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Solved: Changing Hard Drive Letter Designation ???

Q: Solved: Changing Hard Drive Letter Designation ???

I have just replaced a SATA hard drive that crashed. I booted with the original XP Pro cd and installed . Somehow, the setup named the hd with letter "I" I want to change it back to C. I don't remember it ever asking me what letter to use. Is there a way to change it without reloading XP? I went to disk management, but it wouldn't let me change it because it is the boot drive. Thanks>

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I have a hard drive connected to a USB port. Yesterday, the drive letter of this USB drive was D. Front Page accessed this drive as drive D without any problems. Perhaps because I have a faulty DVD/RW drive, somehow the drive designation of the USB drive was changed to F. Since the USB drive designation changed, Front Page now will not/cannot access drive F. I tried to change the drive designation of the USB drive back to D in Disk Management but Disk Management would not let me rename the USB drive to any letter before F. How do I change the drive designation of the USB drive back to D. Thank you in advance for your help and replies.

(Windows runs on Drive C)
 

A:Solved: Need To Change Drive Letter Designation

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After deleting a RAID 1 setup, I proceeded to change the partition drive letters with disc management...in the attempt to move the C designation to the system partition, it was "lost" once I removed it from another partition.
Now what? The system cannot see a hard drive during authentication - and can't reinstall the operating system since it can't find a hard drive!

Even though this was a naive/ignorant blunder, it must happen enough that someone's got a remedy - I hope.
Any sites to direct me? Help! (Thanks!!)
 

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I have a friend's laptop running W7 64bit. It was essentially unusable simply getting a blinking cursor on boot. I've run some diagnostic etc but gotten the no OS found message.
On further repair attempts found what I believe to be the issue. The drive letter designations are all messed up. It is trying to boot from C: but C: is the "system reserved" drive. The real C: has a drive letter designation of D:
I believe the fix is to change the drive letters back to the correct drive.. How can I do that from outside Windows?
Any thoughts?
Thanks for any help
Monton
 

A:How to change drive letter designation outside Windows 7

This is a symptom that the partition table is damaged and the direct approach (ie trying to change drive letters) is not the right way to fix this. you need a tool to fix the partition table.
 

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My system will not boot. It gets as far as the Windows XP logo with the 'busy bar' going back and forth, hangs for a while, and then reiterates the entire reboot process. Starting in Safe Mode reveals a hang at MUP.DLL.

The Windows XP Setup program does not recognize the partition as being NTFS formated (my 160GB hdd has two partitions, the second one is ok).

I booted Partition Magic from a bootable CD and discovered that the primary partition has no drive letter allocated to it.

How can I restore drive letter C without erasing the entire operating system?

Many tanks to everyone has a solution
 

A:Drive letter designation (C:) on my primary partition has been lost

If you have the windows xp cd, boot from it and go into the recovery console. Go here ---> Recovery Console For more information. Once there in the recovery console type this command Fixboot "this Writes a new boot sector to a selected partition." then type Fixmbr this will Repair the Master Boot Record (MBR). Restart the computer.
 

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I have a wierd problem that most of the suggestions seem not to work.
I have a HP computer with Vista basic installed at factory with no disc sent with computer. I then added an external drive on which I installed Ubuntu OS as the primary boot drive. This was needed while I was learning and using Asterisk. Now I do not need the drive which no longer seems to have a letter designation or Ubuntu OS but cannot seem to be able to use System Recovery. Near as I can tell, I need to reset the Master Boot Record back to Vista only but seem unable to do so as I recieved no disks with the Computer.
Any suggestions. I am not extremely skilled at computer technical stuff so please assume I am an idiot if responding.

A:Removing External drive with Ubuntu OS but no drive letter designation

Hi,

Look here for one un-install option: -

How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC

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Hi all,

I'm running Windows XP SP3.
My external hard disk drive letter keeps changing every time i plug it out and back in again.
For example, if have assigned it to H:\, after plugging it out and plugging it back in again it changes to I:\.
It happens every single time and there is no way to change it back to H:\ as it disappears from the "Change Drive Letter" drop down list in "Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management".
The only way to make the letter come back into the drop down list is to restart my computer.

Please help, i've tried almost everything except reformatting my computer which is something i dont want to do.

Thanks in advance,
Brian ^_^

A:Hard Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Hi, welcome to TSF,

are you removing it in the correct manner, i.e. using the 'safely remove hardware' option from your systray?

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I recently just reformatted and added in another HDD. The old setup was a WD 500GB, Hitachi 1TB, and Seagate 1TB, with a Asus DVD drive all installed through Sata connectors.
When I formatted the F drive, being the Hitachi 1TB, it took the OS just fine and I was able to install all my programs and games. Though when I removed the WD 500GB and installed a newer WD 2TB there seems to be a huge problem.
My drive lettering has automatically changed, forcing the F drive to a G drive, the D drive, which was the DVD drive, has been changed to F.
I've gone through dos prompts from the only known source I can get to, a win 7 install disk in recovery options. Yet every time I change the lettering through diskpart in dos, it never sticks.
Can anyone help me in this terrible predicament.

A:Hard drive letter changing?

MS info here Changing, adding or removing a drive letter - Windows Help

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I have a situation that isn't really a major problem, but is slightly annoying, and somewhat puzzling.

I have an external 1TB Iomega USB hard drive on my system. It is set to be Drive Y. Most of the time, everything is fine. But occasionally, after I boot the system, I'll get the pop up on the screen asking me what I want to do with Drive J. And yes, the "new" Drive J is, indeed, really my Iomega external drive. I can go into Disk Management, and reassign the drive letter back to Y, and everything is fine again.

Sometimes, it keeps the Y drive letter for several months at a time. But other times, the system treats it as a new drive and assigns drive letter J to it--in anywhere from a few days to several months after the previous time.

As I said, it doesn't happen often enough to be a problem, but I'm curious as to what causes it. Anyone have any insights into this little puzzle?

A:Changing External Hard Drive Letter

Look in your registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. That's where drive letter assignments are stored. Find \DosDevices\Y: on the left side and note the data value on the right. The next time it happens, check the same registry location but find \DosDevices\J: and see if the data value is the same as before. Also see if there's still an entry for \DosDevices\Y:.

(Option Two)
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

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I have an HP notebook with OS Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have two external hard drives. The first one I added was designated as F:\. Later, I added a second external hard drive, which was located at G:\.

These are connected by a USB extension cable from the notebook to a USB hub, where the two external drives are connected.

Recently, I used a 16 GB USB flash drive, plugged into the notebook, to copy some files to give to a friend.

Now I find that what was previously F:\ now shows up under My Computer as H:\ The second hard drive continues to show up under My Computer as G:\.

My problem is that I had a number of large files downloading to F:\, and now I get an error message that says "Drive F:\ is missing; please reconnect it."

How do I get this drive designation to change back from H:\ to F:\????

How do I prevent this from happening in future when I need to use a USB flash drive? Would plugging the flash drive into the usb hub, rather than directly into the notebook, prevent this?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

cashcqshel

A:[SOLVED] External hard drive designation switched from F:\ to H:\ ?????

Drive letter allocation should not change automatically while Windows is actually running and the drives are already connected, regardless of what other USB devices you plug in.

It is, however, not unusual for external drive letter allocations to change when you actually connect them, since they are allocated a drive letter in the same order in which Windows detects them - a sort of "first come, first served" arrangement.

You can easily change the drive letter for an external drive in
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.
Locate the drive's horizontal ribbon in the right-hand pane, right-click on it and choose Change Drive Letter & Paths. Click Change. Select your preferred letter, click "OK".

Note, drive letters currently in use will not be available in the drop-down selection box.

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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

A:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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Hello,

Nice to meet you

I have problem, after changing motherboard and cpu from AMD and intel, my windows go to infinite repair loop and drive letter messed up (I have 5 hardrive, with 7 partition), trying many way, failed to recover the windows, so I decided to reinstall my windows, using 1 hardrive, success, but, when I attach the rest hardrive, the drive letter messed up again, my OS drive become D and one of my hardrive become C, windows cannot boot, even failed when I try to reinstall again (cannot continue after first restart) & when choosing drive, there are warning that's all my drive unable to became boot device

now, how I can reinstall the windows?

Thanks,

Sylphan

A:Hard drive letter messed up after changing motherboard

hello, anyone can help? I just want to rid the drive letter, so I can install the windows & re-assign the hard rive...

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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Hey everyone,
I tried searched for this but i kept recieving a server error so I decided to just post the question.
I recently installed Windows 7 on my computer and I rearranged my hard drive and got them all in order. On my old copy of Vista my music library was stored on my 1tb hard drive which was like drive L. Now my 1 tb hard drive is under drive D. I backed up everything including my iTunes so now it has all of these song files that it can't find. Is their anyway I can update it so it'll update and use my new drive letter? I don't want to go through and add them all again because then I would have to remake all of my playlists and I don't want to do that. Is their anyway to mass change the library to another drive letter?
Thanks in advance.
 

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I recently changed from having a desktop and a laptop networked to having two Win7 desktop computers networked. I have an external harddrive attached to DESKTOP for backup. Part of that external harddrive is designated as Backups(\\DESKTOP)(Z) . I am running Norton 360 on both desktops and they both backup to drive Z:. I would like to change the name of DESKTOP to something like DESKTOP1 (to differentiate it from DESKTOP2), which I know how to do, but I don't know how to change the designation of the Z: portion of the external harddrive. When I try to edit Backups(\\DESKTOP)(Z) I get a bing. Is there way to change the Z: drive designation?

A:Problem Changing Backup Drive Designation

Hi,

That looks like you mapped Z:. I think you can rename it by double-clicking it, and then renaming it.

Post back if you need more help.

Regards,
Golden

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I have a new XP Pro SP2 system that has two hard drives: the Master C:drive, and a second drive. It came with the second drive showing as the F: drive. D: and E: drives are DVD/CD Roms. My question is: How can I change the Drive letter of the second drive to D: from F:, or is this possible now that the system is set up? And then change the DVD/CD Roms to E: and F: respecfully?

Any help will be much appreciated! Thanks!

Sewster
 

A:Solved: New to XP Pro: Need help in changing Drive Letter

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I installed Windows 7 temporary while my faulty hard drive was being replaced (the drive that was faulty had my operating system on it).
After installing Windows 7 on a partition of another hard drive in my computer that drive became drive C.
Today I installed Windows 7 on the replacement drive which had been formatted with the drive letter F.
I now find that the drive letter does not change to C when I bootup on the Windows 7 operating system that I have just installed.

I have a multibook system as I also have Windows Vista on my computer.

I was going to use my previous Windows 7 (drive C) while I was installing programs on the most recent Windows 7 which is now Drive F

Is there a way of safely remapping the computers drives?
I would prefer the most recent operating system to be drive C and not drive F as I might have problems later on where a program accesses drive C thinking that that is the operating system I'm using.

I can't start to install programs for the most recenr operating dystem until I have fixed the problem

Hoping for a reply

Regards Brian

A:[SOLVED] Changing the drive letter for the operating system?

Disconnect the second drive and boot into the BIOS, it should show the newly installed W7 as being on C drive, if not rename it.

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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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My daughter has an XP Home SP2 PC with a Pentium 4 3.2 ghz processor. The root drive is "F". There is an "A" for the floppy, "D" for the CD, "F" for the hard drive and G, H, I, and J for the card reader. I originally built this PC and somehow when the hard drive was changed, the letter designation was changed as well. It sound easy but How do I change it back to "C" drive without ending up wiping everything and starting over?

A:Hard Drive designation

Hi condose !

Unfortunately you can't change the system drive's volume letter without reinstalling. All other letters can be changed in the disk management utility : right-click my computer => manage => disk management. Right-click the drive/partition for which you want to change the volume letter and the option will be there. The letter has to be freed before you can assign it to another drive.

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I have several external USB HDs used as a backup or to store overflow files. I want to change the letter designation from the defaults which are (E: ) in most cases, to (D: ), (F: ) etc. (Simply using the "Rename" command which is normally used to rename files or folders changes its title or whatever it is called but not the letter designation.)

How can I change its letter designation please?

A:Rename Ext. HD Letter Designation

Right click on Computer and select Manage. Go to Disk Management.

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I have an Toshiba notebook with OS Windows 7 home Premium 32 bit.

I have external hard drives attached via a usb hub. I recently had to remove the hub and now that they are reconnected, the letter desination have changed ie. F:\ is now G:\.

How do I get the drive designation to change back to there original paths?
I have my iTunes music saved to one drive, but as the path has changed, iTunes cant find the music.

How do I prevent this from happening in future when I need to disconnect again?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

A:external hard drive changed designation

Drive letters for external drives are assigned consecutively according to the order in which they are detected by Windows. They won't change until you unplug all of them then re-connect them in a different order - which is evidently what you've done when you removed the hub.

You can't force Windows to assign the same letter to each drive after you've disconnected them. Just avoid doing it or save your iTunes music files on the internal drive instead.

Use the external drive only for backup copies of your music files.

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My operating system is Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium.

I have a Buffalo external hard disk drive which I use for backup.

The computer "Properties" for this drive defaults to:
ATAPI DVD/CD-ROM and
Authenticated Users.

I am unable to re-set the "Properties" to the desired:
Buffalo HDD USB drive and
Administrator

How can I override the computer default and set the correct "Properties"?

A:Wrong Designation for External Hard Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ColMac


My operating system is Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium.

I have a Buffalo external hard disk drive which I use for backup.

The computer "Properties" for this drive defaults to:
ATAPI DVD/CD-ROM and
Authenticated Users.

I am unable to re-set the "Properties" to the desired:
Buffalo HDD USB drive and
Administrator

How can I override the computer default and set the correct "Properties"?


Are you able to access the device alright or is that a problem as well?

Thanks

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I have an old BYTECC hard drive enclosure. Trying to use it on an older XP system for back up. Got a bunch of 40G hard drives I can use.

The OS will detect the external drive is connected and powered up, arrow shows in the tray for a USB drive, checked the device manager and it sezs the drive is there and operating properly, recognizes it, but does not assign a drive letter.

AIDA32 sezs it is there but same deal shows no drive letter.

I've tried four different hard drives with the same results. I know the hardware works on other computers, this particular computer USB works with other canned external drives, it reads a flash memory stick as a drive no problem. I know the BYTECC is set up properly, should be the same as with other computers. Works ok on a Win2000 system.

What could be the problem? Is there something to tweak?
I do know this XP system would not read hard drives that had been formatted on non-XP computers before. Don't exactly know what systems all these drives were formatted on. Isn't making any sense to me at the moment. Doing it just like I did on the Win2000 system with other drives, everything worked as it should.

Thinking I could try to slap one of the drives in as a slave and try to format it that way, hopefully can get it to be read as a USB drive instead.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.

Raybro
 

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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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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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I turned the computer on today and one of the external hard drives has changed from 'K' to 'L'. Two other external hard drives have not been affected. For some reason the 'K' drive has been allocated to the CD Drive (which was previously 'F').

So how can I get 'K' back to the external hard drive using the same path as before. It doesn't matter what the CD drive is called but getting it back to 'F' would be nice.

Thank you.
 

A:Solved: External Hard Drive Letter Has Changed

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Hi, I'm not sure if the title sounds about right but I have Windows Vista Ultimate with 3 hard disk drives, C, D and E. The D:\ drive is about 55GB and E:\ is 300GB. I'd like to change my E:\ to D:\ and vice versa.

I went to right click on the Computer icon, clicked on "Manage" and went to Storage and then Disk Management...

Here's the screenshot:

I can't seem to rename the D to E as the pagefile is there.. Now, I'm not really an expert on this and if someone could shed some light on how to rename the drive, I'd appreciate it so much!!

Thanks so much in advance!
 

A:Solved: Help On Renaming Hard Disk Drive Letter

This ones rather easy. Move your page file to the C: drive. (Control Panel, Performance Information and Tools, Advanced Tools, Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.)

Under Advanced, click on Change.... Click on the C drive and make it System managed size. Click Set. Make sure all the other drives are set to None. After you OK your way out, you may have to reboot.

Now, you can change your drive letters. You can also go back and reset the pagefile. Note, by the way, that changing your drive letters, could cause some programs that look for the drive letters (including anything installed on the drives) to fail.

Courtney sends....
 

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Hello
I "reorganized" my Windows 7-64 bits PC (added some new disks, reorgabizing directories ...)
I renamed some of the disks so they are clear for me
But there is one disk I cannot change
I want to rename F: to Z:

Inside the Drive management Console, i can
- access disk F:
- select Z: as the new name letter

But whn i click to start the renaming i have an error message that says "Invalid parameter" or "Incorrect parameter" (I use a french version of Windows so the exact message is "param?tre incorrect"

Any idea where this could come from ? It seems all the disks are correctly defined and activated

Thanks for your help Have a good day

A:Changing drive letter

Post a maximized/resized screen print of Disk Management so all info is displayed using these instructions:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

One possibility, if you have a Page File on F that might be why you can't change the drive letter.

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Hello!
I use an external USB2 IcyBox Hard Disk Drive. It started off as L: but after using a Flash Drive & hooking up my digital camera to the computer its current drive letter is N:It stays as N: even when other USB devices are removed.
I would much prefer this drive to remain at L: in a logical progression after all other drives & partitions I have installed.
How do I get it back to L: & how do I stop it from changing to another drive letter in the future, after using other USB devices?
I am using Windows XP Home SP2. I have one ATA harddrive, which has 4 partitions, (namely C: F: G: H, & two SCSI hard drives, (D: E. All hard drives are using NTFS.
Any help with this problem would be appreciated.
Many thanks,
Tim.
 

A:Changing Drive Letter.

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I just got a couple of new HDDs to make notebook backups (clones) on. When I first formatted each one, using a USB dock, I set the drive letter of each one to U. Everytime I change the drives, the drive letter changes itself to E. I change them back to U but they change themselves back to E the next time I put them in the dock. What is going on here and how can I keep the drive letters from changing?

A:HDD Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Set one to U and the other to V.

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Hi, firstly, i apologize if this has been discussed before.

I followed the guide posted here to dual boot XP & 7. All's working fine now. I can boot into both the OS without any problems.

However, i've noticed that which ever OS i boot into, shows itself as installed on the C: drive. When in XP, 7 shows up on E: drive & when in 7, XP shows up on D: drive. I wanna change this. When i installed 7, i chose the D: drive &that's how i'd like it to remain.

So yeah, how do i go about changing the drive letter of 7 from C: to D:, so that it remains that way no matter which OS i boot into. Would it be safe to do this from Disk management in 7?

Note: Both the OS are installed on the same HDD.

I once again apologize if this has been asked before.

Cheers.

A:Changing 7 drive letter.

When custom installing a second copy of the same version, same edition using the same installation disk the second copy of Windows having started up the installer while in Windows will shift the second copy to other then C. When booting into a dual with two different versions or even two separate editions of the same version the normal sight is seeing C while in one and the other install as a different drive letter since C is in use at the time.

The best advice often seen with any dual boot and the optical drive being D would be giving the second Windows E, F, G, etc. if no other drive is present and doing the same while booted in the other to the first now second seen there in the DM.

For changing it from C to something else that would be the opposite of wanting to see the registry edit for correcting a goof of Windows getting the wrong letter like D assigned rather then the default C. How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Note that was directed at 2000, XP, and Server 2003 where this problem had been more apparent. Another guide covers what I was mentioning about how to Manage your drive letters in a dual-boot configuration

While the guide is older there for an XP/Vista dual boot the principles are the same as far as having the second OS always seeing the same drive while the Windows you are in at the moment is C.

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Trying to use an application that will only look at the A: drive when looking for a license. No problem when using a floppy dirve.

The license key is on a flash drive and A: is not an option when in computer management trying to change the drive letter. Only get B: and above.

Is there a way to do this: change the B: designation to A:?

Running XP SP2.

Thanks in advance

A:Changing drive letter

If you have a floppy drive, I don't believe you can assign anything to A:.

If you don't have a floppy drive, then you should be able to assign it in Disk Management.

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I was wondering how to go about changing my windows boot up disk letter from G to C.
 

A:Changing Drive Letter

The short answer: You can't. The letter is assigned when XP is installed.

In order to be sure that the drive is C:, it's best to install XP with other drives disconnected to a newly partitioned and formatted drive.
 

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I just re-did a computer and put XP pro on it. It had a 10GB 5200 rpm drive as the C: drive and 1.5 GB of that was used for the D: drive. I took out that drive and added a 40GB 7200 drive to it. The 40GB is the master on the primary channel and the 10GB drive is the slave on the same channel. When the format and install was done on the new drive it had a drive letter of G: and the 10GB drive had a drive letter of C: and D: respectfully. This configuration caused severe problems. I removed the 10GB drive and rebooted the machine and the problem is now gone. But I still want to use the 10GB drive for paging and music storage and so forth and so on. But the problem with that is that when ever I add a new drive it automatically grabs the first available drive letter and this brings back the problem from before. Is there a way to change the drive letter on the system drive? I tried it through disk management utility and it told me that it can not change the drive letter of the system disk. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

A:Changing the drive letter.

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Hey all - hope you guys can help me. Here's the problem:

I moved my vista partition in order to extend it - i wiped the OEM recovery partition, moved the vista one, and added the freespace created to it. This was all with gparted. All went well - all the data is still there, no problem.

However, now when I boot into vista, I get the normal log on screen, it shows my picture and username, but when I log on I get "preparing the desktop", and then it pops up a rundll32 error saying it cannot access the specified device/path/file. If I click okay, I get a light blue screen and a mouse. I can launch the task manager and run things like regedit, or launch explorer.exe. This gives me a plain desktop using a temporary profile because it cannot find mine.

Looking at Computer, it shows that the "C:" drive has been assigned the letter X. I think this is what's causing the problem.

I've tried editing the MountedDevices key in the registry to reassign it, but whatever I do the changes don't stick, and when I reboot it reverts back to the main system partition being X, and one I can't see being C.

Any ideas/links/tutorials/whatever are much appreciated...
 

A:Changing Drive Letter

Generally you should not change the drive letter of the system disk, since many windows files and setups rely on it staying how it was on install.

In general terms, it shouldn't matter what letter it is. The only exception is some old programs have C: hard coded in to them, rather than finding the real system disk, but this isn't usually an issue.

However, if I understand your post correctly, your disk was C:, but has changed to X:. I think this can indeed cause problems. You could have a look at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188/en-us but read the warnings very carefully and follow the advice, definitely regarding backing up.

You could also look at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249321/ , which the first article links to.
 

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So, dumb problem, but forgive me for being an idiot..

I use an external hard drive to store my music collection. Recently, for no apparent reason, Windows re-assigned the drive letter signification of my external hard drive from "F:/" to "G:/". Now all the software I use that references the files on the hard drive is throwing errors saying it can't find the file, and my music player can't find any of the songs in the library.

I could manually change all the addresses in the software I use and re-load my music library but, um, that would suck.

How do I change the letter of a drive?


Thanks!

A:Changing Drive Letter

Is there an F: drive currently in My Computer? (hint: it might be a USB removable one)

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Hi, I have three hdd with three partitions with driver letter C: D: E:.
My C: and D: are tied together which means my D: drive used as temp drive (most of windows temp, cache, C:\users folder mklink to D:). I replicate all my data and both drives have same contents

Now my question is how I gonna change drive letter from
1. D:\ ----> E:\
2. E:\ -----> D:\ (exchange both drive letter).

I can't did this via disk management while windows in use since D: drive are locked with windows folders. I tried to change it through cmd prompt which boot from installation CD, but the drive letter seem different, and drive letter still remain as same after boot into windows.

Is there anyway to do it without reinstalling os?

A:Help on changing drive letter

Change, add, or remove a drive letter - Microsoft Windows Help

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I just installed a new hard drive and it assigned in drive "F". How do I change? I have gone into Device Manager and I'm not getting it done. I m running XP Home Edition.

Thank you!
 

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I was doing a new installation of XP home on a new hard drive, XP formatted the drive as F:\ and installed the boot sector there because a thumb drive was in the usb port (which it recognized as C:\). I wasn't paying that close of attention and I didn't realize XP would see that thumb drive as C:\. My question: is there any way to change the boot letter back to C: without reformatting the hard drive?
 

A:Changing Boot drive Letter

Yes there is.
Go to start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management.
Then right click on drive, and choose change drive letter / path
 

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I don't understand how, but when I installed XP MCE, it was with all other drives disconnected. However, when I went to Disk Management, it's partition is labeled G:, while W7 is labeled L: when running MCE. I want to change G: to the usual C:. but Disk Management won't permit that, and when I tried something similar with Acronis Disk Director some time back, the OS would no longer boot, so I'm not anxious for a repeat performance.

The question is, how to relabel the partition safely?

A:Changing OS Partition Drive Letter

I wouldn't and don't think you can change it, not without re-installing. As you have seen Windows won't let you change the drive letter of the partition windows is installed too. The main reason is that doing that would break a lot of programs etc. They would be looking for the old drive letter not the new one. Do you have a flash card reader installed? If yes that would be my guess as to why the drive letter got to be so high. I've seen that happen in XP if the hard drive wasn't formatted. It doesn't get a drive letter until after its formated. The other formatted drives would get C:, D:, etc. I didn't think windows 7 did that anymore but I could be wrong. Like a lot of people, I've only been using it for a short while. Now that the drive is formated it should get the first drive letter C: so a re-install should fix it. It just depends on how much that bothers you as to whether you want to do it over again.

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I have changed the drive letters on my two DVD burners and they keep changing back.

I have two SATA DVD burners lettered K and L. I have reversed the drive letters several times in Disk Management and they hold for a while; but, when I attempt to use them again a few days later, I notice the letters are swapped back.

Anyone have suggestions on how to get this problem solved?
 

A:Drive letter keep changing back

What steps do you go thru to set them in Disk Manager?
No crashes? No system state restores?
 

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Hi, I recently installed XP on my desktop (Dell Inspiron 530) and I want to change the drive letter of my hard drive from I: to C: but my problem is that C: is taken up. Disk Manager won't let me change the drive letter of my hard drive, and a MS KB article says that changing the drive letter of the hard drive is not built in to Disk Manager. I just want to know, is there a third party program that will let me do this? I am the Admin on my PC.

A:Changing Drive Letter In Windows XP

Have you tried these steps?How to change a drive letterTo change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.5. Click Change.6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK.7. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.The drive letter of the drive, the partition, or the volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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Ok, the computer i'm working on currently went through a lot of stuff, basically it stopped "seeing" both hard drives... it's a dell, so I look at the array, and it sees them there, so I decide to format both of the drives (the user had backed up all their information thankfully) however now it says that C: is a removable media and F: is my boot, which would be all well and dandy, but I'm trying to download drivers from a website, and it won't let me choose where to download to, and it tries to download to c, which won't work. So is there a way I can change the boot drive to C? Maybe by switching the ide cables possibly?

A:Changing Boot Drive Letter

Actually since the system has made drive F: your boot drive and C: a removable media the only real way is to re-format the drives and re-install Windows again but this time you have to read the screens as to where the installation is formatting and where it is putting things. Basically you read every screen and you will find it.

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I changed the drive letter of an external 2.5' HDD (from F to D).

Then for some reason I suddenly can't use the drive anymore.

Now when I plug it, the error message is on Win7 is "You need to format the disk in drive"
The error on Win XP is D:\ is not accessible

which is quite weird.

The drive is not used much, it never had surface problems, etc.
Of course I don't want to format it because I have some info there.

Any ideas about what the problem could be...?

Thanks
 

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Hi ....

I installed a new hardrive in my laptop and reinstalled winxp sp2 on it. For some reason windows installed it onto drive e:\ and not c:\. I do alot of programming and windows/system32/ need to be on the c drive.

Can i change the drive letter from e:\ to c:\ and then do a repair on windows?

Thanks
Etienne
 

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How do I do it? I've changed the drive letters for logical drives/hard drives before using partion magic and other programs like that, but how do I change the drive letters for my DVD-R and Zip drives? I used to know how to do it in Windows 98, but I'm using XP now and I don't know how. Any help is appreciated.
 

A:Changing the drive letter of my DVD-R and ZIP drives...

Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Storage - Disk Management (local)

Right click on the disk drive in the lower panel, select "Change drive letter and Paths"

The drive will probably not show in the upper panel unless there is media in it.
 

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