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Old Nov 21, 2003, 08:10 AM
GSM Super Star GSM Super Star is offline
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Is it possible to change the drive letters of my hard drive? At the moment my 40gb is F: and my 4gb is C: and really I would like it the other way around. XP is installed on the F:

Is it a case of installing XP again?
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Old Nov 21, 2003, 08:51 AM
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u can, but doing so can freeze your system, works for some does not work for others,
if you are going to try it,
Make a full system backup of the computer and system, so if worse case happens you can restore the system back to orig**** configoration mate.

heres how you do it:

1, Log on as an Administrator.

2, Start Regedt32.exe.

3, Go to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

4, Click MountedDevices.
On the Security menu, click Permissions.
Verify that Administrators have full control. Change this back when you are finished with these steps.

5, Quit Regedt32.exe, and then start Regedit.exe.
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

6, Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:".
Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename.

You must use Regedit instead of Regedt32 to rename this registry key.
Rename it to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\Z:".

This frees up drive letter C.

7, Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:".
Right-click \DosDevices\D:, and then click Rename.
Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter "\DosDevices\C:".

8, Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, and then name it back to "\DosDevices\D:".

9,Quit Regedit, and then start Regedt32.

10, Change the permissions back to the previous setting for Administrators (this should probably be Read Only)


then finally Restart the system.
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Old Nov 21, 2003, 09:09 AM
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Can you not simply do it this way though? :- Conrol Panel > Admin Tools > Comp Management > Click on "Disc Management" from the storage tab on the LHS string > Right click the HD concerned > "Change drive letter & paths" and just change the drive letter.

Works for me every time.
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Old Nov 21, 2003, 09:16 AM
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yeah i agree with lazza on this- at least in xp which i think you mentioned was your os

actually i do it by right clicking my computer
then select manage
then go to "disk management"
right click the offending drive in question and select change drive letter

Actually i'm not sure if this will work with the c: drive as i've just tried it while trying to write down the steps- but give it a go
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Old Nov 21, 2003, 09:34 AM
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as lazza said and dont worry about the warning message it will give you is case your hesitant.
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Old Nov 21, 2003, 09:59 AM
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Either way, you cannot change the system or boot drive letter. (Especially not while you're actually in windows at the time).
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