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WD Passport 3200 isn't assigned a drive letter when plugged in

The safely remove hardware icon starts up when this external drive is plugged, but I don't get a drive letter. I can't access the drive with manage drives. I have uninstalled all usb drivers and let windows re-install then tried the drive again. The computer actually is slow to respond, and will not properly shut down even after I unplug this WD Passport drive. I connect the drive to an external powered hub to solve the low power issues. Any suggestions what I can do next.

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Try to right on my computer and click on Manage
then click on Disk Management
Observe if you are able to see Drive 0 <- which is your internal drive in your computer.

Observer also if you are able to see Drive 1 <- this will indicate that the system recognise that an external USB drive was attached to it.

Right click on the area right next to the box that says Hard Drive 1 and see if you can find the wordings "Change Drive Letters and Paths".

If you manage to go that far, click on any of your preferred drive letters, for example Z: and then click OK. And then go to Windows Explorer or My Computer and see if Z: existed there.

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