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Old 06-25-2018, 09:28 PM   #1
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I have a hard drive connected to one of the SATA ports on my Windows 10 computer. I am planning on using this drive to later create a safety clone of my C drive. So my question is under disk management when I initialize the drive do I assign a drive letter (it's wanting to make it drive G) or do I select "do not assign letter or path"? Or does it even matter if I select "G" no drive path?
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When connecting a new or used drive, windows should already see it and assign it a drive letter. That said.....

Yes..it matters. If no drive letter is assigned windows wont recognize it for use. The letter G is just the next available letter to be used. Windows has a set path of how to use letters for drives. A/B drives are for floppy drives. Then the HDD goes next with C and so forth.

To see all your drives listed. Open up your file explorer, click the view tab, and tick the box to show hidden items. Then all your drives will show with their assigned letters.
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As stated, the Drive letter assignment is just so you will see the drive in Windows Explorer. Without a Drive letter, it would be Hidden and you and any other applications would not see the drive except in Disk Management.
When you Clone an existing drive to this new drive, it will Format the drive again wiping out the drive letter and any files that may be saved to the drive prior to the Cloning process.
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