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WD Passport 80GB lost drive letter, partition, 0MB

Q: WD Passport 80GB lost drive letter, partition, 0MB

I switch on my computer typically as every morning. This time I lost my extended WD Passport 80 MB. No letter drive.

I check in Device Manager. Disk is recognize, but shows
Type - Unknown
Status - Unreadable
Partition Style - Not Applicable
Capacity - 0 MB
Unallocated Space - 0 MB
Reserved Space - 0 MB

Looks like a Master Boot Records gone. Addictionaly it shows me FAT 12 .

I have no idea what's happened.

When drive starts make it sounds like a "turn few times". I didn't hear it before. Is it mechanically corrupted, or just lost partitions ?

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I booted Partition Magic from a bootable CD and discovered that the primary partition has no drive letter allocated to it.

How can I restore drive letter C without erasing the entire operating system?

Many tanks to everyone has a solution

A:Drive letter designation (C:) on my primary partition has been lost

If you have the windows xp cd, boot from it and go into the recovery console. Go here ---> Recovery Console For more information. Once there in the recovery console type this command Fixboot "this Writes a new boot sector to a selected partition." then type Fixmbr this will Repair the Master Boot Record (MBR). Restart the computer.
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A:lost my drive letter on Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)

Go into control panel and change windows update settings
to something other than automatic,like download and notify.
That way you have a choice what to install.
Then run windows update manually.
Check the list of updates for a drive controller driver.
It sounds like it is installing one that isn't working for you.
It would probably be under optional updates.
You should be able to select hide update an click ok
so it won't try to install it anymore.
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A:NTFS partition drive letter lost. Unable to assign

Hi Sekhar, It sounds as if it doesn't matter about the files on D:\ now if I understand you correctly- that was where you had Suse installed. It also seems you can still boot and run Vista.

So it seems that you just need to clean up the partition table.

You can try this free tool (recommended) - which supports partition table recovery-
Magic Server Partition Manager Software - Resize partition for Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2000.
- bootable CD here
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What can I do?

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

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .
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A:USB wont recognized WD Passport 80gb

Originally Posted by tranger05

So I just finished building my new setup and one of the only issues I have left to work out concerns one of my portable HDD's. I have a WD Passport that I keep music and Firefox profiles on to cart back and forth to the office. I cannot get Vista to recognize it on my home computer. After plugging it in Vista installs the drivers but then starts looking for preconfigured driver folders and never shows up under my computer. I have a Buffalo 500GB external as my backup that works fine in the same port. I have never had a prob with the WD and have used it on multiple computers (XP Pro, XP MCE, and Vista Prem.). Any Ideas?

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

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Hello coffent,

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A:[SOLVED] Partition has no drive letter.

Sorry, here is a screenshot.

Im not bothered if I have to format it, as I dont have any data to lose on the HDD :)
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A:How do I assign drive letter in Partition Wizard

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

A:Unable to assign drive letter to HD partition?

Hi FuryoftheStars,

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

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

A sample screenshot with no information obscured/truncated:

Now a straight answer to your query:

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

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

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

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

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Shot in the dark:

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

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Hello Tronje, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The Recovery Manager in Windows 7 and at boot/startup (F11) uses this Recovery (D) partition to start the factory recovery process. (in Windows 7) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
(at boot/startup) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
Removing the drive letter from the Recovery (D) partition would cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards to see. If not, then you would need to add the drive letter back.

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From your specs. What does that mean?

Computer type PC/Desktop

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A:[SOLVED] Change drive letter on system partition

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Maybe this would be easier.

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How about a security setting?
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The recovery partition should have a letter. The System Reserved does not have one. Can you post a
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Drive letters as seen by Start up Repair.

Try this,

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A:[SOLVED] W7 system partition drive letter changed won't boot

Hi, boot to the RE (repair your computer) at the x:\sources prompt type:-

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Welcome to the forum,

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A:PartitionMagic-Init failed: Error 117, Partition's drive letter cannot be determined

From here (archived)

Compatibility issues
PartitionMagic is compatible with Windows NT, 98, ME, 2000, and XP desktop editions. However, it is not compatible with Windows NT, 2000, or .NET server editions. It crashes if a Windows Vista partition is present, even if it is run from a different operating system, with the error "Init failed: Error 117. Partition's drive letter cannot be identified". However this error can be avoided if the Windows Vista partition is configured using Windows XP instead of creating the partition using Windows Vista or its installation disk. To fix this, all partitions on the hard drive need to be deleted and formatted into new partitions using the Windows XP installation disk, allowing for a working partition for Windows Vista to be created. The same error occurs in some conditions under WindowsClick to expand...

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i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
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I needed more space on my pc so i bought an extra hard drive. I installed it on the second IDE, set my first harddrive as a master drive and set my second as a cable select (as it didn't have instructions for a slave drive). Booted the compyter, but the BIOS didn't pick up the new hard drive. When i booted Windows it would pick up the new hardware but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

I then unplugged the second hard drive and replaced my 2 CD-ROMS with it. So I had one hard drive on IDE1 and one on IDE2. This worked fine and the BIOS regonised it. However I can't plug both CD Roms and two hard drives because the IDE cables aren't long enough.

Does anyone have any idea what im doing wrong? Help would be greatly appreciated!

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I got an external hard drive that I reformatted. Its an 80GB drive. After reformatting it, it shrank to 3GB. How is this possible?? How can I fix this??

A:80GB Hard Drive Shrank to 3GB - HELP

Can you show it to us in disk manager?
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Ok guys... I had a WD 80gb Caviar HDD in my old Dell, it has alot of important files on it that I am trying to get, so I pulled out the IDE cable that came with my P6T Deluxe, plugged it in to the MB, too the Hard drive, and plugged in the power cable.

I also swapped the jumper on the HDD to "Slave" it was on "CS" not sure what that means, but I assumed it made the drive the Master drive.
Anyway, PC boots up fine, but HDD is not detected on bootup, but I can see it in device manager in Vista, but the drive is not showing up in explorer for me to explore through....
Any help is appreciated guys!!!!!

A:WD Caviar 80gb secondary IDE drive

nevermind guys, I managed to fix it shows up in windows vista now
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why would my hard drive be saying this? On top of that i cant get it to come up in My Computer, ive tried initializing it but i get nothing.(Disk 1)
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i have a maxtor 80GB hd....

and i have a PCI ATA133 IDE card..... i plug everything in, and it only recognizes the 80GB hard drive as a 32GB hard drive ....... i thought with the ATA card, it would be ok, but guess not .....

i could resort to using maxtor's hard drive software, but rather not as id like to steer clear of that if possible .....

dell (older one)
PII 350Mhz
128MB Ram
Maxtor IDE ATA133 PCI card

help? quick if possible too

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I have an 80GB drive (actually used as a Doomsday back-up drive) which until yesterday was working and partitioned into two at about 12GB and 68GB. Suddenly, yesterday, with no intervention it became two partitions of about 3 and 17GB and no spare space. Chkdisc shows no errors.

How does this happen????