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Is it normal for XP to change the drive letter, but it's not actually changed...


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#1 taylert123

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 12:53 AM

I installed XP on drive Z but XP thinks it's on drive D. Drive D is what my vista recovery stuff is on (I dual boot)

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:15 AM

A boot drive (drive with bootable operating system) will normally be assigned the letter C: in Windows, even if it is a multiboot system.

Of course, this can be changed by drives attached on an install using a MS OEM version of XP or various other things which were not necessarily done in the proper sequence. I've seen this on my system but I cannot recall the exact circumstances.

As for the Z: letter change...I don't believe that XP will assign such to a bootable drive, unless there are 25 other drive letters assigned permanently ahead of it...just speculation, never tried it.

If you installed XP after installing Vista...and with the Vista drive connected during the XP install...then that might account for the D: letter assignment.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 07:17 PM

I installed XP on a system with an IDE drive and SATA drive a ways back.
Even though the system insisted on booting from the IDE drive before it'd transfer control to the SATA drive (where Windows was) - the SATA drive with Windows on it was named C:

On my Vista system I dual boot the 32 bit and 64 bit versions - and each hard drive is called C: when I boot to that installation.

Some different partitioning schemes may change the drive letter assignments - but I haven't been able to find a decent resource that explains it fully.

Here's an article on how to change them in XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844
Here's a bit more on how they're assigned: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_letter_...r_of_assignment
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