no drive letter accorded or put to screen

  jack 14:24 19 May 2007

I have a pile of old HDD's that I use for storage.
I look at them via an IDE/USB cable.
A Particular drive loaded this morning- showed in management as healthy and active but did not get a letter issued nor will the system read the properties
Though it has displayed normally before.

It is a 'loaded drive from a 32 bit system(I'm XP Pro] as are other drives I have.
But the properties panel remain greyed out except 'Remove Partition- which I do not want to do --yet.
So before i take that route any ideas.

  jack 14:25 19 May 2007

I forgot the image I had made
here it is
[URL=click here][IMG]click here[/IMG][/URL]

  rawprawn 14:39 19 May 2007

Format it in Management/Disc Management/Right Click choose Format

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:53 19 May 2007

If you format you will lose everything on the drive, can you afford to lose everything?

First try another USB port.
if no go
then try right click change dive letter and path.

Change - assign a drive letter like Z (so as not to coflict with other drive letters n your PC).

Just tried it and worked ok on mine.

  jack 15:12 19 May 2007

Well as you can see the panel is grey out excep for remove partition.
Stuff in drive not critical- will remove partition open it up for a reformat?

[URL=click here][IMG]click here[/IMG][/URL]

  jack 14:35 21 May 2007

As stated the management knew the disk was there but did not put up a drive letter right clicking on the drive put up the menu but Remove partition' was the only active option
So in the end that is what I did and reformatted.
But I am still puzzled it was/is a fat32 drive as all the others are and should have come up as active with a drive letter

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