After a new drive is added, will the old drive automatically move down in letters?

I presently have a partitioned drive (c,d & e) and am adding a new drive which I would like to be the master. If the new drive is partitioned into c:, d: and e:, will the old drive (now becoming a slave) automatically become f:, g: and h? Will the CD Rom automatically become 'I'? If the answer is NO, then what do I do? If the answer is 'Yes', what is the best way to do it?
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Yes, you are correct in your assumption.  DOS and Windows will name the partitions on the primary drive first as C:, D:, etc. until they are all named.  Then it will name partitions on any secondary drive next in the sequence.  It will then name the first CDROM found.

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opto8Author Commented:
The second part of the question was not answered. It was 'what is the best way to do this'.
Should I first install the new drive and format it as c,d & e while I switch the jumpers on the old drive to a slave setting, or should I leave the old drive as master and install the new drive as a slave, then switching both jumpers? In this case, should the first partition of the new drive also become bootable making both drives temporarily bootable?
If it were me, I'd install the new (presumably bigger and faster) drive as a single partition on the MASTER PRIMARY IDE.  I'd install a fresh copy of Windows on it and re-install all my applications.  I'd keep the old drive as a slave and pull my valuable data off of it and keep using it as a temporary and backup drive.
opto8Author Commented:
There are too many interrelated programs accessing c,d, & e to install only one partition on the new drive. Some very valuable programs have been discontinued by the manufacturers which reference folders and files on all three drives.
All my questions therefore remain unanswered. The primary question is, 'what & how is the best way to do it?' A numbered procedure would be helpful.
Ultimately the goal is to end up with the new drive partitioned into c,d & e and the old drive f,g &h.I have W98 as an operating system with a K62-III processor.

In that case, I'd suggest you get a utility like PowerQuest's Drive Image Pro or Norton Ghost.  This will allow you to make duplicates of the existing partitions from the old drive to the new one.  This is especially useful if you're trying to preserve old apps that cannot be reinstalled.
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