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By mullett ·
My old hard drive went bad. I replaced it with a new one. The same brand and size. When I reinstalled Windows XP Home on my new hard drive. The system assigned the letter "E" to the hard drive and "C" to the Zip drive. I changed the Zip drive to "Z". However when I try to change the hard drive to "C" I get the message "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume". I have one hard drive in my system.
Can it be changed without reinstalling the OS?

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by rapidad In reply to Changeing letter of hard ...

Once you have installed the binaries on a hard drive windows will not allow you to change that drive designator(hdd letter) there are third party tools that can fix this but they are way expensive (sysinternals.com).
You may want to reinstall leaving off the zip drive and having the hdd as master (you did check the jumper settings on the new drive, right??) on the primary cable and the cdrom as master on the secondary cable. If you have a really new mother board you may also have to tell the bios which drive/master/secondary to boot from.
One other option is to partition the new drive as two, set the new partitioned drive as c and add the zip as some other letter. this is used on gamers boxes to keep unneccessary files from loading up the os drive and allowing program loads to grab "c" as the default drive which is their want anyway.
This can be done during the install by creating a series of small hdds during the choose partition routine and then loading the os into the last one created, 4 200 meg hdds + cdrom=5 means the drive will be "G". then after installation delete the small drives, and create a big one.

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by mullett In reply to Changeing letter of hard ...

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by cglrcng In reply to Changeing letter of hard ...

Might want to contact the maker of Letter Assigner version 1.2 as he makes a freeware utility for 95/98/ME but say's the following;

For 95/98/ME. This cool tool gives Win9x users an option that only Windows NT users have: To reassign drive letters at will! It?s as easy as can be, and also features several other drive management features. By Vadim Burtyansky. For more information, see his web site. DO NOT USE THIS IN WINDOWS XP. You don?t need to, since Win XP has this capability built in. His site is;
http://www.v72735.f2s.com/LetAssig/index.html There's a contact link there for him.

Good Luck.

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by wcp In reply to Changeing letter of hard ...

Connect only your HD and diconnect all other devices (CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, Zip drive, and so on).
This may force the Windows designate the HD as C:.
If this works, connect the devices you disconneted.

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by wcp In reply to Changeing letter of hard ...

If this does not work, boot the computer with a Windows 98 Startup disk and enter the following command at A prompt.

Fdisk /mbr

Please refer to a MS KB article Q249321 Step5.
http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=249321
Remove any spaces.

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