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    How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    My borther rebuilt a PC and now his main hard drive is H we would like it to be C. You can't go in CP and in Adim Tools to change it ..it says root directory cannot be changed. We have XP Pro ... is there a way?






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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    computer management?

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    ^^I believe. But I dug this up as its been that long

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    No that's what I was talking about in CP/Admin Tools/CM that's the path that won't or seemingly won't like you change your root directory to XP. Yeah that's the method we used ... says cannot change system directory
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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Yep unfortunately you can't change the System drive through Disk Management. There is a Registry edit somewhere but it is not a recommend fix in most cases.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    I had the same problem and the only fix I could come up with was to format again.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Which is why upon installing windows I usually unplug all drives except the main one so it could be C.
    Once windows is done and loaded then I plug in the other drives.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poci View Post
    Which is why upon installing windows I usually unplug all drives except the main one so it could be C.
    Once windows is done and loaded then I plug in the other drives.
    Yep that's the best way.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poci View Post
    Which is why upon installing windows I usually unplug all drives except the main one so it could be C.
    Once windows is done and loaded then I plug in the other drives.
    Including memory media readers, etc. Anything that Windows can construe as disk drive.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    It certainly isn't going to hurt anything with his main hard drive as H:\

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    That's true. I have several machines where the system drive is d: and a dual boot 2k/Vista machine where Vista is drive f: Of course, everything works just fine on the different drive letters. There is some software, such as nvidia's installer, that defaults to drive c: even with a different boot drive, but these programs are the exception rather than the rule.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    There is a fix for this:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    For the most part, this is not recommended, especially if the drive letter is the same as when Windows was installed
    As others have suggested, a better option would be to remove any other drives, including card readers and reinstall Windows.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Remember, even with this KB article you always risk having to reinstall some programs because of the remapping.

    How much of an issue would it be for you to reformat? That is the best option. Second best is the KB article that Mj mentions.

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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Not having windows on the C: drive may or may not bite you. It's really up to the people who wrote anyrandomsoftware, but they're not going to care about the fraction of one percent of people who don't have the windows system files on the C: drive. That's for damn sure.

    I think it's amazing that anyrandomcompany can be so stupid about their software/drivers, but you don't want to get years of tweaking on a Windows box and then be forced to reinstall due to a C: drive limited oversight.

    Granted, it should be very rare, but there just isn't any workaround I don't believe.

    You'd be reinstalling now to prevent a major inconvenience later. Do it when you've got the time, not when you're forced to later, and don't have it.
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    Re: How do I change my main hard drive from H to C?

    Quote Originally Posted by notdrugged View Post
    You'd be reinstalling now to prevent a major inconvenience later.
    Agreed.

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