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Thread: Changing hard drive letters, help please

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    Hi Guys

    I now have 3 hard drives in my machine. C D and E.

    I want to swap them around.

    Is it easy to go into Windows XP Disk Maintenance and change the drive letters, will I have to make one F so that I can make another D etc ?

    regards

    Digby
    NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by digmen1 View Post
    Hi Guys

    I now have 3 hard drives in my machine. C D and E.

    I want to swap them around.

    Is it easy to go into Windows XP Disk Maintenance and change the drive letters, will I have to make one F so that I can make another D etc ?

    regards

    Digby
    NZ
    Yes, you can only change a drive letter to one that is not taken...so changing the current D drive to F is required to make D available.

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    If I were you I wouldn't change the C drive, C is reserved (as the first drive) for the OS. You can load the OS to a different drive but once its on C I'd leave its letter alone.

  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    Thanks for that guys, and the advise on C drive is well taken.

    Regards

    Digby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appzalien View Post
    If I were you I wouldn't change the C drive, C is reserved (as the first drive) for the OS.
    It's not really "reserved" per se although it is the default install option for Windows.
    Some folks advocate putting Windows on a different drive (say, D: for instance) as a security measure- the theory being that most malware is targeted at the C: drive.
    I have no idea if this strategy is effective or not.

    BTW, you cannot change the drive letter of your Windows installation.
    If you want to swap C: to D: you have to wipe and reload (assuming Windows is on C.
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