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Boot Drive letter, recovery partion stole C

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by applesfaceman, Jun 23, 2010.

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  1. applesfaceman

    applesfaceman Thread Starter

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    I reformatted a crappy gate way which has a recovery partition, but it would not reformat the rigth way, when i went to set up windows, Push the next button, i big white box went over everything and that was that, i reformatted 3 times and it kept doing it, so i got a winxp pro disk and did it this way, everything works geat, but now, that damn partition is taking my drive letter C, and i have already read the thing from microsoft about regedit, i did it and i could not load windows, it froze after Loadined winxp, mouse moved but nothing happend, i reformatted again... still taking my drive letter.. please help, if i have to reformat one more time, i wish for it to be the last, and my drive letters to be right.. HELP!! THANKS
     
  2. applesfaceman

    applesfaceman Thread Starter

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    when i change in computer managment it says
    windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume
     
  3. TheOutcaste

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    Trying to use the recovery partition would have set it active. If it doesn't complete successfully, the active flag doesn't get removed.

    If the recovery partition isn't working, just delete it.

    If you want to keep the recovery partition, you'll need to use a 3rd party tool to create the XP partition and set it active (aka as Boot Flag).
    A Gparted Live CD is what I would use for this, create the partition you want to use with XP, but don't format it.
    Then make sure you set the Boot flag on that partition, and it's not set on the Recovery partition.
     
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