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    Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Edited by <!profile=StuartR>StuartR<!/profile> to add link to previous post

    So I went back and reviewed the responses to my previous post -- several had a caution that WINDOWS likely would not find some stuff if the drive letters changed. Ideally WINDOWS would be sharp enough to 'know' that the drive letters have changed and make an accomodation. Is there a way to identify those programs that would be affected by a drive letter change? This mostly comes about, but not confined to, when installing the 'cigar' USB storage units. I just don't feel comfortable with what used to be my old D: now in the F: or J: position but need guidance on changing it.

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    You could try searching the registry for D: and replacing all instances that you find with F:

    I have done this successfully in the past, when I moved a CD drive from D: to Z:, but you should take great care that you review all the registry entries carefully, and export the previous values so you can recover if it all goes wrong.

    This can still fail of you have an old application that stores information about the location of it's source in a data file, I have seen this with some older games, you then have to find the particular data file and edit it.

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    ladimer,
    If you have Norton Utilites or Systemworks, you can run the WinDoctor which will look through the reg to look for broken links or shortcuts that pointed to a particular drive letter and suggest the changes that it finds. For instance, if it finds that a program was installed in the D drive and is no longer there but it finds that the same point is now located in the F drive, it will ask if you wish to change it. A quick yes and it's done. Very easy to use.
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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Thanks for the reply. The worsening situation is that I partitioned the huge C: drive (who needs 200G?) thinking the new partitions would come out to be D:, E:, etc after a reboot. Didn't happen. Now my D: is a seldom used desktop camera, followed by four of the digital camera memory readers, I'm up to "K" before there exists the first of the partitions of C:!! I'd like someone's program that would move the non-storing junk drives to the rear of the alphabet. Any chance of that?

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    To change the letters for the drives...
    <UL><LI>Right click on My Computer
    <LI>Select Manage from the menu
    <LI>In the left pane select Disk Management
    <LI>In the right pane right click the disk partition you want to change
    <LI>Select Change drive letter and paths...
    <LI>Click change
    <LI>Choose the new drive letter and OK out of all the dialog boxes
    <LI>Right click the next partition and change that the same way[/list]StuartR

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Thank you. I can see that would work well. The procedure you suggested works for moving partitions/drives down the alphabet not up (except for B. Do I then move the higher lettered drives to near the end of the alphabet to make room for the drives I want to put before them? And then move the junk back to the end of the new arrangement?

    I don't think it makes any sense to create partitions when there is a single hard drive; folders would do the same separation of functions. If the drive goes, then every thing goes with it. Argue with me...

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    You are correct about how to move drive letters down.

    You cannot access data on a disk drive unless you create at least one partition (you may think of this as not having partitions, but Windows distinguishes the drive from the partition).

    Some people create multiple partitions in order to manage their PC more effectively. For example if you have a separate partition used for temporary files then this can reduce disk fragmentation. If you have a separate partition for all your data then you can reformat and reinstall all your software without risking your data.

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Ladimer,
    If you just want to rearrange your drive letters to your taste, Stuart's suggestion is definitely the way to go.
    I think the general opinion of most people is to partition your HD with a small 4-5 meg C: partition for the OS and then break up the balance for storage of Program Files, Storage and Documents, etc.
    The biggest advantage to the small C: drive to my way of thinking is the ability to reformat and install the OS with blowing away all of your other data. Now if only the default location for installing programs is NOT the C drive, program folder, this would be nice.

    ( does anyone know of a way to change the default location??? )
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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Bob,
    Hope you meant 4 - 5 GB not Meg. Even that might be a little 'cheap' with the size of todays drives. If you use system restore you can easily use up a Gig or so and the OS just keeps getting bigger. I'd say a 10 GB 'C' partition just to be safe.

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Hi Joe,
    Yes, of course I meant GIGS, not megs. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> Don't know where my mind was when typing that.
    I keep my OS drive pretty clean and put all programs on my F drive. System Restore is active on the C and I still have a little over a Gig free on a 5 gig partition. Makes for a faster defrag too.
    I suppose 10 gigs wouldn't be overboard though.
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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    Wow - thanks to all for the good advice and timely response!!
    On the argument that partitioning a large C: is good because 'one can reinstall the OS in a small C: without harming the data in a following partition'. My thought that the extant OS contains a bunch of information about each program that works with it. So while the working programs and data would still be resident in a following partition the new OS would have no knowledge of where any of the stuff was. Is XP smart enough to avoid this 'got ya'?

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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    You may have to reinstall some apps but the important thing is that your data files and config files would be retained.
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    Re: Drive Letters (XPH SP1)

    I agree with you on this point. I usually have just two partitions, one for operating system and installed programs and a separate one for data. But I guess there are as many opinions as there are users, that's why they call them Personal Computers.

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