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    Partition Question

    I am trying to partition my HD (20 GB) on a WIN 2000 PRO system. I am using Partition Magic 7.0. My plan was to keep 4 GB for the C drive, then create a SWAP (D) drive of 1 GB, a TEMP (E) drive of 2 GB, a DATA (F) drive of 5 GB and a PROGRAM (G) drive of 5 GB. When I go to create a new partition, Partition Magic shows that an "extended" drive of 1004.1 MB as a second primary drive and assigns E for the Logical drive I am trying to create. What is this "extended" drive???

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    Re: Partition Question

    OK - I just figured out what the "extended" drive is. No more problem. Howver, I have a new question. The new SWAP drive was assigned the letter E and the CD drive retained the letter D. Is this OK??

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    Re: Partition Question

    Have you rebooted?

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    Re: Partition Question

    It's OK with me if it's OK with you....you can always change the drive letters if you don't like that arrangement.
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    Re: Partition Question

    Yes I have rebooted - and created 2 additional partitions - the D continues to be assigned to the CD drive.

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    Re: Partition Question

    How do I change the Drive Letter assignments?

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    Re: Partition Question

    Right-click on the My Computer icon, select Manage from the menu, and then drill down to the Disk Management option. You can then right-click on the partitions it displays and change the drive letters. To get to D:, you'll first have to assign the CD-ROM an unused drive letter - perhaps Q: or something arbitrary - and apply the changes, then change the letter of your swap partition to D:. Otherwise, it won't be available on the drop-down list.

    Hope that helps...
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    drive letter assignment

    Hey Mark, I now have the following drive letter assignments - C - local disk, D - swap, E - temp, F - CD drive, G - Data and H - programs. (I presume that sounds familiar as I read your layout a week ago). Is it OK if I just leave them like they are?

    If I change them using the Disk Management, and I assign Q to the CD drive, do I need to change the DATA drive to F and the Programs drive to G?

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    Re: drive letter assignment

    I use W for the burner and R for the reader, then Z for my Zip drive..

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    Re: drive letter assignment

    As Dave noted in his post, it really doesn't matter what letter you use, as long as you're comfortable with it. I have been using the same drive letter layout for quite some time and having the CD in the middle of the hard drives never seemed quite right to me, so I always make sure they appear last. However, if that doesn't bother you, whatever letters you choose are fine. Remember, if you've installed anything on the F: or G: partitions, changing the drive letter could break installed software, so you need to take that into consideration.
    -Mark

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