Partition Problem

By DeathsDesign ยท 6 replies
Apr 23, 2009
  1. Yes its my fault and I realize that. Just hoping there is a way to fix this.

    When i originally installed windows on this computer, I had an external usb drive plugged in. Because of that my partition for Local Disk is now F: instead of C:. It has not really been any major problem (aside from not being able to fully install all aspects of HP printer software and a couple others because the installers were programmed to install to C: not %systemroot%.

    Anyways, like i said it is not a huge deal, I am just kind of a stickler, and if there is a way for me to get the Local Disk Partition back to c: without reinstallinjg I'd appreciate the help.

  2. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

  3. Fiery_WA

    Fiery_WA TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Have you tried Start - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management and changing the drive letters?
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Death Designs

    You don't indicate what Operating System you are running.

    1) i believe XP will allow this (but would have to double check)
    2) Regardless, of how, you fix it i strongly urge you fix it before it almost certainly will bite you when you aren't ready to deal with this problem. As is likely sometime/some software application or recovery is going to go looking for c: and you have an extra dimension of trouble to figure out when you least want it

    /* edit */
    just a point of note: mscrx note your 1st link only applies to W2K
  5. DeathsDesign

    DeathsDesign TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    I have xp Pro, and ther eis no way to change it per microsoft. Oh well, no biggie.

    Yes i tried the disk management first. it cant be changed because the entire registry would have to be revamped..
  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    I would say it IS possible, but very difficult. A program called 'change of address' COA32 will deal not only with all the registry entries mentioning E: and changing them to C:, but also all the regular configuration files ending .ini, .cfg, .inf, etc

    I remember doing this successfully for a dual-boot under w2K.

    You would be taking a large risk, so you would start with a complete drive image so that you could begin again if needed. A few applications will fall outside what coa32 is designed to process, and they would need to be reinstalled.

    All-in-all, a backup of your data and a full reinstall onto the proper drive would be quicker and easier.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    To repeat gbhall, do a full backup (preferrably a ghost back-up) then reinstall your programs and data. As i would still fear your "unconventional" partitioning arranging will be back to bite you sometime future (when you don't have the time or want to deal with it!)
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