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Solved: External HD Not Assigned Drive Letter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by grtatn, Jan 22, 2006.

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  1. grtatn

    grtatn Thread Starter

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    I have a Toshiba laptop (Pent IV, 512 RAM, 60 GB HD) running XP Home SP2. I recently purchase a Maxtor 200GB HD and an external USB enclosure. After installing the drive in the enclosure and plugging in the USB it looks like it is recognized (says Maxtor drive recognized, driver is installed, new hardware ready to use), but it is not assigned a letter when I click on "my computer" so I can't do anything with it.

    After reading an earlier thread, I attempted to format the drive by: clicking on My Computer, clicked "manage", and "disk management". In the main window of this screen only my C: drive is listed. In the drop down list below the main window are listed: disk 0 - C:, and then under that disc 1 - unallocated 189.93GB, then under that my CD/DVD. If I right click on dick 1 I do not get an option to format - only "properties" and "help". In "properties" under the "general" tab it says "Device is working properly".

    How can I format this drive and get a drive letter assigned to it?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. saikee

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    You need to partition first and format it second.

    Pretty standrad in any hard disk application. Pay to know it.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    do you get the option to Partition the drive or initialize the drive? It must be partitioned before you can format it.
     
  4. grtatn

    grtatn Thread Starter

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    I think that I do have an option to partition the drive within the "properties" section of disk management. I thought I had to format it first...
     
  5. grtatn

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    I've partitioned and then formatted the drive. Thanks for your help.
     
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