Windows 10: Any problems assigning letter 'B' to an external drive?

Discus and support Any problems assigning letter 'B' to an external drive? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi. I seem to have collected rather a lot of external USB drives, most of which contain Ortho4XP terrain files for X-Plane 11, if that means anything... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by martinlest, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. Any problems assigning letter 'B' to an external drive?


    Hi. I seem to have collected rather a lot of external USB drives, most of which contain Ortho4XP terrain files for X-Plane 11, if that means anything to anyone!, and I am running out of available drive letters...

    Does anyone know any reason why my latest (4TB) drive should not be assigned 'B' as its drive letter (I will keep 'A' for my once-a-year (if that) use of a floppy disc)? The drive is not for storage BTW: X-Plane will constantly read data from it during a 'flight'.

    I can't think of any reason why this could cause issues down the line, but...

    Thanks!

    :)
     
    martinlest, Dec 29, 2020
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  2. Lazzer408 Win User

    help. USB drive isn't assigned a drive letter.

    Any usb flash drive I plug into my computer isn't assigned a drive letter. The physical drive shows in the "safely remove hardware" but it doesnt show up in disk management. I have tried to populate the volume thru the safely remove hardware properties window and it does pop up in the list but it doesn't stay there. This isn't a format or assign a letter problem. It's more complicated then that. Maybe one of the services needed for usb drive management was disabled? Suggestions needed. btw external usb harddrives work fine.
     
    Lazzer408, Dec 29, 2020
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  3. Drive letters are not available for assigning to unallocated space

    Hello Sjoerd,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    The reason the drive letters are not available to assign are because they might have been assigned to devices which are removed or hidden. I suggest you to check for any hidden devices and remove them to assign the missing drive letters.



    Follow the steps mentioned below to check for the hidden or removed devices.



    1. Press Windows key + R. This will open
      Run. Alternatively, you can go to Start and search for Run.
    2. In Run dialog box, type
      devmgmt.msc
      and hit enter.
    3. Click on the view tab at the top left hand corner.
    4. Now select View hidden devices.
    5. Now look for the hidden devices under storage volumes and
      portable devices.
    6. Right click on the hidden devices and click on
      uninstall
      .
    7. Restart the PC.


    After restarting the PC, try assigning the drive letter to the unallocated drive and check if the drive letters D, E, F, G, and H appears.



    Hope it helps.



    Regards,

    Prakhar Khare

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Prakhar_Khare, Dec 29, 2020
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  4. Any problems assigning letter 'B' to an external drive?

    Assigning Drive Letter

    I am trying to assign a particular letter to one of my hard drives. None of my other drives are assigned that letter, but it is not listed in the choices. Is there something I can do?
     
    GregCowling, Dec 29, 2020
    #4
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