1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

Computer Won't Assign Drive Letter to External Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pegs, Oct 18, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. pegs

    pegs Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Messages:
    29
    First Name:
    Peg
    I have a LaCie Porsche Design P9223 Slim External 500GB USB3Hard Drive that my father was using on his computer (with no problem). We're both running Windows 7. My computer, a Dell Studio XPS9000, won't recognize it in "My Computer". There's no drive letter!

    It shows up in Device Manager ( says, "this device is working properly")
    Show up in USB Safely Remove
    Shows up in Devices and Printers
    Shows up in Disk Management as Unknown/Unitialized, Disk 10. (When I right click and try to initialize it, it says "Device is not ready".)
    The Driver is up to date
    It works when I attach it to my husband's laptop, running Windows XP.

    What can I do to assign it a drive letter???

    Peg
     

    Attached Files:

  2. eyoung

    eyoung

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2015
    Messages:
    7
    It sounds like its failing to map the drive correctly. Try the following -

    1) Open Administrative Tools (it can be searched from the start menu)
    2) Open Computer Management
    3) Select Disk Management
    4) Right click on the device in the Volume list - Select Change Drive Letter and Paths...
    5) Select add (if no drive letter exists) or change and select the Assign the following drive letter radio button. (if you can only select change, change the letter as it may be trying to use an existing drive letter)
    6) Select the drive letter you would like from the drop down menu.

    After mapping/changing the drive letter, see if the device shows up.

    Best,
    --
    Eyoung
     
  3. DaveBurnett

    DaveBurnett Account Closed

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2002
    Messages:
    12,970
    It may be that your computer does not supply enough power through the USB port.
     
  4. pegs

    pegs Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Messages:
    29
    First Name:
    Peg
    That's it, Eyoung!!! Thank you so much! It's now happily humming along as Drive J!
     
    eyoung likes this.
As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Similar Threads - Computer Won't Assign
  1. Rekt123
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    382
  2. laremac
    Replies:
    5
    Views:
    162
  3. Alos
    Replies:
    36
    Views:
    735
  4. SlinkyMink
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    238
  5. charlene123
    Replies:
    3
    Views:
    218
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/1158228

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice