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Changing drive letters

By fishbone_soldier ·
Hi all,
A very strange one this - I hope someone has come across this one...
I use a laptop hdd adaptor at work to plug client's W2k laptop hdds to a desktop system's secondary IDE channel so I can transfer their data across before reimaging theirdrives. I've noticed a few times that when I disconnect the laptop drive and plug the cdrom back in that after rebooting I am not able to login. When I try ctrl-alt-del W2k informs me that there is no page file or it is too small, with a dialogue box telling me how to set it - then proceeds to drop me back to the logon screen!! The same happens whether I try loggin on with either a local admin or domain user account. My only option first time was to reimage.

Also sometimes after I have shutdown and connected a laptop drive to the desktop system W2k says it has found new hardware and asks to restart - I tried cancelling and shutting down but again get that dialogue box at logon. I think it may have something to do with the disk administrator wanting to write a new signature to the disk. Once after unplugging the laptop drive W2k changed the desktop drives letters. All our W2k machines typically have 2 partitions - system and another where user profiles are stored. The security policy caches the last 5 logons so users are able to logon if no network is available.

The wierd thing is that when you attempt to logon after that box pops up, it looks like it isn't even attempting to authenticate - it happens that fast.

Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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by dr In reply to Changing drive letters

I had a similar problem and the microsoft suggested work around was to boot in to the menu and boot Last known good configuration.

It restores the system to its previous state.

MS's explanation was: when the new hardware is added it saves the new configuration, and loads a different driver. When the system is restored it contiues with the previous driver that is uncompatible with the original hardware.

My Advice: Either remove the original drivers from add/remove hardware, before changing config or boot from Last Known Good Config. Good luck and keep us posted

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by fishbone_soldier In reply to Changing drive letters

I created 2 profiles and haven't any problems so far !! - thanks

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by dr In reply to Changing drive letters

I had a similar problem and the microsoft suggested work around was to boot in to the menu and boot Last known good configuration.

It restores the system to its previous state.

MS's explanation was: when the new hardware is added it saves the new configuration, and loads a different driver. When the system is restored it contiues with the previous driver that is uncompatible with the original hardware.

My Advice: Either remove the original drivers from add/remove hardware, before changing config or boot from Last Known Good Config. Good luck and keep us posted

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by fishbone_soldier In reply to Changing drive letters

I created 2 profiles and haven't any problems so far !! - thanks

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by mm212 In reply to Changing drive letters

Another thing to consider is to create a new hardware profile named something like "With Laptop Hard Drive" (or something so you know what it is). You may have to select a profile each time you boot up, but you can also set the time-out to be 3 seconds or so and default to your standard profile.

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by fishbone_soldier In reply to Changing drive letters

I created 2 profiles and haven't any problems so far !! - thanks

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