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Renaming external HD (from h: to d:)


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#1 Valisun

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 09:26 PM

Hello,

Here's my problem. Recently my computer busted and I had to get a new one. My new motherboard only takes SATA and I have old IDE drives, so I can't use the drives on this computer but I have retrieved the data on it.

I have A LOT of music that I had moved. On my old computer I have spent countless hours (at least dozens of hours) organizing my music on winamp as I listened to it. I rated songs, put songs in the library, all that stuff. When I moved winamp over fortunately all this information is saved, however all the song locations have changed from D: to H: (H: is my external drive where I now keep the music). So basically none of the songs work when I'm using winamps library.

So I think this problem can simply be fixed if I can change the external drive from H: to D: so the locations match. Or if somebody knows another way I can fix this I'll be glad to hear that too. I've tried changing the location listing on winamp manually but it doesn't seem to let you do it, and even if I could unless I could do it for all the thousands of songs at once that wouldn't be feasible.

Thanks for any help

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 09:37 PM

Here ya go: How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 10:28 AM

Thanks, but it looks like another problem showed up. Its only letting me change from E to Z (not counting the letters already used by other drives). No D is there and that's the letter I need.

When I try the "add" way instead of "change" and try to manually put in D:, it says can't find the path specified too.

Do you know why they might not allow D:? I don't have any harddrives on this computer that were ever named D:, I got this computer used though so I can't say if a D was ever put on this computer. Does it make a difference if the drive I'm using is external?

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 10:30 AM

Wait a sec, just noticed I have a D: dvd drive. Let me see what I can do about that.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 10:41 AM

Ok it works now. I just disabled the DVD drive for a sec so it didn't show up then was able to change it to D:. The winamp library is working now. Thanks again!

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 11:47 AM

Glad to hear it! Rock on!

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 12:04 PM

FWIW: Generally speaking...the D: drive in a system will be the optical drive...because that would (normally) be the only other drive attached when the system is first set up.

The hard drive on which Windows is installed would be recognized as the first drive and assigned C: (which normally cannot be changed), with the optical drive used for the install receiving D: (which can be changed by just choosing a letter which is not used by Windows for another partition/drive).

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