Need to swap drive letters on slavedrive(s)?

September 13, 2010 at 05:05:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.866 GHz / 3070 MB
hey i recently had some computer issues so i eventually made my harddrive that had everything on it a slave and im currently booting from another harddrive.

however, when i added another harddrive to boot from, it changed my driver letters.

now its like this:
C: is some backup section of my newer harddrive or something, 10gig
D: new harddrive space
F: my old harddrive

i would like to swap the letters between C and F.

it wouldnt let me do this in drive management, i currently Boot from the D: drive anyway so how could i change these drive letters?


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September 13, 2010 at 05:31:39
Look in Disk Management at your drives/partitions and post what drive letter is the system drive.

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September 13, 2010 at 07:18:42
"i would like to swap the letters between C and F"

What would be the point of that?

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September 13, 2010 at 08:19:40
the point of this is because I had computer troubles and had to add another harddrive to boot from, doing this changed my C: to F: now my drive with all of my files (F:) has problems with all of my programs. i believe this will be solved by changing it back to C:.

currently i basically cant start any programs that are in my F: drive, and thats were everything is.

and im posting from school right now so i will follow up later when i get home with the system drive "OtheHill"

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September 13, 2010 at 16:30:52
Let me get this had a problem with your original HDD which has XP on it. Rather than fixing the problem, you installed a different HDD. The new HDD has 2 partitions.

Which OS did you install on the new HDD? Who partitioned the drive & why was the OS installed on (D:) instead of (C:)?

Your original HDD was installed as a slave (F:), so in effect, it has become a storage drive. You can't run programs from it because it's not the boot drive. What do you hope to accomplish by changing the drive letter. Do you think it will magically work? If you want to run the programs that are on your original HDD, you need to make it the primary master/boot drive (C:) again & repair the Windows installation. That's what you should have done in the 1st place.

How to Perform a Repair Installation

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September 13, 2010 at 17:18:41
first of all, the only way i could've possibly solved the problem was reformat and lose everything (yes i tried everything with the recovery console/boot disks), what I did solved it for the most part. i just thought changing the letter back to C would make everything work again, like maybe the .exe's couldnt find their root files or something because they were installed when it was a C: drive .. i didnt know windows was required to be booted from the drive to run any of the programs on that drive..

and "OtheHill" this is what my drives say
(D:) Healthy (Boot)
(F:) Healthy (Active)
HP_RECOVERY (C:) Healthy (System)

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September 13, 2010 at 18:20:57
Well, I don't know how that configuration happened but your recovery partition is your system partition. You can't change it.

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September 14, 2010 at 04:40:35
lol. damn, ok.. thanks anyway guys.

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September 14, 2010 at 04:48:53
I suggest you backup your personal data, if assessable and then reinstall from scratch.

If you have lots of personal files, excluding the installed programs then leave that drive disconnected when reinstalling the OS. After up and running then reconnect it. That will avoid the same problem in the future.

Even if you get the drive letters to match the original installation the programs still will not work. There are dlls that are installed in Windows when you install a program. The letter assignment is only part of the issue.

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September 14, 2010 at 05:10:46
alright, maybe ill do that. thanks a bunch

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September 14, 2010 at 09:38:14
"the only way i could've possibly solved the problem was reformat and lose everything"

No, a "repair installation" *should* have fixed it. It is NOT done from the recovery console. Basically what you would be doing is installing XP over the top of itself. You do not format using this method & do not lose any files or programs. The only thing you will lose are any Windows Updates that wre installed, but reinstalling them is no big deal. If you have not tried a repair, I suggest you reconfigure your old HDD to be the boot drive, then follow the instructions I posted at the end of response # 4.

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