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    Missing Drive Letter

    My new Dell laptop started out with 3 partitions: 2 of Dells and the C:\ drive. I repartitioned C into C and a data partition. When I did that, for some reason "D" was not available and so I used "E".

    Elsewhere on the forum you can see where I followed Dan's helpful procedure today to get rid of the 2 Dell partitions.

    Yet, "D" is still unavailable to use for my data partition.

    Can anyone help me clear up the case of the missing drive letter?

    Thanks,
    Dick

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    Drive D is probably assigned to your DVD drive.

    Open up the Disk Management application and see what drive assignments it has made. You can change them from that application as well.

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    Neither Disk Management nor Minitool Partition Wizard show "D". They didn't before I went through today's partition exercise, and they didn't after.

    Dick

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    JC:
    My apologies. They didn't/don't show "D" because "D" is assigned to my DVD drive.

    Dick

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    Dick, There are two windows in Disk Management. The bottom window has a graphical display of the partitions on each drive.

    On the right of that window is a scroll bar you can use to see all the drive assignments, including the DVD drive.

    If you right click on any drive's graphical display, you can choose "Change drive Letter or paths" to reassign drive letters.

    First, change the DVD [Drive D: ] to something like drive M: (something out of range).
    Second, change the drive letter of the drive you want as D: (which is now free).
    Third, change the drive letter of the DVD drive to whatever you want (it doesn't have to be consecutive).

    I always assign drive O: to my DVD drive because O looks like a disk.

    Good Luck, this is real easy.
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