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Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

Q: Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:".
Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename.

Note You must use Regedit instead of Regedt32 to rename this registry key.
Rename it to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\Z:".

This frees up drive letter C.
Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:".
Right-click \DosDevices\D:, and then click Rename.
Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter "\DosDevices\C:".
Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, and then name it back to "\DosDevices\D:".
Quit Regedit, and then start Regedt32.
Change the permissions back to the previous setting for Administrators (this should probably be Read Only).
Restart the computer.

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Preferred Solution: Solved: Drive letter assignment problems with ghosted drive

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey kids:

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

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

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi bdemonbr,

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

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

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

Kind Regards,

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Hey Guys,

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

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

Thanks in advance for the help

A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

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

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

thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Drive letter Assignment

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

A:Drive Letter Assignment

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Hi There!

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Drive letter assignment

Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

A:drive letter assignment

Hi export5, welcome to TSG....

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

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

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

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

 

A:Drive letter assignment

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Drive letter assignment problem

  
Quote: Originally Posted by avoelp


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


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

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

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

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

A:Flash drive letter assignment

So what's the problem?

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

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Hi All

First post here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OS=XP

2 questions:

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

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

A:USB Flash Drive assignment letter

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

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

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

Louis

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

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Hi there,

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

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

TIA
SoWhy

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

A:Save drive letter assignment?

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

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

I believe this should work.

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

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Hi,

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

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

Can I reassign the drive letters somehow?

Thanks in advance,

A:Weird drive letter assignment.

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

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

A:drive letter assignment problem.

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

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

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

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

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Messy Hard Drive Letter Assignment Problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Well I have this problem..
My XP OS wasn't starting so I had to reinstall it in order to fix it..
Well that is where the problem start..
I had Dualboot, with Vista and XP.. Now, I fixed the boot so now I can choose wich one start but when I start XP the XP Partition Letter doesn't change to C: , Its stays in E: and before the reinstall it used to change to C: ..
I tried to do again the boot stuff with Easy BCD and I did, I deleted the XP entry and did it all over again but when I booted on XP the letter wasnt changing..
Now I cant install anything because XP doesn't seem to know thats its installed on E: so its try to search stuff on C, where now is Vista Partition..
I hope you guys can help me.. If not I would have to format XP partition.. I have no problems with it but I just want to make it like the last choice..

Thx!
 

A:Solved: XP Partition Drive Letter Problems

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Hi,Bit of background first, my old harddrive , which was split into  C and D ,approx. 500 gig each, went Kaput,had it replaced with an SSD(at my request because I heard they don't overheat and are faster) by an experienced computer technician, and no longer  having to deal with split drives suited me fine.I only  have half the storage space now, about 500Gg in comparison to 1,000 Gg,  but cost was a factor at the time, SSD's being so expensive.Very happy with the new SSD, speed etc. My operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit , SP1. My backups were all stored on a Goflex external harddrive, which  the technician accidentally  dropped on the floor, he then replaced this with an external drive with an on/off switch. (Pleased about the on/off switch, the other didn't have one, very upset about the dropping my other one). All working fine, doing my backups to my new external drive  he gave me, using  my Acronis True Image software 2015 version, that I had always used.My old external  drive was set up to drive E, and all my previous backups in Acronis show drive E, so perhaps this is why the technician set this new one up to Drive F, not sure.And maybe this is why I got the error message below? Well, in my infinite wisdom (which with computer technology isn't great I must admit) I suddenly decided I wanted to backup to an external drive with the letter E,(E for External seemed so much mor... Read more

A:Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

 I don't use Acronis, but if you think changing the drive letter caused a problem, can't you just change it back?  The Administrative Tools applet of the Control Panel is what I've always used to change drive letters. Changing the name (I assume you mean the drive label) should have no effect.
 
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RELEVANCY SCORE 79.6

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 Dis... Read more

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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RELEVANCY SCORE 79.2

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

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

Thanks,
Aaron

A:Drive assignment & boot screen problems

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

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RELEVANCY SCORE 79.2

Win XP problems:

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

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

Thanks,
Aaron
 

A:Drive assignment & Logon screen problems

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

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RELEVANCY SCORE 77.2


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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RELEVANCY SCORE 77.2

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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RELEVANCY SCORE 76.8

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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RELEVANCY SCORE 76.8

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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RELEVANCY SCORE 76.4

Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder

Hello,

I was wondering what the prime uses for a logical drive (just assigning it as the letter F: for example ) might be vs. Mounting the logical drive as an empty folder that supports drive paths?

And why someone would want to use one option vs. the latter? (common uses).

thanks for any ideas.

(I only have one hard drive, so this would be an extended partition on the same disk)
 

A:Solved: Logical drive question: Normal Drive letter vs Mounting as a volume as empty folder

Here's a link to explain it: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Mount_Windows_partitions_(DOS,_FAT,NTFS))

Good luck.
 

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RELEVANCY SCORE 76.4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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

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

Raybro
 

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RELEVANCY SCORE 76.4

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

A:Solved: Drive assignment changed

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

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RELEVANCY SCORE 75.6

I just upgraded my computer to winxp pro when i got a new 40gb hdd for free. install went fine and everything runs except for the fact that windows wont give a drive letter to one of my 3 hard drives. Its formatted and partitoned and only has 20% room left on it so I can't repartition it and lose all of my stuff on it. At first i tried hooking it up usb but I had that problem so i figured it was the controller in the enclosure. I was looking for an excuse to order a sata/ide pci controller card so i did that and windows install disc even recognized the new drive to install to it. t he device manager shows the drive as a scsi drive and disk management sees it just it doesn't have a drive letter. What should i do? Partitioning is difficult cause i'd have to back up 160 gb. thanks in advance

ps. i should also ad that the driveis usable before i switched to the new hdd/winxp pro last night so its not the drive itself.
 

A:Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

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RELEVANCY SCORE 75.2

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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RELEVANCY SCORE 74.4

Using Windows 7.

There are two hard disks of different brands used alternately for off-site backup. Norton Ghost 15 is the backup program that images the drive nightly. The two disks are swapped daily and one is taken off site.

Problem: As long as the two drives were identical in size and brand, they both assumed the same drive letter and Ghost had no problem. Now that one of the drives have failed and was replaced with one of a different brand, they assume different drive letters and Ghost fails.

I have tried to understand how USBDLM can force the same drive letter when they are swapped. The way I understand it is there is some kind of INI file placed on the USB drive; but, I just can't understand exactly what goes into that INI file.

Yes, I have read the USBDLM help file; but, it seems to assume a level of knowledge of the terms it uses that I don't have.

I would like to use USBDLM; but, I'm not stuck on it if there is a better solution.

Thanks for reading.
 

A:Solved: Forcing a certain drive letter on a USB drive

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RELEVANCY SCORE 72.8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Dell Inspiron 3487

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

Steven

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

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

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RELEVANCY SCORE 72.8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Dell Inspiron 3487

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

Steven

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RELEVANCY SCORE 72

Hi,

I have just bought a new Hard Drive and reinstalled WinXP but the drive is now detected as E; when it should be C:

I did have my Zip drive connected at the time of installation and I think this may have caused it. I just can't change the drive back to C, there is no option for this and an Error message: 'Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume' is displayed when I try.

It is annoying and I want it back to C:

My question: Is there anyway around this?? Has anyone had this before?

Many thanks,

Nester
 

A:Drive Letter Problems

ZIP drives will show up as valid drives during windows setup, as do USB card readers and such and will be assigned drive letters, sometimes mistakenly assigned C:\.
Windows will function but you may run into problems with other software during installs or such.
There is no option but to disconnect the ZIP drive and reinstall WinXP.
 

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RELEVANCY SCORE 72

I have just installed a new Sata 250gb hard drive and wish to take the old 40gb out... How do I make the new drive my primary drive? I have already ghosted the drives...
 

A:New Hard drive installed and ghosted

You should ideally just be able to remove the 40gb drive. Did norton ghost set the partition on the 250gb drive as active?
 

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I have a 1 tb drive with my OS primary on 100 gig of it and the remainder to a data drive.
I just ghosted that partition to a new drive (entire drive used 114 gig ) and the boot loader is not the same?

My original partition had one option "win 7" and when I tell the bios to boot to the new drive it shows 3 options... I'm pretty sure I know how this happened. The partition I copped over had its own boot loader in addition to the MBR's boot loader. So copping the partition over didn't copy the right (MBR ) boot loader.

So I have my os back up on the original set up and my ghosted drive currently without a drive letter. I can assign one but need to know what to do here. I need to some how create a boot loader on the new drive or copy the old one over. I assume I can still use c:\ as my drive letter once I swap the bios settings. Guessing windows will do that automatically?

In DM is says the drive is simple basic NTFS primary partition. Should I mark it as active and is there a way to put a MBR boot loader on there?

A:ghosted a drive need help with boot loader

Please connect all drives and post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image. Tell us what is on each partition.

Were there choices when you transferred the image for Auto drive letter, transfer MBR and Track0, and keep Active partition marked same?

If not we should see what's awry in the DM picture.

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