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Changing disk drive letters


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#1 richierein

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:54 AM

Hi.

I have been using the same disk drive letters for more than three years. Suddenly the other day, when I started the computer many of the disk drive letters had changed. I used Computer Management to change them back to where they were but when I rebooted the computer, they had changed back to where they were before I made the changes. Is there any way to make them stay to where I changed them?

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:03 AM

1) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)? Any new usb device connected?

2) Have you run full system scans with BOTH your anti virus app and MalwareBytes?

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:02 AM

I have no new hardware but I did some testing for an Australian company on a product called BurninTest which had originally failed on my system, They asked my to do some testing in exchange for a license to use the software. One of my disks failed to report it's temperature to BurnInTest and the program possibly destroyed the MBR. I was unable to boot after running the program. It is possible that the registry was also affected since it was necessary to restore an earlier image of my system drive in order to get everything working again.

As my system appears now, I have three external hard drives and a USB flash drive. The computer is also showing a drive listed as F: (39.8MB). It shows as an FAT device. I have no such thing installed on my computer. I am unable to delete that drive. Computer Management reports 'The volume F: Simple Volume is in use' when I try to remove it. It contains no files but I can copy files to it and subsequently delete them.

Something VERY VERY strange just happened. As I am writing this, BurnInTest attempted to run and it is NOT even on my computer. The UAC appeared for it. I clicked 'No'. Now I am completely beside myself. I have no idea what just happened. Maybe my computer is haunted.

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Edited by richierein, 01 November 2011 - 02:08 AM.


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:32 AM

Okay, I wouldn't even know where to start. I suggest you contact the company for whom you did the testing.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 07:14 AM

Had I not mentioned anything about having used BurnInTest, would you have been able to make a suggestion based on the other information I provided?

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 07:20 AM

I'm not real good with hypotheticals. The fact is that you did use this software and it apparently caused the problem you now have. The first step in troubleshooting is generally to try to identify the cause. We've done that. Since it's third party software you should be in touch with them to see if they have any suggestions - I doubt you're the only one who has run into problems.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 09:32 PM

I may have a suggestion if you had make contact with the third party vendor please do those troubleshooting steps not these

1. you could fix the MBR issue with this http://windows7themes.net/how-to-fix-mbr-in-windows-7.html
2. Administrative cmd prompt run the command: sfc /scannow and after that you could run chkdsk (L) /r

L= is the drive letter

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