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My Internal drive letter changed?

Q: My Internal drive letter changed?

I have a laptop with 2 HDDs. When installed it made the first C and the second D and my BD-Rom E which I was fine with. Today I found that my D drive has somehow reassigned itself to F. Can anyone tell me why this would happen and how I should fix it? I know I can simply change the letter back again will that stop it from happening again?

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A: My Internal drive letter changed?

Hi there .. Read the Link below .. Try Option 2 ...
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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Last night I hooked up one of my back up drives via USB. The pc recognized it but it showed a drive letter other than the one I wanted.
Not thinking it through I changed the drive letter. It took awhile to do since I had never done it before.
Now when I plug the drive in, the PnP sees it and I get the tray icon so that I can safely disconnect.
Device manager sees it too.
However, when I hover the mouse icon over 'Computer' in the Start menu, the drive does not show up.
Nor is it visible if I right click on 'Computer' and then click on 'Open'. And Shadow Protect Desktop doesn't see it either, making it impossible for me to make an image for back up.
Since I can't see it when I click 'Open' I can't try to change it back again.
Please tell me how to fix this.
Thanks.
H

A:I changed the drive letter and now need help.

You might want to see if this tutorial helps you out,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-a.html?filter

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Hello, I have recently carried out a complete reinstall of XP after detecting virus of every kind.

Everthing went ok, but my main drive's letter is now 'I' instead of 'C' , which is now assigned to another drive, if i click on C it states no disk inserted, please insert disk.

How can i re assign 'C' as my main drive, so that my pc recognises it, without difficulty ?

Thanks.

A:Drive letter changed

The reason the drive letter changed is because you have multiple drives on you PC and left them connected during your fresh install. Multiple drives can be more then on internal hard drive, optical drives, media readers, external USB devices. These were still connected and powered on when you did your fresh install.It can be fixed by carefully following these instructions.

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I have changed drive letter of drive in which antivirus was installed. Now the antivirus is not working. What should I do to make it functional. Please help me.

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

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

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

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

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

Help.

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

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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

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

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

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

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I have just upgraded to Windows 10 Home using the Tutorials and a flash drive boot. All seems to have gone well and Windows installed in my 120Gig SSD Drive C.

However, I see my 1T HDD Drive E (which I disconnected before installing Windows and then reconnected after the installation) is now called Drive D. Why is this, and how do I call it Drive E as before. I'm not too technical but I assume now calling it Drive D may conflict with anything looking for data under the old Drive E.

A:Windows 10 has changed my Drive letter

Originally Posted by Aurondium


I have just upgraded to Windows 10 Home using the Tutorials and a flash drive boot. All seems to have gone well and Windows installed in my 120Gig SSD Drive C.

However, I see my 1T HDD Drive E (which I disconnected before installing Windows and then reconnected after the installation) is now called Drive D. Why is this, and how do I call it Drive E as before. I'm not too technical but I assume now calling it Drive D may conflict with anything looking for data under the old Drive E.



Windows just chooses the next free letter.
Go to Disk Management(right click the Windows icon and choose it from the menu).

Right click the drive(or partition) and choose "Change Drive letter and paths",
Click change in the box that pops up,
and see if your prefered letter is free in the drop down menu.

If it isn't free, change the letter on the drive it's assigned to first,
then go back and make you changes.

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OH DEAR!! I should have left well alone.
A while ago, while putting second HD in, my computer decided to assign my main drive to letter F. I recently wondered if I could change this back to C. I found the garb on the net and did so. NOW IT WON'T BOOT!!!! HELP!!! Is there anything I can do????? It starts to boot but gets to a screen that has the windows logo and says Microsoft Windows XP but won't go beyond this. Normally it would bring up the user names from where I would log on. It has been F for a while now and I presume everything will be configured for F NOT C.

I have installed XP onto a spare HD and from there tried to change the drive back to F but it still won't boot. I ran repair from the setup cd and it reads this disc as now being D!!!!

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO SAVE IT!!!????

ALL and any help much appreciated.

Phil

A:OH DEAR! Changed drive letter!

nothing I am trying seems to work.

Can someone tell if it is possible to re-install XP "over the top" so I keep all my data, outlook mails, programmes, documents, favourites etc etc??? I don't mind doing this if I can keep my data.

Phil

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my windows was virus infected i reinstalled the windows xp sp2 after installtion when i first time restart the windows my drive letters changed drive letter C: become D: And D: become c:
how do i changed drive letter back to c

A:how do i changed drive letter back to c

my windows was virus infected i reinstalled the windows xp sp2 after installtion when i first time restart the windows my drive letters changed drive letter C: become D: And D: become c:
how do i changed drive letter back to c

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I just upgraded XP Home to XP Pro via upgrade path and everything seemed or has went well so far except for a couple of problems, the upgrade changed the drive letter to my usb drive and was wondering should I change it back and the correct procedure to accomplish this . Haven't opened any third party programs yet to verify if this will cause some problems but thought I should seek some advice first.
 

A:Solved: Drive Letter Changed ?

I know some one has the answer !
 

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Thanks in advance for your help.
I have a Dell Pentium 4 computer that has it's C: drive changed to the drive letter F: which causes some problems for me. I would like to know how I can change it back to C: without reloading my OS.

 

A:Solved: My drive letter changed to F: How do I fix this?

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Hello,

I have a wierd problem that i don't understand:

Becouse of an unfortunatly accident (whici i don't yet understand), my drive letters change, my C: became D, and so on, and logically, the windows couldn't start becouse it didn't know where windwos was. What was strange, using acronis backup, to restore my windows, it says that C: is actually assignt to System reserved space. I have 2 hard disks, 500 gb each, the first time it crashed, it also made an other hard drive master and the one that should have been master, a slave. I checked in bios, the one that is master is put as a boot devide, first is dvd rom, second the hard disk, the one that is supoosed to be there.
Also, shouldn't the disk with windows on me disk 0?

Those anyone have an idea why is this happening? Never had this problem before and it already happened 2 times in a week, its getting annoying.

A:Drive letter changed at startup

Hello and welcome Jack I think you will find that disk 1 is still the OS drive mate if you go to that screen again and right click on that C: partition > open it will show you what is in there ie Windows program files etc see pic of mine. Do the same thing on the other partitions to see what is in them.

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I've just completed a reformat and reinstall of my window's XP Home, I'm completely back up and running with Sound (Thanks to this forum) .... all updates are done, defrag is almost complete, but I have one itsy bitsy problm .... and it's really no big deal if it stay's this way, but I'm curious! LOL (that get's me into trouble) ...

my drive D, is now drive E! Can this be corrected?

Thank You
CD43

A:[SOLVED] Drive letter changed?

It doesn't matter. That just means something else is taking up the D letter.

If you want to change drive letters:

Go to Start menu>Run

Type in "compmgmt.msc" without quotes.

Under Storage>Disk Management

Right Click on the color strip of the drive and click 'Change Drive Letter and Paths...'

Be sure nothing is taking up the D slot or else D would not be an option.

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Hi,
Whilst installing a new USB memory stick somehow One of my hard drive letters has changed from F to D?
Computer running Windows 7 starts up ok but most of my programmes and software were on the F drive and I cannot get WIndows EXplorer to work.
I've tried all the tutorials but cannot access any of the administrative programmes to change settings - just says device not ready.

Had to post this from the iPad!

Any help appreciated

A:Hard drive Letter changed

can you please upload a screen shot of your disk management?

scrooge

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System has two HDs and two disk drives using Win7 Prem.

The main boot drive failed and was replaced. The new drive was assigned as the master and the older drive as the slave. Upon boot, the old D_drive was now the C_drive and the new drive has become the F_drive.

The plan was to install the new hard drive, install Win7 plus backup software, and do a full disk recovery from the disk backup. The recovery disk drive was the failed C_drive.

Through Disk Management, I was able to renamed the current C_drive to D but unable to change the F_drive to C since it is the boot drive.

How can I change the drive letters to what I want and not just rename them?

If this is not possible, how do I get the main boot drive to be renamed to the C_drive?

When I do a recovery of the old C_drive, what drive letter will that be?

Or better yet, how to I get the recovery disk backup to be called the C-drive?

A:Hard Drive Letter Changed?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by cyclone3211


System has two HDs and two disk drives using Win7 Prem.

The main boot drive failed and was replaced. The new drive was assigned as the master and the older drive as the slave. Upon boot, the old D_drive was now the C_drive and the new drive has become the F_drive.

The plan was to install the new hard drive, install Win7 plus backup software, and do a full disk recovery from the disk backup. The recovery disk drive was the failed C_drive.

Through Disk Management, I was able to renamed the current C_drive to D but unable to change the F_drive to C since it is the boot drive.

How can I change the drive letters to what I want and not just rename them?

If this is not possible, how do I get the main boot drive to be renamed to the C_drive?

When I do a recovery of the old C_drive, what drive letter will that be?

Or better yet, how to I get the recovery disk backup to be called the C-drive?


Reinstall with only the new drive plug in.

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Hello All,

Thanks for your time.

I've had to reinstall Win XP Pro on my computer. Now here's the twist, before the reinstall I had the following drives;

C (Computer Drive)
F (My Sister's Drive)
D (Mp3 & Wav)
E (Digital Pics)

I proceded to reinstall Win XP Pro only to discover that my original C drive was now labeled F, and the original F drive is now labeled C.

I installed it anyway thinking I could just change the drive letters afterwards. So I thought, I cannot change either one as drive F's status (Boot Volume) and drive C's status (System Volume), and Windows will not allow any drive letter changes to System and Boot volume drives.

I want to do a reinstall with the current F drive back to C. I'll worry about renaming my sister's drive later.

Thanks again for your time.
 

A:WIN XP Reinstall HDD Drive Letter changed!

You would have to reinstall Windows to change the main drive letter and this time unplug all the other drives. XP had a nasty habit of doing that when no one was watching.
 

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 running Windows 7 professional. I just noticed today that my first DVD drive letter went from D to J. One of my external hard drives used to use the letter J. Now it is D. The DVD drive appears to work OK, but it may be a problem when I do backups using my external hard drives with Acronis. I am not sure when this drive letter change took place. I tried doing a checkpoint restart from a restore point taken 3 days ago. Same problem. Is there some way to get the drive letters back to they way they were? I am used to my two optical disk drives being D & E. Now they are J & E.
Charles Ranheim

A:DVD drive letter D changed to J How can I get it back

Hello cranheim,

You could use an option in the tutorial below to change the drive letter.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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My external drive has always been "E" and I have several desktop shortcuts that relate. Recently I inserted a flash drive containing home movies and after viewing and a reboot later I noticed that my external drive is now shown as "New Volume F". I would like to change it back to "E" but don't know how. Any help?
 

A:Solved: Drive Letter Changed

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Anyway to change boot drive letter back to C?
I am not able to get back into regular windows or in safe mode. It will boot up until the windows login screen. I thought you are not able to change the boot drive letter assignment in disk managment?
Thanks.

A:Changed boot drive letter

Anyone?

Tomorrow I am going to try to access disk managment in Recovery console.

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After running out of space in my old drive (W:) I decided to replace it with a new larger drive with the letter renamed (G:). This has been fine for the most part with anything from downloading, installing programs and more. However today while trying to install Solidworks the installation failed, saying that it could not find W: drive. Is there some way to fix this?

A:Problems with changed drive letter

You can go to Start/Search and type diskmgmt.msc, Right click the diskmgmt results and Run As Administrator, in the Elevated Disk Management window, you can right click the G: drive and Change Drive Letters or Paths and change the drive letter to W:

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Ok, so I have my system and I have 2 operating systems on it. 1 is C:\ and the other is I:\ .Today i turned on my computer and a windows boot manager error thing came up so i put in windows 7 disk and it repaired the system. i go into I:\ (which is windows 7) and came up with disk check. Then it continued normally until it said 'Preparing your desktop'. Then it came with blank blue-ish screen and in the bottom right conner said "This copy of windows is not genuine" which it is. Signed me in to a temp account couldn't access any files. Turns out it was trying to access D:\ instead of I:\ no programs worked. I went onto the other operating system checked it and it said it was I:\ so somehow Windows changed it to thinking it was D:\ not I:\
Any help is appreciated.

A:Windows 7 changed partition drive letter

you will have to edit the registry offline (this happened to me not to long ago...)

Also what is the "other OS"? If it is Windows then follow the bellow:

here take a look at this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/f217...ml#post2666549

If you have any questions, just ask

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I installed XP on drive Z but XP thinks it's on drive D. Drive D is what my vista recovery stuff is on (I dual boot)

A:Is it normal for XP to change the drive letter, but it's not actually changed...

A boot drive (drive with bootable operating system) will normally be assigned the letter C: in Windows, even if it is a multiboot system.

Of course, this can be changed by drives attached on an install using a MS OEM version of XP or various other things which were not necessarily done in the proper sequence. I've seen this on my system but I cannot recall the exact circumstances.

As for the Z: letter change...I don't believe that XP will assign such to a bootable drive, unless there are 25 other drive letters assigned permanently ahead of it...just speculation, never tried it.

If you installed XP after installing Vista...and with the Vista drive connected during the XP install...then that might account for the D: letter assignment.

Louis

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Hi, I have a friend who changed his windows c drive path to g with partition magic and now he cant boot into windows for obvious reasons. He is running xp proff with service pack 3. Can anyone point me into the right direction with this? Can i put the hard drive into another computer and fix it like that? I know I am capable of this fix if someone could just point me into the right direction. Thanks in advance for any ones replys or directions.
 

A:Changed Drive letter of C to G NTDLR Error Now

It may be fixed by connecting to another computer, then using the same program to revert what he did, and then reconnecting to the original PC. I am not sure if this would work, if not, then you'd just have to backup any data on the drive with the another computer, format, reinstall Windows, restore whatever was on the drive and move along.
 

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I have both an SSD and an HDD. I used Macrium to restore the image on the SSD. After completion, I'm unable to boot or to use safe mode. The message is no boot device found - hit any key to reboot. I used a boot program to show my pc directories and the SSD is now drive letter E and the HDD containing only music and pictures is drive letter C. How can this be corrected?

A:Image Restore Changed Drive Letter for the SSD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bonniew88


I have both an SSD and an HDD. I used Macrium to restore the image on the SSD. After completion, I'm unable to boot or to use safe mode. The message is no boot device found - hit any key to reboot. I used a boot program to show my pc directories and the SSD is now drive letter E and the HDD containing only music and pictures is drive letter C. How can this be corrected?


Did this image you made consist of SSD partitions? Or the HDD partitions? I'm guessing SSD.

Before you made this image of your SSD---how many partitions did it have? C only? C and something else?

Which of those partitions did you include in this image that you later restored?

Offhand, it appears you did NOT make a Macrium image file of the necessary partitions.

Consequently, the SSD after the restore does not match the SSD as of the time and day you made the image.

If you had made an image of the necessary partitions and restored that image, I would not expect you to get the "no boot device found" error.

That's a tentative explanation, pending whatever further details you can provide.

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Well, I guess it's maybe not as neccessarily random as I said it is, but this is definitely bizarre... so here it is:

I have 2 HDDs. 1 is SATA, the other is IDE. Everything had been working fine for about a year. Only one installation of Windows... technically. About a year ago I had and old installation of Windows on my IDE drive which was my primary drive at the time. I rebuilt my computer with a new SATA drive, immediatly made that my primary drive and installed a brand new Windows installation. Everything worked great, SATA as C: and old IDE as D:.

Well, just recently, I started finally sifting thru all my old files on the old IDE drive and found my old installation of windows and decided to do some clean-up. I basically cleared everything off the drive except my MP3s. Having finished organizing files on my computer, I shut it down and go to sleep. This morning, I turn it on and see:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

Assuming my precious HDD had just crashed, I put it through all the necessary steps to find that it is in perfect shape. I load up my boot disk to browse the files and find my C: SATA drive is now D:, and the IDE drive is respectively E:.

I checked bios and the HDDs are in perfect order still. And it's still recognizing my SATA drive as the primary drive, just as drive D:. Also tried unplugging all devices, still no luck. I checked ... Read more

A:Random Boot Drive Letter Changed...

Cannot Start Windows XP if the System or Software Hive Is Missing or Damaged

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Boot partition drive letter changed, how do I fix it?

some how my boot drive letter changed on my windows 8 machine.

I am trying to change it back to c drive by using diskpart in the windows 8 boot cd

I change it with disk management and with diskpart but when I restart it changes the drive letter back to F , it wont stay at C

A:Boot partition drive letter changed, how do I fix it?

Post a snapshot of a fullscreen Disk Management Window:

To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen. Expand the fields as necessary so everything can be seen.

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7/8).

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I have my OS on a Vertext SSD C drive and all my files (mainly photos) were on a 1TB portable USB drive.

To make Lightroom run faster when editing huge numbers of photos I decided to upgrade the 1TB USB to a 960 GB SSD. This went fine until I tried to change the drive letter after completing the copy. My old USB drive was V drive and I wanted my new SSD to now be V drive.

I changed the USB to be W and then the new SSD was changed from D to V. This would ensure my Lightroom catalog plays nicely with all the file references, presets etc.

But when I do this windows won't boot. It just hangs after 'Loading Operating System'. No matter what I do, when the SSD is V drive windows won't boot and if I force it to be any other available letter it boots fine. I even deleted the volume in disk mgmt then used the new partition wizard to create a new one assigning letter V in the process. Still would not boot.

Changing the Lightroom catalog to reference a different drive is a real nightmare and very time consuming so I don't want to give up just yet. Does anyone know how to trick windows into letting me use letter V for this volume?

A:Windows won't boot if SSD drive letter changed

Have a look in HKLM\SYSTEM\mounted devices and see if V is listed there, if so, delete it.

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OK, I probably know the anwer to this one, but thought I'd ask the experts anyway. I installed a new hard drive recently, when my old one crashed. After installing the drive, I installed windows XP pro, everything worked fine, except that my boot drive was no longer designated ast "C", but had become "F". This has caused problems with a number of programs. Is there anyway, short of starting from scratch, to changed the boot drive letter assigned back to "C"?
 

A:Boot Drive Letter Changed when XP Installed

Sorry barbshop, you have to reinstall XP. When you do, disconnect any additional hard drives, thumb drives or zip drives you may have connected, that's probably why XP made the primary drive F. Good Luck!
 

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I suspected virus damage. My fix was a clean install of WinXP SP2 including formating the hard drive. Now my ethernet is not recognized and my DVD is assigned to Drive H (there are only 2 drives total C and H). I have tryed several times to install new drivers for my ethernet and several other drivers including the mother board. Each attempt appears to ignore the .exe totaly. I suspect the bios has been changed but cannot locate a replacement version to test. Is there someother place I should be looking for the fix or another fix I can try?

A:Drive letter changed and cannot install drivers

Hi,

Can you post the computer Model and Brand?

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A few days ago I ran into a peculiar and rather perturbing glitch on my Dell XPS 8700 system running Windows 8.1.
My internal storage configuration is set up as follows:
Primary Drive C:\     SSD
Storage Space (I) D:\  and  Storage Space(II)  E:\     These are a pair of drives that share a 16 TB (virtual) storage pool with two-way mirroring running on 2 x 2TB HDDs. I have split the storage space into two so that I can distinguish between dynamic files (those that require regular backup) and static files (those that are required on the system but could be reloaded from outside resources if necessary) and handle them appropriately.
In addition to the above, I have a pair of external HDDs (L:\ & M:\) connected via USB ports and an integrated DVD - RW drive (H:\). This configuration has run successfully for several months now.
 
A day or so before the incident that I describe below I attached a further device via a USB port (a REV 70 drive that the OS handles as a CD drive). This drive was being used to load a set of files transferred from my previous system. I cannot swear to the drive letter that was assigned to the device - I just checked that the expected folder was available, and that the transfer of the required files ran as expected. However the REV drive is currently back on line, and has been given the drive letter F:\, so I believe that must have been the letter originally assigned. At that point I left the REV drive... Read more

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Hi guys

I have windows XP pro 32 bit installed in C drive and then installed clean win 7 64bit in drive D. Everything works properly but when I boot from XP, it is in C drive and I see win7 in D drive, when I boot from win7, I see win 7 in C and winXP in D drive. Is it normal or is there any I can do to fix win Xp in C and win7 in D?
Please help. Thanks

A:drive letter changed in dual boot win 7/XP

This is normal.

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Hi support/helpers

My laptop was booting, but got locked up at one point, well it was not doing anything and seemed to be stuck. Maybe I should have left it a little longer to see if it sorted itself out but I didn't. I held the on/off button down to do a "hard restart". In hind site a dumb thing to do but you can only stare at screen for so long and move a mouse backward and forward with nothing else happening.

The laptop will now not boot, it goes into repair mode but cannot solve anything. It gives me an option to go to the C: prompt in repair mode, which I can do.

The Problem:
my original C: drive is now my E: drive, my D: drive is now my C: drive, my E: drive is now my D: drive.
Everything seems to be ok folders and files etc. just the drive letters messed up.

I guess I corrupted something. Is there a way of getting the drive letters corrected so I can boot into windows?

Information:
I cannot press F8 to get to safe mode etc.
In the bios my hard drive is seen and is the first boot drive
My hard drive does have 3 partitions, originally c,d, e. C was where windows 7 was installed too.
I see a recovery folder but dated 2009 and to scared to use it as so old, not that I know how to use it.

Any help would be appreciated, hoping for a simple free utility I can download to sort it all out.

Andy

A:Windows 7 will not boot as drive letter changed from C: to E:

If you can open the Command Prompt in the Recovery Environment using a W7 install disc, you could try using Diskpart to reassign the drive letters.

I wouldn't call the procedure easy, but there should be plenty of tutorials on the Internet.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../cc770877.aspx
How to Use Diskpart Utility in Windows
https://neosmart.net/wiki/diskpart/

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Hey all,

Brand new here, and just returning to Windows as a platform at home. Hopefully this is the right forum.

I'm experiencing a strange issue with my D: drive since what appears to be an unexpected shutdown late Saturday night (Event ID 6008). When I booted up my computer the next day, I noticed the D: drive was missing from File Explorer. Disk Management sees the EFI system partition of the drive in the bottom view as part of "Disk 0", but the main partition isn't seen in the view directly above. The main partition also loses it's drive assignment and when I attempt to re-assign "D:" to that partition I get an error stating something like "The Disk Management view is out of date, refresh and attempt again". Of course refreshing doesn't help and I can't assign a drive letter to that partition... unless I use a piece of software called Partition Wizard. I'm able to see and assign "D:" to the partition through that program fairly easily. After which, the partition has D: assigned and it become accessible and works as expected. Until the computer is rebooted or shut down. Then it is lost once again.

I did some searching on the error message I get when attempting to assign the drive letter through Disk Management. That lead me to some Windows 7 specific articles and fixes, but those didn't directly apply to Windows 10. It does seem similar to an issue regarding unexpected power loss and the loss of a partition on Windows 7.

So my ... Read more

A:Internal HDD not maintaining drive letter/not mounting after reboot

Originally Posted by tfab


I'm experiencing a strange issue with my D: drive since what appears to be an unexpected shutdown late Saturday night (Event ID 6008). When I booted up my computer the next day, I noticed the D: drive was missing from File Explorer.
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I'd like to see your Disk Management.

Download this zip file (contains dmDskmgr-vd.mmc)

dmDskmgr-vd.zipDouble click dmDskmgr-vd.zip to open the compressed folder
Double click dmDskmgr-vd.mmc to launch the custom Disk Management console
Press Alt+PrtScn to grab a snapshot of just the Disk Management window
Open Paint and Ctrl+V to paste it, then save the image
Attach the image to a new post.

Thanks

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My brother bought a new internal 500GB hard drive a few months ago and saved all of our family photos to it. Well a few days ago he noticed it would not show up as a hard drive in 'My Computer'. If we go to 'Disk Management' the 500GB hard drive shows up without a drive letter and is marked as a Recovery Partition. Does this mean we lost all of our family photos that were on the hard drive?

If you need more information feel free to ask. I'll attach a photo of what i mean.

A:Internal Hard Drive does not have a drive letter but used to.

Welcome to Seven Forums BinaryMadman

The 500GB drive should not be listed as drive 0. shut down the system and swap the motherboard connectors on each drive. Let us know how that effects things for you. Go back to Disk Management, right click the drive in the bottom pane, Assign Drive leter (any will do).

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

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So i have microsoft office installed on a secondary drive, and changed the letter of the drive.

Now the software won't work properly (and windows update for office fails).

I suspect many other software are not working also due to this issue, is there a simple way to fix this or will i have to re-install the software that isn't working correctly?

A:Changed hard drive letter - software won't work

Hello thefollower,

The easiest way to fix this would be to change the drive letter back to what it was before.

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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 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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Hi,
I can't boot up my windows because the drive letter (drive C - where windows was installed) has changed to X drive..
Symptom - brief blue screen.
Is there any way I can change the drive letter back?
 

A:Windows can't boot up because drive letter accidentally changed

Have you tried using a BartPE or UltimateBootCD?
 

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Dear Supporters,

I have Vista Home service pack 1.All worked well until:
I changed drive letters.
1) How:I use "Bounceback" to do backups with.I have one internal drive with the original working partitons as C and D.
2) I have one external drive with two partitions which was working as J and K
my bounceback usually saved the backup to my external drive J
3)Yesterday I did a complete system backup instead of just my usual data backup only.Bounceback asked me if I wanted to make this new backup set my primary drive or something.I clicked yes.The small bounceback backup icon which usually appeared next to my external drive letter J(BACKUP DRIVE) now moved to my original internal drive C.From then on it seemed as if my PC was running from my external drive as the blue light on my external drive was flashing a lot more, almost all the time which was not the case before?
4)I then "tried" to change things back by renaming from my computer the drive letters.
5)Since my new change I get the message"cant load user profile,temporary profile loaded".Vista does not start with "welcome"message "but with "preparing desktop".I have a black screen with a few larger icons on it.
6)I can see all my files under "users" but when I click on any file the red cross appears to say cannot load that file.
7)When I enter 'my computer' I can see both my internal and external drives both with different letters for each partit... Read more

A:Vista Drive letter Changed no user profile

Hi -

Per Bounceback FAQ --> http://www.cmsproducts.com/products/...k/default.html -

Quote:




BounceBack Ultimate hard drive backup software enables you to back up your entire PC or laptop hard drive, including the Operating System, data files, applications, pictures, video, financial documents and settings. Using our patent pending Instant PC Recovery mode, you can start your PC or laptop directly from an external USB backup hard drive in the event of an operating system malfunction or even a failed hard drive.





That statement simply is not true. The entire Vista OS cannot be copied as they claim.

In #9, you mention no Vista DVD because Vista was pre-installed on the system. Since Vista came with the system, there should be a recovery partition, which is the same as having the recovery DVDs.

Boot into recovery using the recovery partition - most systems = press F10 during boot-up. Then try the option for Windows System Restore -

--> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940765

Vista Recovery Options --> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-Windows-Vista


Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hey guys,
I just installed windows xp x64
I have 2 drives, 1 SSD and 1 hard drive
the hard drive is partitioned into 4 drives
I wanted to change the drive letters to 2 of the partitions, which right now, arent formatted yet
So I did, but now booting up windows upon restart takes longer than usual,
eg. It stays on the welcome screen for 20 seconds, then goes to the desktop background, and then takes 15 seconds to load the rest of the screen

A:Changed drive letter, now Windows Boot is slow

If you did not format....then you don't have a partition.
 
Windows relies on formatting to be able to see/recognize any subdivision/structure of a partition.
 
Louis

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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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Before : My harddisk has 2 partition. It is C : SYSTEM, and D : RECOVERY . Then I make new partition, shrink volume from C was named E : NEW .

After I was reinstalled windows by clean install, the letter drive and partition changed to C : SYSTEM , D : NEW, and E : RECOVERY there was before drive D changedto E..

Please help me...it's normal? Thanks for the explanation....

A:drive letter partition was changed after clean install

That is not a problem at all. Unless you have a big problem with those letters, I would leave it as is. But you can change the drive letters in Disk Management (not C though).

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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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Sadly I had to join here due to a problem with my 2 week old win 7 64 install.

I'm not sure what the trigger was but my C drive where my os is installed apparently took the drive letter of an external drive that I use for backup. It is now the X drive and I cannot boot. I do get the repair screen but cannot repair as there is no operating system to choose. Booting from windows disk makes no difference here.

My bios (uefi) can see the disk, I can also see it from the command prompt, Im at a loss what to do, any help is appreciated.

I believe this happened after an automatic windows update.

A:Drive letter randomly changed, OS wont boot

By the way, this is a newly built computer, clean install on a new hdd. Running fine for last 2 weeks.

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on my windows xp sp2 i changed the system drive letter from g to c ( as i guess turbo c++ 3.0 does not work in g: ). i found the steps to do this on one of windows' official support forums (not here) , i secured the system status in a .reg file as a backup. the next time i logged in, the usual blue screen appeared (the one with windows logo on it ) then it halted;

oh, one more thing i do have an XUBUNTU installed too. i can see all the contents of my windows drive even the .reg. being linux the reg is useless presently. i dont wish to format the OS . kindly tell me what to do

A:i changed the drive letter of boot drive .DOES NOT LOG IN;

Were you folloing this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

You need to change the drive letter back. As the warning says:
Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article to change a drive on a computer where the drive letter has not changed. If you do so, you may not be able to start your operating system

I don't know if XUbuntu has a tool to edit the Windows registry, but you can use a Vista or Win 7 DVD to do the editing.
If you don't have one, a Vista RE disk can be downloaded from one of these links:
Vista Recovery Environment CD
64 bit Vista
32 bit Vista

Note, the drive letter of the XP Partition as seen when booted to the Vista/Win 7 disk may be different than drive C:, so change the letter as needed.
Using a Vista/Win 7 Disk

Boot with the Vista/Win7 DVD
Select Language, click Next
Click Repair your Computer
It will search for Vista/Win7 installations, just wait for it to finish.
If using Win7 Disk, select Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows.
Click Next
Click Command Prompt.
Type regedit and press Enter:
In the left pane, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to highlight it
Click File | Load Hive...
Browse to C:\Windows\system32\config
Double click on SYSTEM (the one with no extension)
In the Key Name: box type @System
navigate to here:

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\@System\MountedDevices
You can now reverse the steps in the article to change the drive letter back to G:
You might be able... Read more

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