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Change default action for my drive

  1. #1


    Michelle Guest

    Change default action for my drive

    I recently bought a back up drive, but its default action - when I double
    click it - isn't 'open'. How can I change this? also, how do I change what
    comes up in the right-click menu for it?

    Thanks...
    M


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  2. #2


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Change default action for my drive

    Hi, Michelle.

    When you install a new physical hard drive, you must first create one or
    more partitions on it and then format each partition and assign it a "drive"
    letter. THEN you can use it, just like the "drives" (partitions, actually)
    on your first hard disk drive.

    The tool for doing all this is Disk Management. One way to get there is to
    click:
    Start | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management (you'll
    need Administrator credentials to get past here) | Disk Management.

    But I prefer to just click Start and type in diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.

    If you have trouble using Disk Management, click its Help | Help Topics.
    Note that the Microsoft Management Console Help file includes more than Disk
    Management, so click Contents and pick DM. If you still need help, please
    post back.

    Have you read the instructions that came with your new drive? They should
    have explained all this.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)

    "Michelle" <mh_londonNOJUNK@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E63AC97F-3743-48F2-B747-04D6C42F6FF5@xxxxxx

    > I recently bought a back up drive, but its default action - when I double
    > click it - isn't 'open'. How can I change this? also, how do I change what
    > comes up in the right-click menu for it?
    >
    > Thanks...
    > M

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Michelle Guest

    Re: Change default action for my drive

    Thanks RC, I might have misled you though. The drive is a removeable USB
    drive, not a new hard drive. I'd like to double-click its icon and have it
    open up for viewing.

    I won't go into too much detail, but it had a back-up utility on the disk
    which I didn't want, so I deleted it all. However, unknown to me it had
    registered in my Registry, and when I double click the disk's icon, it looks
    for the program that used to be on it. (I fear that when I deleted
    everything, I also deleted the uninstall feature) NowI just want to change
    the default action so that I can manually copy everything I want.

    Any ideas?

    M




    "R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:08FCD8BC-4346-43FE-91A7-BCBABC40EF25@xxxxxx

    > Hi, Michelle.
    >
    > When you install a new physical hard drive, you must first create one or
    > more partitions on it and then format each partition and assign it a
    > "drive" letter. THEN you can use it, just like the "drives" (partitions,
    > actually) on your first hard disk drive.
    >
    > The tool for doing all this is Disk Management. One way to get there is
    > to click:
    > Start | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management (you'll
    > need Administrator credentials to get past here) | Disk Management.
    >
    > But I prefer to just click Start and type in diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.
    >
    > If you have trouble using Disk Management, click its Help | Help Topics.
    > Note that the Microsoft Management Console Help file includes more than
    > Disk Management, so click Contents and pick DM. If you still need help,
    > please post back.
    >
    > Have you read the instructions that came with your new drive? They should
    > have explained all this.
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@xxxxxx
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    >
    > "Michelle" <mh_londonNOJUNK@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E63AC97F-3743-48F2-B747-04D6C42F6FF5@xxxxxx

    >> I recently bought a back up drive, but its default action - when I double
    >> click it - isn't 'open'. How can I change this? also, how do I change
    >> what comes up in the right-click menu for it?
    >>
    >> Thanks...
    >> M
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Change default action for my drive

    Hi, Michelle.

    > The drive is a removeable USB drive, not a new hard drive.
    Oh. I've never had one of those drives. Thumb drives, yes, but not a USB
    hard drive.

    Having pled ignorance, I'll offer an idea anyhow; use it at your own risk.
    :^}

    If the new drive came with an Install or Setup program, you might run that
    again. But read the instructions first to be sure that it will not erase
    the data you've added to it since installation.

    On the other hand, presumably everything on the backup drive still exists on
    your main drive, right? Then you could wipe the new drive and start over,
    backing up the current contents after reinstalling the drive.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)

    "Michelle" <mh_londonNOJUNK@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:eTFRalIcIHA.6024@xxxxxx

    > Thanks RC, I might have misled you though. The drive is a removeable USB
    > drive, not a new hard drive. I'd like to double-click its icon and have it
    > open up for viewing.
    >
    > I won't go into too much detail, but it had a back-up utility on the disk
    > which I didn't want, so I deleted it all. However, unknown to me it had
    > registered in my Registry, and when I double click the disk's icon, it
    > looks for the program that used to be on it. (I fear that when I deleted
    > everything, I also deleted the uninstall feature) NowI just want to change
    > the default action so that I can manually copy everything I want.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > M
    >
    >
    > "R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:08FCD8BC-4346-43FE-91A7-BCBABC40EF25@xxxxxx

    >> Hi, Michelle.
    >>
    >> When you install a new physical hard drive, you must first create one or
    >> more partitions on it and then format each partition and assign it a
    >> "drive" letter. THEN you can use it, just like the "drives" (partitions,
    >> actually) on your first hard disk drive.
    >>
    >> The tool for doing all this is Disk Management. One way to get there is
    >> to click:
    >> Start | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management
    >> (you'll need Administrator credentials to get past here) | Disk
    >> Management.
    >>
    >> But I prefer to just click Start and type in diskmgmt.msc and press
    >> Enter.
    >>
    >> If you have trouble using Disk Management, click its Help | Help Topics.
    >> Note that the Microsoft Management Console Help file includes more than
    >> Disk Management, so click Contents and pick DM. If you still need help,
    >> please post back.
    >>
    >> Have you read the instructions that came with your new drive? They
    >> should have explained all this.
    >>
    >> RC
    >>
    >> "Michelle" <mh_londonNOJUNK@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:E63AC97F-3743-48F2-B747-04D6C42F6FF5@xxxxxx

    >>> I recently bought a back up drive, but its default action - when I
    >>> double click it - isn't 'open'. How can I change this? also, how do I
    >>> change what comes up in the right-click menu for it?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks...
    >>> M

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Dave Guest

    Re: Change default action for my drive


    >> I won't go into too much detail, but it had a back-up utility on the disk
    >> which I didn't want, so I deleted it all. However, unknown to me it had
    >> registered in my Registry, and when I double click the disk's icon, it
    >> looks for the program that used to be on it. (I fear that when I deleted
    >> everything, I also deleted the uninstall feature) NowI just want to
    >> change the default action so that I can manually copy everything I want.
    Any software that was on a External Harddrive can be downloaded from the
    Manufactures web site. If you deleted it it can be easly recovered.
    My suggestion is to download the software rerun the install Then uninstall
    it.

    Hope this helps
    Dave


      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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