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  • On Windows 10
  • While booted into Windows
  • A hard drive is contained in an in-computer dock. (internal SATA)
  • That hard drive is powered on.
  • That hard drive is not seen by Windows, and does not appear as a new hard drive letter.


  • It is seen and works in Linux.
  • This hard drive was "cloned" with dd.

Solution: The "disk signature" needs to (briefly) be made unique.

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During my recent Linux distributions experimentation, I noticed a few times that Windows 8.1 would no longer "see" a particular USB stick I was using. It would appear within the device list, would test correctly but would not appear in the left-hand pane in explorer.

I learned that this was because one or more of the distributions I was testing would, for unfathomable reasons, prep the USB stick strangely.

Why Windows wouldn't just offer to format the stick is unknown to me.

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So I wanted to get City of Heroes - (2004 game) installed to try it out. I've been bored of World of Warcraft for the longest time, and a superhero-based game has been sounding like fun for some time now.

At this point neither Diablo 3 - (2012 game) nor Star Wars: The Old Republic were out. I just needed something to do.

But for some odd reason I could not get City of Heroes to work. It was definitely a DirectX issue, except DirectX refused to install! Hopefully someone out there can benefit from the hell I went through, and my notes would be useful..

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