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# 55937 10-Jan-2010 20:14
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Finally re-installing XP Home on my main PC.  My boot disk has always been C: and my Data disk D:

However, upon installing XP I note that now my Data disk is C: and Boot disk is C:

Probably doesn't matter, but just annoys me.  Computer Management won't allow me to modify either drive letter.

I followed the instructions here  but this resulted in windows not booting at all :)  Stuck on the 'choose login' screen with no login users... So I've re-formatted and are reinstalling now.

Now the original install wasn't done by me, was done by Ascent.   I note that the Data drive appears to be on ID0 and the Boot drive is on ID1.  Both are sata.  Could this possibly be why setup insists on swapping the drive letters on re-install?


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  # 288790 10-Jan-2010 20:40
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The safest thing would be to reinstall Windows with only your boot drive connected.

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  # 288796 10-Jan-2010 20:54
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sbiddle: The safest thing would be to reinstall Windows with only your boot drive connected.

I agree. SATA caused me no end of grief until I just connected the one and only HD, then we were away.

Pity my next install... a laptop that does not support USB boot, has no CD-ROM. FLOPPY ONLY XP Startup....



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  # 288798 10-Jan-2010 20:58
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This happens on XP even when you've got things like inbuilt card readers, the easiest fix is when the XP installation presents you with the create partition screen create a new partition and it automatically creates it as D drive, then delete it and recreate it - should now be c drive

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  # 288800 10-Jan-2010 21:06
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Ok, worked out which drive was the Data drive and disconnected, now formatting and reinstalling on the original boot drive... fingers crossed. Yes, no more slave/master jumper settings with sata eh..

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