Problem with renamed drive letters

September 1, 2010 at 08:09:51
Specs: Windows vista
i recently tried installing a second operating system on my laptop by creating a second partition on the c drive. i named the partition d and my disk drive was called f.i restarted and now it hangs on a black screen with a flashing underscore. i can access vista recovery but after doing the initial formating of the c drive it resets and then goes back to the black screen. is there anyway i can change the drive letters back from start up? i also tried going into safemode and nothing happened.

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September 1, 2010 at 08:54:06
What you describe is a lost mbr [master boot record].

When you partitioned you first shrunk c: to make room? What you describe sounds more like you renamed c: to either d or f.

If this is the case you can try to name c: back again using the unmentioned utility you used to change it with. Might also review what bcdedit has to say about your boot config.

Otherwise its a repair install of vista.

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September 1, 2010 at 09:35:05
i didn't rename c i only renamed the second partition on c to d and the cd drive to f. i tried recovering as i do not own a recovery cd i can only do it from the recovery stored in the c drive but when it automatically restarts it stops at the black screen with flashing underscore.

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September 1, 2010 at 11:06:21
you speak of c: as a drive. It is a partition on the drive just like d:.

How did you make d:? What software did you use?

did you change which partition was active? C: should be the active partition.

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September 1, 2010 at 11:36:46
i have left the c partition unchanged. i did not use any software to change them. i just used windows vista disk management in the control panel under computer management.

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September 1, 2010 at 12:35:36
Davidsd you can not create a new partition unless there is raw space to make it in. So where did the raw space for d: come from?

Only conclusion I can come to is you would have to "shrink" your c: partition to make space available for a d: partition.

You would have done something like this:

You did not delete an existing partition like a utility partition and then turn this into d:? Otherwise please explain how you got the free space to make d:.

Also what OS were you trying to install on d:?

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September 1, 2010 at 14:08:04
yes i did shrink part of c and i was trying to install windows i need a windows vista recovery cd to get this working again?

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September 1, 2010 at 15:52:17
Windows xp is older than Vista and if successfully installed you would not boot vista without repairing the vista boot loader. Did the xp install bomb?

Vista recovery disk usually means an image disk from the manufacture to restore the hard drive back to factory setup. That would lose everything on the drive.

Now if you have a plain old Vista cd that came with your laptop you would want to follow this;

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