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UNDER **** MANAGEMENT, RIGHT CLICK ON THE DRIVE FOR WHICH U WANT TO CHANGE THE LETTER...THEN CLICK ON THE CHANGE DRIVE LETTER & PATH....WHEN THE NEXT WINDOW POPS UP CLICK ON ADD...AND ALLOT THE NEW LETTER OF UR CHOICE :-)

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Dead hd wd caviar 80 gb


Is the "dead" hard drive 80GB? or 500GB?
I presume you set up this hard drive as the second hard drive, or as an external drive. You can do these:
1. Disk Management (check the readablility):
Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management (please run as administrator; right click it), Disk Management. Is this hard drive info exist in this screen? If it is, then the hard drive is not dead.
Click on the hard drive info, right click, and you can do some actions (format, expand the volume, assign a drive letter, etc.)
2. If necessary, test and fix it using Norton Utilities (download and run it):
http://download.cnet.com/Norton-Utilities/3000-18512_4-10907620.html

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The file on my Seagate FreeAgent Pro 880 gig , wont restore to new formated drive ............ letter have change when reinstaling Windows Xp. I see all the different partition on the Seagate. But the...


The Disk Management snap-in is an administrative tool for managing hard disks and the volumes or partitions that they contain. Use the Disk Management snap-in when you want to add, to change, or to remove drive letters on drives, on partitions, or on volumes on your computer's hard disks, CD-ROM drives, and other removable media devices.

Your computer can use up to 26 drive letters, from A through Z. Use drive letters C through Z for hard disk drives. Drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives. However, if your computer does not have a floppy disk drive, you can assign these letters to removable drives.

Before you modify drive-letter assignments, note the following items:
  • Changing the drive letter of the system volume or the boot volume is not a built-in feature of the Disk Management snap-in.
  • Many MS-DOS-based and Microsoft Windows-based programs refer to specific drive letters for environmental or other variables. If you modify the drive letter, these programs may not function correctly.
How to assign a drive letterTo assign a drive letter to a drive, a partition, or a volume, follow these steps:
  1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.

    Note If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear.
  3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then clickDisk Management in the left pane.
  4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
  7. Click OK.
The drive letter is assigned to the drive, to the partition, or to the volume that you specified, and then that drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool. Thanks or using FixYa! John

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When I connect the hard drive, the computer makes the sound indicating that it has been connected, and I can see it under the connected devices in the control panel, but it doesn't show up under My...


One problem could be that the drive is trying for a drive letter that is already taken by the system.

1.) Click Start->Setting's->Control Panel->Administrative tools.
2.) Computer Management
3.)In the management tool under Storage->Disk Management.
4.) Can you see your drive in the list?
5.) If already formatted and data present and you can see your drive right click on the drive and click on change drive letter and assign a new drive letter to it.
7.) If showing unused you will have to format it.
8.) Now after you change the drive letter it should appear in Explorer.

Hope this helped.

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My new WD 320 GB external drive won't detect in my pc and laptop? pls help....


Hello there,

Please try to plug it into another USB port. There is a chance that your port could be faulty. If its not with the port, try to assign the drive letter if you are using windows. You have to right click on the My Computer icon, select Manage. Once on Computer Management, select Disk Management. Locate your WD drive and right click again. Finally, click on the Assign Drive Letter and follow the wizard.

Good luck!

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Cannot access hard drive, USB port detects it, but does not access


You can verify what drive has been detected by your Operating System, which I assume is Windows of some sort by going to: Control Panel -> Admistrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management -> Your Hard disk will be displayed with all existing partitions.
I order to use any partitions in your new drive, you will need to assign a drive letter to each new partition.
If you have a brand new drive that is completely unformatted, then you will need, also via the context menu, Create partitions, Format partitions and assign a drive letter so that you can use the formatted partitions.

Hope it helps: let me know how you go!

Below is example of Disk Management display showing my external USB 300GB drive with _EXT disks & displayed context menu:
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My computer sees the drive when I plug it in, but it does not assign a drive letter to it or let me open it. In device manager, the computer sees it and says it is working properly.


Sounds like it isn't formatted. Right-Click My computer, go to Manage, then select Disk Management. Here you can assign a drive letter and format partitions. I would reccomend to chose NTFS as the file system type when formatting.

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My slave hard disk is not showing in my computer


Is it formatted ? Does it have a drive letter associated to it? If not then either format it (right click on My computer -> click Manage -> click Disk Management. Now right click the drive if it is showing there and either create partitions and/or format it if it not already formatted.

If it's already formatted, and you just need to assign a drive letter, then in Disk Management, right click the drive and click Change Drive Letter and Paths and assign an unused drive letter, say Z.

Close Computer Management and open My Computer. The new drive should show up now.

HTH,
Deboo

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Not showing my external hard drive


I HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM! or at least this works for my my book 1tb external hard drive. when i initially connect it i get the 'new device detected' pop up thing, but then it doesn't show on my computer. However, I have found that keeping the device pllugged into the computer but removing then replacing the power source from the device causes it to show up. That's all I did, unplug the power cord on the back and replace it. The computer says 'new hardware detected' and 'found my book mass storage device,' then it appears on my my computer tab. Hope this works with you as well!

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External Drive not recognized


Have you tried in Disk Management Right-Clicking on the drive and selecting 'Change Drive Letter and Paths...' ? That is the normal way to change or add a drive letter to any drive, internally or externally attached (other than by network connection)?

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