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    Remapping Hard Drive

    I have two physical hard drives. The C drive is all one partition but the D drive is split into four partitions, D-G. Is it possible to remap one of the drives to another letter, say the E drive to become M? I've been able to do this with my CD Rom drive (now R and my Zip drive (now S but cannot figure out how to do it with an actual hard drive.

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    Re: Remapping Hard Drive

    From here
    This will walk you through changing the drive letters to whatever you want.
    1. Open the Control Panel
    2. Select Classic View (if not already setup that way)
    3. Click Administrative Tools Folder
    4. Double-click the Computer Management icon
    5. Computer Management window will open. Click storage in the left page.
    6. Double-click Disk Management
    7. Right-click the drive you want to change
    8. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths
    9. Click the Change Button
    10. Select the drive letter to which you want to assign it
    11. Note the warning and agree if you accept the risks
    12. Close out the disk management

    Switching drive letters need an extra step. As two drives cannot be assigned to the same letter, you many need to temporarily change one of the drives to something random.

    For example, after installing a new storage hard drive, my system had my main drive as C, CD-ROM as D, and storage drive as E. I switch my CD-ROM to X for a second, switch my storage drive to D, and then assign my CD-ROM to E. The switch is completed.

    Warnings:

    1. You should not change drives containing system information or installed programs.
    2. You should not change your CD-ROM drive if an installed program looks for a "run disk" in order to run
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    Re: Remapping Hard Drive

    My control panel is in classic view. I don't have an Administrative Tools Folder or a Computer Management icon. I'm running ME, perhaps these are things you find in XP?

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    Re: Remapping Hard Drive

    My error. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> Those instructions are for XP. Take a look here. I believe you'll find what you need. You can always use Partition Magic or TweakUI to reassign drive letters on any OS.
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    Re: Remapping Hard Drive

    I could have sworn I posted this earlier, but it seems to have disappeared... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Try Letter Asigner - freeware, but otherwise unknown to me. I would avoid re-lettering a drive with installed programs on it.
    It may be a good idea to ensure you have a back-up made first.

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    Re: Remapping Hard Drive

    I've looked over the instructions, tried some of them, and experimented with Partition Magic. It appears that I cannot do what I want to do. I try to give my drives meaningful letters, R: is for the (recordable) CD drive and Z: is for the Zip drive. I have two hard drives and the second is partitioned into three logical drives, D-F. I keep MP3 files on the E drive so I was hoping to rename it as M:. It appears to me that you can rename a second hard drive only when it is not partitioned. It's not a big deal, something I was hoping to do to make it easier to remember things. Thanks for the help.

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