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Windows installs to E drive

By Daz'n'Ash ·
In my computer which has 3 hard drives (Western Digital 80gb SATA for windows and programs) - 250gb Western Digital SATA drive (storage) and Western Digital 120gb IDE (storage)
- I would like to know why when I want to install windows it wants to install to E" instead if C: ... when this happens all the drive letters are messed up. Why should I have to pull the plug on the other drives to force windows to install as C: drive?

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by ctrservices In reply to Windows installs to E:/ d ...

Is the original drive C set to Master? Sometimes the Cable Select setting will produce what you have experienced. Also, make sure you do not have any USB drives plugged in when installing the OS.

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to

SATA drives don't have jumpers. It is set to main drive and first boot drive in BIOS too.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows installs to E:/ d ...

The easy answer is to format up the boot drive so it appears as the C: drive when you come to install windows. As the other two drives are already formatted the blank drive appears at the end of the drive chain and will remain that way if you do nothing about it.

You can chose to either format up with a DOS utility or stop the install of XP after the format is complete and then restart the install process over again, either way will give you C: as the boot drive.


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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to

Hmm this question appeared here twice. Sorry

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