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Lost drive letter (H:)

Q: Lost drive letter (H:)

as of turning on my laptop today the drive letter previously H has gone It is an iomega TB external hard drive i have Sony Vaio Lap Lost letter (H:) drive top I also have an Acer both work but neither will recognise the drive That Lost drive letter (H:) is to say they will not show H i have nothing else connected to the pc at the moment bcz i have disconnecter everything to get back to basic setup Both pcs know the drive is there when i connect it divice manager tell me i have it there Speccy tells me it is there it even tells me the capacity and that it is actually a samsung HD si usb divice but i cannot open the drive bcs the drive letter is gone there is nothing to click on C is there and any number of flash drives i care to plug in are recognised and assigned a drive letter imediatly but not the external hard drive I formatted it bcz it was getting too full of junk so i moved the stuff i wanted to the sony formatted the iomega normal NTFC format restore defaults etc but it seem like the pc got carried away amp removed even the drive letter what can i do to reclaim it

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A: Lost drive letter (H:)

Go to drive management and.........
Try initializing the drive or adding the drive letter.

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A:Lost drive letter

If you do not have TweakUI go HERE and get it. Once you install it you will find a number of useful features. Among these are the ability to hide individual drives (under the "My Computer" tab). This option may have been set by some other method. See if TweakUI will let you un-set it.
 

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

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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: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.

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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.
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In the past I've found [email protected] Partition Recovery useful in difficult circumstances.

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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.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/lost-my-drive-letter-on-healthy-active-recovery-partition.1073292/
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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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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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It's possible the cd-rom/dvd drive assigned itself as d: before the new raid was created.
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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:modifying drive letter: Letter to choose not in the list

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

This link might be helpful.
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A:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

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

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
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
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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.

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Oh yes, two Primary Active HardDrives.

You should still see it in My Computer
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You could try using DiskPart.

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http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...d-beda4bab2671

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The removable disks will always find the most convinient drive letter available. As for the lost data it could be either accidental deletion or formating...

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

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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

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

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

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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

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


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





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



Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


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

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

Allow your computer to complete the installation of the Service Pack.

Reboot the computer and connect the drive. Turn it on and see if the drive is detected now.





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


Check Disk Management to see if the drive is detected there.


Right-click on My Computer, select Manage, select Disk Management.

Check the upper window to find whether the drive letter is present.

Check the lower window to find whether the drive is detected (such as, Disk 1, Disk 2, etc).

If it is detected as with a drive letter, verify no other device is already using that drive letter. If it is, change the drive letter of the external drive to some unused letter (click here to see more instructions on how to do so).

If changing the drive letter is not possible or the drive does not have a drive letter at all, attempt to reformat the drive (click here to see more instructions on how to do so). This will erase any data on the drive, but since the drive is brand new, there is nothing to erase on it.

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




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



Verify that your Windows installation contains the most recent Service Pack.

In the left column of Computer Management, click on Device Manager.

Look for the drive?s model number/name in Disk drives (a category under Device Manager).

It will probably not be there. If it is, test the drive on another computer if you can.

If it is not there, check under Other devices (a category under Device Manager).

If under Other devices an Unknown device appears, double-click on it.

Under the General tab, we would expect to see "This device is not working properly" and either (Code 28) or (Code 10).

If Code 10 appears, the drive has most probably failed.
Double-check that you have installed the most up-to-date Windows Service Pack.
Verify by trying the drive with another USB cable or port, or on another computer.
If none of this gets the drive detected, you can begin a replacement order online, or, since the drive is new, you can usually exchange the faulty unit for a replacement at your place of purchase (please contact the place of purchase for a full explanation of their policy regarding returns).

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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MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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

Download and run this fix.
 

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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))

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My drives are WD My Book 1TB and 2TB. at first they refused to play together nicely.
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Raybro
 

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Scott
 

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

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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A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188But I can't guarantee it will work.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176076/changing-drive-letter-assignment-on-boot-drive/
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A:Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

:wacko:no?

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http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/272796-create-permanant-drive-letter-usb-stick-drive.html
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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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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:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

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

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A:Disk Management - chg drive letter-disconnected drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bobogs


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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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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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xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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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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: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.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.


Try assigning a drive letter a "distance" away from your existing drive letters.

For example, change the dock drive letter to Z and see how you get on with that.

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/175456-external-sata-drive-will-not-keep-assigned-drive-letter.html
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A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
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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: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
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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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A:i changed the drive letter of boot drive .DOES NOT LOG IN;

Were you folloing this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

You need to change the drive letter back. As the warning says:
Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article to change a drive on a computer where the drive letter has not changed. If you do so, you may not be able to start your operating system

I don't know if XUbuntu has a tool to edit the Windows registry, but you can use a Vista or Win 7 DVD to do the editing.
If you don't have one, a Vista RE disk can be downloaded from one of these links:
Vista Recovery Environment CD
64 bit Vista
32 bit Vista

Note, the drive letter of the XP Partition as seen when booted to the Vista/Win 7 disk may be different than drive C:, so change the letter as needed.
Using a Vista/Win 7 Disk

Boot with the Vista/Win7 DVD
Select Language, click Next
Click Repair your Computer
It will search for Vista/Win7 installations, just wait for it to finish.
If using Win7 Disk, select Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows.
Click Next
Click Command Prompt.
Type regedit and press Enter:
In the left pane, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to highlight it
Click File | Load Hive...
Browse to C:\Windows\system32\config
Double click on SYSTEM (the one with no extension)
In the Key Name: box type @System
navigate to here:

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\@System\MountedDevices
You can now reverse the steps in the article to change the drive letter back to G:
You might be able to edit the .reg file you saved, changing HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\MountedDevices to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\@System\MountedDevices, and then import the file. I've not tried importing or merging in this situation.
When done, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\@System in the Left Pane
Click File | Unload Hive...
Click Yes
Close the Registry Editor.

If you need to change the drive letter of the System drive, you need to re-install XP, disconnecting any other devices that are using the drive letters from C-F (except for the CD/DVD-ROM drive of course).

HTH

Jerry

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Primary Windows 7 128GB SSD - labeled C:
ASUS DVD Optical - labeled D:
WD 1TB Internal Storage - labeled E:
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A:Want to change Primary SSD drive but keep Drive letter at C:

Robinsongs, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

If you install the new ssd in your d slot after restoring your image to the SSD, your bios will normally allow you to
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This way when you boot your machine the bios should automatically boot from your new ssd.
If you have restored your old c image to the new ssd properly.

Bios normally allows you to select boot devices.

Rich

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A:How to change drive letter for boot drive?

In the search box, type "Computer Management". From iwithin computer management select disk management and you will see the ability to change drive letters. I don't know if this might mess up your ability to boot though.

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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.
Can change certain drives after doing the fix above. This way you can still tell what drives are what.
All credit must be given to leo - admin over at the directory opus forum.

Thanks leo, t41

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

http://www.sevenforums.com/customization/17838-show-drive-letter-drive-icon.html
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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/
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A:Drive Letter assigned to CD Drive that does not exist

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https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e911bdb7-e9c0-46a7-b356-02a2b0db844e/drive-letter-assigned-to-cd-drive-that-does-not-exist?forum=w7itprogeneral
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A:Healthy Drive will not allow Drive Letter to be assigned

Hello, and Welcome,
 
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tahr-6.0.2_PAE.iso

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/592435/healthy-drive-will-not-allow-drive-letter-to-be-assigned/
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A:Why does win7 not show my drive with the drive letter

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http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/why-does-win7-not-show-my-drive-with-the-drive-letter.199584/
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A:Internal Hard Drive does not have a drive letter but used to.

Welcome to Seven Forums BinaryMadman

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

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/183933-internal-hard-drive-does-not-have-drive-letter-but-used.html
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A:Mapped drive & USB drive letter conflict

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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...

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G
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/usb-external-hard-drive-no-drive-letter.150644/
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A:USB drive letter will not go away.

Hi Kejellemann, Welcome aboard.

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A:Drive Letter

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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/drive-letter.1149813/
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A:Drive letter A?

I had a similiar problem with my LS-120 drive (Panasonic).

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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/drive-letter-a.43816/
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A:OS Drive letter not C: as I want it to be.

Hi there, when you do a clean install, on a blank HDD, win7 would automatically select it as C drive.
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http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/65687-os-drive-letter-not-c-i-want.html
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A:Drive letter

midas said:

Any of my removable drive-device doesn't show up in explorer or my computer, but I can see it in device manager. Everithing is ok with drivers and hardware. I can even access the media... via- chansing the drive letter physically in computer management. After reboot it dissapears.. Click to expand...

As I understand you, in Disk Management, you can see the removable drives in the lower right pane but they have what, no drive letter assigned or the wrong drive letter assigned?

Is your floppy effected, or just your CD and/or DVD? If just the CD and/or DVD, are they both on the secondary IDE controller (that is, your HDD's are on the primary IDE)?

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I don't know what's going on, and I may be getting ahead of myself while waiting for your response, but at first blush it may be that WinXP is not assigning and/or retaining drive letters and volume signatures. This could mean some system file and/or boot sector corruption. If you haven't already, try Start/Run/type "sfc /scannow" in the dialog box (without the quotations). You may need your WinXP installation CD; the utility will prompt you if you do.

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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/drive-letter.448817/
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A:CD drive letter

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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/cd-drive-letter.449321/