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No drive letter

My WD my book would show as a external drive with a letter assigned and that was how I would back my files.I had unplugged it for a while and now it doesn't show on my computer with a assigned external drive letter. Now I can't back up to the WD drive. It is working properly. Why doesn't it show on my computer in device and removal storage? When I go to my computer and click on properties,hardware, device manager it shows my disk drives ARRAY and WD 2500JB external usb drive. It is working properly. My only problem is because a drive letter is not assigned and I can't backup.I need your help please. God bless.

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  • sonoran777 Aug 27, 2008

    I safely removed the drive however, if I go to stop the device, to disconnect the system shows it is in use, therefore I cannot unplug. Needless to say I have o drive letter or ability to access my data.

  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    same

  • evinalis Dec 13, 2008

    same problem

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When remove the drive do this steps properly first when you want remove the drive remove safley than remive it

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