Windows doesn't automatically assign a drive letter for my external SATA HDD.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Mikkooh, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Mikkooh

    Mikkooh MDL Novice

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    I have got this problem for two days now.
    When i got the problem, i googled it and got a answer that says: "Use testdisk."
    So i used it, right, and now i do have two partitions that are both "OK", but i need to manually assign a letter from disk management.
    Steam is on the other partition, and it always is being "Read-Only" so i cant play any games :\. Any ideas?
     
  2. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    Backup any important data and reformat the drive.
     
  3. Harris50

    Harris50 MDL Novice

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    solution


    It is very easy, using such EASEUS Partition Master is free. Your drive will be seen from the table, then assign it a letter and it works right away. You do not need to format the drive.
     
  4. Mikkooh

    Mikkooh MDL Novice

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    Ok, i reformatted it, still doesnt assign a letter automatically.
     
  5. Mikkooh

    Mikkooh MDL Novice

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    I now removed it from device manager, didnt work :7
     
  6. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    Maybe it's time to start considering a replacement drive. But before that, I've always been able to "recover" drives by using free and downloadable GPartEd. Create and boot from the CD then delete ALL partitions on the suspect drive. Then create a single full disk size partition choosing the appropriate type. For Windows 7 I'd suggest NTFS.

    If this fails to solve your problem, back to my first comment .... "Maybe it's time ........"