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Windows XP cant locate external


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patchy_pete

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Hi all,

I have had some issues with my computer, long story short i had to re-install windows XP.

Ok, the problem i have is that when i click on "Start" and "my computer", i have "c" for my HD but no external.

I have gone to "device manager" and the external is their. I have uninstalled and re-installed, but still no drive letter (it was g:) to double click on. Can anyone help as i have photos of my little girl on it.

Thanks heaps.

Peter.
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You may have to manually assign a drive letter to it for My Computer to show it as an available drive.
Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management.
Right-click the appropriate volume (it will probably be labelled "Unassigned") and select "Change drive letter and paths"
Obviously you must select a drive letter that is not already being used by any other drive on the system.
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Hi Phillip22,

Thanks mate it did the trick However..........It asking me to format the external......... It wont let me in unless i format. Can i get my way araound to recover photos from my little girs??


Peter.
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If it wants you to format it, then there was a problem. You should try and recover the photos. I use "ZAR". It works quite well. There are many others out there also.
Generally, I would do a google search and run a couple programs to see which 1 recovers the most. I only use free ones.
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Hello 123Runner,

Sorry about the long delay. My computer went from bad to worst, but seems ok at the moment.

I tried ZAR, after 20 odd hours of scanning it didnt find any files. I also took your advise and googled "data recovery". You are right, there are heaps out their.

After some research, i purchased a program called Power Data Recovery. Well worth the money, i retreived everything.

So, i thank you for your help.

Peter.

:)
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GetDataBack is another good recovery program. I've used it even on drives I've had to keep on ice to keep them spinning.

BTW.......the freezer trick with a bad drive really does work...... :)
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I tried the freezer on 2 drives with a 50% recovery. Worked on 1 but not the other. I will always try.
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