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External Drive not recognized

My Book WD Premium Edition will not show up with a drive letter. Under disk management it is there and if I click on it it says it is connected and working properly. Without a drive letter I have no way of accessing it. I am running XP with a 2.0 usb. Can anybody help? I have an external drive case that works fine with a western digital 80gig drive. I switched the dirve with an 80 gig maxtor, jumper set as master from another computer. The problem I am having is that I do not see the external drive under My Computer even though when I right click on my computer,selected manage and disk management I do see the ext. drive without a drive letter assigned to it. Please help.
My operating system is xp professional serv pack 3.

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Check properly it would have turned into F or G drive.if not then you have

re install the software.thats the only option.

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You can try to right click on any part on your desktop screen then click New Shortcut then type F: , then check if now you can access the drive using drive F.

Hope that helps........

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Is this a new drive which you have connected to the computer ?

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    Maanita Chadha Aug 15, 2008

    Problem:

    If you delete a partition during Windows Setup, create a new partition
    using the new unpartitioned space, and then install Windows 2000 or
    Windows XP in the new partition, Windows Setup may change some of the
    drive letters (for other physical drives) on the computer.



    For example, assume you have a computer with one hard disk and two
    partitions, drive C and drive D, and a CD-ROM drive E. If you then
    delete the drive D partition during the Windows 2000 installation,
    create a new partition using the new unpartitioned spaced, and install
    Windows 2000 in the new partition, when Setup is finished you may find
    that Windows was installed on drive E and the CD-ROM drive has become
    drive D.



    Cause:

    This problem can occur if you boot from the Windows 2000 or Windows XP
    CD-ROM. When a partition is removed that holds a drive (logical or
    physical), Windows reassigns those remaining drives lettered after the
    deleted partition, and assigns the next available drive letter to the new partition.



    Resolution:

    To preserve existing drive lettering, delete and re-create the
    appropriate partition, and then restart Windows 2000 or Windows XP
    Setup (reinstall Windows). You can also delete and re-create a new
    partition outside of the Setup process, by using another operating
    system, by using the Windows 2000 or Windows XP Recovery Console tool,
    or by using a boot disk that contains partitioning software.



    More information on this issue can be found in the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Q225025.

  • Maanita Chadha
    Maanita Chadha Aug 15, 2008

    You can download disk-heal for free this will keep your hdd healthy

    http://www.luqsoft.com/diskheal/


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