C:\ drive displays as E:\ in Server 2003

January 20, 2011 at 04:44:10
Specs: Windows 2003 server Standard

I'm running Server 2003 Standard. Everything works fine. It boots up fine all my users can connect to it except when opening windows explorer instead of having a C:\ drive as the system partition I have an E:\ drive as the system partition without any C:\ or D:\ drives.

Does anyone have an idea what the problem could be and how to rectify it without reinstalling my server.


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January 20, 2011 at 09:55:10
Right Click on My Computer -> Select Manage -> Select Disk Managment -> Right Click on the E: drive -> Select Switch Drive Letter.

Be Careful because if there are any shortcuts, paths or registry keys that reference E: they will break. You really should have fixed the the issue when you first formatted the drive and installed the OS.

Personally I would leave it alone or reinstall but if this is a DC then you would have to DCPROMO it to remove it from your domain and that could make a real mess specially if it is the only DC on your domain.

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January 20, 2011 at 11:17:31
OS will not allow you to change system or boot drive letters.
If it did you would have 1000's of invalid registry entries.

Usual reason for the results you see is you had usb devices connected [card readers, memory sticks, etc] in the system when you were installing.

There is nothing wrong with having E: not as C:. The older apps that this might make a difference to usually can't be installed on 2003 srv anyway.

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