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Solved: External HDD: changing from I:/ to G:/

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by ConsumingHatred, Mar 15, 2008.

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  1. ConsumingHatred

    ConsumingHatred Thread Starter

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    Forgive me if the title is a bit confusing but I had no idea how else to summarize the small doubt I have, which is pretty simple, I think.

    Basically I had an external HDD that stayed plugged into my computer most of the time and yesterday, while it was disconnected, a friend of mine needed to recharge his MP3 Player so I connected to my laptop and it was using drive G:/ which was usually reserved for my external HDD so when I decided to plug in my external HDD (with or without his MP3 player being plugged in) it's using drive I:/ and I'd really really like to revert it back to using drive G:/ because I have a bunch of shortcuts and downloading configurations which are meant to send things to my external HDD instead of my laptop's hard drive.


    I tried restarting with the external HDD plugged in and plugged out, tried taking it off and then plugging it back in several times (safely, of course) but it just won't work. Is there anyway I can just force it to take up its old G:/ drive?
     
  2. crazlunatic

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    All you have to do is take his mp3 out, and plug your external first so it's recognized first and points it to the next available letter, which is G
     
  3. DaveA

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    What devices are using the letters g and h?
    Have you tried restarting the computer?

    As you have found out, it is not smart to make links to a external device as they are subject to change.
     
  4. ConsumingHatred

    ConsumingHatred Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your advice but...I already did that when I pointed out how it still goes to I:/ with or without his MP3 player being plugged in. I don't even have his MP3 player right now, I'm at home trying to do this seemingly simple and logical task yet I fail, haha.

    It's the first thing I imagined, just...plug it out and it would take G:/ back when his MP3 wasn't taking it up but it didn't work. Any suggestions?
     
  5. crazlunatic

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    Have you tried restarting (I don't want to make it sound like as if you're an idiot but sometimes even I forget.) Also, maybe you have some virtual ISO drives on by accident?
     
  6. ConsumingHatred

    ConsumingHatred Thread Starter

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    No devices are using G and H.

    I have a local disk C:, an HP recovery disk D:, DVD drive E: and another DVD drive F:

    That's it.
     
  7. ConsumingHatred

    ConsumingHatred Thread Starter

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    I have restarted, and it just takes I:/
     
  8. crazlunatic

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    Oh I found the solution. This must work for sure. Plug in your external hard drive and let it settle at G.

    Start Menu, right click computer, and choose manage. Then choose disk management. Right click your G drive and choose change drive letter. I hope this works.
     
  9. ConsumingHatred

    ConsumingHatred Thread Starter

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    Yes! It worked perfectly!

    Thanks for all the help, really.

    I really appreciate the time, patience and help.
     
  10. crazlunatic

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    Np. Be sure to check out my site if you need any Vista info ;)
     
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