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Adding a new Hard Drive (Drive Letter Problem)

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Hi there,

I've currently got a 4GB volume which is segmented into 3 logical volumes (2x1GB and 1GB).  The first of these volumes (2GB) is the C drive and contains all of my Windows NT stuff, the second (1GB) is the D drive and contains all my Windows 98 stuff.  The third and final volume (1GB) is the E drive and this holds general stuff.  Volume C is FAT 16, whilst D and E are both FAT32.

I just tried to add a new hard disk as the secondary master and found that it was assigned drive letter D.  Unfortunately I dual-boot into '98 or NT and because the 98 config expects to find it's files on D I get severe problems.  I'm limited as to which way I can boot as I need to be able to see the FAT32 volumes so that I can copy some data off the new disk.

Does anyone know of a way to modify the set so the new drive isn't allocated letter D, but instead is given F?

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Pete,
I'm afraid it won't happen.
Microsoft MS-DOS assigns drive letters to the first two physical floppy disk drives and hard disk drives it finds at boot time in a fixed sequence, including multiple partitions and logical drives on the hard disks.
You cannot change this sequence.

It gets a little complicated after that, so here's the link to that article:
"Order in Which MS-DOS and Windows 95 Assigns Drive Letters"

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

I think the easiest way for you to resolve the problem is to copy your Win98 partition to the new drive. (so it remains as D:)

I hope it helps.
Regards,
Ralph
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Thanks Ralph,

I've read the article you mention and it seems you are absolutely right (not that I doubted you).  The hard disk I was adding was from home and it was just because I had about 300MB of data to transfer; anyway, i've now installed the HD in another machine (that doesn't have a CD-ROM and only 1 HD) and pulled the data across the LAN.  I thought this would be a long-winded solution, but given the amount of time that i've been messing around trying to get the HD working in my machine - I wish i'd tried that in the first place.

Cheers

Pete
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Glad you finally got what you needed.
Ralph
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