Drive letter management in Windows
This topic is pursuant to my last one...I have a new hard drive that is larger than my system BIOS can recognize, so I bought a PCI EIDE controller card and the drive is up. I am ready to install Windows XP on it but have hit a snag...my computer hangs after detecting IDE devices if I don't have a hard drive on my primary controller (onboard)! Doesn't matter which one. Not sure why, but it hangs every time. Therefore I am HAVING to put one of my old drives on that controller in order to even boot the computer. Since my new drive is on an external controller, the result is that the old HD is C and my new HD is E for some reason (I started XP setup and that's what shows there).
My questions are: Can I somehow force this drive to be C during the installation process? If not, and I install XP onto the E drive, can I change the drive letter later? I don't think I can do that with Windows tools, but maybe Partition Magic or something can do it? If I do that, will I be in trouble because my XP installation was to the E drive?
My other throught is that once I have created the partition and formatted the new drive, I think I could move it onto the onboard Primary controller and it will work; it's just that it will only see 137 GB. I could install Windows with it there so that it would be the C drive. I'd have to move it to the external controller card though to get the rest of the available space. If I do this, will Windows want to change the drive letter to something else at that stage? If so, that goes back to the above question, can I force it back to C somehow in Windows?
Any input is appreciated.
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Last edited by O2BQIK; 10-08-2003 at 06:58 PM.