[Win7 & VM/XP] Changing Drive Letter for Secondary Drive
Posted on 2014-07-20
I'm in the process of migrating a few older PCs (with Win2000) to newer ones (with Win7 and VirtualBox/XP).
It's a peer-to-peer network.
One of the computers holds the shared data. I will call it the server (but it's not running any kind of server O/S).
On the old server there are two hard drives.
The primary drive is partitioned (C and D drives).
The C drive contains the OS.
The secondary drive (E drive) contains the "Shares".
On the new server there are two hard drives.
The primary drive (C drive) contains the OS.
The secondary drive (for the Shares) shows as Drive F.
I don’t know why it becomes F.
D is assigned to the DVD drive.
So I would have thought that E gets assigned to the secondary harddrive.
In any event I would like to make the secondary drive the E drive.
I will explain the reason for this below.
Any suggestions on how to change the drive letter?
I need a solution that will work for both sides of the computer - Win7 and VM/XP.
(We are using VM/XP for legacy applications).
Why I want to change the drive letter
I'm hoping that the transition from the old server to the new one will be seemless in terms of access to the Shares by the workstations. Although there are only about 25 shares, there are hundreds of shortcuts that make use of these shares. To recreate these shortcuts will take hours and hours of tedious work -- which I'm hoping to avoid.
I hope that it will suffice to just do the following:
(1) Copy the data from the old server to the new one.
(2) Take the old server off the network.
(3) Rename the new server with the same name used by the old server.
(4) Recreate the 25 shares on the new server (with the exact spellings as they were on the old server).
I was warned that on workstations the old shortcuts to the Shares my not work, as they may contain references to the old server's IP address. However I was told that this can be resolved by changing the IP address on the new server to that of the old one.
I don't know how this is done, so eventually I will need to make a posting about that too.
In the meantime, I just want to know how to change the drive letter.
However if you have any advice about the overall approach, pls free free to comment.