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Move a partitioned drive letter?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Brian V, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Brian V

    Brian V Flightless Bird

    Is it possible to move a partitioned drive letter?

    Eg: Before I had Drive C and D (the hard-drive partitioned) and the DVD-Rom
    was drive E.

    Not Drive D is the DVD-ROM drive and the old Drive D is Drive I.

    The card-reader is now Drive E,F,G,H.

    Can Drive I become Drive D, and push the rest of the drives down a letter?

    I had a music program that recognized the files used from which drive they
    were located on. The program is looking at Drive D and the file extensions
    not Drive I where they now are. Same drive, just a different letter. So its
    now I:Music/Music Sounds, not D:Music/Music Sounds.

    Since the older set-up was a pre-build Acer, I believe a person or machine
    installed the hard-drive first and loaded windows then loaded the dvd-rom
    drive or the drive was installed with windows and the partitions already then
    the dvd-rom was recognized.

    I am living OEM free and loving the freedom.
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:14122F1C-FD2C-4E91-92CE-EB0AD8E8C190@microsoft.com...
    > Is it possible to move a partitioned drive letter?
    >
    > Eg: Before I had Drive C and D (the hard-drive partitioned) and the
    > DVD-Rom
    > was drive E.
    >
    > Not Drive D is the DVD-ROM drive and the old Drive D is Drive I.
    >
    > The card-reader is now Drive E,F,G,H.
    >
    > Can Drive I become Drive D, and push the rest of the drives down a letter?
    >
    > I had a music program that recognized the files used from which drive they
    > were located on. The program is looking at Drive D and the file extensions
    > not Drive I where they now are. Same drive, just a different letter. So
    > its
    > now I:Music/Music Sounds, not D:Music/Music Sounds.
    >
    > Since the older set-up was a pre-build Acer, I believe a person or machine
    > installed the hard-drive first and loaded windows then loaded the dvd-rom
    > drive or the drive was installed with windows and the partitions already
    > then
    > the dvd-rom was recognized.
    >
    > I am living OEM free and loving the freedom.


    Run diskmgmt.msc to modify your driver letters.
     
  3. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Brian V wrote:
    > Is it possible to move a partitioned drive letter?
    >
    > Eg: Before I had Drive C and D (the hard-drive partitioned) and the DVD-Rom
    > was drive E.
    >
    > Not Drive D is the DVD-ROM drive and the old Drive D is Drive I.
    >
    > The card-reader is now Drive E,F,G,H.
    >
    > Can Drive I become Drive D, and push the rest of the drives down a letter?
    >
    > I had a music program that recognized the files used from which drive they
    > were located on. The program is looking at Drive D and the file extensions
    > not Drive I where they now are. Same drive, just a different letter. So its
    > now I:Music/Music Sounds, not D:Music/Music Sounds.
    >
    > Since the older set-up was a pre-build Acer, I believe a person or machine
    > installed the hard-drive first and loaded windows then loaded the dvd-rom
    > drive or the drive was installed with windows and the partitions already then
    > the dvd-rom was recognized.
    >
    > I am living OEM free and loving the freedom.



    Right-click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management > right-click
    the desired drive/partition > Change Drive letter and paths....

    Personally, I always assign my CD/DVD drives letters far enough
    down the alphabet to keep them from interfering with the lettering of my
    often changing hard drive partitions. For instances, I usually label
    CD/DVD-ROM drives as R: (for Read-Only), CDR/CDRWs as W: (for Writable),
    and Zip drives as Z: (for the obvious). This lettering system is, of
    course, not necessary; it's purely a matter of personal preference.


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  4. Barry Schwarz

    Barry Schwarz Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:05:01 -0700, Brian V
    <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Is it possible to move a partitioned drive letter?
    >
    >Eg: Before I had Drive C and D (the hard-drive partitioned) and the DVD-Rom
    >was drive E.
    >
    >Not Drive D is the DVD-ROM drive and the old Drive D is Drive I.
    >
    >The card-reader is now Drive E,F,G,H.
    >
    >Can Drive I become Drive D, and push the rest of the drives down a letter?


    While lots of programs can do this, you need to be concerned about
    registry entries that reference the current letter and will not know
    about the new letter. (Actually, in this case you are trying to
    correct this exact situation for your music files. But are you sure
    no other programs have created registry entries that reference I?)

    >
    >I had a music program that recognized the files used from which drive they
    >were located on. The program is looking at Drive D and the file extensions
    >not Drive I where they now are. Same drive, just a different letter. So its
    >now I:Music/Music Sounds, not D:Music/Music Sounds.


    While many programs track recently used files that way, I have never
    seen a program that would not let you navigate (or browse) to find
    "new" files. If the file extension is associated with the program,
    then you could even have the program process the file from Windows
    Explorer.

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  5. Brian V

    Brian V Flightless Bird

    Is there a way to correct the registery? Would updating it work? In my
    Norton 360 it clears broken registery links. Would this fix the registry
    situation?

    Maybe one or two programs would have to be re-installed on said particular
    partition. It's mainly files that can be moved.

    Some older programs will find the new files but since some are old (like my
    music program) information is fixed. I am going to finish using the programs,
    and may be able to run the stuff off of my dvd-rom, but right now I need to
    see what I can recover.

    I am seeing a little partition which is the hidden one I think. Need to take
    care of that.
     

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