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Moving installed applications between HD partitions

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by HenriK, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. HenriK

    HenriK Flightless Bird

    Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the
    unneeded partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am
    left with a gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know
    if I have a XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.

    Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up
    having their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.

    Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    accomplish what I would like to do.
     
  2. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    HenriK wrote:
    > Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    > Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the
    > unneeded partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am
    > left with a gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know
    > if I have a XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >
    > Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    > allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    > to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up
    > having their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    > knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >
    > Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    > advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    > accomplish what I would like to do.


    This may depend on what your partition assignments are now and were before.
    Could you be more specific?

    Hopefully C: is still the partition being used for your programs and
    windows. If not, and THAT part has since changed, this may be difficult to
    resolve.

    IOW, if you're talking about a later partition assignment (one that came
    after C:) that you removed, this may not be such a major problem with a
    third party partition management program like Partition Magic or Easeus
    Partition Manager.
     
  3. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "HenriK" <bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    > Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the unneeded
    > partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am left with a
    > gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know if I have a
    > XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >
    > Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    > allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    > to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up having
    > their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    > knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >
    > Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    > advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    > accomplish what I would like to do.


    If you have programs installed onto any of the "gapped" drive letters leave
    them alone. In other words, you installed program X onto drive G: and what
    would happen if you changed the drive letter for drive G: to drive D:. The
    program would no longer run. Why, the computer's operating system's
    registry will in all probability have references to the G: drive for that
    program and can't easily be changed to drive D:. Leave all alone!
     
  4. Crios

    Crios Flightless Bird

    Try: Start/ Ctrl Panel/ Perf&Maintenance/ Admin Tools/Comp Manag/ Disk
    Managmt/ R click on volume - Change drv letter&paths

    Hope this helps

    "HenriK" <bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    > Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the unneeded
    > partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am left with a
    > gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know if I have a
    > XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >
    > Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    > allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    > to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up having
    > their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    > knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >
    > Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    > advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    > accomplish what I would like to do.
     
  5. Motort

    Motort Flightless Bird

    LVTravel wrote:
    >
    >
    > "HenriK" <bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    > news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    >> Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the
    >> unneeded partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I
    >> am left with a gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't
    >> know if I have a XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >>
    >> Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    >> allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without
    >> having to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would
    >> end up having their drive letters changed? I feel certain that
    >> somebody more knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >>
    >> Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    >> advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    >> accomplish what I would like to do.

    >
    > If you have programs installed onto any of the "gapped" drive letters
    > leave them alone. In other words, you installed program X onto drive G:
    > and what would happen if you changed the drive letter for drive G: to
    > drive D:. The program would no longer run. Why, the computer's
    > operating system's registry will in all probability have references to
    > the G: drive for that program and can't easily be changed to drive D:.
    > Leave all alone!
    >
    >


    I use Partition Magic ver.8. It comes with a handy little ditty
    called 'Drive Mapper'. You tell it what the drive letter WAS and what
    it IS NOW and it makes all the necessary references within the OS. A
    very useful little program in this scenario. Look to see if you have
    it on you're PM disk.
     
  6. HenriK

    HenriK Flightless Bird

    Bill in Co. wrote:
    > HenriK wrote:
    >> Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    >> Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the
    >> unneeded partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am
    >> left with a gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know
    >> if I have a XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >>
    >> Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    >> allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    >> to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up
    >> having their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    >> knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >>
    >> Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    >> advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    >> accomplish what I would like to do.

    >
    > This may depend on what your partition assignments are now and were before.
    > Could you be more specific?
    >
    > Hopefully C: is still the partition being used for your programs and
    > windows. If not, and THAT part has since changed, this may be difficult to
    > resolve.
    >
    > IOW, if you're talking about a later partition assignment (one that came
    > after C:) that you removed, this may not be such a major problem with a
    > third party partition management program like Partition Magic or Easeus
    > Partition Manager.
    >
    >

    My apologies for not outlining my problem more clearly. The partitions
    involved were both in the extended partition. See my other responses
    for the other comments received.
     
  7. HenriK

    HenriK Flightless Bird

    Motort wrote:
    > LVTravel wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "HenriK" <bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    >> news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    >>> Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the
    >>> unneeded partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I
    >>> am left with a gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't
    >>> know if I have a XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >>>
    >>> Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    >>> allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without
    >>> having to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would
    >>> end up having their drive letters changed? I feel certain that
    >>> somebody more knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >>>
    >>> Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    >>> advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    >>> accomplish what I would like to do.

    >>
    >> If you have programs installed onto any of the "gapped" drive letters
    >> leave them alone. In other words, you installed program X onto drive
    >> G: and what would happen if you changed the drive letter for drive G:
    >> to drive D:. The program would no longer run. Why, the computer's
    >> operating system's registry will in all probability have references to
    >> the G: drive for that program and can't easily be changed to drive D:.
    >> Leave all alone!
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I use Partition Magic ver.8. It comes with a handy little ditty called
    > 'Drive Mapper'. You tell it what the drive letter WAS and what it IS NOW
    > and it makes all the necessary references within the OS. A very useful
    > little program in this scenario. Look to see if you have it on you're PM
    > disk.


    Aha! Thank you for the pointer. I, too, use Partition Magic, v.8.
    They bury the Drive Mapper utility in a way that I had not previously
    discovered it. Moreover, it works. Thank you.
     
  8. HenriK

    HenriK Flightless Bird

    Another Aha! moment. I certainly wasn't aware that such a capability
    existed within XP's disk management tool. Many thanks.

    Crios wrote:
    > Try: Start/ Ctrl Panel/ Perf&Maintenance/ Admin Tools/Comp Manag/ Disk
    > Managmt/ R click on volume - Change drv letter&paths
    >
    > Hope this helps
    >
    > "HenriK"<bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    > news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    >> Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the unneeded
    >> partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am left with a
    >> gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know if I have a
    >> XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >>
    >> Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    >> allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    >> to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up having
    >> their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    >> knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >>
    >> Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    >> advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    >> accomplish what I would like to do.

    >
    >
     
  9. Motort

    Motort Flightless Bird

    HenriK wrote:
    > Another Aha! moment. I certainly wasn't aware that such a capability
    > existed within XP's disk management tool. Many thanks.
    >
    > Crios wrote:
    >> Try: Start/ Ctrl Panel/ Perf&Maintenance/ Admin Tools/Comp Manag/ Disk
    >> Managmt/ R click on volume - Change drv letter&paths
    >>
    >> Hope this helps
    >>
    >> "HenriK"<bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    >> news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it with
    >>> Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that the
    >>> unneeded
    >>> partition is removed and its space is assigned elsewhere, I am left
    >>> with a
    >>> gap in my drive letter sequence. Accordingly, I don't know if I have a
    >>> XP-Pro question or a Partition Magic question.
    >>>
    >>> Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other application) that will
    >>> allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence without having
    >>> to reinstall the applications on the partition(s) that would end up
    >>> having
    >>> their drive letters changed? I feel certain that somebody more
    >>> knowledgeable than I am has dealt with such a problem.
    >>>
    >>> Of is this a case where well enough should be left alone? Thanks, in
    >>> advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    >>> accomplish what I would like to do.

    >>
    >>

    >


    A quicker way to get there is to Right click the 'My Computer' icon,
    select 'Manage' then Disk Management and you're there.
     
  10. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:%23d7pxporKHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    HenriK <bedpost@attglobal.net> typed:
    > Another Aha! moment. I certainly wasn't aware that such a capability
    > existed within XP's disk management tool. Many thanks.


    It works fairly well, but don't be too dissapointed if there are a few
    glitches along the way. Things can and do go screwy sometimes; with a
    working installation, there are a LOT of changes to be made and not all are
    easily identified.

    HTH,

    Twayne



    >
    > Crios wrote:
    >> Try: Start/ Ctrl Panel/ Perf&Maintenance/ Admin Tools/Comp Manag/
    >> Disk Managmt/ R click on volume - Change drv letter&paths
    >>
    >> Hope this helps
    >>
    >> "HenriK"<bedpost@attglobal.net> wrote in message
    >> news:u4H6ISerKHA.4460@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Recently, I deleted a small disk HD partition with nothing in it
    >>> with Partition Magic on my 3.06 mHz P4, XP-Pro, Dell PC. Now that
    >>> the unneeded partition is removed and its space is assigned
    >>> elsewhere, I am left with a gap in my drive letter sequence.
    >>> Accordingly, I don't know if I have a XP-Pro question or a
    >>> Partition Magic question. Is there some feature in XP-Pro (or some other
    >>> application) that
    >>> will allow me to close up the gap in the drive letter sequence
    >>> without having to reinstall the applications on the partition(s)
    >>> that would end up having their drive letters changed? I feel
    >>> certain that somebody more knowledgeable than I am has dealt with
    >>> such a problem. Of is this a case where well enough should be left
    >>> alone? Thanks,
    >>> in advance, for advice, comments, or pointers to tutorials on how to
    >>> accomplish what I would like to do.
     

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