Boot Drive Is F: Instead Of C:

Hey Fred, I’ve been reading your letter for a long time and just subscribed to Plus!
My Question:  how do I change my drive letter back to C? My daughter’s hard drive (that was only a few months old) crashed and I reinstalled every thing on the new drive but left the USB card reader installed, (didn’t even cross my mind that it would cause this problem).  So now her hard drive is drive F because the reader is drive C and D and the CD is drive E.  It’s not a major problem but it does cause problems with some software, especially Spybot Search & destroy, as it looks to drive C.  I work around it by unplugging her reader.  I know I’m not the only one to have had this problem and would appreciate your comments.
Keep up the good work —Mark

Changing most drive-letter assignments is easy, but— as you’ve discovered— changing the *boot* drive letter is a bit harder.

But it can be done. The official how-to from Microsoft is "How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows," at;EN-US;Q223188

The simpler and more general procedure (for non-boot drives) is "How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP," at;en-us;307844&sd=tech

And there’s tons more info here:

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Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.