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Q: Partitions without drive letters

I recently purchased a used Dell Inspiron 6000 with a Pentium M 1.5 Ghz processor, a Toshiba IDE model MK8026GAX 75 (?) GB hard drive and running Win XP/Pro SP 2.

I just installed the Acronis True Image 10/Home image backup software package. While creating the first backup, I discovered that the computer has three partitions (from the Computer Management/Disk Management window):

Basic/FAT/Healthy (EISA Configutation) - No drive letter - 55 MB
Basic/FAT32/Healthy (Unknown Partition) - No drive letter - 3.93 GB
Basic/NTFS/Healthy (System) - Drive letter = C - 70.54 GB

I don't necessarily want to makes any changes to those partitions, but I do want to know what is in those partitions without drive letters - primarily so that I can determine if those partitions need to backed up (assuming they can be, since they don't have drive letters). The original owner of the computer didn't even know the hard drive had been partitioned.

I first tried to find freeware disk partition software. I found 2 choices, Super Fdisk and Cute partition Manager, but from what I can tell from their respective websites, these packages do not provide info on the files contained in the partitions.

I then searched this forum and found two possibly relevant references:

From Winbob on 4-21-07, a statement that a partition without a drive letter may be a "System Recovery" partition installed by the manufacturer.

Another posting on 1-3-06 talked about problems with EISA disks and referenced a Microsoft article--which I checked out.

While informative, these postings don't answer my basic questions:
How do I find out what files are in those partitions?
If a third party application is required to find out what is in those partitions (I have been told that only a third party application such as Partition Magic will provide the answer), is there a reliable freeware application that will provide this information?
Do I need to backup those partitions?
If so, do I need to assign drive letters to those partitions?

Any suggestions appreciated.

Preferred Solution: Partitions without drive letters

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A: Partitions without drive letters

I would assume the small one is the master boot record and the larger Fat32 is the restore partition they all have so I would not do anything to them.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Eight-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 16
RAM: 16277 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon (TM) RX 580, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 916 GB (504 GB Free); F: 0 GB (0 GB Free); H: 0 GB (0 GB Free); J: 12 GB (0 GB Free); L: 1 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 07PR60
Antivirus: Webroot SecureAnywhere, Enabled and Updated

Last time I looked , which was probably 2 months ago , I had a Drive C and the DVD Drive . Now it looks like all the partitions have been given a drive letter , how did this happen ? Was it an update ?
Also the Image Drive is almost full , is this a problem ?
Here's a snip from my PC folder .


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Hi Gang,

I have a C drive with win98, a D drive with WinXP Sp2, and an external drive (250GB) with three partitions G: Backups, H: Movies, and I: Stuff.

That's how its supposed to read. However after I ran Webroot Spysweeper and Roxio GoBack it now reads G Movies and H Backups and I Stuff.

G and H are reversed. 'I' is okay.

How can it get it back to the way it was? I've already run Goback to its previous state and I no joy.


A:Solved: Drive Letters of External Partitions Reversed

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Can I delete those 2 partitions without harming the computer?

A:Empty Partitions without letters in Computer Management


It depends - I notice they dont have drive letters, so you wouldn't see them in Windows Explorer. They look like they could be Linux based partitions (primary and Linux swap). Have you ever installed a Linux distro to this PC?


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Would like to try out win 8, before committing.

Can I use one of these unassigned partitions, a=100Mb, b=1GB? Obviously I would have to increase them in size and assign drive letter. Was thinking 40960MB for trial Win 8 install

What is in these spaces?

A:My Win 7 Disk has 4 partitions, (2Drive letters) want to dual boot

only try..not permanent?

100MB=system reserved. It's the boot partition with bootmgr and bootmenu
48GB=RECOVERY. Used to restore to factory settings in case you have severe problems. I don't understand why it has so much free space!
1GB: Special for recovery as well. Maybe drivers for recovery.

You want to keep 1GB and 48GB partition? They are useless most of the time! If you hardrive becomes faulty that isn't working as well. And if it is working... you go back to factory settings... AND YOU LOSE EVERY PROGRAM, DATA AND ALL SETTINGS!! You better backup to external disk. Do you have one?

You can get rid of 100MB partition if you want. I can give you instructions how to move it to BOOT (C)

At least one of those partitions must be deleted. Maximum number of partitions is 4!
Also what's possible: 3 primary partitions and 1 extended. In extended parition can be a lot of logical partitions.

Tell me what you want

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Can one disk drive have MBR partitions followed by GPT partitions ? Or of the reverse order?
the illustration (kind of mini tool partition layout) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...                  &n... Read more

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

A:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Can one disk drive have mbr partitions followed by GPT partitions ?
for illustration (kind of using mini tool partition) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...
8            M     ...
9  ...
10 ... ... Read more

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

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

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

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I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

If I boot from the new drive with the existing F: (created by... Read more

A:Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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I think this is a generic UEFI / Win 8.1 question (not dependent on model).

However, FWIW I have a Satellite P70-A01D (bought localy here in Australia).

This is a 17.3 inch Gen4 i7 4700MQ ? Intel HM86 ? 16GB RAM ? Win 8.0 64-bit.

I have updated the OS to Win 8.1

This P70 comes with an empty HDD bay #2 - so I have purchased a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD which I wish to use as the primary Win 8.1 boot/system drive.

I installed this SSD into #2 bay and from there I had no trouble in using the Samsun Magician cloning software that came with the SSD (V 4.0 DC) to clone my 1TB system over on to the SSD.

There are lots of instructions from Samsun and all over the web as to how to clone and 'substitute' an HDD with an SSD - however there is much less available when it comes to 'adding' the SSD - in bay #2 - whilst still keeping the original HDD fully functioning as an extra drive.

After running the cloning software I tried just going into the UEFI settings on restart and changing the order of the boot drive ? placing the SSD above the HDD.

This worked ? however there were obviously issues still as I hadn't renamed the drives ? so SSD was running as system but it was mounting as D: and HDD was still C: and most system/application paths were still set to access C: !

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A:Satellite P70-A01D: changing drive letters after upgrade of 2nd SSD drive


I think you could try to change the drives letter as suggested in the Microsoft article.
In case this will not be possible, try to use a 3rd party software for example like GParted.

You could boot up the unit using the live USB version and could try to change the drive letters.
But it could be possible that your system would not boot up properly after such change.

Therefore you should not forget to mark the partition as bootable.

Feedback would be appreciated

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Pretty useful modification if you have long drive names, or are just particular about your layout.

Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer

A:Windows Explorer: Display Drive Letters Before Drive Names

great thanks for the post easy to do and it looks good on the eye

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I've spent several hours doing searches trying to find a reason for the way drive letters have been assigned on a new system I put together today. Every system I have ever configured (starting in the late 80's) with 2 internal drives the first partition on the boot drive is C: and first partition on the second drive is D:. The remaining partitions on the boot drive get the next series of letters, E:, F: and G:, and the remaining partitions on the second drive go from there, H: and I. The Windows 7 Pro system I'm typing this on is exactly like that.

Today I put together a new system and installed Windows 7 Home on it. I was amazed to find the drive letters assigned differently. The first partition on the boot drive is still C: and the first partition on the second drive is D:, but E: is assigned to the second partition on the second drive (it only has 2 partitions). The remaining partitions on the boot drive are F:, G:, H: and I:.

The only thing that is obviously different on the new system is that the boot drive is a Velociraptor SATA3 drive and the second drive is a Seagate SATA2 drive. The boot drive is connected to the SATA3 port and the other drive is conencted to the SATA2 port.

I'm trying to figure out what's up with the drive letters before I install any software in partitions that might get a different letter if I correct whatever has caused this.

Thanks in advance for any ideas on why this has happened.

A:Why would Windows 7 assign drive letters oddly on an internal drive?

Not sure why this happened, but I think if you simply reshuffle the drive letters to match what you're used to (i.e. disk 0 having C: E: F: G: and disk 1 having D: H: I: ) - use Disk Management for this - then you should be safe and not have to worry about unexpected letter changes.
I believe that once you (re)assign drive letters, Windows saves them in the registry such that they become fixed to the respective disks/partitions for good.

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I've just got myself a new PC here, and I'm in need of a virtual hard drive or two. My laptop which I still use has been running MagicISO/MagicDisc for a long time now and never had a problem. Since both computers are on win7, I figured it would be the same situation on the desktop, but MagicDisc will not let me assign drive letters to any virtual drives, making them virtually unusable, no pun intended. The drives have question marks, even after I select a new drive letter and hit OK. I've tried many different letters, so that's not the problem. Someone on a different forum said to add more drives and they would work even if the first one didn't, but I've tried 1, 2, 3, and 4 drives, all of them have question marks, none of them will let me change them. Normally I'd write it off as crappy software, but I'm conflicted because the same exact program works so well on my laptop, which again is the exact same OS. My laptop never had the question marks, it just assigned drive letters automatically. In my frustration I tried to go with Daemon Tools Lite instead, but ended up with a completely different problem where the computer freezes during startup.

Can anyone tell me how to get MagicDisc to work like it does on my laptop? Or alternatively, is there a better (preferably free) program for creating virtual drives? I've gotten the impression that MagicDisc is a little outdated. Keep in mind this is a new machine with anti-virus software, and the only thing Windows warned me to be c... Read more

A:MagicDisc won't assign drive letters (virtual drive help)

Quote: Originally Posted by pegpin

... Keep in mind this is a new machine with anti-virus software, and the only thing Windows warned me to be careful with so far was MagicDisc itself. I know that's a huge red flag, but again my laptop has been running it for years without a hitch, so I didn't think much of it. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

Perhaps your AV is blocking the software from running. What AV are you running? There may be an option where you can exclude the AV from blocking the MagicDisk software.

As far as alternatives, I use the freeware: Virtual Clone drive. I've never encountered problems using it. Also, in Win 7 & Win 8, you can simply double-click on the ISO and the OS will automatically mount it and assign it a drive letter. To unmount, simply right-click and select "Eject".

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Hi all

I have installed an optical drive in my computer today and my drive letters were changed. I have changed them back to what they were and after restarting my computer I was unable to log to Windows 8.1 due to the OS being unable to find user profile (my user profile is moved outside of the system drive).

I restored my system to the point from before the new drive installation, but I still would like to change the drive letters around, as some of my software relies on specific directory paths with drive letters.

1. The state from before the installation of the new optical drive.

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
2. The state after installation of the new optical drive:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Optical Drive (F:)
Passport (G:)
Storage (H:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
3. What I'd like to have:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
Optical Drive (any letter, preferably X:)

My user profile WAS located in G:\Users

It is now located in H:\Users and I can log in to Windows. After changing the drive letters around to 3. above I can no longer log in, as Windows is unable to find the user profile on H:\Users anymore.

I use EaseUS Partition Master 10.0 to change the drive letters.

Is there any way I can change the drive letters and make Windows aware of user profile path change?


A:Drive letters changed after an optical drive installation

right click start flag > disk management >

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I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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A:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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After I received my new PC I immediatly added an old HDD for backups.

however it has always been labled as H: and not D: as I would expect. how can I change this?

Also I have a DVD-RW... and a standard DVD. However in my computer it shows a 3rd DVD Drive (I:)

In devise manager it is called OM1279F IMN650O SCSI Cdrom Device.

I don't have a 3rd drive - how do I remove it?

A:Drive letters all wrong - And additional CD-Rom Drive

From the start menu, right click on Computer and select Manage

From there, click to manage disk drives

Hopefuly this will give you enough information to figure out what is going on, and the tools to fx things (right click a partition to change its drive letter)

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How do I get the connection to the second drive letter. I did have it when the hard drive was installed but some error dropped the connection.

A:Hard Drive Split two drive letters

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I just bought a WD 1 TB to replace 120 GB slave (it was 'c:') I had. I intended to still use it as a slave and keep my 320 GB (it was 'd:') as the master. They're both SATA's so of course that doesn't matter so I just kept the 320 set as the primary in BIOS.

At first boot up the computer started fine but when it started Windows the previous devices hadn't been loaded and I was asked to register again before starting. I re-registered and clearly all the previous settings are gone.

I think this is because the drive letters were changed? Is there a way to check...is it something else? Can drive letters just be changed back and voila everything finds itself again?

Thanks for any help.

A:New Hard Drive/Changed Drive Letters

disk management in computer management access through administrative tools
right click on the drive in question and select from the menu to check

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I have no idea why but I have an issue where my brother's computer after a clean install of XP from 98 exchanged ID letters. Drive "C" is now "F" and the Zip drive is now "C". It may have been something to do with SP2 which I removed. Windows won't allow me to change the hard drive back to "C" even after I made it available by designating the Zip as "H". Trying in Safe mode did not allow the change, nor did Partition Magic change it. "C" was added to the name but I could not change it from "F". I already started over and reinstalled XP but it still came up "F" as the hard drive. Things work after the second install where the drives quit after the first half-way into re-loading programs. Now it is just a pathway issue. What else can I do short of starting all over? Is there a way to change the hard drive designation? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

A:Hard drive and Zip drive exchanged ID letters.

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Hello all,
I have this really weird issue where all drive letter seem to be taken, even though there is nothing calling for their use. First issue was when I call a program from an external HDD and resulted in an incorrect path.
Seemed that the "I:\" Drive, in this case was remapped to a different letter. All subsequent drive partitions on this HDD were also remapped. When opening a program to encode audio it listed just about all drives, a-z, even when there was no content. A bit later, not only one of 3 partitions on the external HDD was available, "Z:\" and all other partitions could not find an available driver letter to map to.

I tried DISK MANAGEMENT to assign a permanent letter to one of the letters, but there were no drive letters available. Malware software found nothing, but running MS Security essentials now.

This is a big issue, one I have ZERO experience in troubleshooting, so looking for some expert help here.

Dell Inspiron B130/2MB RAM/1.7GHz/Windows 7 Home Premium


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When I Click On The "my Computer Icon" Cant See The Drive Letters For My Cd-rom (G:) Or Dvd Player (F:) To Open Or Explore. Both Work Just Fine. When I Put Something In Either One, The Folders Views Pops Up On The Side And I Can See Whats In Either Drive. How Do I Get The Drive Letter, Say (g:) Drive For Cd-rom Or (f:) Drive For Dvd To Appear On The Same Window With My
(a:) Floppy Drive
(c:) Boot
(d:) Back-up
(e:) Recover
When The "my Computer " Icon Is Clicked On Or Can It Be Done?

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Good day again to you Gurus,
Running XP Home edition/SP3. Amd Athlon 64 3200+ 2.01GHz 1 GB RAM.

I have three internal hard drives. C,F and G. When I Click on my computer, it will show all my drives but there are no Drive Letters nor the letters for my two DVD's or for my card reader. If I open the G drive there are no file names. Rebooting ot turning off and on my computer makes no difference. If I do a restore then I get everything back to normal for a while and then have to go through another restore.
I am hoping that someone can point me in the right direction to put this right. The computer is NOT connected to the Internet although it is Net Worked.
Thank you for reading.
I look forward to your knowledgeable replies.

A:No drive letters

If you know which drives are which try this:


Under the STORAGE folder there is a folder called DISK MANAGEMENT

Click on this and it will show you your drives and the letters for them. If not you can change them to whatever letter you want.

Just remember if you change a drive letter it might have some issues with the programs installed because
Windows knows what drives they were installed on and if you change that some programs might not function or your
short cuts might not work.

That's why I asked if you know what drives are what then you can label them as such and you should be fine.

Good Luck

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I am using the W8x64 install disk advanced repair features to do a checkdisk on my H: drive partition,
named "backup_c"
it ran through the checkdisk process but when I checked the directory structure I find it is not the
drive I wanted, I know this by the name shown in the DIR results.

How do I find out what drive letter has been given to the "backup_c" dive I want to check?



A:Drive Letters in DOS

Hello Daniel,

As you have found out, drive letters are not always the same at boot as they are in Windows.

You could use the diskpart command to help see what the drive letters are at boot.

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility
1) Open a command prompt at boot.

2) Type diskpart and press Enter.

3) Type list volume and press Enter.

4) You will now see a list of volumes with their drive letters and labels.

Hope this helps,

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I recently had to reinstall windows XP to get rid of spyware. When I restarted windows, I noticed that my drive letters were not right. For instance,my hard drive is letter (H) instead of C. My floppy drive is correct (A). How do I change the letter back to C for my hard drive?

A:Drive Letters

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After a recent HDD failure, my manufacturer sent me a new one, as my warranty is still valid. After I purchased the full version of Windows 7 Professional, I burned it onto a disk, and booted my computer from the CD rom drive. It's only an 80 GB hard drive, but I had 4 partitions. 1. (EISA Config), 2. (C:-Windows XP Professional) 3. (E:-Empty, reserved for win7), 4. (DellRestore).. after I booted from the CD ROM drive with my windows 7 installation disk inserted, I was asked which partition I would like to install 7 on. I chose E:, because it's the partition I was reserving for it. After installing windows 7, I realize my C: (Windows XP Pro) drive has been bumped to D:, and my CD-ROM drive is now E:, and win7 is on C:. I'm aware that this can cause problems when trying to install software or games from a disk, so I'd like to know how to fix it. Also, I should note, all of my Shortcuts which were in C:, which changed to D:, are now non-working, as they refer to a C: directory. Any advice in these matters would be appreciated. Thanks..


A:Drive letters...

You should not face any issues in installing softwares. Earlier when I installed Window 7, its was on C drive. When I installed Windows XP as dual boot, it gained H drive letter. So whenever I install any software on XP, it directly goes into H:\Program Files.

You can change the drive letter by clicking Start and in the Start search box, type diskmgmt.msc and press enter. Right click the drive which you would like to change the drive letter and choose the available letter.
However, changing Drive letters can cause serious problems to either of the OS and may stop booting.

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After having to reformat my system (C) partition, my data partition (D) is now C and the new partition (which will contain XP) is D. I'm going to reformat it again if I can get the letters fixed, but deleting the data partition is out of the question. Possible?

Such a pain in the *** using the D drive when typing paths... I mess it up every time.

A:Drive Letters


I deleted the original C partition and re-formatted it as NTFS. Not sure if that helps or not.

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I am trying to download some software and it will not load. It says to substitute with my DVD-ROM drive letter, in the Run box. I have tried D, A and C and none of them will work. I can't figure out what is wrong... Please HELP!!!

A:DVD-Rom drive letters

More information please...Does your DVD or CD react when the CD is put in?
Or, is this a case of downloading from the internet?

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I am working on some assignmens and need to store them on my usb drive to use on another computer. The problem is that the 2 machines assign different drive letters to the drive and some of my work depends on the drive letter being the same. I have changed the drive letter on 1 machine (vista home prem) to match the other but when i remove the usb and the machine is rebooted the dive letter goes back to what it was originaly. Is there anyway to make the drive letter remain what I assign it to (E)


A:Drive letters

No, you should NEVER use a external device if the drive letter is required to be controlled.

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how can I get my drive letters back, I unclicked most of them, now I need for usb drive etc more letters and forgot in XP how and where I've done it. please help

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As part of my Back-up routine, I connect one of 3 external disks to my PC (via USB docking station) each week, and run a series of copy commands using RichCopy to copy a partition and make an extra copy of my data (primarily thousands and thousands of photos as well as music etc etc). The drive is then removed and stored elsewhere. Next week a different drive is used, and a different partition is copied etc

Two disks are SATA Maxtor 200Gb Seagate 160Gb, one is IDE Maxtor 250 - and currently, each time I connect any of the three drives, it appears as drive "I".

Ideally, I'd like to define each of the three drives with a unique drive letter say "X", "Y" or "Z". Then I could create batch files to automate the actual copying process.

I'm nervous that I do not copy the wrong data type to the wrong disk potentially wiping out for example, my photos. So I need to be confident that for example Disk X is always my photo drive, Y my audio drive & Z my "Other".

Is there a simple way to ensure this.

A:Drive letters

Hi Bonalymac, You could try,
right click computer,
click manage,
click disc management,
assign a different letter to each drive as you plug them in.hope its of some help,patch 41

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Okay guys, I jst bough an HP a340n 2.6GHZ P4 with a multi-car reader. Here is the problem. I have a databse which i connect through a short cut to a mapped drive. To make a long story short I need to have a mapped drive with the letter G:. Problem is that the card reader takes up G: H: I: and J: for each type of reader. Now I can use G: for what I need to if I go to device manager and uninstall that particular card reader (which I don't use it that often anyway because I don't have that kind of card) and then I can use the drive letter G: for whatever I want. But, whenever I log off and log back on my mapped drive is disconnected because the letter G: is then taken up by the card reader again. How can I rectify this again.

A:Help on drive letters!

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When I had win 7 installed for me I had some of the drive letters changed. I cant remember which but I think it was the DVD drives. I have 3 hard drives and 3 cd rom and dvd drives. I am desperate to change back to the letters Win 7 auto assigned. Can anyone tell me if this is possible as I don't know what they were originally. I need to do this because I bought Acronis True Image and recovery cannot auto find find backup files. It asks me to change locations and I am sure I would precipitate a disaster!! As a 76 year old ignoramus I am depending on your help otherwise I have wasted a wad of cash on a program I cannot use. Ta.

A:Win 7 drive letters - please help

Welcome to Seven Forums semaj. You can certainly change drive letters:


You may have to change some letters to a higher letter to free up that letter for another drive. For instance. If you currently have C:, D:, E:, F:. G:, H:. You may have to change H: temporarily to M:, so you can change E: to H:, and then use E: for another drive, etc. Hope that made sense. Also, make sure any letters you chose aren't used by USB devices, if so, just pick another letter until you get everything renamed. A Guy

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Hi folks... first time here, I'm hoping I can get some quick help.

I'm running Windows XP Home, and over the last couple days my Windows install has gone crazy for some reason, had many problems with random restarts, freezing, and then last night Windows just plain failed to load, citing missing/corrupt system files.

I tried booting from my Windows CD and looking to Repair the install, but while the Windows setup saw that I had the Windows installation, it did not offer Repair as an option... only letting me delete the partition or install Windows onto it.

Because I hadn't had a chance to backup certain files, as a temporary thing I chose to install Windows onto the partition without deleting/formatting the existing (broken) install first.

I did so, simply so I could get into Windows and access my Documents and Settings folders, at which time I copied some folders over to a secondary HDD I have installed.

So, starting tonight, I plan on wiping out the main drive and reinstalling a clean copy of XP.

But.... I also noticed last night that for some reason my drive letters are changed.

I have 3 HDD's in my PC, a DVD drive, and a memory card reader.

It USED to be that my main HDD (with the Windows install) was C:, my DVD drive was D:, my 2 secondary HDD's were E: and F:, and the memory card readers were some other letters.

However, I saw last night that for some reason the main HDD, with the Windows install (the new install and the old broken ins... Read more

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Hi welcome to the tech support guy,
I would do as you said, remove the other two HDD's and then do the install.

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Just a follow up from this problem where i had to reinstall usb and chip set drivers.


None of hard disks seam to be picking up letters i have tried going into Manager and setting drive letter in there but does not seam to work, it sets ok but when i go to explore nothing happenes, the only way i seam to be getting any files off is by using easy recover and this takes a long time.

Thank you

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I have asked the question before about assigning drive letters to external usb drives in Vista, so I know how to do that. What I can't get to happen is for them to stay that way. I have a couple of drives, that I store music/recorded tv on. The other photo's, home movies, etch. We'll say that one is drive G:Music, and drive Ihotos. In related programs, saving options are set to these drives. I never unplug these drives, but turn them off to save energy. The problem is, if I turn drive I: first, it is assigned G:, or sometimes other available letters. Turning on G: would then become I:. Can I assign letters/volumes, so no matter when they are switched on, the drive letter remains the same. As stated above, I am using Vista 32bit.

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i have sata disk 640 Gb and ide disk 80 Gb...i have asus m2n.i will reinstall completly windos 7,...i want to have 2 partition on sata,and 1 partition on ide disk...I want my sata disk to have drive leters : :c and :d ,and my ide e:.....Now i have not god ,c: is system of windows,d: is of ide,and e : is assigned to second partition of sata.....


Hi, and welcome to the forums,,!!

Right-click computer > manage > diskmanagement > locate the drive then right-click again > follow options to driveletter > change the letter... Hope this helps.

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what happens when you run out of drive letters
i have several driver 3 dvd burners and a multi card reader which uses 4 letters im getting close to the end of alphabet, and was wonering what hapens when you ron out of letters or reach the end

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Hi there,

Yesterday I decided to install XP alongside my Windows 7, in order to make it a dual boot. Before Installing XP, I had Win 7 taking up my entire hdd as well as the standard 100mb System Reserved Partition that is usually created when installing Win 7. So when I went to install XP, I created a 20GB partition. All went well and I followed the instructions from one of the guides here on the site (thanks shawn)

However what strikes me as odd is that when I'm in XP and 7, there are different drive letters reported for each OS.

This is what I see in Windows 7 :



And this is what I see in XP :


As you can see in Win 7 my Windows Se7en is marked as C: and my Windows XP is marked as E: and finally my System Reserved is marked as S:


In XP I get something totally different, my System Reserved is marked as C: my Windows Se7en is marked as D: and finally my Windows XP is marked as F:

So as you can see from all of this I am baffled Why can't it just stick with one Drive Letter for both Operating Systems ?

Would it be possible for me to hide the respective partitions ? For example, in Windows 7 all I would like to see is my Windows Se7en Partition and the System Reserved Partition. And naturally for XP all I would like see is the single Windows XP Partition only.

How can I fix this ?

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Just wondering

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Please provide additional information so that we can better understand the issue.
The more detail you can provide the easier it will be to understand the problem.

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I have two 200 GB drives "C" and "D" each with fully updated XPpro/SP2

1. Opening "C" in 'My Computer' the secondary drive is correctly identified as "D" with DVD at "E" and CD at "F"

2. However opening my secondary drive in 'My Computer" is is identified as "F"
with primary drive still at "C" with CD at "G" and DVD at "E"

On the secondary drive I have tried bith in "disk management" and in 'Command/Diskpart" to change "F" to the un-assigned letter "D" but get message: Diskpart cannot re-assign the above letter on a system, boot or page file volume.

I have no idea why one setup is correct and the other not and would welcome views as to why this has happened and what to do about it?

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The reason is that D is in use by drive C, as drive C takes precedence. But the question is why do you have windows installed on both drives?

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Hi, it's Anthony again. After requesting help regarding clearing a hard drive (resolved, thankfully) I've run into another problem.

Using the disk management option on my Windows 7 PC, I reformatted a secondary hard drive so I could use it for extra storage space. After finishing this reformat, I loaded two folders onto this hard drive with several dozen GB of data apiece in them. The drive was labelled as Drive F.

However, I wanted to change this drive letter. I went back into disk management and changed the drive letter to J. I was told I had to restart my computer, so I did. Now, all the items in those two folders ask me to "insert a disc into Drive F" instead of running. I figured "fair enough, should have changed the letter before I loaded files onto the 'new' drive, guess I'll just switch back to the old letter and deal with it."

However, going back into disk management, I've found that the old drive letter, F, is not an option to change this drive into. F is not in use anywhere else in the computer so I'm not sure why I can't switch back. My questions are:

1. Is there a way to change the drive paths for the files/folders in Drive J/F en masse? If so, how?

2. Failing that, is there a way to get the old drive letter back?

3. Failing both of those, would transferring the files from Drive J/F to Drive C then back again reset the drive paths and fix the problem?

I'm loathe to do 3 unless it's the o... Read more

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Just got a new Dell and Win 7...I have two HDD and both show up but have two IDs...."C:C and DFf"...can't rename them.

Also have two CD drives...same deal. How do I rename the drives as C, D, E and F????

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I'm not sure where this should go since it seems to apply to any windows OS, but since it becomes a problem mainly with Mapped Network Drives I thought I would try posting it here.

Is there a way to have more than 26 drives? We have 30 separate Network drives in our network, I also have a hard drive, optical drive, zip drive, and sometimes one or more USB drives. While most of the people in the company only have access to 4 or 5 of the mapped drives, as network administrator I have access to all of them and need to access most if not all of them at least once in any given week. The problem is, there are only 26 letters in the alphabet So once I hit 26 drive letters (25 technically since it won't let me use "B") I have to un-map something to map a different one. Is there a way to have more than 26 drives?

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Can u chang your hard drive letters if so how?

sincerly, Liam

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Hi Liam,

yes and no

you cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume.

But you can change other drive letters by

right click my computer>manage then select disk management.

Paul V

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are the drive letters assigned in the Disk Manager already valid at boot time? I always thought the system uses those drive letters only once Windows is running. However, they are apparently also used by the boot loader and boot manager. Are these drive letters assigned in the Disk Manager stored on the disk, and not just shorter names for the longer diskx/rdiskx/partitionx annotation used by Windows?

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the driver letters are OS specific, bootmanager shows the letters as you have them assigned, however the partition the OS is installed on is ALWAYS C:\

example: lets say you have a dual boot of Windows 7 (which we will call OS1+OS2) and the bootloader is stored on partition 1 along with OS1, and OS2 is on Partition 2, (for this example im going to pretend you dont have a DVD drive to simplify the letters)

When you boot into OS1 and run editbcd from command prompt it will show the following: bootmanager is on C OS1 is on C and OS2 is on D

However if you booted into OS2 and did the same, it would say OS2 is on C bootmanager is on D and OS1 is on D

to answer your original question, the letters you see in the bootloader options are what windows reads them as, and the letters arent fixed

hope that was clear enough

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