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Windows 7: weird drive letter problem?


28 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 
weird drive letter problem?

hello guys, so i had this random problems where my external hard drive has changed to the letter (F: ) which is inconvenient as many of the music production programs I use require the drive letter (G: ) and this letter is now showing as a 'portable device' i will provide screenshots below, I have tried Disk management and also Uninstalling the driver for whatever is taking up (G: ) at this moment in time, can anyone help me please?

thank-you in advance.

[img]http://s12.**************/j0ekgreeh/drive_g_not_here.jpg[/img]

[img]http://s12.**************/j1oia6g89/drives.jpg[/img]

[img]http://s12.**************/8g4my69wp/what_its_showing.jpg[/img]


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click pictures for full view.

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28 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You leave the Hitachi drive connected all the time?
I think the current "G" is the HP-Tools partition which is hidden. Unplug the Hitachi, reboot & see what happens when you plug it in after the boot is completed. You can verify this with Easeus Partition Master.
You can "fix" USB drive letter assignments with this: USB Drive Letter Manager - USBDLM
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28 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

i do leave the hitatchi connected all the time yes, it has all my samples and programs i will try your solution now and get back to you, one moment .
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28 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

no it doesnt work still letter F :c
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29 Sep 2012   #5

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

In Disk Management give the external drive a Volume Label...it can be anything you want.
Then assign it the drive letter you want and re-boot.
It will now retain that letter ...so long as you picked one thats not in use.
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29 Sep 2012   #6

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

I've reserved the drive letter s-z on all my systems for years now for partitions and devices that refuse to accept the drive assignments I have given them.
To get the G letter off that drive just extend it to a letter you'll likely never use for anything else.
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29 Sep 2012   #7

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

It's years that I have an external USB HDD that has a volume label and is letter Z (just to make sure it does not pick a new letter and screw up links).
And to deal with partitions and drive letters and things I always used EaseUs partition master (which is free).
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03 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

thankyou all! i changed it to drive letter Z and just reinstalled some programs
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