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

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

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?


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

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

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

A:Solved: If I can assign a drive letter, can I assign a folder letter?
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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:assign device letter.

Hallo noodle, is this any help;
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Any way to make the second drive letter stick ?

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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: ?

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A: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:

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.

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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.


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A: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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Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
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A: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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A: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.

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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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.
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A: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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A: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: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.

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Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
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What brand and model number is the camera?

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

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A:How do I assign drive letter in Partition Wizard

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

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

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A: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!"

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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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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
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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.

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OK, It could be a simple matter.

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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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A:Can I assign a letter to the SYSTEM partition?

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Does it happen with any letter? Have you tried a different one?
Do you have any network mapped drive?
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Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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Drive letters A and B are system reserved ones used for floppy drives (if present).
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Either upgrade SS, or find other software to do the same job.

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A:Drive Letter

Your internal DVD drives will always have lower letters than external devices. So because you now have two optical drives, the external drive will be given the letter F.
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A:Drive Letter

Just burn the ISO file as an image to a CD. Make the CD bootable.
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A:USB Drive Letter

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A:USB drive letter will not go away.

Hi Kejellemann, Welcome aboard.

Are you sure you had an external drive and you set the drive letter Q to it?

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What is the Q drive? - Microsoft Answers

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