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    Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    Hello all,

    I just did a clean install of XP PRO after deleting the partitions of my 40GB drive, then having WinXP format the drive as NTFS. Problem is, for some reason WinXP named my root drive F: instead of C:. I'm sure it's not a big deal in the scheme of things, but it's confusing; I have several other removable media drives (CDRW, DVD, Zip) and I'd like to keep the HD as C:.

    I tried to change the drive letter from the Computer Management section, but I was told I cannot change the root or system drive letter (at least in WinXP). Is this a final answer, or is there some other way to do it? Perhaps in BIOS/CMOS setup?

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Thanks for any tips,

    Erik

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    Re: Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    Hey Erik,

    Bad news....short of a full format and re-install, you can't do it. You'd break everything from here to high heaven if you changed the root drive letter. The real question is, how did you end up with XP installed on drive F:? That would seem to indicate that the partitions still exist from before.
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    Re: Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    Bummer. I'm not really sure why it gave me an F: drive letter. It might be b/c drive letters were assigned to my cd & dvd drives when the install process started. I tried to change it in the WinXP format process, but it wouldn't let me. And I thought I wasn't supposed to set (and thus name) a partition using Fdisk.

    It's definitely an inconvenience, but can you see any reason having an F: root drive letter would be bad enough to refromat & reinstall everything?

    Thanks for the help & input,

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    Re: Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    I can't see a reason in the world to format and reinstall all over just for the sake of a letter. At home, I have 2000 installed on D: and XP installed on E:. At the office, NT 4 is on C, and XP is on D:. I just try to set all the defaults to be the same for each OS - such as My Documents, etc. Since you are not dual-booting this really isn't an issue, so if you think you can get used to the idea of Windows being on F:.....I'd leave it there! The alternative, spending precious hours of your life to reinstall a working OS all over again seems rather pointless. My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    Yeah, I agree. I've spent too much time on this already... Thanks a lot for the definitive word, Mark.

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    Re: Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    The reason Windows was installed on F: drive is - when the installation process starts, you had extended partition on your hard drive present AND you chose the option "Install on unformatted space". If you deleted primary partition before installation, you probably have no C: drive at all or C: is assigned to your extended partition (you can easily change this setting). Configuration with Windows on F: drive and no C: drive has it's advantages and disadvantages.
    Advantages are: some viruses and "unmanaged" setup programs (spywares, unwanted demos and so on) look for C: drive to install itself presuming C: is your system partition. Disadvantages are similar: many Setup programs has C: drive as default and setup process will be crashed if you choose "typical" installation.
    The choice is yours.

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    Re: Change Drive Letter of Root Drive?

    You're right about the extended partition, now that you mention it. The F: drive is a bit of an inconvenience, but following your pro/con note above, I'm going to tell myself it's aggod thing since it will improve my security <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for your help.

    Erik

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