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Windows 8.1 changes a certain partition letter on rebbot.

Q: Windows 8.1 changes a certain partition letter on rebbot.

Hi all.

I have searched on here re this problem but all the threads I have seen talk about a drive going offline which isn't the case here.

Firstly its not my machine, I'm helping an old friend so there may bee delays on certain questions.

He has a DELL XPS machine, an i7 newer model running 8.1, he's got a main internal HD as C: and a permanently added USB drive with 3 partitions ad D: E: and F: but on reboot the F: partition suddenly goes up a letter to G:, the other two stay the same.

Apparently its been fine until recently when this started happening, I made sure the used Disk Management to change the letter back but on reboot its back to G:

He has no other devices attached and any other USB drives either have a selected letter near the end of the alphabet or are not assigned a set letter but none are attached when the machine boots. It sounds like the F: is being reserved by something, possibly registry wise but I don't have the machine in front of me to check and I would rather its me using regedit and he's got slippery fingers due to arthritis and is prone to over clicking and wrong key presses.

Any suggestions as to where to check or what to check, I've done as much as I can via Skype but at a loss as to why its only doing it to one partition and always the same one, also did a dischk and the partiton is ok.

Any idea's wise folks?

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A: Windows 8.1 changes a certain partition letter on rebbot.

Seems he was using some sort of safe eject USB software where you could reserve a drive letter?

Seems ok now...So far..

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Hi,

I have a question.

I formatted a partition of my harddrive but in the end not only a partition was formatted but the next partition also was gone.

Meaning: the data is still there, but the NTFS partition isn't recognised anymore by Windows, and in diskmanager the space is now ready to assign new partition.

In a data recovery software, I saw the not recognised partition was still recognised as 'NTFS'.

What can I do?

The best scenario would be to simply tell Windows somehow, there is partition with NTFS and it should assign a letter to it.

A:Windows lost partition letter and don't recognize format partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)

thks

T
 

A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .
 

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I have got HD 40 GB, I have partitioned it to many partitions some of them NTFS and other Fat32.

I installed XP and 2003, each one on a different partition (not same partition).

Letter for partition is changed to D for Win2003, and F for XP.

I tried to changed (Right Click My Computer->Manage->Disk Management ) the partition letter for XP (From F->E) while I was logging to Win2003 , I could not.

I tried to changed (Right Click My Computer->Manage->Disk Management ) the partition letter for 2003 (From D->C) while I was logging to XP , I could not.

Message that I received:

“Can not modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume”

Can I change the partition letter ? How ?
 

A:Change partition letter to the default letter

No, you can't change the drive letter of a Windows installation after it's installed.
 

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

A:Windows 7 changed partition drive letter

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

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

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

If you have any questions, just ask

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I am installing Windows 7 32bit on a Macbook Pro 13' 2010 model (2.4Ghz) (250GB HDD).
I have a system partition (C:\ 20GB) and media partition (D:\ 156GB). The latter is not visible in the windows explorer (refer to the attachment) but is accessible by typing 'D:\' on the address field. It is also visible in the disk management.

Anyone has the same problem or has a solution??
Thanks.

A:Windows Explorer does not show disk partition letter

Hi,

Does it show up if you enable Hidden Files, Folders and Drives?

It could also have something to do with the exFAT file system but i'll look into that

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Hello,

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

Here is my problem...

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

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

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

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

So far all is well However...

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

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

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

A:Need to Change Windows System Partition Drive Letter

Maybe this would be easier.

User Profile - Change Default Location

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Had one of the drive cables come loose while the system was powered up. On fixing the problem and powering the system back up I got the dreaded "Unable to Boot, insert System Disk" error. Booted up with my Windows 7 install cd, went into Recovery Console, and discovered the Console was saying that Disk 0 / Partition 0 is F:\ . Even though the auto repair didn't work I was able to use Bootrec /fixmbr and Bootrec /fixboot , but should I be worried that C: is F: in the Recovery Console? The drive is on SATA 1 (System calls them SATA 1 to SATA 4), so it's Disk 0, and Win 7 is on the first partition, so Partition 0, so by system logic that should be C:. O.o

And poking at the files on the harddrive the /fixboot and /fixmbr put the boot files (win7ldr, grldr, /boot folder, etc) onto the second partition (D which is Disk 0 / Partition 1. O.o Or should be...

A:Windows 7 Recovery Console says Win7's partition drive letter is diff.

Can you post a picture of disk management. That would help.

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

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

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

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When i started my laptop..the system went to startup repair mode..the startup repair mode did not worked n i went to ''restore to factory setting ''.Now the main problem arised.The factory setting later asked to reboot the system .the system failed to reboot.it gave the msg as ''bootMGR file '' missing.I was told by a local tech to use operating cd to repair the laptop.Now wat i saw the hard disk partion failed to That is before it was C:drive 50 gb & D: drive 450 gb.Now it was C:drive 498 gb & D: drive 1.98 gb,
Which means i have lost all my important data which was in my hard disk .Is there no way for the data recovery.
How come ''restore to factory setting failed ''?
 

A:windows 8 factory setting failed cannot rebbot

see if this sees anything

http://download.cnet.com/DiskDigger/3000-2248_4-10908894.html

see what you can save then run the hard drive makers diagnostic on the drive
 

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After I log in action center alerts me that Windows Firewall is turned off and that I should turn it on.
 
It does turn on with no problems but after I reboot, it happens again.
 
Used to be a problem along with Windows Update not remembering my settings but that problem seemed to have been fixed. Thread related: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/windows-7-firewall-and-update-will-not-remember/330abb9a-90d7-40cc-8c10-53584ece9047?tm=1307165383153&page=1#footer
How do fix this and enable Windows Firewall to run automatically after reboot?

A:Windows Firewall Service does not start automatically after rebbot

Hi,

 

I would like confirm the following with you before troubleshooting, these information would useful to help us to narrow down the root cause of this problem.

1.      
When did the problem occured?

2.      
Did you install any third-party software recently?


3.      
Have you scan the virus on your computer?

 

Since you can start Windows Firewall service manually, we can judge that the service is properly and wasn’t disabled. I suggest that you may perform a Clean
Boot to ensure whether is problem is caused by a third-party software.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

 

Note: Clean Boot is a step of troubleshooting, we can go back to normal by running MSCONIFG.

 

If the issue persists, I recommend that you may enable the Service Audit, then check the log.

 

Please take the following steps to enable Audit Policy:

 

1.      
Click Start button, type gpedit.msc in Search Bar. Press Enter.

2.      
Move to Local Computer Policy-> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies ->Audit Policy.

3.      
Find the item ---“ Audit directory service access”, double click the item.

4.      
Check &ldqu... Read more

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Hi guys, Beforehand forgive my English not my first language and thanks for help and assistance.

This is my new build and this is what it's happening:

I set to Boot into DVD/CD
Place my Microsoft Windows 7x 64 ultimate Disc in tray.
Black screen appears with a loading bar saying " Loading files" .
Another screen appears with "blue sky" and the dove and there is were all computer Froze (no mouse or keyboard) for about 3 minutes!
And then the computer reboot itself !!

This are my specs:
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Intel Corei7 2600K 3.4GHz 8MB.
Corsair Vengance 8GB 1600MHz
eVGa Ge-Force GTX560TiFPB 1GB.
Antec EarthWatts EA750W ATX12V.
HD Maxtor model 6L200S0 diamond max.SATA 200GB
HD Western Digital WD500AAKS 500GB caviar blue.
Asus 24x DVDRW SATA black.

I have set in Bios the HD's as IDE's......but I'm missing something and don't know now what else to do, feel pretty baffled.
I been searching in the forums .but still haven't found something that point me in the right direction for my case.

Note:
I use to have the O.S. installed in the HD WD500AAKS the Windows7 Ultimate 64 bit .
So I use gparted-live-0.8.1.3 to wipe both HD's partitions and formatted as NTFS both.
But still Windows7x64 Install don't go

Thanks for help.

Toti
 

A:Solved: Windows 7x64 Install freezes and pc rebbot itself.

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Hi

I've a Dell pc with a small, hidden diagnostic FAT16 EISA partition.

Starting a few days ago, this formerly hidden partition appears to have become visible to Windows XP which assigns it a drive letter.

I used the command "mountvol /d" to remove such newly created drive letter, but it reappears everytime Windows boots or restarts, even in Safe Mode.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? Is it possible that a certain registry setting relating to the (formerly) hidden partition has somehow been altered? If so, how can this be reversed so that no drive letter is assigned automatically to the (formerly) hidden partition?

An interesting observation is that, in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, there is no \DosDevices\{x} (where {x} is the drive letter) which corresponds to the drive letter now assigned to the (formerly) hidden partition.

I cannot use the Disk Management MMC Snap-in to remove the drive letter assignment, since selecting the partition and right-clicking only brings up a single "Help" line in the context menu, without any of the usual options (like "Change Drive Letter and Paths...").

Thanks in advance for any suggestions and feedback!

Luke
 

A:Hidden partition becoming "visible" and assigned drive letter by Windows XP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I use the Disk Manager starting from the Control panel, to change 2 drive partition letters. Everything appears to work fine and all is well until I shutdown.
After I shutdown, then reboot all the partition letters are back to the way they were before I changed them the first time.
I can repeat this process endlessly.
I would prefer to have my drive partition letter remain the way I want them.
Suggestions?
 

A:Partition Letter

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edit: i've been using this hard drive for around a year now, I just had some problems getting another hard drive to work alongside it and my GRUB loader...

Alright, so I'd been trying to get my hard drive to work and I was really befuddled as to how i would figure things out.. in the end, it just turned out my jumpers were in the wrong spots. My fault. Anyway, once I figured that out, it was kinda too late, and my partition dissappeared. I used a partition recovery tool (NOT partition magic), and it found the NTFS filesystem and restored it...
my hard drive already had two partitions to start with, one being 70gb and the other being 7. Here's what I don't know how to fix... my 7g drive, that's FAT32 and not NTFS, was assigned the C driveletter and my NTFS drive has no letter. how do i fix that?

I have hiren's bootCD ready to use.
 

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Hello,

My sister did something to her computer and reinstalled Windows XP. The thing is that it is installed on a partition (labeled "e") with only 3 gigs. I noticed this because I tried installing more software and it said that there wasn't enough space on the hard drive.

I searched online and found that I could see both partitions using the disk management utility. When I use this utility, I can see the partition labeled "e" and the other larger partition (75 gigs) and it doesn't have a drive letter. I have tried adding a letter to it by right-clicking, and all that it shows in the menu is "delete" and "help". Both partitions are labeled as "healthy".

How do I get back to that partition? Are all the programs, drivers, files, etc. still on that partition? How can I get the computer to start up on that partition? Windows XP is now installed on the smaller partition - should it be removed eventually?

Thanks!
Jeff
 

A:Partition without a drive letter

The little partition was most likely the "System Recovery" partition that came with the already installed software setup when she bought the PC.

Somehow she has clobbered (a techie term ) the main partition that contained her data and Windows installation.

If she has a set of System Restore Disks (CD's), then she may be able to use them to restore the HD to its original state...like the day she bought the PC.

If not, and it were my PC, I would use FDISK to remove everything from the HD, and then recreate a single partition of maximum size on the drive. Next Format it, and then reinstall Windows...going on from there.
 

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I have two partitions on a 500GB drive (one for windows boot, one for files only)I've just reinstalled win7 and I realised that the partition for files is not shown in My Computer. I opened Computer Management and clicked on Diskmanagement. As you can see on the picture the partition it doesn't havea name neither a letter assigned. I don't want to delete it or formate it because it's almost full of files I need. When I right click on the partition only the Delete option is available. Can somebody help me solve this problem?

A:Can't assign letter to a partition

Looks like you have another drive that has either no letter or it is unallocated space.
The partition after the 100MB system Reserve partition.

I have seen this before with AHCI enabled. All the drives get mixed up for some reason.
That 100MB sys reserve partition that is on your drive 1 should also be on drive physical the OS is installed to. But your OS is installed to a partition on what is called drive 0 (zero). But that drive is not the first drive in the system (the drive connected to SATA port 1.

What you have here is a mess. Sys reserve in a partition on one physical drive, the OS in another partition on a completely different physical drive. The other part (partition) of the physical drive the OS is installed to doesn't have a drive letter and you can't assign one.
The other part (partition) of the physical drive that has the sys reserve partition looks to be unallocated space.

May be time to boot the system from a BOOT CD that has a file manager program on it and copy all your personal data over to a external drive. Format everything and start over.
If you go that route I suggest you only install one physical drive in the system until you reinstall the OS.

Good luck.

P.S.
If it was me I would of already wiped that system and started over.

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When instaled Partition magic 8 on windows 7 when i started it program something Fixed

And later disperd my data partition like showed in picture above.

Can someone help me? maybe can some one give me link that program will fix this?

A:Lost partition letter and can't add it

You could try using DiskPart.

Click Start and type in "diskpart" if you have Windows Search enabled.

Right click the program and select Run as Administrator.

After this has loaded type in "listvolume" and hit Enter.

When you see the Partition you want to format, look at the number it has assigned for that partition.

Type "select volume 5", replace "5" with whatever number it gave you.

Finally, type select "assign letter J", replacing J with whatever letter you chose.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...d-beda4bab2671

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Hello,

Just a few minutes ago, I decided to defragment my hard drive. The defragment screen pops up and I saw a disk drive that I haven't seen before called "WINRE". I usually only see my main hard disk drive and the recovery partition when I open disk defragmenter. I was wondering what is this drive? My recovery partition is "RECOVERY (D: )" but this drive is just called "WINRE" without any partition letters.

I checked disk management to see if I could identify what this drive is, but it shows two recovery partitions now, both named "RECOVERY (D: )"

I have no idea what happened but right now I'm feeling kind of dubious about this drive.

Can someone help me know what this drive is? or to delete this "WINRE" partition?

A:Strange partition with no letter

Those are Windows Recovery partitions and they should be there and hidden. Please leave them alone and do not delete.

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I have just set up my new HP slim line 410-010 and I have keyboard issues. I thinking it goes back to the choices in selecting your keyboard configuration. I recall one of the choices was something about right handed so what ever it said is what I did. I can't type anything. When asking me to name my computer I typed in Tom and it came out as "oyw" I can't type in my email as it comes out gibberish. I am using my laptop to make this post. I am pretty much clueless about the Windows 10 operating system and I don't know how to get back to the keyboard setup and see what those choices are and find out what they mean in terms of keyboard action.

Hope anyone can help me. I am a rookie in setting up a computer
Thanks
CTO40

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I have just set up my new HP slim line 410-010 and I have keyboard issues. I thinking it goes back to the choices in selecting your keyboard configuration. I recall one of the choices was something about right handed so what ever it said is what I did. I can't type anything. When asking me to name my computer I typed in Tom and it came out as "oyw" I can't type in my email as it comes out gibberish. I am using my laptop to make this post. I am pretty much clueless about the Windows 10 operating system and I don't know how to get back to the keyboard setup and see what those choices are and find out what they mean in terms of keyboard action.

Hope anyone can help me. I am a rookie in setting up a computer
Thanks
CTO40

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I have Windows 7 RC on my Computer. It is on Drive C:

I got this Vista Recovry disk that came with the laptop, and I was going to use it to dual boot Vist with the Windows 7. The Recovery disk will ONLY install onto drive C, there is NO OTHER intallation options.

The Question: If I change the Drive letter of my Windows 7 Drive to Drive D: and then change the Empty partition to C: will my Windows 7 still be bootable? Even if I chagne the boot loader option of Windows 7 to drive D: ?

A:Change Drive letter: Partition containing OS

I have never been able to change an OS to another letter without bricking the OS. The only tutorials for doing so make it clear it is only if the OS letter has slipped.

What I would do is save externally a backup image of Win7 using an imaging software that will allow you to select where to reimage, such as Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Free Download or Macrium Reflect.

Then go ahead and do the Vista factory restore, shrink Vista partition in Disk Management, reimage Win7 to the shrunken space. Now boot the Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Win7 and possibly configure the dual boot. If not, use EasyBCD 2.0 beta in Win7 to add VIsta.

Others may have an easier idea. You'll have the backup image as a path back, so it's worth a try since Win7's drive letter is in most cases relative anyway.

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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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Hey TSF, i'm a student, and I recently bought a 500gb External Hard Drive for use with school. I also bought a PS3 and would like to add my music and movies to that. I researched about the PS3, and learnt I needed to convert the hard drive type (not sure how to describe it) to FAT32. I decided to create a partition, so the whole thing wouldnt be converted to FAT32. But after something I did (I've used Swissknife, but it didnt work, maybe thats something to do with it), one of my partitions that was previsously unallocated space turned into a primary partition. However, it wasnt labelled as healthy or as a primary partition (im just presuming it is because of the blue on the Disk Management window), and also with no drive label.

Help?

A:[SOLVED] Partition has no drive letter.

Sorry, here is a screenshot.

Im not bothered if I have to format it, as I dont have any data to lose on the HDD :)

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Hello....great forum!
my C: is a SSD Id like to have back as one disc, one partition..

The 101 mb 'unallocated' It was previously listed as " reserved system protected drive" I removed and formatted its 101 mb...back to empty, unallocated, can I lose that partition??

It shows up under disc management as a part of c...but really has no drive letter at all it just shows as C:

Many thx for ideas rick

A:SSD partition on c: sys drive. has no letter 'unallocated'

Are you currently using that C as your OS partition, if so, you need that other partition as is..

101mb is roughly the equivalent of 60 photos, your temp internet files can be 10x that amount. and its not not taking up a drive letter.

Do you really want/need that space?

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Right now computer management shows this:
I'm trying to delete the unnamed partition in disk 0 and merge it with C:\ but I keep getting the error that I can't delete it because it is marked System. How can I get around this?
 

A:Changing partition letter for system?

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I have a triple boot desktop computer with XP, Vista, and windows 7, and some storage partitions as fat 32 and ntfs types. Each operating system shows the partitions with different drive letters. From booted in the XP it is drive G, Vista is C, 7 is D, and with the 2 optical DVD/CD drives, and the 3 storage partitions, I can change those drive letters some to allow drive E to then become available for the XP system. So is there any way to change my XP from drive G to E, such as booting to the XP recovery console and using the diskpart or map commands, or some registry edit to do this change, thanks.
 

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Hi!

Problem:

I have 2 HD

1. WD Raptor 36 GB (2 partition 8GB-System, 27GB-Other)
2. WD Caviar 200 GB

With Partition Magic i have changed drive letter on 2nd HD:
F-E
G-F
and so on

I did`t touch the primary partition. The problem is when I start My Computer in Task Manager "explorer" has taken around 98% of CPU USAGE,it is the same when I creating a shortcut to one of the partition and try to open it.

I have to END PROCESS "explorer" in TASK MANAGER and run it again,and everything work fine until I run previous command.

PLEASE HELP!

Srđan
 

A:Partition Magic 8.0 -drive letter

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Hi,

I have a new HP laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits.

As I am about to tinker with the partitions, I wanted to save the MBR and the first 3 (FAT32) / 7 (NTFS) sectors of each partition, but the software I'm using to do this won't show me any info for the small active partition called "SYSTEM". I suspect it's because there's no letter assigned to it.

Do you think I can assign a letter to SYSTEM without it messing with the boot?

Thanks!

A:Can I assign a letter to the SYSTEM partition?

Sure, no problem use Disk Management for the task. I just like to give you a little warning - tinkering with the partitions is not for the faint at heart. If you want to backup the partitions, I suggest imaging as a clean and safe way.

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

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I want to assign a particular drive letter (R) to a partition on a drive for compatibility with another computer system. However when I attempt to change the drive letter using Windows Disk Management, "R" is not shown as a choice. There is no other disk shown in the listing of Volumes with the drive letter "R", and every other unassigned letter is available, so why isn't "R" shown? If indeed R is assigned to something, how can I find out what it is?

A:Can't assign a particular drive letter to a partition

Hello coffent,

You should be able to use OPTION TWO to see if "R" has already been assigned. If so, then you could use step 4 in OPTION TWO to swap the "R" drive letter with the letter the partition is currently using.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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Hi, I did stupid thing. I changed revovery partition to R:\ then I realized that recovery does not work anymore. I changed it back to original letter D:\ but still it does not work. Is there any possibility how to make it work again? One idea: When I look in Disk Managment status of Recovery disc is Healthy but missing Boot indication. Maybe when I make D:\ disc bootable again it could work, but I do not know how. Thank you everybody in advanceMichal Bokr

A:Recovery partition letter changed to R: and then back to D:

Hi @mickmag, Welcome to the HP Forum! This is a wonderful location to converse with  the community, get assistance and find tips. For you to have a rewarding experience, I would like to include the following link for your perusal and reference. First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More Usually, the recovery partition is protected and does not allow you to change the drive letter.  If you did not create your recovery media before changing the drive letter, please contact HP Support to obtain a recovery kit. Please contact HP support at Contact HP Support. To express appreciation for my post please click the ?Thumbs Up Icon?.  If my post resolves the issue you are experiencing, please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find what worked for you! 

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Hi

is really the best way to remove the drive letter to hide a parition ?
for example in a second hard disk i have another operation system (microsoft)

is the best way?
are you sure w7 will not see it?

because i run mydefrag ,an amazing defrag and it see the volume i did hide

thanks

A:is the best way remove the drive letter to hide a partition ?

Are you trying to hide your partition from windows explorer? Or from partitioning software?

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Hi there,

I used BitLocker, which, for some reason, moved all my system files into its own letter-less, 300 MB system partition (described as "System, Active, Primary Partition", and my C: drive is "Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition").

I couldn't finish setting up BitLocker, so I went with TrueCrypt which encrypted my whole C: drive successfully.

Now that letter-less partition is still there. I'm not sure if it has been encrypted (since TrueCrypt doesn't see it), nor can I verify its contents. How do I do that?

And how can I merge it back safely into my C: drive? I'm worried that TrueCrypt didn't include it in the encryption process.

Thanks in advance
 

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Hello everyone on theese awesome forums, another troll here!

The system:
Drive 1: vista boot loader, vista32, two partitions (vista on C, some stuff on D), both NTFS
drive 2: broken grub loader (never mind actually), one ntfs partition with some porn, games, and other usual stuff . named E.

so then, i copy the 7100 x64 distr into my flash drive, boot it, and install our beloved 7even into the drive 2. it does not ask me anything, write its boot loader to drive 1, lets me choose which OS to boot into each time... perfect. BUT(T):
7even named her own partition C, while drive 1 partitions became D and E. i swapped last two easily, using 7even's disk management utility. that's 1 of 3 and that's not enough. i really want 7even's partition to have the same letter as in vista. i even googled it, and didn't find any answers.
7even is still unconfigured, so it would not be a problem to reinstall it.
even more, if it's really necesarry, i can move all of drive 1's data somewhere else, so i can format it.
any help please please?

A:7even System partition letter change.

Whata drive letter would you like win 7 to have? and vista??

Ken

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Hello.I started this post in the XP forum as I was trying to downgrade to XP on a second HD with the intention of making that the main or at least having a dual boot system. Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that my system doesn't like XP so am just trying to restore Vista on the original drive.-------------------------------I have a HP m8190a system with a HP w2207 monitor.For a number of reasons, I decided to install a second HD and 2GB more RAM, with the intention of installing XP on the new drive. Which I have done, but it seems like I can't get XP to recognise any of my hardware - its all coming up generic. Drivers don't seem to help.In the XP install the drive was assigned letter D, which was also the letter for the Recovery partition on the HP Vista drive. Which, I assume, must be why when I select the HP Vista drive on the boot menu it loads XP instead of Vista. Guessing the boot info was in that section? Or could there be another reason for this?So I called HP and they are sending me the recovery disks, which should be here in 3-5 days. What I am wondering is whether this will re-format my system, as if I was reinstalling Vista? Or will it just act in place of the Recovery partition, allowing me to boot to my original drive (which is still entirely intact, just not bootable)?Also, being that I am impatiently wanting my computer back, what would happen if I used the registry to change the drive letters? So change D (XP boot drive) to N (or something) and K (Recover... Read more

A:Recovery Partition Got Reassigned A Different Volume Letter

The recovery disks will wipe everything out and restore your system to the state it was in the day that it left the factory.
The article doesn't include Vista in the list of supported OS's - but I can't see any harm in trying it anyway (but only scanned it quickly).
I'd suggest getting the hard drive out and slaving it to another machine to save your data before doing anything else - that way, should thinks get messed up, you won't have lost your data.

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Using MiniTool PartWiz, I unhid the RECOVERY (F: ) partition. Is it safe to change the drive letter to (E: )? Will it still work?

A:Change drive letter of RECOVERY partition?

Yes. As long as you don't change the starting sector of the recov partition. A letter is just an alias. It won't damage anything.

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I have a multiboot system with Win XP thru Win10 over 2 separate(non-raid) SDD's. I mostly live in Win 7, But Win10 is looking really good now.
On the drive with Win7, I have that Reserved System partition. Somehow over time it received a drive letter D:.
Will it cause any trouble if I remove just the drive letter from this partition? I do NOT want to delete it. Just want to free up some space in Windows Explorer. I can't use that little partition for anything so why see it everyday? I'm not sure on which partition my MBR/bootloader in located. If it is in this little partition, and I remove the letter, will I have problems booting on the next re-boot?
I use EasyBCD as my bootloader program. I have a copy loaded in each OS.
Thoughts/ Suggestions?

Next somewhat related question. In each Win install the drive letters get mixed up. for example I have a large Data HDD with no OS on it. In Win 7 it has drive letter M:, in Vista it is L:, in Win 8.1 it is S:
While working in each OS can I change the DATA HDD drive letter, and not have a problem in another OS?

Thanks everyone!

A:Drive Letter for Reserved Win 7 partition can be removed?

It should not a have letter, remove it.

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I want to do file check but its telling me to give each partition a drive letter

When I either right click partition or click partition at top "change letter" is not higlighted.

If I use Label it says it will wipe out anything on that partition which I obviously dont want

can anyone help please?

A:How do I assign drive letter in Partition Wizard

Hello, you can go to computer management and do it from there.

Click start, type computer management form there click disk management then right click drive you want to change and choose your options.

Hope this helps.

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Ok i know this sounds stupid (hey, it's windows) but how do I end up with 7 primary partitions? I thought you could only have 4. Anyway, one of my partitions no longer has a drive letter so I can't access anything on it. I'm unable to right click it in disk Management to add one, the option is grayed out (see pic).

1st partition = 100MB win7 boot
2nd partition = the windows OS on it's own 50G partition
3rd partition = 50G FreeBSD Unix (this is a multi-boot system)
4th partition = 500G data partition, the one that lost it's drive letter D:.
5th, 6th, and 7th partitions are Linux partitions and the last one looks like an extended partition by the green outline.

I've used this system successfully since last year when win7 came out. It's worked pretty good but all of a sudden it lost the drive letter for the 500G data partition. I have no idea what happened or how to get it back. Any ideas?

A:Can't add drive letter to partition, have 7 primary partitions

Shot in the dark:

As you said, you can only have 4 Primary Partitions. I suspect that Windows knows this and is therefore saying "Well that can't be right" and assuming its made a mistake and won't let you assign drive letters.

If you get it down to 4 partitions again, it will probably let you assign letters.

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

Thx!
 

A:Solved: XP Partition Drive Letter Problems

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i just reinstalled my WHOLE computer ...

i had a 80GB hard drive...and now decided to partition it... 40GB each .... question is now....

i got the main partition with the Windows installation in it as the C drive...and the 2nd partition as the I:\ drive ....

how do i change it to the D drive? there is only one hard drive installed....
 

A:hard drive partition letter associations?

oh yea, i did have another hard drive installed, transferred my backup files, and took it out ...

and, any way i can change the letters of the CDROM drives?

ive tried TweakUI (or Powertoys for winXP)

and this is now WinXP Pro SP1 (soon to be SP2 before I do anything else...might as well get it installed on a fresh install so i dont run into problems ....)
 

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I am hoping someone here will know what I should do.

I installed an old partition I imaged ready to put on a new hard-drive. I need to make it so the system does not see it as drive letter "C" as that is not what it was originally (particularly when the programs on it were installed). I boots up fine most of the way but then when it gets to "Preparing your Desktop" it hangs for a long while and when it comes out of that, it dispays "This version of Windows is not genuine"

I should sat at this point, My copy of Windows is genuine.

Is there a way I can change the drive letter of this partition back to the value the installations on it expect as at the moment it thinks it is "C:" which I believe is what is causing the problem

The old partition I am installing did not have the drive letter "C", it had "O". I know this was a bad mistake to make but it is too late to change now. This is the partition I used that has the most programs installed which are useful for my uni coursework. I can start afresh but would rather not spend all that time at the pc basically waiting for each installation process to run.
 

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Preamble:

I keep my system in one partition and documents in a second on drive 0.

Recently, i attempted to set up xp in even another paritition. That's a whole other story. I ran into trouble, gave up, ended with a fouled up boot manager and decided to reinstall windows 7 from the install cd.

Before reinstalling windows, I made a partition on a second, exterior hard drive and backed up my documents partition in it.

Problem:

With Windows reinstalled and with the exterior hd connected, the partition with the documents does not show up in My Computer. It does, however, show up in Disk Management. But it has no drive letter. And if you open the right click menu on that partition, everything is greyed out except "delete partition" and "help."

Maybe I neglected to assign a drive letter on the back up partition? But wouldn't the system do that automatically? Maybe the drive letter assigned by the system conflicts with a drive letter on the inside hd?

How do I rescue my backed up documents?

A:Cannot access backed up partition because no drive letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post a snapshot of a fullscreen Disk Management Window:

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

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

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I see this has not been updated for a long time.  I just bought an HP laptop, and I have the same problem.  But the laptop has Win 10 Homne installed so, as I understand it, I don't need the 15 gb of OEM Recovery as d:, do I?

A:Re: Changing the Drive letter of the Recovery Partition

Hi, Well, that is your last resource to perform a Recovery when your machine goes bad. You can make recovery media (DVD's or USB) and keep in a safe place. After that you can delete D: (even not recommended). Regards.

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