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Windows 8.1 changes a certain partition letter on rebbot.


Mclane

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#1
Hi all.

I have searched on here re this problem but all the threads I have seen talk about a drive going offline which isn't the case here.

Firstly its not my machine, I'm helping an old friend so there may bee delays on certain questions.

He has a DELL XPS machine, an i7 newer model running 8.1, he's got a main internal HD as C: and a permanently added USB drive with 3 partitions ad D: E: and F: but on reboot the F: partition suddenly goes up a letter to G:, the other two stay the same.

Apparently its been fine until recently when this started happening, I made sure the used Disk Management to change the letter back but on reboot its back to G:

He has no other devices attached and any other USB drives either have a selected letter near the end of the alphabet or are not assigned a set letter but none are attached when the machine boots. It sounds like the F: is being reserved by something, possibly registry wise but I don't have the machine in front of me to check and I would rather its me using regedit and he's got slippery fingers due to arthritis and is prone to over clicking and wrong key presses.

Any suggestions as to where to check or what to check, I've done as much as I can via Skype but at a loss as to why its only doing it to one partition and always the same one, also did a dischk and the partiton is ok.

Any idea's wise folks?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    i7
    Antivirus
    Avira

Mclane

New Member
Posts
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#2
Seems he was using some sort of safe eject USB software where you could reserve a drive letter?

Seems ok now...So far..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    i7
    Antivirus
    Avira

Edwin

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#3
Hi Mclane, welcome to Windows EightForums! :)

The F: may be reserved for an empty removable drive which may be 'hidden', similar to the ones in the pic:

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Pavillion
  • PC2
    Tablet - Windows 10 Home