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Windows XP install

By computab ·
When Windows installs, it gives no option to install on anything but the C drive if there is only one partition. I just installed windows XP on a HP T450.UK. Originally it had a 120GB IDE drive, but I fitted a 200GB SATA drive, after formatting a single maximum partition and installing Windows, the boot drive was J. Help!! How did that happen, and how do I change it to C?

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by wcp In reply to Windows XP install

This happens when there was a Zip drive or USB device (card reader, for example). XP treats these as HDs and assign C: to one of them. This does not happen always, though.

Unfortunately, you cannot change the drive letter of System or Boot partition.
You MUST reinstall Windows XP. Either you have to disconnect the above devices or follow the instruction of the second reference below The system partition may be assigned a drive letter other than the one that you expect when you install Windows XP Drive letter that is assigned to the primary hard disk partition is not correct when you perform a CD-ROM-based clean installation of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP

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Reinstallation (repair installation or in-place upgrade) of Windows does not work. You have to clean install Windows.

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by lamczyknic3000 In reply to Windows XP install

unfortunately you cannot re-sign drive letters in windows. if there is any problems with the way windows xp is running on you pc then i would recommend a clean install, but if not there really isn't a problem. The drive letter c: however was probably assigned to your cd-rom drive, or usb possibly if it was plugged in.

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