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#1 alanem

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 01:05 PM

I decided to scrap off my old desktop XP pc and I used Dban to clear it completely.  Then I found a use for it and used the original boot disk that came with it and reinstalled XP.  Now all the drive letters have changed and ©drive is now (I)drive etc.  Is there a way to reconfigure them back to what they were? 



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 01:16 PM

I only have Windows 7, I can't remember what XP's disk management is called.  If it's anything like W7, you should be able to assign the drive letters to match what they were before.  If XP disk management can't do it, something similar to Acronis Disk Director, any partition/HD manager, should allow you to put all the drive-letters back to their original places.


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 07:15 PM

You can change all partition letters assigned...except for the one assigned the Windows partition...that should always be C:.

 

To change the letters...the desired letter cannot be already curreently used by another partition.  If it is, then you have to  change that partition letter first.

 

Example:  I have C:,E:, F:, G:, H as partitions on 2 drives.  If I want to change the E: partition to anything other than C, F, G, or H...I must change the letter currently assigned to whichever before I can change E to either F, G, or H.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/change-add-remove-drive-letter#1TC=windows-7

 

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 06:52 AM

Thanks so much for your interest but when using disk management in XP I am told  "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume" which is currently (I).    Should I run dban again and try reinstalling XP?



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Posted 26 December 2015 - 08:46 AM

  There are a number of free and fee partition editing utilities out there.  By editing, I'm including the ability to [re][assign] drive letters to any and all partitions.  While recommending not assigning drive letters to System Reserved, manufacturer's restore/rebuild partition; while +1 with previous poster that the Window OS partition remain C, you can shuffle "the cards" any way you want.

  Acronis Disk Manager, MiniTool Partition something, Partition Magic, etc., are just a few of the many 3rd party partition editing utilities.  Do not use XP's stuff, not powerful enough.


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Posted 26 December 2015 - 09:12 AM

Hi alanem

 

If all else fails, nuke and reinstall.  I recall reading that incorrect drive letters are sometimes assigned, when users have accidentally left flash drives, etc. plugged in. However, I have used Dban, several times on an XP desktop and reinstalled XP from the original installation media, without any problems, C is automatically assigned.



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Posted 26 December 2015 - 11:19 AM

Go to Disk Management...take a snapshot of it so that we can see all volumes...post that in your next reply.  What you have stated...does not make sense to me.

 

How to take and share a screen shot in Windows - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial96.html

 

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:12 AM

Thanks again.  I've attached a screenshot as suggested...hope you can come up with something.   Alan

 

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:43 AM

You cannot change the drive letter on the Windows partition as there are too many settings in the registry pointing to I: I am not sure how you got I for a system partition but did you use a CD for the install? 

 

I would forget about DBAN and use the bootable Partition Wizard. Since you already wiped the drive with DBAN you do not need to do another wipe, Boot the Partition Wizard disk and select Delete all partitions. Then create a NTFS partition on the disk and label it C:. Mark the partition Active.Then boot your XP disk and proceed with the install. During the install do not attach any other USB external drives or devices other than your mouse and keyboard.

 

All steps are virtual and will not complete until you click Apply in Partition Wizard.



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:47 AM

Appears to me that you have used a torrent download (illegal, of course) to install Windows.  Since I don't know exactly what steps you took to do so...I can only guess that you had a number of flash/external drives attached when the install was done.

 

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This would be the only way that I could explain the drive letter assigned to Windows.

 

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:03 AM

If this computer is a desktop with a CardReader that may be why you are getting multiple removable disks showing in disk management. If possible I would detach the card reader before doing the install.



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:16 AM

Sorry Louis but all legit.  Took Dban from their site and the boot disk came with the PC.   No flash drives or expansions were involved and I'm not capable of anything advanced.  The only thing I did was to change the boot priority as instructed.  I'll give the suggestions from Petewills and JohnC_21 a shot and keep you posted.   Don't you love a good mystery?

 

Thanks again   Alan  



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:28 AM

Hi Alan

Louis and John are far more knowledgeable than me, I just added my 2 cents because I have successfully done the job in the past. I still have a 13 year old desktop running XP SP3 and Office 2010, but I also have a laptop running Win 10 Pro 64 bit and Office 2013, as I have emerged from the Jurassic period.  Good luck, you can always hide those empty drives through the view options in explorer, but it still remains a mystery why drive letter I was assigned - haven't a clue.



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 12:22 PM

... why drive letter I was assigned - haven't a clue.

Many but not all external boot operations will shuffle the drive letters;  my wild guess:  AlanM used some sort of external boot OPs to install legal Windows, however, the external-boot OPs played poker-deal with the drive letters.


Edited by RolandJS, 27 December 2015 - 12:23 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 01:36 PM

FWIW:  Every version of Windows that employs a non-OEM genuine Windows install media...will install Windows as the C: partition.

 

I can't speak for OEM recovery/restore disks...but the few that I have seen...will only create a maximum of 4 total partitions:  1 for Windows, 1 for recovery/restore, 1 for boot files, 1 for data storage.

 

For the system to reflect Windows as I:, something extraordinary had to take place.

 

I'd probably run a hard drive diagnostic on said drive.

 

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