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Help! Drives Keep Changing Letters!

by Kay / June 30, 2004 12:57 PM PDT

Using Windows 98SE, Pentium 4 processor, 512MB Ram.
I FDISK my hard drive, partitioned, reformatted using my original Windows 98SE CD and my original Windows StartUp disk, installed Windows and two of my drives keep switching.

I don't have a virus, have never had a virus and have never had this problem before.

I have done FDISK, partitioned mine and my hubby's hard drives numerous times down through the years using the same directons I learned from the kind folks at the former ZDNet forum.

Everything is fine when Windows starts up and the Drives are lettered properly but whenever I start installing programs in Drive D the problem starts. My Drives are Floppy A, Hard Drive C and D, CDROM Drive E, Zip Drive F, CDRW Drive G.

Every time I install a program my Drive D swaps with my zip drive F. Everything was working fine with my computer before I reformatted, I just reformat occasionally to keep things running smoothly.

Whenever I install a program in Drive D I can no longer use it because after I reboot the PC Drive D becomes my Zip Drive. Then if I install another program and reboot Drive D is my partitioned part of my hard drive again. I have never had this happen before.

If I change it in the system registry and at the device manager and reboot that doesn't solve it. I reinstalled a program and the drives were lettered properly so, I run FDISK, partitioned, reformatted, reinstalled Windows again but the drives are still switching. In the bios I set to only boot up the hard drive and not to boot up with CDROM, zip, or floppy because I thought perhaps there was a conflict but that didn't help either.

Can anyone give me information how to fix this problem? I know there are some very intelligent people at the forum and I need all of the help I can get! Thanks in advance! Kay

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Re: Help! Drives Keep Changing Letters!
by Cursorcowboy / July 1, 2004 1:11 AM PDT

"Help yourself" as there is just to much to wade through when not knowing many factors on your system. Hopefully, you'll find something that tickles your funny-bone.

Good luck.

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Kay, Just A Suggestion...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 5:03 AM PDT

....and this may sound silly, but I've seen something similar on older machines when the CMOS battery is bad. Everytime the machine was shutdown or restarted, settings would change.

It's an easy and cheap thing to do, but you might try replacing the $5 CMOS battery on the motherboard.If you've never done it before, see the link below:

The CMOS battery is intended to keep the basic settings and time when the computer is off or unplugged. It is about the shape and size of a nickel and is usually very simple to replace.

How To Replace The CMOS Battery In Your PC(Procedures and Pictures)

Hope this helps.


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Re: Kay, Just A Suggestion...
by Kay / July 1, 2004 5:59 AM PDT

Thanks Grif,
The motherboard is new, we had both computers upgraded in January and they came with a new battery. Could the battery have gone bad that quickly?
Thanks in advance,

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(NT) (NT) Kay, If Things Are New, The Battery Should Be Fine...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 8:21 AM PDT

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