Solved: Limited Drive Letters

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bgdrew03

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

bgdrew03

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

And I have not installed TweakUI or FreshUI.
 

JohnWill

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

bgdrew03...

What does Disk Management show?

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

Does it show the drive?
 

bgdrew03

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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!
 
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