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Drive letters changed

My PC has two hard drives and three optical drives. The two hard drives were C: and D:. The three optical drives were E:, F:, and G:. I also have a USB Iomega Zip drive that showed as H:. I recently had to re-install XP Home Edition and now my drive letters are all jumbled up. The two hard drives are now C: and F:. The three optical drives are now D:, E:, and G:. The Zip drive did not change.
It's not really a big deal but I'm curious. Can the drive letters be reassigned to their original states? I checked in Control Panel, especially in Admin. Tools and don't see any options to do this.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
you can change drive letters on all but your boot drive (OS, programs).  to do it, go to control panel, admin tools.  computer management->disk manager.  in the disk manager, right click on the device you want to change, such as your usb drive.  in the drop down menu you will have an option to change the drive letter.
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Purple_SkyCommented:
yes they can be re-assigned. right click on my computer icon and chose manage. Under disk management right click on the drive and chose change drive letter and paths. Since it is puzzled a little bit right now you will have to change the drive letter names back and forth. Set a system restore point before proceeding to be on the safer side.
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isenbergAuthor Commented:
Is is a matter of unplugging all and any adding them one at a time in the order I want?
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Purple_SkyCommented:
you dont have to. As you can manage it within the windows without installing uninstalling hardware.
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Purple_SkyCommented:
by the way do not attemp to change the C: drives name as you will experience major problems.
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garycaseCommented:
As long as the system drive is C: you don't need to disconnect anything or reinstall anything.

If the system drive gets set to something other-than-C:, there ARE ways to change it => but the safest and most reliable is to reinstall the system with any other hard drives disconnected.

Assuming your system drive is C: ...

ONE at a time, re-assign the drive letters.   You do this using Disk Management, as noted above (although you can get there quicker by just right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Manage; then clicking on Disk Management).

First, re-assign whatever's "occupying" the lowest letter you want to use.   So in this case, you would re-assign your first optical drive (now D:) as some temporary out-of-the-way letter, say T:

Then assign what you want to be in that "slot" -- so re-assign your second hard drive (now F:) as D:

Now assign E: to F:  (assuming that's the correct physical drive you want to be F:);  then T: to E:  (again, assuming that's the physical drive you want to be E:).

After those re-assignments your hard drives will be C: and D:, your opticals will be E:, F:, and G: => just like before.

... by the way, you don't have to worry about "... attempting to change the C: drive ..."   Disk Management won't allow it :-)
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isenbergAuthor Commented:
Smashing good advice!
Took me all of about 3 minutes and I'm back to the original config.
Increased points so all get 50.

BTW to garycase: I ordered a PCI USB adapter to see if that will solve my issue with the USB on the Win98SE PC.
Is BootIt going to disappear on me after the trial period? I certainly hope not. :)
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garycaseCommented:
Glad all's well => in a lot less time than the last question I helped you with :-)

I suspect the PCI USB v2 card will resolve the issue you were having.

I do not know if Boot-It will "disappear" after the trial period -- but I doubt it.   Might "nag" you a bit :-)
(Nothing $35 won't fix)

By the way, since you reminded me of that issue -- is there any chance the flash drive you were trying to use is a "U3" drive?   I'm not sure they will work at all on a '98SE PC (I know the U3 partition won't; I'm not sure if the other partition will work okay with '98SE or not).


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isenbergAuthor Commented:
garycase;
Wow! You are EVERYWHERE on this site. I'm impressed.
My flash drive is made by PNY, called Attache`, 1 GB storage. I don't remember seeing anything about it being a U3 drive.
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garycaseCommented:
If it doesn't say "U3" anywhere it's not a U3 drive.   So you should be fine once you install the USB v2 card.

... and I'm not "everywhere" ==> I get a lot of e-mail, and when I'm at the computer (pretty often throughout the day) I'll usually check hardware, storage, and sometimes desktops or laptops to see if there are any interesting questions -- or questions I don't think have been answered in sufficient detail (such as this one).   I don't chime in near as much as I did when I first started answering questions here last September, but I also haven't slowed down quite as much as I had intended.   Feel free to send me a private note if you ever post a question you want me to look at -- a lot of the ones I participate in now are as a result of e-mail requests.    ... and as I suspect you are aware, once I decide to help, I am pretty persistent at staying with the problem until it's resolved :-)

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isenbergAuthor Commented:
Without a doubt!
:)
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