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Changing Drive Letters

penneck
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Registered: 03-08-2007

Changing Drive Letters

I have recently rebuilt my pc, and have ended up with the single hard drive having two partitions identified as C: and E:.  My DVD-Drive is identified by the letter D:.
Call me fussy if you want, but I would like to swap the Identity Letters so that the second partion on the hard drive is D:, and the DVD-Drive letter is Z:. I have tried using the Change Drive Letter process to move the DVD-Drive letter, but have failed to do it, and I cannot get the E: letter on the hard drive changed to D:, while the DVD-Drive clings to it.
Please would someone advise me. My OS is XP Pro
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Community Veteran
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Registered: 15-06-2007

Re: Changing Drive Letters

Right click on my computer icon then manage then disk manage
Right click on the drive you want to change
Community Veteran
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: Changing Drive Letters

Change the DVD rom to drive R then you can change the E drive to D.
Note: if you have installed any software from DVD when it was 'D:' and you have to reinstall it, it may still look for the necessary files on D which would actually now be on R). Just something to be aware of.
penneck
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Re: Changing Drive Letters

Thankyou to both of you. I had already tried OldJims method before contacting the forum, but the DVD-Drive was not visible on the list of drives, so I thought I couldn't change its letter. That time I hadn't noticed the list was longer than what was visible. This time I noticed that there was more list, so I found the DVD Drive and changed its letter. I was then able to change the hard drive partition to D.
Thanks also about that warning about moving the DVD Drive letter. I shall watch for that
Regards
pd
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Registered: 09-05-2008

Re: Changing Drive Letters

One thing to watch out for if you re-install again - make sure C: is available for windows to install on as you can't later change the letter for the system drive.  I found out the hard way  Sad