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Solved: C drive reads F

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  1. 1ets

    1ets Thread Starter

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    I dumped my main harddrive and reinstalled Windows XP. Now my main drive is F and my second harddrive (used for storage) reads C. How can I correct this ??
     
  2. norton850

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    There may be a way to edit the registry but if there is I don't know how to do it. The problem you have is a "feature" of XP. I think the "easiest" way to correct this is to disconnect all other drives -- the other HD, zip drives etc. just leave what you want as your boot drive, reformat and reinstall windows. Or to live with it. I did for quite some time.
     
  3. 1ets

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    I was afraid that was going to be the answer to my query but.....many thanx anyway.
     
  4. onsite

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    this happened to me with a customers PC , I think there was a memory card left in a card reader durring the install. The long and the short is , if you just installed windows, reinstall windows again. Maybe unplug the card reader, i tried the edit route, since just about all the registry keys are short cuts to HKLM AND HKEY USERS. It is a lot of editing, and may still not work right. I think the other drives it is easy, it is just changing the boot drive , from what i remember, could be remebering wrong.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    It is possible to change the system drive letter, however I recommend you do not do so. This is for two reasons.

    1 It is an involved process that requires at least a moderate level of computer skill.

    2 Most apps will need to be reinstalled anyway. This is because when you install an app, it installs files to it own folder AND it installs files to the winnt and or winnt/system32 folder. When the app looks for the .dll files on "F" and you have changed the path to "C" the app will not run.

    The best advise was posted by norton; either reinstall or live with it. If you really really want to change a system drive letter, here are the instructions.

    Change the System/Boot Drive Letter
    WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    Make a full system backup of the computer and system state.
    Log on as an Administrator.
    Start Regedt32.exe.
    Go to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

    Click MountedDevices.
    On the Security menu, click Permissions.
    Verify that Administrators have full control. Change this back when you are finished with these steps.
    Quit Regedt32.exe, and then start Regedit.exe.
    Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

    Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:".
    Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename.

    Note You must use Regedit instead of Regedt32 to rename this registry key.
    Rename it to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\Z:".

    This frees up drive letter C.
    Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:".
    Right-click \DosDevices\D:, and then click Rename.
    Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter "\DosDevices\C:".
    Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, and then name it back to "\DosDevices\D:".
    Quit Regedit, and then start Regedt32.
    Change the permissions back to the previous setting for Administrators (this should probably be Read Only).
    Restart the computer.
     
  6. 1ets

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    Many thanx for all for their help.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    I recommend the "start over" method. ;)
     
  8. onsite

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    areed, i knew it was something, and a heavey reg edit like that may come back to haunt you.
     
  9. 1ets

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    Thanx a lot guys. How do I mark my thread as completed ??
     
  10. crjdriver

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    You can mark your own thread as solved using thread tools at the top of the page.
     
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