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Reasigning boot drive letter under XP ?

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Old October 18th 06, 05:22 PM posted to demon.local,demon.tech.pc,demon.service,uk.comp.home-networking,uk.comp.homebuilt
Phil Kyle
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Default Reasigning boot drive letter under XP ?

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The XP installer drive-letter assignment order goes roughly like this:

1. Floppy drives (ok...)
2. Card readers (wtf?)
3. HD partitions on first controller (not necessarily the one you want)
4. CD drives
5. HD partitions on other controllers

To get a C: system drive, you sometimes need to remove card readers and
non-boot HDs.

I would say that you *always* need to remove card readers and non-boot
HDDs if you want to install nearly any version of Windows to anything
which isn't on the first IDE controller Windows recognises. Otherwise it
will write Ntloader, Boot.ini, etc. to the first thing it finds in the
case of NT - WinXP/2003.

Been bitten by this when installing RAID5 SCSIs with a large EIDE backup
drive in case you can't rebuild a failed SCSI drive. Nowadays the only
drive/array in the system at install time is the one which will have
boot, system and be C:

The down side to M$'s method is that if the boot loader is on one drive
and the Op/Sys files are on another then you have 2 points of failure --
whoops there goes another...

Best way to do this is reinstall.

Amen. WinNT-XP will not allow you to change the boot or system partition
drive letters.

Except when it does.

Phil Kyle™

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