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    Default Changing the boot drive back to "C"

    Here's a good one....

    My wife's HDD died. So I replaced it and reinstalled XP.

    Problem is, I had the media card reader installed while I was installing XP.

    So XP gave the card reader drive letters C: through G:. The boot drive is H:!

    I can't change the drive letter via Disk Management because it's the boot drive.

    I know I've fixed this in the past, but can't seem to remember how.

    Anyone?

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    unplug the card reader, does your XP disc have SP1?
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    Unplug it... and then what? Is the H: drive going to become C: when I reboot?

    It's XP SP2.

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    FDISK, set your hard drive as the 1st fixed disk, make sure your mobo boot
    commander is set for the drive at boot, or just reinstall windows without the
    card reader then plug it in later, or in DM in windows,change drive letter path
    which could corrupt the kernel
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    Unplug it... and then what? Is the H: drive going to become C: when I reboot?

    It's XP SP2.
    Is it running off of a USB header on your mobo?

    If your OS is seeing them as removable drives, then shutting down then unplug, then restart should see it as C:
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    Just remember that partition magic may work about 50% of the time for this, but the other half, you lose the partition and all your data.

    Too many bad experiences with partition magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAD4466HK View Post
    FDISK, set your hard drive as the 1st fixed disk, make sure your mobo boot
    commander is set for the drive at boot, or just reinstall windows without the
    card reader then plug it in later, or in DM in windows,change drive letter path
    which could corrupt the kernel
    DUH! You think I'm stupid? I know all that. I'm wanting to change the drive letters without having to reinstall everything! I simply do not have the time to reinstall Windows on the same PC over and over again.

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    Last time I did this I used Partition Magic, but I too have had more bad than good experiences with that software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    DUH! You think I'm stupid? I know all that. I'm wanting to change the drive letters without having to reinstall everything! I simply do not have the time to reinstall Windows on the same PC over and over again.
    No prob genius
    Don't get mad at me because you frelled up your hard drive and are too lazy to do it right
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAD4466HK View Post
    No prob genius
    Don't get mad at me because you frelled up your hard drive and are too lazy to do it right
    Bite me.



    There's a difference between lazy and busy. If I didn't have to build 5 rigs for CES and get them all shipped to Vegas by the end of the week, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

    I just can't believe Microsoft lets this happen. In Win 2K and all previous versions, you could install an OS with a gazillion drives attached and it would always make the boot drive C:

    What I was thinking of was I used a program in the past that would change drive letters and then go into the registry and change all references to that drive letter as well. It was pretty cool, but I don't think it will change the boot drive either, especially seeing how it runs in Windows.

    I don't think it's going to be a problem, though. Initially it was a concern because STUPID HP drivers will only install on C: You can't change the install path. So I plugged a hard drive in, made it's drive letter C:, and then ran the HP install programs. Other than that unique circumstance, I can't see right now why it's going to be a problem.

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