No C: Drive After Replacing Harddrive

April 25, 2009 at 06:55:32
Specs: Windows XP
Ok, here is a problem that no one has been able to solve for me. Recently my harddrive was beginning to die and I replaced it with a new hard drive. Everything went very smoothly except for an error on my part. Inadvertantly, I did not name this new drive as my C: Drive. As a result, I have no C: drive. My boot drive is now E: and my second hard drive is now drive H:. The system now has no C; drive and I am unable to rename my boot drive to C:.
This has not been a problem until I purchased an HP OfficeJet J4580 printer/copier/scanner/fax machine. On loading the software, I received a Fata Error (no c:\ drive found). HP has been unsuccessful in resolving the issue (more than 6 hours of attempting). In fact all they did was corrupt the registry (and yes, I did have a backup).
Is there anyway in the world that this can be fixed??

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April 25, 2009 at 07:51:15
Explain how you installed it a PATA or SATA HDD? The original HP HDD had the recovery info on a hidden partition so how did you go about reinstalling Windows?

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April 25, 2009 at 14:41:08
Something screwy going on here, you shouldn't need to name a new drive c when installing Windows, it should automatically make the system disk c.
As jam said explain what you did.

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May 3, 2009 at 07:52:52
Honestly I wish I could recall the finer details. Last year I REPLACED the failed harddrive on a 3 year old Gateway Desktop computer with a new harddrive (WDC-WD800JB-00JJCO). I do not recall how I reloaded the O/S (XP Professional Version 2002, Service Pack 3).

Even with my Drive E: acting as my boot drive, I experienced NO PROBLEMS with any software installations this past year UNTIL I tried to install the CD that came with my HP Officejet, Model J-4580. When reaching approximately 18% complete, the installation failed with a FATAL ERROR message of no Drive C:\.

The PRINTER DRIVER did install properly and I can print. However, the S/W components for the COPIER, FAX and SCANNER did not install and those components do not work.

After 6+ hours with HP support, the problem remains. HP support ended up corrupting my Registration file. When the rep discovered he did that, he terminated the phone call. I had a backup of the file and was able to reboot. The rep had been attempting to SEARCH & REPLACE the file for E:\ and replacing all references to C:\

He also tried the SUBSTITUTE command of C:\ for E:\

He did a complete uninstall of the HP installation and tried a fresh install

Sorry I cannot provided any further details on the O/S installation.

My main question still goes back to why does HP require that a C:\ Drive actually exist for their printer to work. No other S/W program I have used has required this.

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