DVD drive letter keeps changing on reboot - XP
Posted on 2006-07-08
Hi everyone. I have a problem which started about a week and a half ago. Up until then everything has been running fine on my PC. This is the problem: I have 2 internal hdds (set up as Raid 0) partitioned as C: (XP) and E: (games), an external hard drive partitioned as D: and F: and 2 dvd rom drives (G: and H:). After booting up the other week, the 2nd dvd rom drive (H:) had been reassigned to D: and what was D: is now H: I've tried assigning the correct drive letters again in Disk Management but those changes only last until the next reboot (changes made in disk management do appear correctly in the MountedDevices registry key by the way); if I boot in safe mode and make the changes then reboot back in safe mode the changes stay but upon rebooting Windows normally the dvd drive goes back to D:; if I disable that dvd drive in device manager and change the external partition back to D: as it should be and reboot that works but as soon as I enable the dvd drive again and reboot it takes over D:; I've changed the drive letter assignment in the registry but to no avail. I've uninstalled that drive and allowed windows to reinstall upon reboot at which time it gets assigned H: but it's back to D: upon reboot. I've even tried different cd/dvd rom drives but have made no difference. I cannot think of anything that I have installed that has caused this problem. I have even used different external hdds also but to no avail. I have read another topic with a similar problem but no solution seems to have been found. Is it a registry setting that has become corrupt? I really don't know but any help would be very much appreciated as at the moment I have to keep the drive disabled and then re-enable when I need to use it again.
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Thanks in advance.