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Mysterious Drive Letter Change

Q: Mysterious Drive Letter Change

I have a non-serious, but puzzling situation. I have an external USB Iomega hard drive. I have it set to be Drive Y. It works just fine. But every once in a while, its drive letter changes. The first time this happened, I thought that the drive wasn't working, because I tried to copy something to drive Y, and found I had no drive Y, even though the power light on the drive was lit, and the drive appeared to be functioning. The only tell tale hint I had was that right after Windows finished booting, I got what I'll call an "error beep"--the sound that Windows makes when you try to do something you aren't allowed to do. Rebooting did not, however, bring the Y drive back. However, what DID happen was that after Windows had booted, I got a dialog box that asked me what I wanted to do with the Iomega drive J--the kind of box you get when you insert media into a removable media drive. That gave me the clue that the drive was working, it had just been assigned a different drive letter (J was the first unassigned drive letter on my system). I went to Disk Management, changed the drive letter back to Y, and all was well.

Since then, this has happened about 3 or 4 more times. Each time, I can use the Disk Management feature to reset the drive letter, and it is then fine for several days or weeks. Does anyone have a clue what could be causing this behavior?

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A: Mysterious Drive Letter Change

Hello RP McIntosh,

The next time this happens, you might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below instead to change the drive letter may be able to allow the drive to always keep the Y drive letter.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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My Windows 10 machine stopped working so I did a hard reboot. It came back up just fine, it seems, but there was a drive assignment for a CD drive that doesn't exist on my computer. I panicked and restarted the computer and the mysterious CD drive letter disappeared. BUT, is there a history kept of prior drive assignments? I should not have rebooted so quickly. I would like to research what this was.
 

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A friend of mine asked: "I used to have two harddrives in my system. Each time I booted up, just before the Welcome screen, Windows XP added an extra screen that made me choose which drive I wanted to use. I was forced to use the arrow to toggle up or down to make a selection. No matter how I changed the bios, I still had to do it. I knew it wasn't right but I endured it for 3 months. Now that I no longer want the second drive and have removed it, guess what? I still get asked that question. If I choose correctly all is well. If I pick the drive that is removed from the system, I get a message saying that Window does not have the proper files and On My Compter, the phanton second harddrive does not appear. What can I do to bypass the need to choose and get rid of that screen?
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As an aside, is the Lian Li really the best case, or are other, cheaper aluminum cases good alternatives?
 

A:The Case of the Mysterious Drive Letter

First, you must have your Explorer settings to be able to view all files AND extensions. Then, look in the root directory (C:\) for a file named... boot.ini
Double-click this file - it will open in Notepad. Copy the entire file (it's small) and paste it into your next post. It will be VERY easy to edit this file and fix the problem.
 

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I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here. 
Thanks!

A:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't show up in libraries or explorer, and apps like Restorator and Sure Thing (CD labeler) cannot find them. I think that means the paths are broken..?

It won't allow me to rename the HD back into K: (it's not listed as available). I can access the data by clicking Computer > D, and I can see the data is there, but its unusable as of now. Any ideas?

A:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this in case you make a mistake and need to use it to do a system restore.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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sir,

i have windows 7 desktop. there are some partition on it.but there is problem with these partition. All the three partition have the same drive letter.i attach a link showing the picture. all three partitions are dynamic , simple. if i open these drives only the contents of one drive are appeared. another two drive data are not shown in any manner.

i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
my windows is installed in c:\ drive which is also dynamic and there are no recent changes.only one change i did which is i shrink dynamic volume 50 GB from 206 GB and again mixed with 206 GB without allocating free space.

and only the c drive is on and d drive is off.but in my other desktop same configuration exist.
please help me...and please don't say change and remove drive letter...........waiting for response

A:changing one drive letter all 3 partitions change to that drive letter

First thing you're going to do is fill in the specs of the desktop whose snips you are showing us.

Then you're going to do the same with the second pc opening a second post with snips. Give it a different title like "Second pc with drive letters the same". Don't forget the snips.

You should not have dynamic disks in either machine. What did you do to accomplish this?

There exists a bevy of spectacular experts on this site that will be happy to help you. But give us ALL the info please.

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.

Help.

A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

A:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

A:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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Hi,

Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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I am trying to take a slightly used 250g hard drive from an XP computer and copy the contents from my 80G Win 7 to replace it. I assume I need to change the drive letter on the 250 so when I slave it into the Win 7 machine it will recognize it.
The problem is the old XP machine will not let me changer the drive letter. I get the message "windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume".
Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:Drive letter change help.

The drive letter should change when you install the drive in the win7 pc . .

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I have a triple boot system:

C - Win7 Ultimate - SSD array
D - Data - WD 640 spinner 1
E - Win7 Pro - 1st partition on WD 640 spinner 2
F - Win7 Enterprise - 2nd partition WD 640 spinner 2

Using Acronis True Image 2010, I keep 2 images of each OS on D.

I'd like to put an image of C onto E, then make some changes to it. I think I tried this back in the Vista beta days, but can't recall if I ever got it to work, tempted to say "no".

Any suggestions appreciated.

A:Change Drive letter

What do you want help with here?

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Hello,
I just had to do a fresh install of my win7 ultimate and as always windows changes the drive letters. without going into a lot of stuff you don't want to know my problem is.

I have a redundant backup system on my drives for example I had drive L: F Drive and that had a copy of my F drive and I had a O:f Drive with a second copy. OK I'm anal..lol

Now that my drives are all different letters on this new install of windows I have a problem.

Can I do this, I know I can change the letter to whatever I want but if I change F drive to S will F be available to me to use. My F drive is now E and want to change all the letters to letters that I didn't have and then change them again to the letters I did have to keep my backup correct. I am wondering if I change a letter is the old letter available to me to use again.

Thanks hope this isn't so confusing

A:Can someone tell me if I can change drive letter like this

Yes, the old letter that is released will be available to be assigned to another drive.

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I installed a CD burner and had to do some moving around with the IDE cables. The burner took a letter assigned to another drive so I went into the device manager and changed it. That was ok and that fixed that. I lost the use of my zip drive somehow (?) so I went in and fixed that, but now my zip drive is the letter B instead of E and I want it to be E. I can't change it in the device manager because that option is shaded and I can't change it. I was told that I needed to go into DOS to change the letter, but I am not familiar with DOS. Can anyone help me with this? I know it's not a big deal and I can still use the zip drive with the letter B, but ... Thanks, Liz
 

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I have done a Clean Install of XP.
Unfortunately, I went through the Setup with a Flash Drive on my USB port.
Thus the Setup program selected E: as the Drive letter for my Root Drive and not C:.

Can I change this to C: without going through the Setup again?

Suggestions?

A:How to Change Drive Letter from E:\ to C:\

If you already have windows installed on E:, then NO, you can't change it.

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hi i have win xp sp2 and i was wondering how to change the system drive letter (it currently e to c: and my second hdd to e: which is currently c: without deleting any thing the reason i want to do this is to check and see if call of duty will work on the c drive as currenty it wont work with the os on the e drive so i want to find out if this is the case
 

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After a Reboot, while using Easeus Partition Master, my D drive disappeared. I assigned the D letter to it in Disk Management and when I rebooted again, the D letter was taken. I was forced to assign letter Z until I figure out what to do.

The device D letter is assigned to now, does not exist in either Registry of Disk manager (check screenshots)

The only place where I can see the culprit occupying D is in My Computer. I checked Deamon Tools or similar programs and neither of them uses such a drive. Can you please help me sorting this one out? I can't switch back to D: with any of the three possible methods (Disk Management, Regedit or diskpart command in CMD). This letter simply deosn't exist for the computer.

P.S.: I have 2 more partitions but the are containing Linux and they are not touched for quite a while. It can't be them.

A:Drive Letter is Already Taken, but I Can't See it or Change It

Below is my section of the Registry, I show the A: floppy drive but there is no A: drive in the computer although it can be enabled in the BIOS. Most newer BIOSes don't list the A: and B: options although Windows reserves those 2 drive letters for floppy drives. A USB floppy drive will show differently, take an available letter.

Z: is usually assigned to the first Networked drive such as a NAS/Network Attached Storage drive, mine is although it's not showing on the list.

I do have several drives listed but not all show in Disk Management or Windows Explorer as they are memory card slots/card reader in the computer and won't show until a card is inserted and some are External USB drives.

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Hi, so I've done a whoopsie. I had windows 7 on a SSD drive, assigned C: by windows 7, but it was full so I decided I'd clone it onto a bigger SSD drive using Acronis Disk Director. Went swimmingly I thought, both drives contained the same data. I wasn't too sure what my next step ought to be, whether acronis will have sorted it so that my new SSD now has the orginal SSD's drive letter or not. If it did, it will be mean a simple transition. But you guessed it, it left the drive letters the same, so when I booted up, it loaded from the orginal SSD. I then changed the original SSD drive letter, and used EasyBCD to remove the original boot and create a new one with the new SSD.
Unfortunate now when I boot up Windows 7 I get a Preparing Your Desktop message for a couple of mins, but it's then followed by a screen with a cursor but no desktop icons or taskbar. It also seemed unresponsive to keyboard strokes. Any ideas?

A:Need to change a drive letter from outside the OS

Boot into safe mode and press CNTRL-ALT-DEL. Select the task manager and select file and run.
Enter explorer.exe. When the explorer opens see what drive letter windows is using as the system disk.
Then select regedit and navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine\System\Mounteddevices.
Look for \DOS\Devices\?: where the ? is the drive letter that the system was using. Change it to C:
First look to see if there is another \DOS\Devices\C:, if there is, change that letter to an unused letter before
changing the system used drive letter to C:

Reboot and you should be all set.
You will also need to reset the system restore because it will have a drive C: that it can't find.

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Hi im on C:/ AND i run ronuk.org on Z:/ i need to put the ronuk on d:/ its not being used but its not listed how can i get it>?

A:change drive letter

you can change it through disk management

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I have Windows installed on my SSD and have some installed some programs on my other drive which is partitioned. I have already removed the drive letter (D) from the system reserved 100mb partition on the other hard drive (it used to have windows installed on it).

So now my partitions/drive letters read C, E, F, G but I want them to be C, D, E, F.

The programs are installed on on F which I want to rename E, will the appropriate registry changes be made if I change the drive letters using Disk Management?

IT does say "change drive letter and path" so I am thinking it will work but just want to be sure. Thanks.

A:OK to change drive letter?

in 7 you can just get rid of the drive letters. name each drive for what they contain, then go to folder options in control panel and uncheck show drive letters. easier than trying to be sure that all paths updated.

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In windows XP how to change the Cd-rom drive letter like f:,g: etc.
 

A:Change the Drive Letter

Right click on the My Computer Icon and select manage.

Open up the disk management .

Scroll down to the cd-rom drive and right click it for and option to change the drive letter and path.
 

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Another fine mess Ollie!
Had some recent print problem (wouldn't) and decided to reinstall the printer software driver etc- Have a Lexmark X3350 (Fine machine). However since the first printer install my C drive has gotten fatter and the software says there is not enough space for it to install on "C"(-which it insists is where it has to go?) Even after I uninstalled the printer? No apparent option available to change the "target" drive!
My now designated "E" drive has gigabytes of space but no way,it seems, to install the printer to this drive? I thought of removing the "C" Hdrive (My system OS stuff Win 2K is all on the "E" Hdrive-- but not sure if this drive will become my "C" Hdrive if I remove the wimpy (Original) 196 MB!! and go to the "E" Hdrive (184 GB). Is this feasable or is there a more elegant solution to get the printer installed onto the "E" Hdrive without dicking around with the software (I'm not qualified for that approach, Ollie?) What say? Thank you
Mike
 

A:Drive Letter change?

move my documents to E right click on icon on desktop/properties/move/ in target type the path to E: make a folder on E:\ documents and move all the files to that folder. clean out temp files get utility here...
http://www.danish-shareware.dk/soft/emptemp/

defrag C you need at least 30%of C free for xp to operate properly..
install your printer to the default setting..
 

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I've got a two hard drive laptop set up and I'd like the OS to be on my faster 256GB OCZ RD400 SSD but with a letter other than C: I don't care what letter, just not C.

My larger 1 TB drive, is what I'd like to label as C: without the operating system on it. I use DropBox with my colleagues and the CAD references look at the drive letter - so my xref files, data shortcuts, etc.c won't be found if my DropBox folder is on my D drive.

I've tried using Minipartition Toool Wizard and EasyBCD to copy the OS from one drive to another hoping it wouldn't always default to C: but it does. My laptop is set up for UEFI and GPT disks which is new to me and was quite confusing at first. I've tried using DiskPart to no luck - won't let me change the C letter. I even edited a file DOSDevices in REGEDIT - computer wouldn't boot after that...

I have not seen any way in Windows 10 to change the drive letter during set up, etc. It's always C. I even installed the OS on both drives and had a dual boot setup - but it always made the OS drive letter C and I don't want the OS on my 1 TB drive - it is noticeably slower.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. In summary, I'd like the OS with letter D: on my 256GB RD400 SSD and DropBox on my 1 TB HD with the letter C:.

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I've got a two hard drive laptop set up and I'd like the OS to be on my faster 256GB OCZ RD400 SSD but with a letter other than C: I don't care what letter, just not C.

My larger 1 TB drive, is what I'd like to label as C: without the operating system on it. I use DropBox with my colleagues and the CAD references look at the drive letter - so my xref files, data shortcuts, etc.c won't be found if my DropBox folder is on my D drive.

I've tried using Minipartition Toool Wizard and EasyBCD to copy the OS from one drive to another hoping it wouldn't always default to C: but it does. My laptop is set up for UEFI and GPT disks which is new to me and was quite confusing at first. I've tried using DiskPart to no luck - won't let me change the C letter. I even edited a file DOSDevices in REGEDIT - computer wouldn't boot after that...

I have not seen any way in Windows 10 to change the drive letter during set up, etc. It's always C. I even installed the OS on both drives and had a dual boot setup - but it always made the OS drive letter C and I don't want the OS on my 1 TB drive - it is noticeably slower.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. In summary, I'd like the OS with letter D: on my 256GB RD400 SSD and DropBox on my 1 TB HD with the letter C:.

A:Change OS Drive Letter

In modern times now it's almost impossible to change the Windows OS drive letter to anything other than C: drive, and the complications arising to do so would be many. I would suggest using folder junctions instead. Let's say your CAD program uses C:\CAD_Data.

1. Move C:\CAD_Data to D:\CAD_Data. C:\CAD_Data should no longer exist.
2. Open a Command Prompt (Admin), in the Command Prompt (Admin) window run:
mklink /J C:\CAD_Data D:\CAD_Data
Exit
3. C:\CAD_Data will reappear on C: drive but the actual storage location for the data appearing there will be D:\CAD_Data

If your one drive is auto syncing, set it to auto sync with the D:\CAD_Data folder.

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Bought new Compaq PC and want to remove Samsung HD and replace with larger IBM drive. Ghosted drive successfully and can boot successfully from IBM hard drive. Want to change Samsung HD drive letter to X and then change IBM hard drive letter to C. When going into disk manager I get a pop up window stating the drive contains a 'pagefile'. Need guidance on how to successfully rename my new IBM HD to letter C and remove the Samsung HD.

A:Drive letter change in XP

Hello, I hope this helps you http://support.microsoft.com/default...307844&sd=tech.

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i want to change a HDD drive letter from F to D, this drive has games and apps installed on it, will those still run ok after i change the letters?

FYI the OS is on a seperate drive C
 

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When I installed XP on a new build computer my hard drive installed as Drive I:.
I think it is because I had a USB hub connected.
Is it possible to to change this drive to drive C:?
 

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Hi people,

I need to install win3.1 to run an old application. I have tried using DosBox and running 3.1 within that but it is waaay too slow I need w3.1 to be installed clean on it's own drive C: then install the old app for a dual boot system with XP.

I currently have XP-home installed on C:

Is there any way I can change that XP drive assignment to D: and create a new partition to use as C: for the win3.1 install? Win3.1 will only install to a drive C: as will the old app.

I checked the following link but am not sure that it will do what I want to effectively move XP to drive D:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

Thanks

Dave
 

A:Change XP drive letter to D: help??

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would appreciate some help with this if anyone has the time

i cant change drive letter to c on system drive, i messed it up ages ago trying to change letters around and have had problems ever since. Its been suggested that i reinstall win7 but i want to avoid that if at all possible .

its win 7 installation with one hd [no extra partitions] and one usb drive

some problems are:

if i right click on system drive windows explorer stops working

if i try to change system drive letter i get parameter is incorrect

also [recently] system drive was not set as active, it is now corrected

cant get permission [after reading several articles on the subject] to do windows updates or install MS Word and a few others but not all installations are blocked

cant install iTunes [no reason given]

cant get Windows Tweaks all in one repair tool to effect repairs [runs all night]

thanks

A:cant change drive letter

Please post a full clear shot of Disk Management, and we`ll go from there.

FYI, the windows install drive or partition`s letter, or even another drive with programs installed on it should never have it`s letter changed, only a data drive or partition`s letter can safely be changed.

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Where do i start?
So i have 2 HDDs in my pc 1 with xp 1 with vista(which i just installed today) and for me to install vista i had to take out my xp HDD and connect my cd drive. After installing vista i put my xp HDD back in and tryed booting vista and it wouldnt work but it will work if its the onl HDD connect and im thinking the problem is that it has to be C drive (coz its D if i have my xp HDD connected)
So could that be the reason its not working if so can i make it so it will work as D drive?
I hope i explained it well enough as im not good at explaining stuff.

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On a Win 2000 Professional, how do you change the drive letter of a CD-ROM drive? I know it's somewhere in device manager but I'm not sure where. Please advise.

-Jarrad

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"The more I pretend... The more others believe."
 

A:CD-ROM Drive Letter Change

Right click on the My Computer Icon and select manage (about halfway down the list)

Open up the storage section and go into disk management.

Right click on the drive you want to change and you will get a menu so that you can change the drive letter.
 

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When I put my usb in my pc I see on my Computer a new drive letter H:
So now I have: C: D: E:
Floppy: A: and my DVD as F: and a Removeable disk I: but I don't have a any removeable disk on any usb port in my pc.
When I put now my other usb it's assigining it as drive H:
But I need it to be G: since I need to save to it something from a program I saved before and it must be G: not H:

How can I change/force it to be drive letter G: instead H: ?

A:How to change the drive letter from H: to G: ?

Hello Chocolade, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You could connect both drives, then use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to play shuffle the drive letters around to change them to what you wanted.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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How can I change the drive letter of my Harddrive. I loaded a new PC and the drive letter is ( F ) I want to change it to :C but windows says it cannot change the drive letter.
Please help because I see all sorts of problems with my Primary drive being F
 

A:How to Change drive letter ??

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Ok I have xp, and I plugged in a external harddrive. It at first named it drive E. then at some point it was changed to F and a CD drive is now named E.
my problem now is I cant change the name of the CD drive that is named it as it doesnt show up in the disk management options.

I have a video game in stalled on the flash drive I want to play but cant due to the file letter being different, as well as I cant uninstall it since it cant find the files to uninstall

here is what I see

I want to change the name of the drive circled in red

but when i got to disk management it isnt there


any help would be great thanks

A:drive letter change help

try something simple first... go into bios and select reset to defaults see if that works for you!

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I have done this before but done forget how, lots of other stuff has traveled the old brain since then maybe i need to defrag my mind, anyway I need to know how to change my drive letter somehow on my partitioned c: d: drive d: is now g: and i would like to make it d: again if possible.
Thanks Mr. Bill
 

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Anyone please tell me how to change the CD drive letter. In windows Xp. My cd drive letter is e: but i want to make it g:.
Please tell me how to do it.
 

A:Change the cd-rom drive letter

Check this link -

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q307844&
 

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I'm trying to change the letter of the drive, and I followed these official instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

BUT, "Assign the following drive letter:" is unselectable/uncheckable. How can I change the drive letter if I can't do this? Thanks.

Screenshot: http://www.techsupportforum.com/atta...1&d=1229279952

I need to change it because Flash won't install because my drive isn't C. This is according to the Adobe website.

A:Can't change the drive's letter

You can't change the drive letter of a system partition. More importantly you DON'T want to change it. Here's why: everything, all your settings in the registry (like where it says to load drivers, programs, and everything) refers to drive J: ATM. If you were somehow successful in changing the drive letter, you'd probably get a BSOD at startup because it's failing to find critical files to load.
The only solution (and it's really more trouble than the problem) is to reinstall the OS from scratch on a C: drive (first primary partition on first internal hard drive).

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Hi,
Initially I have a c drive and my dvd-rom is d-drive.
I then use partition magic to partition c drive. The new drive is automatically assigned e-drive. How do I change the e-drive into d-drive and the dvd-rom into e-drive.

Thanks
 

A:How to change drive letter

Right Click MY COMPUTER icon
go to MANAGE
In this window, choose DISK MANAGEMENT
you can change drive letters in there
 

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When I installed windows 8, I did so by creating a second partition (E) and I kept Vista on my C partition.
Right now I want to remove Vista and merge the two partitions again (which I know how to do).
My question is, can I safely name that merged partition C? Or will this mess up my windows 8 install and do I have to keep it E?

A:Change drive letter

Not clear what you mean.

When you boot into win8 - does it identify itself as E ?

If so, then you can't chage that successfully without a reinstall.

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yo. when i baught my computer it came with a card reader. the slots in the card reader were for some reason assigned the drive letters c: e: f: and g:. This resulted in the computer assigning my hard drive the letter h:. This is very annoying because when i anstall programs etc. i have to change the default path of installation. I have tried to use computer management > disk management, but when i try to change the drive letter it states:"Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume"screenshot of my predicamentAll i want is to change the drive letter from h: to c:I hope this doesnt turn out that i have to remove the card reader manually then install it again after i have assigned my hard drive the letter c:Please assist...

A:Cannot Change Drive Letter

I hope this doesnt turn out that i have to remove the card reader manually then install it again after i have assigned my hard drive the letter c:Bingo!!.... That's your best bet.It's only going to take 5 minutes of your time.[Added Info]While you're at it, check the pins on your hard drives and make sure the one you want to have as drive C is set as the master.

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Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

Under xp pro is possible but I haven't try under windows 7 64 bits.

xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

P.D. I have seen a pair of post in this forum but I was not able to determine....

A:Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

It seems to be the same. But why on earth did you want to do this.

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Hi, I recently bought a new PC:
ZTSystems PC:
ZT Sysytems 7391Mi
Intel i7 Processor 870 (2.93GHz)
8GB DDR3RAM
sataII 1.5TB HDD
ati 4350 video card
350watt (400watts peak) Delta PSU
Windows 7 64bit Home Edition.
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! want to partition the 1.5tb HDD into five partitions:
C, D, E, F, G.
I shrunk the HDD the maximum allowed, 718MB, (need to move unmovable file before I can shrink it more), started to create another drive in Disk Manager
but the new Drive was assigned drive Letter "J" I want to keep the HDD drive assignments sequential C,D,E,F,G. (I'm going to change the DVD drive letter from "D" to "X") .

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Device Manager Disk Drives show five Drives:
generic USB CF reader USB Device
generic USB MS reader USB Device
generic USB SD reader USB Devic
generic USB xD/SM reader USB Device
SAMSUNG HD134UI ATA Device

can I change the drive assignment for these devices so i can make the new HDD partition drive letter assignments sequential?

How can I move unmovable files on "C" partition so i can make it smaller?

Thanks

A:need to Change Drive letter Assignments

The easiest way would be to disable the various readers and then change the HDD around. This will allow you to use successive letters for the drive and then reallocte the letters for the other devices.

Generally the inmoveable file is the swap (Page) file. You can turn the off in order to shrink the drive and then turn it back on when finished. When it is turned back on it will place itself in a different location on the C: drive.

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I have Win 7 running from C: drive and another Win 7 from D: drive (pro versions with different languages).

I have to change the boot drive in the BIOS of the motherboard, each time I want to switch the OS (rarely).

I bought an SSD recently, switched to the D: boot, connected it over USB and used the supplied Samsung disk mirroring utility to move the system to the 840 PRO automatically (it's obviously used D: as the current system drive).

Then, I have removed all of the old drives (C: and D: ) and installed the SSD in place of C: drive.

The system booted fine, except for the "temporary user profile" warning. The SSD have the C: letter.

Using regedit, I have fixed the "temporary user" issue (renaming the .bak profile entry and correcting the user path inside).

Then, using the regedt33 app, I have replaced all of the "D:/"s to "C:/"s in the registry and rebooted.

The system seem to work fine on the surface (surely, except for some shortcuts).

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My question is: what else should I check, to make sure the system is in perfect shape now? One of the ideas - search for any "D:/"s in the files on the disk (configs). Does anybody know of any Windows 7 config files, I have to take care for explicitly? Another idea is to run some system integrity checking app - could you recommend any?

Just please, don't use the "clean install" words in your answer, I'm fed up with that Google search result already.

A:Change system drive letter

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System Just do settings after OS transfer. If has great info on what you should do to make the system perfect after transfer.

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My hard drive is 1 terobytes.
I partition it 200gb & 800gb.
C: drive, 200gb, was installed with xp pro sp2 and D: drive, 800gb was my storage with no operating system.
I had to refomat the C drive.
my storage D drive is now the C Drive and the C Drive is now the storage D drive.
so the D drive is now the drive with the OS and the C drive is storage
can some one help me to fix this problem

A:change boot drive letter

Hey, i'm struggling to work out exactly what the problem is... Does the OS load?

If the OS loads and you want to change which drive the pc boots from then:
- download EasyBCD
- Open it
- Change to the "Change settings" tab
- Change the drive letter
- Click "Save Settings"

If you're just looking to change the drive letters of your partitions then look here:
http://www.petri.co.il/change_a_driv...windows_xp.htm

^Sorry i would have gone through that myself but i'm on vista.

If i've misunderstood the problem then please post back saying so =]

Cheers,
Jamey

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Hi people......Could I have help with this please. I have had to reinstall xp pro because of a virus attack.
The result was it changed my boot drive letter to D from C and I wonder if
it would be safe to change it back with no bad effects.
thanks
Len
 

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Hello guys! I have recently upgraded my laptops hard drive and did a fresh install of windows. My drive letters have changed: my old drive partitions used to be c and e, whereas now they are c and d. The thing is I have a problem loading my music projects ( I use cubase sx2) Whenever I try opening a project, it looks for samples in the E drive (which now is d) and I have to look for samples manually into the d drive. I used drive mapper with partition magic, but didnt seem to affect this one thing. So I tried changing the drive letter to E, but since it belongs to the cd player, it doesnt let me. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
thanks!
 

A:Solved: Change of drive letter

Change the letter on the CD drive first, to something like R or S.

I've never used cubase sx2, but can't you change the reference somewhere within the program?

moper
 

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