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    Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    I have partitioned my C: drive, XP is on one partition and the other remains unassigned because I can't figure out how to change the drive letter of my CD drive. I'm logged on as administrator in safe mode but in device manager there doesn't seem to be any obvious way, unless I disable the device. Help would be welcome.

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    Re: Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management and right click on the Drive you want to change and select Change Drive Letters And Paths.

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    Re: Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    Peter,
    This is taken from the help screen of XP.

    To assign, change, or remove a drive letter
    Using the Windows interface

    Open Computer Management (Local).
    In the console tree, click Disk Management.
    Where?

    Computer Management (Local)
    Storage
    Disk Management

    Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
    Do one of the following:
    To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.
    To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.
    To remove a drive letter, click it, and then click Remove.
    Important

    Be careful when making drive-letter assignments because many MS-DOS and Windows programs make references to a specific drive letter. For example, the path environment variable shows specific drive letters in conjunction with program names.
    Notes

    To open Computer Management, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
    You must be logged on as a computer administrator in order to complete this procedure.
    A computer can use up to 26 drive letters. Drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives, but you can assign these letters to removable drives if the computer does not have a floppy disk drive. Hard disk drives in the computer receive letters C through Z, while mapped network drives are assigned drive letters in reverse order (Z through [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img].
    You cannot change the drive letter of the system volume or boot volume.
    An error message may appear when you attempt to assign a letter to a volume, CD-ROM drive, or other removable media device, possibly because it is in use by a program in the system. If this happens, close the program accessing the volume or drive, and then click the Change Drive Letter and Paths command again.
    Windows 2000 and Windows XP allow the static assignment of drive letters on volumes, partitions, and CD-ROM drives. This means that you permanently assign a drive letter to a specific partition, volume, or CD-ROM drive. When you add a new hard disk to an existing computer system, it will not affect statically assigned drive letters.
    You can also mount a local drive at an empty folder on an NTFS volume using a drive path instead of a drive letter. For more information, click Related Topics

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    Re: Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    Thanks - I didn't know this thing existed and I think it's terrific since I'm performing a clean install and I was struggling with Recovery Console. I hate to ask the supplementary question because I think I know the answer, but Is there any way to change the relative size of an existing partition? My system drive is too small, and I really only need one. One last format and installation won't kill me, but if there's a quicker way I'd be interested.

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    Re: Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    You would need to use a third party tool such as Partition Magic

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    Re: Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    Yes and it is well worth the money. There are alot of things you can do with Partition Magic. But it makes what you want to do very simple.

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    Re: Drive letters (XP Pro SP-1)

    A tool such as Partition Magic is the only way without blowing away everything and starting clean. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
    Edit: Ooops Stuart beat me to it. Didn't see that.

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