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Trouble Assigning Drive Letter

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#1 jefe_hombre


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Posted 06 January 2008 - 08:51 PM

Hello folks,

A friend has a computer that would not boot. He said he "thought" there were issues with viruses. I took the hard drive out and connected it to another computer using a USB adapter as an external drive. When I check in Administrative Tools, I can see the drive with no letter assigned. However, when I right click on it the only option I have is "delete partition". The drive is listed as a primary partition and healthy. Any ideas?


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#2 gavinseabrook


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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:27 PM

Plug the Hard Drive back into his computer and insert your Windows XP cd. Enter the Recover Console and run a check disk. (command is CHKDSK)

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#3 hamluis



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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:19 AM

Well, not to be obvious, but...the first thing that should be a priority...would be scanning the drive with a reliable AV and at least one reliable malware program..before doing anything.

When you say in Administrative Tools...do you mean in the Disk Management module? The drive does not appear in My Computer/Explorer? What file system is listed for this drive in Disk Management?

For that matter...what O/S is supposed to be on this drive which won't boot?

You might also check the jumper setting for the drive in the enclosure..l.if that jumper is not set to what the enclosure manufacturer wants, it could be viewed as a problem.


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