Creating a drive letter for an OS X formatted hard disk.

March 27, 2017 at 04:47:56
Specs: Windows 10
I plugged in a hard disk which my friend uses in his mac OS X. It didn't show up in 'My computer', I opened disk management to try and assign a letter to it, but the options where greyed out. Finally, I installed Minitool Partition Wizard, it was able to assign a drive letter to it, however, when I unplug and re-plug the hard disk, every time I have to assign it a new drive letter. The real problem however is, that now, in 'My computer', there are loads of Local Disk (the letters I previously assigned to that Hard disk) and whenever I have to assign a letter to that hard disk, I can't select a previously used letter (This was all my letters would be exhausted eventually).
Is there any way I could unassign those letters?
Thanks

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#1
March 27, 2017 at 05:13:59
I'm surprised it even showed... as Mac OS uses a file format windows doesn't like; can't access it... How did you manage to access the contents of that drive?

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#2
March 27, 2017 at 05:29:29
The drive I use has three partitions-
First one is an EFI partition of 200mb (created by Mac OS X for firmware updating)
Second file partition is an exFAT partition, the main usable partition
Third is 128mb of unallocated space

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#3
March 27, 2017 at 05:54:45
I would not use that drive on your computer again. If it is necessary to share the files, try shrinking a partition and creating a new partition with Disk Manager as a FAT32 version and that should be usable repeatedly by both systems. Another option would be to use another portable HD and format that from Windows and use that one instead.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
March 27, 2017 at 06:09:30
Ok, I also won't use that drive again, just had to share some files with my friend, now I am just wondering how to remove all those drives haunting 'My computer'?

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#5
March 27, 2017 at 21:07:58
Typically when I remove a flash drive or portable hard drive it only appears when the drive is plugged in. I am not sure why your machine is holding onto the drives when they are not present. If you have not, try shutting down the machine, unplugging, (remove the battery is laptop), and press the power button a couple of times. The start the machine and see if it helps.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
April 1, 2017 at 19:43:32
To expand on what Fingers said, do you see the drives in Disk Management?

Doing the best I can here... And remember, there's always more than one path to success. :)


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