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External Hard Drive is now labeled as Local Disk instead of C drive

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August 14, 2013 10:03:31 PM

Hello,

So I recently had an issue with my external hard drive where I could not edit any of the files on it and I could not delete anything. I could still run the files and copy them, but nothing else.

So I tried to fix this by taking full ownership of the drive and granting full permissions, but that did absolutely nothing, so (I believe) I undid it.

Then I tried to run a checkdisk, but it said the drive was in use, so it said it needed to unmount it, which I tried to let it do, but afterwards the chkdsk window just disappeared. I tried to do this over for a while and nothing changed.

Eventually I looked up how to unmount a hard drive and it involved running compmgmt.msc, and unmounting it from there. I tried doing that and remounting it, and that essentially led to the hard drive apparently completely dying with everything I had on it gone and it needs to be reformatted.

My overall question is, at some point during this process, when I look in My Computer, the hard drive that is labeled as the "Local Disk" was changed from my C drive to this screwed up external hard drive. I'm assuming this is something I really need to get fixed, and I have no idea how.

Unplugging the hard drive does not fix it. If I try to plug the hard drive into another computer it doesn't even recognize it.

And yes, I tried turning off, and unplugging the hard drive to fix the initial issue to no result.

Please let me know if you have any idea how to fix this final issue.

Regards,

Michael
August 15, 2013 11:41:23 PM

antiglobal said:
You use Windows? Have you tried changing the drive letter or something like that in the Disk management?


Yes, I use Windows.

I had dismounted the external hard drive in disk management, and then remounted it with the same letter (to my knowledge).

a c 84 G Storage
August 16, 2013 8:43:16 AM

How exactly did you unmount it? Did you do anything with the partition, like delete it maybe? If it's not even detected by another system as a device, blank or not, try a different cable, and maybe a new external enclosure.

Drive could be going bad also if it just became read only for no reason.
August 16, 2013 9:14:44 AM

hang-the-9 said:
How exactly did you unmount it? Did you do anything with the partition, like delete it maybe? If it's not even detected by another system as a device, blank or not, try a different cable, and maybe a new external enclosure.

Drive could be going bad also if it just became read only for no reason.


I right-clicked on it, said "Change drive letter and paths," and then clicked remove. Then after I'd tried chkdsk, which still wasn't working I added it back with the same letter.

Circumstances have changed on whats happening with it though, my friend is trying to recover the data, and it didn't become read only, I tried checking that a while back.

At this point, I believe when I get it back it'll still say "Local Disk", because my C drive still does not say "Local Disk" at the moment.
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