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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 daya_hs In reply to Windows installs to E:/ d ...

When u have 3 hard drives in a computer, this problem is normally faced by all the users. I would suggest you to keep one hard drive as master and others as slave. Try to unplug the 2 extra harddrives which you are using for storage and at the bottome of the harddrives you will find 4-6 pins kind of think wherein you'll also find explanation for all the 4-6 pins. On one particular pin there will be a jumper inserted in it. So, remove that jumper and place it on the pin where the harddrive becomes slave. plug the hard drive start using it. If u still face the problem please let me know.
Regards,
Dayananda H.S.

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to

SATA drives don't have jumpers. Thanks anyway. My personal favourite preference would be to lose the IDE and replace it with another SATA

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

When u have 3 hard drives in a computer, this problem is normally faced by all the users. I would suggest you to keep one hard drive as master and others as slave. Try to unplug the 2 extra harddrives which you are using for storage and at the bottome of the harddrives you will find 4-6 pins kind of think wherein you'll also find explanation for all the 4-6 pins. On one particular pin there will be a jumper inserted in it. So, remove that jumper and place it on the pin where the harddrive becomes slave. plug the hard drive start using it. If u still face the problem please let me know.
Regards,
Dayananda H.S.

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to

I don't want to have to unplug the other drives.

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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 sgt_shultz In reply to Windows installs to E:/ d ...

<snipped> from www.wdc.com (western digital's website) HIH
How can I configure my Serial ATA drive as a boot device?

Answer
If your Serial ATA (SATA) controller is a bootable controller (the vast majority are) you may boot from the SATA drive. You may need to enter Setup and change the boot sequence so that the SATA controller is the first boot device listed. In most cases, if the SATA controller is embedded (not an add-on controller card) on the motherboard, the BIOS Setup utility will have an option to choose the SATA drive as the first boot device. Look for Boot Sequence, Boot Options, Boot Order or a similar setting to make this change. If Setup does not allow this change, your system BIOS may not allow the SATA controller to be designated as a boot device at the BIOS level. In such cases, you still may be able to boot to the SATA drive as long as there is not a bootable EIDE drive installed in the system as well.

Note: When installing Windows 2000/XP to a Serial ATA drive, you may need to specify the SATA controller drivers early on during the installation.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

since you imply you can install windows ok with the ide drives pulled then you must already have the sata controller drivers handled. but, just in case, here is that:
My drive is connected to a controller card or built-in SCSI, EIDE, or Serial ATA port. Why is it not recognized during Windows NT/2000/XP installation?
Problem:
An EIDE, SCSI, or Serial ATA (SATA) drive is not recognized during the installation of Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 or XP 64-bit. The installer reports that there is no drive present for the Windows installation, even though the controller recognizes the drive.

Cause:
The drive may not be detected during the installation of Windows because you have not yet loaded the drivers for your EIDE, SCSI, or SATA controller.

Resolution:
During the initial installation of Windows, you will need to press F6 almost immediately when "Setup is inspecting your hardware..." appears on the screen. You will then be asked to provide any mass storage controller drivers you may have. At this point, use the drivers supplied by your controller manufacturer (or motherboard manufacturer). After performing the steps above, the drive will be recognized and the install should continue without problems.

Note: In many cases, specialized ATA or RAID ports, SCSI ports, and SATA ports integrated directly into the motherboard must have their drivers installed as shown above.

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to

I know to do that, and have done, however, with the IDE hard drive still plugged in, Windows still wants to install to that drive and not the SATA drive of my choice. The resolution was to remove the IDE drive and have only SATA drives. No problem really, I prefer SATA anyway.

Thank you for taking the time to respond anyway.

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

I had this same problem, except I had 2 SATA, 1 IDE, a DVD-ROM and DVD-RW. I just unplugged all drives except my one SATA and DVD-RW.

I then installed XP, and plugged in my other drives. Went into system options and changed the drive letters to my liking.

Viola, it's worked ever since. It was the simplest way I could find to get Windows to install properly.

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to

As I said, I don't want to have to unplug the other drives.

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