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Windows will not assign a drive letter to a secondary drive

by heberp / May 30, 2004 4:51 AM PDT

I recently replaced a 30 gig HDD which was the primary boot drive, I set it to slave and wanted to use it as a second backup. In disk manager, Win-XP the drive appeared and listed as healthy (active) but no drive letter .the only management choice was to "delete partition", it appeared in device manager and the setup screen as working properly. There is information on the drive I would like to keep but it is all replacable. I removed the drive and put it in a shell (as a master) so it could be an external drive using USB. I hooked it to another XP computer and got the same result so its appears to be drive oriented. How can I get windows to give the drive a letter when the only choice is to delete the partition?

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Re:Windows will not assign a drive letter to a secondary drive
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2004 5:12 AM PDT
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Re:Windows will not assign a drive letter to a secondary drive
by JMarchi / May 31, 2004 12:19 AM PDT

Sounds like you need to do this the opposite way, since partitioning on the drive does not sound standard.

I assume you have a new drive which you now boot with. What you need to do is make your old drive the boot drive again, then copy the important files you want to the new one jumpered as the slave. Once you have them copied you can then reverse them again and partition/format the old drive with Disk Administrator and it should work just fine.

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