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SATA Drive Letter Assignments

Q: SATA Drive Letter Assignments

If I have 2 IDE drives, each of which has 2 partitions, so that they are assigned as drives:
C/E, D/F
and
I have 2 CD Drives, G & H

If I add an Serial ATA disk what letter is assigned to it? How are my existing drive assignments changed?

Yes I know I can change the drive letter in windows but I like to keep my window (WINXP) drive letter assignments the same as my DOS assignments.

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A: SATA Drive Letter Assignments

Is this going to be a boot disc (the SATA) or an add on for storage? Best guess is that a non boot drive will be "G". And of course there is really no DOS in XP.

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/sata-drive-letter-assignments.342886/
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I found a guide to change the letter of the system drive but it says its not recommended and you should change it back afterwards. So.. what do I do to install Windows onto a C:\ named partition?

I have two HDDs, a 500GB and a 120GB. The 500GB was the only HDD present when installing Windows (setup didnt like the Linux boot loader) but assigned these strange drive letters. I have one optical drive present and it was assigned F:\.

More information will be provided if needed, but I cant think of what else I need to include?

Please help ASAP!

A:Drive letter assignments

You will need to reload the OS.
During the windows install, it will ask you what partition you would like to install windows on. If there is already a C: partition and you do not want to install windows on it, then the only option windows has is to create a new partition and assign a different drive letter for the OS.
Best way to make sure windows installs with the drive letter C: is to wipe the drive clean and create a new partiton for the OS.

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A:Random Changes In Drive Letter Assignments

Have you tried mapping the drives from My Network Places?

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A:need to Change Drive letter Assignments

The easiest way would be to disable the various readers and then change the HDD around. This will allow you to use successive letters for the drive and then reallocte the letters for the other devices.

Generally the inmoveable file is the swap (Page) file. You can turn the off in order to shrink the drive and then turn it back on when finished. When it is turned back on it will place itself in a different location on the C: drive.

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A:Losing Just *some* CD/DVD Drive Letter Assignments every boot

*bump*

Surely someone has an idea or suggestion, don't they?
 

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A:How do you reset (clear) all current USB drive letter assignments?

Hello RFlackAttack, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use either OPTION in the tutorial below to change the drive letters back.

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

Hope this helps,
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A:System drive letter assignments changed, XP Pro Hangs

If I have understood correctly, you want to change the drive letter from D to E yes? Here is how you change it:
Open Computer Management. (right click My Computer)
In the console tree, click Disk Management.
Right-click the drive, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths, click Change, type the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

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A:External Sata drive will not keep assigned drive letter

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Terrym


I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
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A:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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A:CD-ROM & CD-RW given 2 drive assignments each

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A:Drive Assignments

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A:WXP Drive Assignments

I forgot to add that I have a 3.5" FDD assigned drive letter A:. Drive letter B is available.
 

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A:drive name assignments??

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i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
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A:changing one drive letter all 3 partitions change to that drive letter

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello Stevie,

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

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

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
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Try this:

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Drive Tools for Windows

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What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

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


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





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



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STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


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For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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STEP 4: CHECK DISK MANAGEMENT (click for expanded instructions further down the page)


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If it is still not detected, proceed to Step 4.




STEP 5: CHECK DEVICE MANAGER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)



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If Code 28 appears, you will need to test the drive on another computer. If the drive works fine on another computer, follow the procedure in this Knowledge... Read more

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

Download and run this fix.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/solved-windows-explorer-clicking-on-drive-letter-opens-up-search-instead-of-exploring-drive.403264/
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Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder

Hello,

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

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

thanks for any ideas.

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

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

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

Good luck.
 

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

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

Good Luck
-DG

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Instead of doing something sensible like taking the explorer window to C: drive or desktop, it goes to the next drive letter. Of course this is also unavailable. So the machine is essentially unusable for about 5 minutes if the user mis-clicks once.

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

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

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/when-mapped-drive-not-found-explorer-goes-to-next-drive-letter-delays.537627/
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A:Can't clone a new drive; can copy and rename drive letter work?

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

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






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


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

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

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

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

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576064/cant-boot-to-second-internal-hard-drive-after-changing-drive-letter/
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A:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.

Raybro
 

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

Hi,

Look here for one un-install option: -

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

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A:New hard drive assigned wrong drive letter..

Hello. Correct boot sequence, not sure why the letters are reversed - you might be able to (carefully!) correct them, article here seems to explain it fairly well? http://www.petri.co.il/change_system_drive_letter_in_windows_xp.htm
 

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A:Why can't I assign a drive letter to and explore this hard drive?

did you change the jumpers for Master/CableSelect/Slave - appropriate to where you installed

I have recently seen this where windows will not see, but installing UBUNTU as a virtual CD will see the drive and copy any data files
 

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A:Different drive letter each time i insert my flash drive.

Do you remove is safely (using the icon in the system tray that looks like a oblique shot of a card with an arrow pointing down and left?)

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A:Disk Management - chg drive letter-disconnected drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bobogs


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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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A:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

Hi.
Right click My Computer, click management, then enter the "Disk management application on the left.
Right click the drive that has no letter, click "Change drive letter and paths, Click add, choose an unused drive letter, click OK, and you're set.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/solved-second-hard-drive-drive-letter-assignment.816436/
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yes, but it will only work on the computer that you are setting this up on.

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Shortcut: type in "Disk Management" in the start menu search bar and select "Create and format hard disk partitions"

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/272796-create-permanant-drive-letter-usb-stick-drive.html
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Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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I need this drive to be G: - how do I find where Windows thinks that letter is allocated and release it?Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

A:Drive letter missing after removing hard drive

The problem was that the drive letter I needed wasn't in the list.
A note for anyone who reads this in the future who does support - when working with someone who says "a drive letter is missing" make sure to understand if they mean the drive doesn't have a letter assigned, or if the problem is that the letter they need
isn't available. I saw a LOT of this while I was researching this problem - I could tell that the person asking the question was saying that the letter wasn't in the list, but the person trying to help would just point them towards drive management (where
they already were, if you read carefully)
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Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

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Show up in USB Safely Remove
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The Driver is up to date
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Peg
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/computer-wont-assign-drive-letter-to-external-drive.1158228/
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Under xp pro is possible but I haven't try under windows 7 64 bits.

xp is possible according to

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Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

P.D. I have seen a pair of post in this forum but I was not able to determine....

A:Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

It seems to be the same. But why on earth did you want to do this.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/257666-change-letter-boot-drive-system-drive.html
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Hi,

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

PhotoRec - CGSecurity
TestDisk - CGSecurity

Regards,
Golden

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thanks
 

A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
in the right hand side you should see all the drives
go to the the drive that you want to change the letter ID
right click - then choose "change drive letter" a box will appear with the current letter
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I often set to X, Y, Z for external and any mapped drives

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

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/windows-xp-keeps-alternating-drive-letter-for-thumb-drive.931982/
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A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

.

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

:wacko:no?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/482214/default-drive-letter-for-system-drive-in-windows-7/
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A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176076/changing-drive-letter-assignment-on-boot-drive/
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A:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

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

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/ext-hard-drive-is-recognized-but-no-drive-letter-assigned-in-xp-pro-17565.html
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http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/161851-sata-ii-drive-sata-raid-controller.html
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A:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Originally Posted by Ex_Brit


I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
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A:Healthy Drive will not allow Drive Letter to be assigned

Hello, and Welcome,
 
It could be a bad enclosure. When you used Diskpart you used the list disk command, correct?
 
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tahr-6.0.2_PAE.iso

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A:USB External Hard drive - no drive letter

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

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

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

Good luck,
G
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/usb-external-hard-drive-no-drive-letter.150644/
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A:Mapped drive & USB drive letter conflict

Welcome to SF,

See if this Tutorial helps.

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

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

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3. reboot pc

Voila!

to undo run the restoredriveicons reg file.

here is original link - HERE

some pics below of my stuff - GOOD LUCK

A:Show Drive letter on Drive Icon

here are some more registry files for different icons - such as flash, ghost, CD rom, hard disk - they go to letter H or I i believe.
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All credit must be given to leo - admin over at the directory opus forum.

Thanks leo, t41

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Any idea?
 

A:XP Pro SP1 won't assign a drive letter to usb 2.0 flash drive

For grins can you try changing the drive letter in device manager while it's plugged into a USB 2.0 port?
 

http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/xp-pro-sp1-wont-assign-a-drive-letter-to-usb-2-0-flash-drive.17470/