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main drive letter "F" instead of "C"


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#1 oldbod

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 12:17 AM

After using active "Kill-Disk" on my drive to format,i tried to install windows xp and could'nt boot, so i used "Spotmau Recovery Disc" to re-boot and re-installed Windows XP! all seemed well until i tried to install AVG and found that it would not install, on investigation i found that the main drive "C"had been replaced by letter"F" !! Could any kind person inform me how rectify this ? My computer js home assembled using a Asus A8N-VM CSM Motherboard and a AMD Athlon tm 64 processor,with a Seagate Barracuda 250gb Hard-Drive.

Computer Management Shows :-

Capacity Free-space %Free Faults Overhead
U nknown Part 3.00gb 3.00gb 100 No 0%

F = 229.88 GB 227.33GB 98% No 0%

"D" 7mb 0 0% No 0%
Regards to all
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 01:57 AM

I don't see why that would cause AVG to break, unless the installer automatically assumes that the installation drive is labeled "C:"

I've had Windows reside on pretty much every letter of the alphabet with no ill effects except from poorly designed installers that haven't heard of the %ProgramFiles% environment variable.

In any case, I'd say that changing the drive letter on a live install of Windows would be a bad thing to do if you even found a way to do it. Just be sure that program installers reference the correct drive letter (almost all installers have this option, sometimes hidden, though)

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:43 AM

Thanks Andrew,
Will play around with AVG,
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:51 AM

Having the XP partition assigned a drive letter other than C: is caused by having other drives/partitions existing when the install is done. The XP install assigns the first available partition letter, which is normally C: (D: is assigned the optical drive). If other partitions are seen by the install apparatus, it moves up the letter assignment.

Two ways (at least) to approach it:

a. Remove all other extraneous drives (flash, USB, etc.) and then reboot XP. Not sure this works.

b. Remove all other extraneous drives other than 1 optical drive and boot drive...and do a repair install. This works.

You can add all the other drives back after XP boots.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:15 PM

Hamluis,
Many thanks for your advice, followed your suggestion and everything worked out well.
Best Wishes
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:29 AM

Easily done (I learned this by doing it accidentally years ago), happy computing :thumbsup:.

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