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Drive letter alloction

by Tony Keneally / March 17, 2009 8:06 PM PDT

Hi all,I hope you can help me,when I fitted a new hard drive and loaded it from scratch, Windows XP assigned the letter H as the drive letter, I was obviously not paying enough attention.
This was not a problem until I wanted to load some software,in particular Winfast DTV2000, which needs to load only to C:/.(which did not exist)
I also had few other software problems also appear.
Windows XP will not allow its software to change the drive letter for the system disk.
I attempted to load Paragon Partition Magic which I have used in the past, but this too said it would only load to C:/(which did not exist)
Is my only choice to format and fdisk?

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C:/ does not exist?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 17, 2009 9:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Drive letter alloction

Can you explain that a bit more?

Which disk is XP installed on?

Some software, (Adobe as an example I believe), insist on installing to the C drive. There is little we can do about that.

Mark

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In some cases...
by Papa Echo / March 17, 2009 9:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Drive letter alloction

The c: drive means the system drive....which is where Windows has been installed. Try installing the program there...
If you open up "My Computer", what are shown ?

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the case of the missing C: drive ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 18, 2009 3:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Drive letter alloction

is not all that unusual and is normally caused by having USP peripherals (and although usually the case, the USP peripheral does not actually have to be a storage device) connected while installing the Operating System.

There are undocumented techniques for altering the system drive letter but these often cause more problems than they cure and end up in a total reformat and re-install.

One thing you might do is download GPARTED Live cd http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ which is a freeware partitioning utility with which you should be able to shring the existing partition and create a new partition as your C: partition. If gparted doesn't allow it to be the C: partition you can accomplish that after the fact using Windows XP Disk management utility.

Since you have Paragon another option (I seem to remember Paragon CD as being bootable) would be to clone the existing drive to a new drive making it the C: drive - do this without any USB devices attached.

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