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hard drive letter allocation?

By bellstech ·
I recently had to change out a hard drive, during the installation with win xp pro by the way, I suppose I made a partition installation error, my new drive, which was given the drive letter f:, not c:, is not working out to well with some database driven software I use, the drive is formated with the ntfs system, drive letter c: is showing up, but I cant access it, and partition magic will not let me change the drive letter, how can I change the drive letter back to c: without having to fdisk the drive?

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by wcp In reply to hard drive letter allocat ...

Unfortunately, you CANNOT change the drive letter of System or Boot volume.

This System volume drive letter assigned to other than ?C? occurs when

1. the HD is new and
2. there is I/O drive(s) (for example, Zip drive or 7-in-1 Card Reader)

What happened was that Windows XP treated the I/O drives as hard drives and assigned one of them the drive letter ?C?.
To avoid this from happening is to disconnect the I/O drives before installing Windows XP and connect them after the installation of Windows.

You have to reinstall Windows.

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by wcp In reply to

Reference: MS KB Article 326683: Drive Letters Change Unexpectedly When You Install Windows XP

http://tinyurl.com/yr33l

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by wcp In reply to

Unfortunately, the Resolution of the Article does NOT work.

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To clarify the reinstallation of Windows, I meant clean installing Windows.
Reinstallation of Windows on top of the current one does not work.

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by pcnetworktech In reply to hard drive letter allocat ...

Right click on My computer | Manage | Disk Management. Right Click on the drive F and Choose "Change drive letter and Paths..."

Hope this helped.

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by 1 Sane Nerd@Work In reply to hard drive letter allocat ...

If u hv Ghost.exe and Testdisk.exe, backup ur C: and F: to another partition or better still another harddrive.

Ghost ur F: to C:, what u want to do with the original C: is up to u now.

Use Testdisk.com (free domain but pls contribute $ if u can) for the use, to repair the boot loader.

If this does not work, u still hv ur bakup, just restore it.

Goodluck

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