Beginning to wonder about Bootitng

Posted on 2008-11-03
Last Modified: 2008-11-05
Although Bootit ng is a very powerful program, I am starting to have serious doubts about using it.
For example.  I have an external maxtor drive and a dual boot system.  On the xp system the drive is Q.  On the Vista OS, the drive is L.

Trying to migrate (using PCMover) from XP to Vista, it had a problem with a migration file.  I thought it might be due to the difference in drive letters.  

So, I changed the drive letter in XP to be L.  I was told you could do this even though I am managing my drives with Bootit.

Anyway, I got out of XP and went into Vista.  Now, the L drive (the external hd) is gone!  

Unpluged the External to no avail

Any suggestions would be appreciated
Question by:bob733
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    Does the drive show up in disk management? (Right click MyComputer, managment, drive managment (on the left))

    If it does you can assign a drive letter. I'd do error checking on the drive. (right click on the drive, properties, tools) There may be some currupted os files or file structure problems with the disk.
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    Some other things to try:

    go to run , gpedit  then press Enter
    then go to User configuration, Administrative Templates, then Windows Explorer, then Prevent Access to drives from My Computer, configure it to make it disabled, and also disable the option Hide these specific  drives in My Computer.
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    Changing the drive letter in XP has NO impact on anything Boot-It does in managing the drives.

    Do, however, be careful about plugging/unplugging the external drive without doing a "Safe Remove".   In addition, if you've done a "Safely Remove" action, then the drive won't be seen again until it's physically unplugged.

    Assuming the ONLY thing you did in XP's disk management was change the drive letter, then this problem is not related to that action.   Do this:

    =>  Shut down the system; remove the external drive; reboot the system to Vista; then plug the drive in and see if it's recognized.

    ... if not, then shut down the system again; remove the drive; reboot to XP; then plug the drive back in and confirm it's recognized okay as drive letter L:

    If it's only recognized on one of the OS's, then reboot to the Boot-It maintenance menu; go to Partition Work; select the HD # that corresponds to the external drive (I think it's HD 2 in this case); and capture (on a floppy using F12) the Partition Work display for that drive.   Boot to XP, install (if you don't have it) a copy of Irfanview [ ], load the file you just saved on the floppy; then do a "Save As" and save it as a .jpeg.   Attach the jpeg here.


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