Help in (complex) Changing Drive Letters in XP



sammy
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
Instead of just reformatting my C: drive (NTFS), I deleted the partition
(using a Win 98 startup diskette - FDisk --> Delete non Dos partition).

Immediately after that, my D: drive which contains my backups became the
new C Drive (which wasn't the idea).

I couldn't create a new Primary Partition because it wasn't possible and
could only create an Extended Partition.
I have tried to install XP Pro again but it does its installation on the
now created new D drive (naturally because that is where all the free space
now is) and with the Backup drive (formerly D) now as the C: drive.

I am trying to reverse the situation but XP wont allow the change of the
drive letters to be effected because the two drives now contain
SystemVolumes + PageFiles + SystemFiles on D and Boot Files on C.

How do I work around this?
I can't delete the new C drive because it contains my Backups and will like
to have it back as D.

All advise appreciated with thanks.

Malke
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
sammy wrote:

> Instead of just reformatting my C: drive (NTFS), I deleted the
> partition (using a Win 98 startup diskette - FDisk --> Delete non Dos
> partition).
>
> Immediately after that, my D: drive which contains my backups became
> the new C Drive (which wasn't the idea).
>
> I couldn't create a new Primary Partition because it wasn't possible
> and could only create an Extended Partition.
> I have tried to install XP Pro again but it does its installation on
> the now created new D drive (naturally because that is where all the
> free space now is) and with the Backup drive (formerly D) now as the
> C: drive.
>
> I am trying to reverse the situation but XP wont allow the change of
> the drive letters to be effected because the two drives now contain
> SystemVolumes + PageFiles + SystemFiles on D and Boot Files on C.
>
> How do I work around this?
> I can't delete the new C drive because it contains my Backups and will
> like to have it back as D.
>
> All advise appreciated with thanks.

If I were you, I'd back up my data and start over. Do a clean install
with whatever hard drive you want as the master for Windows (which will
be C:) and whatever hard drive you want as extra storage/backup for D:.
This will be the cleanest and easiest way to deal with this.

Malke
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Help in (complex) Changing Drive Letters in XP