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Windows 7 will not allocate drive for usb disk

The last couple of days I have been trying to use external drives with my Windows 7 Toshiba Tecra 11 laptop. All are USB 2 two are Western Digital (2 very different models), the other is a Samsung. The computer finds the drives and they get listed in device manager but Windows does not allocate a drive letter so I cannot access the data on the drives. There are non-networkdrive letters available. :bounce:
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    you should try and assign your external hard drives a drive letter. do the following:

    start-> run->diskmgmt.msc
    hit enter
    Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

    Do one of the following:
    To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.
    To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.
    To remove a drive letter, click it, and then click Remove.

    for more info
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757491%28WS.10%29.aspx
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