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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.




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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 can be anything you want.
Then assign it the drive letter you want and re-boot.
It will now retain that letter long as you picked one thats not in use.
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29 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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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