How to assign a drive letter to an external usb 2.0 hard drive? [URGENT]

By msyed500 ·

Here is my scenario:

I have an external hard drive that was working fine until recently. It is being detected via USB in Windows XP, but it doesn't have a drive letter in "My Computer". So I right clicked on My Computer and clicked on 'Manage'.

Then a 'Computer Management' box pops up. Within this box, I clicked on Disk Management, and saw that this drive was recognized but isn't assigned a drive letter. The drive is UNALLOCATED and NOT INITIATED. I tried to initialize it, but it was not initializing it. The hard drive seems to be spinning and the normal light of the hard drive is on. The hard drive connects to the PC via a USB wire and uses the power from the PC.

The data on this external hard drive is very important, so I do not want to do anything that will erase or format the external hard drive. Can you please show me how i can access my files on this external hard drive; as I need to back them up to another working drive.

The external hard drive is:
ACOMDATA Photon 2.5 40GB Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive - Silver (PHD040U2E-54)

I have Windows XP SP3 (supports USB 2.0)

Windows XP allows me to release the drive and detects it when I connect the USB wire to the PC, but there is no drive letter. How do i backup the data?

Please reply as soon as possible, as this is very urgent.

Also, will the steps in this article work for me:

Thanks and please reply very soon,

- Mansoor

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Whoa hold on

by IC-IT In reply to UPDATE

There are adapters for converting a 2.5 to a 3.5 IDE (or PATA). Here is a link for one of many (it can do 2.5, 3.5, IDE/PATA and SATA);

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If you are going to connect the drive

by Jacky Howe In reply to UPDATE

internally and to the middle of the (preferably second) IDE cable you will need one of these.

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by msyed500 In reply to UPDATE


I used EasyRecovery Professional, a software the manufacturer of the hard drive uses, and it recognized my hard drive but as gibberish with a wrong size. I chatrted with EasyRecover Pro people and they said that i send them the hard drive for $65 evaluation process. They will do in-lab techniques and will give me an estimate to recover the data and will state the problem it is having and a list of files/folders that can be recovered. Also, they said that it can be an electric or firmware problem since it is showing as gibberish in the recovery software: @TC5$1 4 (229.26 GB). My drive is 40GB though.

so what do you all think I should do? Send it in for evaluation process. I don't mind spending $65 on this.

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It looks like

by Jacky Howe In reply to See if this will help

you will pay $65 for them to see if the data can be recoverd. It will cost you more for the Data recovery if they are able to recover it for you. You have to decide the value of the Data and what it's worth to you.

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