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E,F,G,H drives missing

I,m using windows vista home premium.recently the above mentioned drives are not showing in MY COMPUTER.i tried to solve it by checking in PROPERTIES,but failed.what is the problem and how to solve it.i have a recovery cd with me

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Re: E,F,G,H drives missing

Hi There i had a similar probelm with my DVD drive.E: missing. it is linked to loading Itunes or certain type of mp3players software.The fix can be rectified by going into device manager and deleting the dvd drive from here open the drive + and deleting teh dvd name (dvd/drw h3606-etc). restart your machine and vista will see it missing and reload it.
If this does not work there is a file in the registery that is causing the probelm and a PC world engineer talked me through it and it solved my problem but I do not remember the file name sorry. hope this helps. George

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Re: E,F,G,H drives missing

This problem may be caused by several factors, and as a result, there are many different ways to fix this. each drive letter you see can either be from a network drive, or a physical drive attatched to your computer.

1.) For physical drives (card readers, hard drives, flash drives, cd/dvd roms)- first go to control panel, open up Device Manager, and see if there is any entries for the missing drives there. hard drives and flash drives should be listed under "disk drives", cd/dvd roms should be listed under the corresponding header, and so forth. (note: if the following are hard drives, and show up as listed correctly, then it could be that the drive partitions are corrupt. to remove/add them, Administrative Tools in Control Panel should have a section called "Disk Management" that should allow you to reparititon them. I'd recommend you learn how to use it first by Googling it, if you're not already familiar with it before you try).

if all the devices you are looking for aren't there in Device Manager, it could be that there is a connection problem.

A) For Internal Devices (internal hard drives, cd/dvd roms), open up the computer, after turning it off. most standardized units have 3 screws per side in the back of the case, holding the lids in place. with desktops it's generally pretty easy to use. make sure all your devices are plugged in securely to their respectable positions the right way. if possible, for the affected drives, maybe unplug and plug them back in. check for any frayed cables/creases in the cables. when your finished, put the lid back on the unit. (NOTE: if you are uncomfortable with what you are doing, have a technician you trust do it for you. if you're using a laptop, almost DEFINATLY have a professional do it. there's very little room to move around, and you can fry circuit boards quite easily by touching them)

start the system again. if you see the drives in question, everything is fine and working. if you don't, you may have to consider the possibility to replace them.

b) for EXTERNAL physical devices ( card readers, portable flash drives) make sure the devices are plugged in, and that the USB ports they are plugged in to are working and fully functional. if they are, make sure the contacts on the usb plugs, and the ports, aren't dirty. use a rubber eraser to *gently* clean them if they aren't. also, make sure if you are using a powered hub, or if the devices use power cords, that they are all plugged in.

if they still don't work after this, you might want to consider replacing them.

hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007

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