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Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

Question: Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

If I boot from the new drive with the existing F: (created by a copy with data lifeguard) set up as a slave, it does boot, but things are confused. Files that are on C: appear to be on both drives. Files that should be on F: are missing. Strange things happen.

If I replace the new master with the old one, leaving the same slave in place, I see drive F: the way I think it should be!

I think windows must be remembering something about the old drive, probably in the registry, and becomes confused by it when I try to boot from the copy that ghost has made. As I said at the beginning, I have the same problem (I think) if I try to boot from the copy I made using data lifeguard disk to disk copy.

I sure don't know what to do next.

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Answer: Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
There's also a Dos window... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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Well, I did a dual-boot system with Vista 32-bit and 7 64-bit. Now the problem is that, when I'm in Vista, the drive letter of Vista would be C: and 7 would be in B:.
But when I'm in 7, its partition would have the letter C: while Vista would have B:.
Is this normal? What would happen if I installed a program on the path C: in Windows 7?

Answer:Confused about drive letters...

Hello 18MW, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, this is completely normal. Whatever OS has started up will automatically consider itself on the C: partition or drive. You will not have a problem installing a program since it sees what the OS sees it as.

Hope this helps,

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I posted earlier about mixed up drive letters on my two hard drives. They are C and E instead of C and D. Everything seems to work Ok but I wanted to correct it. I had a response that said I should go into disk management and I did that. But when I tried to change drive E I got the error message:
"Cannot modify the drive letter of your system or boot volume" Disk management also showed drive E as Drive 0. But when I created a document in Word and saved it to "My Documents" on the desktop, a search showed it to be on drive C, so I am thoroughly mystified.

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I tried copying my 40GB hard drive which is getting noisy to another 20GB drive I have as a slave with Paragon Drive copy 8.5, I selected source 40GB to 20GB to save. The system shut down and now it will not reboot, just keeps recycling the black XP screen then shuts down again. I have tried repairing with XP disc fixmbr is there another option with XP repair?

All I want is my 40GB hard drive back how do I get it to reload, Ive disconnected the 20GB one. There must be a way to rescue it? I know I shouldn't have tried 40 into 20 but there was only 14GB on the 40GB and the 20GB was good!

Answer:XP Won't boot after trying to copy hard drive,

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I tried copying my 40GB hard drive which is getting noisy to another 20GB drive I have as a slave with Paragon Drive copy 8.5, I selected source 40GB to 20GB to save. The system shut down and now it will not reboot, just keeps recycling the black XP screen then shuts down again. I have tried repairing with XP disc fixmbr is there another option with XP repair?

Answer:XP Won't boot after trying to copy hard drive,

"I tried copying my 40GB hard drive which is getting noisy" - perhaps you copied the drive just in time. Run manufacturer's diagnostics on it; click here

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I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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Answer:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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I thought I had finally gotten this resolved by running Adware SE, Ewido, and Spybot Search and Destroy. However when Windows installed updates and restarted my computer it was back to the same thing. The computer keeps telling me I am running out of space on the Zip drive and prompts me to compress files to save space. But of course there is nothing in the disk drive to begin with. A disk icon for the Zip drive appears in the task bar that thinks it's the disk drive.

For a few shining moments I thought I had finally solved the problem because the disk icon disappeared and my web pages loaded as the should with a cable connection. Now my computer is running very slow again.

Does anyone know how I can permanently fix this? And what is telling the computer to use the zip drive???????????

I am attaching my hijack this file that I just ran in case it helps.

Answer:Confused computer. Thinks zip drive is the hard drive

Try uninstalling the InCDsrv.exe that comes with Nero and reboot and check affects.

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Okay, maybe I'm missing something, but I'm in a quandary: I have had my XP computer for awhile, works great though I can always use RAM, eh? My boot drive C has now gotten dangerously low on space, and I have removed everything that could possible save space. I have two other drives in the computer I can use. Is there a way to change the drive letters of one of the other drives and completely transfer the data from the C drive to one of them, thus making the new drive the main, boot drive? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:altering drive letters - C: (boot) drive too small

Prebuilt or custom case there? What sizes of drives are you working with? The way I would do that fast here(for custom not prebuilt) is to temporarily unplug the present host and setup one of the larger drives as the new host/OS drive to later copy what files are needed to it.

Changing drive letter designations is done while booted into Windows. All but the OS drive can see the drive letters changed. The drive Windows is installed onto should always be seen as C unless something went sideways during the installation like boot information lingering on the wrong drive.

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How do I get the connection to the second drive letter. I did have it when the hard drive was installed but some error dropped the connection.

Answer:Hard Drive Split two drive letters

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I have no idea why but I have an issue where my brother's computer after a clean install of XP from 98 exchanged ID letters. Drive "C" is now "F" and the Zip drive is now "C". It may have been something to do with SP2 which I removed. Windows won't allow me to change the hard drive back to "C" even after I made it available by designating the Zip as "H". Trying in Safe mode did not allow the change, nor did Partition Magic change it. "C" was added to the name but I could not change it from "F". I already started over and reinstalled XP but it still came up "F" as the hard drive. Things work after the second install where the drives quit after the first half-way into re-loading programs. Now it is just a pathway issue. What else can I do short of starting all over? Is there a way to change the hard drive designation? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:Hard drive and Zip drive exchanged ID letters.

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I have done a fairly deep search but failed to come up with an answer so - here's hoping I am not intruding by asking a repeat question.First - HP 4600 work station, quite new, 2Gb RAM, Intel duo E6850 @ 3 GHz.  2x 250Gb WD SATA  HDD's, partitioned, Kingston USB hub, internal  quad card reader, Ultra SCSI card, Nvidia 1700 dual mon vid.I already use successfully up to three external HDD's for backup etc with no problem - in fact USB anything is pretty OK - (as is the case on my Lenovo XP pro backup machine) .  However, this HP machine replaces my old custom machine which went sour recently and tho most data was backed up I have a few items I want to pull off two (partitioned) 150Gb HDD's from it.I have tried both HDD's in my CompUSA ext'l hard drive enclosure (which has worked on many of my old HDD's) - but I have a problem.  The OS ''Sees" the drive and seemingly sets it up as OK - but - does not allocate a darned drive letter so - can't get in!  Same on the Lenovo in fact.I took a peek within Computer management/disk management - and the drive shows but no letter.  In the top listing it shows as 35Gb with 4.1Gb spare - well that would be one partition.  The lower pictorial representation however shows it as 150Gb, basic, healthy/active - but looking like all one with no partition!  Shows too as NTFS.  Right click contect menu is all greyed out except for "delete par... Read more

Answer:Ext'l hard drive - no drive letter/letters

ChrisXPPro,Given your comments it appears you are far from a stranger in regards to knowledge re external HDD's. I suspect that is true for both standalone externals and internals converted to cases.Therefore i could assume (but won't--in case it is one of those times in life where the answer to "are you sure it is plugged in " results in it being unplugged.Hope you can follow the analogy.All this to say--my experience has shown that internal HDD"s can need to be set to varying jumper positions before placing them in a case in order for them to function.I don't know yet whether it is the brand of case that determines this,the brand of HDD,the operating system,or whatever.But from past experience i have found it can make a difference as to how it is perceived and handled by a computer. For what it's worth--maybe not much. goodluck,truenorth

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Hello all,
I have this really weird issue where all drive letter seem to be taken, even though there is nothing calling for their use. First issue was when I call a program from an external HDD and resulted in an incorrect path.
Seemed that the "I:\" Drive, in this case was remapped to a different letter. All subsequent drive partitions on this HDD were also remapped. When opening a program to encode audio it listed just about all drives, a-z, even when there was no content. A bit later, not only one of 3 partitions on the external HDD was available, "Z:\" and all other partitions could not find an available driver letter to map to.

I tried DISK MANAGEMENT to assign a permanent letter to one of the letters, but there were no drive letters available. Malware software found nothing, but running MS Security essentials now.

This is a big issue, one I have ZERO experience in troubleshooting, so looking for some expert help here.

Dell Inspiron B130/2MB RAM/1.7GHz/Windows 7 Home Premium


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I just bought a WD 1 TB to replace 120 GB slave (it was 'c:') I had. I intended to still use it as a slave and keep my 320 GB (it was 'd:') as the master. They're both SATA's so of course that doesn't matter so I just kept the 320 set as the primary in BIOS.

At first boot up the computer started fine but when it started Windows the previous devices hadn't been loaded and I was asked to register again before starting. I re-registered and clearly all the previous settings are gone.

I think this is because the drive letters were changed? Is there a way to it something else? Can drive letters just be changed back and voila everything finds itself again?

Thanks for any help.

Answer:New Hard Drive/Changed Drive Letters

disk management in computer management access through administrative tools
right click on the drive in question and select from the menu to check

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I've done a lot of searching around and read everything about pagefiles except the fix that I'm looking for

I'm trying to move the pagefile from C: to an external hard drive. I've resized the pagefile on C: to be small with the intention of moving the bulk of the pagefile to the external hdd (F:). The problem that I'm having is that xp home is somehow not creating the new pagefile on the external hdd.

My computer has 512 mb RAM. I edit the min and max paramenters under the settings for the 1.5 gb partition (I:) in virtual memory to the recommended value of 754 mb and restart the computer. On startup, I notice that xp home complains about running low on virtual memory. I check to see if the pagefile was written to I:, but no pagefile was created. I've tried many times, changing pagefile size and rebooting with no success.

The external hdd is 320 gb with a 1.5 gb partion (FAT32) that I made to hold the new pagefile. The external hdd is a seagate freeagent desktop, usb 2.0. Xp home recognizes it as a hard disk, and it's not a dynamic disk so I see no reason why xp home doesn't write the pagefile to the drive. Maybe there's something obvious that I'm missing but for the moment I'm pretty bamboozled and irritated.

Answer:XP Home does not write Pagefile to another hard drive

Hello ,

try setting no page file on the internal harddrive & all your page file to the exsternal drive

for if i remember right you can have only one page file running on a system for with 2 pagefile setups it confuses the software / it dont know what one to write to

you may have to set you internal drive to be the first loading device / the exsternal as the 2 loading device / your cd rom the 3 loading device thru the bios

let me know


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Windows needs a pagefile on its boot partition that’s large enough for a debugging file called a memory dump. A dump file, however, contains highly technical information that’s useful only to system administrators and very advanced users.
A 2MB pagefile is enough for Windows to write out the minimum amount of information necessary to help an expert identify the problem. You can create a pagefile this small on your boot partition, and then add a larger pagefile on a different drive for code swapping to improve performance.
If you decide to make your boot-disk pagefile this small, you’ll need to follow these steps:
Step 1. Press WindowsKey+R (Win+R) to open the Run dialog box.
Step 2. Vista only: Type SystemPropertiesAdvanced and press Enter.
Step 3. XP only: Type control sysdm.cpl and press Enter. Click the Advanced tab.
Step 4. In both Vista and XP, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
Step 5. In the Startup and Recovery dialog box, choose Small memory dump (64KB) under Write debugging information. You can also change the path of Dump file to a partition other than c: to save space, if desired.
Step 6. Click OK, and then click Yes to acknowledge the warning on minimum pagefile size. Follow any screen prompts as you close the remaining dialog boxes.
If you are a systems administrator or advanced user, you can choose another option under Write debugging information, but you’ll need a substantially larger pagefile to do the job. Mi... Read more

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Hi there, after rebooting i just received a "system properties" error message about creating a temporary paging file (see attached picture).
along with that message my hard drive isnt recognized by windows . i have an SSD drive which is my boot drive, and my other drive is a regular WD hard drive. i should add that the hard drive is recognized by the device manager and by the system boot. other attached deviced are working properly, there is no other fault that i am aware of


Answer:Hard drive suddently not recognized, pagefile error?

as you mention the drive seen in device manager, but not recognised by windows - I presume windows is still loading
What is the capacity of the SSD and how much free space is there
What is the capacity of the WD and how much free space is there - check disk management
that is control panel admin tools, computer management and disk management on left pane

Go then Control Panel, system - advanced system settings left pane, advanced tab and click settings button on performance
then advanced tab on that window
then change button on virtual memory
on which drives is a paging file set and what are limits shown if set on ssd and is it set system managed

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?


I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?


Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.


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Hi, I have an issue, my main hard drive is about to die, and I need to try to copy it to my other drive so I can take it out and just use my other drive as my main drive and boot windows etc. from it.Is there a way to do this? I already have stuff installed on my second drive which I don't want to lose so I don't want to have to format it in order to install windows onto it.If there any way at all of just copying everything from my dieing drive to my other drive so I can just take my main drive out and use the other as a main drive.My main drive was a temporary replacement for my last hard drive that died, it is only 40GB IDE, and my secondary drive is  a 250GB SATA (if that helps) I am also running windows XP pro SP3.If you need any more info, I will do my best to tell you anything you need to knowThankyou in advance.

Answer:master hard drive dieing, can I copy it to slave drive?

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My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,


Answer:Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps

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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!

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Hi. As I'm unable to boot up my old computer and need some files off it I removed the hard drive from it and attached it to the 'slave' connection on a working computer's hard drive. The working computer boots up OK but having done this what program do I use to get files from the non working computer's hard drive?

Answer:How to copy from slave hard drive to master hard drive?

You don't need any special program.

Did you set the jumpers on the HDD to slave. If the HDD in your old computer was a master, the jumpers are probably set to master. You'll need to put the jumpers on slave if you are going to add it to an existing IDE cable as a slave. When you restart your PC enter the bios and see if the bios detects this new HDD. IF it does you should be able to enter your OS and it should be detected as a new drive letter.

Then just find your files and copy & paste to master HDD.

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.


the pipster

Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
PCI CloneMaxx

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.

I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

Answer:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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My daughter's PC has an 8.4GB HDD which is almost full, I have bought a 20GB disk, which I have set up as the slave, to replace it, as I want to transfer everything across to that disk. Having studied this forum it seemed that Drive Image 7.0 would be the easiest solution, but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE but it's all a bit beyond me! I have loaded XP PRO on to the new HDD, can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? All advice appreciated.

Answer:Best way to copy full hard drive to larger drive?

but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE - Give some more details?can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? - you would to reinstall programs.

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Can anyone tell me how to copy the entire contents of my 3gb UDMA hard drive, including XP home- to my new 80gb SATA hard drive.

Answer:How do I Copy UDMA Hard Drive to new Sata Drive

Save all your documents to a CD or DVD and re-install XP

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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?

Answer:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.

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I have a Dell Latitude laptop, 4 gb hard drive, 128 mb memory, I have no back up disks to restore the laptop. Can anyone tell me how to copy a drive image of the hard drive laptop to my external 40gb hard drive please?

Answer:copy drive image to external hard drive?

You need software that can create a snapshot image of your laptop hard drive.Acronis "True Image", Norton "Ghost" are betterknown ones. Try EBay or Amazon for deals.

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I have a 300 gig SATA drive on my computer. Stats in my profile.

I bought a 500 gig SATA drive to replace it with.

When I get done, I want the repair/recovery part and the C:\ part to be on the new drive.

I have an external hdd SATA USB holder to hooking it up to start the process isn't a problem.

But I'm not sure of the exact method as the times I've cloned a drive in the past, no recovery partition was there, and the drives were the same size.

I look through the tutorials and didn't see one that fit. I searched for 'clone hard drive' and 'clone boot drive'.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:clone/copy boot drive to larger replacement drive ?

This free software has a drive cloning component. I've not used it myself. (I am using it for image backup.)

Free Hard Disk Copy/Clone Software for PC & Server Hard Drive. Disk clone, disk backup, disk image and partition copy freeware.

As far as the recovery partition, if you still have the option, I would make the recovery DVD set. I don't know if these are hard wired to expect to be on certain disk sectors. Maybe someone who has Acer can chime in. But according to Easus user manual, the disk clone will copy the entire drive as long as the new one is of equal or larger capacity.

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Question: Hard Drive Letters

i installed several hard drives on one cpu when i installed xp it assigned the j to the hard drive. can i reassign the drive letters my main drive now is the j drive it make it very confusing.

my drives are as follows: main drive J
1st slave c
2nd slave d


Answer:Hard Drive Letters

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Question: Hard drive letters

I have two hard drives on the same controller and a CD-Rom drive. In Win2000 the hard drives come up as C: and E: and the CD-rom as D: Why?
And when I click on the command prompt icon under Accessories, sometimes it comes up E:/> at the prompt line instead of C:\>

Answer:Hard drive letters

Sounds like the poor thing is a little confused...

Go to "My Computer"->Control Panel->Administrative Tools-> Computer Management->Disk Management to set that bad boy straight.

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Question: Hard drive letters

Setting up my new computer I partitioned the new HDD into three drives. Letters C,D and E were allocated. I have now formatted and created a non-boot drive on another HDD as additional storage. This insists on using letter D and bumping the previous D and E down one letter. I would like all the three partitions on Drive 1 to be together, not have the additional one coming in between. How can I do this without starting over again installing Windows ( Millenium) and programs?

Answer:Hard drive letters

Have a feeling it is all down to Windows, stacking the first partition with any other primaries. In DOS based programs like Ghost and HyperOs there is no such nonsense. Like you I will hope someone turns up with the answer!

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I'm back from my 4 week hiatus (3 of which the pc was at tech support) and as usual I have a question about my new system

I have a 2.5 GB HD that used to be installed on an older computer. The comp. didn't recognize anything larger than 2 GB though, so it's divided into D: and E:. The new system recognizes both drives and there aren't any problems, but is there a way to have just a D: drive? Thanks

Answer:1 hard drive, 2 letters

You would need to merge the partitions which I don't think can be done without software such as partition magic or system commander. If you are running windows 2000 or XP you could convert the drives from basic storage to dynamic. Then you can setup the system to see only one volume as aposed to two partitions.

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I had 60GB Maxtor in my computer and just installed another one. What I did was set the new one as the primary and the old one as the slave, install XP on the new one, then I was going to copy all my work and stuff over from the old drive (which incidentally also has XP on, but will be formatted after I've got my work transferred over to the new drive).The problem is, Windows has kindly (!) made my primary drive as I: and kept the my old secondary drive (which has 2 partitions) as C: and D: - how do I sort this mess out, i.e. make I: into C: and C: and D: into D: and E:?Hope this makes sense, and thanks for any help!

Answer:Hard Drive Letters Under XP

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Question: Hard drive letters

I have just installed a new extra hard drive as master (with XPhome) and have the original hard drive set as slave. I want to use the new drive as the boot and the old drive as storage. Can I get the new drive to be recognised as the C drive, instead of I drive, as has happened? Will flashing the CMOS do any good ?  

Answer:Hard drive letters

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I am trying to upgrade my hard drive and clone the old one to it in my X201. I have been told that I need to first replace the old hard drive with the new one, then boot off the old one via USB. I can then clone the old one to the new one. When inside the system, my hard drive boots just fine. However, when I hook up the hard drive externally and boot from it, it gets to the Windows logo then blue screens very quickly and reboots. Your suggestions are much appreciated.

Answer:When internal, hard drive will boot just fine. When USB, hard drive will not boot (blue screen)

I had the same issue when upgraded HDD to SSD in my x220. I think it's Lenovo hidden partittion related behavior (System_DRV in my case). And MBR of course. Just swap the drives and clone the old HDD to the new one.

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I have an old gateway.Hard drive shot.Trying to install new hard drive .My ide ribbon has old hard drive plus cd burner attached.How can i install new drive.I was told i can use a3 device floopy ribbon to connect new drive.Stumped !Can i install new drive in place of old one and reinstall op system.Please Advise.Thks Artybabe:cry:cry

Answer:confused hard drive

If the old hard drive is "shot" why don't you just put the new drive in its place?

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My problem: My computer keeps failing to assign letters to two partitions. I can set it up fine in diskmgmt.msc, but as soon as I restart, it loses them again.

My setup: I have 2 hard disks.Hard disk 1 has 3 partitions.
Hard disk 2 has 2 partitions.
However, the hard disk 2 partitions are not labelled or assigned a number automatically by windows. I can assign them one, but it resets when I restart the computer!

Background: I'm running Windows 7, which I installed yesterday. I've never had a problem like this before. Once assigned a letter, all the files are intact and accessible on the missing partitions.

An Image: Check the image below to see my setup in visual terms:

Any help would be much appreciated!

Answer:Reassigning hard drive letters

Hi Chris and welcome to the forum. What letters are you trying to assign? Are you using letters at the bottom end of the alphabet? If so try W,X or Y (I see you have used X)

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Hey there,
So I just ran into a problem with my External Western Digital Hard Drive. Previously, my drive was mapped as the E Drive (I believe) and after taking it down and setting it up again (when i moved back to college), my external hard drive switched drive names on me. This really sucks, as my external drive stores all of my iTunes music and now when i run iTunes, it tries to find the music from the E Drive location and not the G Drive location. Is there an easy way I can change the letter drives so that I don't have to reimport all of my music? Thanks!

Answer:Hard Drive Letters Keep Changing!

Sure, Right Click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right click on the drive graphic and change it's drive letter.

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So here's the issue..
All of my music that I play off iTunes is on an external hard drive labeled "F."

When I recently turned on my external HD the computer assigned it the "H" drive. Of course, when I try to play music in iTunes, it can't find the music because the "F" drive doesn't exist. I've tried to get the computer to force this external HD to stay as the "F" drive (because otherwise the music won't play since it's searching for the F Drive) but to no avail. Any way I can fix this? Hope this made sense

Answer:Changing Hard Drive Letters

One way would be to let iTunes search for and archive the music again.

Another would be start>control panel>Admin tools>computer management> disk managment.

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I have 2 Hard drives, can I change the drive letters? and,if so, how? in xp/pro.

Answer:Changing hard drive letters

You can change drive letters in disk management as long as it is not a system drive [where windows is installed]. Just right click the drive you want to change and select change driver / path from the menu.

It is possible to change a system drive letter, however I do not recommend that you do so. It is an involved process and many apps will need to be reinstalled.

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My Hard Drive is "C".I have two external back up hard drives connected by USB 2, which used to be "F" and "G"I plugged in a Flash Drive when the two external hard drives were switched off and the computer designated it as "F"After disconnecting the Flash Drive I switched on the External Hard Drives but their letters had changed and their short cuts no longer find them.Is there any way of changing these letters to their original settings?I have Windows XP plus all the upgrades.Grateful for any help, Thanks.


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I'm having trouble with iTunes recognising where my mp3 files are as they're on an external hard drive.  I think it's because the hard drives and external devices choose different drive letters each time I boot up and turn them on.Does anyone know of a way to allocate a drive eg (F) Drive to a particular device so that it remains consistent??Regards,Nick

Answer:External Hard Drive Letters

See this: How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

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I have 4 external hard drives attached to my Windows 7 system. I need the drive letters to stay constant because of the program access to them. Is there any way to lock that drive letter down, so that no matter which drive I turn on, the letter is constant,

Answer:External Hard Drive letters

Some possibilities here: It was written for XP but may work with Windows 7. Assign a drive letter to USB external hard drive

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Under Disk management I try to rename my D:\ to C:\ which has windows on it.

It wont let me, can I do this through BIOS?

D:\WINDOWS is my main drive, myabe ill reboot again ;(

Answer:Change the Hard Drive Letters

If your programs and Winows are installed on D : (as the bootable drive) then you cannot change the drive to C :.

There are thousands of Registry entries that would be affected and nothing would run.

You would have to do a complete reinstall.

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Since installing Windows 7 (build 7100) I have been having a strange issue. I have a system drive (C:, 80GB) and 2 identical 300 GB drives (D: and E: ) used to store media. All my drives are internal SATA drives.

Oddly, whenever I restart my computer the drive letters for D: and E: switch. So Media1, which was D:, becomes E:, and vice versa for Media2.

Obviously this is a problem. Has anyone else experienced it? Ideas? I've had this same setup in Windows Vista for over a year, no problems. No hardware was changed with the OS upgrade.

Answer:Hard drive letters switching

This is a windows feature whereby Windows 7 has a new boot loader that actually changes the C: drive (internally within the OS) so that the the OS being loaded is always on Drive C:.

Click on the start button and search for CMD. Run CMD as an administrator and enter BCDEDIT at the DOS prompt. This will display the boot options. They can be changed using the BCDEDIT program but is tricky - look at the examples (BCDEDIT /?). Good luck

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Hi I just installed 2 hard drives attached to my PCI RAID SATA controller, i installed everything properly, i can go to device manager and see both the hard drives, but i don't see the drives in the my computer area, any clue what to do?

Answer:How to assign my hard drive letters??? help please

Did you partition and format them?

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How do I (in one operation) copy my HP Pavillion "C" drive with Windows XP over to a Toshiba Canvio 320 external hard drive??? It would seem that this must be a simple operation.

Answer:copy the c drive to an external hard drive

"What would be the use of this copy operation?"I was going to ask something similar. What would be the point of copying the entire C: partition to an external?

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My PC was somehow configured so that I cannot copy files from the internal hard drive to a USB pen drive (e.g., to make a back-up).

When I try to do this, I get the following message:
"Destination Folder Access Denied
You need permission to perform this action."

There is definitely enough room on the USB drive.
The USB drive is configured with a password, which I entered correctly after plugging in the drive. After doing this, I am able to see the files from the drive. The configuration is such that I can copy files from the USB drive to the PC's hard drive, but I can't copy in the other direction, which is what I need to do.

This sounds like a Windows permissions issue to me. I have taken ownership of the file in question, and I have assigned full control to that file. That has not solved the problem.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.


Answer:Can't get permissions to copy from PC hard drive to USB pen drive

"Destination Folder Access Denied

That is obviously a problem of the USB Stick.
Are you sure it doesn't have a lille switch that prevents writing to it.
Or ask the person who set it up with password access and all if he also installed some sorts of write protection?

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I'm using Corsair SSD as Win7 x64 boot drive, and I moved both User & System Variables TMP/TEMP directory to a new common TMP directory in another hdd (Drive D) & also disabled pagefile on my boot drive (but enabled it for Drive D).

Question is, what happens if I take off my hdd (Drive D and Win7 / applications need a temporary directory which doesn't exist anymore ? Will Win7 be smart enough to create a new temp dir in the original location ? I wonder if the dependancy on the hdd as TMP directory becomes critical.

About pagefile, I understand Win7 needs a min pagefile of 400MB on boot drive to allow memory dump. What happens if I disable pagefile on boot drive & enable it on another drive ? Will memory dump work ?


Answer:Effects of moving TMP/TEMP directory & disable Pagefile on boot drive

If you have it set to allow windows to control the pagefile, then yes it will. Otherwise not.
It is generally not advisable to disable the pagefile, there are programs that need it to exist regardless of the amount of RAM you have.

Why remove the HDD when presumably you use it for data and temp files etc:?

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As my subject suggests, i am running a dual boot system comprising of two win xp systems. The second system (F:) is a clone of the first system (C:).

My problem is this: all the programs on the second system still have references to the C: drive (since there is no way to 'mount' systems). And so i need to able to CHANGE the drive letter of the second system to C: when i boot through that system, and vice versa.

To put it in another way... I need to be able to SWAP drives C: and F: dynamically, straight after i have booted through one system, where the active system is always set to drive C:.

Answer: Dynamically changing drive letters after boot on a dual boot system

Yes but i need it to AUTOMATICALLY change drive letters when i boot... so that the filesystem i have booted with is assigned to C: and the other one is swapped to F:


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I'll try to summarize here:I had an old compaq computer with an 80GB Hard Drive with all my important files, music, etc... on it.  Booted with Windows XP.  The hard drive had two partitions, my hard disk C drive, and a backup D drive.  Long story short, computer would not boot properly. My Aunt gave me her old computer (very similar) which has a 2GB hard drive,  and boots windows ME. (yikes)I try adding the old hard drive to the new PC and it will only recognized the backup "D" drive and not the "C" drive.    Okay here's what I'm wanting, either:1. I want the computer to boot to the 80GB hard drive with XP, and ditch the 2GB ME drive.  This would be my ideal situation.2. Have the Windows Me boot up, but recognize the "C" hard disk with all my important files.  Is either of these options possible, if so can someone point me in the right direction?Thank you so much. --Phil--

Answer:Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!

windows me probably won't recognise it because it uses the FAT or FAT32 file system. XP is NTFS. You need to completely wipe the drive and reinstall whatever OS you want to use.

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The hard drive in my laptop has failed. The drive is a Fujitsu MHT2040AT click hereThis is listed on the Fujitsu site as interface ata-6Looking for a replacement drives they are listed as pata or sata or ide . I was looking at a HITACHI Series Travelstar 5K160 Model HTS541612J9AT00 0A28418 Interface: ATA-6 (160GB: ATA-7) the drive is physically the same size but I am confused by the differences in interface. Is a ata-6 compatible with ata-7?

Answer:confused on hard drive interfaces

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I have a system that under My Computer, the drive letters are correct for my two drives C & D. Under the Drive Manager, the drives do not have letters assigned unlike all my other systems. The problem starts when I try to clone my drives. If I use XXClone there are no drives listed in the choice pull down for either source or destination. If I use Acronis True Image Home, It starts the clone process and completes the process in less than ten seconds. The destination drive was still in a blank formatted state. XXClone and Acronis use to work perfectly. Under the Drive Manager, the drives show as Drive 0 and Drive 1 without a letter C or D under volume. I searched Google and only found "Import Foreign Drives". I am lost with this one....

Thanks to all in advance...sanctuary

Answer:Hard Drive Letters - Not Your Typical Fault!

That is normal, drive 0 is your c drive and drive 1 is your d drive, under disk management look at the bottom pane and you will see all your drives listed, now if you look at the right hand side window in the bottom it will give you the drives letter, eg c, d etc, , also under your "My Computer" what are the drives named as ? I haven't used the software you mentioned but I suspect it's something to do with the way your PC is being read by it as to why it's not seeing the drives the way you expect, can't say much about it TBH except to say that your drives showing up as 0 and 1 is normal, and if you want to change their drive letters (all except the OS drive) to suit you can but it will always be drive 0 & 1 in the PC's eyes, but you can label them anything you want, not much help I'm afraid but hopefully clears up a bit of it for you.

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i have winxp. i recently purchased Paragon Drive Backup 9.0. I have 2 internal hard drives: a wd 200g to backup to, and a barracuda 250g for everyday use. when i click on my computer, the barracuda shows up as C for the NTFS, and D for the Fat32. The volumes on the wd show up as E and F respectively, as they should. When I open up the Paragon, the drives do not have any letters, only (*) for all four.
I then went to Disk Mangement, and found that the 4 volumes do not have a letter designation. When I clicked on "change drive letter", C thru F were not available. How do I get disk management to recognize the volume letters? If it did, i feel sure Paragon would follow suit.

Answer:hard drive volume letters missing

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I have a 120gb hard drive, letters allocated to the drives were A=floppy, C=120gb hard drive, D=rewriter, E=dvd player. I had to reformat and decided I would partition the hard drive at the same time. I have windows xp professional and all throughout the install i was under the impression the hard drives would be C and D. Upon completion of the partitioning and reformat which went very well I discovered the drives were now lettered A=floppy, C=90gb drive, D=rewriter, E=dvd player and the partioned hard drive given the letter F. I will no doubt get used to the lettering but I would have preferred the hard drives to have been allocated C and D. I have tried right clicking on the drive and renaming but all that happens is it sticks the F letter on the end. Can anyone suggest a way forward please?

Answer:Partitioned hard drive not happy with letters

Operating system?

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Hi new and first time here., and I need help please.

I have several hard drives to storage photos and other media files.
I found that the letters assigned in two of the hard drives are difeferent

drive_K (M)
drive_m (Z) orginal this was drive_m (K)

I tried to change the (K) to "Z " in the computer management, to see if (_m) was change but it stils there.

Is this right? I wil appreciate help


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Answer:Hard drive assigned letters problem

If you have a card reader installed that is why the drive letters can't be change, remove the card reader and then you can change the drive letters.

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I have fitted a new HDD, the system recognises it (details show in SETUP after hitting DEL during bootup), but will not allow me to allocate it a drive letter and so use it. Those boxes are greyed out.I have now 2 HDDs, a CD ROM, CD-RW, and a floppy.This must me an easy one for you experts??can you educate me?Thanks.

Answer:Allocating drive letters to new Hard-drives

What operating system have you got. If it is win98 you cannot alter the drive letters.

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I run two 80GB Seagate hard drives, each with three partitions on them. I use C drive to put windows on, D drive for my apps and E drive for music files, pictures, video etc. On the second hard drive I skip the F drive in case I ever need to load another operating system on it and on G and H, I mirror what's on my D and E drives for backup purposes. I do this through a software sync program. It's not a RAID setup.

Anyway, about three weeks ago I was refomatting. I do this alot because I'm kind of a perfectionist and I want everything installed perfectly. I also tend to mess with the registry a little to much, because I like it clean and without errors, but that's another topic!

But this time I was reformating it was right after I had to installed a new second hard drive and partition it. I'll come back to why I mentioned that in a second.

During my last two reformats, after I loaded Vista, I went to my computer and noticed that some of the Drive letters had changed on both hard drives. I can't remember exactly which letters changed to what, but it was like my D drive, I believe was now F and so on. All in all, three drives had changed or switched around drive letters. The data was all still there on partitions C, D and E, but the letters were off.

I even checked in Windows Vista Disk Management and noticed the changes there too. But I wasn't about to use the Disk Management tool to make any changes back to the right way. For that, I fire... Read more

Answer:Hard drives changing drive letters!

Windows assigns drive letters every time you boot up, so if you continually make changes to partitions you are going to see different drive letters.

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When viewing boot drive list most detail are obvious - connection, manufacturer and size etc - except for these mystery 2 alpha digits.

I am trying to match drives I know exist in my pc against what the boot mechanism knows them as and these two letters all seem to be unique yet I cannot match them back to any data I can see in W7.


Answer:What are these letters in Boot drive list?

That is just how your bios designates what drive will boot first it will not show in windows. Windows uses its own management scheme to number drives. Those can be reordered on that list as it shows what boots first in your pc. Per your manual for that board if you want to know how the disks are plugged in then it's on the main page as shown.

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My system is a dual boot ME/WIN 2K system. I used Western Digital's Data Lifeguard to try to clone my existing hard drive to a new larger one. I did this under WIN 2K and in the process, I think that my WIN 2K boot drive designation got changed. Microsoft has a tech note about this (249321 Unable to log on if the boot partition drive letter has changed) but as usual their solution is complicated and confusing. The end result is that I cannot boot WIN 2K on either drive. Anybody have any ideas as to how I can get into the WIN2K registry and change my drive letters back if I can't boot WIN 2k (I can boot ME just fine, but I don't know if I can use that to edit the WIN 2K registry).

Answer:WIN 2K drive letters changed and now won't boot

Try booting from an MS-DOS boot floppy. At the command prompt, type:


This removes the signature that tells Windows what drive letter was assigned to the disk.

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I recently decided to do a FRESH install of my system, but on another partition from my current OS. I made the error of not booting from the DVD & installed from the DVD while in the current system. The consequence is the C: drive was occupied by the current system & when I boot into the FRESH system it does not revert to drive C:.

Is there a quick fix or do I need to reinstall directly from the DVD?

Answer:BOOT drive letters not correct

Boot the DVD to correctly Clean Install Windows 7

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I added XP to a system that already had Vista. In the XP installation the Windows partition is F. The Vista partition shows up as C. I tried to change the drive letter of the Vista partition but it said you can't change the drive letter for a system volume.

Is there a way to install XP so that its functions as both the system and boot volumes.

Answer:Dual boot drive letters

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1. My machine has XP on a single hard drive w/ 3 partitions. In order to try W7 the easiest thing for me to do is to install it on my E: partition. If I boot into W7, do the drive letters change around or do the W7 system files still show up as E:\WINDOWS?

Are there any downsides to this installation that I don't know about? If I got tired of W7 would it be a problem to get rid of the bootloader?

2. My original plan was to buy a second hard drive, install it by itself, and load W7 onto it. Then reconnect the original hard drive and dual boot by changing the boot order in the BIOS. What does this do to the drive letters? I would have one hard drive with 3 partitions and another hard drive with one partition. If I boot W7 I'm guessing that its hard drive would become C: and the other hard drive would become D:, E: and F:. But what happens if I boot XP from the other hard drive? Does it stay C:, D: and E: and the second hard drive becomes F:, or do the letter scramble differently?

Answer:what happens to drive letters when you dual-boot?

When you install Win 7, you will lose the ability to boot to XP. You will have to add the XP partition to Win 7's boot sequence in order to have a choice of either OS at bootup. Easybcd is commonly used for this.

If you install to what is currently E:, then boot to Win 7, Win 7 will be C:.

You will like 7. If you don't, you can then set the XP partition as active, boot straight into XP and then format the 7 partition. 7 gone.

Another hard drive is recommended way to go, but of course, not necessary.

You do not want to keep going into bios to change the boot OS. I mean you can, but no need no matter what the configuration or drives in use.

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Have an issue...
Installed Windows 8 first, then installed Win XP to a second partition on the same disk.
In windows 8, the XP partition is seen as D:
If I boot to XP, XP sees itself as I:
it sees the windows 8 partition as C: and that is what I want, is C: being win 8 and XP being D:
Is there anyway to change the lettering on the XP partition?

Answer:Dual boot drive letters

The drive lettering is for you, windows does not look at things by drive letters.

Heres the procedure from

How to change a drive letterTo change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:
Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then clickChange Drive Letter and Paths.Click Change.Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK.Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.
The drive letter of the drive, the partition, or the volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.

Reference: How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

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I have a friend who has a Pentium 900, and has a 40 gig hard drive that is almost full and he just bought a 60 gig hard drive.
He wants to know how or if you can copy everything you have on the 40 to the 60.
He is running windows ME, is this something that can be done and if so what are the steps or instructions for doing this?


Answer:How do you copy an entire Hard drive to another hard drive

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I'm trying to use Norton Ghost to copy my hard drive to a new usb external hard drive. I am trying to use clone in Ghost advanced, but when I get to the section where it asks for source and destination, I see Disk 1 - (c - DISE_backup (d, and for destination I see the same thing. How do I get it to identify my usb hard drive designated as (I in my computer.
If I try backup in Ghost basic, I am able to choose the destination by going to my computer and clicking on the drive, is there a way to do it in advanced Clone?
Is there a better way to copy my old drive to the new one? I'm using win ME, the old drive is 40 gig, and the new one 250 gig Seagate.
Also,I used Seagate disk wizard to install it, and when i click on it in my computer it recognizes it as a 250 gig, does that mean that 250 is usable, or do I have to partition it?
ya know, I actually thought that this was gonna be easy!

Answer:can I copy my hard drive to an external usb hard drive?

I used DriveImage XML (freeby probably availabale here at MG) to copy a backup from my C Drive to a maxtor USB 100Gb USB drive with no probs whatsoever. Moreover I tested it to reinstall to the C Drive for a minor program and it did the job hassle free.
I don't like anything Norton turns out, personal opinion based on bitter experience.
Give Drive image a try!
However I hope you undersand that you cannot boot from the backup - it is only a backup - booting is a different situation altogether

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I currently have a pc with two hard drives running under XP Home. The master HD is a 40 gig and my back up is a 14 gig. I will be buying a new pc that comes with a 80 gig HD and XP Home. I want to copy all non os data from the old pc's master to the new pc's HD. I then want to use the old 40 gig as my back up in the new PC. What is the best way to do this. Thank you in advance for any info you can provide me. gig

Answer:copy hard drive contents to a new hard drive

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy

Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

Answer:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?


Answer:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.

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Here is where I am confused. I have my boot folder which tells windows where hard drive is to load windows 7. So my boot drive needs to be active status or does windows hard drive set to active or both. Windows is on C and boot is on drive G. Little confused. G also says system (probabily because has Boot Loader). I know how to set active and take active off. So question is both drives need to be active or just C drive?
I do underestand through other forums that boot loader is always on different drive than O/S.

Answer:I am confused which hard drive to set active in Windows 7

Setting a partition to active just says which partition to use when the system is booting from that disk. So you only need to set it on your boot drive, which is the one that is set as the boot drive in the bios. (Probably your G: )

You can only have one active partition per disk.

Also, you can have the boot loader on the same drive or on a different one, either way is possible.

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Using a WD 1Tb backup hard drive. After using the windows backup function in control panel the properties for the BU drive says it has used 540gb of space. However when I open the HD to view the contents there are only 3 folders. "owner pc" "WindowsImageBackup" and "MediaID.bin" the owner folder says "empty" the windowsimagebackup says "empty" and the mediaID.bin says 528 bytes. Where are the 540gb of backup!!!!!!!!!!!! I can find no folders or anything in the drive when I open it. When the properties are opened it claims 540gb have been used. FOR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!


Answer:Vanished hard drive space has me confused

Windows Image Backup may show empty if you do not have permission to read it.

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Hi,i recently purchased a new computer running intel dual core.I am used to connecting hard drives with the wider ribbon type connection.
This new computer has 1 hard drive connected by 1 sata connection and 1 serial ata connection.I want add another sata hard drive.
My question is:does this second sata hard drive require it`s own sata connection and a serial ata connection,or just a serial ata connection only?
One reason i ask is this new computer has 3 extra serial ata cables for up to 3 more hard drives,but no extra sata cables.
Thanks for any info.

Answer:Confused about connecting another sata hard drive.

first off, sata and serial ata are the same. the s in sata is serial. to add another hdd u need a sata cable and a port....

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I built a new computer about a year ago, and installed win 7 home premium. the version I bought has both 32 and 64 bit included. I have no idea why, but I installed the 32 bit version, and now a game I want to play requires 64 bit. I'm trying to remove all other hard drives except for the c drive so I don't accidentally format and install to the wrong one. I know it sounds stupid, but with xp, I've done this before. the default drive to install on wasn't c drive, and I didn't pay attention to the drive it was formatting because I assumed it would be c. anyway, when I disconnect all drives except for c, I'm getting the boot error message. when I connect my other main drive, which wasn't connected when I initially installed windows, then it runs fine. there is a hidden folder on the second drive "system volume information". my question is, if I disconnect it and install the 64 bit version, am I going to run into any problems when I reconnect it after I install windows?

Answer:i'm confused about dual hard drive setup

Connect all of your drives and post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Is your goal to have 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 installations in separate partitions on the same hard drive using a single license?

I'm not clear on whether you are referring to partitions or drives, so the screen shot is needed.

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When my dad and I first built my computer, he mentioned that we should partition my hard drive, which was a terabyte. However, I've used up 550 GB (I'm a gamer) and now I need more room. I'm not sure how to acquire the other 400 GB and I really would like to get it as I record for YouTube and video files take up a lot of room while recording. I would really appreciate the help, thanks.

Answer:Solved: Partitioned Hard Drive - Confused

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I'm confused. Just bought a 2 in 1 notebook as above which is advertised with a 1tb hard drive and a 120g SSD.... went through start up procedure installing Windows etc.  
It has installed Windows 10 on the 1tb hard drive - designated as the C:Drive.  And the SSD 120gb -designated as the D: data drive is empty?
I spoke to someone at Dell - who told me that there is only one drive and that it is partitioned. 
So how does that work - ? how can one bit be SSD ?  And why is OS not installed on that.
I'm probably being really thick but would welcome explanation thanks 

Answer:Inspiron I7 7000 2-in-1 Hard Drive(s) Confused

The system I got only had one 2.5 " SSD.  The M.2 slot was empty.
Are you looking at Disk Management to check where the install is?  If you want to attach a picture use the rich formatting option.

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Hi there,

I have just bought a WD hard drive and I am really confused. It is 160GB however, when i looked at the installation guide, it mentions something about FAT32 and NTFS can affect the maximum storage level......This is what it says exactly:

This WD drive is preformatted as a single FAT32 partition for the compatability with all Mac and windows os. The FAT32 file system has a maximum individual file size of 4 GB and cannot create partitions larger than 32 GB in Windows 2000/XP; however, windows 2000/XP users can overcome these file size limitations by reformatting the drive to NTFS using the Disk Management utility. Click to expand...

I have to admit that I am no good at computers and I did not understand what the above meant. What I am confused about is whether it is a good idea to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS? Will it affect the running of my computer? And if I keep the WD drive as FAT32, how much memory will it have out of the 160 GB?

Many thanks.

Answer:confused: 160Gb WD passport hard drive

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From reading threads I have concluded the best way for me to have additional storage for many photos and backup is with an external hard drive. I have located suppliers for a case and for hard drives, but now I need help in selecting the type to purchase.

The following is my computer per Belarch Adviser Current Profile:
Windows XP Home Edition SP 1
2.70 gh Intel Cereron
Main Circuit Board Bus Clock: 100 Mgh
Hard Drive 80.03 GB
Intel Ultra ATA Storage Controller-24CB
Bus Adapters:
Intel USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD
Intel USB Universal host controller - 24C2
Intel USB Universal host controller - 24C4
Intel USB UNiversal host controller - 24C7
Other Devices:
VIA OHCE compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub [4 of these]

1. Should I get a case with only USB 2.0 or is Firewire better or what?
2. Should I limit the external hard disk capacity to 120 GB or less?
3. I see Ultra ATA/100, serial ATA/150, and ATA/133 disk drives.
ATA/EIDE is mentioned. Which is better for me?
4. What is SATA and is it important for me?

An external hard drive is pretty expensive, but if that is the best way to go
please advise.

Answer:Help! I'm confused and need external hard drive advice.

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I have two 1TB drives, each containing 4 partitions, used for backing up 4 computers. These drives are regularly switched between buildings as part of our backup strategy, always having one off-site. I have assigned drive letters M,N,O,P to respective partitions. When I swap the drives, the drive letters get reset and have to be manually reassigned. I have tried several suggested methods of assigning the drive letters, including USBDM, but get no results.

Computers: HP Compaq 8200 Elite - CMT - 1 x Core i5 2500 / 3.3 GHz - RAM 4 GB - SSD 1 x 160 GB - DVD?RW (?R DL) / DVD-RAM - HD Graphics 2000 - Gigabit Ethernet - Windows 7 Professional 64-bit - Intel vPro Technology
Docking Stations: ICY DOCK MB877SK
Hard Drives: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

Answer:Drive letters change when swapping hard drives

Right you are using 2 different drives. Manually Assigning letter to one of them Restrict those letter from being used on the other. When you switch them out the letters have to be manually assigned again. That is how it is suppose to be. Windows Remembers each Drive serial # and or some other drive parameter and sees them as different drives, which they are.

The only way around it is to let Windows assign the letters automatically but that may not work on multiple systems if each of those system have different number of HDDs, Partition on the HDD and or different number of CD/DVD drives install in the systems.

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Got a problem using shared data disks with windows 10.

Win10 insists on reassigning drive letters for my hard drives, I started off with :
a 1 Tb drive as C:
a 2Tb drive split into 2 volumes drives D: and E:,
a further 1Tb drive as drive F:,
a DVD drive as drive G:
a virtual drive as drive H:
and a back-up USB 2Tb drive as drive X.

now Win10 mixes them up E: becomes F: and F: becomes D:, D: becomes E: X: becomes either H: or I:

Because I am not a great fan of 10 I play with it but go back to 8.1 for normal daily use, the drive letters thankfully revert back to their originals but I get errors telling me my recycle bin is corrupt.

Any Ideas why this is happening?

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Vista Ultimate 64bit / Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 64bit

I successfully installed Windows 7 on a blank drive. The installation kept the drive letter "H" and name.

Drive C: Is my Vista boot drive, and I'm done with it. My plan is to change it to some higher letter of the alphabet, then . . . .

Question I
If I change my "G" drive (Windows 7 boot drive) letter to "C" with 'Disk Management' will all be well?

Question II
Will just deleting my Vista installation cause any problems with the Windows 7 installation?

Thanks for the help, palms are sweating :-) - IM

Answer:Changing boot drive letters in Windows 7?

1. are you changing your drive letter in w7? or vista?
2. it shouldnt, if your currently dualbooting w7 and vista, and you delete vista, the mbr will still boot w7 correctly. Also keep in mind, if you format the vista drive, and its the first partition, youll have a blank partition, thne w7 partition.

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that 100MB special system partition (no drive letter that I recall, maybe A: or B:?)
C: W7 (100G) (SATA partition #0)
D: My data (600G) (SATA partition #1)
E: IDE drive (partition #0) Expendable (recreatable data like music rips)
F: IDE drive (partition #1) (work/scratch area)

ALL USB/firewire items are totally disconnected prior to install (just mouse, keyboard and speakers).

During install, it showed in order:

DISK 0 100MB system
DISK 0 100G OS (formatted this partition during reinstall)
DISK 1 IDE part #0
DISK 1 IDE part #1

After W7 reinstall,

D: that 100MB special system paritition (which now also contains IE8 TIF files since I moved them without seeing D: had been changed)
C: W7 (100G) (SATA partition #0)
E: My data (600G) (SATA partition #1)
IDE drive (was E but now has no drive letter) (partition #0)
F: IDE drive (partition #1)

I did nothing but a clean install. Formatted C: (original OS 100G partition) during the install (neither created nor deleted any partitions). The only difference this time was the IDE drive (E: F: ) was already installed prior to the W7 install. I'm all ears on this one.

Have I screwed up the 100MB partition here somehow by placing TIF on it? You can't imagine the panic of seeing (thinking) that all my D: data was gone. Fortunately, it's E (I also backed it up to original F).


It seems Control Panel > IE options has moved the TIF back to its original locatio... Read more

Answer:drive letters changed - reinstall of W7 (boot still C:)

Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski


that 100MB special system partition (no drive letter that I recall, maybe A: or B:?)
C: W7 (100G) (SATA partition #0)
D: My data (600G) (SATA partition #1)
E: IDE drive (partition #0) Expendable (recreatable data like music rips)
F: IDE drive (partition #1) (work/scratch area)

ALL USB/firewire items are totally disconnected prior to install (just mouse, keyboard and speakers).

During install, it showed in order:

DISK 0 100MB system
DISK 0 100G OS (formatted this partition during reinstall)
DISK 1 IDE part #0
DISK 1 IDE part #1

After W7 reinstall,

D: that 100MB special system paritition (which now also contains IE8 TIF files since I moved them without seeing D: had been changed)
C: W7 (100G) (SATA partition #0)
E: My data (600G) (SATA partition #1)
IDE drive (was E but now has no drive letter) (partition #0)
F: IDE drive (partition #1)

I did nothing but a clean install. Formatted C: (original OS 100G partition) during the install (neither created nor deleted any partitions). The only difference this time was the IDE drive (E: F was already installed prior to the W7 install. I'm all ears on this one.

Have I screwed up the 100MB partition here somehow by placing TIF on it? You can't imagine the panic of seeing (thinking) that all my D: data was gone. Fortunately, it's E (I also backed it up to original F).


It seems... Read more

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I tried upgrading my dual boot 1.5TB Vista/Win7 drive to a to a larger 2.0TB hard drive and even the original drive got botched up. All my data is fine, but Windows somehow reassigned the drive letters to my partitions making so I cannot fully boot.
How can I reassign the drive letters back?

DRIVE "Label"
C:\ "Partition_1" Vista32bit
I:\ "Partition_1NEWWin7(I)" Win7 64Bit
E:\ "DVD RW"

DRIVE "Label"
C:\ "Partition_1NEWWin7(I)" Win7 64Bit
F:\ "Partition_1" Vista32bit
E:\ "DVD RW"

The problem for me started when I tried using HDClone Standard Version to upgrade my 1.5TB drive to a 2TB drive. After I got an error where 7 would not load.
I then used the Windows 7 disk to recover the boot loader which partially allowed it to boot but lead to where I'm currently stuck. After entering the system password it says "preparing your desktop", and after a longer than normal wait it brings me to a blue screen that says "Windows 7; Build 7600; This copy of Windows is not genuine" in the lower right corner. It does nothing from this point, it... Read more

Answer:How can I reassign drive letters w/o being able to fully boot into OS?

FREE Rescue Kit Express | PARAGON Software Group

Boot the Paragon CD, select Normal Mode, then Boot Corrector.

Correct drive letters in the system registry.

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I turned on my PC this morning and it took me to a start up repair option screen which I now can't get past. I've had this PC for 15 months and this is the first problem I've had. I have made no changes to the PC, so all I can think of is that somehow since closing last night and restarting today something has happened eith via a windows update or ...

I have noticed that the above repair option seems to be looking at D drive Which I haven't got. I just have one large C drive which contains the system and data.

You will tell I'm not overly familiar with the technical terms, but in a nutshell my PC won't boot and the repair tool is looking for the start up files in the wrong place (ie D)

Would really appreciate any help or advice to remedy the situation.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Drive letters changed by Windows 7 now can't boot

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

If you're happy working at the Command Prompt Window use this tut to repair your boot record and drive lettering:

Bootrec.exe Tool - How to Use in Windows Recovery Environment

Next, boot into safe mode and run the system file checker to see what that shows up:

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Lastly, go back into safe mode and run a full anti-virus scan:

Malwarebytes is a good choice for this.

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I recently installed Vista on my laptop along with XP. Within XP my local hard drive (partition) letter is "C" and my Vista partition has the letter "V" . With in Vista my main partition has the drive letter "C" and my XP partition is "D". How can I make each partition drive letter the same for both OS.

Answer:Drive letters after dual boot install

If you have other programs installed on the XP partition, reassigning drive letters can make those programs difficult to access.
Vista always wants the C; partition, wherever it sits.
Basically, the easiest way is to reinstall both xp, and Vista, with Vista being the first one you put on, then XP, then drive letters will be correct.
If you have any external hard drives, be sure to connect after installing both systems, so as to keep drive letters in order.
I use HyperOs, and have both, but I renamed any extra partitions so that I know which contains what programs - I have copies in a backup on the C drive, and, at present six partitions over two hard drives, and by keeping the correct order, I can use the second hatd drive to boot from (disconnecting the first hard drive) - so giving me a G partition to boot from on the second hard drive - its easy to live with.
You can use
VistaBootPro, but I have not used it - look up the archives at majorgeeks, as several have used/tried that way.

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I just partitioned my new 120GB hard drive into 3 separate drives. I installed WinXP pro on 2 of the partitions leaving the third one to just store files.
When I boot into the first WinXP the drive letters look like this:

Drive C: - 80GB (WinXP Pro #1)
Drive D: - 30GB (WinXp Pro #2)
Drive E: - 10GB (Empty)

Now, when I boot into the second WinXp the drives are all mixed up and look like this:

Drive c: 30GB (WinXp Pro #2)
Drive D: 10GB (Empty)
Drive E: 80GB (WinXp Pro #1)

Is there any way I can make all the drives the same no matter which WinXP partition I log into?

Thanks for you help in advance guys.

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Is there any way to change drive letters when Windows 7 will not start. (See title)

At present I have 3 Drives, I have tried a few things to boot but to no avail, I think that if I can change
the drive letters , I will find the right drive to boot from. But I can't find a way to change drive letters,
My system is Win 7 Home Prem...

Answer:I Can not boot into system ( I know why, I changed Drive letters)

Drive letters should have no impact on booting, the drive with Windows folder always get C (or it should) automatically.

Please download the bootable Partition Wizard free and boot with it. Bootable Partition Manager | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition. Take a photo of the drives, make sure details are there, and don't shake :P post here Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

The tutorial for such issues Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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my old boot drive was g:\ .. i followed this guide here and changed it to c:\

upon restarting .. the system doesn't load up .. it gets stuck on the Welcome screen and that's it .. am i screwed?

Answer:help me i changed drive letters and now system won't boot

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1) I currently am running Vista on a laptop on which it is the only OS. I want to install 7 on a second partition for dual boot. However, to keep things tidy, I would like to make Win7 Drive C: (which currently contains Vista). Is there a way to image the hard drive then reload it onto drive D: after I install 7 on C:?

2) I guess my other option is to install 7 on the formatted HD, then create a D: partition to run the Vista recovery disks on... at least that would restore my drivers, etc. But I really wanted to keep my current configuration around for those programs that are slow to catch on to the new OS. (Or do I even have to worry about this?)

3) If all this dual boot stuff is too complicated or if I really don't need to worry about the driver/software compatibility, I might just do away with that idea and clean install it on the C: drive and forget about Vista. (reluctant to do so since I rely on this computer for school). I will be keeping my C: drive image that I took yesterday so taht I can recover to Vista if need be.

Edt: 4) I just had anther thought... If I install Win 7 clean could I then take my Vista hard drive image and make it into a VHD? that would pretty much solve all my troubles I think. Unless I would need to reinstall Vista onto the VHD.

Answer:Questions about Dual Boot and Drive letters

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I originally did the same thing, for the same reason. But never used Vista again after the first time with Win7.
All programs that I ran on Vista work on Win7.
If you don't have the Win7 driver for something the Vista driver will work.

Just keep your Vista backup image, you'll probably never use it but, keep it for safety sake.

Use the Clean install method and use Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers to get all your user settings from Vista, you will still have to install all the programs. It will make the transition easier.

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