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Hard Disk Letters

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Voltage, 12 Jul 2006.

  1. Voltage


    Joined: 5 Jul 2006

    Posts: 3,651

    How can i ensure my Hard Disk is C: when i install windows and my CD Drive is D:

    For some reason they have installed as H: and G: respectively. I know i cant change my Windows install drive now but if i do another install how can i ensure my drive letters are how i want them to be?
  2. Dutch Guy


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,563

    Location: Amsterdam,The Netherlands

    Only connect the harddrive you want to install Windows on or at least make sure C: isn't used by another drive before installing.
  3. El_Watcher


    Joined: 1 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,978

    Location: Herts, UK

    Also disconnect any USB drives or card readers.
  4. orderoftheflame


    Joined: 28 Mar 2005

    Posts: 11,255

    Location: Newbury

    you can re-letter HDD and optical drives after windows has been installed.

    Control Panel > Administrative tools > computer management.

    Storage > Disk management.

    Right click on the drive to change > "Change Drive Letter and Paths"

    You might have to do some juggling if the letter you want is already taken. (eg. change C: to X:, then D: to C:, then X: to D:)
  5. sorcerer


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 241

    This won't work for your primary boot drive, it will tell you can't change the system drive letter. Also be warned if you have shortcuts or programs on those drive you might find they stop working. Data should be ok though.
  6. Pulseammo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,115

    Location: Glasgow

    The first drive to be partitioned will be assigned C:, the second D: etc. You can change optical drive letters by the method mentioned above.

    If for instance you have two drives and on these drives are:

    Disk 1:

    C: D:

    And you partition soemthing onto Disk 1 then its going to take up E as the first letter available. You have to unplug disk 2 while you do the partitioning.
  7. Corasik


    Joined: 5 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,002

    Location: West Midlands

    I've had instances (Perhaps 1 in 20 installs) where windows has gone crazy and decided to use drive F: for a fresh install on a brand new disk. However, in every case where that's happend, wiping the drive, and starting over has always worked.
  8. ted34

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 1,738

    Location: Edinburgh

    I have 3 hard drives, 2 300gb drives and 1 120gb drive with 2 partitions on. I use 1 10gb partition on the 120gb drive to install windows and to get that as letter c i have to disable sata ports 3&4 in bios to remove 1 300gb drive. The other which works for me is to install windows as a new installation starting in your old windows and on one of the early setup flash ups theres a tab for advanced options and you can tick a box in there to assgin you own drive letter later in the installation