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{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

Question: {SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.

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Answer: {SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.

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I have two hard drives in my computer which is a old Compaq Presario 5WV271 5000 series, both hard drives have Windows XP pro (service pack 3)that I installed on it years ago. It has the max alotted memory, a 10/100 PCI NIC, 900 MHz AMD Athlon Processor, a master hard drive 40 GB (drive C) that I am using to connect here and a slave hard drive 60 GB that says drive D when I am using it but not found when on drive C. For some reason drive C shows a (New Volume F). I am posting here to see if anyone can help me to understand why my slave drive which started out being New Volume F (which it still is when I look for it from drive C) is showing local disk D when I am using the slave. Does anyone have any idea why the slave would reletter itself and how do I correct this?

Answer:Slave hard drive shows different assigned letter on itself than what is on master

I will try .

Drive letters are normally assigned by the order in which a drive is detected...with one exception. The optical drive is obviously the first drive detected when installing Windows from CD...but it always will receive the D: letter, assuming that there are only two drives (hard drive and an optical drive) attached to the system and, therefore, recognized as existing.

These rules do not apply to any OEM system where a manufacturer has installed Windows and possibly also created either hidden or additional partitions.

Sooo...when I install XP, I have one hard drive connected...with nothing on it...and an optical drive. The optical drive is set up as D: and the partition I create and install XP set up as C:.

I have no card readers or external drives or USB drives attached, since these can interfere with the hardware recognition process.

Once XP is installed, I open it and decide to create additional partitions on my very large hard drive. I create a storage partition of 100GB and Windows assigns the letter E:. I create an additional storage partition of 150GB and Windows assigns the letter F:.

I then decide to install another version of Windows...on the same hard drive. I use my install CD to create the partition and install Windows and it assigns the letter G: to that install...because C:, D:, E:, F: are already accounted for and in use.

I now have a dual-boot, if I have done everything smartly. One version of Windows as the first... Read more

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I am having a problem setting up another hard drive in a machine I'm working on.

Current Hard Drive is Quantum Fireball CX8.4A
I want to add a Quantum Fireball 1ct20 10

I need the second drive ony so I can retrieve old documents from it.

I connected it using the 40 in cable (one part is labeled master, one labeled slave) & connected accordingly. I used Power P3 for master, P4 for slave. I left the jumper settings alone since I wasn't sure what to set them as.

XP auto recognized the drive (shows in device manager but not in MY COMPUTER as an assign drive letter) as drives that I have connected in the past.

I changed bios settings to Auto on Primary 1 (primary 0 is current drive) and now on boot up it indicates Hard Drive 1 not found, press F1 to continue.

The bios is phoenix A07. I'm led to believe this has something to do with the way the bios is configured. Any help or suggestions would really be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Slave/Master Hard Drive

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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)



Answer:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .

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I recently took out the hard drive(Barracuda 7200.7 Seagate 120GB) of an old computer of mine, which have the OS XP professional on it. I wanted to put it in another computer that has Window Vista. I never did that before, so I wanted to know if the steps I’m taking are correct and if I’m missing something. All I have to do is zero-write the hard drive, take the jumper off(which put it in slave mode), plug the ATA cable and the power cable, boot it and format it by right-clicking on the hard drive and select “format” and I'm good to go? Nothing to do with the BIOS or anything?

2. Also, for erasing everything in the hard-drive before doing anything, should I use “[email protected] Kill Disk - Hard Drive Eraser” or “Seatools”?

3. Furthermore, how do I retrieve the key that I had with the XP professional, since the computer was pre-installed along with the OS?


Answer:Solved: To turn a master Hard Drive to slave?

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My master hard disk has failed and I have successfully replaced it with a
new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?
Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on
the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one,
but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.

Answer:Get a drive letter for an old slave hard drive while keeping the existing data

In disk management did you first left click to highlight the drive then right click for assign or change a drive letter option?

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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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I need to retrieve data from a SATA drive but can only achieve this if I can connect it as a slave drive to a machine with a master PATA drive. The motherboard will accept both devices. Is this possible? and if so how?

Answer:Master PATA drive Slave SATA drive-is it possible

Leave the pata as master, plug in the sata and reboot. OS will assign new drive letter to the sata and you should be able to see it.

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I have Windows XP installed as the master drive (hda) and Mandriva 10.2 Linux on the slave drive (hdb). I want to physically remove the WinXP hard drive from my computer and make Linux the only drive. I boot up the computer using LILO, which is installed on hda. So how do I do all of this without messing up the bootloader settings?

Answer:Changing Linux on Slave Drive to Master Drive

First, save the existing /etc/lilo.conf; cp /etc/lilo.conf /etc/lilo.0901705.conf

Second, read manpage re mkbootdisk. you may need this to recover the as-is configuration

Third, I found it a lot safer to work out my LILO configuration using a floppy boot disk rather than my hard disk. To do this, you must replace the boot=/dev/hda with boot=/dev/fd0 in the lilo.conf file. That way, if I messed up any of the configuration in my lilo.conf file, I could take out the boot disk and boot into Linux as before. Once I was happy everything booted fine using the floppy disk, I then changed my lilo.conf back to use boot=/dev/hda and ran /sbin/lilo a final time to upload my changes.

man 8 lilo explains the program options
man 5 lilo.conf explains each line in the conf file

before you make changes, issue the following as documentation
later, this command will show /dev/hda? on / type ext2 (r/w)
when you're successful

Your existing LILO config should be at /etc/lilo.conf and will contain
items like:
boot = /dev/hdb? (first HD, some partition number suffix)
... bunch of stuff best left alone
image = ... whatever it says
.label = ... your lilo prompt at boot time
.root = ... /dev/hdb? (note it matches line 1)
other = /dev/hda1 (first HD, 1 partition)
.label = WinXP (the lilo prompt for XP)
.table = /dev/hda

delete the lines from OTHER to the bottom,
change hdb? to hda? (ie the same partition number, just different drive)
save ... Read more

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i have a regular c drive and d drive and have an older drive installed as a slave - but - why in my computer are the drives listed as c/d but slave drives are Drive_C(G:) and Drive_D(H:) ?i would like to remove the "C" and "D" from the slave drive - would you please explain how. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Changing drive letters on slave drive

You can change the drive letters in Disk Management to whatever letters you want that are not in use. The exception is the boot/OS partition letter can't be changed. Keep in mind that changing the drive letter assignments may render installed programs unusable and programs that look for files in a certain place may need to be reconfigured. None of the above may be pertinent in your case.Do both of the hard drives have installed operating system that you boot to or is the second used for only storage or also programs?

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Hey TSF, i'm a student, and I recently bought a 500gb External Hard Drive for use with school. I also bought a PS3 and would like to add my music and movies to that. I researched about the PS3, and learnt I needed to convert the hard drive type (not sure how to describe it) to FAT32. I decided to create a partition, so the whole thing wouldnt be converted to FAT32. But after something I did (I've used Swissknife, but it didnt work, maybe thats something to do with it), one of my partitions that was previsously unallocated space turned into a primary partition. However, it wasnt labelled as healthy or as a primary partition (im just presuming it is because of the blue on the Disk Management window), and also with no drive label.


Answer:[SOLVED] Partition has no drive letter.

Sorry, here is a screenshot.

Im not bothered if I have to format it, as I dont have any data to lose on the HDD :)

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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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My 5 year old Dell will not boot, but I can access the hard drive in our new computer, so most of our files are accessible.  (We contacted dell about the boot problem, the power supply needs to be replaced, but the part isn?t available anymore so we just got a new computer)  However, since I?m an accountant & work from home, I had a password on my login name, protecting many of my client?s files.  Unfortunately, I can?t access my ?My Documents? on the old hard drive because of the password.  My user file folder says there are zero files, which I?m sure isn?t true.Can anyone help me with either booting either of our new computers (new Dell or new eMachines) with the old hard drive as master (instead of slave) or with removing the password on the slave hard drive?  Any suggestions would be most appreciated!  I know the password, I?m just not sure how to get rid of it!Oh, and all the computers are desktops and all are running Windows XP home.Thanks!Christine (who will never forget to back up client files again!)

Answer:Changing a slave drive to a master drive?

Duplicate post.   Please post replies here:

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Yesterday I tried to install a new C drive because mine was running slow. The idea was to install a new C drive without much on it and use my old C drive, which was pretty full as a secondary slave drive, deleting Windows of it and just keeping my files.

I installed Windows on the new drive OK, but when I started up with my old C drive attached as a slave drive, I was told there was an error with it and it needed to run chkdsk. I let it do that and it proceeded to delete almost all my files from my old C drive.

I've now restored from my backup which I made a week ago, meaning I've only lost a week's work, so it's not too bad.

Does anyone know if it's possible to do what I was trying to do, and if so how to go about it?


Answer:Changing Master Drive To Slave Drive

There is a reason why your old drive was running slow. Did you ever figure out why, or what was wrong with it? Perhaps the drive itself is going bad.Go to the manufacturer's website and download their disk utility to check the hard drive out: Fujitsu "FJDT" DOWNLOAD Works with fujitsu models only.
Hitachi / IBM - DFT "Drive Fitness Test" DOWNLOAD Works with all manufacturers.
Maxtor "Powermax" DOWNLOAD Works with all manufacturers.
Samsung "hutil" DOWNLOAD Compatability unknown.
Seagate "Seatools" DOWNLOAD Works with Seagate drives only.
Toshiba - N/A There are no tools available for Toshiba, but you may be able to use IBM or Maxtor's.
Western Digital "Data Lifeguard" DOWNLOAD Works with WD drives only.

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Quick question...I have a 2 hard drives, one with windows installed, on its own IDE cable and another hard drive, with Linux installed that shares the IDE port with a CD Drive.The question is, does it matter which of the devices that are sharing the IDE port (ie. the CD Drive and the Second Hard Disk) are set to master or slave?Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive and CD Drive - Master or Slave?

the sensible thing would be to have the linux hard drive as the slave on the primary channel so both operating systems can communicate at an optimum with the cd-rom. check your drives wouldnt be better with an 80 conductor cable and the jumpers set to cable select.

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I believe I am in the right place, at least I hope so.  My harddrive died so I moved the jumper on my slave drive to make it a master drive.  I followed the directions on the manufacturer's site.  Now what do I do?  I've tried to turn it on with the WinXP installation CD in the cd drive but I just get failure messages.  I haven't worked on a computer in over 10 years so I just don't remember what I have to do.  Is anyone able to give me some direction please?  I would really appreciate it.  Thanks so much.  This is a Dell Dimension 4300 and is probably 10 years old.  I don't remember.  I use a laptop for the most part.  I just wanted to fix the desktop for the grandkids to play games on. 

Answer:had to change slave drive to master drive now what do I do?

You had two drives in the desktop? You have to remove the drive that failed. The Master/Slave thing works for drives that are functional. If a drive fails, its behavior is not predictable. You have to fully remove the drive, at least electrically. No cables connected to the bad drive.The BIOS would recognize the second drive and let it be the boot drive. But you must set priority to look for the CD first. When you let the CD boot you should see a message...Press any key to boot CD...You have to hit a key withing a few seconds. You may need the product key at had, in some cases.Full install may take over an hour. You will be prompted for some information at more the one point. So you can not just walk away.

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I hope I'm not breaking any rules here, I have already posted this inside someone elses post but thought it need it's own thread. I hope this is the correct place to post this. Sorry for the length.

For years I have had an 80GB Western digital HD as my primary drive and a 40GB Western digital HD as my slave drive. Although the slave drive had Win 98SE installed, I was able to access the slave drive without a problem. I decided to have a HD dedicated to Video Editing so, I recently place my original HD into an enclosure to share a bay/mount with another 80 GB Western Digital in the same brand enclosure (to use as the editing HD). I still have the 40GB Western Digital HD as the slave. The video editing HD (new HD) has Windows XP Home with it's own CD Key. The primary HD (original HD that worked fine before) that shares the enclosure bay and has the original Windows XP Home with the original CD Key.

After installing the OS on the new Video Edit HD, I am able to access the slave drive (which always had and still retained the drive letter (D. When I shut down the computer and replace the new Video Edit HD with the original HD, everything appears to boot correctly, but I am unable to access the slave drive. There is no drive letter. I went to the Disk Mgmnt tool and the slave drive is recognized as (no drive letter) Disk 1, [volume] JOHNS40GB, [layout] Partition, [type] Basic, [File System] Fat32, [Status] Healthy (active), [capacity] 37.26GB, [free space] 14... Read more

Answer:Slave drive not assigned drive letter

Go back into Disk Management and right click on the problematic drive. If there's an option to "import foreign disk", do so and see if that solves it.

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Well I have this problem..
My XP OS wasn't starting so I had to reinstall it in order to fix it..
Well that is where the problem start..
I had Dualboot, with Vista and XP.. Now, I fixed the boot so now I can choose wich one start but when I start XP the XP Partition Letter doesn't change to C: , Its stays in E: and before the reinstall it used to change to C: ..
I tried to do again the boot stuff with Easy BCD and I did, I deleted the XP entry and did it all over again but when I booted on XP the letter wasnt changing..
Now I cant install anything because XP doesn't seem to know thats its installed on E: so its try to search stuff on C, where now is Vista Partition..
I hope you guys can help me.. If not I would have to format XP partition.. I have no problems with it but I just want to make it like the last choice..


Answer:Solved: XP Partition Drive Letter Problems

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A mate of mine bought an old dell at a car boot sale for €20 it had 20 gig pata running xp so i had an 80 gig ide which i said he could have
Anyhow i connected 80 gig up as slave on primary controller and installed xp pro on it for him
After installation i removed the 20 gig and put 80 gig on master on primary,i dont know why i didnt do this at start,but damage was done
I am getting quick message saying invalid bootini but then machine continues to boot with no problems after that
The issue i now have is the system partition is assigned drive letter D instead of C
How can i change os partition to C


Answer:[SOLVED] Change drive letter on system partition

Remove all drives except the System Drive (previous D:) which is on the Primary Master controller with the jumper pins set to Master, and restart the computer. The System drive will now be C: Now shut down the computer and add the 20 Gb drive on either the Secondary Master controller with the jumper pin set to Master or with the jumper set to Slave as a Slave Drive on the primary chain, on restart it should be the D: drive.

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I'm in the process of building a new system which will have a DVD-RW and DVD ROM attached to the Secondary EIDE channel.Is it best to configure the DVD-RW as the Master drive or the Slave drive?(Before someone asks, I don't have a 'Cable Select' EIDE cable)

Answer:DVD-RW as Master or Slave Drive?

The rewriter should be the Master and the DVD-ROM the Slave; enable DMA for both drives. The basic Windows CDROM driver is all that is required for the drives and will be installed when Windows finds New Hardware.Obviously you will also need burning software such as Nero for the rewriter.Cable Select requires the proper cables and a mobo that supports the feature.To get maximum life from the rewriter only use it for burning purposes and the DVD-ROM for DVDs, audio CDs, installing software etc.

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I have a machine that has a duel system mother board.The Hard drives are SCSI.The board is also IDE that carries the CD player/burner.I am considering using the IDE channel to add another Hard drive.So which is the preferred sequence Hard drive as master or slaveI under stand that 'cable select' method requires a different cable.Which one is fitted? - haven't a clue

Answer:Master/slave drive set up.

I under stand that 'cable select' method requires a different cable.No it does not for ide drives. You just alter the jumpers on the rear of the drives to cable select IF they have that setting. It's the positioning on the ide cable that determines which is master and which is slave.

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I have just fitted a new Pioneer 108 DVD Drive.My CDRom drive before was the master & this meant my new DVD drive was the slave.I left it as it was before as the slave. What difference will it make if I swap them over apart from the extra work involved.

Answer:Master or Slave DVD Drive

None at all

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Hi Guys I have just installed a slave drive in win 2000k how can I configure my drive letters please at the moment my master is c d e but my slave is h and i with my cd writer at f and my dvd at g can I get them to run cdefg hard drives and h i cdwriter and dvd hope you understand what I am trying to say thanks kopite

Answer:master and slave drive

Start, right click My Computer, Manage, Disk Management, right click on a drive to change the letter. Change F and G first to free the letters.

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Okay, I just came into possession of a new harddrive. I wanted to make it a slave but it is a master only drive. So I want to make my old master into a slave so I could make this new drive the new master, follow me? The only problem is that hte new drive has no operating system. When I try to do a windows xp install off of the installation cd i have it just says No Operating System Found, or something like that. It sucks that it is stuck as a master otherwise I would make it the slave drive. I hate to throw it away. So can anyone tell me what I should do here? Do you need some more info? Any help is appreciated!!!

Answer:Master and Slave drive help

I think it's says No Operating System Found, because you need the CD-ROM as the first boot priority, rather than the hard drive. You can set this in the BIOS. Also I don't think a hard drive can be master only. What kind of hard drive is it? IDE or SATA? If it's IDE, there is a jumper on the pins, that you can set it to either master or slave mode. There should be a label on the hard drive, that will tell you where to put the jumper to set it to slave. If it's SATA, then you have to set it to master, via the BIOS, making it the first hard disk boot priority.

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I have installed a new HDD and installed XP Pro, moving the previous Master HD into a removable caddy, set as Slave. I was hoping that on startup I would be offered the choice between booting in W98SE (Slave) or XP but no! The slave hasn't been allocated a drive letter in XP, although it shows in Disk Management. I have seen in earlier posts that this may be because there is no partition on this drive but I can't create one as there is no visible free(unallocated) space and 'change drive letter' is greyed out. Can anyone help please?

Answer:No Drive Letter for Slave in XP

Have you formatted it in disc management? if not do so.

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I am trying to help a friend.

I built a desktop computer for him, Dec 2011.
W7 Home Premium SP1
HDD haD a single partition, C:, onto which I installed W7, using a legitimate, commercial W7 DVD.
W7 was activated. Updates were downloaded & installed using W7's automatic update feature.


The HDD is seen by the BIOS; within the BIOS and from the boot menu.

16 Aug 2012, the computer worked properly; shut down normally.

The next time he turned the PC on, 19 Aug 2012, the boot process proceeded through the Windows 7 splash screen.

NO login screen appeared.

Spontaneous reboot.

W7's automatic repair screen appeared, advising that W7 could not be repaired.

Things I have tried:
System Restore point; tried twice.
1 restore point, for 15 Aug, notes Windows Update.

System Restore advised that it looked at the D: drive for restore points. None found.

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.

C:\ dir
no files nor folders

D:\ dir
files & folders are present

X:bootrec /scanos
NO Windows Installations found

X:bootrec /fixmbr
X:bootrec /fixboot
X:bootrec /rebuildbcd

Same problem

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.
X:bootrec /scanos
NO Windows Installations found

No Joy

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.

c:bootrec /fixmbr
c:bootrec /fixboot
c:bootrec /rebuildbcd

Same problem

Rebooted to W7 repair tool.
Command prompt.
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Answer:[SOLVED] W7 system partition drive letter changed won't boot

Hi, boot to the RE (repair your computer) at the x:\sources prompt type:-

bcdedit (press enter) this will reveal the boot manager and the boot loader that your OS uses to boot. Note down the entries, next type:-

bcdedit | find "osdevice" (press enter) this tells us what drive letter the RE has assigned the OS, not always C:

It will be this drive letter that you will need to use to repair the boot .

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I have a 5 year old PC on Windows ME. It had only 4Gb master disk when i got it and i added a 40 Gb slave drive later.Yesterday the primary disk 'died' started making screeching noises etc etc, i tried re formatting it but to no avail.I thought the answer would be to bin the current master and simply replace it with the slave.I have physically done this and changed the jumpers at the back of the disk.I then started up with a boot disk and it says both primary master and slave hard disk fail.I continue on and it says "setup founf a compressed volume or a disk cache utility on your computer. Quit and check your compresed volume with your disk compression software or remove the disk cache utility"I am not aware of any such software ? if i continue on i get "cannot create a temp directory. if you have HPFS or NTFS installed on your drive you will need to create an msdos boot partition to set up windows.Any ideas would be great, sorry its a bit long. Cheers

Answer:Slave Drive to Master Drive ?

I'm not entirely sure how to solve this one as I've never seen those messages before, If I were in your position I would try a bios reset then the fdisk command and then a full format and then try the reinstall

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I just recently bought a new 120G drive and I made it a slave drive where I keep me pictures and music files. I'm running Windows XP Home edition. My master drive is like 60G and it only has 20% left. But now I want to use my 120 as the master. My question is how do I transfer all the information or just the windows operating system to the 120 drive? I know how to change the jumpers. I just need some help with transferring the information.

Can someone help me with these steps?????


Answer:Changing Slave Drive to Master

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Hi, I recently purchased a 160GB Hitachi hard drive. I want to replace the current master drive, an 80GB maxtor, with this 160GB drive. Currently the Hitachi is set as the slave. I have two partitions on the maxtor C: & D: (backup). However, Windows XP Home came preinstalled on my computer. How can I do this? What is the safest way? I do have PartitionMagic if that will help.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Making Slave Drive the New Master

The new drive should have came with a disk containing the utilities that you need to do this. I understand that you want the 160 gig hard drive as master, and the 80 gig as slave. But what else are you wanting to do? The new hard drive should have came with a floppy containing the utilities that are necessary, if you are wanting to transfer files from one drive to the other, and make it the master drive. You will also have to reset the jumpers on the drives to reflect the master and slave difference. I'm not familiar with the brand name that you mentioned, but Maxtor and Western Digital provide these utilities. A more experienced member will probably come in and prompt and correct me if I'm wrong!

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I have a master and slave hard drive both running Windows XP. I want to switch the slave to be the master and then reformat the master to be a backup drive. I've tried several times with the recommended jumper settings with no success. I keep getting the error message "operating system not found" when I boot the machine. I notice at startup there are two XP OS choices.

Is there something in the BIOS I need to change ? (probably not) I'm scratching my head here !

Computer: Dell Dimension t600r, 256k ram
EIDE Master drive: Maxtor 20GB
EIDE Slave drive:Hitachi 80 GB

Answer:Switch Slave Drive To Master

What happens if you boot with just the Slave in (the one you want to be the master??

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how do i set two hard drives one master, one slave and what do i install on this ?would the computer be faster ?what do i put on the master drive ? what do i put on the slave drive ?i got xp home, pIII with 1 ghz 384ramcan this be done, with a 30 gb & 80 gb

Answer:hard drive master/slave set up

Quote from: hmsam on September 09, 2007, 03:19:46 PMhow do i set two hard drives one master, one slave and what do i install on this ?would the computer be faster ?what do i put on the master drive ? what do i put on the slave drive ?i got xp home, pIII with 1 ghz 384ramcan this be done, with a 30 gb & 80 gb1)  Set the jumpers on the set to to Slave.2)  No...the computer won't be faster.3)  Anything your heart desires.4)  Wow!5)  Yes, it can be done.

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My wifes old IDE master drive started acting up and I had another some faster PC parts (essentially a new PC) waiting around for a rainy day so I went ahead built the new beast. She has a ton of data she wants to save from the old drive which may still be accessible. Here is my problem. The new PC has a single SATA drive, when I connect the IDE drive with the jumper in the slave position, it still tries to boot from IDE drive and not the SATA drive. All I want to do is to have the IDE drive as a data drive so I can pull any savable data off it.

New Drive Western Digital 800JD
Old Drive Western Digital 800JB

Answer:IDE Slave Drive with SATA Master

You need to change the boot options in the BIOS. I have several systems with SATA boot drives and IDE slaves, that's all I've ever done to get them booting.

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The prompt and excellent advice here from earlier was greatly appreciated, here's another issue...been a bad week

I fired up my old computer to get on here and ask this. When booting up on Master drive I cannot get on the internet. Booted to slave drive and I can. I didn't uninstall any drivers from the other drive so what can I do to try and pinpoint the problem?


Answer:Cannot get on internet with Master drive but slave I can.

First, you can dig into Network Connections.

It's been a while since I used XP, but here goes:

Start>Contol Panel>Network Connections>Right Click on your active connection>Select "Repair"

That's the most basic. After that, it gets a bit more intense...


Do you have your jumpers set correctly? (i.e., Master, Slave, Cable Select)

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I have a Compaq Prosignia 300
- used to be an NT 4 server
- came to me with NT on it, a CD drive and an open bay (am guessing a 2nd CD drive has been removed)

I am trying to put Windows98SE on it

I fdisk'd it
I formatted it

On Windows 98SE floppy boot it does not see CD drive
- the light flashed before it went to A:

I took the CD out of the machine
It has the following specs
COMPAQ PART 184781-001
and there is an indication of SANYO Ectric Co., Japan

On the ribbon, there are plastic tags that say "Attach to unterminated SCSI Device" and "Pull Loop to Disconnect"

I followed the ribbon and it seems locked into place on both ends.

I went to the area where you set Master, Slave etc and it is an odd looking area to what I have seen before! I have moved this on another and there were only 3 choices (Master, slave, and something else )
This one has 5 prongs and 3 black plastic things to move about
(moved them and don't know where they were - they are all out now)

Where do I put the black plastic caps so that my CD is recognised? (am hoping this was the problem!)

Thank You
ps - I do have an extra CD drive, but it looks different from the one that came with this machine - the ribbon and the place where the ribbon pops in are a bit different. Is there a way to use this one instead? Should I?

Answer:CD-ROM drive-where to I put the pin thingys for master / slave?

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I have bought a second hand maxtor hard drive model33073U4.How can I tell if it is set to master or slave.On the drive it says cylinders 16383-heads 16-sectors 63-jumper j50-master/single on -slave off.can anyone help? I installed as it was when I bought it,but I just get a clicking noise.Thankyou.chas

Answer:hard drive master or slave

If you are useing a maxtor as a second/slave HDD you do not need a bridging block (jumper) at all take it off reinstall HDD making sure all cables are secure and try again..

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ok heres the problem: my main hard drive is 80 gb SATA,and my new drive is the western digital 250 gb SATA drive. so i bought my SATA cable, installed the backup 250 GB drive into slot 1, connected the power and then connected my SATA cable to slot 1. i boot up the computer like normal, but recieve an odd problem: My drive 4 (port PATA 1 PRI IDE slave) and drive 5 (the master, im not 100% sure if 4 is the master or if 5 is) are not detected. i went into the bios, both are turned on and recognized. i disregarded this and turned on my drive 1 to try my new hard drive. when i booted up not only is the new drive not recognized, neither the DVD or CD is either. the only thing showing up is my c drive and floppy drive. i turned the drive 1 off(controllerarallel ATA for drive 1 and 0), disconnected the SATA cable, and tried rebooting again, yet i get the same error message. so before i had tried installing this drive i had no problems, now even after disconnecting the drive my DVD and CD drive wont show up.
The SATA operation is currently set to Raid auto detect/AHCI. the other options are as follows:
Raid auto detect/ATA,
Raid ON,
and Combination. in similar problems i found here people said to change to combination, which is SATA/PATA. does anyone know what to do? im left here not being able to use my new hard drive, and ontop of that my cd and dvd drives!

Answer:Master/slave drive not recognized

Hi, and welcome to Techspot. Are you using a RAID array? If you are not, or don't know what that means, you should not be running your drives in RAID mode or AHCI mode. Just run them in regular SATA mode.

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i think i may have to reinstall windows xp again, as i keep getting error messages saying that windows installer service could not be accessed..i have a samsung 250gb sata hard drive & got an old western digital caviar 12100 2.1gb ata hard drive. can anyone tell me if i need to set this to master or slave? i want to transfer some programs & important documents to the 2.1gb hdd, that way the reinstall wont be so painful. the reason im not sure is because the samsung is sata & didnt need to set it to master or slave. THANKS

Answer:Hard Drive - Master Or Slave??

You should be able to set it as master.

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Hello all! I bought a HP computer from a friend that had two CD Drives but the bottom one was empty so I put the top one in the bottom slot and put a burner in the top one and installed the software for it. I took the computer into a shop because I was having problems upgrading it from ME to XP Home.

The computer repairman, who admitted he wasn't very sharp, said the computer thought both drives were slaves and none were masters OR the bottom one was a master and one was a slave.

This is over my head. I can switch out the hardware but how do I fix this so I can burn CDs again? I can use the top one to play CDs but I can't burn anything.

Any suggestions? Thanks!!!

Answer:CD Drive master / slave problem.

On the back of the drive is the jumpers, usually the positions are marked.
What brand & model CD drives do you have?
Remove the drives and Look to see what thay are set for.
Another thing the cable that connects the cd drives to the computer Mother board, the cable that connects does it have two connections for the CD drives? the one at the end of the cable would be for the CD drive that is set to master, the other is for the slave drive.
You can burn CD's, Are you sure you have a CD burner?

Here is example of jumper settings, Although this is for a Seagate HDD your CD drives will be somewhat different:
It also shows IDE cable, master?slave position which would be same for your CD drives.
Another Note, you should not connect a CD drive to the same cable as you Hard drive.

Here is two cents more for free,
The best way to upgrade from ME to XP, is to do a fresh install.
I'd would go back to the computer man, sounds like he's a nuckle head!

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I am trying to get old data from an ME hard drive and have installed the drive in a box running XP SP1...the drive is listed in Computer Management but does not have a drive letter assignment and will not allow me to assign one so it appears that even though the system sees the hardware and reports it to be healthy and working properly, the data cannot be accessed. BTW, the XP drive is NTFS/ME is FAT32. Could this be the issue?

Thanks for any assistance you can give...

Answer:ME drive installed as slave with XP master

Hello and Welcome to TSF

I believe that is your issue, NTFS cannot read FAT32

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I have been using a slave drive for storage mainly. I am now having some problems with my C drive, and need to reformat (it has become truly sluggish).
Is there an way to uninstall some programs present in my slave drive (is there actually a control panel in there?) prior to changing it over to the master, so that I can get most of my data cleaned out and "slimmed" down? I want to get rid of some unecessary stuff and make a clean start, but would like to retain as much control as possible over the slave drive prior to making the final "move". Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Answer:Changing slave drive to master

Hi monkeysee,

If I understand you correctly, you want to reformat your C: drive.

Your current slave drive will not be affected if you do that, except
that any programs on it will be devoid of registry enteries. You may save
data, such as e-mail or whatever on the slave drive, and then reformat
the C: and do a fresh install on C:.

Programs on the slave drive will generally not work when you reformat. But
data will still be fine.

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Previously, I was able to a seperate cable for each device since I was using an Serial ATA hard drive. I had the following set up:

+ DVD Rom through IDE
+ DVD Burner through a seperate different IDE (not master slave)
+ Hard drive through Serial ATA

I had a hard drive failure. I sent my old hard drive back to seagate, and it doesn't look like I will be getting my new one for a while. I bought an IDE (ATA) hard drive to keep me occupied. So... I must now put the DVD Rom and DVD Burner on master/slave.

How should I do this???

I was thinking of the following:

+ Hard drive through IDE cable #1 on its own
+ DVD Rom through IDE cable #2 as a master
+ DVD Burner through IDE cable #2 as a slave
+ (Second hard drive through SATA once it gets back).

Does this seem to be good enough?

Answer:Hard drive master/ Slave Set up

You have to set the hard drive as master/single as well even though it is on it's very own cable.

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I have a second internal hard drive with data. Currently it is the slave. I have tried cable select with the same result. Disk management sees the drive but I cant assign it a letter. All options under Task -> All options are greyed out except delete volume. How do I give it a letter so I can access the data?.

I seearched but could not find a solution that worked for me. I have tried to attach two pictures.


Answer:Slave hard drive letter

There may be a better way, but I've used a drive/partition manager, like Achronis Disk Director to do this in the past, but that was with XP, and DDS is not yet compatible with W7. There must be some software that will work.

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Windows Explorer in Win7 Ultimate 32bit does NOT see a SATA slave drive until it has been given a letter by means of Disk Management; then the next time that drive is connected as a slave, Disk Management has to be used AGAIN. Can I prevent this loss of the drive letter for slave drives ?

Answer:slave drive loses its letter

Are you physically disconnecting the drive? How many HDD do you have connected and how are they connected?

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I just installed a slave drive, and for some reason no letter shows up in My Computer. It shows up in Device Manager, although the "current drive letter assignment" input under the Settings tab is blank. If it helps, I'm using Windows 98se, and my current drive letter assignment setup is:

A: floppy
C: master hard drive
D: dvd
E: CD-RW drive

Hopefully someone knows the problem, thanks.

Answer:Slave drive letter assignment

Maybe the drive isn't formatted/ has no partition on it.
Try formatting the drive, or using Fdisk.exe in DOS and creating the partition(s) there.

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My specs are:
Gateway nv laptop
Windows 7 home prem 64
Amd 2.0 ghrtz dual core
3gb ddr2 ram
264mb ati graphics
320gb satan HD**

So earlier I made a 30gb fat32 partition from my main hard drive. I wasn't using it much so I decided to erase the 30gb partition and resize my main partition(c) to a bigger size. So with partition wizard I saw that before my c drive and after the re ivory partiions there was about a gig of "unallocated space" so I thought I would use that to make my partition bigger. So with the c drive now taking up the 30 gig partition and the 1 gig of unallocated space, I applied the changes. The computer restarted And partition wizard did it's thing, which took about an hour. All went well until I tried to start the computer: it goes through all the steps untill right before the login screen, where I get a black screen with the mouse, and a popup box saying

*"winvnc error: no password has been set & his machine has been preconfigured to prevent users from setting their own. You must contact a system administrator to configure Winvnc properly"

If I click ok or x the box just stays there. Yes I use a vnc server, but I hadn't changed the settings for it recently. *And I did have a password on it. I have googled the error message and other people have had this problem but not causing the computer not to start. I have a single password pretected user on the computer, and it might be a problem with the computer thinking that user... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] 7 won't boot after partition resize, drive letters changed (moved from hardw


I noticed that the drive letter om my main drive had changed from c to d

that is most likely the problem

What (i think) happened is that the partitions were setup like the following

*fat32 drive-0 partiton-1 (to windows- D:)
*system partition drive-0 partition-2 (to windows- C:)

Then when FAT32 was deleted system drive became "drive-0 partition-1" so windows thought it was D:

So, you are going to need an installation disk or a recovery disk (as long as it has cmd) to solve the problem

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I'm having one of the most frustrating problems I've ever experienced. I'm running a P4P800-Deluxe Asus board with 1GB of RAM, a Pentium P2.4, with a Seagate hard-drive on my Primary-SATA connection.

On my primary IDE, I'm running a TDK DVD burner as master and an Asus CD burner as slave. This combination worked well for a couple of months.

Lately, the TDK drive will fail to recognize a disc. The drive is recognized by XP, but if there is a DVD in the drive, it will simply say "No disc in drive." If I fiddle with the IDE connections (for example - put both the CD burner and the DVD burner on master - one on the primary IDE channel and one on the secondary) - the drives will both be recognized again and the DVD burner will recognize discs.

But after a few more startups, the DVD drive will stop recognizing media in the drive again. In Windows explorer, it will show "DVD/CD Rom" - and if you click it - nothing except the same "No disc in drive." message.

Any ideas?

Answer:Problem with XP recognizing DVD & CD drive in Master Slave

What model burner is it? What driver version are you using for the drive? What is current firmware version of the drive?

Make sure that you have all of the latest windows updates.


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I have a Maxtor SATA drive as my master drive and i'm wanting to install a secondary Seagate Barracuda (IDE) as a slave.

I don't have a jumper on the IDE drive as this is the slave setting.

However, i don't have a jumper on the SATA drive either (don't know if i need
one or not to set it as primary)

I installed the HDD's and booted up but it recognised the Seagate on the IDE channel as the primary master.

Any help would be appreciated greatly...

Answer:Installing an IDE drive as a slave with SATA as master

No you don't do it that way. SATA drives don't have master slave.

Put the IDE as master, put the SATA in as normal. Check your BIOS and set it up so it boots from your SATA.

If you did look in your BIOS you may have gotten thrown off a bit because you can 'emulate' IDE with SATA to prevent needing to install SATA drivers for XP, but only on some motherboards.

Basically forget all you know about IDE master slave bs when dealing with SATA, and look in your bios to set that SATA drive as the boot drive (after cd or floppy if you like).

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Have a SATA hard drive that went bad in desktop, want to use new SATA drive as master and old as slave so I can retrieve data from old drive how do I accomplish this. Have connected nut only shows one harddrive

Answer:SATA Hard drive master/Slave

If the drive cannot be recognized then the chances of file recovery are very slim unless you care to spend big dollars on professional assistance.

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Hello, I'm new to these forums and looking for help on a possible directX problem.

I just got a new computer, used, that came with a 16gig HD master. I took an old 120 I had laying around and set it up as a slave, figuring I'd just keep the Master for the desktop stuff and the OS (XP).

I downloaded Steam, and installed my old Halflife 2 and DoD: Source. I installed DirectX 9.0c (I believe on the master), but I have HL2 and DoD installed in the Slave drive (F

When I start the game it doesn't work right. The picture is all screwed up, and it even restarts when I try to get into a game.

I looked in the Settings, and according to the settings menu the game is running on the DirectX that was already on the computer, 6.0.

I'm lost, could this be the problem?

Thank you.

Answer:Master/Slave drive possible DirectX problem?

The only new computers I'm aware of that come with 16GB hard drives are netbooks which don't handle games.

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I am working on my daughter's computer Windows XP OS...she began having problems, no anti-virus software at all...managed to load in safe mode with networking...was running the virusscan and while in the middle of it the computer rebooted itself. Did see before it rebooted, there were many many worms, trojans and PUP's. After it rebooted, I started running the virus scan again, this time no worms or trojans showed, only PUPs. Deleted a bunch of them, then rebooted, now it will not do anything...the harddrive light starts then does nothing. Plugged the harddrive as a slave on another tower, can see all the files, but cannot access just hers which has all her music to download to her ipod. Is there anyway to get this drive to master boot again or will the XP cdrom reboot it? Or how can I get to her files as a slave drive, gives me access denied...Almost forgot, when running the drive as slave, did run and delete 24 trojans and worms....

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Hi, I?m after putting my hard drive to master using the jump clips on the back but on the hard drive it doesn?t state which connections what, as stock its plugged into the 2nd from the left there are four altogether in think?I haven?t a book because it came as OEM?the drives a 120GB Maxtor D/Max+10 133/7200 8MB, if that helps?Can you help me?Regards,James.

Answer:Hard Drive Master/Slave Connection?

This should tell you all you need to know click here

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Today my master hard drive bit the dust. It was a 15 GB Maxtor Hard drive. I have a 160 GB Western Digital Slave that was on the same IDE cable as the master. When I set up a new 40 GB drive to be the master and attached it to the IDE cable the bios and device manager read them both it but when I go to My Computer the slave drive is not there to access. I tried right clicking on My Computer and clicked on manage and then clicked on 'Disk Management' and it shows up there but will not allow me to add a drive letter. It says I need to add a partition. I don't know what to do but the files I have on that drive are very important. I have been trying all day to get it to work. If you can help that will be more then great. I am running Windows XP home edition. Thanks.

Answer:Got New Master Hard Drive Old Slave Won't Work

If you set the jumpers on the back of both hdd's to cable select (cs) then make sure that the 40gig is on the end plug that my help.
Also check that they show up correctly in your bios. Your mobo manual will tell you how to do that.
Are both drives formatted in ntfs?

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I installed windows xp inadvertantly with the jumpers set to slave and it works fine but i have a back up hard drive so i put the jumpers to the master position and it wont boot up the bios finds it no problem but just wont boot

Answer:Hard drive works as slave but not master

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but are you actually changing the cable (i.e. from middle connector to end connector) when you change the jumpers?

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I have a computer with a 20gb master drive with Win XP on it. I have a second slave drive with a 120gb drive with Win XP on it as well in a second partition. When I start my computer I am givin a choice between the two, home and pro. Here is my problem, I want to remove the second hard drive and install it on another system as the primary hard drive while keeping all of the info intact. Is this possible? Please help!

Answer:Help installing a slave hard drive as a master.

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I am running XP Pro on a rebuilt Dell PIII. The original hard drive is 7G, so I added a 300G slave for storage. My plan now was to change the 300G drive to the Master drive. I reformatted, booted from my XP disc & installed the OS on the "new" 300G drive. Then I switched the jumper & cable so it was in the master position......and nothing.
It starts up, tells me to hit F2 for setup or F1 to continue. When I hit F1, it goes to a blank screen with flashing cursor, but no command line.
What did I do wrong?

Answer:Changing a hard drive from slave to master

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Oh and since I upgraded the bios my motherboard ASUS P4v800D-X:
It wont boot if I have my two ide hard drives pluged in!

The SATA are fine but if I have the two IDE drives thats were working fine before pluged in the bootup just hangs after it detects the drives in the bios. If I unplug ONE of the ide hard drives everything works and then I can plug the drive I unpluged back in once windows has started find it in disk manger and I can see it on my computer!

but when I restart the machine it hangs again! Its also does not matter which I unplug salve or master! both drives are working fine on there own though and with out a problem before!

Any tips?

Answer:IDE hard drive slave and master prob

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Im having some trouble hooking up a hardrive and i found this forum thinking you guys/gals will be able to help me. I have a dell 8300 with a SATA 120 gb hard drive. Today someone gave me a 200 gb maxtor Parallel ATA/100 internal hard drive. I need to have everything still run off the SATA 120 gb hard drive, while just using the 200 gb hard drive for music and other things.

I tried a few things already, but anything you guys can do to help me out would be great


Answer:SATA master/ATA slave hard drive help?

Are you saying that your other EIDE are non-exsistent or occupied?

The ATA 100 Drive should be pulled into the EIDE adapter using a ATA 100 or 133 Ribbon Cable. There are adapters for SATA to EIDE but. Only 1 Drive per SATA Cable. And 2 Device per EIDE Adapter.

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I am running Windows XP Home Ed and I have a new 160 G hard drive (westin digital). I want to make it a slave drive as well as move my information to the new drive. First I need to know how use the drive once I put it in as the slave drive. How do I get the OS to detect it so I can use it?

Then, what is the best way to transfer my info to the new drive and be able to use the rest of the drive's extra space?

Can anyone help with this task?

Answer:Transfer information from master to slave drive

The old drive should be detected as soon as it is connected and the computer turned on.

One way to transfer the files is to go to My Computer. Click on the drive letter you want to transfer files from. It should open in a window. Size that window down to about one-quarter the size of your screen and drag that window to the upper right of your screen.

Go to My Computer. Click on the drive letter you want to transfer files to. It should open in a window. Size that window down to about one-quarter the size of your screen and drag that window to the lower right of your screen.

Make a folder in the bottom window named OldFiles.

Find the files in the top window that you want to copy. Drag them from the top window to the OldFiles folder in the bottom window.

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Epox 8KTA3+ board running Win 98SE
Bios recognises slave hard drive but no letter is assigned to it therefore I cannot access it to format.
Is there any way to force it to show up so that I can do this?
Any help would be appreciated as this is driving me mad!!!

Answer:Slave hard drive letter not assigned

put the drive in another machine and format it. Or install this drive as primary and use your windows 98 CD to start an install and follow the instructions until it finishes formating, then shut down the machine.

or Boot into DOS with this drive as a master and format there

Windows will not assign a drive a letter if it is not partitioned and formated.

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My master hard disk failed and I have successfully replaced it with a new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?

Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one, but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.

Please Help Me, I'm stumped.

Answer:Get drive letter for slave while keeping data This article could hold the answer

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I have an anternal media drive whith a number of hidden partitions which do not show up in windows. One of these partitions had become corrupted and unuseable and I would like to try re formatting it to fix the error.

In Partition Magic there are a number of drives listed. Some of the drives on the partition have assigned drive letters but the one I want to format has is greyed out and listed with a * infront of it. Partition Magic will let me enter the drive to view details and even gives me the option to format it BUT then wants to assign the drive the letter A:

If I do this then the media drive will be unable to work as it will have lost the file path it needs to record on to. I just wnat to re format this drive (with whatever freeware) and have the drive letter (wich is currently unassigned) untouched so that the media player never knows its been formatted.

File system is FAT32, partition size is 10gb, using Partition Magic, there are 2 partitions with assigned drive letters and 3 without on the 1gb HDD.

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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I have two hard drives installed in my computer - a 120GB one and a 250GB one.  Both have Windows installed on them.  When I set the 250GB to Master, and the 120GB to Slave, the computer boots normally, and everything works.  Now, I don't really need the 120GB drive, so I want to unplug it and just keep it inside the computer.  I unplug the power plug form it, and the ribbon cable, leaving the jumpers in the same place on both drives.  Then I try booting up the computer, and it says "No operating system found!"  When I go into BIOS setup, with only the 250GB drive plugged in, it doesn't detect any hard drives at all.  What am I doing wrong? Thanks for all your help.

Answer:Hard drive boots in Master/Slave mode, but not by itself

Welcome to the CH forum.Is it this a dual boot configuration - was the Windows system on the 120GB drive installed last - does your boot.ini file show the default to be drive (1)?  In other words are you attempting to boot from the Slave?Or-Is your 250GB drive jumpered as "Master with Slave Present".This quote is extracted from here.QuoteSlave Present: Some drives have an additional jumper that is used to tell a drive configured as master that there is also a slave drive on the ATA channel. This is only required for some older drives that don't support standard master/slave IDE channel signaling.You neglected to say what drives we're trying to visualise (manufacturer and model) so we can't look up the details for ourselves.

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OK here's the situation. I have:

One hard drive
Two CD-ROM drives (a DVD and a CDR)
One IDE zip drive

To connect them to, I've got:

A Promise Ultra ATA100 controller
(has two controllers which each take two
devices each, totalling four)

Two regular IDE controllers on the hard drive
(again, each controls two devices, totalling four)

What's the best way to connect all this stuff? Should I connect everything to the Ultra ATA controller because it's faster, or does that not make a difference on CD-ROM drives? If I do connect it all to that one controller, how do I set each drive in terms of slave and master?


Answer:Master, Slave, Hard Drive, CD-ROM drives, arrrrghh

If they are not Ultra ATA/100 devices, does your controller support backward compatability? If it doesn't you are kinda out of luck. If it does, I would put my fastest devices on the primary channel and the slowest ones on the secondary.

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How easy is it for me to set up a second HD in my computer, so as to copy some files across from another?

IE: Once i've connected one as a slave & the other the master, how in dos do i get to see which drive is labelled what?
Is it so straight forward as to just connecting the second drive, turning on PC, going into dos & saying "copy these files to here"?

ANY help greatly appreciated please!

Thank you.


Answer:Setting up a master & slave drive for copying files across.

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I'm adding a Western Digital Hard drive to my computer. I have a 15 Gig and adding a 160 Gig. My 15 gig is full.

When adding, what is the best way to do it. Master or slave or does it make a difference. Just want to make sure so I get the best results from the start.


Answer:Adding additional hard drive (Slave or Master?)

There are several different ways you can do this.

The fastest would be to set your new drive to slave (make sure your current drive is set to master) and install.

**personal note**
Were I installing this on my system....this is what I would do.
Install the new drive as slave.
Make a drive image of your current drive,
load the image on your new slave drive,
swap the master and slave settings (making your new drive master)
verify that the machine boots correctly to your new master 160GB HD (and all files and space is accessible)
If all is good, format the 15GB and use as additional storage


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I have a computer with a 20gb master drive with Win XP on it. I have a second slave drive with a 120gb drive with Win XP on it as well in a second partition. When I start my computer I am givin a choice between the two, home and pro. Here is my problem, I want to remove the second hard drive and install it on another system as the primary hard drive while keeping all of the info intact. Is this possible? Please help!

Answer:A question about installing a slave drive as a master on another computer.

It won't work unless the hardware in the new computer is exactly like the hardware installed in the original computer.

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I need a patch for DVD to use in a Satellite 5200.

My original DVD is broken, so i bought a Toshiba SD-C2512 DVD but it is not working inside the Satellite, but with adaptor at my Desktop PC.
I have to patch the DVD to Master.

Where can I get the file and prog to patch?

Answer:Satellite 5200 - Need master/slave patch for new DVD drive


I think such patches that you mean are not available and as far as I know if you can switch a notebook from Master to Slave for example there is a jumper on the drive.

However, for me it sounds like that the drive is not compatible with this notebook. Not every drive is compatible with every notebook (e. g. pin assignment, ?) ;)

You should buy another one and check the user manual. There you should find a list of compatible drives.


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One year ago replaced master with a new Maxtor. Worked fine for one year and a day. Have been using former drive (original) as a back up. Has not been formatted! The Maxtor is defective and doesn't even show on set up. Tried to change the slave back to master and it starts to boot windows xp, goes through the welcome screed and stops on the Windows XP logo and does nothing. However the drive shows and files and data when used as a slave in another computer. It however shows as drive H. Should I change the drive designation and if so how. Thanks, Roy

Answer:lost replacement hard drive. Now want to go to Slave as Master

Sounds to me like XP is'nt properly installed on the original drive?I would check bios to see if the settings for the drive are correct.If all is OK, you might have to re-install XP.Otherwise buy another H/D and install this as a master. H/D's now areunbelievably cheap.

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Hi, I borrowed a harddrive from my friend to transfer some files. My desktop has a 30GB and a 10GB harddrive attached to the same ribbon cable, master and slave respectively. I was going to remove that slave and put in my friend's harddrive but I accidentally removed the master instead and booted 2x slave drives. Then the problems began when I tried to revert back to normal, it wouldn't work citing problems such as unknown drives. ONLY when i replaced both hard drives was I able to get a boot but, only to find out that my Slave is designated C: drive and my master is D: drive. So my Windows files are on the D: drive and I cannot boot because of "NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" error. Please help!

Answer:Help! Hard Drive scrambled Master/slave mixup!

Sort out your ribbons first, go through the bios and make sure you know where everything is which drive letter to which HD, then set the boot order so that you can boot from your cd-rom.
Go into the recovery/repair console and run fix boot on the drive that the NTDRL is missing from.
problem solved bud

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I am a first time builder and looking over how to put everything together. The one thing I do not understand however, is the master/slave relationship that is talked about.

Here is the hard drive I am going to use (Just using one)

Here is my DVD Drive -

Since I only have one, do I even need to adjust anything for this when I get the hard drive?

Answer:Trouble Understanding the Master/Slave for Hard Drive

SATA doesn't use Master/Slave. That used to be for IDE connections; for multiple devices that were on the same IDE port on the motherboard. With SATA, no need to worry about that, since only 1 device plugs into each SATA data connector on the motherboard (usually start with SATA0, and go up to however many ports it has).

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Is there anyway with sata hard drives that you can run a master and slave abd be able to dual boot into them with two seperate desk tops like you can with eide hard drives?

Answer:Running a master and slave sata hard drive

SATA doesn't use (or need) a master/slave configuration. You can certainly dual boot if you want to with SATA drives - just install the older OS first to make things easier on yourself.

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Hi. I have two HDDs on an IDE channel. The master has windows on it and I want to use a disc wiping program to wipe it and install debian linux on it. But I have linux installed on the slave and I'm worried that the MBR is on the master and will cause the slave drive to be unbootable.
When I installed debian linux on the slave it installed the GRUB bootloader. I'm not exactly sure how boot loading works and if the MBR for both discs could possibly be on the master disc.
Do I have anything to worry about? If so, what do I need to do so I can wipe the master.

Answer:will erasing master drive leave slave unbootable?

Wiping the entire master will kill the bootloader too, yes. The new Linux installer will put on a new GRUB through, so no worries there - all you have to do is to re-add your other Linux to the GRUB configuration.

Why do you want to wipe the whole drive? Just deleting the Windows partitions and creating Debian ones instead should be enough.

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My OS is Windows 8.1.
I partitioned my hard drive and labeled the new partition (H), the (D), is the recovery partition from HP. I then created an image of the (C), onto partition (H).
I than checked the recover image through the recover process and the new image reads (D) not (H). The funny thing is, that the date and time is correct for when I created it.
Does anyone have some insight on this?
Thank you,

Answer:Solved: Image repair displays wrong partition drive letter, but right Time and date

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i want to install a Pioneer DVR-K14L DVD writer.
After the installation, the notebook show me an
error during the initialisation.

It is possible to use this type of Slimline DVD writer?
What kind of modus is important (master, slave or cable-select)?

Thank you and

best regards

Answer:Satellite Pro 6100: What drive and connection is supported - Master, Slave or CSEL?


I assume you get an IDE# 1 error message. Am I right?
The fact is that not all drives are compatible with the notebooks.
I'm not sure which settings the supported drive should have. But I surmise it's could be a CSEL.
However, I have found this DVD-RW drive which should be compatible; the part number is P000366780

But unfortunately, there is nothing about the pin assignment and the settings.
If you want to be 100% sure about the supported devices on your notebook so you should ask the Toshiba service partner in your country for the details

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Anybody know how to access my now 2nd HDD, here's the problem; Intel based PC took a dump (typical of emachines), built a replacement that?s now AMD base (XP SP3 would not allow for my original HDD to completely boot-up, goes to the XP option screen with no results keeps restarting, something about XP SP3 had some weird Intel only file that was real hard to access and delete, that does not allow a AMD base to start up, tried some info. w/o any results), reinstalled with another HDD and reinstalled software and my newly built PC does see and allows some access to my original HDD, witch is now a slave, but cannot retrieve my files and I even have the password (but no way input it), so can anybody HELP!

Answer:How to access files in slave drive, was master addmi. psswrd avalible.

Quotebut cannot retrieve my files and I even have the password (but no way input it), so can anybody HELP!So you can see the files, but you cannot copy them over?What is the error messag?

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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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I put a thread up before headed Invalid Drive Specification but know one seems to of helped me. I have a start up mess of the above ie Invalid Drive specification and ive lost 2 drives i want to replace them and re format but it wont let me and i keep on getting the same mess.i need to re assign the drive letters but dont how

i need assistance ASAP thanks

Answer:Partition Drive Letters

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My sister did something to her computer and reinstalled Windows XP. The thing is that it is installed on a partition (labeled "e") with only 3 gigs. I noticed this because I tried installing more software and it said that there wasn't enough space on the hard drive.

I searched online and found that I could see both partitions using the disk management utility. When I use this utility, I can see the partition labeled "e" and the other larger partition (75 gigs) and it doesn't have a drive letter. I have tried adding a letter to it by right-clicking, and all that it shows in the menu is "delete" and "help". Both partitions are labeled as "healthy".

How do I get back to that partition? Are all the programs, drivers, files, etc. still on that partition? How can I get the computer to start up on that partition? Windows XP is now installed on the smaller partition - should it be removed eventually?


Answer:Partition without a drive letter

The little partition was most likely the "System Recovery" partition that came with the already installed software setup when she bought the PC.

Somehow she has clobbered (a techie term ) the main partition that contained her data and Windows installation.

If she has a set of System Restore Disks (CD's), then she may be able to use them to restore the HD to its original the day she bought the PC.

If not, and it were my PC, I would use FDISK to remove everything from the HD, and then recreate a single partition of maximum size on the drive. Next Format it, and then reinstall Windows...going on from there.

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Is it possible to have a partition have multiple drive letters, either via a tool or reg hacking? I need to merge 2 smaller partitions into 1 on a new drive and it would be nice not having to change a bunch of registry settings.

Answer:Multiple drive letters for a partition?

You need to run a partition re-sizing tool like partition magic.

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Hello guys
I had 3 partitions C, E, Y with c being for Win Xp, and E for Songs and Y for Linux.
I have removed Linux from my system and therefore converted the Y partition to ntfs and used Partition Magic * to merge the e and Y partitions. Now when i open my computer window i get my Songs partition (E twice, one with E: drive and Other with Y:. Both are identical with same files. See the picture attached. Plz help me to remove this . However when i access my drives through Computer Management or Partition Magic there i get the correct drives C: and E: drives but no duplicate drive partition (Y,
One more thing another drive is showing with a question mark in OTHER section. just see the pic. What is it? Click the image below

Answer:Same Partition Shown with 2 Drive Letters

Hi rahimveron, welcome to TSF..

do you have any alerts/warnings in your device management console?

- Click Start -> Run -> type:
- Click OK

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how can i change my drive letters. ? i have windows 7 64 bit. my drive letters currently are c:

g: and H: . i want them to be c:, d: and e: do i need to format them or what?

Answer:changing drive partition letters?

if any is the recovery partition, then you may need to reconsider,

go into disk management, right click the drive in the right column and select change drive letter.

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I replaced my motherboard with a more modern version and the processor and memory. I dropped them straight into the machine without reloading XP HOME. Everything went well apart from some boot up peculiarities which I could not resolve. I now have a 2.2gb machine with 1gb ram. I chose Windows Repair and for whatever reason I ended up with a corrupted system on partition C:My two hard 40gb drives are partitioned thus C: E: G: and H: with the D and F for CD roms. I have now loaded a fresh XP Homewith SP2 and updates into partition G: Question please, can I with Partition Magic 7 or by any other means re-letter the partitions so that the new XP on G: ends up on C:, having eliminated the corrupted system.


Not for the faint hearted but click here;EN-US;Q223188

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It is impossible for me to put the drive letters in partition wiZard (booted from cd) on recovered, none of them have a drive letter

Change letter option is greyed out


Answer:Partition wiz shows no drive letters

In the event there is no way of fixing the drives, could I use the copy partition in partition wizard to copy to USB hdd the reinstall every thing and access those partitions? The computer is a lenovo and their win7 can be installed on one specific partitions... It will reformat everything I I will loose data on there partitions of the drive

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I have just purchased a new 80 gig hard drive, put in my computer as slave and formatted as my problems begin, partition magic wont touch it, nor will intention is to split the drive then after swapping all my saved files to the second partition, set as master and install windowsXP any help would be gratefully accepted.can i unformat and format as fat32, is there software to do this as winXPPro doesnt give you the option to go back to fat 32.Helpregards keith

Answer:Help, cant partition ntfs slave drive

Start, run, type:diskmgmt.mscClick okRight click the Disk 1 and click, Delete Partiton.Now right click and choose, New partition...You should be able to select FAT as the file type from the wizard.

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On this Hard Drive, I installed Ubuntu and Windows XP, both on different partitions. Then today I put in my old hard drive to work as a slave drive.

What I want to do is, remove the Windows XP partition so Ubuntu can have 40GB again, since I gave it 20GB.

I want to delete everything off the slave drive so I can use it to store my things in.

I am running Ubuntu Linux right now.

Answer:Partition and Slave Drive Removal

I had the same problem with your first problem with the partitioning. However, if you load xp up. Then go to start, my computer. Then right-click the slave drive, and click format. This will wipe everything on your slave drive.

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Okay, I should not have done what I did but I did it and now am starting to regret it. My V470 has a few default factory created partitions. When I installed Partition Magic 8.0 and ran it, it informed me that there's partition error and prompted for fix. I clicked Yes, and next thing I knew, the laptop threw the blue screen and restarted on its own. I was relieved when the OS -  Windows 7 Home Premium x64 was able to load and start normally. However, upon checking 'My Computer' the normally present D:\ labeled LENOVO is missing.I then went to System Restore and selected the point before installed Partition Magic. Then, I used EASEUS Parition Master 8.01 and it listed the missing partition as *:LENOVO. No drive letter assigned. I then tried to assign the drive letter to it but the software kept telling me 'mounting drive failed'. Then, I used the DISKPART command in DOS to assign the drive letter, but to my horror I had selected the WRONG partition! Now, I have drive E:\ in my HDD which is a SYSTEM partition. Access to this drive is denied. Up to this point, I have backed up the data in the partition labeled LENOVO (NTFS 29GB) and LENOVO_PART (NTFS 14.74GB) onto an external HDD. My question is, how can I revert all my actions back so that the partitions are back to its original state? Can I format the partition labeled LENOVO and copy back the files from my backup into it, and then assign the drive D: back to it? Will the One-Key recove... Read more

Answer:Partition and drive letter assignment

@jszeback-up your datas, run one key recover and try to burn recovery discs. if you can burn, use them to perform clean windows installation.also, you can use one key recover button to perform clean windows installation after fixing "visible partition issue"

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I want to assign a particular drive letter (R) to a partition on a drive for compatibility with another computer system. However when I attempt to change the drive letter using Windows Disk Management, "R" is not shown as a choice. There is no other disk shown in the listing of Volumes with the drive letter "R", and every other unassigned letter is available, so why isn't "R" shown? If indeed R is assigned to something, how can I find out what it is?

Answer:Can't assign a particular drive letter to a partition

Hello coffent,

You should be able to use OPTION TWO to see if "R" has already been assigned. If so, then you could use step 4 in OPTION TWO to swap the "R" drive letter with the letter the partition is currently using.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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