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xp reinstall on drive E (formerly drive C) or change system volume letter

Q: xp reinstall on drive E (formerly drive C) or change system volume letter

Hi,

Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I tried diskpart using ERD commander, seemed to work but when I rebooted nothing was changed. I can't load the registry since windows isn't recognized so I can't change them from there either.

So now I think that all I'm left with is using the XP DVD to reinstall the OS, but I can't install it on C since it's the recovery partition (7000MB in size), so I don't have many options, I must install it on E... (there's D too but I wish to keep it intact).

Would it be a problem?

Does anyone know of a way to change the partition letters? (knowing that I can't load the registry in a live CD and that doing diskpart from a cmd prompt in a live CD didn't change anything).

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Preferred Solution: xp reinstall on drive E (formerly drive C) or change system volume letter

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I have just got a new hard drive, loaded Windows XP, and installed all the programs/drivers that I needed, all was well and good, until I notice that what should be the C drive, is actually the G drive

I didn't think it could be done, I know you can drive other drive letters in but trying to change the boot drive letter, you get the following message "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume".....

Found this online, which Iím happy to try, but not too sure to be honest.

Any advice would be welcomed; otherwise next week when Iím at work again Iíll start the tedious process of re-installing everything!

Thanks very much, lanks
 

A:Solved: How can i change the system volume drive letter?

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i'm going to clone my ide hdd (current master, os installed) onto a sata hdd and use the sata as the master and format the ide one. But would i still be able to run windows as i have an oem version and am not sure about how it fares with changing hardware. Also, how would i change the new drive to being detected as C:, so that all my shortcuts would still work.

thanks
 

A:reinstall, change drive letter?

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how can i change the drive letter of my boot volume
 

A:change the drive letter of boot volume

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Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

Under xp pro is possible but I haven't try under windows 7 64 bits.

xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

P.D. I have seen a pair of post in this forum but I was not able to determine....

A:Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

It seems to be the same. But why on earth did you want to do this.

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I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here. 
Thanks!

A:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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Hello, first of all thanks to anyone that trys to help.

Here is my problem. I recieved a HDD for christmas and I wanted to install Windows XP onto it. So I took the existing HDD and swapped the jumper settings and cables to slave and set the new HDD to Master. I installed Windows XP onto the new HDD. Now I want to change the drive letter of the new Windows installation from F:\ to C:\. I already changed the old letter C:\ to letter J:\. But I can't seem to change F:\ to C:\. I have tried doing this with PartionMagic 8.0.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:How do I change the System Drive Letter

The problem is that when you installed the old drive
had already been allocated drive C.
Windows will not allow you to change the system drive.
In order to get around it,you will need to reinstall
with the slave drive disconnected.
Since you have changed the original drive,
you may not have to disconnect it but a
reinstall is needed to make your system drive C.

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I have Win 7 running from C: drive and another Win 7 from D: drive (pro versions with different languages).

I have to change the boot drive in the BIOS of the motherboard, each time I want to switch the OS (rarely).

I bought an SSD recently, switched to the D: boot, connected it over USB and used the supplied Samsung disk mirroring utility to move the system to the 840 PRO automatically (it's obviously used D: as the current system drive).

Then, I have removed all of the old drives (C: and D: ) and installed the SSD in place of C: drive.

The system booted fine, except for the "temporary user profile" warning. The SSD have the C: letter.

Using regedit, I have fixed the "temporary user" issue (renaming the .bak profile entry and correcting the user path inside).

Then, using the regedt33 app, I have replaced all of the "D:/"s to "C:/"s in the registry and rebooted.

The system seem to work fine on the surface (surely, except for some shortcuts).

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My question is: what else should I check, to make sure the system is in perfect shape now? One of the ideas - search for any "D:/"s in the files on the disk (configs). Does anybody know of any Windows 7 config files, I have to take care for explicitly? Another idea is to run some system integrity checking app - could you recommend any?

Just please, don't use the "clean install" words in your answer, I'm fed up with that Google search result already.

A:Change system drive letter

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System Just do settings after OS transfer. If has great info on what you should do to make the system perfect after transfer.

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Does anyone know if it's possible to change the system drive letter?

I reinstalled WinXP on a system with Win98 already on it. WinXP was assigned the drive letter H, the letters between C and H being used for for various IDE devices.

Of course Device Manager/Drive Management does not allow one to change the system drive.

Thanks,

Robert.
 

A:How to change SYSTEM drive letter

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Hello

I have:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb - Unformatted
I want:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sdb0 - F:\ System-reserved user data
I get to:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb0 - X:\ Unused User data (NTUSER.DAT etc)

And this on a lot of PC's that have been installed falsely and have been delivered.

The partitioning works like a charm, but I cannot find a way to change drive letters externally. Internally would not work of course, since any user I log in to will have his system-reserved data on drive letter F:\

Does anyone have an idea?

Regards,
Andreas

A:Change system-reserved drive letter

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ciscam


Hello

I have:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb - Unformatted
I want:sda0 - Windows
sdb0 - System-reserved user data
I get to:sda0 - C:\ Windows
sda1 - F:\ System-reserved user data (NTUSER.DAT etc)
sdb0 - X:\ Unused User data (NTUSER.DAT etc)

And this on a lot of PC's that have been installed falsely and have been delivered.

The partitioning works like a charm, but I cannot find a way to change drive letters externally. Internally would not work of course, since any user I log in to will have his system-reserved data on drive letter F:\

Does anyone have an idea?

Regards,
Andreas


Hello , It seems to me that your trying to change drive letters. If that's the case follow this guide..
Change, add, or remove a drive letter

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hi
pls help
presently my windows Xp sp2 is installed in drive E.
I want to apply a patch to a software......for security reasons
but the patch is only applicable to C which should be boot drive.........but my boot drive is E
wat can i do?
i just wanted to change drive litter from e to c, without reboot i'll apply patch, then i'll change it back to e!
can i use partition magic 8 for this purpose!!

please help!! reply to my doubts!!!!

A:How to change System/Boot drive letter???pls help

Instructions to change a drive letter here,http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 onto a computer that was running Windows 7. I installed it onto the secondary partition, D:\. I assumed Windows would automatically switch the drive letters around to make the System Drive C:\. It didn't.

How can I change the system drive letter without breaking everything and without a complete reinstall? I've tried the obvious method of 'just' changing the drive letter but that ended with the PC not being able to boot at all.

If some one can enlighten me I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance .

osholt

A:Change System Drive letter without breaking PC

I would try changing the Drive letter to C: and then run Startup Repair - you may need to run it up to 3 times.

Startup Repair

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So here's the problem. Had a nice clean install of XP Home running perfectly on a new P4 Canterwood system, with an old Maxtor HD. Thought I'd upgrade to an 80 GB WD Caviar special edition. Installed the new HD, initialized and formatted thru disk management into two partiitons, which were assigned G and H (C, D old HD; E, F, CD/RW). Copied all of C to G, using the WD Data lifeguard tools.

Reconfigured the WD from slave to master, and tried to boot into XP, figuring no problem, since entire content of the old C drive had been copied; no go. Boot hung every time at the blue Windows XP screen, after the black XP boot screen w/ the green running bar indicator. not promising.

So I do a repair reinstall. The path shown for the current installation is C:\Windows, as I'd expect since the new HD was the only drive connected. Repair reinstall goes smoothly, boots fine, most settings are saved, so far so good; but then I notice that NONE of the installed programs will run, because path names can't be found. Also found it odd that in Windows Explorer view, all of the folder ocons that should be on the left pane were missing. The names of the folders, discs etc were still there, but no icons.

Very strange. I go back to disk management, and lo and behold, XP has carried over the name of the first partition as G!! Not surprising that nothing will run, when all apps are still looking for a C:\ path, and the actual boot/system drive letter is G. So I try to rename G: to C:, only to ... Read more

A:Need to change boot/system drive letter

I suggest you try the copy again, using the WD tools to copy the image over. You will spend a lot more time screwing around with getting the registry correct than it'll take to do another copy. :)

Don't boot the old system after the copy with the new disk still attached as slave. Once the copy ends, turn off the system, put the new disk in as master, and boot it up.

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Is there a way too change the system drive letter, without having to reinstall windows? If there is what is it?

A:[SOLVED] System Drive Letter Change?

Erm, this is marked solved with no responses.

Changing the drive letter is a bad idea. Having something other than C:\ as the boot drive is very inconvenient, but the risk IMO is too high. Many applications do not work after the drive letter change process.

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I've installed Windows 8 starting the installer from Win8 RP and I've just noticed that it picked up the drive letters from the old system. Now my system drive is Y instead of C , because in the old system that partition was Y.
If I try to change the drive letter in the Drive Management it gives an error.
Does anyone know how to change system drive letter in Windows 8 RTM?

A:How to change system drive letter in Windows 8 RTM?

This can definitely be a pain. I believe this article may help:

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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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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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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A mate of mine bought an old dell at a car boot sale for €20 it had 20 gig pata running xp so i had an 80 gig ide which i said he could have
Anyhow i connected 80 gig up as slave on primary controller and installed xp pro on it for him
After installation i removed the 20 gig and put 80 gig on master on primary,i dont know why i didnt do this at start,but damage was done
I am getting quick message saying invalid bootini but then machine continues to boot with no problems after that
The issue i now have is the system partition is assigned drive letter D instead of C
How can i change os partition to C

Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Change drive letter on system partition

Remove all drives except the System Drive (previous D:) which is on the Primary Master controller with the jumper pins set to Master, and restart the computer. The System drive will now be C: Now shut down the computer and add the 20 Gb drive on either the Secondary Master controller with the jumper pin set to Master or with the jumper set to Slave as a Slave Drive on the primary chain, on restart it should be the D: drive.

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Dear All,
I just install al dual boot of winxp and win2003 ent. winxp is at the primary partition as C: and win2003 at 1st logical partition as d:. after installing it work fine. but after I do the windows update and patch to the most updated and reboot the system. to log into winxp it still function will but after boot into win2003 it showing error msg. it due to currently the win2003 drive letter change from the d: become c: now. so it make the system file unable to locate the correct win2003 file. because currently win2003 file already the drive letter with c: and the winxp file become d:. but the win2003 OS still keep on looking it own file at the d: path. any one here facing this kind of problem before? any way to solve it or change the win2003 file drive letter to become d: again? thank you
 

A:Drive letter auto change in win2003 make system error

Right click on My Computer on your desktop and choose manage, in the new screen that pops up choose for Disk Management and richt click on the disk you want to change the drive letter from, first change it to something like E so the C is empty. Then change the D to C and E to D again!

Good Luck!
 

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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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Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder

Hello,

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

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

thanks for any ideas.

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

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

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

Good luck.
 

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

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

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

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

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

Help.

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

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

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

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

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

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

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

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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

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

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

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

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

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

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

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

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

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I'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 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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I deleted my existing OS then created two new partitions on the same drive. Then I installed Vista on one partition and that partition was properly named "c" as ususal. Then I started Win7 setup.exe from a different hard drive and let Win7 install itself into its own partition. When I got to "My Computer" the Win7 partition was labelled as "I" instead of the expected "C" which had never happend before when I did the same thing.

Does anyone know a save way to label the Win 7 drive as "C" while in Win7?

Thanks.

fafner

A:How to change drive letter for boot drive?

In the search box, type "Computer Management". From iwithin computer management select disk management and you will see the ability to change drive letters. I don't know if this might mess up your ability to boot though.

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Hi,

I have a problem, that sometimes, after installing Win XP (SP-1), I find the OS installed to another drive then C:.

The machines I've had this problem with, had one (new, empty) harddisk, and a CD-ROM burner installed. The harddisk was always more then 100GB in size.
Usualy the CD-burner would get E: and the harddisk would get F:
I haven't been able to find out why C: and D: is not available from boot.

But is there an easy way to change the drive-letter, once it's been assigned?

I'm looking forward for your replies.

Best reards,
 

A:Change drive-letter for XP boot drive?

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I have Windows 7 installed on an SSD 128 GB drive but I'm upgrading the drive to an SSD 256 GB. But at the same time I want to keep the newly installed drive letter as C: like the old one so I can use "C: only" software.

My present hard drives are:

Primary Windows 7 128GB SSD - labeled C:
ASUS DVD Optical - labeled D:
WD 1TB Internal Storage - labeled E:
Seagate 800GB External Storage - labeled F:

When I tried to reboot with the new drive plugged in, Windows 7 recognized the system image from my internal storage E: drive but in the System Recovery Options menu, the storage's letter suddenly changed to C:...

How do I keep the NEW 256GB installed drive as C:? Is it possible to change the primary drive letter in Windows 7 Disk Management back to C: after a primary SSD drive switch and system image recovery?

A:Want to change Primary SSD drive but keep Drive letter at C:

Robinsongs, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

If you install the new ssd in your d slot after restoring your image to the SSD, your bios will normally allow you to
select the boot drive. which you can select as the new SSD.

I would remove the old C drive and place the new ssd in the old C slot. Should be ok.

This way when you boot your machine the bios should automatically boot from your new ssd.
If you have restored your old c image to the new ssd properly.

Bios normally allows you to select boot devices.

Rich

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Hi, I have an Asus n61 notebook & a 1tb WD external drive connected via esata. I want my notebook to recognize the drive as G, for program pathway reasons, but as it needs to be connected before power up my system sees it as F. When I try to 'change drive letter' in Disk Management it simply says 'the parameter is incorrect'. I have never had problems assigning drive letters in XP. What is the secret in W7?
Thanks.
 

A:Can't change drive letter for external drive

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How to change the system/boot drive letter in XP

If you break a mirror volume or for some other reason the drive letter of your system and/or boot drive gets changed so that the drive now has the wrong letter (not the one assigned to it when you installed the OS), you'll find that the Disk Manager won't let you change the letter of those drives. This is to protect you from making changes that render the OS unbootable, and you should make those changes only if the drive let gets changed as described above. To do so, you have to edit the registry. Be sure to back it up first.
Log on with an administrative account.


Click Start | Run and type regedt32.exe to open the registry editor.
Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM
In the right pane, click MountedDevices.
On the Security menu, click Permissions and ensure that Administrators have full control.
Close regedt32.exe and run regedit.exe. Navigate back to the same registry key.
Locate the drive letter you want to change (such as \DosDevices\C:), right click it and select Rename.
Rename it to the letter you want it to have (such as \DosDevices\D:).
Close regedit.exe and run regedt32.exe again to change the permissions on the key back to Read Only.
You'll need to restart the computer for the change to take effect. Be very careful about renaming drive letters of system/boot drives.

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I run WinXP on a pc with 2 hard drives, and an external hard drive for back-ups. It was working perfectly.
Recently I had the 10Gb C: drive replaced with an 80Gb one.
When I formatted and re-installed XP the Drive letters were haywire - C: had become H:.
My supplier came and unplugged the second hard drive and I re-installed XP which then showed correctly as C: He then revisited and reconnected the second hard drive but it did not show in My Computer, though he said the computer recognised a second volume.
After he'd retreated, saying he was baffled, I just thought I'd restart again and, to my delighted surprise, the two drives both then showed up in 'My Computer'
BUT now, in Computer Management, D: is called a USB Removable Storage Drive and the external drive has no drive letter, and is viewed as a Logical Drive. If I double-click on it the menu is greyed-out except for 'Delete Partition'. If I click that it warns that deleting the partition will lose all data which I certainly don't want to do, although I can't now access it.
If I disconnect the external drive the D: drive disappears from My Computer..
How can I get the computer to label the drives correctly and make all 3 accessible?

Thanks for reading this and for any help.
 

A:No Drive letter & Volume Mix-up

Lisa-Marya said:



I run WinXP on a pc with 2 hard drives, and an external hard drive for back-ups. It was working perfectly.Click to expand...

solve them one at a time; keep the USB in the box (ie disconnected) until
your C:\ & D:\ are correct -- THEN address the USB issue.
 

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I'd appreciate some help. I'm setting up 2 x Western Digital RE4?s in RAID 1 for Data Storage in a Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit system that is using a single SSD for the OS.


The two RE4?s have been set up in the option ROM and when the OS completes startup, Rapid Storage Technology indicates that the drives were set up correctly in RAID 1.

The drives have been initialized. However, the RAID Volume is not being seen by the OS.
Here?s what I?ve tried: I right-click on ?Computer?, left-click on ?Manage? which takes me into Computer Management. I then left-click on disk management which provides a graphic on the right side of the screen of the unallocated RAID volume. Right-clicking on the unallocated graphic provides the choice of: ?New Simple Volume?, ?New Spanned Volume?, ?New Striped Volume?, ?New Mirrored Volume?, ?Properties?, and ?Help?. Note: ?Change drive letter and path? is NOT available as an option.
From there, I?m not sure how to proceed. The graphical representation of the unallocated volume is the RAID Array. I don?t want to create another RAID 1 Volume.
Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Sndz

A:No Drive Letter For RAID 1 Volume

Hi,

You need to select New Mirrored Volume.

RAID0 = striped
RAID1 = mirrored

Regards,
Golden

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Hello All,

Thanks for your time.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks again for your time.
 

A:WIN XP Reinstall HDD Drive Letter changed!

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

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Hello everyone,
So, due to audio problems....I decided to just revert to my old XP64. At first I was gonna try to dual-boot, but the fly in the ointment was all I had was an image on my external HD, which has about 100G of other stuff on it. My disc drive would not for the life of me burn an ISO image on any of my three DVD types. And the process of trying to find how to fix the drive problem and/or create just a bootable PARTITION on a HD without effecting everything else just drove me insane...which is kind of where I am now. After a week now I just have to get back to my project. lol And if that means no fancy windows 7 internet experience......

BUT HERE'S THE THING. In my frenzied state, I think I may have screwed up my MBR, but idk. I hope I can explain this right.

At one point, while attempting a dual-boot scenerio workaround, I shrunk partition C and created a new 5G partition at the end of it. After that:

In EaseUS, I assigned it letter B and I set it to active, figuring it was to be bootable (wrong, I know). Additionally near the same time in Folder Properties, I unhid system files, folders...etc.

NOW the System drive showed as F! Then, attempting to use EasyBCD, it told me it could not find the BCD files to begin. So, naturally it had to do with that.I thought maybe it should have been B, but why would Ease US give me that letter option?

After showing Easy BCD the file it seems to be OK....there. Also in Startup & Recovery it is listed in Syste... Read more

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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?

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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yo. when i baught my computer it came with a card reader. the slots in the card reader were for some reason assigned the drive letters c: e: f: and g:. This resulted in the computer assigning my hard drive the letter h:. This is very annoying because when i anstall programs etc. i have to change the default path of installation. I have tried to use computer management > disk management, but when i try to change the drive letter it states:"Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume"screenshot of my predicamentAll i want is to change the drive letter from h: to c:I hope this doesnt turn out that i have to remove the card reader manually then install it again after i have assigned my hard drive the letter c:Please assist...

A:Cannot Change Drive Letter

I hope this doesnt turn out that i have to remove the card reader manually then install it again after i have assigned my hard drive the letter c:Bingo!!.... That's your best bet.It's only going to take 5 minutes of your time.[Added Info]While you're at it, check the pins on your hard drives and make sure the one you want to have as drive C is set as the master.

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On a Win 2000 Professional, how do you change the drive letter of a CD-ROM drive? I know it's somewhere in device manager but I'm not sure where. Please advise.

-Jarrad

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"The more I pretend... The more others believe."
 

A:CD-ROM Drive Letter Change

Right click on the My Computer Icon and select manage (about halfway down the list)

Open up the storage section and go into disk management.

Right click on the drive you want to change and you will get a menu so that you can change the drive letter.
 

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I have a triple boot system:

C - Win7 Ultimate - SSD array
D - Data - WD 640 spinner 1
E - Win7 Pro - 1st partition on WD 640 spinner 2
F - Win7 Enterprise - 2nd partition WD 640 spinner 2

Using Acronis True Image 2010, I keep 2 images of each OS on D.

I'd like to put an image of C onto E, then make some changes to it. I think I tried this back in the Vista beta days, but can't recall if I ever got it to work, tempted to say "no".

Any suggestions appreciated.

A:Change Drive letter

What do you want help with here?

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I have done a Clean Install of XP.
Unfortunately, I went through the Setup with a Flash Drive on my USB port.
Thus the Setup program selected E: as the Drive letter for my Root Drive and not C:.

Can I change this to C: without going through the Setup again?

Suggestions?

A:How to Change Drive Letter from E:\ to C:\

If you already have windows installed on E:, then NO, you can't change it.

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Hi, so I've done a whoopsie. I had windows 7 on a SSD drive, assigned C: by windows 7, but it was full so I decided I'd clone it onto a bigger SSD drive using Acronis Disk Director. Went swimmingly I thought, both drives contained the same data. I wasn't too sure what my next step ought to be, whether acronis will have sorted it so that my new SSD now has the orginal SSD's drive letter or not. If it did, it will be mean a simple transition. But you guessed it, it left the drive letters the same, so when I booted up, it loaded from the orginal SSD. I then changed the original SSD drive letter, and used EasyBCD to remove the original boot and create a new one with the new SSD.
Unfortunate now when I boot up Windows 7 I get a Preparing Your Desktop message for a couple of mins, but it's then followed by a screen with a cursor but no desktop icons or taskbar. It also seemed unresponsive to keyboard strokes. Any ideas?

A:Need to change a drive letter from outside the OS

Boot into safe mode and press CNTRL-ALT-DEL. Select the task manager and select file and run.
Enter explorer.exe. When the explorer opens see what drive letter windows is using as the system disk.
Then select regedit and navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine\System\Mounteddevices.
Look for \DOS\Devices\?: where the ? is the drive letter that the system was using. Change it to C:
First look to see if there is another \DOS\Devices\C:, if there is, change that letter to an unused letter before
changing the system used drive letter to C:

Reboot and you should be all set.
You will also need to reset the system restore because it will have a drive C: that it can't find.

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Hi people,

I need to install win3.1 to run an old application. I have tried using DosBox and running 3.1 within that but it is waaay too slow I need w3.1 to be installed clean on it's own drive C: then install the old app for a dual boot system with XP.

I currently have XP-home installed on C:

Is there any way I can change that XP drive assignment to D: and create a new partition to use as C: for the win3.1 install? Win3.1 will only install to a drive C: as will the old app.

I checked the following link but am not sure that it will do what I want to effectively move XP to drive D:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

Thanks

Dave
 

A:Change XP drive letter to D: help??

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Ok I have xp, and I plugged in a external harddrive. It at first named it drive E. then at some point it was changed to F and a CD drive is now named E.
my problem now is I cant change the name of the CD drive that is named it as it doesnt show up in the disk management options.

I have a video game in stalled on the flash drive I want to play but cant due to the file letter being different, as well as I cant uninstall it since it cant find the files to uninstall

here is what I see

I want to change the name of the drive circled in red

but when i got to disk management it isnt there


any help would be great thanks

A:drive letter change help

try something simple first... go into bios and select reset to defaults see if that works for you!

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When I installed XP on a new build computer my hard drive installed as Drive I:.
I think it is because I had a USB hub connected.
Is it possible to to change this drive to drive C:?
 

A:Change drive letter

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i want to change a HDD drive letter from F to D, this drive has games and apps installed on it, will those still run ok after i change the letters?

FYI the OS is on a seperate drive C
 

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I'm trying to change the letter of the drive, and I followed these official instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

BUT, "Assign the following drive letter:" is unselectable/uncheckable. How can I change the drive letter if I can't do this? Thanks.

Screenshot: http://www.techsupportforum.com/atta...1&d=1229279952

I need to change it because Flash won't install because my drive isn't C. This is according to the Adobe website.

A:Can't change the drive's letter

You can't change the drive letter of a system partition. More importantly you DON'T want to change it. Here's why: everything, all your settings in the registry (like where it says to load drivers, programs, and everything) refers to drive J: ATM. If you were somehow successful in changing the drive letter, you'd probably get a BSOD at startup because it's failing to find critical files to load.
The only solution (and it's really more trouble than the problem) is to reinstall the OS from scratch on a C: drive (first primary partition on first internal hard drive).

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I have Windows installed on my SSD and have some installed some programs on my other drive which is partitioned. I have already removed the drive letter (D) from the system reserved 100mb partition on the other hard drive (it used to have windows installed on it).

So now my partitions/drive letters read C, E, F, G but I want them to be C, D, E, F.

The programs are installed on on F which I want to rename E, will the appropriate registry changes be made if I change the drive letters using Disk Management?

IT does say "change drive letter and path" so I am thinking it will work but just want to be sure. Thanks.

A:OK to change drive letter?

in 7 you can just get rid of the drive letters. name each drive for what they contain, then go to folder options in control panel and uncheck show drive letters. easier than trying to be sure that all paths updated.

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