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Changing Hd From H: To C: !


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#1 nukey

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 07:51 PM

well i wanted to install my palm cd on my computer but since it install on c: (default) and that my harddrive was H: i decided to change my drive letter from H: to C: with partition magic 8.0 and now windows xp wont boot anymore and when i use the recovery floppy to use partition magic in dos i can't change it back to H:

what should i do?

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 12:48 PM

Actually, i would assume that C: is your default harddisk. and all windows files are being installed over there.

Why did you said that your harddrive is H: ?

Do you have 2 HDD ?

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:41 PM

i know that usualy c: is the dafault hard disk but when i installed windows there was my flash card reader taking the c: letter so i decided to just change my hard disk letter to H:

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 06:43 PM

So, the problem is that you can't boot into Windows anymore?

I'm not familiar with this, but think that the fix will be using your installation CD to boot into the recovery console and fix the bootup files so that it identifies your drives correctly.

FWIW - this is why I gave up using Partition Magic - just too many unforseen changes that fouled up my system. Now, if I need to re-partition, it's a format and start over from scratch!

BTW - Windows prefers an IDE drive as the boot device (found this out when trying to install a SATA drive) and refused to label my SATA drive (with the OS) as C:\. I had to physically remove all of the IDE devices in order to get it recognized as C:\
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 08:01 PM

i know that usualy c: is the dafault hard disk but when i installed windows there was my flash card reader taking the c: letter so i decided to just change my hard disk letter to H:



That's the problem when people plugged in another drive into PC and while installation of OS.

My guess is that u have mixed up the primary drive.

Can't think of any solution currently.

I'll research on it and see if i can find anything that could help you with it.

P.S: Do you have any important data inside your PC ? For e.g. Confidential Data ? Clients Data etc ?

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 03:11 PM

Your boot.ini file may be pointing to the wrong partition.
Here is an example:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

This file is from a working system with drive C as the boot drive.
Run the repair console and check your boot.ini file and while you are ther type FIXBOOT and hit enter this will create a new partition boot sector.




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