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No drive letter on new Sata Hard Drive

by phil66 / February 15, 2007 11:08 AM PST

Windows XP Home
Sata Hard Drive system

Installed new Seagate 80 gb hard drive in Dell XPS computer.

Upon starting computer pop up showed new hardware installed.
Device manager shows model # of new harddrive

Disk management shows new disk as Disk 1 basic online with 74.53 unallocated space

Initialized new disc and also rescanned no changes
There are no entry's in driver path for new disk

How do I assign a drive letter so as it will show up under my computer file.

My objective is to install linux to this drive with ext 3 formating.

Thanks for the help
Ray

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Why bother?
by jackson dougless / February 15, 2007 11:38 AM PST

If you're planning on installing Linux on it, then who cares if Windows assigns a drive letter to it? Windows can only read FAT and NTFS filesystems anyway, so if you use any of the Linux filesystems, Windows wouldn't know what to make of it anyway.

Just install Linux on it and don't worry about the rest.

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Why bother?
by phil66 / February 16, 2007 12:14 AM PST
In reply to: Why bother?

Thanks for the reply Jackson

Will install Linux now.
Ray

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Wanting to use it as an external harddisk
by Deus0416 / February 25, 2007 8:59 AM PST
In reply to: Why bother?

I actually have the same problem as Phil66, the hardware shows on my device manager. But no letter is assigned to it on my SATA Harddisk on windows system. Is there anyway to get it out? I plan to just use it as an external harddisk.

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So did you partition and format it?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2007 9:01 AM PST
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