during installation. It doesn't care about master/slave either. It will look for valid partitions during installation and pick a drive letter next in the order of what it finds. What you need to do is have only one fixed drive in the machine when the OS is installed. This includes USB externals, flash drives, etc. With no valid partitions found, Win7 will assign itself as C:. Once it's up and running, you can add other drives. It will assign drive letters using its own protocol but you can reassign them if you wish.
Here's a corker for you!
I have 2 Hard Disc Drives in my pc.
C drive ran (and will still run) windows xp and is 80gb.
This is set as the master drive on slot IDE1.
My other hard disc is drive F and is 120gb, it has no jumpers in the back and operates as the slave drive (it was a music store) and is on IDE 2.
(I want to use this drive (F) as the primary drive after installing Windows7 on it (meaning I want to use it as a new C Drive) because of its bigger storage capacity, and it's a lot newer).
I formatted the F drive to clean it ready for swapping the drives around and installing Windows 7, having read that I needed to do a clean install due to running XP.
I then inserted my Windows 7 installation disc (32 bit, It's not a big system), and switched off.
I removed the C drive, replaced it with the formatted F drive on IDE1 and fitted the jumper to the master pins, started up again expecting an auto run of the installation.
No auto-run, nothing, anywhere, nada!
So, I swapped the drives and jumper settings back to how they were.
I was asked which drive I wanted to install windows 7 on and selected my F Drive, thinking I could remove the C Drive and replace it with the F Drive (the new C Drive) with Windows7 on and use it as the only operating system.
Installation went ok, updated my drivers, re-established my internet connection, installed anti-virus, installed my Easy Transfer File.
Thought it would be a simple process of swapping my C & F drives by swapping the IDE Cables and jumper settings on the hard drives (I want to reformat the 80gb drive and use it for storage).
If I have the F drive configured as the master I get the message NTLDR is missing, Press shift+alt+del to re-start, in a never ending circle.
When I have the C Drive (xp)set as master I am asked which operating system do I wish to start. Obviously Windows 7 on the F Drive.
It runs fine like that,but I'd prefer to have the 120gb F Drive as the main drive (C) and my 80gb C Drive as a storage drive with windows xp removed.
I've looked into re-assigning drive letters but don't think that's a good solution, I still can't remove the current C Drive with XP on and use the F Drive with windows 7 on as the primary hard drive.
Does that make sense?
Yes I know, amateurs, leave it to the pros, but you've got to learn sometime.
Thanks in advance for any help