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My "c" Drive Is "e"

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#1 twindad


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Posted 02 November 2005 - 10:47 AM


This is my 1st request for help, I'll try & keep it to the point.

My system is;
Gigabyte GA7VAXP Ultra
Althon XP 2500
RAM: 512mb 2700
120Gb Maxtor HDD
ATI 9600 Pro
100 ZIP Drive
HP PSC 2210 All in One
Only using IDE channels 1 & 2

My problem. 40Gb hard drive failed wasn't sure if complete failure so installed new 120Gb as Master with the 40Gb as Slave. System reported slave as failed & wouldn't boot. Disconnected 40 drive, system booted & I installed XP no problem. When I check My Computer my 120GB is showing as the "E" drive, my DVD is the "D", my Zip Drive as the "C" & the PSC2210 as the "F" drive. Can I change the Hard Drive to "C", if so how??

Any help would be much appriciated

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 11:52 AM

Hi Twindad,

Make sure all of the mentioned devices are jumpered correctly. On the back of each component, you will see a jumper/pin area - beside the data cable that plugs into the back of the drive. It general displays MA - master; SL - Slave; CS - Cable Select. On the newer systems, Cable select works fine. Make sure your boot disk is plugged into the appropriate place on the cable. Otherwise... use master/slave settings. Your boot drive should be the master on the primary IDE channel (0). The second device should be slave. The secondary IDE channel should have a master/slave setup as well. If I remember correctly, the zip drive can be serial, internal - plugged into a floopy spot, or usb.

If all of the above is correct, go into your control panel and select - performance and maintenance - administrative tools - computer management and a window will open. if you look down the left side you will see Disk management. Select that. On the right, you will see all your devices listed. At bottom right, RIGHT click the device and change its letter. I would make room for C first and then move your primary drive to the C designation.

I hope this helps....


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Posted 02 November 2005 - 01:50 PM

Unless you really use the zip drive I would remove it altogether.
It's antiquated!

Use a usb pen drive instead. You can get them in sizes up to 2gigs now and they will be workable on any pc with a usb port.

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 08:42 PM

Swap the IDE cable connections of your ZIP drive and your 120GB Maxtor. That should fix it.

C: is allocated to the first partition of the Master drive on IDE channel 0, unless reallocated by Windows in the way Rigel described. The problem with the latter is if you booted from a CD for any reason you would find your drive was not C: anymore which could be confusing.


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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:36 AM

Thanks everyone for your help, I will try out the various suggestions over the next few days & let you know how I get on.

Must get some work done now,



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