Truouble with renaming HD, Please help



Fonz
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
After having to reinstall WindowsXP a while Back, when it installed, it
installed and made itself in an E: drive instead of the default C:. Fine. I
Stayed with it like that for many months but had run into trouble with some
programs during installation that wouldn´t allow me to change the drive
letter of installation which meant that I couldn´t install the program. I
used partition magic to rename the drive from E: to C: . Now I cannot boot
back into windows at all. I tried a repair install and still I get the same
issue. I get as far as the advanced windows boot menu which offers such
options as booting in safe mode. but choosing any of those options does not
get me into windows. I would like to know if it is possible to fix this
issue without having to do a clean install of the OS. I am able to boot on to
the PC using a linux live disk so modifying files to get windows to work isn
a problem. Please help, much appreciated.

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
Fonz wrote:
> After having to reinstall WindowsXP a while Back, when it installed, it
> installed and made itself in an E: drive instead of the default C:. Fine. I
> Stayed with it like that for many months but had run into trouble with some
> programs during installation that wouldn´t allow me to change the drive
> letter of installation which meant that I couldn´t install the program. I
> used partition magic to rename the drive from E: to C: . Now I cannot boot
> back into windows at all. I tried a repair install and still I get the same
> issue. I get as far as the advanced windows boot menu which offers such
> options as booting in safe mode. but choosing any of those options does not
> get me into windows. I would like to know if it is possible to fix this
> issue without having to do a clean install of the OS. I am able to boot on to
> the PC using a linux live disk so modifying files to get windows to work isn
> a problem. Please help, much appreciated.

Try renaming it back to C with partition magic. Other than that the
only way to effectively change the designation of the drive with the OS
on it (and/or the drive with the boot files) is by a clean install. You
had some device connected, zip drives are famous for this, when you did
the initial install. The other device claimed C and the OS gets
installed with the next available drive letter. Disconnect all devices
except the CD when doing an install.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Fonz
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
"Rock" wrote:

> Fonz wrote:
> > After having to reinstall WindowsXP a while Back, when it installed, it
> > installed and made itself in an E: drive instead of the default C:. Fine. I
> > Stayed with it like that for many months but had run into trouble with some
> > programs during installation that wouldn´t allow me to change the drive
> > letter of installation which meant that I couldn´t install the program. I
> > used partition magic to rename the drive from E: to C: . Now I cannot boot
> > back into windows at all. I tried a repair install and still I get the same
> > issue. I get as far as the advanced windows boot menu which offers such
> > options as booting in safe mode. but choosing any of those options does not
> > get me into windows. I would like to know if it is possible to fix this
> > issue without having to do a clean install of the OS. I am able to boot on to
> > the PC using a linux live disk so modifying files to get windows to work isn
> > a problem. Please help, much appreciated.
>
> Try renaming it back to C with partition magic. Other than that the
> only way to effectively change the designation of the drive with the OS
> on it (and/or the drive with the boot files) is by a clean install. You
> had some device connected, zip drives are famous for this, when you did
> the initial install. The other device claimed C and the OS gets
> installed with the next available drive letter. Disconnect all devices
> except the CD when doing an install.
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>
>
I tried to rename the drive back to E using the partition magic boot disks,
but that feature of renaming a drive is only available when you are within
windows. Is there a way to renake the drive from the recovery console? Maybe
being in linux I would be able to do something there? Thanks

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
Fonz wrote:

>
> "Rock" wrote:
>
>
>>Fonz wrote:
>>
>>>After having to reinstall WindowsXP a while Back, when it installed, it
>>>installed and made itself in an E: drive instead of the default C:. Fine. I
>>>Stayed with it like that for many months but had run into trouble with some
>>>programs during installation that wouldn´t allow me to change the drive
>>>letter of installation which meant that I couldn´t install the program. I
>>>used partition magic to rename the drive from E: to C: . Now I cannot boot
>>>back into windows at all. I tried a repair install and still I get the same
>>>issue. I get as far as the advanced windows boot menu which offers such
>>>options as booting in safe mode. but choosing any of those options does not
>>>get me into windows. I would like to know if it is possible to fix this
>>>issue without having to do a clean install of the OS. I am able to boot on to
>>>the PC using a linux live disk so modifying files to get windows to work isn
>>>a problem. Please help, much appreciated.
>>
>>Try renaming it back to C with partition magic. Other than that the
>>only way to effectively change the designation of the drive with the OS
>>on it (and/or the drive with the boot files) is by a clean install. You
>>had some device connected, zip drives are famous for this, when you did
>>the initial install. The other device claimed C and the OS gets
>>installed with the next available drive letter. Disconnect all devices
>>except the CD when doing an install.
>>
>>--
>>Rock
>>MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>>
>>
>
> I tried to rename the drive back to E using the partition magic boot disks,
> but that feature of renaming a drive is only available when you are within
> windows. Is there a way to renake the drive from the recovery console? Maybe
> being in linux I would be able to do something there? Thanks

Not that I know of.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


Truouble with renaming HD, Please help