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How can I make my E:\ my D:\ ?

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I just installed a new optical drive, and would like to make it the default drive letter and have the old one as the E:\

Is there a way to do that without opening up the case and fiddling with some slave/master jumpers?

By the way, I see the slave/master slots, but how do I move the switch?
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Question by:Trenmo
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by:stevenlewis
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was your old drive (d:) an optical (cd) if so, you can do this with the properties of each in device manager
change the now D: to H: then change E: to d: then change the now H: (the old d:) to E:
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by:bobeltomate
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hey,
I assume you looked in the box to see the slave/master slots...  Usually the folks that make the drives stamp SL, MA, CS n such above where the jumper should go.  If not it usually is on a sticker on the drive(assuming it's internal n such).  Or, if all else fails theres the documantation that came w/ it or the support section of the company's website.

-bobeltomate
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Hey Trenmo,
I looked up on a win 98 computer, and here's how I changed the drive letters between two internal cd drives(one cd/dvd reader and one cd-rw drive):

Start->Settings->Control Panel
System->Device Manager->CDROM

From there, right click on the first drive, and select "properties."  then, select "settings" and at the bottom (above the "OK" and "Cancel" buttons) there's a section labeled "Reserved Drive Letters."  In there, chose the "Start Drive Letter" and "End Drive Letter" to be the letter you want that drive to be(from D: to E: and vica versa).  By default, there won't be a drive letter selected, but don't worry about that.  It should ask you to restart your computer, which you will want to do after you follow the steps to change the drive letter on both drives.  When the system comes back up, tada, it should have the new drive letters you assigned to it.  Note that this will only work on the letters D: onward, as far as i can tell, since the ones before that are reserved for the hard drive, floppy, etc.

good luck, hope this and the jumper tips from before answer your question,

-bobeltomate
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by:bobeltomate
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Note: Above, make sure both the Start Drive Letter and the End Drive Letter boxes have the same letter on each drive, otherwise it doesn't work right.

-bobeltomate
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