external verbatim not assigned drive letter

klondike_ca
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Good day,

Recently I have attached a 500gb verbatim surefire external drive to a windows 7 and xp machine. Though the drive shows up in disk management - no drive letter is assigned. The disk is online. The only command available to me is to convert to dynamic disk - this is not an option. There are no other options for this drive.

Where do I go from here?
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noxchoIT Product Manager
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Commented:
Can you take a screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here? I would like to look at it first.

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Here you be
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well sometimes you don't see the forest for the trees.

After sending the pic I deleted the partition and then recreated it with ntfs and voila - drive letter. I am surprised I need to do this out of the box though. The 200MB partition is not touchable in disk mananagement.

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Yes, this is what I was going to look at. Your 465GB partition is not formatted and has no file system.
Also I am curious why do you have this drive GPT partitioned? Is it used on both Mac and Windows?
EFI partition says that this drive was HFS formatted and MacOS installed (possibly).
and you can delete EFI then convert the drive to MBR style.

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