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Renaming Harddrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by maracles, Feb 1, 2007.

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  1. maracles

    maracles Thread Starter

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    hi,

    I have just installed a new harddrive and XP onto that harddrive. However the names of the drives have become mixed up - The drive on which the OS is installed is now e:\ and my spare drive is c:\

    Is there anyway to change this? Will it have problems for programs who paths read e/c?
     
  2. bonk

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    Howdy,

    Where about on the IDE cable is the HDD with the Operating System on......
     
  3. maracles

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    The harddrive with the OS installed is a SATA harddrive, the secondary IDE harddrive is simply storage (however it is on the first connection of the IDE cable)
     
  4. bonk

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    Change it over to the first connection and it will change the drive letter to C:
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Actually, it's not nearly that simple. The drive letter of the Windows installation is very difficult to change, especially when there are a lot of applications installed. If you installed Windows on the E: drive, it's there for the duration. To move it to C:, you'll have to re-install it.

    You need to setup the boot sequence in the BIOS so that the boot drive is the SATA drive, right now your Windows boot files are on the IDE most likely.
     
  6. bonk

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    Oh.....if only things were simple.....
     
  7. crjdriver

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    John is correct. While it is possible to change a system drive letter, it is a complex process AND most [if not all] apps will need to be reinstalled anyway.

    This is because when you install an app, it installs files to its own folder and to the windows and or windows\system32 folder. When you change the drive letter from E to C, the app looks for the files on "E" and you have changed it to C.

    There is nothing that says the system drive "must" be C. If you really really want to change it, I would do a clean install with just the one hd connected. Make sure any card reader, zip drive, external drive, etc is disconnected for the install. Reconnect them once you have finished; the os will assign the next available drive letter.
     
  8. maracles

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    Hmm ok, sounds like too much difficulty right now.

    To be honest reading about Vista recently i'm very interested in buying it - may do that this week. If I do to make sure this problem doesnt occur again I should just uninstall the IDE cable whilst installing windows yes?

    cheers for help.
     
  9. JohnWill

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    You want to also remember that anytime that Windows is installed on a drive other than the primary boot drive, it puts it's boot files on the primary boot drive. In your case, that means if you were to format drive C:, Windows would cease to boot.
     
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