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assign drive letter prior to win install

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by norton, Nov 23, 2003.

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  1. norton

    norton Thread Starter

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    I have a partitioned HDD, last time I had to format and reinstall windows xp, my operating system was "C" drive. When I reinstalled windows, the automatic selection was the next available drive letter. Is there a method of pre assigning a drive letter to an unpartitioned drive prior to windows automatically choosing for me. The drive with my operating system is now "F" drive where it used to be "C". Thanks for any advise.
     
  2. top_gizmo

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    Do you have more than one OS right now?

    There isnt any way to change the drive letter and have it stll function properly right now.

    If you were to fdisk and format, it would default back to c:\ when you reinstalled.

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  3. norton

    norton Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the info. I thought as much. If it really starts to bother me I might use ghost and then fdisk/format. Thanks again.:)
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Before the O/S is installed, there is a default method of determining the drive letters. I'm not sure how you managed to install on F: if you didn't have any other O/S installed, unless you actually specified placement there.
     
  5. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    No need to Fdisk and format with a floppy when installing Windows 2000 or XP. You can do it right from the install. It will give you an option to delete and create partitions during the install.

    BlackViper has some excellent tutorials on install Windows.

    Installing Windows XP Home

    Installing Windows XP Professional
     
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