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Windows 7: Disk letter problem

26 Oct 2012   #1
buT

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Disk letter problem

I have a big problem with a disk letter on my external hdd .Recently I've added a new internal hard disk and all my partition letters changed.No problem until i noticed that i really need the partition F for my external drive.No problem , so i go : right click on my computer -> Manage -> disk management and change letter and so .. until i noticed that the letter F is already taken by one Cd Drive.Here is the problem.I don't know how to change the letter for the CD Drive.I must say that in disk management the CD driver doesn't show (probably because i don't have a DVD or CD drive). How can i change the letter for the CD drive ? AGAIN : IN THE DISK MANAGEMENT IS NO WAY TO CHANGE IT.


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26 Oct 2012   #2
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html Scroll down to Option Two. Be careful!
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26 Oct 2012   #3
buT

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Nothing there

Yes , and this is another problem

http://oi45.tinypic.com/2drwg1x.jpg

there is no F partition:-/
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26 Oct 2012   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

How about posting the Disk Management screen.
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27 Oct 2012   #5
buT

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
picture

http://oi45.tinypic.com/2zsmzup.jpg

And here's my computer image

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I just want to change the CD driver F with one hard disk partition.
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27 Oct 2012   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I would give this utility a try:
DriveLetterView - View/Change/Remove drive letters assignment in your system

I use many utilities from that publisher and I've never run into a problem caused by his software.

I see you have HD marked A: and B: which is pretty unusual. Usually they are reserved for floppy drives. But anyway, try Sofer's software above. If it can't do it then there's probably no easy way. Usually in Disk Manager if I want to get to a drive letter it doesn't want me to have I first have to move other letters out of the way.. like back towards the end of the alphabet to free them up. But the NirSoft program is probably and easier and safer way to do it.

edit: here's an article with a description of DriveLetterView:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/changin...rview-windows/
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27 Oct 2012   #7
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Easiest way to get it to retain the drive letter even if moved from 1 PC to the next is:
1) Select a drive letter not being used on either PC...take into account card readers which may take up as many as 5 drive letters...
2) Give the external HDD a Volume Label in Disk Management...this can be any name.
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27 Oct 2012   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I think the problem here is the OP has a bunch of stuff hard-wired to use F:. I assume if he can't get this new drive to be F: then he has to rewrite a whole bunch of spaghetti.

I would try the NirSoft program I mentioned before anything else. All Nir Sofer's stuff is very good.
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28 Oct 2012   #9
buT

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I've user NirSoft and here is the result :

http://oi45.tinypic.com/25ko1kx.jpg

NO DRIVER F !

I really don't know what to say , it's very strange .Should i connect a DVD Writer ? maybe then the driver will appear in disk management and i can change the driver letter.I really need the letter F for the external hard
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28 Oct 2012   #10
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
Easiest way to get it to retain the drive letter even if moved from 1 PC to the next is:
1) Select a drive letter not being used on either PC...take into account card readers which may take up as many as 5 drive letters...
2) Give the external HDD a Volume Label in Disk Management...this can be any name.
volume drive letter is in registry! It isn't retained when you move it to another computer
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