Hard Drive letter reallocation after mirroring
Posted on 2002-04-14
Recently I gave up trying to get a problematic IBM drive working and, because it was still under warranty, I sent it back to IBM for a replacement.
Before doing so I got a new cheap Maxtor drive of the same capacity and, using the Maxblast drive software, did a 'mirror' of the IBM to the Maxtor. This meant I could send the drive away while using all my software on the Maxtor.
When the IBM replacement arrived I intially formatted it and left it as a slave in my system, to ensure that it was working properly.
After a couple of weeks I finally got around to repeating the Maxblast 'mirror' process, this time the other way - from the Maxtor to the new IBM.
When I'd done, I swapped the jumpers around to make the IBM the master and removed the Maxtor from the system to make sure the IBM was recognised and worked OK.
The problem started when the IBM booted, but stopped just before presenting me with the login screen for XP.
I figured this was something to do with XP and decided the best thing to do was to reinstall it over the top of the installation already on the drive. I changed BIOS to boot from CD and accepted the 'repair existing installation' option when it was offered.
This went OK, and eventually the drive reset and booted.
But I got some error messages, and on inspection I discovered that the main boot partition was still being called 'E:', which was the name it was allocated when the drive was installed as a slave after it first arrived.
XP's disk management won't let me rename the partition to C: so I effectively can't use this drive!
So I'm now back on the Maxtor, which is OK but it's not as fast as the IBM and I'd like to use the IBM as master if possible.
I was hoping the 'Maxblast' software would have simply mirrored everything on my system across to the IBM, but clearly drive letter allocation isn't something it handles.
So how do I get this IBM drive working again without having to reinstall everything manually? Is threre a way to rename the drive?