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Drive Letter Assignment!!!! Please Help....

Q: Drive Letter Assignment!!!! Please Help....

Ok. I just partitioned my hard drive to install a second OS on it. In doing so it asked me if i wanted to assign my partitions letters because it resized my primary partition and created another one. Being the dumbass i am i mistakenly clicked no. So my primary hard partition won't boot Windows xp pro cause it's not assigned the Drive letter C. How can i assign this a drive letter without deleting my data on the hard drive? thanx....

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Hey everyone! Here's what the situation is:
 
I have a brand new hard drive. I set up a Dell Utility partition using the disk from Dell. Once that was done, I installed Windows XP Home on the unallocated partition. Everything set up just fine, but now the hard drive doesn't have the letter assignment I want. If you do the DISKPART command, the partition with Windows on it shows as C. When you boot your system and actually use Windows though, the hard drive shows up as I. Why don't they match? I want my drive to be C. What do I need to do to change it to C? I know I can't use the disk management tool because of the whole system volume thing.
 
Would I need to use the Windows Repair or the full installation? I have not added any programs to the computer because I wanted to get this issue resolved first. I saw instructions on Microsoft for "How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows". It says you shouldn't use it unless the drive somehow changed names on its own. I don't know if it's safe to follow or not. The instructions were at: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=223188
 
Please help. I want to be able to get my desktop up and running again. Thanks in advance.

 

A:Drive letter assignment

Go to Disk Management...post a screenshot reflecting all hard drives/partitions, please.
 
How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot. - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html
 
Louis

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i need to get dos support for my pcmcia cdrom on a toshiba laptop running win2k, and cant seem to figure it out...any ideas???

thanks

[Edited by CleoOrlando on 05-25-2001 at 12:23 AM]
 

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Troubleshooting a corrupted drive, so installed it on a working PC as a slave. Got it working long enough to pull the data. Drive letter assigned was "M". Shutdown, removed drive, boot. Drive letter was STILL showing up.
-Tried Disk Management in WXP, no luck.
-Tried command line removal, no luck.
-Used TweakUI to remove the drive from the list, which is great, but I still cannot assign "M" to any other device. I can live with it, but I'm curious if anyone has a solution.
 

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Hi There!

The only guarentee of resolving you delemma would be to format and Reinstall Windows. That can be alot of work, but if you're having system issues and such, wiping the drive and reinstalling windows should resolve most id not all of the problems.
Good Luck!

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The original drive in my PC has 3 partitions, C: , D: , and E:. I have just added a second drive to my PC with only 1 partition. The problem is that my computer has assigned drive letter "D:" to the second drive and has reassigned my original drive partitions to C: , E: , and F:. This problem has messed up some shortcuts to say the least. How can I get my computer to assign drive letter "F:" to my second drive. I am not able to change fixed drive letter assignments in the device manager.

System specs:
win98se
AMD Athlon
Soyo SY-K7V Dragon motherboard
Original drive: Western Digital WD307AA
2nd drive: Seagate ST340810A
Both drives are on IDE1
IDE's: IDE1, IDE2, IDE3, IDE4
Thanks
 

A:drive letter assignment

Hi export5, welcome to TSG....

If I'm not mistaken, I think that is the way windows will treat a second hard drive if the first is partitioned......

You might take a look here to understand how drive letters are assigned:

http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/troubleshooting/Solutions/89.asp
 

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I use an external USB HD which contains my Backing Tracks recorded through Cubase.

I transfer as MP3 files to Karaoke Creator software and add the lyrics. the resultant ,BIN file I use as an on stage lyrics monitor because I have a terrible memory.

I have a problem with my on stage portable and need to use the external drive on another computer.

The drive has an operating system assigned drive letter G. and all the files are locked to this Path

The computer I want to use does not have drive letter G available because it was once assigned to a second CD/DVD drive.

How can I unlock this assignment. do I have to refit the CD/DVD drive and re-assign it to another letter
 

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I installed a new disk into a machine and left the old disk as back up. I set the new disk to master and the old disk to slave. I then used ghost and took an image of the old disk and put it directly onto the new disk. Here is the problem.

The old disk maintained the C and D drive letter and the new drive with the system partition is G. I can play with the registry to change the system drive to C, but this will create several problems.

If I take an image of the new disk and then reapply it without the old disk in the machine which is using the C letter assignment used by windows, will the disk get the correct letter assignments? If this works correctly, it should also update the shortcuts and everything.

A:Drive letter assignment

Hi,

Here is the problem. You can't change the disk you are booting from, so you have to do a work around.

For example, if you can boot (don't know if you can) from the D drive and have the old disk in as slave, then you can probably change the old drive to maybe F or some unused letter. Then put that drive that you changed to the boot drive position (boot from the F drive) (assuming it keeps that letter you assigned it) With the new drive (now D) in as a slave, you can assign it an unused letter like C:, then when you put it back in as boot drive, you have accomplished what you want. Long process, but it works most of the time. I assume you know the process of changing the letter assignments, but if you don't let me know.

Don't forget, you have to deal with the boot drive in BIOS setup also so it selects the correct one to boot from.

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My laptop computer has a built-in card reader for Memory Sticks and SD cards to which Windows 7 assigns two drive letters. As I never use the Memory Stick reader I would like to use the drive letter assigned to it for one of the partitions of the hard disk. The problem is that the Memors Stick reader does not show up in Disk Management as long as it is empty - and I haven't got any Memory Stick. How can I re-assign the card reader's drive letter although there is no Memory Stick inserted?

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Quote: Originally Posted by avoelp


My laptop computer has a built-in card reader for Memory Sticks and SD cards to which Windows 7 assigns two drive letters. As I never use the Memory Stick reader I would like to use the drive letter assigned to it for one of the partitions of the hard disk. The problem is that the Memors Stick reader does not show up in Disk Management as long as it is empty - and I haven't got any Memory Stick. How can I re-assign the card reader's drive letter although there is no Memory Stick inserted?


If the card reader has 2 drivers you may be able to disable the unused one.

Please go to start>search>type device manager.
Are there any "unknown devices" with yellow triangles on them?
Is you driver there , listed, and working?

If not why does it matter what drive letter a partition has?

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OS=XP

2 questions:

1. I inserted a Cruzer SD drive into an open USB port. The computer assigns the drive the letter K. I wish for the drive to be assigned G. The Cruzer is already in the uppermost of two USB ports. Is there a way I can force XP to call the Cruzer G instead of K?

2. Someone had apparently inserted and removed a USB flash drive several times on this same computer without properly closing and ejecting the device. As a result, XP had cycled through the alphabet to the next available letter. I had set a third party backup program to go to a particular drive letter. I know that I could (and did) reboot the computer allowing the computer to recognize that the drive letters it thought were in use were not and for the computer to then reorder all available drive letters. However IS THERE a way to force XP, without rebooting, to reset available drive letters? Clicking on my computer in explorer and hitting the View/Refresh does not work.

A:USB Flash Drive assignment letter

You can reset them yourself manually, using Device Manager. If a letter is already in use, you cannot use it...unless you change it to something else that is not in use.

I start at the end of the alphabet and assign drive letters to storage partitions. C: is the system partition by default, D: is the optical drive by default...anything between D: and the latter characters of the alphabet will be assigned letters E:, etc.

Aside from doing a repair install or something similar...I don't know of a way to force an automatic reassignment of letters.

Louis

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This may be a simple question from a simple mind, it has me stumped and I don't know why.
I have 2 flash drives to backup files, one gets assigned as E: drive, the other gets assigned as F: drive. What gives?
This is a problem because of scheduling the backup.
Jeff
 

A:Flash drive letter assignment

So what's the problem?

Basic Drive Assignments:
A, B floppies
C primary boot drive
D second hard drive or CD/DVD R/W drive
E thru Z other devices. Virtual drives, USB drives and devices
 

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Hi All

First post here.

This is the system that I used to have. An SSD with XP32, and another HDD with Win7x64. I first started with XP and then later installed 7. When I installed Win7 it called the partition that it was installed on "C:" (even though the XP installation claimed its partition to be C. I set up a BCD (on the SSD) to allow me to boot into either XP (which I believe it did by looking at the boot.ini on that drive) or to boot into Win7 using pointers in the BCD? (I am not so familiar with how BCDs and MBRs work). So long story short, both OSs thought that they were installed on C: and everything was fine, each saw the other partition as D:. So all the programs and everything all pointed to C:, because the C: designation was relative at that point.

Now I just got a larger SSD and I wanted to image both the OSs onto the new SSD (in separate partitions). Seeing as the new SSD had no MBR or BCD, once both the OSs were on it, I had to build a BCD. When bootrec.exe was scanning the OSs it found 2 Win7 installations (one from the HDD and one from the SSD). I asked it to create pointers to both and figured that I would use something else to create a pointer to the XP installation later. What happened is that it considered the HDD Win7 to be C: and the SSD Win7 to be D:. The OS would boot from the SSD but kept looking to C: to run programs, because the image that it came from used to think that it was C: and all the pointers for executables and etc were to ... Read more

A:Drive Letter assignment for OS, want multiple OSs to think they are C:

The conventional use of Windows and other OSes dictated that you can have only one drive letter per partition [each HDD needs at least one partition], i.e. can't have two C: drivers. Check your BIOS, the 0 or 1 drive is usually the boot drive [first drive scanned for bootable files] and gets the letter C:. But the newer computers may have changed that.

I'd think it possible to install two versions of Windows on different partitions on the HDD and from all I've seen and read it has been best to install the oldest OS first and newest OS last. I haven't tried installing Win7 after Win8 yet.

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Hi there,

I installed Windows 7 to test it on my PC (I still use XP for most purposes). Now I want to reinstall it because I want to try a different version. Unfortunately, I would have to re-assign all drives again and I have a lot of them.

So my question is this: Is there any way to save the current assignment and restore it when I have reinstalled Windows?

TIA
SoWhy

I got access to MSDNAA through my university account. Not that that's relevant to this question ;-)

A:Save drive letter assignment?

The easiest way might be to open Regedit, navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices folder, make sure the MountedDevices folder is highlighted on the left, then do File->Export and save the registry keys somewhere. It should save as a .reg file. Upon reinstallation, just double click on the file and it should import them back to restore the settings.

Make SURE after you export the keys to verify that they were all saved and reflect what is currently in the registry by right clicking on the saved .reg file and opening in notepad/wordpad.

I believe this should work.

For reference, check out Option Two below:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

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I am facing a really strange kind of problem with my system.

I am a total newbie when it comes to Win 8. A couple of earlier attempts resulted in frustration with GUI and simply gave up. Now I have a good size order for PCs on hand, win 7 licenses are no longer available so have to go with 8.1

My client can get hold of enterprise version licenses at a very reasonable price so was trying out to learn to setup the systems the way he likes and needs. Somehow even after 4 attempts I can't get it to work the way I want.

I have 2 Seagate drives, one 2 Tb and one 750 GB. 2 x 4GB memory chips, Intel DH77EB motherboard and i3-3220T processor.

The initial problem was of data corruption and had to turn off the fast boot feature in power settings. The next problem is very difficult to solve.

It does not recognise even the NTFS volumes in the extended partitions. When it does it won't allow read or write access. Even if I change the permissions it won't retain them. It keeps changing the assigned drive letters to USB attached drives even when I attach them one at a time and assign proper letters that I want it will juggle them around randomly after the next boot. The missing volume phenomenon occurs even with the USB attached drives.

Every time I do a fresh install it comes up with totally different set of permissions about accessing the drives. The files and folders I cansee and access from Win 7 OS are too often simply not visible.

One time it allowed me to install even 32 bit F... Read more

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Hi,

Just moments ago finished an XP install on a 20GB harddrive partitioned 2 ways of equal size. This is a routine thing I go through every few months, but this time around my OS partition recieved D:\ while my backup/resevoir partition which was D:\ before, got bumped up to C:\.

It's not a big deal but I like to have familiarity and this is disorienting.

Can I reassign the drive letters somehow?

Thanks in advance,

A:Weird drive letter assignment.

Here ya go..............:D

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Im having a problem with my drive letter assignment. I have two hardrives one C and the other E, also have to CD drives. My drive E keep getting change to D, usually when I rebooy about 2 or thre times and then the drive changes letter.. Dont know why is happening, check hardrive connection and its good. this began in the last few days. Can anyone help please.

A:drive letter assignment problem.

Do you want to keep your 2nd hdd as "E" or is it better it permanently becomes "D"? If yes, check these out:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844/en-us
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true

By the way, what is your "legit" D drive?

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Hi all. Cloned my main HD [C:] to my new hard drive, which was detected on my system as [F:]. All went well, except I encountered a small problem and did a Windows XP Repair Install.

Now, my problem is, I removed the [C:] drive and booted from the [F:] drive as my main drive was failing. However, all of my programs are not working because of the fact the drive is [F:] and their roots still say the files are on [C:].

So, I go into Disk Management and attempt to change the letter of F: to C:. However, Windows tells me "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume."

I need this drive to be C:. Anyone know how to bypass this at all???
 

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We just installed an additional 20 gig hd in our 2139 Aptiva e5d. when rebooted, it did not come up with a drive letter, however in the system info it exists. When we went into "device manager" it had no letter assigned, and we were not able to assign one there. In F1 setup it showed both the master and slave correctly. How can we get it a drive letter? We have a cd drive on "G" a cd-rw on "H" and floppy on "A" and our master is "c". Info appreciated!
 

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I have just installed WinXP on a computer and the Letter assigned to the hard drive is E: not C:
I had two HDDs connected when it was installing. The primary master, which was the drive that WinXP was being installed on, and the primary slave, which had WinXP on it but had died and I was going to try to retrieve the data off it. The jumpers were set correctly and the bios was set correctly as well.
I also tried removing the second HDD and rebooting but the drive assignment is still;
A: Floppy
D: CD ROM
E: Master HDD

I don't seem to be able to find how to change the drive letters so the main HDD can be C:, is it elsewhere in XP because I remember in Win98 it is in the device manager.
 

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So I've been playing around with my computer which has two internal hard drives - I installed Fedora on the secondary and that's been all fine. Then I used Darik's Boot n Nuke to wipe my main drive clean and I installed a fresh copy of XP on it.

For some reason Windows setup has sort of randomly assigned letters to the drives; e.g. The secondary drive that boots Fedora was called F in Windows but is now C - and the drive that Windows installed on named itself G (it was previously C of course).

When I chose which drive to install on I noticed setup was assigning these letters but didn't see a way to change it at the time and didn't think it would matter. I read somewhere here earlier today that the boot drive really should be named C and it will cause problems if it isn't.

The thing is, both Windows and Linux are operating fine; I've installed several apps and drivers into XP and with no problem.

Will having XP on G instead of C cause me problems down the road? I don't want to get knee deep in reinstalling all of my drivers and apps to find out I'll have to go through it again...

A:[SOLVED] Boot Drive Letter Assignment

Hi bdemonbr,

I presume that when you reinstalled Windows? you still had the secondary Drive connected...

The only way that you will be able to get Windows? back as the C: Drive is to either try booting it without the Fedora Drive connected, and see if it will revert back to C: on boot up...if not, you'll have to use "Boot N Nuke" again and start afresh...This time make sure that the Fedora Drive is disconnected.

In the event that Windows? does revert the "Windows?" Drive back to C:, you will need to connect the Fedora Drive as a 'Slave' so that you can reallocate its Drive letter.

Kind Regards,

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:
 

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Well, I was lucky. The HD that failed this morning, works if I lay it on its side. So I was able to ghost everything over to the new drive. I ghosted the boot partition c: to r:

I'm using Windows 2000, SP4. The new boot drive is SATA. The old, failing boot drive is IDE.

I worked through a number of problems, but I'm left with this:

When the system boots into the new drive R:, it still wants the boot partition c: for something. If I boot with the IDE disconnected, it'll boot to the login screen, and allow me to log in, but after a few minutes of a blank screen & cursor, it drops back to the login.

I have PartitionMagic 7.0, and used DriveMapper to change all references to C: to R:, but that didn't do it. How do I cut my system's dependence on the failing drive, before it fails altogether? Will this work?

I found the following advice from crjdriver, and was wondering if this would work for my particular problem:

Make a full system backup of the computer and system state.
Log on as an Administrator.
Start Regedt32.exe.
Go to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

Click MountedDevices.
On the Security menu, click Permissions.
Verify that Administrators have full control. Change this back when you are finished with these steps.
Quit Regedt32.exe, and then start Regedit.exe.
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

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A:Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

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In a dual boot Window XP system I'd like to be able to have multiple operating systems yet have drive letter C: assigned to the system I select during boot up. The reason is that I want to build multiple systems by building 1 then cloning it to another partition instead of taking the time to build another system. I guess I could have multiple primary partitions on a single drive then just change which one is active. But what if I have 2 hard drives and I want to change which 1 get the C: drive letter. Is there some way to change the hard drive priority? I don't recall that in my BIOS. I'm just trying to save the time and effort of creating and maintaining multiple operating systems.

A:Windows XP dual-boot and OS drive letter assignment

You can clone a system to another Drive and if there is no other HDD on the computer, it will be C: drive(ex) you have 2 HDD's that are the same size. You have Windows and all your applications, drivers and updates on Drive 1. You clone drive 1 to drive 2. Now if you unplug Drive 1, and boot the computer, Drive 2 becomes the C: drive. Plug drive 1 back in, and boot the computer and if Drive 1 is the first HDD in the boot order, that will be C: drive and Drive 2 will be the D: drive.
For your scenario, you can make a Clone Image of Drive 1, and use that same image to clone to several HDD's.

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I had to reformat my hard drive using an external drive bay. I used the external drive bay to reformat the drive. I had to reassign the drive letter from C to G. Originally the drive was C. The drive has a small unallocated partition. When I boot the drive up under DOS, the drive boots up with a default drive letter of X. And a directory of Sources. I want to reassign the drive as G or C. Can someone help out on this. (I am running Windows 7)
 

A:Messy Hard Drive Letter Assignment Problem

When I boot the drive up under DOSClick to expand...

You installed a version of DOS? Exactly what version of DOS (not sure it makes a difference)? Exactly what partitions are on the drive?

the drive boots up with a default drive letter of X.Click to expand...

Meaning what? That the partition with DOS installed has drive letter X? What other drive letters are assigned?

(I am running Windows 7)Click to expand...

Does this comment have any bearing on booting DOS or the drive letter assignment you want to do?
 

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What I use my computer for mostly is downloading music, and then burning CDs and archiving the original files on DVDs. Recently, due to (what I eventually came to understand was) a cyclicac redundancy error, Nero and my burner kind of seized up on me. Through various searches of places like this, I was led into uninstalling and re-installing Nero (with no problems) and then doing the same for my burner.

The burner is an NEC ND-3520A, I'm using Windows XP.

After reinstalling the burner using the Windows Installation "Wizard", I realized that I was left with an "empty" (unassigned?) D: drive, which was where my burner used to be, and now the burner had become the E: drive. Didn't think much of it at first, because CDs burned fine, as did DVDs. Then I got to the next step in my archiving process, which is verifying the .shn and .flac music files to make sure the burn was good. And it just took FOREVER, probably about 5x the normal speed.

Granted, I'm only assuming this problem is related to the drive letters, because that's the only change I was able to notice. I did try the Control Panel>Administrative Tools> Computer Management > Disk Management thing, but all that's listed there are my 2 hard drives and not my burner. The burner is listed under Removable Storage > Libraries, where there is no option for changing the drive letter. (If that's even the problem to begin with).

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A:Trouble with CD/DVD burner, possibly the drive letter assignment

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Hey kids:

I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have my suspicions what the problem is and I hope I'm not right.

Recently my computer died. I pulled my hard drives and DVD drives and stuffed them in another box. I turned it on and it repeatedly restarted after a blue screen of death. The blue screen went by so fast I couldn't read it. Soooo, I reinstalled Windows XP Pro and SP3. After doing so, my second HD is not being assigned a drive letter. Device Manager sees it, Disk Manager sees it and says it's healthy, active and NTFS. Is there anything in the Registry I can change to make it accessible? (ALL of my music and personal documents are on this drive and I can't afford to lose ANY of it.) Or do I have to format it for the OS to recognize it as a drive? Please help soon.

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

Hi.
Right click My Computer, click management, then enter the "Disk management application on the left.
Right click the drive that has no letter, click "Change drive letter and paths, Click add, choose an unused drive letter, click OK, and you're set.
 

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Hey Guys,

Heres the issue. I recently did an install of XP home on a new HDD for a customer after their drive went dead. Not realizing, the install mapped the boot drive to F instead of C. Customer called up complaining that he could not install programs, etc... I wanted to go back and change the drive letters through the registry, but after doing some reading, found that changing the system drive letter after install will make windows act screwey, sometimes not even allowing a boot. I personally can live with a diff. drive letter, but the customer seems to not be able to.

I have read one or two posts about using XXclone to clone the system drive to a new partition mapped to C, then deleting the F partition. As i have never used this program or method, i am a bit skeptical, and/or lost at the same time. What do you guys suggest as the best method to change this drive letter and not disrupt the operations of the system?

Thanks in advance for the help

A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188But I can't guarantee it will work.

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OK, i just reinstall windows, and it made my, what is normally C:\, now is F:\, and when i try to change it, it says it can't change it on a "boot device", so how can i change it?

A:Change HDD letter Assignment...

have you tried Partition Magic

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Now, i have already 'solved' this issue by installing a temporary copy of Win 7 to the c:\ and using EasyBCD to add an entry to the bcd file, to point to winre.wim to run the HP Recovery factory software.

But I should be able to create the bootmgr file just with the command line bcdedit command , but no matter how many threads I have read here, and how many different options i have tried. I can't get the commands correct to create a working BCD file to point to winre.wim

The path to winre.wim is:

drive letter:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim.


This brings me to my second question, DRIVE LETTER allocation.

I have read somewhere (on here?) that Diskpart often reports different drive letters per partition compared to what Windows Disk manager reports /sees..so what letter do we put in the BCD file?




As I said, i already have created a BCD file by installing Windows, but it is a long winded method compared to just booting from a WinPE stick and creating the BCD via command line.

Thanks

Neil

A:CMD line BCDEDIT to point to winre.wim and Disk letter assignment

What exactly do you want?Create bcd from scratch?
Create an extra entry in BCD that runs winre?
Be more specific what you want please

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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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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 want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)

thks

T
 

A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .
 

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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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Hello

I had to open my pc and remove drives. Once re-installed, one of the drive has seen it's letter allocation modified. Since 2 application is pointing to G drive, I would like to be able to get it back.

Hard disk (2) Was G: Now, show has a D:
CD drive was D: Now show has E:

G: appear had a "movable" drive

What can I do to replace all drive letter allocation has it use to be

Any info appreciated

Martin

A:modifying drive letter: Letter to choose not in the list

To find out why the preferred letter is not available. Type disk management in the search bar on the start menu and select "create and format hard disk partitions". Look to see if the letter you want to use is already in use. If it is you will have to change it first.

This link might be helpful.
How to change drive letters--even when the letter you want isn't available | PCWorld

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Want to Assign a drive letter to a partitioned device but the letter is not in the list

I created a partitioned drive I went to assign letter G but I don't see it in the list. no drive is using the letter G I do believe that some USB is using letter G, but I don't see my USBs ( see image)

What can I do?

Thanks
CE

A:Want to Assign a drive letter to a partitioned device but the letter i

Do you have any USB storage devices like a card reader hooked up? Those would take up extra drive letters but not show up in Explorer until you put some media in.

I also notice you have disk drives C: and F: and a DVD drive on D: which makes me wonder where E: is...

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Dell Inspiron 3487

Note: I generally use the freeware Alex Nolan DriveMan to see the current assignments.
My normal CD/DVD drive, the only one on the puter, runs fine on the F:, and shows up as about 3.4 GB.

I used the WebDav facility in DriveHQ to create an H: drive for the DriveHQ interface.

While DriveHQ has a very nice file manager, by using the WebDav assignment I could have Syncovery or any backup program work directly. That worked fine.

On reboot, I am shown the H: as now being a visible CD/DVD drive with no information and 0 bytes. Thus the WebDav attempt on initiating gets "The local device name is already in use".

Is there a reason why this CD/DVD phantom drive shows up? Is there a WebDav communicating with OS problem?

Afaik (checking visually, Driveman originally, Belarc, etc.) there really is only one CD/DVD.

Any help appreciated as to why this drive appeared, and my best plan of action. (Theoretically I could just change the WebDav assignment and see what happen. Or perhaps delete the CD assignment? However, I would like to get to the root of the issue.)

Thanks!

Steven

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Dell Inspiron 3487

Note: I generally use the freeware Alex Nolan DriveMan to see the current assignments.
My normal CD/DVD drive, the only one on the puter, runs fine on the F:, and shows up as about 3.4 GB.

I used the WebDav facility in DriveHQ to create an H: drive for the DriveHQ interface.

While DriveHQ has a very nice file manager, by using the WebDav assignment I could have Syncovery or any backup program work directly. That worked fine.

On reboot, I am shown the H: as now being a visible CD/DVD drive with no information and 0 bytes. Thus the WebDav attempt on initiating gets "The local device name is already in use".

Is there a reason why this CD/DVD phantom drive shows up? Is there a WebDav communicating with OS problem?

Afaik (checking visually, Driveman originally, Belarc, etc.) there really is only one CD/DVD.

Any help appreciated as to why this drive appeared, and my best plan of action. (Theoretically I could just change the WebDav assignment and see what happen. Or perhaps delete the CD assignment? However, I would like to get to the root of the issue.)

Thanks!

Steven

A:webdav drive assignment got taken up by phantom CD drive

Just go to disk manager and change the drive letter to what you want it normally only changes if something new is added or removed

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I have two DNS323 DLink NAS units connected to my LAN (configured as drive Y & Z) with PCs running XP. Everytime I reboot, the OS tells me it cannot connect to network drives. I have to manually go in and set up connections to the network drives again before I can use them.

Is there a way of updating registry or other settings to be able to automatically re-connect network drives upon reboot?
 

A:DNS323 Network Drive Assignment - XP

In XP there should be a checkbox to automatically reconnect these drives at logon. If you are mapping them by right-clicking "My Computer", it will appear on the first dialog box.
 

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I am tasked with imaging 1800 N23 for the school district using SCCM. I have created a stand alone USB to do this (because of UEFI) but the HD assignment in the BIOS changes between seeing the hard drive as drive 0 or drive 1. If it were consistent if would not be a challange, but it can change with each boot. This required me to build two USB key, one for drive 0 and one for drive 1, and stopping the task sequence to check where the hard drive is assigned. If not, the USB key get repartitioned and the TS fails.Anyone else seen this? Anyone have a solution? Are these devices not approbiate for the enterprise (if they can't be easily imaged)? The only other devices i have seen this issue on were disposable devices which did not last even three years.

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I am in a real quandary. on my usb external drive that has always been drive h: has now appeared as drive I:. I sometimes will plug in a USB card reader for my camera and that has been assigned as drive I. It has not been installed for 3 weeks and my Ipod software which is shortcut to drive H: won't run because there is no drive H: at this time. Both My Computer and windows explorer show all the drives but just skips drive H:. How do I Swap drive I: back to drive H: and keep this from happening again. I was unaware that you could just skip over a drive letter. I would think that it would reassign I: to H: on boot up. http://images.techguy.org/smilies/cool.gif
Please inform me what I can do to get all my music back on H: and really have a physical drive h: and eliminate I:
Thanks for any input. Paul
 

A:Solved: Drive assignment changed

Right click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Plug all the devices in, and you can change their drive letters there.
 

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Win XP problems:

After a computer crash, burn & recovery, the SW I now download installs in my backup drive D: instead of my operating system C:. In some cases, I have no control over where it is to be installed. I suspect the problem glares at me when I look in Admin tools, Computer management, Disk management and see: Disk 0, C: System and Disk 1, D: Boot. These may be reversed because C: is my boot disk with Win XP on it & D: is only used for backup. Trying to change these assignments is scary to me & I don't know what "system" means.

Also, when rebooting, I go to a logon screen that tells me to choose from one of two operating systems, both of which are the same (XP). Please advise me how to fix these problems.

Thanks,
Aaron
 

A:Drive assignment & Logon screen problems

I'd suggest unhooking your slave hd and booting up in case bios has flipped drive letters. This may sort that out. I assume you've 2 xp os's but if they're in same partition it can make it unstable.
 

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After a computer crash, burn & recovery, the SW I now download installs in my backup drive D: instead of my operating system C:. In some cases, I have no control over where it is to be installed. I suspect the problem glares at me when I look in Admin tools, Computer management, Disk management and see: Disk 0, C: System and Disk 1, D: Boot. These may be reversed because C: is my boot disk with Win XP on it & D: is only used for backup. Trying to change these assignments is scary to me & I don't know what "system" means.

Also, when rebooting, I go to a logon screen that tells me to choose from one of two operating systems, both of which are the same (XP). Please advise me how to fix these problems.

Thanks,
Aaron

A:Drive assignment & boot screen problems

Apparently,when you restored,you installed to the partition on D:.
Could have been a simple matter of not reading the screens,
i've done it before.
This can also happen if you are running anIDE drive as primary master and a
SATA drive on channel 1.
You tell it to install to the SATA and it still loads system files on the IDE
drive.
In any case,it looks like you ended up with a dual install.
If you don't have anything important on there,you can reinstall with the D:
drive disconected,the reconnect D: and format it after.
Should correct the problem.

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So here's the problem. Had a nice clean install of XP Home running perfectly on a new P4 Canterwood system, with an old Maxtor HD. Thought I'd upgrade to an 80 GB WD Caviar special edition. Installed the new HD, initialized and formatted thru disk management into two partiitons, which were assigned G and H (C, D old HD; E, F, CD/RW). Copied all of C to G, using the WD Data lifeguard tools.

Reconfigured the WD from slave to master, and tried to boot into XP, figuring no problem, since entire content of the old C drive had been copied; no go. Boot hung every time at the blue Windows XP screen, after the black XP boot screen w/ the green running bar indicator. not promising.

So I do a repair reinstall. The path shown for the current installation is C:\Windows, as I'd expect since the new HD was the only drive connected. Repair reinstall goes smoothly, boots fine, most settings are saved, so far so good; but then I notice that NONE of the installed programs will run, because path names can't be found. Also found it odd that in Windows Explorer view, all of the folder ocons that should be on the left pane were missing. The names of the folders, discs etc were still there, but no icons.

Very strange. I go back to disk management, and lo and behold, XP has carried over the name of the first partition as G!! Not surprising that nothing will run, when all apps are still looking for a C:\ path, and the actual boot/system drive letter is G. So I try to rename G: t... Read more

A:need to change boot/system drive ltr assignment

Sorry, but as far as know, you cannot do what you want. An imperfect remedy is to open regedit (if XP has it) and do a replace for all instances of "c:\" to "G:\". Between the OS and the BIOS the large drive is referenced to G and you cannot change the designation of the System Drive. You might have done better to make a ghost image of the c drive and place it on the second partition of the new drive. Then, remove the original drive and restore the ghost image onto the new "c" partition. That is what I did with w2k and it worked like a champ.
 

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I'm just curious, because if we can assign a letter for a drive [for example, C:], then, can I assign a letter to a folder? Because when I save/open a file or anything like that, I can just type the letter of the drive if I want to access a drive, so I wish I could assign a letter to a folder.
 

A:Solved: If I can assign a drive letter, can I assign a folder letter?

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Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.
 

A:{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.
 

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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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