XP won't assign a drive letter

By Chase32 ยท 32 replies
Feb 18, 2007
  1. chamillitarysk8

    chamillitarysk8 TS Booster Posts: 128

    ok go into your BIOS and make sure that its loading your second drive make it load right after the first dive that has windows on it
  2. Chase32

    Chase32 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks to a great free program called Super Fdisk, the drive is fixed. I booted the computer up with the program on floppy and it said that their was a problem with the partition and asked if I wanted to fix it. I rebooted and Windows recognized the drive!

    Here's the link if anyone else wants it:

  3. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Thats great news! Thanks for updating your post :grinthumb
  4. doncobb

    doncobb TS Rookie

    Any luck solving this yet?

    I've got the same problem right now. A fresh format and install of XP, but it won't recognize my Seagate HD that is chock full of my saved info. It sees it, I've initialized it but it won't let me assign a drive letter to it. It did previously. Any solution to this yet?

    UPDATE: After I joined and posted this, I saw the answer. Trying it right now. Thanks!
  5. KickAsS0916

    KickAsS0916 TS Rookie


    K I had the samee problem and I finally got it n figured I'd let u all kno how i did it...Go to your control panel and open up Administrative Tools. From there go to Computer Management. When the window opens up in the left column therre will be a list of things click on Disk Management. Your main system harddrive is always Disk 0. Depending on how many harddrives u have installed will depend on what disk number it is obviously. If the drive does not say "Healthy" than you need to right click it from the drop down list choose assign letter and path do that then right click it again and format it as NTFS. Worked for me the formatting takes a long *** time but its worth it.
  6. doncobb

    doncobb TS Rookie

    Thanks but...

    Thanks for posting. My problem isn't that. My problem is that I have 100 gigs of important data on the hard drive which still has no drive letter. I don't want to lose the data. I tried a couple things posted here, to no avail. PC Inspector File Recovery read my disk but didn't find any of my data there. I know it's there, as I haven't reformatted it. I suppose I need to email Seagate for a driver. There isn't a driver download on their web page. They say I don't need one, that the Windows driver works. It doesn't. It's a 250 gig Seagate Barracuda, bought 3 or 4 months ago. It worked fine until I reformatted and reinstalled XP.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    I you use the Seagate HDD tools to see if that can help you?
  8. Chase32

    Chase32 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Did you try that Super Fdisk program? Was there a Red X posted next to the drive letter? Try NTFS4DOS (google search it - can't remember where I got it from) and see if you can access it. Also try creating PE environment (like BartPE) or try running Knoppix.


    The goal is to save the data on it, not format over it.
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