New SATA HD Not Getting C: Drive Letter

Dell / Xps 710
May 1, 2009 at 20:24:30
Specs: Windows XP Media Center SP3
I've tried searching for this answer on Google and on these forums but I'm not sure exactly how to search for it (the terms to use).

I recently bought a new 1TB HDD to add to my system. I decided to install the new HDD to SATA Channel 0, and the older smaller HDD to a subsequent channel in order to copy over some personal files once I get the new OS setup.

I've reinstalled my OS (XP MC SP3 Dell OEM) and drivers and just realized that for some reason XP is assigning my new hdd the letter K and my old hdd still letter C. What is causing this?

I've got them in the right boot order and windows is booting to the correct disk. What am I missing?

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May 1, 2009 at 21:01:40
Well, I got in touch with a coleague of mine who is more familiar with SATA HDD configurations and NTFS file systems.

He pointed me to this article as a potential solution:

However, we both agreed the best option is, if viable (it is for me), to change the drive letter of the old drive to Z (or some other non-typical letter), then reformat and install windows again. This should resolve the issue and result in the new HDD being assigned the now open C drive letter.

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