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Solved: Limited Drive Letters

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bgdrew03, Jan 19, 2007.

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  1. bgdrew03

    bgdrew03 Thread Starter

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    Here is my problem... My computer limits me on the amount of drives I can have. For example; it shows my C: Drive, my External Hard Drive, my DVD Player, my CD Player, and my Thumb Drive; with the all the corresponding Drive letters spread out accordingly. The highest letter it allows is up to F: Anything after that, will not show up.

    But here's the catch... The computer sees and recognizes the different Drives, even if it won't show up on "My Computer."

    If I add another removable or some other type of Drive; ie. another Thumb Drive, or another Hard Drive, it will not appear unless I unplug something else.

    I hope I was clear. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. winbob

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    Just to help this along...are you using Win/XP or some earlier version of Windows? In older versions you could specify the Drive letter 'range' that was available. In XP you don't have to do that.
     
  3. johnpost

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    what operating system?

    look on your boot drive in the root directory for a file config.sys
    see if there is a line

    lastdrive=f

    if so you can change it to a letter coresponding to the
    number of drives you want.

    depending on your machine and situation that
    setting may not be needed anymore so you
    may not find it.
     
  4. griffinspc

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    Also, did you install TweakUI or FreshUI. Any of those apps have the option to remove drive letter assignments and after 6 months it's easy to forget you made the change.
     
  5. bgdrew03

    bgdrew03 Thread Starter

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    Sorry... I meant to specify that I was using Windows XP Pro.

    And I have not installed TweakUI or FreshUI.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Are you on a corporate network? Many times, the local drives are limited by the network drive mappings.
     
  7. bgdrew03

    bgdrew03 Thread Starter

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    Nope... Just my home computer
     
  8. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy folks...

    bgdrew03...

    What does Disk Management show?

    Right click My Computer - Properties - Disk Management...

    Does it show the drive?
     
  9. Courtneyc

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  10. bgdrew03

    bgdrew03 Thread Starter

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    Yes, Disk Management shows them.

    Just downloaded TweakUI, and I was able to solve my problem. I was able to click on all the drives I wanted to be available, and 'viola! It worked!

    Thank you all for your help! This has been driving me crazy!
     
  11. griffinspc

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    Ain't PCs fun :D

    You can mark this closed with the thread tools at the top.
     
  12. bgdrew03

    bgdrew03 Thread Starter

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    Yes they are! LOL
     
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