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Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

Q: Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

Hello everyone,
So, due to audio problems....I decided to just revert to my old XP64. At first I was gonna try to dual-boot, but the fly in the ointment was all I had was an image on my external HD, which has about 100G of other stuff on it. My disc drive would not for the life of me burn an ISO image on any of my three DVD types. And the process of trying to find how to fix the drive problem and/or create just a bootable PARTITION on a HD without effecting everything else just drove me insane...which is kind of where I am now. After a week now I just have to get back to my project. lol And if that means no fancy windows 7 internet experience......

BUT HERE'S THE THING. In my frenzied state, I think I may have screwed up my MBR, but idk. I hope I can explain this right.

At one point, while attempting a dual-boot scenerio workaround, I shrunk partition C and created a new 5G partition at the end of it. After that:

In EaseUS, I assigned it letter B and I set it to active, figuring it was to be bootable (wrong, I know). Additionally near the same time in Folder Properties, I unhid system files, folders...etc.

NOW the System drive showed as F! Then, attempting to use EasyBCD, it told me it could not find the BCD files to begin. So, naturally it had to do with that.I thought maybe it should have been B, but why would Ease US give me that letter option?

After showing Easy BCD the file it seems to be OK....there. Also in Startup & Recovery it is listed in System Startup as the default system. But is it OK?

Also, should it also be active. Did I inadvertently switch it by making the new partition active?

What should I do to get it to boot properly. I AM planning on booting XP from a flash drive anyway, but still......

If it is messed up, will the recovery option still work? BTW all partitions are now gone besides C: , system, and Hdd recovery.

Thanks a lot. Sorry so long..

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A: Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

:wacko:no?

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Hi,

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

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

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

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

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I've installed Windows 8 starting the installer from Win8 RP and I've just noticed that it picked up the drive letters from the old system. Now my system drive is Y instead of C , because in the old system that partition was Y.
If I try to change the drive letter in the Drive Management it gives an error.
Does anyone know how to change system drive letter in Windows 8 RTM?

A:How to change system drive letter in Windows 8 RTM?

This can definitely be a pain. I believe this article may help:

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

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

xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

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

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

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

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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Hello,

My first post here so I hope I am in the correct place.

Here is my problem...

I installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a new Seagate 1TB drive. During the Windows 7 install I created a 250GB partition where the Windows files would be installed. I also left an unallocated partition that I would later use as a data drive (for storing music, videos, docs, etc).

As normal, the Windows 7 installer stated it would need to create a system partition where the boot files and other mysterious files would be stored. Indeed, after installation it had created a 100mb system partition (which I believe is normal).

In Windows I used the Disk Management utility to make the Unallocated partition useable. As a result I had the following partitions:

System partition (no drive letter assigned)
C: Boot and Page File partition (where Windows is installed)
D: Data partition (where music, videos, docs, etc will be stored)

So far all is well However...

What I needed to do was follow the simple procedure in the following link to move my C:\Users folder to D:\Users...

Move All User Folders to Another Hard Drive – Windows 7 > How - To @ MaxMakeDesign.co.uk

After following the instructions to get to the dos command prompt via the Windows install/repair DVD I was bemused to find that the system partition (that had no drive letter in Windows) was drive C:, my boot partition where Windows is installed (drive C: in Windows) was drive D:, and my data drive (drive D: in Windows) was drive ... Read more

A:Need to Change Windows System Partition Drive Letter

Maybe this would be easier.

User Profile - Change Default Location

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Hi,

first, I have searched a lot on the net and seen that this has happened to a lot of other people. In my case, it is System Reserved (G, and is using 71.9mb of 99.9mb space.

Other users are discussing removing it, merging it with (C and so on. But my question is - can I just leave it as it is, with no ill effects? I'm not bothered by it, as long as nothing has\will go wrong.

thanks for any answers,

gubar
 

A:Windows 7 install on new SSD -- system reserved assigned its own drive letter?

I have this also. It is not an issue for me and I don't see why it would cause ill effects. Cheers.
 

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I've done quite a bit of reading but have not found a specific answer to the title of this thread.  The system reserved partition for Windows 7 is created and has assigned the drive letter D:.  While I have no problem with the system partition
per se, I would prefer no drive letter to be assigned or to able to change it at the very least.

A:Change or remove Windows 7 System Reserved partition Drive Letter

It is highly unusual for Windows 7 to assign a letter to the reserved partition.  It is more likely that someone assigned the letter D: to that partition.
However, you should be able to go to the Disk Management and remove the letter on that partition.

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I already have an extended partition that is using the D letter for drive D. Anyways...ive installed this cd-rw drive and when i try to use it...it sais (error mssg) that the D drive is already in use. Does anyone know what to do...rename my extended partition to perhaps Z? or is there a settings option to rename my cdrw drive to lets say E? i dont know why its doing this..I thought windows xp was good at sorting this all out. anyways...any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
 

A:Solved: trying to change cdrw default drive letter... becuase

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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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Got a strange problem that popped up recently.

When I am in windows explorer and my drive letters are in the right side pane of the window...(IE clicking on My Computer in the left pane shows all drive in the right pane..) Instead of opening up that drive's folders, it pops up the search window.

Before I had just clicked on the drive and it expanded out and you could click on the files on that drive.

Anyone know what might cause this to change or what I can do to change it back?

Not a major issue, but it's puzzling as to how it got that way.

Thanks in advance...
 

A:Solved: Windows Explorer-Clicking on Drive Letter opens up Search instead of Exploring Drive!

Download and run this fix.
 

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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.
paul.

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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.
paul.

A:windows wont allocate drive letter to external drive

Please post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management with only the Seagate Freeagent GoFlex external drive plugged in. ( Plug out all other external drives). Please read this tutorial and adhere to the guidelines therein to post a full Screenshot disabling Console Tree, Action Pane and adjusting the seperators as necessary to show all information. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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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 am trying to revive the local Priest's computer - he has nothing backed up (and I'm not even Catholic ;-))
He has a Dell Dimension 933r running Windows XP Home. When he started the computer yesterday it started to boot into Windows and then just restarts in an endless cycle. It got to a point where it came up with an error "autochk not found - skipping autochk" and then a Windows XP BSOD (the ones with some hex addresses) pops up with an error for about a tenth of a second (I cannot read anything on it - it is too fast).
I pulled the drive and put it in another computer. The computer (Win XP Pro) finds the drive and it shows as "healthy" in Disk Management, but it does not assign it a drive letter. I would just like to be able to get in and copy his data.
I tried a repair install, but Windows XP says it cannot intall to the partition.
I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax (it is a Maxtor 40GB drive) utility and the drive passes all tests with no errors or failures.
I can see directories, etc. when I boot in the Windows Recovery Console, I just can't do anything with them. It tells me "access is denied" when I try to go to documents and settings, etc.
I have tried a fixboot, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how I can help him get his data back?
Thanks in advance for any help.
 

A:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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Under XP Media Center
I have two internal HDs two CD drives, one ext. HD and Windows has assigned drive letters to all and all have been stable over the years the very weird thing , and I can't figure out why, is that for my USB thumb drive - which I always plug into the same USB port it changes letters after an extended period - say about 8 months, it will go from "G" to "I" and then back. It is bothersome only because I use the "Send To" command for many files. is there a way to stabilize this or is it just another XP annoyance I must put up with.
thanks
 

A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
in the right hand side you should see all the drives
go to the the drive that you want to change the letter ID
right click - then choose "change drive letter" a box will appear with the current letter
choose a new letter and click ok then its all done same letter every time

I often set to X, Y, Z for external and any mapped drives

have a read here http://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...s-xp-for-an-external-usb-stick-or-hard-drive/
 

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In the limited research I have done with the problem posed in post #56, I believe the reason the user is unable to use the drive is it is GPT and is protected. Is there a way to reclaim the drive and data in Windows 7?

I am unfamiliar with GPT and do not know how to get Windows 7 to give access to the drive without changing to MBR, but changing to MBR will wipe the partition table and make the data inaccessible. Any ideas? Anyone else seen this problem before?

A:No access to GPT drive in Windows 7, no drive letter can be assigned

Hi,

I stumbled across a forum post (TomsHardware) that claimed TestDisk and PhotoRec have the ability to recover data from GPT drives. Is it worth a go?

PhotoRec - CGSecurity
TestDisk - CGSecurity

Regards,
Golden

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Had my system repaired and now every time I load any software or the system boots up it uses H: (Recovery Drive) which puts me in a low drive space situation. How do I get change the default drive from H: to C:? What are the steps to get the information that's currently loaded on H: to C: (My operating system is Windows XP and I am using a HP Pavillion 404)
 

A:System uses Recovery Drive H: as default drive

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Does anyone know if it's possible to change the system drive letter?

I reinstalled WinXP on a system with Win98 already on it. WinXP was assigned the drive letter H, the letters between C and H being used for for various IDE devices.

Of course Device Manager/Drive Management does not allow one to change the system drive.

Thanks,

Robert.
 

A:How to change SYSTEM drive letter

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Hello, first of all thanks to anyone that trys to help.

Here is my problem. I recieved a HDD for christmas and I wanted to install Windows XP onto it. So I took the existing HDD and swapped the jumper settings and cables to slave and set the new HDD to Master. I installed Windows XP onto the new HDD. Now I want to change the drive letter of the new Windows installation from F:\ to C:\. I already changed the old letter C:\ to letter J:\. But I can't seem to change F:\ to C:\. I have tried doing this with PartionMagic 8.0.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:How do I change the System Drive Letter

The problem is that when you installed the old drive
had already been allocated drive C.
Windows will not allow you to change the system drive.
In order to get around it,you will need to reinstall
with the slave drive disconnected.
Since you have changed the original drive,
you may not have to disconnect it but a
reinstall is needed to make your system drive C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Change system drive letter

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

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I have windows 7,

When the system started up today the automated system recovery ran but said it couldn't fix the problem,

The error message looked like:

Problem Signature
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21201026
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 23
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

OS version was much newer though

After this I looked around on the net and found a suggestion to delete: bootcat.cache
that didn't work either,
A bit of messing around in the command prompt of the recovery console later i realised that the drive letters were wrong!

the C: drive is now the system reserved location and the D: drive is my old C: drive,

It was suggested this causes problems as nothing in boot.ini and the registry is in the right place,
I tried DISKPART and renamed the partitions do D and C (how they should be) but the flags look wrong, if i diskpart this PC at work i see:
Code:

DISKPART> select disk 0
DISKPART> detail disk

SAMSUNG HD103SJ
Disk ID: F0000000
Type : ATA
Status : Online
Path : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#ATA(C00T00L00)
Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : Yes
Pagefile Disk : Yes
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : Yes
Clustered Disk : No

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A:system reserved Drive Letter problems

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Hello

I have:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb - Unformatted
I want:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sdb0 - F:\ System-reserved user data
I get to:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb0 - X:\ Unused User data (NTUSER.DAT etc)

And this on a lot of PC's that have been installed falsely and have been delivered.

The partitioning works like a charm, but I cannot find a way to change drive letters externally. Internally would not work of course, since any user I log in to will have his system-reserved data on drive letter F:\

Does anyone have an idea?

Regards,
Andreas

A:Change system-reserved drive letter

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ciscam


Hello

I have:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb - Unformatted
I want:sda0 - Windows
sdb0 - System-reserved user data
I get to:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb0 - X:\ Unused User data (NTUSER.DAT etc)

And this on a lot of PC's that have been installed falsely and have been delivered.

The partitioning works like a charm, but I cannot find a way to change drive letters externally. Internally would not work of course, since any user I log in to will have his system-reserved data on drive letter F:\

Does anyone have an idea?

Regards,
Andreas


Hello , It seems to me that your trying to change drive letters. If that's the case follow this guide..
Change, add, or remove a drive letter

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Summary of Problem:

The operating system has seemingly reassigned my c: drive to another letter and now the system will not boot because it doesn?t find c: drive. How can I get drive assigned back to be c: and restore ability to boot into windows.

Other key points:

I have confirmed in bios that the drive that was originally c: is configured correctly and set as primary boot priority. Other drives in bios are also fine.
I have confirmed that all hardware connections are solid.
I have found, through the dos window available on the recovery disk, that the drive which was originally labelled as c: is now accessible through dos as the f: drive. You can view the windows directories, files, etc.
The DVD drive which was originally labelled as the f: drive is now the g: drive and is functioning.
Other 2 drives (D: and E) are fine and viewable through dos.
Typing Dir C: in the dos prompt gets a response that the contents are system reserved and ?file not found? with no information on disk size.
I believe this issue was triggered when I plugged in a USB external hard drive and then turned on the computer to boot. This was the first time the problem occurred. Prior to this all was functioning as expected.
Tried to use restore, but it cannot restore because the c: drive is not accessible.
I found the following article in the MS knowledge base, but it requires access to windows to execute. I don?t know how to get into windows with the machine in its current state. ht... Read more

A:Op system reassigned my c: drive to another letter - cannot boot

unplug the others drives and boot

close down and replug in the other drives

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Is there a way too change the system drive letter, without having to reinstall windows? If there is what is it?

A:[SOLVED] System Drive Letter Change?

Erm, this is marked solved with no responses.

Changing the drive letter is a bad idea. Having something other than C:\ as the boot drive is very inconvenient, but the risk IMO is too high. Many applications do not work after the drive letter change process.

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I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 onto a computer that was running Windows 7. I installed it onto the secondary partition, D:\. I assumed Windows would automatically switch the drive letters around to make the System Drive C:\. It didn't.

How can I change the system drive letter without breaking everything and without a complete reinstall? I've tried the obvious method of 'just' changing the drive letter but that ended with the PC not being able to boot at all.

If some one can enlighten me I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance .

osholt

A:Change System Drive letter without breaking PC

I would try changing the Drive letter to C: and then run Startup Repair - you may need to run it up to 3 times.

Startup Repair

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hi
pls help
presently my windows Xp sp2 is installed in drive E.
I want to apply a patch to a software......for security reasons
but the patch is only applicable to C which should be boot drive.........but my boot drive is E
wat can i do?
i just wanted to change drive litter from e to c, without reboot i'll apply patch, then i'll change it back to e!
can i use partition magic 8 for this purpose!!

please help!! reply to my doubts!!!!

A:How to change System/Boot drive letter???pls help

Instructions to change a drive letter here,http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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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: to C:, only to ... Read more

A:Need to change boot/system drive letter

I suggest you try the copy again, using the WD tools to copy the image over. You will spend a lot more time screwing around with getting the registry correct than it'll take to do another copy. :)

Don't boot the old system after the copy with the new disk still attached as slave. Once the copy ends, turn off the system, put the new disk in as master, and boot it up.

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Okay, here's my problem. I have 2 hard drives in my system: C, which has Windows XP on it and D, which contains data only (mp3s, videos, images and so on). I have reformatted my C drive today and reinstalled XP on it, BUT for some whacky reason this drive has changed to D and what use to be D has now become C but it doesn't have any boot or system on it. So when I try to boot my system I get an error message (sorry don't recall what it is exactly), I can only manage to boot using the Win XP CD.

So now I'm trying to switch back the drive letters, but I'm not sure if it's doable. I tried (by going in the administrative tools) but Win XP doesn't allow it. Is there any way to make things right again? Or do I need to reformat everything again...?

Thanks for any help!
 

A:Boot/system drive letter problem...

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Hi,
My windows 7 is suddenly applying a drive letter to the system partition, and removing the letter which causes the "new disk inserted" window to keep popping up every half second. In Disk Manager the drive letter appears and disappears every half second.
The only way I've stopped it is to permanently apply a drive letter, which means it is now visible in windows explorer.
 

A:System reserved partition becoming "visible" and intermittently assigned drive letter by Windows

I assume by 'system partition' you really mean the hidden system restore partition installed by your PC builder? If so, then after I just fired up Paragon Partition Manager to see what it makes of that partition on my Win 7 PC, I find the partition is Primary, NTFS, active, not hidden, volume name WinRe.

The main interesting thing is the volume letter seems to be set to '*'. It appears as (*) rather than (C: ) as the OS drive does. Furthermore, the main menu has a 'partition' tab, where one of the options is 'assign drive letter', and the next option below is 'remove drive letter' which is currently greyed out.

Looking at the standard Windows computer management, storage, disk management, I see a similar picture, except there is no volume letter at all (apparent in that window anyway).

Quite how the partition gets identified in that way is a puzzle, but you might try a free partition manager, such as gparted and see what that says, and possibly allows you to change. As I say above, Paragon Partition Manager might let you de-assign a drive letter but I dont dare try it myself
 

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I have just got a new hard drive, loaded Windows XP, and installed all the programs/drivers that I needed, all was well and good, until I notice that what should be the C drive, is actually the G drive

I didn't think it could be done, I know you can drive other drive letters in but trying to change the boot drive letter, you get the following message "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume".....

Found this online, which Iím happy to try, but not too sure to be honest.

Any advice would be welcomed; otherwise next week when Iím at work again Iíll start the tedious process of re-installing everything!

Thanks very much, lanks
 

A:Solved: How can i change the system volume 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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Hi all,

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I did a sytem restore and waited for it to finish. When it did all I got was a black screen.
I use acronis home image and disk director for backup purposes and when I launched it from a CD that was when I realised my C drive letter had been changed to F and my 'System Reserved' now has a drive letter of E

I have taken out the drive and hooked it up to a laptop, the drive itself is fine and all the information is there, just that it now has different drive letters.

Is there any way to fix this?
Can I use the laptop to reassign the drive letter back to C (Bearing in mind the laptop has a C drive) and get the 'System Reserved' back to where it belongs (With or without a drive letter)?

Thanks for any help

A:System restore changed my C drive letter so can't boot

What you did is not clear. Did you do a system restore with the built in restore option or you restored an Image that was made with Acronis? Please clarify.

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A mate of mine bought an old dell at a car boot sale for €20 it had 20 gig pata running xp so i had an 80 gig ide which i said he could have
Anyhow i connected 80 gig up as slave on primary controller and installed xp pro on it for him
After installation i removed the 20 gig and put 80 gig on master on primary,i dont know why i didnt do this at start,but damage was done
I am getting quick message saying invalid bootini but then machine continues to boot with no problems after that
The issue i now have is the system partition is assigned drive letter D instead of C
How can i change os partition to C

Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Change drive letter on system partition

Remove all drives except the System Drive (previous D:) which is on the Primary Master controller with the jumper pins set to Master, and restart the computer. The System drive will now be C: Now shut down the computer and add the 20 Gb drive on either the Secondary Master controller with the jumper pin set to Master or with the jumper set to Slave as a Slave Drive on the primary chain, on restart it should be the D: drive.

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I have windows 7,

When the system started up today the automated system recovery ran but said it couldn't fix the problem,

The error message looked like:

Problem Signature
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21201026
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 23
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

OS version was much newer though



After this I looked around on the net and found a suggestion to delete: bootcat.cache
that didn't work either,


A bit of messing around in the command prompt of the recovery console later i realised that the drive letters were wrong!

the C: drive is now the system reserved location and the D: drive is my old C: drive,

It was suggested this causes problems as nothing in boot.ini and the registry is in the right place,


I tried DISKPART and renamed the partitions do D and C (how they should be) but the flags look wrong, if i diskpart this PC at work i see:


Code:
DISKPART> select disk 0
DISKPART> detail disk

SAMSUNG HD103SJ
Disk ID: F0000000
Type : ATA
Status : Online
Path : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#ATA(C00T00L00)
Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : Yes
Pagefile Disk : Yes
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : Yes
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A:[SOLVED] system reserved Drive Letter problems

It may be easiest to just remove the system reserved partition for now.

System Reserved Partition - Delete

If you need your system reserved partition for some reason, just post.

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Ok, so here's the full story. When XP Pro was functional I had 4 partitions on my 30 gig laptop drive in the following order as the appeared physically on the disk:
1: C:\ - a 2 gig dos partition for ancient non xp emulation compatible software
2: A linux partition for a common distro
3: the swap partition for the linux distro
4: E:\ - a 14 gig xp pro ntfs partition with my xp pro system files on it..

Now I believe my CD-ROM was using D:\ at this time for some reason or another... I don't quite remember for sure, but I am 100% positive that my system part was on E:\
So I grab paragon partition manager and wipe the linux partition and merge it with the E:\ partition.. I must have really messed something up in the merge because it ended up changing my e:\ system part to d:\. So now the system goes all the way through the first windows xp splash screen and hangs on the second one, after it loads the gui and before it provides the login prompt. I've set up a BartPE disk so that I could load the hkey_local_user hive to rename the mounted drives, but I must be doing something wrong because it saves the changes i make to the mounted drive d: to e: but it does not actually change the name of the mounted drive... it's still showing up as D:.. I have not tried a repair install because I assume it will not work due to the fact that it will detect the windows OS on d: and will probably just correct the OS and not any of the applications installed. Instead of attempting this I wou... Read more

A:System drive letter assignments changed, XP Pro Hangs

If I have understood correctly, you want to change the drive letter from D to E yes? Here is how you change it:
Open Computer Management. (right click My Computer)
In the console tree, click Disk Management.
Right-click the drive, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths, click Change, type the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

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Ok, so here's the full story. When XP Pro was functional I had 4 partitions on my 30 gig laptop drive in the following order as the appeared physically on the disk:
1: C:\ - a 2 gig dos partition for ancient non xp emulation compatible software
2: A linux partition for a common distro
3: the swap partition for the linux distro
4: E:\ - a 14 gig xp pro ntfs partition with my xp pro system files on it..

Now I believe my CD-ROM was using D:\ at this time for some reason or another... I don't quite remember for sure, but I am 100% positive that my system part was on E:\
So I grab paragon partition manager and wipe the linux partition and merge it with the E:\ partition.. I must have really messed something up in the merge because it ended up changing my e:\ system part to d:\. So now the system goes all the way through the first windows xp splash screen and hangs on the second one, after it loads the gui and before it provides the login prompt. I've set up a BartPE disk so that I could load the hkey_local_user hive to rename the mounted drives, but I must be doing something wrong because it saves the changes i make to the mounted drive d: to e: but it does not actually change the name of the mounted drive... it's still showing up as D:.. I have not tried a repair install because I assume it will not work due to the fact that it will detect the windows OS on d: and will probably just correct the OS and not any of the applications installed. Instead of attempti... Read more

A:System drive letter assignments changed, XP Pro Hangs

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Hi, I hope someone out there can give me some advice on what I need to do.

I've just bought a new computer for making music on, this is an upgrade from my old XP system. The computer comes with (when it arrives) windows Vista, I have also bought another copy of XP.

What I would like to do is create a dual boot system with XP and Vista but after looking into this I came across a problem. I have a second hard drive with all my music files on which is an E: drive. After reading an installation guide for a dual boot system I read that the second OS installation automatically installs the OS as E:.

My problem is that my 200GB E drive is full with music project files that need to run from the E drive because they contain audio files, changing the drive letter would cause each project to be unable to locate it's audio files.

What I need to know is if there is a way I can install the two OSs on one hard drive and keep my other hard drive as E:.

I've heard about virtual PC but I'm not sure if using this it would be possible doing it this way either...

If anyone's got any advice it'd help me out loads

Thanks

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I'm trying to fix a windows issue via system restore in the recovery CD.

The recovery CD properly recognizes my windows installation (which comes up on the "D:" drive in when booting from the recovery CD.

I launch system restore and it sees all my restore points.

But, when I pick a restore point and try to restore, it tries to restore to the C drive (which is a small empty partition) instead of the D drive, and tells me I have to enable system protection on that drive.

How can I get system restore to target the right disk?

A:System Restore from Recovery CD mapping to wrong drive letter

Hello and welcome snathanb mate I don't quite know what you mean by it defaulting to ?D: drive the C: drive is the default for Windows when it is first installed any other letter drives are secondary to that drive unless I am missing something here.

To give us a clearer idea of what you have can you post a pic of the Disk Management please?

Plus some system specs would be good too
System Info - See Your System Specs

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I am trying to help a friend.

I built a desktop computer for him, Dec 2011.
W7 Home Premium SP1
HDD haD a single partition, C:, onto which I installed W7, using a legitimate, commercial W7 DVD.
W7 was activated. Updates were downloaded & installed using W7's automatic update feature.

HDD is SATA, 1 TB

The HDD is seen by the BIOS; within the BIOS and from the boot menu.

16 Aug 2012, the computer worked properly; shut down normally.

The next time he turned the PC on, 19 Aug 2012, the boot process proceeded through the Windows 7 splash screen.

NO login screen appeared.

Spontaneous reboot.

W7's automatic repair screen appeared, advising that W7 could not be repaired.

Things I have tried:
System Restore point; tried twice.
1 restore point, for 15 Aug, notes Windows Update.

System Restore advised that it looked at the D: drive for restore points. None found.

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.

C:\ dir
no files nor folders

D:\ dir
files & folders are present


X:bootrec /scanos
NO Windows Installations found

X:bootrec /fixmbr
X:bootrec /fixboot
X:bootrec /rebuildbcd

Reboot
Same problem

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.
X:bootrec /scanos
NO Windows Installations found

Reboot
No Joy

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.

c:bootrec /fixmbr
c:bootrec /fixboot
c:bootrec /rebuildbcd

Reboot
Same problem

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.
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A:[SOLVED] W7 system partition drive letter changed won't boot

Hi, boot to the RE (repair your computer) at the x:\sources prompt type:-

bcdedit (press enter) this will reveal the boot manager and the boot loader that your OS uses to boot. Note down the entries, next type:-

bcdedit | find "osdevice" (press enter) this tells us what drive letter the RE has assigned the OS, not always C:

It will be this drive letter that you will need to use to repair the boot .

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Dear All,
I just install al dual boot of winxp and win2003 ent. winxp is at the primary partition as C: and win2003 at 1st logical partition as d:. after installing it work fine. but after I do the windows update and patch to the most updated and reboot the system. to log into winxp it still function will but after boot into win2003 it showing error msg. it due to currently the win2003 drive letter change from the d: become c: now. so it make the system file unable to locate the correct win2003 file. because currently win2003 file already the drive letter with c: and the winxp file become d:. but the win2003 OS still keep on looking it own file at the d: path. any one here facing this kind of problem before? any way to solve it or change the win2003 file drive letter to become d: again? thank you
 

A:Drive letter auto change in win2003 make system error

Right click on My Computer on your desktop and choose manage, in the new screen that pops up choose for Disk Management and richt click on the disk you want to change the drive letter from, first change it to something like E so the C is empty. Then change the D to C and E to D again!

Good Luck!
 

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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 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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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 can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.
 

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?
 

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I'm playing with a recently retired server running 32bit Windows 7 Professional. Originally it was configured as RAID 0 with 5 SATA drives. Those drives are gone but I want to install a spare 2TB SATA drive that I have. Using the RAID Management software I have created the drive and it shows the correct configured capacity. I initialized the disk with Disk Management and it lists the disk as online but it doesn't show up in the volume list with a drive letter. My intention is to use the 2TB drive as media storage. Other than combing RAID and Windows 7, what am I doing wrong? Am I better off reformatting everything and reloading Windows?

A:Unable to assign drive letter to newly installed SATA drive.

I had the same problem this week with a drive like that. Have you tried to reformat it? Also make sure your system can handle a 2TB drive.

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