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I Foolishly Deleted External Hard Drive Letter


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#1 rikkidegraz

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 08:19 AM

I have Toshiba Satellite, in case that matters. I have drive C, D, E of course. I also have 2 external hard drives. G is for movies only. F is for backup. Anyway, yesterday I noticed that the letter F wasn't showing when I clicked on Computer. I went into Disk Management and tried to assign a letter but I saw 3 G letters. One was fine but the other two confused me. I tried to change each one but the letter F was missing. In frustration I deleted that drive. Well, now I can't get it back. What do I do? BTW, I see the two externals in Device Manager and I think I see one in MiniTool Partition but the drive in question is marked as Unallocated.

Can you help me? All my important backups are on there.

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 08:30 AM

Check this article.

 

http://superuser.com/questions/651755/recover-deleted-drive


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 09:27 AM

Looks to to me as if you have a 3TB drive...which is recognized as the partition G:  It appears that your 931GB/1TB drive seems to have been wiped clean of any files, if any had been there, by virtue of formatting.

 

Had you placed any files on the 931GB/1TB drive?  That drive is currently reflected as installed and formatted with no content.

 

I suggest disconnecting the 931GB/1TB drive from the system...rebooting...then reconnecting it.

 

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:08 AM

I did as you suggested, hamluis, but nothing happened. It's not showing up.



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:18 AM

Can you assign a driver letter other than F: ?

 

Edit: I noticed G: is over 2TB and partitioned MBR. I am not sure how you were able to do that as MBR has a limit of 2TB. To go over that limit you need to format the drive as GPT.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:21 AM

It shows in Disk Management.

 

Go to Disk Management, find the drive in the lower portion...assign a drive letter other than anyone currently being used by any other partition.  Z is a good one.

 

No drive will be reflected in My Computer/Explorer until a bona fide drive letter is assigned.

 

If the above cannot be done...I would conclude that the drive in question has a problem.  Since it's an external, the problem may lie with the drive itself...the enclosure it is installed in...or any of the connecting cables to said enclosure/drive.

 

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:39 AM

Can you assign a driver letter other than F: ?

 

Edit: I noticed G: is over 2TB and partitioned MBR. I am not sure how you were able to do that as MBR has a limit of 2TB. To go over that limit you need to format the drive as GPT.

G is 3 TB



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:42 AM

It shows in Disk Management.

 

Go to Disk Management, find the drive in the lower portion...assign a drive letter other than anyone currently being used by any other partition.  Z is a good one.

 

No drive will be reflected in My Computer/Explorer until a bona fide drive letter is assigned.

 

If the above cannot be done...I would conclude that the drive in question has a problem.  Since it's an external, the problem may lie with the drive itself...the enclosure it is installed in...or any of the connecting cables to said enclosure/drive.

 

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Everything is greyed out except Delete Volume and Help. Cable is fine. Light is on. 



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:47 AM

You never answered my question...did you have any files on that partition/drive?

 

If not...delete it and format the volume from Disk Management.

 

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:48 AM

You never answered my question...did you have any files on that partition/drive?

 

If not...delete it and format the volume from Disk Management.

 

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Oh yes. That is my backup hard drive.



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:50 AM

Is there any way I can show you  the screen shots after having installed the AccessData?



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:53 AM

 

Can you assign a driver letter other than F: ?

 

Edit: I noticed G: is over 2TB and partitioned MBR. I am not sure how you were able to do that as MBR has a limit of 2TB. To go over that limit you need to format the drive as GPT.

G is 3 TB

 

Not sure how you were able to format a 3TB drive as MBR.  Since you have Minitools, run the Partition Recovery Scan and see if it detects a missing partition. Double Click the partition it finds. Do you see any files. If Quick Scan finds nothing do a Full Scan but this will take a long time on a TB drive.

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/partition-recovery.html



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:10 PM

 

 

Can you assign a driver letter other than F: ?

 

Edit: I noticed G: is over 2TB and partitioned MBR. I am not sure how you were able to do that as MBR has a limit of 2TB. To go over that limit you need to format the drive as GPT.

G is 3 TB

 

Not sure how you were able to format a 3TB drive as MBR.  Since you have Minitools, run the Partition Recovery Scan and see if it detects a missing partition. Double Click the partition it finds. Do you see any files. If Quick Scan finds nothing do a Full Scan but this will take a long time on a TB drive.

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/partition-recovery.html

 

Well, this is exciting. Minitools found my files. I changed the drive letter from nothing to F. However, I still can't see it in My Computer.



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:14 PM

If Minitools found your files after double clicking, you need to press the finish button. Then go back to the main interface and click apply.



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:28 PM

I want to thank one and all for helping me today. I got my drive back. I got my files back and all is right with the world.






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