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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

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/printthread.php?t=8213

    Thanks for any help.

    Doug
     
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    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: 6,503

    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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