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Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Q: Changing drive letter of main hard drive

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

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A: Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

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

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

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Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?

A:Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sonicroxs


Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?


You are probably going to give yourself a bunch of trouble by changing it why not just leave it the way it is?

Ken

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

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

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

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I had to replace my hard drive an windows assigned the drive letter to I: not to c: how do I change it to c:

A:how to change the main hard drive letter back to c:

Hi

See this article: How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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Hi all,

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

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

Thanks in advance,
Brian ^_^

A:Hard Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Hi, welcome to TSF,

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

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

A:Hard drive letter changing?

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

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

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

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

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

A:Changing External Hard Drive Letter

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

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

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Hello,

Nice to meet you

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

now, how I can reinstall the windows?

Thanks,

Sylphan

A:Hard drive letter messed up after changing motherboard

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

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

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

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

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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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After using active "Kill-Disk" on my drive to format,i tried to install windows xp and could'nt boot, so i used "Spotmau Recovery Disc" to re-boot and re-installed Windows XP! all seemed well until i tried to install AVG and found that it would not install, on investigation i found that the main drive "C"had been replaced by letter"F" !! Could any kind person inform me how rectify this ? My computer js home assembled using a Asus A8N-VM CSM Motherboard and a AMD Athlon tm 64 processor,with a Seagate Barracuda 250gb Hard-Drive.

Computer Management Shows :-

Capacity Free-space %Free Faults Overhead
U nknown Part 3.00gb 3.00gb 100 No 0%

F = 229.88 GB 227.33GB 98% No 0%

"D" 7mb 0 0% No 0%
Regards to all
Jim

A:main drive letter "F" instead of "C"

I don't see why that would cause AVG to break, unless the installer automatically assumes that the installation drive is labeled "C:"

I've had Windows reside on pretty much every letter of the alphabet with no ill effects except from poorly designed installers that haven't heard of the %ProgramFiles% environment variable.

In any case, I'd say that changing the drive letter on a live install of Windows would be a bad thing to do if you even found a way to do it. Just be sure that program installers reference the correct drive letter (almost all installers have this option, sometimes hidden, though)

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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'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.

 

A:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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

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

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

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

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

Help.

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

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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xp cannot find it.......disk manager can.....do format and no drive letter help please.....thank you


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help trying to initialize an external hard drive on xp home ed

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i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will begin......an 80 gig external hard drive was given to me..it was rebuilt on a win 2000 system....my home edition of win xp--reconginzes it....as disk 1- in disk manager....however it is not formatted or able to be found, and does not have a drive letter assigend to it... i logged on as "administrator" ...in safe mode, to see if i could get the drive path settings option to come up in disk manager ...i could not-------does any of this make any sense to anyone?.......that option still does not come up..under user or administrator...in disk managment--so it is unformatted and has no drive letter......thus xp cannot find it......

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model ME051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1396 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 12/22/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)


Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.





STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)



Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

Allow your computer to complete the installation ... Read more

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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

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

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

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

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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

A:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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

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

Does the external drive work on another machine?

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

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

A:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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

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

Raybro
 

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I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't show up in libraries or explorer, and apps like Restorator and Sure Thing (CD labeler) cannot find them. I think that means the paths are broken..?

It won't allow me to rename the HD back into K: (it's not listed as available). I can access the data by clicking Computer > D, and I can see the data is there, but its unusable as of now. Any ideas?

A:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this in case you make a mistake and need to use it to do a system restore.

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

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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

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

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

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

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

I once again apologize if this has been asked before.

Cheers.

A:Changing 7 drive letter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is there anyway to do it without reinstalling os?

A:Help on changing drive letter

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

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

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

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

Running XP SP2.

Thanks in advance

A:Changing drive letter

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

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

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

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

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

How do I change the letter of a drive?


Thanks!

A:Changing Drive Letter

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

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

A:HDD Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Set one to U and the other to V.

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

A:Changing Drive Letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Changing Drive Letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your help Have a good day

A:Changing drive letter

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

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

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

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I recently installed a new WD 160Gb drive. I partitioned, formated (NTFS) and installed Windows XP SP3 (using the Windows XP setup program). However, the system has reversed my CD drive and the HD letters.

It gave the HD "E" and the CD drive "C". (It should be the other way around) I can not change the HD letter back to "C". It says I can't change the boot volume letter assignment.

I set the boot sequence in the bios to boot from the CD first, the way it should be for installing a OS, right?

What did I do wrong? Why did it assign my CD drive "C" and my HD to "E"?

Scott
 

A:New hard drive assigned wrong drive letter..

Hello. Correct boot sequence, not sure why the letters are reversed - you might be able to (carefully!) correct them, article here seems to explain it fairly well? http://www.petri.co.il/change_system_drive_letter_in_windows_xp.htm
 

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I installed a 80gb IDE hard drive into my other computer to access data on it and Disk Management lists the drive as "Disk 0" but will not let me assign it a drive letter or explore the drive for data. When you right click the drive it has the "Explore" choice grayed out. The only choice is to "Delete Partition...". On the disk right click choices all you have is "Convert to dynamic disk" and nothing else. The disk is the system and boot disk (I believe that is has a single NTFS partition for the entire drive space) from another PC that I don't need anymore and it has an installation of XP Professional 32-bit on it and the PC that I installed it too is XP Professional also but it is 64-bit OS. I tried a few commands in the command line utility DISKPART but none of those helped me either. I have installed foreign disks in XP many times in the past and have never seen this. Oh, also tried "Rescan Disks" from the Action menu and still no go. Any Ideas?
 

A:Why can't I assign a drive letter to and explore this hard drive?

did you change the jumpers for Master/CableSelect/Slave - appropriate to where you installed

I have recently seen this where windows will not see, but installing UBUNTU as a virtual CD will see the drive and copy any data files
 

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in
nature.

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

A:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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

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

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I have five hard drives in my system. Recently after a reboot, one of my drives "vanished"
I rebooted again, it's back. SMART shows the drive is flawless - I suspect a loose connection or something.
My problem is that before the drive vanished, it was G:. Now it's D: (first open drive letter.) When I go into drive management and try to change the drive letter, it's not there. None of the drives showing have it, but it's not in the list.
I need this drive to be G: - how do I find where Windows thinks that letter is allocated and release it?Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

A:Drive letter missing after removing hard drive

The problem was that the drive letter I needed wasn't in the list.
A note for anyone who reads this in the future who does support - when working with someone who says "a drive letter is missing" make sure to understand if they mean the drive doesn't have a letter assigned, or if the problem is that the letter they need
isn't available. I saw a LOT of this while I was researching this problem - I could tell that the person asking the question was saying that the letter wasn't in the list, but the person trying to help would just point them towards drive management (where
they already were, if you read carefully)
In my case, it turned out I have software running that mounts iso files as CD drives. That's where the drive letter was - it had taken the assignment, but without an iso mounted, it didn't show up in drive management.
Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

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Hey kids:

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

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

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

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

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I have a hard drive that comes with my PC and that has a corrupted Windows, but the boot.ini still works fine. So I got a new hard drive and installed a new fresh copy of Windows XP on it. So now I want to format the old hard drive and use the new hard drive as the boot drive. However, if I removed the old hard drive, the new hard drive doesn't boot at all. I've tried using the FIXMBR, FIXBOOT, and BOOTCFG /REBUILD commands, but I think I did it wrong.

Thanks,
Dwh12
 

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

The question is, how to relabel the partition safely?

A:Changing OS Partition Drive Letter

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

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Hi all,new here to the forums i have a question reguarding my boot drive leter.
recently bought a ssd installed my edition of win7pro 64 onto it
no problems except i had my old hdd still plugged in which was my c drive letter ,thus i installed operating system onto my ssd with an e drive letter.ok so i have tried to run a couple of programmes which i use which have failed because the programme is looking for a specific file in c boot directory which i obviously havent got....hope you can understand what im getting at.so big question how do i change my ssd boot drive letter to :c and that all my existing programmes will still work.
many thanks for any help

A:Changing boot drive letter ?

programs that you have installed onto the drive after the OS that need to call files other than the EXE to work will not know where to look for them, and likely have to be re-installed.

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Ok Currently my Windows 7 is on the C drive, now my question is this: Is there a way I can say put in a SSD, then copy my entire windows and the Programs Files, Program Files x86 and the users folder to it, then switch my old HDD to the D drive and the SSD to the C and have it work just fine?

Is there an easy way to do this? or will it require me to reinstall windows to do it? Been thinking about getting a 120 GB ssd for my os/program drive, and using my 1.5 tb drive as storage.

A:A Question about SSD's Changing HDD Drive letter etc.

Any imaging program should be able to do it. Macrium Reflect seems to be a popular one, and it's free. There are guides on how to use it in the Tutorials section here.

That being said, with some planning ahead, a clean install can take under 2 hours (complete with apps), and I have always preferred that method to ensure my SSD was set up and aligned properly. When Windows 7's installer detects an SSD on an AHCI controller, the OS configures itself properly for the drive.

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

A:Changing Boot Drive Letter

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

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

A:Changing Drive Letter In Windows XP

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

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