Can't assign drive letter to new HD

JohnMac328
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I finally got the BIOS to see the HD but now in Disk Management I do not have the option to assign a drive letter or to format it.  Here is the screen shot which shows what options I get when I right click where it usually gives me the option to give it a drive letter.  I also tried diskpart which did not see it to manually add a letter to it.  I went back and forth from MBR to GPT but it did not make a difference.

WIN10 Pro 64bit

Any help is appreciated.

John
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RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
Power off your PC.
Detach that Hard Disk (Data cable and Power cable).
Power on your PC.

Open command prompt as Administrator

 Type  Diskpart  and hit Enter
 Type  Automount enable  and Hit Enter
 Type exit and hit Enter.

Power off your PC.
Attach your Hard Disk, power on and check if that can fix the issue.

Author

Commented:
This is the secondary HD that I am replacing, still do the same procedure?
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
Did you try Automount enable ?

That will not harm your PC.
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Author

Commented:
Ok trying now
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
You first have to create a partition and format it before you can assign a drive letter to it.

Author

Commented:
No change,

David - I don't have that option when I right click, all I can do is what the screen shot shows.
Technical Advisor
Commented:
Try to right-click on the area showing Unallocated, and you should get an option to format the disk, this should enable you to give it a drive letter.

Author

Commented:
Exact same options as the screen shot
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
Check your Hard Disk with it's Manufacturer tool for any errors.

Author

Commented:
Wait, it gave the option for simple volume, I missed that.

Author

Commented:
Thanks, it took so long to get the BIOS to see it I was too angry to see the simple volume option.
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
I'm glad we could help. thanks.

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