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I have a 27 gb and 8gb drive partitioned like this.

the 27 GB drive
C:  1GB windows98
D:  7GB applications
E:  7GB games
F:  7GB documents
G:  5GB graphics
*** none of these are close to full so don't ask!***

the 8GB
H:  7GB backup of documents, graphics, and setup files for downloads
I:   1GB windows swap file
this is your harddrive setup I copyed off a comment ,
Question when I put in a second hard drive as secondary master or slave it reads as D:  How did you make your second drive read H: and I:
would like to know , so I can set mine up like that with a 1200 mg hd as last drive for windows swap file   James
p.s. sure have been learning from you and dennis  ,keep up good work
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Rule :
Primary partitions first and logicals drives  ( from extented partition )after.
First drive have a primary partition (bootable) : C
Second drive have a primary partition ( no bootable): D

After you have all logicals drives from disk 1 and all logical drives from disk2.
If you  want to change this mapping you need a tool. Partition magic, for example, is abble to do that.
With this tool you reassign letters like you want.
the drive letter is assigned to the next available drive letter.  I manually assigned my CD-ROM to Z: to keep it out of the way and organized.  this way, each partition I add comes up with the next drive letter.

 As frache added, the problems can occur with the Primary DOS on the second disk.  There are a couple of things you can do about this.  First and best is to get partition magic.  It's not free but it's a tool which will relieve you of the many stresses of disk management.  you can get it here:

the only other possibility is to manually assign each drive letter but this can be a pain and a bit buggy.

On a side note, it doesn't really matter what drive letter is assigned unless you are as anal as I am about it.  I just designated the last partition as the swap file because it was on a separate disk.  This is what really matters.  You see, having the swap file on a separate disk than the other programs and OS, allows it to work freely with the disk.  You don't have the disk trying to access programs and such as well as the swap file at the same time.  Due to the fact that the swap file is a huge bottle neck for your system, this can help performance by making it just a bit quicker.  The best help for your swap file is more RAM!!!  That way, the swap file doesn't have as much responsibility.  

Regardless, if you really want to set the second drive partitions' letters sequentially, you really want to get a program like Partition Magic.  There are others available for free from sites like and but they aren't as reliable as the best!  If you choose to use one, you definately want to back up your data first which, to be honest, is something you should do even with Partition Magic.  

If you want more info, let me know!

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trekie1Author Commented:
thanks I kinda thought you used a partition manager but wasn't sure
have a good one    James
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