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XP not allowing me to assign letters to healthy INTERNAL HD drives

Posted on 2008-10-08
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Using Windows XP SP2.

Caught some bug, proceeded to erase it with Malwarebytes Anti Malware, everything looked clean, but in windows explorer, 4 of my internal HDDs are missing. 2 of those drives make up a striped volume (F) and the other two were assigned the letters (G) and (H) previously.

Looking under windows disk manager, all HDDs are present and listed as healthy, however the former F,G and H drives are all missing their assigned volume letters. I cannot view any properties for those drives, and when I attempt to reassign the letters I get the following message:

"The operation did not complete because the partition or volume is not enabled. To enable the partition or volume, restart the computer"

Of course, Windows gave me the same message after rebooting.

I do not believe that the drives were wiped out entirely, because when I click on one of the 2 drives in the striped RAID volume, Windows knows that it was a striped volume, displays the corect size, etc.

Maybe something got messed up in the registry? I'm not sure, which is why I'm here. I did a search for answers but none could be found pertaining to INTERNAL hard drives; there is plenty of advice on dealing with external volumes but none of it seems to apply here. Luckily my external drive (for whatever reason) was not affected by whatever damaged my internal volume letters.

Any help is appreciated.
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Question by:SGyves
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by:RobinHuman
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In disk manager, have you selected "Mark Partition as Active"?
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Acronis True Image is what caused the problem. I uninstalled the program, and all of my drives returned.
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by:JakeMcDee
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SGyves, thanks for this, fixed my issue also.
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