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Drive incorrectly showing as System drive

by weenoid / November 30, 2009 10:42 PM PST

Hello there.

I'm new to these forums. I've checked around for an answer, but no-one seems to have experienced this exact problem.

I have 2 internal hard drives: one containing Windows XP (C: drive) and the other simply containing video files (J: drive). At one point the J: drive did contain a copy of Windows XP so my system had 2 copies of Windows XP running (one on each drive). The J: drive was subsequently formatted but still shows as a System drive in Disk Management. The J: now only contains video files.

Is there a way to get Windows XP to acknowledge this?


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Microsoft and cosmetic issues like this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2009 10:51 PM PST

Since there is no downside to this issue this is why you don't see it addressed. What harm is there to this being shown as such?

It's like those DVD drives that show as CD drives. The video DVD plays fine in spite of that cosmetic error.

Yes, I know today's newer to PC crowd wants such things fixed but the truth is ugly. Microsoft left non-fatal issues unresolved.

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Damn dirty Microsoft!
by weenoid / November 30, 2009 10:59 PM PST

Thought so. I didn't want to waste anybody's time I was just wondering if there was a known solution to this issue.

I think I will just change it through the registry, shouldn't cause any problems methinks.

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When I read that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2009 11:10 PM PST
In reply to: Damn dirty Microsoft!

I thought "I wonder how long they have been in the game?"

No offense intended but to understand all this you need to either have been on this ride since the days of CP/M or prior. OR catch up on software practices where you kill off the big bad bugs and then decide whether to fix the remaining non-fatal errors.

-> There has been very long discussions if Windows should be perfected or not. The usual stances are:

a. Damn right. They should fix all bugs.
b. Damn wrong. No one could afford a perfect OS.


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J drive name
by peacox / December 2, 2009 12:55 PM PST
In reply to: When I read that.

The simple answer to this is to go to My Computer rightclick the j drive select properties and the change the name in the box near the top of the dialogue box, you can call it anything you like, at some time in the past someone called it system.

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