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Partitioning two Physical drives...

By Cembottic Lore ·
Why do my drives number funny? When I partitioned two physical drives into to partitions each the primary partitions on each drive are lettered C: and first. But I still have another partition on the first physical drive and it gets lettered E:. What is this?

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by TheChas In reply to Partitioning two Physical ...

The default drive letter assignment scheme from Microsoft is;

(This example is for 3 drives with 2 logical drives in the extended partition)

First physical drive, primary dos partition
C:
Second physical drive, primary dos partition

Third physical drive, primary dos partition
E:
First physical drives, logical drives in extended partition
F: G:
Second physical drive, logigal drives in extended partition
H: I:
Third physical drive, logical drives in extended partition
J: K:
CD drive
L:

You can bypass some of this by partitioning the second drive with just an extended dos partition.

There is also a link to a utility to change drive letter assignments at www.aumha.org
They also have a good article on partition philosophy.

And, XP allows you to re-assign all drive letters. (Except C:??)

Chas

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