? match existing drive letters to drives...

March 26, 2011 at 16:14:19
Specs: Windows XP, 1.795 GHz / 2039 MB
I see many drive detters in my disk directory...HOW DO I FIGURE OUT WHAT SOME OF THEM ARE??..MATCH A DRIVE LETTER TO A PARTICULAR DRIVE DEVICE? I SEE LETTERS FOR DRIVES I DO NOT KNOW WHWERE TO FIND ON MY SYSTEM?!?

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#1
March 26, 2011 at 16:17:02
Look at the drives in Windows Disk Management. That will show you which partitions and letters are in which hard drive and will list the optical and other removable drives and memory cards.

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#2
March 26, 2011 at 18:42:39
Othehill,

Thanks for reply, but, I am in stone age on all this and need clarification.

I see "DVD/CD-RW Drive (D:)" -- sometning I can see, touch, understand.
I see the "C" and "G" hard drives -- I can see, touch, understand.
But...
1> I also see "CD Drive (E:)" that leaves me clueless as to what it is -- I have no 2nd CD drive of any kind on this PC.
2> I see "Removeable Disk (F:)" that leaves me scratching my head...what is this referring to?
WinXP provides no way to get more detail on the 2 mystery drives -- where and what are they?!?!?!
Can u help?

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#3
March 26, 2011 at 18:48:19
Are you looking in Windows Disk Management?

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#4
March 27, 2011 at 11:05:02
In Disk Management, I see the 2 HDs "C" ) called Disk 0) and "G" (called Disk 1).
Also,
CD-ROM 0 ...DVD (d:) --this is known DVD/CD-RW
Also,
Disk2 ...Removable (F:) -- unknown drive
CD-ROM ...CD-ROM (E:) --unknown drive

So, again, I am left wondering what drives "E" and "F" are all about.
I have a 3.5 inch floppy drive (Drive A:) that is not mentioned at all in Disk Management.

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#5
March 27, 2011 at 11:45:36
Do you use memory and/or flash cards? Any of those will show, if inserted and have data on them.

Do you have an external hard drive or an eSATA drive?

Do you have InCD or Drag to Disk installed?

Optical drives will show with or without a disk inserted. If no disk inserted the message will be "No Media".

Other drives, like your floppy will only show there if a formatted floppy disk is inserted.

Other removable media may show differently, depending on how they are being used.

Are you using full screen when in Disk management?


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#6
March 27, 2011 at 12:38:54
If you have a memory card reader, there is often one or more drive letters for it, even when there is no memory card in a slot.

E.g. I have one
- it produces 4 drive letters - one for each group of card types it can read (it has only two slots).
- it says Removable Disk beside the drive letter in My Computer when there is no memory card in a slot,
- or - the volume label text of the memory card is beside the drive letter when a memory is inserted in a slot, if the card has a volume label - e.g. a CF (Compact Flash) card from an older digital camera shows CANON_DC .

In Device Manager - Disk drives
it shows, for the card reader...
Generic USB storage-CFC USB Device
Generic USB storage-MMC USB Device
Generic USB storage-MSC USB Device
Generic USB storage-SMC USB Device

Double clicking on any of them, choosing Volumes - clicking on Populate shows whether or not there is a memory card inserted being detected regardless of whether it has a volume label.

If you never use the card reader, if you can't unplug it, you could double click on each one and choose
Do not use this device (disable), click on OK.


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