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changed hard drive letter from (C:)to(E) by mistake

By sandisteveolson ·
Hooked up a usb external hard drive and while following them limited instructions chemo brain here changed the (C:) drive to (E:) drive and now I can't reboot windows xp home obviously and can't figure out a way to get in and change it back---it didn't recognise the new drive.Pease help me to find a solution.
Thanks
Steve

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Interesting how did you manage that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to changed hard drive letter ...

As Windows will not allow that to happen. You can change every Drive Letter Except the Boot Drive.

Anyway no matter what now that it's done your only option is to perform an In place install by following the directions here

http://tinyurl.com/g4bv8

But before you do this please post back with any information if you have Windows Encrypted File System enabled if you did and do this you'll lose the encryption Key and all your data will be useless junk that is unreadable.

Col

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encrypted file system

by sandisteveolson In reply to Interesting how did you m ...

I don't know--is there a way to check that in bios settings???
I can get in there.

was trying to format an external harddrive and chemo brain here looked at the symbol for the drive instead of the actual drive.
Disk management let me change the letter in a heart-beat and now the mess I'm in.
Thanks
Steve

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windows xp

by sandisteveolson In reply to Interesting how did you m ...

We have 4 computers in the house, but all had xp factory installed and have no xp disks.
Is there a way to get it from one to the other or do I have to find a disk from someone??
Thanks
Steve

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Firstly there is no way to see if you are using EFS

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to windows xp

Unless you have Windows Open on the machine in question. But if you didn't turn on Encrypt My Files it's a fairly safe bet that you are not using this option and if you have XP Home it isn't available as an option only with XP Pro.

As for not getting any install or Recovery CD with each system this is only acceptable if there is a hidden Partition on the HDD with the Install Stuff hidden there and you can reload from there by pressing a couple of Keys at Boot Up. You'll need to read the Instruction Manual that came with the system or contact the maker.

If they are Dell, HP, Gateway or the like they will have the ability to install the OS and all Supplied Software but if they are White Boxes that is not from a named maker then by the sounds of things you have be sold Pirate M$ Product and M$ should be informed of this so that they can jump on the Pirates.

If you can get a hold of the same version of XP that is XP Home, MCE or XP Pro you can install from that CD without a problem unless you have installed a Volume License Product in which case the Product Key will be different but if there is a M$ Sticker on the side of the case with a Product Key and the version of XP installed it's fairly likely that you'll find a hidden partition on the HDD to install from or at the very least make an Install set of CD's or a DVD. Again this will be in the instruction manual.

Col

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