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Lost hdd id letter on sata hdd

Q: Lost hdd id letter on sata hdd

Hi Guys' I have a sata 160Gb hdd as second drv (ntfs) on XP home.I must have had too much wine for dinner as I formatted it & then ghosted my C drive onto it. Unfortunately the C drv is FAT 32. Now the drive ID letter (F has gone. I can still see the drive in disk manager but cant access it. Is there a way of low level formatting it ? I dont mind losing the data. Thanks Manfred.

I do have a good relationship with my PC - just a bit strained at times.

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A: Lost hdd id letter on sata hdd

Oh yes, two Primary Active HardDrives.

You should still see it in My Computer
Where you can right click on it and select Format...

Or just use a Windows CD to boot from and remove it from there
(I usually unplug the main one just to make sure that I don't remove the partition (and format) that)
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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.

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.
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I've changed the connection position on the motherboard also with no luck.

Any suggestions?

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
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A:SATA HD not assigned drive letter

Any suggestions?
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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

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A:Lost partition letter and can't add it

You could try using DiskPart.

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

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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.

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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.
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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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Hello Hoosiervol Welcome to the Seven Forums!

The first place to look would be right at the Asus support site! ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS M5A97

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A:Lost SATA RAID Drives

Well, I can tell you what happened in case you haven't figured that out yet.

The CF card was recognized as a Drive by the system and when you rebooted it got assigned a drive letter before the RAID array drives.

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Not being a RAID guy myself, I am not really schooled in configuring the RAID BIOS, but I think THAT is where any hope of salvation lies.

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Well Jim,

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what OS are you using
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Bought new computer.
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Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

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