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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 9262 3-Sep-2006 07:18
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Hello - forgive me if I've raised this in the wrong forum.
I've seen a few references to similar problems but none seem to address my exact problem.
I am unable to use any of the suggested solutions.

I have a working disc drive , with a working USB / IDE disc box - I've used the box previously with other drives.
This drive is an old C drive I'm trying to copy the data from.

I have attached previous drives to this computer and USB pen drives no problem.
Though currently my pen drive assigns a drive letter but works intermittently when the disc box is attached!

I'm using XP home.

On attaching the USB box - the box is seen, the drive is seen - but no drive letter is assigned.
In disc manager it recognises the drive correctly - but says the drive is working fine - recognises FAT32 but no drive letter.
Heathy online active FAT32.
Under properties the volume is populated.

Right clicking on the drive to assign a drive letter is greyed out.
Using CMD - using diskpart - I can see the disc - but can not assign a letter or a volume.
It is not under list volume.

The disc box is a from - but I can find no other drivers.
Anyway - its worked in the past on this system with other hard drives.

I also tried attaching the same box to a different XP system - same result.

I'm sure I've had this problem in the past and I need to do something the equivalent of Mount - on a unix system.

Any ideas?

If it comes to the crunch I could just attach it as an extra IDE drive but I wanted the freedom of using the USB box.

Regards Andy

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Reply # 45262 3-Sep-2006 12:21
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If the disk is being seen by the system then you should be able to manually assign a letter to it.

I havent used XP for a long time but im sure its the same as it is in Vista..

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Computer Management

Click on disk management and it should bring up a list of disks. Right click on your USB disk and select Change drive letter and paths.

Im sure thats how it works in XP, but if not try searching for the Microsoft Management Console and go from there.

Hope this helps. Someone else may be able to confirm if this is the XP way....

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 45311 4-Sep-2006 00:00
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Thanks for the reply but sorry - its not as easy as that - as I said in the first post - the majority of the right click menus are grey - grey and can not be used.
Assign a drive letter is not counted as a valid option for some reason.

For further clarity - ignore the bit about the pen drive not working - Its because its in MAC format that it can not be read.
It does have a drive letter.


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Reply # 45312 4-Sep-2006 00:04
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Ah sorry for some reason I missed that bit.... that was a useless reply then.

I'm there will be somebody around here who has got some sort of answer....

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  Reply # 45424 5-Sep-2006 09:42
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Guess its a case of Physician heal thy self.
If anyone is interested my problem is because the W98 C disc had Goback installed upon it.
The partition info type is type 44 - basically - it looks like a boot manager - windows does not recognise the type.

So you can either boot up goback and remove the goback programme - restore the partition type

Or you can use Powerquest free utility partedit32 from
Change the GoBack type 44 to Fat32 (type 0B).


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  Reply # 47187 30-Sep-2006 10:08
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You are a genious. I just got a hard disk enclosure, took a good hard drive out of a bad laptop, and could not figure out why no drive letter was being assigned. googled the problem, came across your post, and Shazam! it worked. When I saw GOBACK i knew that was the problem.

Thanks so much - you are a true GEEK!!!


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