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Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

Q: Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.


I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here.
Thanks!

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 am still unable to access my WD 5000H1U external hard drive. It is showing in Device MGR & Disc Management. However when I access Computer it is not showing. When in Disc Management it is there ok but with no drive letter. Right click reveals drop down box but everything is Greyed out. The external HD is up and running ok with blue lights, I have even tried 3 separate USB cables but with no joy. I have checked the drivers and they are up to date...... When i first switched it on it did register ok in Computer but since then nothing. It works perfectly on my Apple laptop. I am running Windows 7 Home edition. Any help would be much appreciated. Lee

A:Change Drive Letter & Paths Greyed out

Has the drive been initialized?


To initialize new disksIn Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.
In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.
Note The disk is initialized as a basic disk.

Additional considerations
New disks appear as Not Initialized. Before you can use a disk, you must first initialize it. If you start Disk Management after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard appears so you can initialize the disk.

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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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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?

Thanks
CE

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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sir,

i have windows 7 desktop. there are some partition on it.but there is problem with these partition. All the three partition have the same drive letter.i attach a link showing the picture. all three partitions are dynamic , simple. if i open these drives only the contents of one drive are appeared. another two drive data are not shown in any manner.

i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
my windows is installed in c:\ drive which is also dynamic and there are no recent changes.only one change i did which is i shrink dynamic volume 50 GB from 206 GB and again mixed with 206 GB without allocating free space.

and only the c drive is on and d drive is off.but in my other desktop same configuration exist.
please help me...and please don't say change and remove drive letter...........waiting for response

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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I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't show up in libraries or explorer, and apps like Restorator and Sure Thing (CD labeler) cannot find them. I think that means the paths are broken..?

It won't allow me to rename the HD back into K: (it's not listed as available). I can access the data by clicking Computer > D, and I can see the data is there, but its unusable as of now. Any ideas?

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,
Shawn

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I'm playing with a recently retired server running 32bit Windows 7 Professional. Originally it was configured as RAID 0 with 5 SATA drives. Those drives are gone but I want to install a spare 2TB SATA drive that I have. Using the RAID Management software I have created the drive and it shows the correct configured capacity. I initialized the disk with Disk Management and it lists the disk as online but it doesn't show up in the volume list with a drive letter. My intention is to use the 2TB drive as media storage. Other than combing RAID and Windows 7, what am I doing wrong? Am I better off reformatting everything and reloading Windows?

A:Unable to assign drive letter to newly installed SATA drive.

I had the same problem this week with a drive like that. Have you tried to reformat it? Also make sure your system can handle a 2TB drive.

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I have Win 7 home premium on an HP laptop with 4 usb ports. I have 2 Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB drives for backups. If I plug in one of the drives, Win assigns a drive letter, but if I add the second one it doesn't.

To troubleshoot, I've plugged each drive into every usb port on the laptop, and each port reads each drive alone, but if I plug in the second drive while the first is still in, it shoes up in devices but does not get a drive letter. I tried assigning a different drive letter to the device plugged in first, but Win still doesn't assign a letter to the second drive.

Any advice? Thanks!

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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Hi all, I have 2 dvd Drives in the PC, Which I re-assign to Y: and Z: to keep out of the way of usb drives, etc. For some Reason, the Z: drive (Primary) will stay as Z:, but the Y: goes back to E: every time I re-boot.

This happened some time ago, and I am assuming an XP patch is to blame.

Any way to make the second drive letter stick ?

OS = XP Pro
 

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Iv made it work befor but i cant find on google why it isnt working this time. these where both bootable os's of windows or google chrome and now i cant reset them back to flash drives they arent recognized in my computer but do show up in Disk Management im looking at drive 2 and 3


I did Refresh

A:Can't assign Drive Letter.

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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I have a dual-boot system with Win 7 and XP-pro (on a second HDD). There are two other partitions which I use between both OS's and have Win 7 designations D: for data and E: for setups/backups.

Win 7 has the usual primary,hidden,system,boot partition named WinRE and in windows 7 it is not seen and not assigned a drive letter. So far, so normal.

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: ?
 

A:Want to de-assign a drive letter

I would think you can just right click on it and change the drive letter there. Are you saying you can't right click on D in Disk Management in XP and change it to something like X?
 

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Greetings.
A while ago one of my USB HDDs did not get a drive-letter when I connected it. I have to go to controlpanel, disk-management to assign a letter manually.
Now it has spread to all of my USB-drives and also to my lonely eSATA HDD.

How do I fix this, so drives again automatic will be assigned to a free drive-letter? (example to h:\)

A:No drive-letter assign to USB - how to fix?

Run diskpart from an elevated command prompt, type automount and enter.

Screenshot:

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I have a dell 2650 up on the bench with a trashed windows XP installation ( Multiple stop errors at boot ) when I hook the hard drive up to my test bench machine I get the device detected, the volume detected, but no drive letter.
When I go into computer management / disk management I see the two partitions ( A small EISA partition in the beginning, and a Healthy, Active NTFS partition ) on the drive, but the menu options to assign a drive letter are greyed out. I have tried rebuilding the MBRs, and reloading the boot sectors, and I am at a loss. The drive has some data that a customer finds essential, so doing a zero level isn't an option.

I am going to try to run hitachi DFT next, will post with results as soon as it is done.
 

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Solved - XP won't assign a drive letter

Hi,

I just put together a new P4 system runnning Windows XP and tried to add my old HD (Maxtor 80GB) to it. It is jumpered properly as a slave and is recognized by the BIOS. It does not appear in My Computer, however, it is listed in Device Manager. I've tried removing it from Device Manager and reinstalling it with no success.

Under Disk Management, it is displayed as Disk 1 and has a Healthy, Active Partition but just a blank space under Volume. I can't assign it a letter because the 'Change Drive Letter and Paths" option is grayed out when I Right Click on it.

Does anyone have any ideas? I played around with Microsoft's diskpart.exe to try and manually do it, but I don't know how to use it very well and the command line interface isn't very helpful.

Thanks for any advice!
 

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:


Code:
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.

Thanks!
 

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My windows 7 installation won't assign a drive letter and manually trying in computer management doesn't work either. This is also the same for my DVD player, it doesn't assign a letter for that either...

I tried the auto fix from Micro$oft but it didn't work: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems
Thanks for any help... It's really annoying having to mount my drives to the C drive just to view my files but some things such as movies, won't work that way....
Thanks.
 

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Ok, I recently had a complete system meltdown and had to reinstall windows XP. The reinstall went OK, but I have a problem now that windows will not assign a drive letter to one of my 2 non-raided SATA drives. In looking int he computer management utility under disk management, I find that not only does WinXP recognize the drive, it says it is healthy, active and online. It just doesn't have a drive letter assiciated with it. I have tried right clicking on the drive, but my only option are "help" which is not helpful, and delete partition which I really do not wat to do if it can be avoided. Additionally, I have noticed that the drive letters from B-F are missing. My main HDD is I:\.

If anyone has information on this issue I would very much appreciate it.

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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hello-

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.
?

thanks!
berbes
 

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I just got a new computer and so I'm back in the modern age again after using Win 98 in 2006.

This is a laptop though and I'd like to install a few infrequently used applications onto a removable drive. I have several USB devices, and I'd like WinXP to always use the same drive letter for this drive so an installed program will run correctly.

I foolishly assumed that Microsoft had made stuff like this easy by now. They've had nearly a decade to do it since I last bought an OS. But apparently not. But maybe someone can lend some advice.

Thanks.
 

A:assign permanent drive letter to removable drive in XP?

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I have a LaCie Porsche Design P9223 Slim External 500GB USB3Hard Drive that my father was using on his computer (with no problem). We're both running Windows 7. My computer, a Dell Studio XPS9000, won't recognize it in "My Computer". There's no drive letter!

It shows up in Device Manager ( says, "this device is working properly")
Show up in USB Safely Remove
Shows up in Devices and Printers
Shows up in Disk Management as Unknown/Unitialized, Disk 10. (When I right click and try to initialize it, it says "Device is not ready".)
The Driver is up to date
It works when I attach it to my husband's laptop, running Windows XP.

What can I do to assign it a drive letter???

Peg
 

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I installed a 80gb IDE hard drive into my other computer to access data on it and Disk Management lists the drive as "Disk 0" but will not let me assign it a drive letter or explore the drive for data. When you right click the drive it has the "Explore" choice grayed out. The only choice is to "Delete Partition...". On the disk right click choices all you have is "Convert to dynamic disk" and nothing else. The disk is the system and boot disk (I believe that is has a single NTFS partition for the entire drive space) from another PC that I don't need anymore and it has an installation of XP Professional 32-bit on it and the PC that I installed it too is XP Professional also but it is 64-bit OS. I tried a few commands in the command line utility DISKPART but none of those helped me either. I have installed foreign disks in XP many times in the past and have never seen this. Oh, also tried "Rescan Disks" from the Action menu and still no go. Any Ideas?
 

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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Hi

Ok, I am running windows 98 SE
Dell laptop inspiron 5000
I have one USB port on the unit that is a V.1 USB. I normally connect this port to an external CD burner (F: drive)

I also have a cd drive on the laptop. (D: drive)

I recently puchased a USB 2.0 high spped external hard drive. However, because my USB port was version 1.0 -- Dell told me that it would not support a USB 2.0 high speed external drive device.

So I purchased a Belkin PCMIA USB card that has two V2.0 usb ports.

I have installed the Belkin USB card and my Dell recognizes the card fine. I can plug in my digtal camera in this card and my system assigns a drive letter E: to my camera without any problem.

However, windows 98 won't assign a drive letter to my USB 2.0 High Speed drive when I connect it to the Belkin USB card. Thus I have not been able to use it so far. I can't connect it to the USB port on the back of my Dell because that USB port is v.1 and DELL told me that it can not support V.2 USB devices, which is what my USB 2.0 high speed drive is.

So my question is: What can I do to make windows 98 SE assign a drive letter to my USB 2.0 drive when I connect it to my Belkin USB card?

Thanks
Sharon
 

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How can I PERMANENTLY assign a specific drive letter to my external drive?

On my Vista machine I used Disk Management to assign the letter M: to the drive, however, it only shows up as M: on that VIsta machine. It shows up as the next available letter on any other computer. Is there any way to make the letter (M: in my case) stick so that it shows up as M: on ALL computers. BTW, this is a 500GB drive w/ only 30GB free space so formatting is not not really possible at this time since I don't have any other disc this size to move the data temporarily.
Thank you,
 

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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Hi, as i know at winxp disk management there can change drive letter, i saw on there only have A: to Z: only, is it only can assign drive letter from A: to Z: only? if i need more drive letter how?

Thank you.
 

A:Winxp can allow to assign how many drive letter(like c:)?

I believe you can do this with Volume Mount Points.
 

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I've tried to find it in Manage,
I've tried to assign it in DOS.
I've tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, and tried,
I think I'm seriosly lost

Searches on google have led me to other forums with no answer (at least I gave it a try).

I have a digital camera that shows up as a DX35500 Digital Damera under My Computer (WinXP no SP2).
It doesn't have a drive letter.

I'm trying to recover some lost images someone has deleted using MediaRecovery, but I need a drive letter.

How do you assign a drive letter to something that doesn't show up in Computer Management?
 

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I've been struggling with this for 3 weeks now and I'm ready to call uncle. I have two HDDs. One is a Seagate 4.0 GB ST34311A and the other was a 30 GB Maxtor HDD. I had the Maxtor HDD set to primary and the Seagate set to slave. Win XP Pro was installed on my Maxtor 30 GB HDD and this worked fine for several years with NTFS file system on the Maxtor and Fat32 on the Seagate. However, my Maxtor HDD became unstable, starting making ominous clicking noises, and on boot up, my computer warned me to "back up and replace it." My Seagate is fine.

I get a 120 GB Western Digital HD, format it, and install it as the primary HDD and the Seagate 4.0 GB as the slave. No new IDE cables, etc., everything exactly the same except a new primary HDD. Now here's the problem. Bios and Windows XP recognizes all drives, however, Windows XP refuses to assign a drive letter to the Seagate drive. It's in Device Manager, which says that the device is working properly. Windows XP can read the size of the Seagate HDD correctly, free space left, etc. however I can't access the drive at all!

Now someone suggested to me it could be the two different file systems, however, this was not problem between my old Maxter 30 GB HDD and the Seagate, so I don't understand why it would be a problem between my Western Digital 120 GB and the Seagate 4.0 GB. Of course, I'm no expert either.

I have read through the topics in this forum and I have tried a few things. One, I went into Disk M... Read more

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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Is it possible to assign a USB flash drive a specific drive letter that would be the same on all computers.

For instance, assign a flash drive the letter X: and if I plugged it in your computer it would also be shown as X:

What I'm trying to do is have a program on the C: drive send its data to the flash drive regardless as to what computer it is plugged into.

Thanks.

Jim
 

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.

But it's easy to change in Disk Management.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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My son's original computer quit suddenly -- either the mobo or the CPU died. No big deal -- he replaced the machine. But he wants the data on the hard drive from the old machine.

So I installed it in his new machine for him as a second hard drive. That was the easy part. Things went downhill from there.

The new machine's BIOS sees and recognises the drive, and so does the Windows hardware management services on the new computer. The drive is correctly identified in both the Device Manager and the Disk Management utility. But Windows will not assign a drive letter to it, so it does not come up in My Computer. What's on it is not accessible.

The BIOS also correctly identifies the drive as a 40GB Samsung SP4002H. Disk Manager shows it as a basic drive with a capacity of 37.3GB with 19.64GB free in a NTFS format. It is marked Active and Healthy. Drive Manager's Disk Rescan utility has no effect, and the option for re-assigning drive letters for this drive is greyed out. The only available options for this drive are "Reformat" and "Help".

The system the Samsung drive came from was a 5 year old machine that was running XP Home -- probably SP1, but I don't know that. I'm guessing.

I now have the drive mounted in a spare 750MHz AMD machine to see if I can restore it to its former usefulness. It is slaved to another 40GB PATA IDE drive that boots into Windows XP SP2. Exactly the same problems occur.

I was able to access the drive by booting into L... Read more

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.
Manual: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...Eng_200704.pdf

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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My son's original computer quit suddenly -- either the mobo or the CPU died. No big deal -- he replaced the machine. But he wants the data on the hard drive from the old machine.

So I installed it in his new machine for him as a second hard drive. That was the easy part.

The new machine's BIOS sees and recognises the drive, and so does the Windows hardware management services on the new computer. The drive is visible in both the Device Manager and the Disk Management utility. But Windows will not assign a drive letter to it, so it does not come up in My Computer. What's on it is not accessible.

The BIOS correctly identifies the drive as a 40GB Samsung SP4002H. Disk Manager shows it as a basic drive with a capacity of 37.3GB with 19.64GB free in a NTFS format. It is marked Active and Healthy. Drive Manager's Disk Rescan utility has no effect, and the option for re-assigning drive letters for this drive is greyed out. The only available options for this drive are "Reformat" and "Help".

The new system the drive is now mounted in provides IDE connections for both SATA and PATA drives. The Samsung 40GB drive is a PATA drive, and is in the Master position on the data cable. A DVD drive is in the slave position. Both are jumpered for CS. The BIOS shows the Samsung drive as the Primary Master, the DVD drive as the Primary Slave, and the SATA boot drive as the Secondary Master. There are no other drives in the system.

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I want to assign a particular drive letter (R) to a partition on a drive for compatibility with another computer system. However when I attempt to change the drive letter using Windows Disk Management, "R" is not shown as a choice. There is no other disk shown in the listing of Volumes with the drive letter "R", and every other unassigned letter is available, so why isn't "R" shown? If indeed R is assigned to something, how can I find out what it is?

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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Is it at all possible to assign a constant letter to a drive that will say the same between computers? If not, is there a command line I can run as a .bat file that will set it without having to know the drive letter and manually set it?
 

A:Assign a static drive letter

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.
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
 

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I have just re-installed Windows (XP). For some inexplicable reason, (the computer has two hard drives) it has re-assigned drive letters. It calls the boot disk drive "E" and the other HD drive "C".

Note that it is booting correctly, which comes as a surprise as I thought it always HAD to boot from drive "C". Looking at the properties shows the boot drive as drive 0 and the other (now called "C") as drive 1.

Can I simply re-assign the drive letters using Disk Manager, or will this cause problems.
 

A:Solved: Drive letter re-assign

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I have a USB hard drive formatted NTFS that my computer recognizes, but will not assign a drive letter. When I go to Disk Management, it shows the partition as "Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)". When I right-click, the "Change Drive Letter"
option is grayed out.
I have several USB hard drives that this computer won't work with.
I have no problem with USB thumb drives, SD cards, etc. Also, some of my USB hard drives do work!
I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
These USB drives work fine on my two other Windows computers (Vista and 7) as well as on my Mac (10.3).

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It has no problem if I used a usb1.1 flash drive. However, when I tried a usb2.0 flash drive, there is no drive letter appearing in Windows Explorer.

I am running XP Pro with SP1. My colleague has a PC with the same hardware configuration and I had no problem plugging the usb2.0 flash drive in his machine.

Device manager did show the usb2.0 flash drive when I plugged it in the usb port.

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?
 

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Greetings!

I was asked by a client to get data off a circa 2004 PC that has a blown Power Supply. I removed the HDD and proceeded with my usual recovery procedure using a drive adapter cable and power supply. The problem is that I can see the drive in the Win7 Disk Manager, but I can't mount the partition. Most of the time I've not had problems with Win7. It usually just recognizes the drive and assigns a letter to the active primary partition. In this case, I can see the partition, it's active and healthy, but I can't assign it a letter. In fact, all options are "greyed out" except "Delete Partition."

I've also used MiniTool Partition Wizard, but without success. Partition Wizard can assign a letter to the partition, which then shows up in Windows Explorer. If you click on the drive letter, you get the "J:\ refers to a location that is unavailable ...." I can explore the partition with Partition Wizard, but I'm unable to access the files.

Here are the Hardware particulars:

Old HDD: 80GB Maxtor HDD ATA, formatted with 76GB primary partition, Active, NTFS, This was the boot drive for a PC

I'm using Win7 x64. The drive is connected to my machine using a SATA/IDE Combo Drive adapter connected to a USB port on my machine. It uses the standard USB to SATA Serial Bridge Driver.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Even if I'm missing something that would make me say, "Duh!"

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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!"

Richard

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I have a partitioned HDD, last time I had to format and reinstall windows xp, my operating system was "C" drive. When I reinstalled windows, the automatic selection was the next available drive letter. Is there a method of pre assigning a drive letter to an unpartitioned drive prior to windows automatically choosing for me. The drive with my operating system is now "F" drive where it used to be "C". Thanks for any advise.
 

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Hi,

Run into an issue with a hard drive showing 3 partitions, but I can't assign a drive letter to it.

Background: It was running Win 7 Pro 64-bit, but was having occasional issues with blue screening. I've pulled the hard drive from that PC and have it hooked to my own (also Win 7 Pro 64) via USB external HD enclosure to run scan disks. The first two partitions I'm accessing fine, but the third one won't give me any options, no matter what I try. Any insight would be great.

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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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!

A:Assign Letter to unformatted/wbfs-drive!

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

I hope this helps

Pooch

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Hello !
Is it possible to asign a drive letter to a "digital camera"?

I can't find the option, and can't find any solution on the web

A:Assign a drive letter to digital camera?

What brand and model number is the camera?

My little mp3 player has two different settings for the type of connection, MSC and MTP modes. With one I get the drive letter; with the other one I don't. Essentially it switches the device from using merely a transfer protocol to using a storage protocol.

Of interest:

USB mass-storage device class

Particularly see the part at the bottom under "See also":

Picture Transfer Protocol

I bet if you figure out which mode your camera is in now and switch it to the other one it will work.

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I have a USB3 external drive that I use for backups. It works A-OK. But every time I plug it in I have to use Disk Management to assign it a drive letter. Is there some driver or option in WIn7-64 I need to find/tweak?

A:Why must I assign a drive letter every time I use my external HDD?

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

How to assign a drive letter permanently.
The system needs to keep track of the drives installed so they are allocated letters. Hope this helps.

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Hello guys

I recently reinstalled Windows 7, but not on my C: drive, but on my P: Drive. I now wanna change the drive letter of my 7 install.
But i cant do it via Disk Management as i get the error "The parameter is incorrect"

Any other way to change it?

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

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I want to do file check but its telling me to give each partition a drive letter

When I either right click partition or click partition at top "change letter" is not higlighted.

If I use Label it says it will wipe out anything on that partition which I obviously dont want

can anyone help please?

A:How do I assign drive letter in Partition Wizard

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

Click start, type computer management form there click disk management then right click drive you want to change and choose your options.

Hope this helps.

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Some people come up with a special and specific requirement. And so it is with pkerr. http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ml#post2680332

He wants Windows to assign the same letter for all his external drives which he is using for backups. He will be connecting just one drive at a time.

The solution is simple.

Windows identifies a drive with a Windows unique ID. Each drive in fact has a unique ID.( the general scene)

You give the same unique ID to all the external drives that you want to have the same drive letter and Windows will oblige you by giving the same drive letter when you plug just one drive at a time.

Illustration:

I have two drives one named ZotacBackup and the other GenBackup. Each have their own unique ID and normally these get the drive letters I and J.



Unique ID of ZotacBackup I: is F3 64 5D 07 ( highlighted in green )



Unique ID of GenBackup J: is AB 3E 68 39 ( highlighted in green)



Now I shall change the Unique ID of GenBackup J: to F3 64 5D 07 ( the same as that of ZotacBackup I: using bootice - my favourite program.)

Changing the Unique ID of GenBackup J:



Changed:



This change will be perceived by Windows the next time you connect the drive.

Now both the drives have the same Unique ID.

I shall plug out the GenBackup J: leaving only the ZotacBackup I: and change its drive letter to R (or any other free drive letter one may want).

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A:How to make Windows assign the same drive letter to all externals

Will only work if partition's "start sector" is the same. You can change the DISK ID using DISKPART as well. How to Change the Disk Signature of a Drive Without Losing Existing Data or Reformatting (howtohaven.com)

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Greetings.
After last "patch-tuesday" my Windows 8.1 don't assign drive letters to hotswaped HDD's and USB keys.
When starting my backupdrive (eSATA), it is now without a drive letter, I can give it one though in disk-management, but before last tuesday, it was given a letter automatic. Same problem when I connect an USB-HDD or an USB-stick.

Is there a way to get back "autoassign of a drive letter"? (don't know the correct word for this function in English).

A:Auto assign Drive letter don't work anymore?

Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode (right click on Start button for a shortcut)Type "diskpart" to enter Microsoft DiskPartAt the DiskPart prompt, type: "automount enable"

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I have a sandisk and Dazzle SD memory card reader for this PC. Neither of them will show or allow me to assign them drive letters. In windows Management i can see the sevice (i hardware devices too), shows the size of the SD card but when i goto format or assign a drive letter i get i need to enabled the volume by restarting. I have done that many times over and i cannot get it to work.

My main pc reads both readers and memory cards fine so i know they both work. I have also transfered files on them to confirm they work.
Any ideas?

windows pro fully updated
Kaspersky firewall/anti virus
 

A:USB SD Memory Card -- Cannot view or assign drive letter for it

I would unplug the USB header from your card reader to your MB, then go into device manager and uninstall all the USB controllers and reboot. After Windows has reloaded the USB drivers I would shut down, replug the header into the Mother board then reboot and see if it can identify it that way?
 

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Hello,

having to configure a new HP laptop with pre-installed Win7, I need to create some extra logical drives to organize things better.

Unfortunately, the usual OEM scenario applies: all four possible primary partitions are already happily taken by the manufacturer:
SYSTEM (no drive letter),
(C:),
Recovery (D:),
HP_TOOLS (no drive letter).
(Why can't they just make one partition Extended to begin with...)

However, this thread and similar ones here contain excellent info*, so I know already what can be done. I don't want to touch SYSTEM, and don't want to remove Recovery or HP_TOOLS; so the only option for me seems to be to turn (C:) into an extended partition, then shrink, then add logical volumes as required.
Sounds feasible enough**.

The one remaining question I have is rather simple:
Is it possible to then assign another drive letter than the original (D:) to the Recovery partition?
The point being that I'd like the user (not me) to be able to use drive letters C:, D:, and E: (with Recovery being e.g. R:), so that she is not confused by, and always has to think about, having to "skip" D:

On this forum I found some statements saying no it shouldn't be done (because then the F11 boot into recovery won't work any more), while others say yes, it can be done with no ill effects.

Any "authoritative" answer to this?
Would it even be possible to remove any drive letter from Recovery, so as to make it "invisible"?

Thanks for any tips!

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A:Assign another drive letter than original (D:) to Recovery partition?

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.

Changing the drive letter of the Recovery (D) partition could 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 with both methods to see. If not, then you would need to change the drive letter back to (D).


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

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Running Windows 7 64Bit Pro here...

When I put an SD card, or USB stick into my PC, the drive letter that is assigned is totally random. For example, I put the SD card from my camera into the PC yesterday and it appears as drive F:. Today I put a USB stick into my PC and now IT is using drive F:.

I would like each reader port on my PC to have a specific letter. My SD card should always be F:, CF reader G:, XD card reader H:, USB ports I: up to whatever.

If necessary I can install extra software on the Windows PC, but I don't want to have to put specific files on the memory cards themselves.

Is this at all possible in Windows 7?

A:Assign fixed drive letter to card readers/USB ports?

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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Hiya, hope someone can help. XP has decided not to assign a drive letter to any flash card reader/USB drive I use in my PC (previously used drives no longer have a drive letter in Explorer)

Going into Computer Management/Disk Management the drives are detected with no drive letter, I can give them a letter and access them but the letter doesn't stick, nor is it seen in Explorer (ie remove drive and replug, no letter, no auto open options and no sign of it in Explorer)

I've tried going into regedit, mounted devices and deleting all letters (apart from A-floppy, C-Main HD, D-Optical drive obviously) to try to force XP to assign a letter.

I don't want to do a system restore (all drives worked before) as I've just managed to instal SP3 RC2 after a lot of hassle plus I suspect this has nothing to do with my new/odd USB drive problem.

All other USB peripherals work perfectly, tis just Mass Storage Devices won't display, I tried a new drive and XP went through the New hardware bit, recognised it, said it was ready but didn't assign it a letter/ open it.

Any ideas how I can force Explorer to open the drives ? (going through Admin Tools is a pain after all)

A:XP wont assign drive letter to USB mass storage devices

Hi philno and welcome to TSF !

This may help :
New drive or mapped network drive not available in Windows Explorer

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I am trying to get my xpsp2 system to show a new drive letter in my computer. When I plug in my lg chocolate into the usb port, the device manager shows the driver, and says it's working properly. I have latest drivers for my phone, and all my other thumb drives mp3, work without a problem. I guess what I want to do is, plug in my phone and have the autoplay option display-or at least show the new drive letter like every usb device I use does!

Thanks
 

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I am using Vista Home Premium. I have 340GB HD, which is partitioned into 3 parts. One is C. Second one was D. I had dual boot enabled, with OpenSuSE running in it, which I removed yesterday. All was fine and I was able to boot just with Windows without Grub boot loader. In Disk management application, I could see the partition - where SuSE was there earlier, as Free Space.

C drive is 64.5GB, D drive is 97.7GB. Both are NTFS. and Free space is 173 GB.

So far so good. Then instead of trying to create a new Drive/partition in the 173 GB Free space, I tried to extend the existing D Drive using PartitionMagic and somewhere in the process, I lost my D Drive I can no longer see D Drive in my Explorer (

Currently, I can still see old D drive as a partition, in blue color in Disk management software, indicating that it is a Primary partition. But I am not able to assign any Drive letter to it. Diska Management app does not show me the properties for this partition. I get this error "Operation failed to complete because the Disk management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Manage,ent console, and then restart Disk Management or restart computer".

Restarting did not help.

Third party tools, like Active UnEraser etc are able to detect this partition as NTFS and also able to find all the files in this. So I am assuming by data is in there still.

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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
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.
or Easeus partition master (home)
Best FREE Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7. EASEUS free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
- no bootable disk with free edition

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

Good luck. dal987

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Hi there,
I have a Canon digital camera (IXUS 40), but when I plug it in to my PC via a USB chord it only shows up in My Computer as: Canon Digital IXUS 40 - with no drive letter or description that it is a removable disk.

I have search through the forums here and in google but have not come across an answer as to how to assign a drive letter to my camera when I plug it in.

The reason I need the drive letter is a sad tale. After returning from a recent holiday from the USA, my wife thought that she would try to adjust the focus (don't ask) on the camera. So she went into the menu on the camera and reformatted the memory card. What the memory card and the focus have in common only my wife knows.

So the upshot is, I have been looking at some of the recovery software that is out there to see if I can retrieve some photo's, but all the one's that I have found seem to require the camera having a drive letter or being listed as a removable disk.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Yours
Corin
 

A:Solved: Unable to assign drive letter to Digital Camera

I forgot to mention that I am using Windows XP SP2. I have search deeper into the forums here and found that I may need to get a memory card reader. Will look for one today and will run one of the software packages to see if I can retrieve the lost data.
 

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I just bought an external burner since the burner on my laptop is dying, but I can't get iTunes to use the external to burn. It can read the CD's that I put in to play/import but when I click on burn the laptop's drive pops open and iTunes asks me to insert the CD, even though I have a blank CD in the external.

Someone on another message board suggested assigning a fixed drive letter, but I have no idea how to do that on XP.

Any ideas?
 

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Hi,

Like the topic states I wonder if it's possible to assign a specific drive letter to a PCMCIA flash card in WinXP? For instance, when the card is plugged in, that it recieves d:\, nothing is for the moment occupying that drive letter.

Now the card get's e:\ everytime.

The computer it self is a Dell Latitude D610 if that matters.

Thanks in advance,
Kristofer

A:Possible To Assign A Specific Drive Letter To A Pcmcia Flash Card In WinXP?

Hiya

Drive letters can be assigned IF the card is formatted using NTFS. Obviously the camera must support NTFS or you will render the card unusable.

Control Panel -> Admin Tools -> computer management ->disk management.

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Hi,

Like the topic states I wonder if it's possible to assign a specific drive letter to a PCMCIA flash card in WinXP? For instance, when the card is plugged in, that it recieves d:\, nothing is for the moment occupying that drive letter.

Now the card get's e:\ everytime.

The computer it self is a Dell Latitude D610 if that matters.

Thanks in advance,
Kristofer
 

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Hi,

I formatted and installed windows 7 64 bit in a pc which previously had windows 7 32 bit.
When i booted my 1tb dynamic disk was not detected. So I went into disk management and it had listed my disk as "Foreign Disk". So i imported the foreign disk.

The drive was detected and opened. So i rebooted the pc but now the drive is still not appearing in my computer. When i go to disk management the 1tb appears but there is no drive letter assigned. When i try to assign drive letter it statest that "Specified File cannot be found"

I am desperate please help me.

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.

Help.

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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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)

thks

T
 

A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

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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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

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Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

A:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

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

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Hi,

Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

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Hello

I had to open my pc and remove drives. Once re-installed, one of the drive has seen it's letter allocation modified. Since 2 application is pointing to G drive, I would like to be able to get it back.

Hard disk (2) Was G: Now, show has a D:
CD drive was D: Now show has E:

G: appear had a "movable" drive

What can I do to replace all drive letter allocation has it use to be

Any info appreciated

Martin

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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.
How to change drive letters--even when the letter you want isn't available | PCWorld

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Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

Under xp pro is possible but I haven't try under windows 7 64 bits.

xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

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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.

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On a Win 2000 Professional, how do you change the drive letter of a CD-ROM drive? I know it's somewhere in device manager but I'm not sure where. Please advise.

-Jarrad

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"The more I pretend... The more others believe."
 

A:CD-ROM Drive Letter Change

Right click on the My Computer Icon and select manage (about halfway down the list)

Open up the storage section and go into disk management.

Right click on the drive you want to change and you will get a menu so that you can change the drive letter.
 

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i want to change a HDD drive letter from F to D, this drive has games and apps installed on it, will those still run ok after i change the letters?

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yo. when i baught my computer it came with a card reader. the slots in the card reader were for some reason assigned the drive letters c: e: f: and g:. This resulted in the computer assigning my hard drive the letter h:. This is very annoying because when i anstall programs etc. i have to change the default path of installation. I have tried to use computer management > disk management, but when i try to change the drive letter it states:"Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume"screenshot of my predicamentAll i want is to change the drive letter from h: to c:I hope this doesnt turn out that i have to remove the card reader manually then install it again after i have assigned my hard drive the letter c:Please assist...

A:Cannot Change Drive Letter

I hope this doesnt turn out that i have to remove the card reader manually then install it again after i have assigned my hard drive the letter c:Bingo!!.... That's your best bet.It's only going to take 5 minutes of your time.[Added Info]While you're at it, check the pins on your hard drives and make sure the one you want to have as drive C is set as the master.

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Hi, so I've done a whoopsie. I had windows 7 on a SSD drive, assigned C: by windows 7, but it was full so I decided I'd clone it onto a bigger SSD drive using Acronis Disk Director. Went swimmingly I thought, both drives contained the same data. I wasn't too sure what my next step ought to be, whether acronis will have sorted it so that my new SSD now has the orginal SSD's drive letter or not. If it did, it will be mean a simple transition. But you guessed it, it left the drive letters the same, so when I booted up, it loaded from the orginal SSD. I then changed the original SSD drive letter, and used EasyBCD to remove the original boot and create a new one with the new SSD.
Unfortunate now when I boot up Windows 7 I get a Preparing Your Desktop message for a couple of mins, but it's then followed by a screen with a cursor but no desktop icons or taskbar. It also seemed unresponsive to keyboard strokes. Any ideas?

A:Need to change a drive letter from outside the OS

Boot into safe mode and press CNTRL-ALT-DEL. Select the task manager and select file and run.
Enter explorer.exe. When the explorer opens see what drive letter windows is using as the system disk.
Then select regedit and navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine\System\Mounteddevices.
Look for \DOS\Devices\?: where the ? is the drive letter that the system was using. Change it to C:
First look to see if there is another \DOS\Devices\C:, if there is, change that letter to an unused letter before
changing the system used drive letter to C:

Reboot and you should be all set.
You will also need to reset the system restore because it will have a drive C: that it can't find.

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When I installed windows 8, I did so by creating a second partition (E) and I kept Vista on my C partition.
Right now I want to remove Vista and merge the two partitions again (which I know how to do).
My question is, can I safely name that merged partition C? Or will this mess up my windows 8 install and do I have to keep it E?

A:Change drive letter

Not clear what you mean.

When you boot into win8 - does it identify itself as E ?

If so, then you can't chage that successfully without a reinstall.

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Bought new Compaq PC and want to remove Samsung HD and replace with larger IBM drive. Ghosted drive successfully and can boot successfully from IBM hard drive. Want to change Samsung HD drive letter to X and then change IBM hard drive letter to C. When going into disk manager I get a pop up window stating the drive contains a 'pagefile'. Need guidance on how to successfully rename my new IBM HD to letter C and remove the Samsung HD.

A:Drive letter change in XP

Hello, I hope this helps you http://support.microsoft.com/default...307844&sd=tech.

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Where do i start?
So i have 2 HDDs in my pc 1 with xp 1 with vista(which i just installed today) and for me to install vista i had to take out my xp HDD and connect my cd drive. After installing vista i put my xp HDD back in and tryed booting vista and it wouldnt work but it will work if its the onl HDD connect and im thinking the problem is that it has to be C drive (coz its D if i have my xp HDD connected)
So could that be the reason its not working if so can i make it so it will work as D drive?
I hope i explained it well enough as im not good at explaining stuff.

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I have done a Clean Install of XP.
Unfortunately, I went through the Setup with a Flash Drive on my USB port.
Thus the Setup program selected E: as the Drive letter for my Root Drive and not C:.

Can I change this to C: without going through the Setup again?

Suggestions?

A:How to Change Drive Letter from E:\ to C:\

If you already have windows installed on E:, then NO, you can't change it.

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I installed a CD burner and had to do some moving around with the IDE cables. The burner took a letter assigned to another drive so I went into the device manager and changed it. That was ok and that fixed that. I lost the use of my zip drive somehow (?) so I went in and fixed that, but now my zip drive is the letter B instead of E and I want it to be E. I can't change it in the device manager because that option is shaded and I can't change it. I was told that I needed to go into DOS to change the letter, but I am not familiar with DOS. Can anyone help me with this? I know it's not a big deal and I can still use the zip drive with the letter B, but ... Thanks, Liz
 

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Hi,
Initially I have a c drive and my dvd-rom is d-drive.
I then use partition magic to partition c drive. The new drive is automatically assigned e-drive. How do I change the e-drive into d-drive and the dvd-rom into e-drive.

Thanks
 

A:How to change drive letter

Right Click MY COMPUTER icon
go to MANAGE
In this window, choose DISK MANAGEMENT
you can change drive letters in there
 

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When I put my usb in my pc I see on my Computer a new drive letter H:
So now I have: C: D: E:
Floppy: A: and my DVD as F: and a Removeable disk I: but I don't have a any removeable disk on any usb port in my pc.
When I put now my other usb it's assigining it as drive H:
But I need it to be G: since I need to save to it something from a program I saved before and it must be G: not H:

How can I change/force it to be drive letter G: instead H: ?

A:How to change the drive letter from H: to G: ?

Hello Chocolade, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You could connect both drives, then use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to play shuffle the drive letters around to change them to what you wanted.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I am trying to take a slightly used 250g hard drive from an XP computer and copy the contents from my 80G Win 7 to replace it. I assume I need to change the drive letter on the 250 so when I slave it into the Win 7 machine it will recognize it.
The problem is the old XP machine will not let me changer the drive letter. I get the message "windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume".
Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:Drive letter change help.

The drive letter should change when you install the drive in the win7 pc . .

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Another fine mess Ollie!
Had some recent print problem (wouldn't) and decided to reinstall the printer software driver etc- Have a Lexmark X3350 (Fine machine). However since the first printer install my C drive has gotten fatter and the software says there is not enough space for it to install on "C"(-which it insists is where it has to go?) Even after I uninstalled the printer? No apparent option available to change the "target" drive!
My now designated "E" drive has gigabytes of space but no way,it seems, to install the printer to this drive? I thought of removing the "C" Hdrive (My system OS stuff Win 2K is all on the "E" Hdrive-- but not sure if this drive will become my "C" Hdrive if I remove the wimpy (Original) 196 MB!! and go to the "E" Hdrive (184 GB). Is this feasable or is there a more elegant solution to get the printer installed onto the "E" Hdrive without dicking around with the software (I'm not qualified for that approach, Ollie?) What say? Thank you
Mike
 

A:Drive Letter change?

move my documents to E right click on icon on desktop/properties/move/ in target type the path to E: make a folder on E:\ documents and move all the files to that folder. clean out temp files get utility here...
http://www.danish-shareware.dk/soft/emptemp/

defrag C you need at least 30%of C free for xp to operate properly..
install your printer to the default setting..
 

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After a Reboot, while using Easeus Partition Master, my D drive disappeared. I assigned the D letter to it in Disk Management and when I rebooted again, the D letter was taken. I was forced to assign letter Z until I figure out what to do.

The device D letter is assigned to now, does not exist in either Registry of Disk manager (check screenshots)

The only place where I can see the culprit occupying D is in My Computer. I checked Deamon Tools or similar programs and neither of them uses such a drive. Can you please help me sorting this one out? I can't switch back to D: with any of the three possible methods (Disk Management, Regedit or diskpart command in CMD). This letter simply deosn't exist for the computer.

P.S.: I have 2 more partitions but the are containing Linux and they are not touched for quite a while. It can't be them.

A:Drive Letter is Already Taken, but I Can't See it or Change It

Below is my section of the Registry, I show the A: floppy drive but there is no A: drive in the computer although it can be enabled in the BIOS. Most newer BIOSes don't list the A: and B: options although Windows reserves those 2 drive letters for floppy drives. A USB floppy drive will show differently, take an available letter.

Z: is usually assigned to the first Networked drive such as a NAS/Network Attached Storage drive, mine is although it's not showing on the list.

I do have several drives listed but not all show in Disk Management or Windows Explorer as they are memory card slots/card reader in the computer and won't show until a card is inserted and some are External USB drives.

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In windows XP how to change the Cd-rom drive letter like f:,g: etc.
 

A:Change the Drive Letter

Right click on the My Computer Icon and select manage.

Open up the disk management .

Scroll down to the cd-rom drive and right click it for and option to change the drive letter and path.
 

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Hi im on C:/ AND i run ronuk.org on Z:/ i need to put the ronuk on d:/ its not being used but its not listed how can i get it>?

A:change drive letter

you can change it through disk management

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I have a triple boot system:

C - Win7 Ultimate - SSD array
D - Data - WD 640 spinner 1
E - Win7 Pro - 1st partition on WD 640 spinner 2
F - Win7 Enterprise - 2nd partition WD 640 spinner 2

Using Acronis True Image 2010, I keep 2 images of each OS on D.

I'd like to put an image of C onto E, then make some changes to it. I think I tried this back in the Vista beta days, but can't recall if I ever got it to work, tempted to say "no".

Any suggestions appreciated.

A:Change Drive letter

What do you want help with here?

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hi i have win xp sp2 and i was wondering how to change the system drive letter (it currently e to c: and my second hdd to e: which is currently c: without deleting any thing the reason i want to do this is to check and see if call of duty will work on the c drive as currenty it wont work with the os on the e drive so i want to find out if this is the case
 

A:how to change the drive letter

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would appreciate some help with this if anyone has the time

i cant change drive letter to c on system drive, i messed it up ages ago trying to change letters around and have had problems ever since. Its been suggested that i reinstall win7 but i want to avoid that if at all possible .

its win 7 installation with one hd [no extra partitions] and one usb drive

some problems are:

if i right click on system drive windows explorer stops working

if i try to change system drive letter i get parameter is incorrect

also [recently] system drive was not set as active, it is now corrected

cant get permission [after reading several articles on the subject] to do windows updates or install MS Word and a few others but not all installations are blocked

cant install iTunes [no reason given]

cant get Windows Tweaks all in one repair tool to effect repairs [runs all night]

thanks

A:cant change drive letter

Please post a full clear shot of Disk Management, and we`ll go from there.

FYI, the windows install drive or partition`s letter, or even another drive with programs installed on it should never have it`s letter changed, only a data drive or partition`s letter can safely be changed.

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I'm trying to change the letter of the drive, and I followed these official instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

BUT, "Assign the following drive letter:" is unselectable/uncheckable. How can I change the drive letter if I can't do this? Thanks.

Screenshot: http://www.techsupportforum.com/atta...1&d=1229279952

I need to change it because Flash won't install because my drive isn't C. This is according to the Adobe website.

A:Can't change the drive's letter

You can't change the drive letter of a system partition. More importantly you DON'T want to change it. Here's why: everything, all your settings in the registry (like where it says to load drivers, programs, and everything) refers to drive J: ATM. If you were somehow successful in changing the drive letter, you'd probably get a BSOD at startup because it's failing to find critical files to load.
The only solution (and it's really more trouble than the problem) is to reinstall the OS from scratch on a C: drive (first primary partition on first internal hard drive).

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I have done this before but done forget how, lots of other stuff has traveled the old brain since then maybe i need to defrag my mind, anyway I need to know how to change my drive letter somehow on my partitioned c: d: drive d: is now g: and i would like to make it d: again if possible.
Thanks Mr. Bill
 

A:Change Drive Letter

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When I installed XP on a new build computer my hard drive installed as Drive I:.
I think it is because I had a USB hub connected.
Is it possible to to change this drive to drive C:?
 

A:Change drive letter

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Hello,
I just had to do a fresh install of my win7 ultimate and as always windows changes the drive letters. without going into a lot of stuff you don't want to know my problem is.

I have a redundant backup system on my drives for example I had drive L: F Drive and that had a copy of my F drive and I had a O:f Drive with a second copy. OK I'm anal..lol

Now that my drives are all different letters on this new install of windows I have a problem.

Can I do this, I know I can change the letter to whatever I want but if I change F drive to S will F be available to me to use. My F drive is now E and want to change all the letters to letters that I didn't have and then change them again to the letters I did have to keep my backup correct. I am wondering if I change a letter is the old letter available to me to use again.

Thanks hope this isn't so confusing

A:Can someone tell me if I can change drive letter like this

Yes, the old letter that is released will be available to be assigned to another drive.

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I have Windows installed on my SSD and have some installed some programs on my other drive which is partitioned. I have already removed the drive letter (D) from the system reserved 100mb partition on the other hard drive (it used to have windows installed on it).

So now my partitions/drive letters read C, E, F, G but I want them to be C, D, E, F.

The programs are installed on on F which I want to rename E, will the appropriate registry changes be made if I change the drive letters using Disk Management?

IT does say "change drive letter and path" so I am thinking it will work but just want to be sure. Thanks.

A:OK to change drive letter?

in 7 you can just get rid of the drive letters. name each drive for what they contain, then go to folder options in control panel and uncheck show drive letters. easier than trying to be sure that all paths updated.

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would appreciate some help with this if anyone has the time

i cant change drive letter to c on system drive, i messed it up ages ago trying to change letters around and have had problems ever since. Its been suggested that i reinstall win7 but i want to avoid that if at all possible .

its win 7 installation with one hd [no extra partitions] and one usb drive

some problems are:

if i right click on system drive windows explorer stops working

if i try to change system drive letter i get parameter is incorrect

also [recently] system drive was not set as active, it is now corrected

cant get permission [after reading several articles on the subject] to do windows updates or install MS Word and a few others but not all installations are blocked

cant install iTunes [no reason given]

cant get Windows Tweaks all in one repair tool to effect repairs [runs all night]

thanks

A:cant change drive letter

Please post a full clear shot of Disk Management, and we`ll go from there.

FYI, the windows install drive or partition`s letter, or even another drive with programs installed on it should never have it`s letter changed, only a data drive or partition`s letter can safely be changed.

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Hi people,

I need to install win3.1 to run an old application. I have tried using DosBox and running 3.1 within that but it is waaay too slow I need w3.1 to be installed clean on it's own drive C: then install the old app for a dual boot system with XP.

I currently have XP-home installed on C:

Is there any way I can change that XP drive assignment to D: and create a new partition to use as C: for the win3.1 install? Win3.1 will only install to a drive C: as will the old app.

I checked the following link but am not sure that it will do what I want to effectively move XP to drive D:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

Thanks

Dave
 

A:Change XP drive letter to D: help??

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Anyone please tell me how to change the CD drive letter. In windows Xp. My cd drive letter is e: but i want to make it g:.
Please tell me how to do it.
 

A:Change the cd-rom drive letter

Check this link -

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q307844&
 

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How can I change the drive letter of my Harddrive. I loaded a new PC and the drive letter is ( F ) I want to change it to :C but windows says it cannot change the drive letter.
Please help because I see all sorts of problems with my Primary drive being F
 

A:How to Change drive letter ??

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Ok I have xp, and I plugged in a external harddrive. It at first named it drive E. then at some point it was changed to F and a CD drive is now named E.
my problem now is I cant change the name of the CD drive that is named it as it doesnt show up in the disk management options.

I have a video game in stalled on the flash drive I want to play but cant due to the file letter being different, as well as I cant uninstall it since it cant find the files to uninstall

here is what I see

I want to change the name of the drive circled in red

but when i got to disk management it isnt there


any help would be great thanks

A:drive letter change help

try something simple first... go into bios and select reset to defaults see if that works for you!

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I deleted my existing OS then created two new partitions on the same drive. Then I installed Vista on one partition and that partition was properly named "c" as ususal. Then I started Win7 setup.exe from a different hard drive and let Win7 install itself into its own partition. When I got to "My Computer" the Win7 partition was labelled as "I" instead of the expected "C" which had never happend before when I did the same thing.

Does anyone know a save way to label the Win 7 drive as "C" while in Win7?

Thanks.

fafner

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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