Simple, proactive steps and tests can help ensure that repair/recovery disks work as they should — when you really need them.
Plus: Using hard-drive “short-stroking,” File History’s excessive use of disk space, and a virus-scan crashing problem.
Drive-letter change causes repair-disc failure
After reading the April 24 LangaList Plus column, “Obscure error halts rescue disk-creation process,” reader David Malherbe sent in a note sharing his own experiences:
- “I’ve had a similar problem on a few Win7 machines over the years. The CD/DVD drive worked perfectly for everything, except with repair discs. It would then fail.
“The problem started after I created a second partition to store photos, music, and so forth. I named the ‘new’ drive D:, which changed the assigned letter for the CD/DVD drive. When I reformatted the machine and reinstalled Win7 with no second partition, I had no problem creating a rescue CD.”
Yes, changing drive-letter assignments can royally mess up operations with bootable rescue/repair media.
Unfortunately, PCs still use drive-lettering conventions carried over, virtually unchanged, from their earliest days — over 30 years ago.
On those first personal computers (including both CPM and DOS systems), we booted the OS, ran applications, and stored our data on the only media devices available — cassette and floppy drives. Those drives were permanently assigned A: and B:.