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WDME5000tn In my computer this HD (500GB) will not be assigned a disk letter. It shows up in "disk manager" without any problems but no disk letter. I tried to assign a letter without avail. During boot up I put my ear on the drive and the disk sounds normal and running. Computer says new hardware installed without problems. Tried another WD (250GB) drive in the same computer and it worked ok with a drive letter. Tried the problem HD in another computer same problem. Could the hard disk have corrupt firmware and needs to be replaced? What should I do the information on this drive is very important to me. Thanks David (david.ostrowski@snet.net)

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How did you try to assign a drive letter right click start right click on this drive select (RENAME) in xp
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