery disk. But obviously I dont want restore to factory settings as I will loose everything. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:backup from hard disk to external disk drive

You could use commercially available back up software like Ghost click here or Acronis click here

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I added a disk drive and then changed the the drive letters (I have cd, dvd & zip) to align with their place in the computer. I double clicked on one drive and a menu came up with "RENAME",etc. ! I accidentally hit a key and changed the title of the drive letter. Now I can't find the location of the drive letter names to correct this letter. I tried uninstalling the drive, but that doesn't work. The titles of all the other letters are ok. I can more the drive to another letters to get the correct title but I would like to fix this drive letter.
I assume the name is in the registry but I can't find it. Can anyone help?
 

Answer:Disk drive letter name

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When I added the SATA drive,it was given a G letter. Not being
on C, even with the exact clone of the old IDE, there were
a number of things on the G that didn't work. The old C in XP
was changed to N which caused XP to not work at all without a
C present. This drive was put in a new system and from
Windows 7 regedit I changed the G to C in XP SYSTEM.

Changed to C, XP just keeps going back to the boot screen.
I tried running a repair but it says there is no XP.
I tried loading a new XP from my original CD and a copy I made,
both in perfect condition but it says something like there it is
not a usable Windows CD present.

Answer:XP won't run on new disk with drive letter change

Sounds like you didn't "clone" the drive, but merely copied the files which won't work. You need to use a utility like DriveImage XML to copy your data to a new drive. Also you need to make sure that the new drive is the only drive in the computer when you attempt to boot since that's the one that normally gets labeled as C: drive.

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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I had a virus which McAfee virus removal could not remove. I then tried to perform a complete computer recovery using the recovery disks I made when the computer was new. That did not work and I got an error message saying that the disk letter could not be found. I then used the erase function on the recovery disk and completely erased the disk. The recover effort failed again with the same message. I tried to reinstall from an original windows disk of an earlier version (XP) but that failed with the message "not enough space."

The computer is a Sony VGN-CS215J or a PCG-3E2L (both model numbers are shown on the computer in different places) The OS is Vista.

I used the diskpart command to see what was on the disk. The following information was shown (not in this format)
Disk ID=00000001
Type = ATA
Bus = 0
Target = 0
LUN lD = 0
Read only = NO
Boot Disk = NO
Page file disk = No
Hibernation File disk = NO
Crash dump disk = NO

Volume ### Volume 1
LTR C
Label (blank)
FS RAW
Type Partition
Size 233GB
Status Healthy
Info (Blank)

Does anyone have any suggestions? I haven't quite figured out the syntax necessary to change anything. But the Boot Disk being NO and the FS being RAW raises questions in my uneducated mind. I had originally planned to just purchase a new hard drive, but read somewhere on this forum where someone had a similar problem but getting a new disk did not solve it.

Thanks for any help
Ray

Answer:[SOLVED] recovery disk can not find disk letter

It is showing that your HDD is RAW, meaning there is no partition or file system. You can either boot the computer with a Windows CD/DVD and Create a new partition, Format the Partition NTFS, do not do a Quick Format, (this takes longer but will test the integrity of the drive). and then install Windows. You can also prepare the drive with GParted Live CD. then run your Restore DVD.

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Hey guys quick question

1. I have a 1TB Drive Partitoned in half C:5OOGB and F:500GB Now I recently Purchased another 1TB Drive and its already setup.

2. Id like to Change the Drive letter F: wich would be the Second Partition of The Drive C: and assign this Letter to the New Drive.

3.The main reason for this is because Im currently Running FS In the F: Partition of the Same Drive but instead would like to run it in the new drive.

All Registry entries made by FS is pointing to the F Drive therefore Re-assigning the letter to the new drive its a must for me thanks.

I believe just changing the Partition Letter F: wouldn't interfere with the OS considering the OS is on the C: Partition although it is the same drive but wanted to make sure before continuing

Answer:Changing Hard disk Letter through Disk Manament

Should we know what "FS" is?

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HI!
I just moved a win98 hard drive (fat32) into my XP machine to move some data. The drive works fine in the other computer. CMOS detects the drive correctly, as does device manager, saying that the drive is ready for use. However, it hasn't been assigned a drive letter and isn't available in Explorer. I went to disk management to assign one myself, but unfortunately all options are grayed out for that disk, including the one to change drive letters. However, it still says that the partition is online, and that it's "healthy (active)".

I've seen a lot of people online with similar problems, but not quite the same as mine. Any ideas?
Thanks!
-Dan

Answer:XP won't assing drive letter, even in disk managemet

then guess you have to do registry (be damn careful in there, one slip and if not backed up, could be real bad).... anyhow, here is what to do.

goto start/run and type regedit

then goto this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:" (assuming its C you wanna change).

Right-click \DosDevices\C:, click Rename. Rename to \DosDevices\Z: which will free up the C: drive.

Now the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:" (or whatever drive you wanted changed)

Right-click \DosDevices\D:, click Rename. Rename to \DosDevices\C:

Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, name it back to "\DosDevices\D:".

quit and restart

keep in mind that the C and D are just generic, as in I have no idea which drives you are wanting changed. Simply put, if you wanted D: to be the C: you cant very well do that because there is already a C:.... so, in the above we renamed the C: to Z:, made the D: into the C:, and then the Z: into the D: (or whatever drive you want).

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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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Hi

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1.

I have a laptop that I plug/unplug several removal disks from (USB hard drives, USB memory sticks, etc.).

Windows uses whatever drive letters it wants each time for each device.

That's not a big deal for most of them. However, one particular drive has things on it that programs need to be able to find when it's plugged in, so it needs to use the same drive letter each time.

Is there a way to permanently assign a drive letter to it? Computer Management/Disk Management lets me assign the correct drive letter to the drive, but that setting doesn't "save" after the drive has been unplugged and reconnected later.

I know there should be a way to do it, since computers identify each USB device via a unique ID. I'd just like to know if there's a practical way to force Windows to use the same drive letter for this drive each time without having to manually change it.
 

Answer:Is it possible to lock a drive letter to a removable disk?

Yes it is... I have two portable drives that are locked in to "m" and "n" through Computer Management. Change the hard drive letters that are allocated to whatever you wish through Comp Management.
 

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So I reinstalled windows (XP pro SP3)- and for some reason it has decided to make my optical drives I and J, respectively.So I tried changing them to E: and F:, as they used to be- but I: is the lowest available option! The only other assignments are C: and D:.What the heck is going on here. 

Answer:Disk management Drive letter woes

*sigh*resolved. I had my bloody card reader installed and it wasn't showing up in disk management.So really C: and D: were NOT the only drive letter assignments...

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My External Drive is normally assigned the letter G, however when I plugged in it now it was assigned H. Looking in Disk management, G does not show up in the list of letters available to change the assigned letter to, and it does not appear in disk management as being assigned to any drive I currently have.

I saw another thread on this and it said to go here in the registery:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

And rename the letter after the "DosDrives part"

I tried that but it still did not free up Letter G, and I also tried deleting the entry that appears for G:

\DosDrives\G:

But that also did not free it up and when I opened the registry again that G: entry was back. There are also others keys in the folder like:

\??\Volume{c9a21be8-9438-11df-9735-005056c00008}

That maybe assigned with these letters somehow so I'm wondering if anyone knows what else I should delete or change to be able to assign the letter G again.

Answer:Drive Letter not showing up in disk management

Not sure what the deal is with that but out of curiousity are you using the same USB port when plugging in the drive?

Also have you done any BIOS updates or changes recently?

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Hi, for some reason, my HD is partitioned as C, E. Is there any way I can re assign the letter without formatting the content of the drive? Thanks

Answer:Re-assign Drive Letter?

I assume your using windows xp?

Administrative Tools>Computer Management>storage>Disk Management

Select the drive, right click and Change drive letter and paths..

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Original configuration: HDD1: IDE 80 Gb: two partitions: [C:\Win XP] (OS), [E:\ Program files];
HDD2: IDE 200 Gb: two partitions: [D:\BackUp]; [F:\Data].
DVD Writer: [G:\]
HDD1 was replaced with a SATA drive, using Seagates DiscWizard. It includes a seamless transfer of the OS (to first partition on the SATA), and program files (to third partition on the SATA).
After removal of the original, smaller IDE HDD (who goes to my daughters PC), the PC boots from drive C, thus the SATA does boot properly.
The old HDD2 remains drives D and F.
The DVD writer remains drive G.
The other two partitions of the SATA is however drives [I:\Backup] and [J:\Program Files]

How can I change the current drive letters (for example: [drive J] must become [drive E]. Using Windows XP Pro. I hope I included all details needed. Thanks in advance, more power to the geeks!
 

Answer:Assign drive letter.

I figured it out myself...
In XP: Computer Management/Disk Management, right click on drive letter to be changed....
 

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

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

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

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

Screenshot:

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In previous versions of windows (90, ME) it was simple to find where to assign drive letters to the various drives, A, B, C etc. but I have not discovered the location of this tool in Windows XP,  suggestions?

Answer:assign drive letter

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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hello-

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

thanks!
berbes
 

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Can't assign a drive letter

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I have recently ran into a problem on my 64bit Windows 7 installation (7100). When ever I plug in a removable storage device (my phone, flash drive, camera), no drive letter is assigned. It is very frustrating to do this manually through the storage manager. But for some things such as my phone, it will not show up in the manager so It is impossible to read or write files on it.

What setting could be causing this? A registry key? Could this have been caused by disc emulation software such as PowerISO? All help is greatly appreciated!
 

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

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

Answer:Xp will not assign a drive letter

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

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

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Solved - XP won't assign a drive letter

Hi,

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

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

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

Thanks for any advice!
 

Answer:XP won't assign a drive letter

Still not showing...

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

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

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


In drivepart.exe, List Disk shows:


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

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


List Volume shows:

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

Thanks!
 

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


I did Refresh

Answer:Can't assign Drive Letter.

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

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Hi folk.
I have an external drive where the electronics of the case has failed. I have switched the drive into my pc so that I can use it as an internal drive. The drive is still operational but I cannot see it listed in my drives. Opening up disk manager shows the drive is clearly visible there but is no volume letters assigned to it.
The easy option would be to delete the partitions and create new. However, the drive is divided into several partitions which I want to keep as they contain a lot of important data files (years of photos for one thing). Disk manager wont allow me to assign any drive letters (option is grayed out) and disk partition only shows me a single partition not the 5 partitions I have on the drive.
so my question is how do I assign volume letters without losing my data?

Answer:Cannot assign a drive letter

It sounds like your partition table has been lost or corrupted. Please post a picture of disk management screen to be sure Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums

If it has you should be able to recover your partitions with MiniTool Partition Free or similar software as long as you don't write anything to the disk before hand.

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

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

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

Answer:Want to de-assign a drive letter

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

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

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

Any way to make the second drive letter stick ?

OS = XP Pro
 

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Need help guys.

I have tried putting in my windows disk but it still comes back

I have been told to post a log generated by hijack this so here it is
 

Answer:Windows - No Disk There is no disk in drive please insert a disk

grevious, to better help you, can you let us know when the error message started to occur and what the exact error message is?
 

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Hi.I have a strange one!The System reserved partition with no assigned drive letter is flashing on and off in the desktop with an auto-play like with a recently attached external drive and with a drive letter.In Disk Management is intermittently flashes a drive letter.

Answer:Drive letter intermittently appearing in Disk Management

See this http://www.sevenforums.com/general-...Google is your friend go to google and type.System reserved partition auto-play

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I plugged in a hard disk which my friend uses in his mac OS X. It didn't show up in 'My computer', I opened disk management to try and assign a letter to it, but the options where greyed out. Finally, I installed Minitool Partition Wizard, it was able to assign a drive letter to it, however, when I unplug and re-plug the hard disk, every time I have to assign it a new drive letter. The real problem however is, that now, in 'My computer', there are loads of Local Disk (the letters I previously assigned to that Hard disk) and whenever I have to assign a letter to that hard disk, I can't select a previously used letter (This was all my letters would be exhausted eventually).Is there any way I could unassign those letters?Thanks

Answer:Creating a drive letter for an OS X formatted hard disk.

I'm surprised it even showed... as Mac OS uses a file format windows doesn't like; can't access it... How did you manage to access the contents of that drive?http://tinyurl.com/zvjz9kohttp://tinyurl.com/zjwnfaxmessage edited by trvlr

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Hello
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?
Thanks

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Hi, I'm not sure if the title sounds about right but I have Windows Vista Ultimate with 3 hard disk drives, C, D and E. The D:\ drive is about 55GB and E:\ is 300GB. I'd like to change my E:\ to D:\ and vice versa.

I went to right click on the Computer icon, clicked on "Manage" and went to Storage and then Disk Management...

Here's the screenshot:

I can't seem to rename the D to E as the pagefile is there.. Now, I'm not really an expert on this and if someone could shed some light on how to rename the drive, I'd appreciate it so much!!

Thanks so much in advance!
 

Answer:Solved: Help On Renaming Hard Disk Drive Letter

This ones rather easy. Move your page file to the C: drive. (Control Panel, Performance Information and Tools, Advanced Tools, Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.)

Under Advanced, click on Change.... Click on the C drive and make it System managed size. Click Set. Make sure all the other drives are set to None. After you OK your way out, you may have to reboot.

Now, you can change your drive letters. You can also go back and reset the pagefile. Note, by the way, that changing your drive letters, could cause some programs that look for the drive letters (including anything installed on the drives) to fail.

Courtney sends....
 

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Hello
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?
Thanks

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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Hello all,

I've been trying to find a way to hide my swap partition, but all available information on doing so either leads to group policy editing (which only has various combinations of the drive letters A, B, C, D, E for hiding), drive letter removal (which is an untenable solution given that the swap partition is only usable with a drive letter to tie it to), or registry editing (which is as untenable as the other two).

I have attempted all three with no perceivable solution.

Thanks

For reference: My swap partition's drive letter is S:

Answer:How do I hide a disk/partition which has a custom drive letter?

From your specs. What does that mean?






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Computer type PC/Desktop







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Windows 7 Home 64 bit (Laptop)


This tutorial by Golden would be helpful.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Just installed windows xp and I have an atapi zip drive that was assigned as c: and my hard drive was assigned as e:. Is there a way to change the drive letter of my hard drive to C: without reinstalling XP or damaging anything or is having the hard drive as E: harmless:
 

Answer:Solved: change drive letter for local disk

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My backup software's profile database is expecting to backup to H:, which was the drive letter for my external backup drive back in XP. This drive comes up in Win7 as K, because Win7 has given my four usb card reader drives the letters F,G,H,I. Disk Management will not show these four card reader drives unless media is inserted (connected vs. disconnected). I have changed the letters for F,G,I to T,U,W, but only because I have those types of cards (SD, CF, MS)...I do not have an XD or SmartMedia card for the one dang drive I really need to change.

What are my options, other than buying the cheapest SM card I can find to make the drive visible for this task? The SmartSyncPro database has many profiles, so remapping all those to point to K would be a major hassle.

Thanks!
Gary

Answer:Disk Management - chg drive letter-disconnected drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bobogs


My backup software's profile database is expecting to backup to H:, which was the drive letter for my external backup drive back in XP. This drive comes up in Win7 as K, because Win7 has given my four usb card reader drives the letters F,G,H,I. Disk Management will not show these four card reader drives unless media is inserted (connected vs. disconnected). I have changed the letters for F,G,I to T,U,W, but only because I have those types of cards (SD, CF, MS)...I do not have an XD or SmartMedia card for the one dang drive I really need to change.

What are my options, other than buying the cheapest SM card I can find to make the drive visible for this task? The SmartSyncPro database has many profiles, so remapping all those to point to K would be a major hassle.

Thanks!
Gary



I use Acronis backup and I set it to backup to drive Z. Then go into Disk Management and assign your backup drive to be drive Z. Usually this will never change due to removable drives.

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I just got a new NEC ND-3520A DVD burner. I'm running Windows 2000. The bios recognizes the drive, I can even boot from a CD with it. The drive shows up in device manager. The drive also shows up in Disk Administrator but when I try to assign it a drive letter I get the error message "The operation did not complete because the partition/volume is not enabled. Please reboot the computer to enable the partition/volume." I can reboot from that point and it still won't let me assign a drive letter. The drive is enabled in Device Manager.

I have the burner connected to the system via the primary IDE on the motherboard. Both of my hard disks are connected via the primary IDE on an ATA-100 card. I have tried connecting the drive to each remaining IDE (secondary IDE on mobo, secondary IDE on ATA-100). The DVD drive is set as master. I have removed my other CD-RW drive just to simplify troubleshooting the problem.

Other system information right from my old NewEgg invoice:

CPU AMD|1800+ 1.53 ATHLONXP TBRED
DDR 256MB|PC2700 64x32 RB S-TECH
Motherboard ASUS A7S333 PA SIS745
CASE DNPWR|CS-I3ASB.701(S/B) 300 RT
VGA CHTECH|G4MX440 SDR 4X 64MB/TV R

. . . and 2 Western Digital hard drives - a 40GB and a 120GB. The 120 is the one that came with the Ultra ATA-100 Card.

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer !!
 

Answer:Cannot assign drive letter to new DVD-RW in Win2K

does it appear in "My Computer"? Normally you don't manually assign drive letters
 

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

Thank you.
 

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

I believe you can do this with Volume Mount Points.
 

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

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

Answer:Solved: Assign Drive Letter

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

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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Drive letter re-assign

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Him i recently formatted my c: drive, i also have an additional drive, F;, which contains all my documents, now when formatted it is no longer showing in my computer, so i opend partition magic and went to assign a drive letter that way, it says it currently has "none" and when i select the list to choose one from it it says "none". So i went through the old way control panel>performance and maintenance>Admin tools>computer management>Disk Management but when i go to select a drive letter it is greyed out and will not let me select anything, but only for that drive.Any help would be much appreciated

Answer:Unable To Assign Drive Letter

also when in partition magic it comes up type44 instead of NTFS

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

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

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

Thanks.

Jim
 

Answer:Assign USB Flash drive letter

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

But it's easy to change in Disk Management.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. I connected a 500GB hard drive with some important stuff on it, and about 30 seconds after, I got an 0x8E bluescreen. I analyzed the bluescreen and it turned out to be my razer mouse driver, so it seems unconnected. But after that bluescreen, the partition on the drive has no drive letter, and I cant assign it one.

When I use Paragon Partition Manager, it asks me to restart because the drive is in use, so I do, and it completes successfully, but when it reboots into windows, the drive still doesnt have a letter.

Using the Windows Disk Management tool is even more useless - when I right-click and say change drive letter, it says "The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or the computer." Ive tried refreshing, re-opening, and restarting, to no avail.

What can I do to get at my data again?

Answer:Cannot Assign Drive Letter To Partition

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Originally Posted by SpikedCola


I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. I connected a 500GB hard drive with some important stuff on it, and about 30 seconds after, I got an 0x8E bluescreen. I analyzed the bluescreen and it turned out to be my razer mouse driver, so it seems unconnected. But after that bluescreen, the partition on the drive has no drive letter, and I cant assign it one.

When I use Paragon Partition Manager, it asks me to restart because the drive is in use, so I do, and it completes successfully, but when it reboots into windows, the drive still doesnt have a letter.

Using the Windows Disk Management tool is even more useless - when I right-click and say change drive letter, it says "The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or the computer." Ive tried refreshing, re-opening, and restarting, to no avail.

What can I do to get at my data again?




I think you can try going in to Disk Management and making it Active.

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Hey guys! Just wondering if anyone is familiar with USB setting. I am not sure whether this will affect my archos gmini but the USB port running is on FAT32 and not NTSF. Just lately, my pc won't assign any drive letter to my mp3 player. I didn't have this problem b4! Besides, what is the difference between NTFS and FAT32?

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

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

Hello coffent,

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

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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A while ago I used a usb floppy drive in my works laptop. I needed the CDR & floppy at the same time. The op sys is win2000 pro. I need to recover tokens to normal laptop floppy drive but can't change it from B to A.It looks like the USB floppy has taken 'A' & wont let go :-( any ideas?

Answer:Re-assign floppy drive letter.

I was expecting it to be under Disk Management in Computer Management, in Administrative Tools (in Control Panel).My USB Flash drive appears in there and you can right-click it and change its drive letter.With my USB Floppy Drive that doesn't work though. Maybe it will with yours?

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

Answer:Assign a static drive letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all,I have Acronis TrueImage Deluxe (the one that comes free with PC mags from time to time). I've been using it for about 18 months with no problem...until now.About 6 months ago I created an image using Acronis TI, and saved it to DVD (6 Disks). I now want to access a couple of files that I think maybe on (or is it IN) the image. I copied the tib files from the DVD's to a seperate drive that I use for backups. Now, when I try to explore the files using Acronis TI, I get the message "ERROR, Cannot assign a drive letter to a partition from the image archive".I have other images that I can explore with no problem, the only difference being that they weren't split for DVD.I've checked the Acronis site, and it appears to be a fairly common problem. BUT, no one seems to have a solution. Hopefully someone here can help.Manyn thanks,Steve

Answer:Acronis TI "Cannot assign a drive letter"

I haven't used TI for this myself, but just a thought, have you tried accessing the image file from the dvd's direct rather than copying the split image back to a hard drive? Maybe TI needs to 'see' the original file structure on the dvd's. I've also found the e-mail support service from Acronis to be very helpful, though it does take a few days to get a reply.

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i need to know how to install the drive i keep trying to and i dont know how it works i put the driver disk in and installed it all and now its not doing anything

Answer:how to install a duronic external disk drive to windows 8

Hi and welcome to TSF is this a cd\dvd drive or a hard drive does it have 1 or 2 usb connections

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Windows 7, 32 bit, 12 partitions on 3 hdd's, Windows 7 on C:

When migrating to Windows 7 I first tried to update my Vista which I had used happily for 2 years. Installation went fine, but there were too many problems after.

So I bought a new 1 GB hdd and installed Windows 7 there from scratch. It is on a partition with drive letter C.

I copied most of my old partitions to the new hdd, went fine.

When trying to delete one of the old hdd's with EASEUS Partition Master Home 4.1.1 manager software, there is one partition on it (which once before was called C, then successfully renamed to Z ) which I can't delete. I has on it the following folders:
$RECYCLE.BIN
Boot
System Volume Information (locked)
-->and files:
BOOTSECT.BAK
bootmgr

They are only 30,5 MB in size. So I resized the partition to 1 GB.
EASEUS characterizes it as Status = System, Pri/Log = Primary. Windows Disc manager characterizes it as System, Active, Primary Partition.

My question is: Can I change the drive letter from Z to B without risking the whole system to be unbootable? (and maybe never be bootable again?)
When trying I just get the usual Windows warning.

I would be most grateful for an answer explaning what and why or why not.

Mick

Answer:Change drive letter for presumable needed boot disk

Hello Mick,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

Could you post a pic of Disk management. Info here if needed. A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots

Gary

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

Answer:Assign Letter to unformatted/wbfs-drive!

Originally Posted by insu


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



Hello insu, Welcome to the Forum.

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

I hope this helps

Pooch

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I have a partitioned HDD, last time I had to format and reinstall windows xp, my operating system was "C" drive. When I reinstalled windows, the automatic selection was the next available drive letter. Is there a method of pre assigning a drive letter to an unpartitioned drive prior to windows automatically choosing for me. The drive with my operating system is now "F" drive where it used to be "C". Thanks for any advise.
 

Answer:assign drive letter prior to win install

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

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

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

can anyone help please?

Answer:How do I assign drive letter in Partition Wizard

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

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

Hope this helps.

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Hello !
Is it possible to asign a drive letter to a "digital camera"?

I can't find the option, and can't find any solution on the web

Answer:Assign a drive letter to digital camera?

What brand and model number is the camera?

My little mp3 player has two different settings for the type of connection, MSC and MTP modes. With one I get the drive letter; with the other one I don't. Essentially it switches the device from using merely a transfer protocol to using a storage protocol.

Of interest:

USB mass-storage device class

Particularly see the part at the bottom under "See also":

Picture Transfer Protocol

I bet if you figure out which mode your camera is in now and switch it to the other one it will work.

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Is there a way to force win xp to assign a certain drive letter to a ysb memory stick? It currently tries to assign f: but as my laptop is used on a novell network & the f: drive is used by novell I need win xp to try to assign a diff drive letter to the usb memory stick.

Answer:Force win xp to assign drive letter 2 usb stick

Right click "My Computer" and select Manage, then go into Disk Management. In the right pane, right click your USB drive (either the description or the graphic) and select "Change drive letter and paths". You can then allocate a particular letter to the drive.

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Hi,

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

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

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

Answer:Unable to assign drive letter to HD partition?

Hi FuryoftheStars,

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

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

A sample screenshot with no information obscured/truncated:



Now a straight answer to your query:

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

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

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



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

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

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Purchased new PC recently after a crash. Store was able to transfer some old files from dead PC to new drive, but not all (they say they can't look at .pst files for privacy issues.)
Installed old drive in HDD enclosure, but I can't access the data. It is recognized in device manager but not disk management. The enclosure powers up but nothing beyond that. Any help is appreciated
 

Answer:PC wont assign drive letter to HDD enclosure

Is it an IDE or SATA drive in the enclosure?

If IDE, are the jumpers set correctly?
 

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I have an Acer Iconia W500 that came preinstalled with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium. I made recovery discs from the tablet before installing Windows 8 on it, which runs great. What I would like to do, if possible, is to use those Windows 7 restore discs and restore them to an external hard drive and be able to boot from it and run the original Windows 7 that came preinstalled. The reason I am wanting to do this, as there were some programs, drivers, and other things that I cannot download from Acer or retrieve from the restore discs, and can only access from the OS if it is actually running. Thanks, ahead of time, for any help.

Answer:Help Restoring Windows 7 Recovery Disk to External Hard Drive or USB

This is why many WIn8 previewers keep the old OS in a Dual Boot so it is readily accessible by booting or via Explorer. It would have also been better to back up a Win7 backup image which could be virtually mounted in Disk Mgmt. to access any files. Recovery Disks are not that flexible and will only recover the machine to exact factory condition on the internal HD.

What drivers or other needed software is missing from the Acer Support Downloads webpage for your model. These can often be found via Google. I have never seen a problem with Acer in countless Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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