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    started out as a winxp machine, with c-g partitions. only xp system files are on c: . d: is data partition. other stuff or nothing were on other partitions.

    i installed win7 on E: .
    I understand that the active op sys makes it's partition C:. in my case the winxp partition now becomes D: and the former data partition gets bumped back to E: .

    can i, while in win7. rename the 'E: data partition' back to d:, and the winxp partition to E: ?

    or, is there another way to deal with this.

    it will make it easier for different program settings and my backups if data can be on D: regardless of op sys.

    thanks,

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    Yes, you can, but you'll have to free up the drive letters you need first. In other words, you'll have to first re-letter the XP partition to something other than D: in order to free up D:, then rename the data partition to D:, which will free up E:, and then you can re-letter the XP partition to E.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Or one just uses a higher drive letter that won't get changed in either case for the data partition.

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    On my system, the other OS uses a high drive letter (Q while the data drives are D: .. G:. The next set of letters is taken up the USB devices. CD/DVD drives start from Z: and work their way downward (current have U: .. Z: assigned). I maintain this in both XP and Win 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey View Post
    it will make it easier for different program settings and my backups if data can be on D: regardless of op sys.
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    Or one just uses a higher drive letter that won't get changed in either case for the data partition.
    The OP wants to keep the data partition as "D:".
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    Understood, that's why I improperly started a sentence with "or."

    I add eSATA drives to systems fairly often later on and a higher letter data drive just gives a touch more flexibility for that and any other changes that might occur to the system; don't have to fiddle or worry about those changes affecting the data partition designation.

    I wouldn't know how common it is for others to make changes after a system is set up though.

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    thanks to all.

    i have, in win7, changed the winxp partition to M:, and data partition to D:. all is good. and booting to xp still works . a miracle! :-)

    if i knew then, what i know now, i would have left empty partitions at the lower letters and not have had to deal with this. i wasn't aware of the active op sys taking over c: and rearranging the others.

    only a few (i hope) problems to go, to get win7 fully operational.

    thanks again,

    jeffrey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Tarbox View Post
    I wouldn't know how common it is for others to make changes after a system is set up though.
    Quite. I've found that there is money to be made in doing what the customer wants done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey View Post
    if i knew then, what i know now, i would have left empty partitions at the lower letters and not have had to deal with this. i wasn't aware of the active op sys taking over c: and rearranging the others.
    It's there in my signature; "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."...Sir Thomas Robert Deware.

    Glad you got it sorted out.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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