Solved: Drive letter re-assign

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I have just re-installed Windows (XP). For some inexplicable reason, (the computer has two hard drives) it has re-assigned drive letters. It calls the boot disk drive "E" and the other HD drive "C".

Note that it is booting correctly, which comes as a surprise as I thought it always HAD to boot from drive "C". Looking at the properties shows the boot drive as drive 0 and the other (now called "C") as drive 1.

Can I simply re-assign the drive letters using Disk Manager, or will this cause problems.
 
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This is one of those times when you do what instinct + common sense tells you (and change drive letters) and see what happens.All part of the learning curve, (called in later times , Experience) LOL.

JeffM

P.S. Personally , I'd go for it
 
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No. It will not boot or run if you change the system drive letter (it won't allow it, anyway). It assigned E: to the drive because you had other partitions and a CD-ROM that used the other letters. Other drives are best disconnected before installing to prevent this. You need to wipe the drive and reinstall to get C: as the drive letter.
 

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No. It will not boot or run if you change the system drive letter (it won't allow it, anyway). It assigned E: to the drive because you had other partitions and a CD-ROM that used the other letters. Other drives are best disconnected before installing to prevent this. You need to wipe the drive and reinstall to get C: as the drive letter.

I tried re-assigning and as you said it won't let me. I think I will leave it as it is. It's not really causing any problems. I will give the drives a name just so I won't accidentally copy to the wrong drive.

I could have sworn I removed all partitions on the main drive when installing. I must be getting tired. I have been trying to get these problems sorted for several days now. Maybe time to put it aside for a while.

Thanks for your help.
 
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Yes, that is the best solution. It takes a while to get used to, but in the long run it makes no difference. There are a few apps, though, that will insist on using C: as your system drive and you may not be able to convince them otherwise. There are surely replacements for those few.

Drive letters are really not much needed any more. Vista has the option to get rid of them altogether and use a name for identification, as you mentioned.
 
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