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Nouturns

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Hi All,

I had an xp hard drive fail but not totally, I was able to hook it up to my vista machine with an external ide converion kit and I copied all my files to another hard drive. I got a replacement drive and used the same ide connection kit that recognized my old drive when it was plugged into it. Now the system device manager recognizes the drive but does not assign a drive letter to it. It is a new drive but how do I get a drive letter assigned to it to put the files on it?
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Have you formatted this drive? Right click on My Computer and select Manage > Disk Management then right click on the new drive and select format.
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Before formatting it probably needs to be partitioned.
Since this is a NEW drive then partition then format.
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Thanks Digerati,

I am formating now.

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Thanks Rshaffer61,

I may have to reformat then... I already started the format. I'm a bit unclear why I have to partition the drive. What does the partition do?

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If you are formatting the drive then the partition should already be setup.
There has to be a partition setup to utilize the space on the drive.
Even if that partition is the whole drive space.
Once that is done then the format can happen.
After format then the drive is usable and you can now put programs or data on it.
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Thank you again rshaffer61,

There is so much I don't know about computers they could fill a library... oh wait, they have. Thanks again!

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Digerati is the saver here.
I was just adding my thoughts.
Hopefully everything is working now and the drive has a drive letter assigned to it.
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