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.
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