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Cannot Assign Drive Letter in Win7 Disk Mgr


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#1 Nunbet1037

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

Greetings!

I was asked by a client to get data off a circa 2004 PC that has a blown Power Supply. I removed the HDD and proceeded with my usual recovery procedure using a drive adapter cable and power supply. The problem is that I can see the drive in the Win7 Disk Manager, but I can't mount the partition. Most of the time I've not had problems with Win7. It usually just recognizes the drive and assigns a letter to the active primary partition. In this case, I can see the partition, it's active and healthy, but I can't assign it a letter. In fact, all options are "greyed out" except "Delete Partition."

I've also used MiniTool Partition Wizard, but without success. Partition Wizard can assign a letter to the partition, which then shows up in Windows Explorer. If you click on the drive letter, you get the "J:\ refers to a location that is unavailable ...." I can explore the partition with Partition Wizard, but I'm unable to access the files.

Here are the Hardware particulars:

Old HDD: 80GB Maxtor HDD ATA, formatted with 76GB primary partition, Active, NTFS, This was the boot drive for a PC

I'm using Win7 x64. The drive is connected to my machine using a SATA/IDE Combo Drive adapter connected to a USB port on my machine. It uses the standard USB to SATA Serial Bridge Driver.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Even if I'm missing something that would make me say, "Duh!"

Thanks,

Richard

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:55 PM

Okay, I solved this one!

I wondered if maybe the volume was hidden. I checked the partition attributes and, sure enough, it was hidden. I removed the hidden attribute and I was able to access the entire partition.

Like I said, "Duh!"

Richard

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 02:20 PM

Thanks for letting us know the resolution. It may help others in the future.

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