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#1 blueballs

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:38 AM

I have win 7 x 64, When I added a basic hard drive it only registered in device manager,when I tried to rescan the disks to add a drive letter the drop down list was greyed out.Ive googled this and tried various ways to assign a drive letter but it always turns out that the last bit to click is greyed out,anyone had this problem?



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:47 AM

Has the drive been partitioned and formatted?

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:35 PM

Has the drive been partitioned and formatted?

Yes it has.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:26 PM

When you right click on the drive in disk management, what options does it give?

 

Edit: Can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management Windows showning the new drive?


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:06 AM

When you right click on the drive in disk management, what options does it give?

 

Edit: Can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management Windows showning the new drive?

All options are greyed out and I don't know how to do a screen shot?



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:11 AM

Open Disk Management and make it the active Window. Press Alt+ Prnt Scrn. Open Paint and select Paste. Save the file as a Jpg and attach to your next post.

 

Was this drive added after the OS install or was it installed at the same time as the OS?



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:29 AM

I did an OS install ages ago? Ive just come across this HD that I want to mine for music files.Its in device manager and disk management says it has 2 healthy partitions but everything I try to do to add a drive letter to it has the drop down greyed out?



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:32 AM

Open Disk Management and make it the active Window. Press Alt+ Prnt Scrn. Open Paint and select Paste. Save the file as a Jpg and attach to your next post.

 

Was this drive added after the OS install or was it installed at the same time as the OS?

I have the JPG but I cant find a way of posting it on here?



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Click the more reply options button. Attach files button at bottom left.

 

Would it be okay to delete the partitions and start from scratch? Backup any data you need on the hard drive to your other hard drive.

 

Download and install Aoemi Partition Assistant. Delete the partitions on the hard drive making sure you are not selecting the drive that has Win7. Then create a new partition (make it primary) using Aoemi. When doing this format to ntfs and have it also give a drive letter.

 

Aoemi online manual


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Attached File  disk management.jpg   95.98KB   0 downloads OK, I think Ive got it?



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:46 AM

I'm only trying to get some music off the hard drive,if I cant simply put a drive letter on it without a whole lot of drama Im not going to worry about it. The hard drive in question on disk management is disk 1.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:48 AM

When you click on the first partition (23.41GB) not Disk 1 at the left can you right click and assign a letter?

 

Edit: I think I see the problem. The first partition of disk1 is marked active.

 

open a cmd prompt. Type cmd in the search box and right click "Run as Administrator"

 

Type

 

Diskpart

 

List disk    ( you should see your Disk 0 and Disk 1)

 

Select disk 1

 

list partition (look for the partition number of the 23.41GB partition)

 

select partition #        (# being what was listed in previous step)

 

Detail partition     ( you should see details of the partition and it being marked active)

 

inactive

 

exit

 

Now try and give the partition a drive letter by selecting the partition and right clicking.


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 May 2014 - 09:04 AM.


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 02:43 PM

That didn't work,I cant see that it made any difference at all? The 23GB partition is still active, When I entered exit at the end it went to C:/system32 blah blah with a flashing cursor?
 


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:00 PM

Correction,the 23GB partition is not active. When Ive tried the cmd process again it says inactive from the first time I did it. You would think something like this would be easy to do but Microsoft in its infinite wisdom has deemed it not or its just another example of shoddy programing? I do appreciate your help mate but I'm calling quits on this.Thanks for your help fellas,we tried at least.


Edited by blueballs, 04 May 2014 - 03:11 PM.


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:43 PM

Sorry, It didn't work out for you.  I would at least try deleting the existing partitions with Aoemi and creat a new one. That might work.

 

Edit: you may be able to retrieve the files using Puppy, a small linux distro.


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 May 2014 - 05:17 PM.





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