Do not assign a drive letter or drive path

I’ve been experimenting, when I partition an external drive, with ‘Do not assign a drive letter or drive path’ afterwards, it shows in disc management but not in Windows Explorer so How do you access it or what is the point of having no drive letter or drive path? I have XP - SP3 & I'm partitioning an external drive.
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RdrikAsked:
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noxchoConnect With a Mentor Global Support CoordinatorCommented:
Actually Drive Letter is an access door to the partition in Windows. For systems like linux or MacOSX the drive letter is not valid, they simply mount the volume. So if you do not have drive letter assigned to drive in Windows then you cannot read/write to the drive.
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Jaroslav MrazCTOCommented:
Sometimes it is problem of bad recoknizing in system.

Assign letter in disk managment - right click on partition assign letter

And control if something other is not on the letter you used before (card reader ....) you can chose some of lasts letters like P O Q
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nobusCommented:
if the drive has no letter - it never can show in explorer; but it does in disk management
assigning a drive letter then shows it again in explorer
you can also format the drive with another tool (looses all data)
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DaveConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I guess that not assigning a drive letter may be convenient when formatting multiple drives for use elsewhere.

There are tools available that will access a raw partition such as "win32diskimager" (http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/) which are used in embedded environments but they generally want to access the whole drive and don't need a formatted partition.

Other than that I can't think of a reason for not assigning a drive letter or path.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
it can be used to hide the disk, or partition
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andyalderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The option is used when setting up some clustering software.
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RdrikAuthor Commented:
I'm sort of getting the idea it's not for use in accessing the drive, & what is the point of it.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
admins can hide drives from users, that are meant for them only
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andyalderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
What's the point of it? You can't configure Oracle clustering without it. What's the point of it for you? Nothing.
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RdrikAuthor Commented:
Now I understand.
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