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Jynx

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I've just installed XP onto my new hard drive without a hitch, but what I thought was my C: drive is showing up as my G: drive! Here's what's up:

IDE 0: 30 G (master), CD-ROM (slave)
IDE 1: 8 G 'GAMES' (master), 3 G 'TEMP' (slave)

When I started the installation, the 30 G drive was unformatted and unpartitioned, so I partitioned it, formatted it as NTFS, and installed Win XP on it. The other two drives already had data on them, and are FAT32 drives.

Now, when I look at "My Computer", my 30G drive is the last drive letter (even behind the CD-ROM), even though it's in the primary slot on IDE-0! Can anyone tell me why, and how to change it into the C: drive?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Hmm.... Odd. Shouldn't you have both HDDs on the primary IDE channel? I'm not sure if that makes a difference. To fix, get partition magic 7.0 or search the downloads section of www.pcworld.com for a little utility called something like "Drive Mapper"
 
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try this.
right click on my computer, select manage then select disk management.
from here you should be able to change your drive letters.
you need to have admin rights to do this though.
it'll ask for a reboot i think!
 

Jynx

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Thanks for the suggestion--unfortunately, the Drive Manager did not allow me to change the drive letter of the bootable system disk, for reasons unknown to me. Any other suggestions, or should I reinstall everything? Now would be the best time, since I haven't installed any other programs yet....

Thanks,

--J
 
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the part in the thread above about powerquest drive mapper is the quickest route to take then!
it'll save you hours, unless your looking forward to a reinstall :-(
regards
len
 

Jynx

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Thanks for your help, guys--unfortunately, I can't find any utilities that will help, either on pcworld.com or zdnet.com! :(

I guess that my only recourse is a complete reinstall of XP -- oh well, at least I haven't installed anything on it yet!

Thanks again,

--J
 

Jynx

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Thanks for the attachment--unfortunately, the utility you sent me only changes references to a drive letter; it doesn't change the drive letter itself.

I have decided that since it's not doing me any harm, I'm just going to leave my drives alone--while it's kinda weird, I can handle having my G: drive be my default...until it's time to rebuild, of course. :)

Thanks again for everyone's help!
 

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The reason it will not allow you to change it is that if you change the boot partition and do not change all references to it throughout the registry and change the boot.ini file, your system will be hosed. NT would allow you to go ahead and change the letters, and then would give you errors on the reboot and would not boot. Even going in and changing the arc path in the boot.ini to get the system to boot, you still had hours of reinstalling apps ahead of you.

Better to just do a reinstall from scratch than to try that.

Microsoft decided to fix it so you could not change the active boot partition.

In the future, I would disconnect any additional drives before installing.
 
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