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Replacing IDE drive with SCSI

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I currently have 3 IDE hard drives.  I want to replace the D: drive with a scsi hard drive.  I want my E: drive to stay the E: drive (this is my 3rd hard drive).  Here's the question..

If I remove the D: drive and put in a scsi hard drive.  What letter will windows 95 (osr2) give it.  I am worried that it will move the E: drive up to D: and make the new scsi drive the E: drive.  Or will windows just put the new scsi drive in as the D: drive?
Thanks in advance
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by:rmarotta
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Coolers,
The answer to your question about how drive letters are assigned for Dos & Win95 is in the following Knowledge Base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q51/9/78.asp

Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph

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by:Coolers
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I read that and I understand how Win95 assigns drive letters.. I guess what I need to know is.. Does win95 first check the ide ports and then the scsi ports?  If thats the case then the scsi drive would come in as E:

Anyone know if the ide port is check for hd's first and then the scsi ports.. (After the primary dos partition is found, Of Course)

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That is correct.

In the article, it says:
"The drive letters assigned to additional drives installed using DRIVER.SYS and other installable device drivers is dependent upon the order in which the drivers are loaded in the CONFIG.SYS file."

This means the SCSI drive (as it is accessed by an installable device driver) follows the IDE drives.
The IDE ports are checked first, which in your case, the two IDE drives will be C: & D:.
Let me know if you need more.
Ralph

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