WinXP won't give drive letter to USB/IDE drive

By Doug1029
Jul 8, 2005
  1. Hi,

    Just joined to renew a TechSpot thread I found while googling a problem I'm having with a notebook HD that I've repackaged in a USB enclosure and am trying to access from a desktop. Both running WinXP (see my profile). Well, the notebook *did* run WinXP but will no longer stay up long enough to boot (long story). The URL for the earlier thread on this topic is

    Thanks for any help.

  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    Do you have a drive mapped as e: drive? If so, unmap it....I've found this happens fairly frequently.
  3. Doug1029

    Doug1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Having trouble posting a reply, so I'll keep this simple. Thanks for your response. I have E: and F: assigned to a DVDROM and CDROM. Won't Windows just assign the next available letter (K: in my case)?
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    USB does not recognize virtual or mapped drives.
    It will try the next free letter after it found all hardware drives, but if that next free letter (G/H/I/J in your case?) is a virtual/mapped drive, it comes into conflict, and conks out.
    Solution: like Masque said, unmap GHIJ and move them up to e.g. PQRS.
    Then USB will find the (now free) next hardware letter G.
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