unallocated disk space

May 29, 2011 at 18:44:43
Specs: Windows XP
Hi there I am running an xp home system. I currently went through a seperation, where I wasn't allowed to take my pc so I used my son's 1tb external usb drive to copy all my pics and music to. so now I have hooked it up to this pc and although the comp see's it it's an unallocated drive and will not allow me to assign a drive letter to it. Is there any way to save the data on this usb drive?

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#1
May 29, 2011 at 19:16:29
The drive should also be shown in the drive manager, maybe, without drive letter.
But check, whether there is a partition, shown on that drive.
If it is, you should be able to rightclick the partition and assign a drive letter to it.

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#2
May 29, 2011 at 23:01:45
Disk manager does see it, however there is no partition and it is black as apposed to blue. it says there is 931.51 gb. I always thought a terabyte was 1000gb, so the 67.5 gigs has to be my all my music and pics that are on it. When I click on it my only options are to partition, properties and help. If I partition it can I still retrieve my info. I don't want to lose anything from it.

Thanks for your response and help :)


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#3
May 29, 2011 at 23:02:36
And sorry there is no drive letter assigned.

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#4
May 30, 2011 at 10:44:06
There must be a partition on the drive, to be able to store data on it.
Otherwise, there is no partition, no drive letter, and in summary no data on the drive.

Have you already played around with the drive to get you data from the drive, before you posted you issue here?
I mean, heve you used some tools, often described in the internet, to rescue partitions or something like that?

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#5
May 30, 2011 at 10:49:11
Don't ask me to explain, but 1TB is 931GB.

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r22...

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#6
May 30, 2011 at 10:53:29
@clive_pearce

It is the unformatted diskspace.

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#7
May 30, 2011 at 10:55:54
Thanks so much for your help and the link.

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#8
May 30, 2011 at 10:59:53
I have tried many different computers to try and get the deviced noticed. It does show up in the disk management on all pc's but there is never a drive letter. No I have not used any tools or anything. I am ready to format it and go crawling back on my hands and knees to my ex and beg him to recopy all the data if... he will even do that :S

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#9
May 30, 2011 at 11:03:31
ok but I had it working once. All the data was on there, then all of a sudden it just stopped noticing it. :S

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#10
May 30, 2011 at 14:23:25
Ok, so while you can get data back from you ex, the easiest way is, to repartition and reformat the drive and get another copy of your data.

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#11
May 30, 2011 at 17:18:34
With the USB Drive connected to the machine, open diskmgmt.msc. If the USB drive has no drive letter assigned, you can assign one to it.

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#12
May 30, 2011 at 18:45:49
@Dan Penny

this will only work, when there is a partition on it, supported by Windows.

As pefferlawprincess mentioned in #2, there is no partition.

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