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5acrefarmer

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Hi.

Unfortunately I am not a computer Geek but need help from one!

I leave my external hard drive plugged into the back of my computer
and just plug it into a wall socket when I need to use it, (pathetic I know).
My computer recognises it as drive G.

Tonight I had a memory stick in the computer when I turned on the hard drive
and because the computer would have recognised the memory stick as drive G
it recognised the hard drive as drive H.

On the external hard drive I have video files (Adobe Premiere Elements),
hours of them, and now I cannot access some of them ( .prel files) as I guess
they can't be found on drive G which is no longer the external hard drive as
far as the computer is concerned.

My feeble attempts to get the computer to see the external hard drive as G
have failed.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Ian.
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dsenette

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i assume that you took the memory stick out...then plugged the HD back in and it still came up as H right?

two things:

#1...try removing the memory stick and teh external drive...restart your computer...then hook up the HD the way you normally would...does it come back as G?

#2...if it doesn't...with the external drive hooked up (and the memory stick out), right click on "my computer" and choose manage, then choose "disk managment" find the external hard drive in the list (should show up as H but make sure to verify that you find the right drive)...right click on the drive in the list and choose "Change drive letter and paths" then change the drive letter back to G

does everything work after that?
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5acrefarmer

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Hi. Yes, I tried your second suggestion and it seems to work fine
although the disk is referred to as
Local Disk (H:) (G:)
not just
Local Disk (G:)
maybe I'll just have to live with that.

Many thanks.
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Tyger

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XP just arbitrarily assigns a disk label to anything above D: and E:, it keeps those labels for the optical drives so they don't change and you don't lose any shortcuts to them.
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